By Rebecca Mullins
Nov. 15, 2013. Appalachian and the Community Together (ACT) of Appalachian State University hosts the third annual 5k Gobbler Run on Nov. 16, where the motto is, “Run the gobbler, eat the cobbler.” And sure enough, when the race is through, everyone gets a hefty slice of cobbler while they await the race results and prize ceremony. All proceeds go to the Leigh Lane Edwards Scholarship Fund and to nonprofit restaurant Farm Cafe on King Street.
This is a fall race like no other combining fitness, giving and cobbler into a morning of spectacular food and fun.
The race begins on Nov. 16 at 8 a.m. at Appalachian State University’s Duck Pond Field on Stadium Dr. The run loops around campus and part of Boone, then finishes once more at Duck Pond.
You can register for the race online here for $16 or at the ACT Outreach Center for $15. The Outreach Center is located on ASU’s campus in room 138 of the Plemmons Student Union, part of the new extension. You can also register at 7 a.m. the morning of the race for $20.
Registration by Friday guarantees a free T-shirt to commemorate the run.
According to Heather Jo Mashburn, Assistant Director of Community Service at the ACT office, when you register you will be offered a choice of your favorite cobbler: blueberry, apple, cherry, peach or strawberry.
After the race, just pick up your cobbler and sit down for a few minutes to await the prizes. Mashburn recalled that the prizes would consist of gift cards to RoadID.com and dry ingredients to make your own cobbler.
The 5K Gobbler will present prizes to winners for each age category, as well as one to the youngest runner and one to the oldest runner. Last year, the winners were younger than 10 and older than 80, and if they can do it, so can you.
All proceeds from the race go to ACT’s Leigh Land Edwards Scholarship Fund for ASU students traveling on on international service learning experiences and the F.A.R.M. Cafe, a nonprofit restaurant in downtown Boone whose mission it is to feed anyone who comes in their doors.
“We just believe that its for a good cause and hope that people will come out and support it,” commented Mashburn.