Gillham Road 


Since we announced last year that our Thanksgiving Day 5K would no longer be called the "Pilgrim Run," we have been working hard to find the right name for this event.

We are excited to share the NEW NAME of our 12th annual Thanksgiving Day 5K, the "Gillham Road GobbleTrot"!

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It will be the same feel-good, family-friendly, holiday-fun 5K run/walk enjoyed by thousands for more than a decade, and it still benefits the Pilgrim Center and our FREE community programming!

And that's not all of our exciting news for 2022! Here's the biggest change of all: this year, the entry fee for our 5K is zero. That's right, zero dollars. This event will be FREE! All participants who register before the early bird registration cut off will receive a FREE entry which includes a custom bib and chip timing, as well as additional FREE pre-event programming like training clubs and support sessions. T-shirts with our new name and 2022 design will be available for purchase.

Why did we make this change? Because we want to lower barriers and support a resilient Kansas City community. And what builds resilience? Connection. Physical activity. Time spent outdoors. What better way to encourage folks to join in all three at once than offering a FREE fun run/walk on one of the biggest family holidays of the year??

FREE Registration begins August 15, 2002. Follow us on social media to stay in the loop! @gillhamgobbletrot . Click here to give to the Pilgrim Center.


General Race Information

The race begins at 9:00 a.m. Thanksgiving Day. The start and finish (both southbound) are just north of the Pilgrim Chapel, 3801 Gillham Road. 

• The course takes runners and walkers along Gillham Road, through the Hyde Park neighborhood, and past Hyde Park the park.
• All in-person 5K participants (runners & walkers) are chip timed.
• The course has been certified by the USATF.

Long-sleeved color T-shirts will be available for purchase and available at packet pick-up the day before or morning of the race. 
Age Groups: 9 & Under, 10-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-84, 85+.

First, second, and third place medals are awarded in each division, and Male and Female Masters each are awarded a custom-engraved stainless steel Yeti travel cup.

The Children's Dash for kids 8 & under is held at the conclusion of the 5K run and walk. Divisions are: 4 & Under, 5-6, and 7-8. The younger two divisions run 100 yards and the older division runs 200 yards.

Course Map

Gillham Road Gobbletrot - Thanksgiving Morning 900 a.m. 3801 Gillham Road, Kansas City, Mi


Registration is available online beginning August 15.

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Is registration for the 2022 Gillham Road GobbleTrot really FREE? 

Yes! Register online beginning August 15, 2022 and receive a FREE entry which includes a custom bib and chip timing. T-shirts will be available for purchase. 

Can I give to the Pilgrim Center to support this FREE event? 

Yes! Please do. We need your support to offer all of the community programming we do at the Pilgrim Center. Click here to give now.

I registered but can’t participate. Can I transfer my registration to next year or give it to a friend?

No. We’re sorry, but there are no refunds and registrations must be used this year by the person who registered.

I have friends who would like to help. How can they volunteer?
That’s great! Ask them to email us at We'll put them to work!

What charitable organization will my participation benefit?
ALL PROCEEDS (not canned food collected, not a percentage of profits, but ALL PROCEEDS) of the Gillham Road GobbleTrot benefit the community programs of the Pilgrim Center. Each year the Center presents free programming for every season.

When is packet pick-up? 

Packet pick up is Wednesday, November 23, from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Notre Dame de Sion Grade School, 3823 Locust Street, just behind the Pilgrim Chapel. If you cannot pick up your packet, we can mail it to you for an additional $8.00 fee. Email for more information about having your packet mailed to you.

How do I submit my results for my virtual 5K?

Once you have registered for the 2022 Virtual Gillham Road GobbleTrot, you will receive an email with a link that will allow you to submit your results. Don't forget to share those finish photos to Facebook or Instagram and tag us @gillhamgobbletrot and include the hashtag #gillhamgobbletrot2022.

Can I bring my dog to the Gillham Road GobbleTrot in-person event on Thanksgiving Day?
Sorry, no. We love our fur babies, too, but dogs can be problematic when lining up for the race.

Can I push my child in a stroller at the in-person Gillham Road Gobbletrot?
Sure! We just ask that you line up near the back of the group, with the walkers.

I would like to support the Gillham Road Gobbletrot and the Pilgrim Center. How can I sign on as a sponsor?
Sponsorships are available from the Supporter Level at $100 up to the Title Sponsor Level at $5,000. Please contact our Race Director, Amelia McDaniel, at to obtain sponsorship information.


Please Thank
Our 2021 Sponsors!

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Past Pilgrim Run Photos

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