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Goblin Gallop returns for 10th run


By Melissa Robinson
Contributing Editor 

  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 the Bridge.”

Last year’s Goblin Gallop brought in nearly 400 participants with a wide range of costumes.                                 Special photo

  "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 first."

  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 or call 770-507-1344.



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