Friday, November 8, 2013
The 36th annual Turkey Day Run and Gobble Wobble in Charleston is teaming up with BSX Athletics (BSX) and other turkey trots across the country to unite runners and bring a world record back to the United States. The effort, dubbed the Guinness World Record Gobbler Challenge, will take place Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28. The record, titled “Most Participants in a Multi-venue Race” will feature 20 races across 12 states. The combined number of participants will have to exceed 116,086 to break the record, currently held by Malaysia.
The race, which is the brainchild of BSX co-founder and president, Dustin Freckleton, aims to achieve a number of goals:
• Get people off the couch
• Get people involved in running
• Unite the U.S. running community
• Spur the growing trend of race participation
• Drive funds for the race charities
• Bring the world record back into the US
“As the founder of a sports technology company, there’s just something special and gratifying about watching people get out and run,” says Freckleton. “Bringing together all of these races, most of which are benefiting influential charities, feels like a fun and impactful way to make a difference. The world record is just icing on the cake.”
How many people can say they’re a world record holder? Running groups across the country gather every Saturday morning to run together before the sun comes up. The chance to be part of something of this magnitude could be the spark that gets someone off the couch or encourage a novice to keep putting one foot in front of the other.
The Turkey Day Run & Gobble Wobble held annually in Charleston, is the largest 5K in South Carolina. Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, Council No. 704 the mission of the Turkey Day Run is to raise money for charitable organizations in the Lowcountry. In 2012, the race raised over $80,000 for more than a dozen different charities. The Turkey Day Run & Gobble Wobble is a run and party in one, including live music, plenty of free food and drinks, lots of family activities, and a Children’s Fun Run for those 10 and under. To register as a participant or a volunteer, visit www.turkeydayrun.com for more information.