Roanoke’s annual Drumstick Dash continues to draw participants even after going virtual amid pandemic


ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — The Roanoke Rescue Mission helps feed the hungry, provides health care and shelter, among other services. However, how will its biggest fundraiser going virtual impact future funds for the shelter?

The Drumstick Dash usually attracts more than 16,000 people to downtown Roanoke each Thanksgiving Day.

It is also the biggest fundraiser every year for the Rescue Mission of Roanoke.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, there is concern that this year’s “virtual” race could impact the amount of money it typically draws in.

However, many people are still participating with plenty of enthusiasm.

“The rescue mission does just great work in the community,” said Wilson Hux, who is participating this year. “My youth group at church comes up here and does meals once a month and I’ve helped with that, you know the people are just so appreciative. They do a great service.”

There is still time to sign up for the race. Click here to find out how to get involved in the race or make a donation to the Rescue Mission.

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