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Why we run in the Gobble, Gobble, Run or Wobble 5k

We are overjoyed each year by all who show their support for LSE cause by running in our annual Gobble, Gobble, Run or Wobble race. 2021 marks the 7th occurrence of this family fun event, making it an institution in our community. The event takes place a week before Thanksgiving, a time that is still warm enough to enjoy the outdoors. Why are we willing to run each year? We run for the following reasons:


It takes a village to raise a child. We all have a role as a member of our community in the success of each child. The annual 5k race brings our community together as one big family. We all have our talents. Some of us run, some of us wobble, and some of us cheer from the sidelines or volunteer. We make it to the finish line together and can feel proud of that accomplishment, no matter our run time.

It's fun and healthy!

All kinds of runners show up to the race: from serious runners to costumed runners, kids of all ages, babies in strollers, and sometimes even a turkey! It's fun to laugh at ourselves and test ourselves. Fresh Autumn air and a healthily paced run give us a much-needed break from our indoor lives.

And finally, to meet our mission.

The main focus of Learning Starts Early is to provide tuition assistance for eligible prekindergarten children to attend high-quality private preschools in Fauquier County. Those who join the race ensure that every child in the county has access to all the opportunities necessary to be ready for kindergarten and to succeed in school and in the workforce. Supporting our children early on in their lives with needed education and resources allows them to start on the right track and become positive contributors to our community.

Registration for the 5K Run/Walk- Gobble Gobble and the Kids dash ends November 19th, 2021 at midnight. Tickets are available at:

You can show your support for Learning Starts Early by donating directly to our PayPal:

If you have any questions about this race, please contact the race director at


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