Dozens of people in Cave Spring lace up their running shoes Thanksgiving morning for the 2020 Drumstick Dash

Roanoke Valley News

ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — On Thanksgiving Day, many in Cave Spring ventured outside to run their virtual Drumstick Dash, which helps fund the Roanoke Rescue Mission’s efforts throughout the year.

WFXR News caught up with some runners in Cave Spring, including a small group of reigning champs from a Roanoke church, as well as a nearby group of more than 65 neighbors who ran in waves.

Some of these “dashers” were running for the first time while others were old pros, but they were all running for the same reason: to help those in need.

In fact, some of these returning runners say signing up this year was a no brainer.

“We can hang out with some friends, we get some exercise, we feel a little bit better about all that we eat on Thanksgiving Day,” said Pastor Seth Bryant from New Hope Christian Church.

Pastor Bryant has been running in the Drumstick Dash for four years and he says his team will win again this year. However, that’s not what he’s looking forward to most.

“The opportunity is for everyone now, especially because it’s virtual, so you can sign up, and you can even run or walk the race,” the pastor said.

Meanwhile, Chris Pyle and a group filled with dozens of other participants were also out dashing in Cave Spring Thanksgiving morning.

“We had more than 65 families signed up this morning,” said Pyle. “Not all of them are here at the same time of course, we kind of spread it out to be responsible.”

Pyle has been running the Drumstick Dash since the very first year.

“It’s a family tradition, we see everybody we know in Roanoke down there and we were kind of heart broken this year because of stupid COVID, of course.”

According to Pyle, he’s not letting the pandemic prevent him from giving thanks.

“The Drumstick Dash is just a perfect opportunity on the perfect day to give back,” said Pyle. “We’re all so blessed, even during these hard times those of us with jobs, we’ve got a lot to be thankful for.”

The last day of the Drumstick Dash is Monday, Nov. 30, so there is still time for you to sign up if you haven’t already.

To learn more about the race, visit You can also click here to register to walk or run the Dash or click here to donate to the Rescue Mission of Roanoke.

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