The Gillham Road GobbleTrot is the feel-good, family-friendly, holiday-fun 5K run/walk in Kansas City, Missouri, on Thanksgiving Day, enjoyed by thousands for more than a decade, and brought to you by the Pilgrim Center.
2022 was a blast, with more than 1,300 people registered and more than 1,500 participating. Beautiful weather, generous sponsors, and giving volunteers made everything possible. Click here to see some of the photos!
Registration soon will be available for 2023. Click here to follow us on Instagram for all updates!
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.
Can I give to the Pilgrim Center to help support this event?
Yes! Please do. We need your support to offer all of the community programming we do at the Pilgrim Center, including the GobbleTrot. 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, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, from 3:00 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 email@example.com for more information about having your packet mailed to you.
Is the 2022 Gillham Road GobbleTrot an in-person event?
Yes, this year we are glad to be celebrating together on Thanksgiving! Of course we also are offering a virtual option if that is your preference. Simply select the Virtual 5K when you register online.
How do I submit my results for my virtual 5K?
Once you have registered for the 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 #gillhamgobbletrot.
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 $10,000. Please click here to view our sponsorship form. And contact our Race Director, Amelia McDaniel, at (816) 753-6719 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or for more information.
Our 2022 Sponsors!
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