15th annual Gobble Wobble: Start trotting and get ready to support Friends of Recreation

by beth on October 14, 2021

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Above: Sharing news that the Gobble Wobble will be run in person this Thanksgiving. (Photo by Chris Wraight)

It’s not even Halloween yet. But Friends of Southborough Recreation are eager to talk turkey about their big annual fundraiser.

(I know. This event always brings out the corny punster in me.)

Since the Gobble Wobble traditionally takes place on Thanksgiving, it may seem silly to tell you to “save the date”. But, for those of you who like to get in shape for the 5K, I like to share a friendly reminder around this time that it’s coming upon us. And it’s big news that the race is back in personnot virtual – this fall.

The event is Thursday, November 25th. As usual, runners will take off from Trottier Middle School at 8:30 am.

15 years ago, Friends of Rec launched the event to raise funds to support recreation programs and resources for the community. Now, most years* over 1,000 locals flock to run the 5K or strut their stuff through the 2 mile walk.

The traditional Fun Run won’t be held this year, but kids over the age of 8 are invited to sign up to run or walk. (A discount is available for families with five or more registrants.) And babies in backpacks and kids in jogging strollers are also a common site at the family friendly race and walk.

Babysitting is offered for $5 per child, pre-registration required.

This year, organizers are appropriately offering early bird rates for pre-registering. The other benefit is that you get to pick up your shirt and bib a day in advance.**

Here are more details from the announcement: 

The Friends of Southborough Recreation are bringing back a little bit of normalcy this year on Thanksgiving morning for the running/walking crowd. The Gobble Wobble is back for its 15th year! We are so excited to have our runners, and walkers back in person. We will be running the 5K certified race and two mile walk at Trottier Middle School as usual. . .

The Gobble Wobble is currently the only fundraiser the Friends of Southborough Recreation run each year. Through this family friendly event we are able to help support the great work of the Recreation Department for all Southborough families and provide scholarships to those in need for any Recreation run program. We hope you will join us for this fantastic family event!

We want to thank all of our sponsors who have been very generous for this fundraiser: Wegmans, Avidia Bank, Stronger Uprising, Table Talk Pies, Middlesex Savings Bank, Global Printing and Packaging, Eagle Leasing, Long Cadillac, Reliant Medical Group, Fay School, St. Mark’s School, NE Center for Children, Trombettas Farm, Mooyah, Sheri Beran Designs, Picardi Construction, Ted’s of Fayville, BJs Wholesale Club, Wee Care for Little People, Tomasdso Trattoria, Sew Studio, Southborough Dental Associates.
We hope to see you all there!

Medals will be given out for the 1st male and female in the 5K. Plus, there will be medals for male and female top runners in several age categories.

For more information and to sign up, click here.

*In good weather, the Gobble Wobble typically has over 1,000 runners. Occasionally, inclement weather thins the crowd.

**Pre-reg pickup is available the day before from 2:30 pm – 7:30 pm at the Trottier Middle School Gym.

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1 Runner October 21, 2021 at 9:21 AM

FYI, for any budget minded runners out there, Northborough’s Thanksgiving day 5k is a much more manageable $20, even on race day. https://www.northboroughturkeytrot.org/

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2 beth October 21, 2021 at 10:33 AM

But, keep in mind that the Gobble Wobble is a fundraiser to support Friends of Southborough Rec, which helps support recreation programs and resources in our town.

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