By Kelsey Musick
An annual Thanksgiving Day tradition will return to Zionsville for the third consecutive year.
The ZGravy Chase, benefiting the Boys & Girls Club of Boone County, was created in 2017 by board president Rob Schein. BGCBoone employee Katie Reasoner said theThanksgiving Day event is the perfect way to start the holiday.
Prior to working for BGCBoone, Reasoner was the chief development officer for the Zionsville Education Foundation. She said the Boone County community has embraced the ZGravy Chase as a tradition.
“My family grew up spending Thanksgiving in Washington, D.C., and doing a walk/run along the Potomac River,” Reasoner said. “Having an event in our community to benefit over 3,000 youth in the county is the perfect way to kick off the holiday.”
The ZGravy Chase has a 2-mile and 4-mile route, beginning and ending on the brick portion of Zionsville’s Main Street.
“My family participated in the first event back in 2017,” Reasoner said. “Last year, my 82-year-old parents walked the 2-mile course, too. The event is truly for the entire family. Even dogs and strollers are welcome.”
More than 1,500 people participated in the first ZGravy Chase. Last year, more than 2,300 walkers and runners took part. This year’s goal is to raise $100,000 for BGCBoone.
Reasoner said nearly 50 percent of the club’s budget is raised through individual donors, special events, grants and corporations.
“The $55 membership fee and $50 per semester fee in the Whitestown and Zionsville club only covers a small portion of the actual cost to operate the club,” Reasoner said. “For each member, there is a $409 gap that is fulfilled through our fundraising efforts.”