This year’s Hobbler Gobbler Fun Run was snowy and cold with fewer runners than expected.
“We thought there would be more people this time,” worker Danika Marquez said.
Danika and her sister Dacia are track runners for Rio Rancho High School and work the Hobbler Gobbler every year.
“This is my last time working it, though, because it’s my senior year,” Dacia Marquez said.
Every year the RunFit program, which keeps track of high school track and any fun runs in the area, puts on the Hobbler Gobbler for Thanksgiving Day.
People of all ages from elementary school to 70 years old participate. Some go slower than others but they all participate in the Kids-k (about 2 miles), 5 k (3 miles), and 10 k (6.2 miles) runs.
“RunFit is a not-for-profit organization designed to help youth of all sizes, fitness and ability levels utilize the discipline of running to improve health, build character and provide opportunities for children to showcase their talents by participating in a number of RunFit-sponsored events throughout the community,” RunFit founder Stephen Pino said.
People had fun in spite of the cold and were gobbling their way to the finish line this year, although a few had to stop and catch their breath.
The next fun runs will be the Kringle Jingle on Dec. 3 and the NM Farolito 5k on Dec. 17.
The RunFit website goes into more detail.