GOBBLE GOBBLE GOBBLE THANKSGIVING RACE
New this year - 5K course (due to Broadway bridge closure)
Registration will close once we hit 3200 runners. We hope to sell out early, and there is no mail-in or walk-up registrations!!!
LOCATION AND DIRECTIONS
Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates parking garage
40 Holland Street, Davis Square
Somerville, MA 02144
PLEASE NOTE: There is a new start location this year at the VFW in Davis - 371 Summer Street, Somerville.
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.
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 consider volunteering 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.
THE 5K course
The course is a wheel measured 5K that starts and ends by Davis Square VFW. 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. The course is police monitored 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.
Favorite Family - Apply for 2019
Do you and your family or friends have a Gobble race tradition? Apply for to be our Favorite Family in 2019. Just shoot us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) explaining why you should be the 2019 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.
We were thrilled to have The Kier Byrnes Freedom Runners as the 2018 Favorite Family.
“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!
DATE, EVENTS AND START TIMES
Early Number Pickup: Sat, Nov. 23 - Wed, Nov. 27
Location: Marathon Sports in Cambridge (1654 Mass Ave)
Time of Day: Normal store hours
**11/27, Early Holiday Closing 10:30am-5:00pm only
Race Day: Thursday, November 28
Registration & 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.
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
2019 RACE RESULTS
Overall Female Winners
First Place: Kimberly Bolick 23:23
Second Place: Amelia Keyser-Gibson 23:52
Third Place: Caitlin Kennedy 24:33
Overall Male Winners
First Place: Clayton Pierce 19:53
Second Place: James Stadler 21:07
Third Place: Aaron Lucci 21:14
First Place: SOMERVILLE ROAD RUNNERS 2:24:13
Second Place: BOSTON HASH HOUSE HARRIERS 2:34:21
Third Place: THE HEARTBREAKERS 2:38:44
Male Team Results are now posted online! (aggregate of top five finishers)
First Place: SOMERVILLE ROAD RUNNERS 1:57:54
Second Place: CUL8TR 2:22:27
Third Place: BOSTON TRIATHLON TEAM 2:23:11