This event is the perfect start to your Thanksgiving morning!
It starts at 9am on the morning of Thanksgiving at UBTech college on Aggie Boulevard. At the event, there are lots of opportunities to donate, participate in raffles, purchase gobbler merch, mingle and have refreshments!
Registration and ticket purchase are available prior to the event and the morning of starting at 8am.
The registration fee is $25 and 100% of the proceeds go to the families in need. The purchase of raffle tickets is also donated 100% as all the items for raffle have been donated by local businesses and residents! Gobbler merch and T-shirts are available for purchase prior to the event here on the website but will only be available for order until a certain date. A limited amount of merchandise will be available the day of the race!
Online registration begins Thursday October 1st and will be open until the day of the race.
Each registrant will need to sign a liability waiver which is included in your registration. Registrants this year will receive a "finishers pin" while supplies last!
We are so grateful for each sponsor, family, runner, business and individual that participates in this run! We always say "little by little a little adds up to a lot." Any and all donations can help them get through the hard times but seeing the generosity of people around them will help heal their hearts. As a collective whole we an be a shoulder to lean on during some of the hardest times they will ever go through. Come participate in our com"UNITY" gobbler run for the Bowden's and the Webster's this Thanksgiving morning!
Why we Gobble...
Why we gobble
FAMILY IS EVERYTHING
Tracy and Alicia met in high school have been together for 21 years . Alicia is from Vernal and Tracy moved from Heber in '86. They have made Vernal their home. Their children, Karsen (19), Reagan (18) and Bransen (15) love to spend time in the mountains together four wheeling, fishing and camping. This family spends time together supporting our community and building people up. Alicia is an RN at UBTech and Tracy is a mechanic at Deseret Power but has been unable to work since February.
In March of this year, Tracy was diagnosed with Stage 4 Metastatic Gastric Adenocarcinoma (stomach cancer). His current treatment is chemotherapy every 2 weeks and these treatments will continue throughout his life. His cancer is non-curable but the hope is to get him on a maintenance dose of chemo that will continue indefinitely.
The Websters mantra... is to always learn something from difficult times or stressful situations. They have said “We are learning what is truly important in life: family, friends, being kind, and serving others.”
As a community we have the amazing opportunity to rally around the Webster's in support during this hard time. This truly kind and grateful family are well deserving and in need of our efforts this holiday season! Let's come together as a community and race for the Websters!
LULA BETH STRONG
"We found a football sized tumor that is cancerous. We will be sending you out to Primary’s tonight. She needs surgery.”
Can you imagine what her mom and dad felt when the doctors gave them this news? I don’t think that anyone can really understand unless they have been through it.
Kristin and Dakota are both from Vernal and have made this their home with their two kids. They love Vernal and are so happy here!
However, this past March, little Lula Beth was diagnosed with stage 2 wilms kidney cancer. At 3 years old, this cute little girl started one of the hardest battles anyone can go through. They battled as a family through 13 rounds of Chemo and now Lula Beth is cancer free! But we all know that the battle is never over. While Lula Beth is currently in remission, there will be many more physical and financial struggles for this family! She will have to undergo frequent testing, scans and checks for at least the next 5 years not to mention re-growing her hair and recovering from the trauma of cancer and the long term effects of medical bills.
Just because we hear the words “remission” and “cancer free,” it doesn’t mean the struggles magically disappear. We all know how much visits to the hospital cost. Lets help this cute family recover both emotionally and financially! Run for little Lula Beth and her family!
BEHIND THE SCENES...
Meet the Honeycutts!
Former owners of New Look Salon, BJ and Randi had found ways to contribute to the community through their business. From Relay for life to Trees for Charity to bake sales and more, they have always gone beyond the basic giving. About 10 years ago, tragedy hit close to home after very dear friends of Bj & Randis had cancer strike their family. That is when they decided it would be a good idea to host a 5k on Thanksgiving morning! What better way to earn your pie and give "Thanks" for what you have while "Giving" to those in need!
Every year this event gets bigger and bigger and
helps more and more people.
"We don't HAVE to do this, we GET to do this," Randi says when asked why she does it. "Yes it can be hard to leave family and run in the cold on Thanksgiving morning, but we are going to show up to help those battling cancer, illness, tragedy or loss of a loved one. It's one day to show them we care. They don't get a choice. We do!"
Come run, walk, bawk or squawk your way to the finish line. Honestly, we don't even care if you step foot on the course, it's about showing up for each other!
Meet the Gobbler Girls!
Gill and Annalee came to Randi's rescue just after the event was founded. Since then they have created many many memories together helping numerous wonderful families in our home town.
Each year these girls end up being the face of the gobbler because of all the time and effort they spend in the community gathering sponsorships, doing radio ads, creating and gathering raffle items for the event and taking care of the many tiny details that no one would even think about.
Although these girls help out in the open, there are many many local businesses and volunteers that lend a helping hand both behind the scenes and at the event. The gobbler girls always want to recognize each individual that plays a part in pulling off the Gobbler!
Every single donation, every single racer, every single volunteer and every penny donated makes a huge impact on these families each year. Little by little, a little always adds up to a lot!