Gobble Wobble 2018: Volunteers needed and reminder to register

Above: Recreation needs more people to step up and help out at and before the Gobble Wobble – like these 2016 volunteers. (Photo by Chris Wraight)

The Friends of the Southborough Recreation Department are hoping that families in town will continue to support its Thanksgiving tradition – the Gobble Wobble.

Many runners and families in town already take part in the 5k race, 2 mile walk, or the Kids Fun Run. But organizers are trying to reach more than just runners. They need volunteers to help keep the event running this month (and every year).

The event is their big annual fundraiser and helps fund important recreational projects in town. This year, it will also support the Southborough Food Pantry. 

Volunteers are needed Nov. 21-22. You can sign up to help with set up, pre-registration pickup, registration, babysitting and/or clean up. 

For those of you planning to take part in the run or walk, don’t forget to register. The race is a week from tomorrow. (Click here, or scroll to the end of the post for more details.)

Below is Recreation’s call for help:

Calling all Volunteers!
The Gobble Wobble needs you!!

Wednesday, November 21 we have slots available from 1:00 until 8:00.
Thursday (Thanksgiving), November 22 we have slots available from 6:30 am until noon.
To sign up [click here]
You can also email us at GobbleWobble@yahoo.com
Race shirts are provided to all volunteers as well as food. Come join us for this fun and exciting event!

Another message from Friends of Southborough Recr reminds the public of the good works the registration fees support:

Did you know that the Southborough Recreation provides over 2,000 residents almost 650 programs and activities each year? These programs include affordable quality afterschool classes ranging from karate to STEM activities, flexible summer camp programs, athletics such as swimming, skiing, yoga and use of fields.

The benefits of bringing a community together around health and well-being opportunities are clear. For over ten years Friends of Southborough Recreation (FOSR), a 501c3 nonprofit, has proudly collaborated with business and community leaders to raise funds that promote and support Southborough Recreation in order to improve health, togetherness, and community spirit through recreational activities and facilities for all ages.

To that end, Friends of Southborough Recreation (FOSR) is gearing up for its biggest fundraiser of the year, the Gobble Wobble. The 12th annual Gobble Wobble is a 5K certified race, two-mile walk and Kids’ Fun Run on Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 22, at the P. Brent Trottier Middle School, 49 Parkerville Road.

We are thrilled to partner this year with the Southborough Food Pantry. A portion of the proceeds from the race will be donated to the pantry. Donations will also go toward scholarships and program support to continue our commitment of ensuring all resident have access to quality programs that help build healthy lives.

And a big thank you to our 12th Annual Gobble Wobble Sponsors:

Sperry Country Market Beer & Wine
Brendon Homes
Global Printing & Packaging
Long Cadillac
Andrew Abu Realtors
St. Marks School
Ken’s Foods
Reliant Medical Group
Table Talk Pies
Middlesex Savings Bank
Wee Care for Little People
Marilyn Green & Co Realtors/Remax
Southboro Wellness
Fay School
Pristine Cleaning
Trombetta Farms
Vin Bin
Arrow Fence Co.
Sheri Beran Design

12th Annual Gobble Wobble Registration Information:

Join us and over a thousand participants in this fun and festive race!

Registration begins at 7 a.m., with the 5K at 8:30 a.m. and the Fun Run at 9 a.m. Online registration is available [here]. Walk-in and mail-in registrations may be done through Southborough Recreation, 21 Highland St., Southborough, MA 01772. Checks may be made payable to Friends of Southborough Recreation.

Please note: Pre-registration Pick up is Wednesday, Nov 21 from 2 pm—7:30 pm at Trottier Middle School Gym. The registration fee is $35 for the run/walk; $25 for ages 18 and under. The registration fee is $40 on the day of the event. The Fun Run is free for all three age levels: 2-5, 6-8 and 9-11.

Children can be dropped off the day off the event at the Trottier school cafeteria where experienced babysitters will provide fun activities.

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Angela Varner
3 years ago

Is there any policy regarding weather conditions? Would the race be postponed if the weather is too cold (windchill below 0)?

Jolene Chapski
3 years ago

We have no plans at this point to cancel. We will take extra precautions and have volunteers to follow the runners in case of emergency. On another note: WE NEED MORE VOLUNTEERS for the day of. Please email at Gobblewobble@yahoo.com if interested.

Flying Wolenda
3 years ago

This is my favorite race, next to the Marathon, and look forward to it every year. We are bringing the entire family.

How will Southborough Rec get the word out if the weather does not cooperate?

Have a nice Thanksgiving!

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