Chattanooga’s Annual Grateful Gobbler Sees Record Participation

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – More than five thousand people – and dogs – woke up early Thanksgiving Day morning to participate in the annual Grateful Gobbler 5K that benefits the Maclellan Shelter for Families.

“It’s great weather. It’s a great day to be running and it’s an even better cause. ”

“The weather is perfect. It’s a sunny day even though it’s a little cold. It’s a great day to run. It’s for a good cause so it just warms your heart when you’re doing it.”

“This has been a lot of fun for me. It’s the first time I’ve run three miles in ten years si this was really fun and glad I got to do it and support something I believe in.”

The race was virtual last year due to COVID, which impacted fundraising. But Officials say the fundraising goals this year were exceeded and the crowd was record breaking.

“Pretty humbled that people would do this for the shelter. It’s great. We’re gonna have raised over $225,000 plus today because of Chattanooga and their generosity. How can you not be humbled by that.”

One hundred percent of the proceeds go to the shelter that houses homeless families and provides to them a structured support system to gain independence.
You can still donate to support the Maclellan Shelter for Families at

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