The Marietta Daily Journal Gobble Jog returns Thanksgiving morning on Marietta Square, having gone virtual last year due to the pandemic.

A Marietta Thanksgiving tradition, the Gobble Jog is a fundraiser for local nonprofit MUST Ministries, and offers participants timed 10K and 5K runs, as well as an untimed 5K, 1K and Tot Trot.

Sunday is the last day to register online, at gobblejog.org, although those who are interested can register in-person at the Gobble Jog packet pickup Wednesday and at the event itself Thursday. 

More than 7,000 people had already registered as of Friday afternoon, according to MUST spokeswoman Katy Ruth Camp, and about 10,000 are expected to participate — a figure that would rival the record set in 2019.

Runners can pick up their Gobble Jog T-shirts Wednesday at the Cobb County Civic Center, an event unto itself featuring inflatable bounce houses, a food truck, sponsor booths and Colonel MUSTard, the race’s turkey mascot.

MUST Ministries, which will celebrate its 50th birthday during the Gobble Jog, runs homeless shelters and food pantries around Cobb, and has seen demand for its services surge since the beginning of the pandemic.

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