Sunday, March 20, 2011

New Website -

The Galloping Gobbler is moving to a shiny new website -

Now you can find all our races in one place, including the Father's Day Run 4 Trails (June 19th), the Waterfall 5K Trail Run at the Kokiwanee Nature Preserve (June 26th) and The HUFF 50K Trail Run (December 17th).

The Galloping Gobbler weblog will still be active but it will serve as an adjunct to the main site. At you will find registration, trail maps, directions, volunteer sign-up and more.

We'll see you on Thanksgiving Day and sooner at

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Galloping Gobbler Photographs by Ryans Visuals

You may view the large number of photographs at Ryan Visuals by clicking here. Professional photographers Chad Ryan and Tim Perroud took a large number of photos. You may order prints through the Ryan Visuals website.

Chad Ryan has posted the following special:
Get 10% off your order of $50 by using the coupon code: GALLOPING GOBBLER SPECIAL 1050 at checkout.

For a 20% spend $75 and use the code: GALLOPING GOBBLER SPECIAL 2075

Galloping Gobbler 2010 Final Results

The complete final results of the 2010 Galloping Gobbler may be viewed as a PDF by clicking here.

The results are shown in age-group format.

A searchable database of overall results will be posted soon.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Searchable Confirmation Database

You can search the Galloping Gobbler confirmation database by name to find out your bib number.

Just click here.

Please know that any data issues can be taken care of tonight at packet pick-up or tomorrow before the start of the race by seeing the Timing and Data personnel.

Who are they? Those would be the folks from Everal Race Timing hunched over the computers at the back of the Hutzell Center.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Cheesecake at the Gobbler

Cheesecake at the Gobbler!

Support the St Francis cross-country and track and field programs by ordering a delicious artisan made cheesecake for pick-up at the Galloping Gobbler Packet Pick-up on Wednesday night (5:45 PM to 8 PM) at the Hutzell Center.

Baked by Wabash's Big Brick House Bakery with all natural ingredients - you may reserve a plain, chocolate swirl or plain sugar free - for pick up Wednesday. A limited number may be available without reservation, too.

Just email "" with "Cheesecake" in the subject line. Then indicate your preference and name in the text. Limited to the first 50 responding. Price is $25 and all net proceeds support St Francis athletes.

This idea was borrowed from a Thanksgiving Day race held in Ohio. The cheesecake will be frozen for use whenever you would like but we know most folks will thaw it for consumption at the Thanksgiving table.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Family Registration Discount Now Enabled in Online Registration

The Galloping Gobbler has worked with our on-line registration provider to enable the family registration discount for 2010.

Families registering three or more runners get a $2 discount off registration. Go to online registration and it should direct you on how to register 3 or more persons for the discount. Just like mailing in all registrations together, the online registration option for 3 or more requires it to be done in one registration.

We thought this feature would only be available next year, but we worked with the on-line provider to facilitate for the remainder of the 2010 registration season.

This will help ensure the accuracy of your registration information by eliminating transcription errors possible with the mail-in applications.

Packet Pick Up, Parking and More

Packet pick up will be at the Hutzell Athletic Center on the campus of the University of St. Francis on Wednesday evening from approximately 5:45 PM to 8 PM.

You may also pick up your packet race morning. Your bib is your timing chip. That is, the Gobbler was the first to offer D-Tag timing last year - this year, we are putting the RFID tag ON the bib. This should save some time and make packet pick up even smoother than last year.

Please give our volunteers a little breathing room Wednesday night, if you can. Arriving after 6:15 PM will help us to keep the flow moving.

Also, be thinking about parking on race morning. It appears that the Galloping Gobbler will be serving in excess of 2,000 runners. You may park near Hutzell early, but think about parking at the North Campus building off Spring Street or the football parking near Lindenwood Avenue and Spring. It is an easy walk to the Hutzell center from those parking areas.

One other item to start thinking about: due to the large number of participants, runners will be finishing on Leesburg Road. So, you will NOT be able to exit Leesburg after the race and head south. You may want to start looking at the map and seeing how you will leave the campus after the race by utilizing Spring Street!

WANE TV Joins With the Gobbler

WANE TV NewsChannel 15 joins with the Galloping Gobbler to promote running, walking and fitness in Fort Wayne.

Along with our sponsor partner, Lutheran Health Network, WANE is featuring Fort Wayne's new Thanksgiving family tradition on its website as well as on-air features.

Milk is for Winners: Prairie Farms to Provide Chocolate Milk for Gobbler Recovery

The Galloping Gobbler is proud to announce the association of Prairie Farms Dairy with the Thanksgiving Day Race.

Chocolate milk has been shown in studies to be a superior recovery drink for runners. Prairie Farms will be providing chocolate milk to runners as they cross the finish line because "Winner Drink Milk ©."

Finish the Gobbler and you'll have something in common with the winner of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing ©."

Live Music at the Gobbler from My Lost Tribe

The Galloping Gobbler is adding live music to the event this year.

My Lost Tribe features Alex Mendez, Chris Reilly and Anthony Krick. You'll appreciate their music. They entertained runners at the 5K race held at Adams Memorial Hospital on May 1st.

Friday, November 05, 2010

16 States; 550 Entrants So Far

The Galloping Gobbler 4 Miler has become something of a Homecoming for Fort Wayne. Relatives, friends, college students and former residents come to the Gobbler to be with family and friends.

The race is the second largest running event in northeast Indiana. Already there are over 550 entrants from 16 different states.

We hope you will join in creating a new family Thanksgiving tradition.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Printable Registration Form Now Available

Participants can choose to register online for the 2010 Galloping Gobbler 4 Miler at or by printing and mailing a registration form.

You can download and print out a mailable entry form by clicking here.

The printable entry form allows you to register for the 2010 Galloping Gobbler 4 Miler. It also provides an opportunity to enter any of the three divisions of The HUFF 50K to be held December 18 at the J. Edward Roush Lake in Huntington.

You can find out more information on The HUFF 50K Trail Run by visiting It is one of North America's largest ultramarathons. You can test yourself against time, distance ... and Mother Nature by running the 50K individual run, the 3 Person 50K Relay or the One Loop (10.8) mile run.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Welcome, Fort4Fitness Participants

The Fort Wayne Galloping Gobbler welcomes the participants in the 2010 Fort4Fitness.

You have set an admirable goal this fall. Reap the rewards of your training by continuing the fun on Thanksgiving Day in Fort Wayne.

The Galloping Gobbler is Fort Wayne's new family tradition for Thanksgiving. Make room for the turkey and trimmings by running the four mile Galloping Gobbler course. It starts at the Hutzell Athletic Center on the campus of the University of St. Francis and then takes you through Fort Wayne's historic Lindenwood Cemetery before finishing back at campus.

A live band, a live turkey, a costume turkey mascot, D-tag timing electronic timing, and over 1500 runners make this a time to share with family and friends.

The run helps provide funds for the University, the St. Francis athletic program and the Boy Scouts.

You may register online or by mail.

There will be a new website soon that will provide all the great information on the Gobbler, The HUFF 50K Trail Run, the Father's Day Trail 5K and the Waterfall Trail 5K all on one site. Check back over the next few weeks for the launch of the new Veep Races site.

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Welcome Indy Mini Runners!

Thanks for visiting The Galloping Gobbler 4 Miler weblog.

Over the next month, you will see a robust and reworked website for The Galloping Gobbler 4 Miler. So, check back at this URL for the new and very improved site.

If you wish to reserve your spot in the 2010 Galloping Gobbler 4 Miler visit ONLINE REGISTRATION HERE.

If you like trail running consider running the Father's Day Run 4 Trails on June 20 at Metea County Park in Fort Wayne or the new Waterfall Trail Run on June 28th at Kokiwanee Nature Preserve near Lagro at the Salamonie Lake Dam; it's a spectacular trail run.

If you want a big trail running challenge, think about The HUFF 50K individual run, the 3 person 50K Relay, or the individual One Loop Run (10.8 miles).

Register for the Father's Day Trail Run by clicking here.
Register for the Waterfall Run at Kokiwanee by clicking here.
Register for The HUFF 50K Trail Run by clicking here.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Read about the 2009 Gobbler Report at PRT Chronicles

Thanks to Jeff Steinberg for the 2009 Gobbler report and photos at the PRT Chronicles.
Photo credit: Casey Shafer in mascot gear by PRT Chronicles.