More than 400 to run in "Gobble"

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By Don Richeson / Staff

The Gobble on the Green 5K road race is turning out to be one hefty Butterball of an event, complete with all the extra fixings. As of Tuesday, more than 400 people had registered for the inaugural Thanksgiving Day 3.1-mile run, which goes from the Village Green Commons out to Cashiers Lake and back, according to an email race organizers sent to registered participants. There will be more online registrants Wednesday and some on-site registration will be possible at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day -- though organizers prefer you register online at So, the 9 a.m. race could easily end up having close to 500 runners -- a big field of participants for our village.



Parking is always challenging for Village Green events and will be more so for this one -- some of the park’s normal parking areas will be closed. The east end of Frank Allen Road will be closed between the traffic light at N.C. Highway 107 South and the Village Green Commons. The Village Green Commons events lots off Frank Allen Road will be closed during the event.

Organizers suggest parking at the Cashiers-Glenville Recreation Center on the west end of Frank Allen Road as well as at the Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library and Cashiers Post Office (but not the lot behind the post office).

A limited number of spaces will be available in the Village Green parking lot near the playground, accessed off U.S. Highway 64 West, across from the Shoppes on the Green center.

Race check-in begins at 8 a.m. this Thursday, Nov. 22. Participants will pick up their race bibs then, along with “swag bags” and T-shirts at the Village Green Commons in the east end tower located at the covered driveway of the Commons event lot.

The check-in for the one-mile Fun Run will begin after the start of the 5K.


Later Thanksgiving Day

I received word that Cashiers’ movie star pooch, Elizabeth Fletcher’s Bernese mountain dog, Keeper, will also briefly be on national TV on Thanksgiving Day. Keeper won his breed competition in “The National Dog Show,” which is scheduled to air on NBC stations starting at noon. He wasn’t the main overall winner or anything, but he will likely receive at least a few seconds of screen time. NBC traditionally airs "The National Dog Show" after its coverage of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Keeper plays Meatball in the Mark Wahlberg movie “Instant Family” opening this month.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

(Don Richeson is editor of the Crossroads Chronicle. Email him at


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