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Join us for the 6th Annual Gobbler Half Marathon, 10K & 5K on Sunday, November 21, 2021 at 8:30am at Mereworth Farm in West Lexington. Earn your Thanksgiving feast the following Thursday with a scenic Half Marathon, 10K, or 5K through beautiful bluegrass horse country.
In addition to our in-person race, we are also providing a VIRTUAL OPTION for those who can't join us in person (or who are not ready for an in-person race). Those who register as a virtual participant can run/walk/hike their race on their own schedule and on their own course. Virtual participants will earn a commemorative shirt and finisher's medal. We will mail out virtual packets to those who live outside of the Central Kentucky area. The registration fee for the virtual race (any distance) is $40.
Our race charitable beneficiaries will be New Vocations Racehorse Adoption. Read more about this worthy local charity below.
Our scenic half marathon course will traverse through beautiful horse country and past a number of our horse farms. All registrants receive a long-sleeved performance T-shirt (while they last). Overall, Age Group awards, DJ, free post-race massage, race photos, chip timing, post-race eats and lots of Gobbler fun!
Commemorative long-sleeved shirts (men's/women's sized) are on a first come, first served basis. When you register if your size is not available, you can either select another size or "no shirt option" to SAVE $5.00. We will have a SHIRT SWAP immediately following the race for anyone who either did not receive a shirt or got a size that they would like to trade with another participant. If we have race no shows, their shirts will be available for swap following the race.
There will be a 15 minute/mile (3:15 total time) pace limit imposed for the half marathon race per contract with the City of Lexington. Walkers and strollers are welcomed in the 10K and 5K races. No dogs are allowed. Awards will be mailed to our Top 3 M/F award winners.
PACKET PICKUP Packet pickup is Saturday, November 20, 2021 from 11am to 4pm at Fleet Feet Lexington located at The Summit at Fritz Farm (Address: 4084 Finn Way Suite 140, Lexington, KY 40517) Anyone who picks up on Saturday will be entered into our raffle for some great runner prizes!
There will also be limited race day PPU from 7:15-8:30am mostly designed for our out of town/out of state runners. This will be a Mereworth Farm our race venue.
HALF MARATHON COURSE CLICK HERE
10K COURSE CLICK HERE
5K COURSE CLICK HERE
Please consider volunteering for our benefiting charities at this race (or having friends/family do so). Our race day shift generally runs from 6:30am-12:00pm. Once you sign up, we'll be in touch with you about more details, duties, etc...
If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.
One of our race charitable beneficiaries is Glean KY. Founded in 2010, GleanKY gathers and and redistributes excess fruits and vegetables nourish Kentucky's hungry. Currently operating in Fayette, Scott, Madison, and Franklin Counties, GleanKY gathers produce from farms, orchards, groceries, gardens, and farmers markets, distributing it to over seventy feeding agencies each year. 97% of agencies receiving produce from GleanKY report being able to serve a greater number of clients thanks to gleaned produce; 35% report that GleanKY allows them to serve produce for the first time. GleanKY anticipates gleaning its millionth pound of produce in the late summer of 2016. A portion of your registration fee and 100% of additional donations made by Gobbler registrants will go to Glean KY.
New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program was founded in 1992 to offer retiring racehorses a safe-haven, rehabilitation, and continued education through placement in experienced, caring homes. Most of the horses arriving at New Vocations are injured and thin, suffering the normal occupational hazards of racing. Without a useful skill to offer their previous option was often a one-way ticket to the local livestock auction.
New Vocations provides a safety net for these horses matching them with qualified individuals and following up on their rehabilitation and vocational training to ensure a successful transition. Our focus is on adoption versus retirement, believing that each horse deserves to have an individual home and purpose.
Over 6,000 retired Thoroughbreds and Standardbreds have been placed in qualified homes through New Vocations’ efforts since its inception. These horses have come from 40 different racetracks and have been adopted by families throughout the country.
New Vocations has 2 scenic Ohio locations in Laurelville and Marysville. Other locations include: Lexington, Kentucky; Hummelstown, Pennsylvania and Fort Edward, New York.
The Four Points By Sheraton is our Official 2018 Gobbler Half Marathon Hotel Partner. They are located at 1938 Stanton Way, Lexington, KY 40511 at the I-64/75 Newtown Pike (Exit 118). Their courtesy room rate is $79 plus tax per night which is available on Friday (11/16) and Saturday (11/17). To make your reservation call 859/259.1311 and mention "The Gobbler Half Marathon". The Four Points is about 3 miles from our race venue and features newly renovated rooms and lobby area.
MORE ABOUT FOUR POINTS BY SHERATON
Located in the heart of the bluegrass region of Kentucky, the Four Points by Sheraton Lexington is the closest full service hotel to the beautiful Kentucky Horse Park—host of the 2010 World Equestrian Games. We are also minutes away from the city’s regional airport, business district and the University of Kentucky.
We’ve thought of everything you need to feel perfectly at home while you’re on the road. Our hotel features 174 guest rooms, a full service restaurant and lounge, over 7500 square feet of meeting space, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and a fitness room. We offer complimentary wireless High Speed Internet Access throughout the hotel, and complimentary shuttle service.
Welcome to the Four Points by Sheraton Lexington!
The Gobbler Route is a 2 "out and back" course with 98% on paved road surfaces. The first 2/10 and last 1/10 miles will be run on Mereworth Farm on gravel surface. There are 10 hydration stations along the 13.1 mile course serving water and SWORD Performance Hydration in small 5 oz. cups. The start and finish are in the same location.
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