• A limited number of short-sleeve heather gray T-shirts are included in the price of race registration and feature this logo. At press time, it was still being decided if the T-shirts would be available the day before the race. (“Turkey Trot 5K” is a race description, not its name.)
    A limited number of short-sleeve heather gray T-shirts are included in the price of race registration and feature this logo. At press time, it was still being decided if the T-shirts would be available the day before the race. (“Turkey Trot 5K” is a race description, not its name.)
  • Ann Self waves a donation basket at a Village Green concert this past summer. The VG executive director is also Gobble on the Green 5K organizer. (Photo by Don Richeson.)
    Ann Self waves a donation basket at a Village Green concert this past summer. The VG executive director is also Gobble on the Green 5K organizer. (Photo by Don Richeson.)

Gobble on the Green 5K prizes announced

By Don Richeson / Staff

CASHIERS -- Organizers last week released more details on the Gobble On the Green 5K road race set for 9 a.m. Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 22, in Cashiers. Special prizes will be awarded for top finishers and for the best Thanksgiving-theme costume (though participants are not required to wear a costume).

The top three male and female finishers in the 3.1 mile race will each receive a free Cream and Flutter pumpkin or pecan pie, as will the participant judged to have the best Thanksgiving-theme costume. The top overall male and female winners will additionally receive a free Firemoss Pottery mug.

It is the inaugural running of the race, which is expected to be offered every Thanksgiving. “We want to create a meaningful Thanksgiving tradition,” race organizer Ann Self said Thursday. Self is the executive director of the Village Green, where the race begins and ends. “It’s part of the Village Green’s DNA to do holidays well.” In addition to the road race, there will be a one-mile fun run for children at 9:30 a.m.

Scores have already registered for the race, including Cashiers resident Will Belue, 27, who has been running off and on since 13 and ran in the Assault on Black Rock in Sylva in March, as well as for his team where he attended college -- North Greenville University in Tigerville near Greenville, South Carolina. Belue is the outdoor pursuits excursion specialist at Mountaintop Golf and Lake Club in Cashiers.

“I think it is great for Cashiers to offer and organize activities outside and to get folks active on one of our major holidays when people are visiting,” Belue said. “It’s going to be a great course -- I love the course because it goes around Cashiers Lake -- it’s a hidden gem in Cashiers and it will give people a chance to see the lake.”

Those wanting to enter are encouraged to do so online at https://runsignup.com/GobbleontheGreen5K. However, on-site race day registration will be offered at 8 a.m. Thanksgiving Day at the Village Green Commons off Frank Allen Road. A limited number of T-shirts are included in the price of the race. At press time, it was still being decided if the T-shirts would be available the day before the race.

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