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
8:00 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.
NEW in 2012 was a longer distance! In 2013 we have made that longer distance a 15 KM race. Start near Frontier Communications off W. Jefferson, then run the Towpath Trail to Rockhill Park, cross Jefferson, merge with the 4 mile runners into Lindenwood Cemetery and then cross the finish line at the campus. Trolley shuttle bus service will be available to make multiple trips to take runners from Hutzell to the 15K start. Start time for the longer distance run will be at 8:00 AM to allow smooth merger with 4 milers.
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 2013 Online Registration
PRINTABLE, MAIL-IN REGISTRATION for the 2013 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.