GOBBLE GOBBLE GOBBLE THANKSGIVING RACE
WELCOME TO THE GOBBLE GOBBLE GOBBLE 4 MIler
The Somerville Road Runners are proud to present the 22nd annual Gobble Gobble Gobble on Thanksgiving Day. This 4 mile Turkey Trot 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.
Registration is capped at 3100, so don't delay! We hope to sell out again this year.
For 2018 we are bringing back prize money for the top 3 overall male and female finishers!
THURS NOV 22, 2018 - 9AM
DATE, EVENTS AND START TIMES
Early Number Pickup: Sat, Nov. 17 - Wed, Nov. 21
Location: Marathon Sports in Cambridge (1654 Mass Ave)
Time of Day: Normal store hours
**11/21, Early Holiday Closing 10:30am-5:00pm only
Race Day: Thursday, November 22
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.
This Thanksgiving Day 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.
Registration for the race is open and costs $35 (all inclusive & no additional service fees). Registration will close once we hit 3100 runners. We hope to sell out early, and there is no mail-in or walk-up registrations!!!
Register online at: https://runsignup.com/Race/MA/Somerville/GobbleGobbleGobble
We have sold out of t-shirts, but If there are any leftover shirts after the race, we will sell them near the finish line.
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! Please sign up to volunteer as we need to ensure we have the right amount of people helping. 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.
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.
We are thrilled to have The Kier Byrnes Freedom Runners as the 2018 Favorite Family. The favorite family is a Gobble tradition where we select a family every year that has incorporated the Gobble into their Holiday traditions. The clan's name is displayed on that year's t-shirt and the family receives a turkey and SRR swag the week leading up to the race.
“As Somerville is the home of many out-of-towners with no blood relatives in the area to travel to, this run group has opened its arms and let in a wide array of Thanksgiving stragglers who otherwise would have no one to break bread with and celebrate the bounty of good in the world.
Adam Amsterdam and Lucinda Stratton act as our head of table, inviting people to join the run, joining in the post-race activities, and hosting a 20+ person meal at their table. Their home is open to everyone from MIT professors and grad students to first-time-away-from-Mom career starters, from single people to full families. Everyone is welcome and their giving nature knows no end. “ - from their favorite family application
Thank you to the The Kier Byrnes Freedom Runners for all your support your are definitely a favorite!
READ ABOUT US
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: Bradley Harris
2017 RACE RESULTS
Overall Female Winners
First Place: Molly Trachtenberg 23:46
Second Place: Marie Barnett 23:50
Third Place: Amory Salem 24:10
Overall Male Winners
First Place: Guillaume Adam 19:31
Second Place: David Metzger 20:24
Third Place: Michael Carlone 20:33
Female Team Results are now posted online! (aggregate of top five finishers)
First Place: THE HEARTBREAKERS 2:13:51
Second Place: SOMERVILLE ROAD RUNNERS 2:17:59
Third Place: ON YOUR MARKS AND COMPANY 3:10:07
Male Team Results are now posted online! (aggregate of top five finishers)
First Place: SOMERVILLE ROAD RUNNERS 1:52:04
Second Place: THE HEARTBREAKERS 2:03:50
Third Place: DASHING WHIPPETS RUNNING TEAM 2:11:02