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The Green Lake Gobble 5K and Mashed Potato Munch Off

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Whoever came up with the idea to combine a 5K race with an eating competition ought to be given a medal. The first annual Green Lake Gobble 5K and Mashed Potato Munch Off is a brilliant pairing of running and walking off calories and then putting them back on with a mashed potato eating contest. You can’t lose.

The 5K run/walk will be held on Sunday, November 22nd. You can register or pick up race packets starting at 8 am, the Kid’s Dash starts at 9:10 am, and the general run starts at 10 am. The run/walk will start and end in the southwest corner of Green Lake near the crew house. Cost to register is $25 if you do it before the day of the race. It’s $35 if you register on race day. You can register online or through several sporting goods stores.

The post-race festivities start at 10 am and you’ll be given a chance to buy raffle tickets for a dollar each. What do you get if you win? A chance to be one of eight contestants in the Mashed Potato Munch Off sponsored by the Greenlake Bar & Grill.

Get a chance to beat John Curley
Get a chance to beat John Curley

While you’re at it, take time to sign up for a chance to beat John Curley in the Green Lake Gobble. If you do beat him, he just might write a big check to the charity of your choice. But then, do you really need more incentive than just being able to say, “I beat John Curley?” I thought not.

Finally, bring a can of food or two for Wallingford’s FamilyWorks Food Bank. It’s usually tough around the holidays, but even worse this year with the recession. Help people out. There will be a tent near the stage where you can drop off donations.