Gobble Gobble Gobble Thanksgiving Race
- The race has sold out early the last 11 years. We will sell out all 3000 spots!
- One of the Top 100 New England Races 2003-2014: 12 straight years chosen by New England Runner
2016 Race Results
Overall Female Winners
- First Place: Holly Rees 22:02 *NEW COURSE RECORD
- Second Place: Laura Paulsen 22:22
- Third Place: Betsy Burke 22:59
Overall Male Winners
- First Place: Chris Antunes 20:30
- Second Place: Clayton Pierce 20:31
- Third Place: Ryan Cox 20:59
FastestTeams (aggregate of top three finishers)
- First Place: Somerville Road Runners 1:04:13
- Second Place: Kier Byrnes Freedom Runners 1:15:52
- Third Place: 239 gobble crew 1:17:36
- First Place: Slumbrew Happy Soles (25)
- Second Place: Hansi (11)
- Third Place: O'Leary & Co. (10)
Welcome to the Gobble Gobble Gobble
The Somerville Road Runners are proud to present the nineteenth annual Gobble Gobble Gobble on Thanksgiving Day. The race is open to runners, joggers and stroller families of all ages and abilities (but no dogs, please)! All proceeds will benefit Project Soup as well as Somerville Track PAC.
The first 2400 registrants are guaranteed to receive our iconic "Gobble Gobble Gobble" long-sleeve t-shirt. If there are any leftover shirt after the race, we will sell them near the finish line. Registration is capped at 3000, so don't delay! We will sell out again.
Date, Events and Start Times
Early Number Pickup: Sat, Nov. 19 - Wed, Nov. 23
Location: Marathon Sports in Cambridge (1654 Mass Ave)
Time of Day: Normal store hours
**11/25, Early Holiday Closing 10:30am-5:00pm only
Race Day: Thursday, November 24
Registation & Check-in: 7:30 to 8:45AM in Davis Square at the Harvard Vanguard parking garage. (Wheelchairs must pre-register by Friday, November 11th to ensure safety precaution with local police.) You are allowed to pick up the bib number of your friends at both early pick-up and regular registration.
The Race: starts promptly at 9:00am (follow signs to the starting line)
Post Race Festivities: immediately after the race, runners can head into the Burren (right by the finish line) for a freshly tapped Thanksgiving beverage. Please be aware there is limited space in the Burren so not everyone can fit in. Please note we no longer offer cash prizes or age group awards, or hold an awards ceremony afterward.
Registration for the race is now closed.
If you can't run but would still like to participate, we are looking for volunteers to help out with the race. See below!!
We couldn't possibly put on this race and raise money for our charities without the generous support of our volunteers every year. You can even run the race and still volunteer! If you enjoy the Gobble and would like to be more involved, we'd love for you to lend a hand. There are opportunities to help out at our Early Registration Pickup at Marathon Sports in Cambridge over the weekend before the race. And there are many tasks we need help with on race day.
Sign up to volunteer online at: https://register.chronotrack.com/r/22486
Location and Directions
Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates parking garage
40 Holland Street, Davis Square
Somerville, MA 02144
(on the corner of Holland Street and Buena Vista Road - right by the start)
If you're using public transportation, the Red Line to Davis Square will bring you within a few hundred yards from registration and the starting line. You can use the MBTA Trip Planner to help out.
If you plan on driving: From Mass Pike (I-90) exit I-95/Rte 128 north to Rte 2. Exit Rte. 2 east to Rte 16. Left on Rte 16 at traffic lights. Go to second set of traffic lights on Rte 16, take a right on Broadway (supermarket on far right corner). Go 2 sets of lights, bear right on Holland Street (Rudy's Cafe - Mexican restaurant on right). Go approximately 1/4 of a mile, Harvard Vanguard is on the right. You can get directions Google directions by entering your starting address:
We do offer baggage-checking during the race. Drop-off is in the garage, and pick-up is by the finish line.
The 4 Mile Course
The course is USATF Certified (#MA10029JK) and begins and ends by Davis Square. Chip timing is provided by Bay State Race Services. There are some rolling hills, but you'll finish on a nice long downhill back into the Square. Traffic is closed during the race, there are arrows at every turn, and mile markers are located at every mile. We will have a timing clock at the Mile 1. Water stops are located at Mile 2 and the finish. You can view the course map here.
About our Charities
Project Soup: New England's first free supper program, opened in 1969. Several years ago, Somerville Homeless Coalition agreed to provide a home for this long-standing community program, recognizing its work to combat hunger was integral to our mission. Project Soup serves nearly 70 people a day. Its community supper program offers meals several times a week at different Somerville churches. It also operates food pantries in three city locations; a meal-delivery service for the elderly, disabled, and those living with AIDS; a dollar-a-bag program of fresh fruits and vegetables; and nutrition classes and outreach.
Somerville Track PAC: Provides college scholarships for Somerville High School students. This volunteer organization is made up of teachers, city officials, Track Team members, families, and coaches.
Course Record Holders
Male: 19:13 Justin Lutz (2010)
Female: 22:02 Holly Rees (2016)
Race Director: Scott Abrams