February Rewind: Truffle Shuffle

February Rewind: Truffle Shuffle
Runners going past the three quarter marker.

EUGENE, Ore. - Instead of doing the infamous dance at the beginning of the movie “The Goonies,” people from around the state came to the 32nd Annual Truffle Shuffle at Alton Baker Park to help raise funds for the Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Lane County (BBBSoLC). 

According to the BBBSoLC website, the run “allows members of the community to compete in a fun, healthy outdoor activity and win prizes while supporting youth and teens in our community through 1:1 mentoring relationships.”

“It’s one of our big annual fund raisers,” said Eugene Henderson, Associate Director of Programs at Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Lane County.  “This year we have around 1,100. Our biggest Truffle Shuffle had 2000 people. “

The Truffle Shuffle is a series of four races.  The first race is a Kids Run that is open to children under the age of five to age ten.  The three big races are open to ages ten and up.  There are two two-mile races, one walking and one running.  The day ends with a four-mile run.

The event also allowed other people to come down and volunteer.  Raymond Albano of the Kiwanis Club brought the Key Club of Sheldon High School to the event to help distribute donated chocolate truffles donated by the local Euphoria Chocolates.  “They are the best in town,” said Albano.

The Sheldon High Key Club has been coming to the Truffle Shuffle for the past three years.  “The kids love it,” said Albano.  “Giving away chocolate to people, not bad.  And they get a free truffle.”