10,000 runners expected as MUST Ministries celebrates 20th annual Gobble Jog

MUST Ministries is expecting 10,000 runners this Thanksgiving Day as the nonprofit celebrates 20 years of racing against poverty with the Gobble Jog. Since 2002, families from all over the world have come together on the Marietta Square to run in the Marietta Daily Journal MUST Ministries Gobble Jog, one of the largest Thanksgiving Day races in the Southeast. The annual event raises funds for our neighbors in need who come to MUST for housing, food, job assistance, clothing and more. This year, MUST will help more than 60,000 people across eight metro Atlanta counties find a second chance at hope. Runners and walkers choose between a 10K, 5K, 1K, Tot Trot (50 yards) or phantom runner.

Interview opportunities:

  • MUST President & CEO Dr. Ike Reighard
  • The Owen family, who is one of hundreds of families who have memorable moments at the Gobble Jog. In 2011, Abe Owen surprised his children at the finish line of the Gobble Jog after he came home after a year deployment in Iraq with the Army. Owen still works for the Army National Guard as a Black Hawk helicopter pilot. Abe, his wife and four children will be running in the Gobble Jog.
  • Committee members from the very first Gobble Jog 20 years ago
  • Other runners and supporters

MUST will also serve its annual Thanksgiving lunch to MUST clients at the MUST Hope House homeless shelter immediately following the race. Media opportunities at the lunch are limited, so please contact MUST Director of Marketing & PR Katy Ruth Camp (404-984-7278 or kcamp@mustministries.org) if you would also like to cover the lunch. For more information, visit gobblejog.org and mustministries.org.