Ogden, UT - Before sitting down to turkey, pie, rolls and all the rest, people in Ogden and surrounding communities are invited to spend Thanksgiving morning burning off calories and helping feed individuals and families in need.

The 37th Annual Thanksgiving Day Run/Walk for Charity is scheduled for Thursday, November 24, at Ogden Regional Medical Center, located at 5475 South 500 East (Adams Ave.).

Registration begins at 8:15 a.m. for the 9:00 a.m. event, which will feature an approximately five-mile run and an approximately two-mile walk. Both routes start in the west parking lot at Ogden Regional Medical Center. Pre-registration forms can be picked up at Ogden Regional now through November 23. This event is non-competitive.

The only entry fee for the event is any donation of nonperishable foods or monetary contributions. Please bring your donation with you to the event. All donations will support the Ogden Rescue Mission, St. Anne’s Center, Catholic Community Services, and the Salvation Army in Ogden. Checks may be made payable to the Newman Center.

“The importance of this event has never been greater than it is at this time,” says Sister Stephanie Mongeon, former director of mission and community relations at Ogden Regional. “Our Thanksgiving Run and Walk was established to help those in need in our community. We have so many who require help. By supporting these worthy organizations, we are able to reach out to others. This is the greatest sign of gratitude for our many blessings. We experience the true meaning of Thanksgiving. Our reward is a good feeling knowing that we have helped make a difference in someone’s life. And, as a bonus, we get the chance to work off a bit of that big dinner we’re due to have later that day!”

A Thanksgiving Mass will also be celebrated at 7:00 a.m. in the Education Center of Ogden Regional Medical Center. All are welcome to attend.

Ogden Regional Medical Center and the Newman Center at Weber State University co-sponsor the run/walk, which has been a tradition for many families in and around Weber County for nearly four decades. In 2021, the event raised over $10,000 for local charities along with a full truck of food donations.