Z Gravy Chase offers festive fitness


For some, Thanksgiving morning involves getting up early to roast the Thanksgiving turkey. Zionsville residents will have the opportunity to run around town to burn off some calories and make room for the big meal during Z Gravy Chase, a race to support the Boys & Girls Club of Boone County.

“Rob Schein is the BGCBC board president, and for years he drove down to Broad Ripple to participate in the Drumstick Dash,” said Katie Reasoner, resource development director for BGCBC. “He came up with this idea last year to be able to stay a little closer to home.”

The 2-mile run/walk and a 4.1-mile run/walk begin at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 22.

“We have two different paths,” Reasoner said. “There is a 2-mile for a family fun/walk, and then there is a 4.1-mile, which is a little bit longer path. People walked both last year. It’s a real family, community event.”

The race begins and ends on the corner of Main Street and Cedar Street, in front of Rosie’s Place.

Last year, more than 1,500 runners participated in the inaugural Z Gravy Chase. The BGCBC hopes to draw 3,000 runner this year.

“We had so much positive feedback after last year,” Reasoner said. “We hope this turns into our signature event. We really hope this event opens the doors for a lot of people who have never been here.”

The registration fee for both walks is $35 or $120 for a family of four. The first 2,000 participants will receive a free T-shirt. Proceeds fund daily operations of the Zionsville and Whitestown clubs.

“At the club in Zionsville, we have about 150 kids every day. In Whitestown, we have about 210, depending on the day, and we see about 125 in Lebanon per day,” Reasoner said.

To register, visit racemaker.org/event/z-gravy-chase. One hundred volunteers are needed on race day.  If interested, contact Katie Reasoner at [email protected].