When a small group of volunteers planned the first Gobble Jog in 2003, they had no idea how quickly the event would grow into one of the best attended and most beloved holiday festivities in the South. The 1,400 original runners helped raise $29,000 that year and the Gobble Jog was literally “off and running” with a 10K, 5K, 1K and Tot Trot.
Over the next 10 years, the Gobble Jog became a tradition for thousands of people who get together with their friends and families to kick off their holiday. Today, more than 11,000 runners and walkers pour into the historic Marietta Square on Thanksgiving morning for the fun and excitement of a great event for a great cause. The proceeds now exceed $425,000 and continue to benefit MUST Ministries, one of Georgia’s recognized servant leaders.
“This year, we are adding something different and exciting,” said Special Events Coordinator Cara Reeve.
“The Gobble Jog is one of a series of races being monitored by the Guinness Book of World Records that will determine the largest number of participants in a multivenue event.”
She explained that Thanksgiving races all over the country have banded together to take the world record currently held in Malaysia. The event has become a wonderful, street party atmosphere with costumes, “Gobble Dogs”, family teams, corporate teams, church groups, firefighters running in full gear and lively music, Reeve explained.
“Everyone loves kicking off the holiday season at MUST’s event, seeing their friends and neighbors, getting in some exercise and seeing the festivities.”
In addition, now there is a way to help MUST even more. Participants are asked to establish a personal fund raising page and help raise more money to help feed, house, clothe and train the 34,000 clients a year who come to MUST for help and hope. For more information or to register, go to www.gobblejog.org.