By Melissa Robinson
Put on your best Superman
or Frankenstein costume and lace up those running shoes for the
10th annual Goblin Gallop to be held at Heron Bay Golf & Country
Club in Locust Grove on Oct. 19, and benefitting the Hands of
Hope Clinic in Stockbridge.
According to Hands of
Hope Clinic's executive director, Ruth Rucker, the Goblin Gallop
was likely the first run in the county, originally called "Under
Last year’s Goblin Gallop
brought in nearly 400 participants with a wide range of
"We called it "Under the
Bridge" and it was held in Stockbridge back then," said Rucker.
"I know now there are so many runs but I think ours was the
Rucker said that Goblin
Gallop has become a popular way for families to do something fun
together while raising money for a great cause. As Hands of Hope
Clinic's signature fundraiser, she said it’s a great way to
bring the community together while raising funds for Henry
County's only free medical and dental clinic for the
underserved. Last year's event attracted approximately 400
participants and this year, organizers are expecting 500 to 700.
"We encourage runners and
walkers to dress in costume and it really is fun for the whole
family. People are so creative and it's always wonderful to
see," said Rucker. "One year, we had a team of characters from
the Wizard of Oz and another year, there was Richard Simmons and
group of exercising ladies."
This year, to commemorate
the event's tenth year, a 10K option is offered as well as a
traditional 5K run, one-mile walk, and tot trot. Participants
are encouraged to wear costumes and there are prizes for the
most creative ones.
Registration opens at
7:45 a.m. the morning of the race and the Goblin Gallop begins
at 9 a.m. at the Lakefront Park at the back of Heron Bay.
Preregistration for the
10K is $25 and $30 on race day. Pre-registration for the 5K is
$20 and $25 on race day. Preregistration for the walk is $15 and
$20 on the day of the event and the tot trot is free for ages
six and under. Deadline for preregistration is Oct. 10.
Hands of Hope Clinic is
located on the campus of Piedmont Henry and is able to serve
thanks to the dedication of around 80 volunteer physicians,
dentists, nurses, pharmacists, and others. To qualify for clinic
services patients must be residents of Henry County, have no
health insurance, and demonstrate income falls within 200
percent of the federal poverty level.
Heron Bay Golf & Country Club is located
off Highway 155 in Locust Grove. For more information, printable
registration forms or online registration, visit
www.handsofhopeclinic.org or call 770-507-1344.