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The Wedge Waddle is an annual 3-mile walk/run/waddle around the South Wedge neighborhood on Thanksgiving morning.

It encourages friends and family to meet, mingle, and get a bit of exercise as a new Thanksgiving tradition. The event also encourages participants to bring donations of new socks for St. Joe's House of Hospitality (socks are one of the least-donated but most-needed clothing items in homeless shelters). The event is free, open to the public, and registration is free!

Years ago, the folks at the Hungry Hedonist Social Club thought it would be a fun idea to hold a Thanksgiving event to get folks out of their beds, meeting their neighbors and pets, and waddling around on turkey day. The waddlers braved the snow and frigid temperatures, waddling their way around the Wedge — up Mount Hope and back down South Avenue — before gathering around to enjoy hot cider and awesome peeps.

2023 Wedge Waddle Countdown

November 23th, 2023

Waddle Course

This is the map of our grand trek through the wonderland of the South Wedge!

• START - Abundance Cooperative Market (571 South Ave., corner of Averill & South) — Registration, check-in, and starting line

Coffee Connection and SEAC will be here

South Wedge Planning Committee

224 Mt Hope Ave, Rochester, NY 14620

Genesee Gateway Park /Swiftwater Beer Tasting

South Wedge Mission booth
FREE cider and donut holes

Anna Murray-Douglass Academy, School 12
Hand Warmers and AMDA gear


• END - Abundance Cooperative Market (571 South Ave., corner of Averill & South)

All stops/booths are available while supplies last.

We hope that you’ll come waddle with us!


Pick up your packet and t-shirt

The first 300 people receive a FREE t-shirt, waddler-number and packet! Pick-up is TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY, November 21-22, 9am-7pm at Abundance Food Co-Op (571 South Avenue). Any remaining packets will be handed out before the Waddle at the Registration Table first come first serve.  All participants must sign a waiver form to participate.


Attend the Wedge Waddle

Thursday, November 23 at 10am at Abundance Cooperative Market (571 South Ave.). Day-of registration opens at 9:30am. If you can, bring a new pair of socks to donate to St. Joe's House of Hospitality.

Sock Drive

Participants are encouraged to bring a new pair of socks to donate to St. Joseph’s House of Hospitality. Expressing your gratitude is the essence of Thanksgiving, and giving to those in need is a great way to show what you’re thankful for.

Can’t attend the Waddle, but still want to donate socks? Look for sock drop boxes throughout the community at the following locations:

Abundance Food Co-op • 571 South Avenue
Hedonist Artisan Ice Cream • 672 South Ave.
Genesee Co-op Federal Credit Union • 395 Gregory St.
State Farm -Jerry Christopher • 1778 Empire Boulevard • Webster, NY 14580
Johnny’s Irish Pub • 1382 Culver Rd
Happy Earth Tea • 696 South Ave
Tru Yoga • 683 South Avenue
John’s TexMex • 426 South Ave

(Sock Drop Location Map)

2023 Wedge Waddle Registration

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