This Thursday, Thanksgiving morning, at 8:00AM, while some are still asleep, and many others are starting up ovens, crock pots, and other kitchen gadgets for the day’s feast, over 1,200 runners will be starting their day in downtown Carrboro with the Gallop & Gorge 8K. For as long as I can remember, I, and occasionally also my wife and daughters, have participated in the 5 mile jaunt through Carrboro. We are not alone. It has been a local family tradition for many. It is not unusual to see three generations of runners participating.
- What: Gallop and Gorge 8K
- When: Thursday, 8:00 AM Sharp
- Organizer: Cardinal Track Club
- Signup link here
We are usually joined by the mayor, who looks to have been clowning around in this photo from 2015
Sometimes runners will dress up as turkeys, and some will get an early jump on Christmas and don Santa hats. Whatever way we dress, we run through the neighborhoods, cheered on by neighbors and even serenaded by people playing music. I have only missed one year, the year interrupted by the COVID pandemic.
This year I will be running again, and look forward to good weather and good cheer. The event is run by the Cardinal Track Club, and all proceeds from the race are donated to their community partners. Over $600k in donations have been awarded since the beginning of the club!
- The Arc of the Triangle
- Carrboro Family Garden
- Meals on Wheels, Orange County
- Optimist Club of Chapel Hill
- Orange County Rape Crisis Center
- UNC Get REAL & HEEL Breast Cancer Program