Gobbler Run brings families together on Thanksgiving Day

ST. GEORGE – Families and friends gathered to take on the third annual Gobbler Run by participating in either the 10k, 5k or 1k kids run. The race has been growing steadily in attendance since it’s 2013 conception.

The Gobbler Run, St. George Utah, Nov. 26, 2015 | Photo by Leanna Bergeron, St. George News
The Gobbler Run, St. George, Utah, Nov. 26, 2015 | Photo by Leanna Bergeron, St. George News

Event founders and brothers Collins and Adam Stuart envisioned a family race on Thanksgiving Day where runners could come spend quality time together and burn off calories before the holiday feasting began.

The event offers a wide range of running distances so there’s something for every member of the family to participate in.

“Even if you’re not a serious runner, you can tell from the atmosphere here that this really is something to just draw the whole family out,” Collins said.

10K runners take off at the starting line, St. George Utah, Nov. 26, 2015 | Photo by Leanna Bergeron, St. George News
Runners take off at the starting line of the 10k run, St. George, Utah, Nov. 26, 2015 | Photo by Leanna Bergeron, St. George News

The races began at the Confluence Trail Head at the Dixie Center in St. George. Collins estimated around 1,100 registered runners this year, compared to 800 runners the event’s first year. He said he is expecting to get close to 2,000 runners over the next couple years.

Runners could enjoy a photo booth, toasty hot chocolate, a bounce house and kids games on the grass while waiting for races to start and finish.

The Gobbler also gives back, matching one dollar donation per runner when they donate during registration with 100 percent of funds going to the Dove Center.

“What we’re really trying to do is create a community tradition,” Collins said. ” … It really becomes a staple of St. George in general that people get to come participate in The Gobbler.”

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6 Comments

  • ladybugavenger November 26, 2015 at 2:24 pm

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  • .... November 26, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    LOL ! Yeah that attitude will change when you get pulled over for a traffic violation

    • ladybugavenger November 26, 2015 at 10:18 pm

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  • .... November 27, 2015 at 8:00 pm

    Tell me all about it. when you get pulled over and get a ticket

    • ladybugavenger November 28, 2015 at 7:27 am

      i don’t understand you. If I’m speeding and I get a ticket, that would be my fault for speeding. I don’t know what your talking about! How about If there’s an illegal search or any other violation of my constitutional rights….. I’ll tell you alllll about it! 🙂

  • .... November 28, 2015 at 10:05 pm

    Tell me all about it when you get pulled over for a traffic citation

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