Drumstick Dash sees record number of entries, $1M raised for charity

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Wheeler Ministries has much to be thankful for today. 

Their annual Drumstick dash through Broad Ripple drew a record turnout. While the final numbers aren't yet it in, they estimate the race topped 19,00 people. That's about 1,500 more than the previous record set in 2013.

Thursday's mild temperatures likely played a role in this year's success.

This is the 13th year for the Dash, which is Wheeler's largest fundraiser. Wheeler Ministries provides food, shelter and other services for people who are homeless.

Over the years, it's become a huge family event, drawing people back from across the country.

This year's dash is especially meaningful for a Westfield man who had a massive heart attack moments after crossing the finish line.

Thursday morning, Don Rawson was reunited with the people who saved him - the people he calls his angels. Rawson handed out roses to the people who provided CPR after he collapsed at the finish line last year, and said his goal this year was to finish the race vertically.  

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Wheeler's Steve Kerr said Wednesday if the dash hits 19,000, it will raise a million dollars for the first time in its 13-year run.

"This is great…just so exciting," Kerr said.  

He credits the weather with boosting the numbers. While it snowed last year, this year it was in the low 50s for the 9:00 am start.
 

Kerr said they had extra volunteers and police officers on duty to accommodate the large crowd. 

The Drumstick Dash has become a favorite holiday tradition for many people – a way to work off at least part of that Thanksgiving dinner in advance.