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22nd Annual Gobble Gobble Gobble

Thu November 22, 2018
Location: Somerville, MA US 02144 Directions
Type: Run or Run/Walk
Weather Update
Registration is open it will remain open until race start time. Bundle up and join us!

After watching the forecast for Thanksgiving Day for the last 24 hours and making adjustments we are announcing that the 2018 Gobble will be run on Thursday.

Important details please read closely:

  • We will impose a strict course time limit of 48 minutes (12 min/mile pace). There will be a sweep van following the race and removing runners that fall behind the cutoff pace from the course.
  • Absolutely no participants under the age of 12 and no strollers will be allowed.
  • The forecast at the start is for wind chills near 0 degrees. If you are not fully prepared for, and are not experienced in running in such conditions, we recommend that you consider not running the race. 
    • If you choose to stay home but would still like to collect your shirt please email us at gobble@srr.org and we will be in touch about alternate pickup options.
  • Due to freezing temperatures we will not have a water stop during the race. We will have water and hot cocoa available at the finish.If you expect to require water during the race please bring your own.
  • Dress appropriately with multiple layers and bring extra clothes for after the race. We will have a bag check available. Please utilize it to be certain you have access to plenty of warm clothes.
  • We are able to provide the following locations for warming post-race (be aware that all have limited capacity).
    • The Burren (247 Elm St) - Post race party.
    • Mckinnon’s/Burren Back Parking Lot (Grove St) - Expanded post race party with heated tent
    • Out of the Blue Restaurant (215 Elm St) - Warming space. There will be NO POST RACE PARTY at this location but the owners have graciously agreed to let in runners who need to warm up after the race.

For more information, please review the Road Runners Club or America guidelines for cold weather running below:

Outdoor exercise does not need to be discontinued in the winter, but modifications are necessary to aid in the prevention of hypothermia (lowered body temperature), frostbite and falls.

  1. Plan your run. You will be less likely to get chilled if you run into the wind as you start with the wind at the finish.
  2. Check the weather conditions before dressing for your run. This will aid in proper clothing selection.
  3. Do not overdress. Start off feeling a little cool, since body temperature will start to increase once one has started running. Excessive clothing will produce sweating. This will allow body heat to be lost rapidly, thus increasing the risk of hypothermia.
  4. Dress in layers. The inner layer should be a material that “wicks” perspiration away from the skin (i.e. polypropylene, thermax, etc.). The middle layer is for insulation and the absorbing moisture (i.e. cotton shirt). This layer is often not necessary for legs. The outer layer should protect against wind and moisture (i.e. nylon); ideally, it would also allow moisture to escape (i.e. Gore-tex).
  5. Be careful of gaps of bare skin between gloves and jackets. These areas can be vulnerable to frostbite.
  6. Wear a hat and mittens or gloves. More than 25% of body heat can be lost through the head. In extreme cold protect your neck and face with a scarf or neck gator. Petroleum jelly works well on exposed areas, such as the nose. On windy days consider wearing goggles are eye glasses.
  7. Drink plenty of water. Even though the temperature is cold, you can still lose fluid, just as in the summer.
  8. Wear reflective gear and light colored clothing if you have to run in the dark. Dress in bright colors if it is overcast, snowing, or hazy to contrast the surroundings.
  9. Wear ID. Tell someone where you are going and what time you expect to get back.
  10. Remember: some days it is safest not to run. Roads can be covered with ice which can lead to falls or cars sliding into you.
Race Website

Additional race information can be found at http://www.srr.org/gobble/.

Davis Square
40 Holland St
Somerville, MA US 02144

Somerville Road Runners present:

Our popular 4-mile Thanksgiving Turkey Trot that starts and finishes in Davis Square.

The first 2400 entrants receive a long-sleeved t-shirt. Prizes to top overall finishers.

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