• A banner promoting the inaugural Gobble On the Green 5K road race appeared last week at the crossroads. (Photo by Don Richeson.)
    A banner promoting the inaugural Gobble On the Green 5K road race appeared last week at the crossroads. (Photo by Don Richeson.)

Cashiers to host Thanksgiving 5K road race, one-mile fun run

Registration is going on now

By Don Richeson / Staff


CASHIERS -- Southern Jackson County running enthusiasts have bemoaned the lack of race events in the Cashiers area, but this year that situation is changing, with the crossroads now hosting two big 5K road races. Last month, the Tour de Cashiers bicycling event expanded to launch what is expected to become an annual 5K (3.1-mile run). The Village Green announced recently that it will also host an annual 5K -- on Thanksgiving Day.


“Turkey, cornbread dressing, pumpkin pie, football and family time -- there are so many reasons to love Thanksgiving. Each family has its own activities and traditions to look forward to,” reads a Village Green news release. “This year, the Village Green is adding to that offering with a 5K run and turkey trot walk as part of its Gobble On the Green celebration.” The Village Green run is set for 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 22 at the Village Green Commons on the Frank Allen Road side of the park.

Early bird registration for Gobble On the Green is now open and runs through Nov. 10. The cost is $25 and includes a race T-shirt featuring a specially designed, eye-catching Gobble On the Green logo. Late registration, including race day, is $30 with a T-shirt while supplies last.

A one-mile fun run for children ages 5-10 years begins at 9:30 a.m. The fun run is free with registration; T-shirts can be purchased separately.

While it won’t quite be like watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Cashiers Thanksgiving Day run should be fun to come out and watch, since participants are being encouraged to wear Turkey Day-theme attire -- the zanier the better. In addition to age group awards, prizes will be given for the most creative and festive holiday-themed race outfits.

To register as a race participant, visit https://runsignup.com/GobbleontheGreen5K

“Make plans now to attend Gobble On the Green before your feast and do the Turkey Day wobble!” reads a news release for the event.

For information, visit http://www.villagegreencashiersnc.com/.

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