Huffing For Stuffing Race Set for Thanksgiving Morning to Help Alleviate Hunger across Gallatin Valley
Thursday Nov. 25th, 2021
Bozeman, MONT. – Now a well-established Bozeman tradition, the annual Huffing For Stuffing race is celebrating its 15-year anniversary with the addition of a 15K course to its Thanksgiving morning roster of events.
On this unique holiday dedicated to celebrating the harvest bounty while expressing gratitude for one’s abundance, race participants from across the region join HRDC in its mission to help ensure no one must go to bed hungry. The friendly competition also provides a platform for HRDC to discuss the prevalence of food insecurity in our community with all race proceeds supporting a variety of efforts to alleviate hunger.
While it may be difficult for some to imagine the demand for help with groceries and food, it is closely tied with Southwest Montana’s rapid population growth and the accompanying affordable housing crisis. In 2020, nearly two million pounds of food were distributed to area families and partners. “None of these services would be possible without the depth of support we receive from the community. Our Huffing For Stuffing race is a major fundraising tool for us,” said Jill Holder, HRDC’s Food and Nutrition Department Director. “In fact, Huffing For Stuffing has provided over half a million dollars directed to feeding people since its inception in 2007.”
Holder continued, “And we really look forward to getting together with so many of our friends and community members for this race. Whether they are running, walking, volunteering or simply cheering on the pack, it is always such a nice way to start the holiday weekend knowing we’ve all come out to make a difference for others in need.”
The race is held every Thanksgiving morning at the iconic Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Montana. This year there are two different ways to participate: registration is available for 5K, 10K, and 15K run/walk courses, or participants can register for a virtual walk/run. Either way, there is an event for almost everyone with a Fun Run and a Kid’s Run on the docket, too. Race registration continues through 7:00 pm on November 24th the Gallatin Valley Fair Grounds. Details are available at https://www.huffingforstuffing.com.
Community members who are unable to take part in the event, but who still wish to contribute to this important cause, can do so by donating directly to https://www.huffingforstuffing.com/Race/Donate/MT/Bozeman/HuffingforStuffing.
For more information about HRDC’s efforts to keep bellies full, or about any other HRDC causes, visit thehrdc.org.