Not every November day offers you temperatures climbing to 70 degrees, so we were thrilled to have the 28th Annual Gobbler Hobbler and Mashed Potato Mile under those circumstances this past Saturday. We had 645 people come out to race in the 10k, and 417 people on the Mashed Potato Mile.
Our congratulations to our overall winners: Charles Thornton with a time of 37:44 and Lauren Farley who finished in 42:18. Both went home with turkeys for their Thanksgiving table. The Mashed Potato Mile was led by Domingo Gonzalez and Jenna Metcalf. They enjoyed their ceremonial bowl of mashed potatoes after the race along with their Fastest Miler trophies.
While having a new course two years in a row can be a challenge, and we missed a downpour that included hail by 30 minutes, we had a great time. Our thanks to the Oswego scouts who manned our water stations, to the Traughber Junior High student council who flipped walking pancakes for hundreds of runners, to the Oswego Fire Department who keeps an eye on the finish line, to the Kendall County Sheriff’s Office and Oswego Police Department who man 4 key corners and to the many volunteers who give their time on a late Fall morning.
Our mission at the park district is to create opportunities for a healthy community. That can be the easy part. We are a healthy community when people take us up on these opportunities. So many did that this past weekend! It was a great day to look out at the crowd of over 1000 people of all ages. Whether they walked or ran across the finish line, no matter the distance they tackled, it was fun to see everyone’s joy and pride. Thank you to everyone who came out to help host or to play. We can’t wait until next year!
Visit The Racer's Hub for a full list of results from the Gobbler Hobbler.
Kristie Blocker Vest
Special Events Supervisor