November 27, 2014
TIMES ARE TENTATIVE
NOTE: BOTH RACES TO START AT SAINT FRANCIS in 2014. THE 15K WILL NOW FINISH at FRONTIER COMMUNICATIONS.
8:30 AM – Start for 4 Mile Run and Walk
8:15 AM – Start for the Long Distance 15K Towpath Run
Copy will change for those portions of the race description below as it relates to the 15K starting at Saint Francis. This change has been done to ensure that both races start on time as a courtesy to our great participants.
The 15K race is now three years old. This year it starts at the University of Saint Francis and finishes near Frontier Communications off W. Jefferson Blvd. Run from Saint Francis to Lindenwood Cemetery, then run to Rockhill Park and pick up the Towpath Trail and take it out southwest along the course of the Wabash & Erie Canal by Eagle Marsh and finish at Frontier Communications. With the change of the start, the Trolley shuttle bus service will NOT take runners from Frontier to Saint Francis for the start. However, there will be a Trolley shuttle AFTER the 15K finish to bring folks back to the Saint Francis parking lot.Start time for the longer distance run will be at 8:15 AM. The four milers will cheer you on at your start.
NOTE: We’ll be changing the 15K course map as we get nearer the race date to reflect that it will now be point to point BUT going from Saint Francis toward Frontier.15K Course Map Here. 15K Course Elevation Profile Here.
The Galloping Gobbler has become Fort Wayne’s new family tradition for Thanksgiving. Make room for the turkey and trimmings by running the four mile Galloping Gobbler course or the newer longer course alternative. The four miler starts at the Hutzell Athletic Center on the campus of the University of Saint Francis and then takes you through Fort Wayne’s historic Lindenwood Cemetery before finishing back at campus.
Music, a live turkey, a costume turkey mascot, chip timing, and over 4000 runners make this a time to share with family and friends.
PACKET PICK-UP: Packet pick up for the Galloping Gobbler will be Wednesday from approximately 5:45 to 7:45 PM at the Hutzell Athletic Center on the USF campus off Leesburg Road south of Spring Street. Packets may also be picked up on race morning starting at approximately 7:10 AM.
Parking is at a premium with the large crowd. We would recommend you use the North Campus lot off Spring Street (the largest lot is BEHIND the building) or the lots near Spring Street and Lindenwood Avenue. It is a short walk across campus to Hutzell and one gets to see the restored Bass Mansion up close. You may view a map of the campus here.
David Kelly on 11/26/2010
Great event! Well managed, no hassle venue with 2,000 participants. Fast course in the prettiest cemetery ever. Hilly and interesting with a happy family and friends atmosphere. Run or walk at any pace. Train to win or push the stroller. Everyone gets home by 10am to enjoy Thanksgiving. Perfect! See you next year.
Melissa Walda on 11/25/2009
Fun start to Thanksgiving for runners or walkers. Very family friendly!
REGISTER ONLINE: Click here for 2014 Online Registration
PRINTABLE, MAIL-IN REGISTRATION for the 2014 Galloping Gobbler may be downloaded here. It is a combination entry for the Galloping Gobbler, Gingerbread Pursuit and HUFF Trail Runs. Enter one, two, or all three races. Use this form for family entries and receiving the family discount for three or more entries submitted together.