Galloping Gobbler

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2021 Race date is Thanksgiving Day – November 25, 2021.

Thanksgiving Day

November 26 thru December 12, 2020

The Galloping Gobbler has become Fort Wayne’s new family tradition for Thanksgiving. Folks visiting from across the country have made room for the turkey and trimmings by running the four mile Galloping Gobbler course. The four miler would start at the Hutzell Athletic Center on the campus of the University of Saint Francis and then take you through Fort Wayne’s historic Lindenwood Cemetery before finishing back at campus.

We regret that the latest COVID 19 Restrictions have caused the race to go to a VIRTUAL status.  We know many of our runners would like to keep their streak going.  You may run the 4 Mile distance on Thanksgiving Day or any day until December 12, 2020.  Then, report your times.

More information on the exact manner to do so is coming soon and will be distributed to all those who have registered.  Packet pick-up will be at Fleet Feet in the Village of Coventry, Fort Wayne.  WE WILL SEND THE DATES and TIMES of PACKET PICK UP to REGISTRANTS soon.

Those who have registered already may go back to the registration site and elect to be in the 2020 VIRTUAL GOBBLER or to have a deferred entry to the 2021 Gobbler.

Runners have enjoyed music, posing with a live turkey, a costume turkey mascot, chip timing, and the camaraderie of over 2400 runners, friends and family over the years.  We look forward to having a TRUE THANKSGIVING in 2021 when we can all be together again.

Know that we have worked hard to have a safe, in-person event.  We had a robust and well thought-out safety plan that was approved in October.  However, the Allen County Board of Health advised that situation could change if the COVID situation worsened.  Unfortunately, Allen County is now a RED county under the Indiana guidelines and for the safety of you, your families, our volunteers and the community – the Gobbler is now a virtual.

We are still working on the details of the conversion to a virtual event.  Indeed, we are moving quickly to get the details done and communicated. Thank you for your understanding.

We are of the strong belief that runners want to run and compete in live events.  In June, we held the first trail run in NE Indiana when the first limitations were lifted.  We enjoyed working with the Indiana Dept of Natural Resources and the Army Corps of Engineers in having a safe event at the Salamonie River State Forest and Salamonie Dam. We have provided guidance to other race directors on conducting a safe event.

However, we know that the incidence of active coronavirus positive individuals is likely 4 to 5 times the number of currently known positive population. Transmission is widespread.  Be safe. We will all get past this.  So, run with your immediate family this year or join us for the 2021 event when we will have even more features at the race to make that a really special day of Thanksgiving.  Blessings for you and your family.

View Course Map HERE.

click here to register online at Get Me Registered



View the 4-mile course and elevations here:

4 Mile Course Map Here.     4 Mile Course Elevation Profile Here.

2019 Overall Results

2019 Age Group Results

2018 Overall Results

2018 Age Group Results

Results may also be viewed on eRunner Timing – our timing services provider:

2019 4 Mile Overall     2019 4 Mile Age Group

2018 4 Mile Overall    2018 4 Mile Age Group

PACKET PICK-UP: ( The following is packet information for the live event.  2020 packets will be at Fleet Feet in Village of Coventry – I-69 and W. Jefferson Blvd.  Registrants will be sent the particular times. We ask that you not call Fleet Feet for packet times.)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: (Note: This parking information will hopefully be used in 2021) 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.

Awards will be customized and sent to recipients after the race!


Liz Schloss on 11/22/2018

A Thanksgiving tradition that I love and treasure. Great course, great people, great time.

Elizabeth Smith on 11/22/2018

Great run experience for a new runner! Well organized, interesting route, lots of fun!

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!

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