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Gillham Road 


The Gillham Road GobbleTrot is back at 9:00 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, November 28, 2024!

Grab your family and friends and head out to Hyde Park in Kansas City, Missouri for our feel-good, family-friendly, holiday-fun 5K run/walk enjoyed by thousands for more than a decade, and ALL PROCEEDS always benefit the Pilgrim Center and our FREE community programming!

Registration is NOW OPEN! Sign up now to support the Pilgrim Center and reserve your 2024 Bella+Canvas t-shirt featuring our distinguished turkey mascot. When you register for the GobbleTrot, you help provide more FREE, accessible opportunities for everyone in our community to get outside, get together, and get active!*

Want to get the best deal? Rustle up a few friends or family and register a team today! Click here to sign up, and follow us on social media to stay in the loop! @gillhamgobbletrot and @pilgrimcenterkc

Then join us each Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. for our FREE Warm Up Weeks! Beginning August 3. Click here for more info.

This 5K starts and finishes at the Pilgrim Chapel, 3801 Gillham Road.

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.

To pick up your chipped, custom bib and 2024 T-shirt, please visit one of our Packet Pick Ups. We know it has been busy and crowded in years past, so we have added an additional opportunity this year to help make your visit fast and easy! You have THREE chances to pick up your packets. Details will be available this fall.

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.

Your T-shirt and custom chipped bib will be available at Packet Pick-up. There are THREE choices this year. Click here for more information.
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 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.

* If you or someone you know would like to participate but cannot afford the cost of registration, scholarships are available. Please contact the Race Director, Amelia McDaniel, at (816) 753-6719 or for more information or to contribute to this fund.

Course Map

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



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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 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

We have added a Packet Pick Up session! Now you can drive through Tuesday or 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. Click here for more info. 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.

Is the 2024 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.

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 with any questions or for more information.


Please Thank
Our 2023 Sponsors!

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