On Saturday I participated in the Gobble Wobble 5k Fun Run & Walk in Denver, Colorado.
I was even more excited to find out that this race directly benefitted the children of a small Colorado school district. We also brought a few canned food items for a discounted registrations.
A canned food drive and a race benefitting the kids…I felt great before the race even started!
My friend Meagan & her mom Sheila were super excited about the race too. Though it was chilly, we were ready to get our wobble on!
Dressing up was encouraged! I was bummed I forgot to pack my turkey costume. 😉
But this guy probably took home the gold on best costume anyway!
The race actually took place on the inside of a golf course. Our race route was a small sidewalk that took us around the entire perimeter of a the golf course.
Due to my foot being really really mad at me (I had actually ran 3 miles on the treadmill the day before at my hotel in Iowa to give my foot a test run and well, the day after it did not feel so good).
So we power-wobbled the entire race! It was probably better that I didn’t run for time, as it was such a small family friendly & kid heavy race. I would have felt like a really mean horrible person zooming by those little
turkeys children, just trying to make good time.
I thought they did a great job of labeling the miles on the course of the race. And they even set up water stations.
If you look closely, you can even spot frost on the weeds. It was cold and foggy morning, but no better to start the day than by getting the blood flowing!
We reached the finish line in around 50 minutes and were greeted by a small area of expo tents. The vendors ranged from Dentist Offices handing out toothbrushes to the Muscle Milk guys handing out free protein shakes.
It was definitely not the scene of your typical race, but I enjoyed the small race feel. And all the kids who participated in the race seemed to love it!
I was more impressed with our gigantic swag bags we were given at the end. It was filled to the brim with coupons, samples of chapstick, deodorant, water bottles…etc. It seemed like a lot of loot!
And let’s not forget the SWEET Gobble Wobble shirts. It was actually designed by one of the kids.
They even supplied a pretty hefty lunch after the walk. I didn’t take a picture, but we were given a turkey sandwich, pop chips, apple slices, bagels, cookies & coffee. It hit the spot!
In the parking lot of the golf course I spotted the Muscle Milk Jeep.
It brought me back to my Red Bull days. I drove the Red Bull truck with the big can of Bull on the back.
My small family friendly race experience was awesome! I loved getting a chance to catch up with my friend Meagan and her mom Sheila. And it was super cool to be able to support a good cause.
I was sad to report that I didn’t actually run in the race, but the power walking was still a good work out. And it was still a blast!
Do you prefer big races or small races? I know there are pros & cons to both. I think I like big races better.