Thanksgiving is a time to enjoy your family and friends, and appreciate everything that you have. It’s also a time to remember those who may not have as much, including necessities like food. In an effort to collect food for those in need, local communities are hosting runs and walks to get people involved in helping out this holiday season.

Head to Springville for the fourth annual Gobble for Groceries, a 2 mile walk or 3.6 mile fun run that benefits the Springville Community Kitchen. The race, which starts at 9 a.m. Thanksgiving morning, begins and ends at the Trading Post Community Care Center, at 38 Franklin Street in the village of Springville. The traditional entry fee is replaced with a “fee” of a bag of non-perishable grocery items or a cash donation. The kitchen is especially in need of tuna fish, peanut butter, spaghetti sauce, flour, sugar, and juice. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Post race refreshments, donated by local businesses will be available inside the Trading Post, and t-shirts will be available for purchase. For more information, call 716-592-4455 or visit

Olean hosts its annual Turkey Trot 5K Fun Run and Walk at St. Bonaventure University at 9 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Registration is at Murphy Auditorium from 8 to 8:45 a.m.  There is no entry fee, but runners are asked to bring one perishable food item for the local food pantry.

Thanksgiving Day runs are a great way to enjoy the crisp (and most likely, snowy!) autumn air and burn off some of the calories you’ll consume later in the day, all while helping a great cause. Round up some friends and family members, and make it a new Thanksgiving tradition. You’ll be home well before the turkey is done!