Races of Gametiime: The Goblin Gallop, a Halloween 5K and Kids Fun Run in Redmond for the whole family to enjoy


goblingallup-logo2013Following a sold out year of 600 runners in its first year, the Goblin Gallop 5K returns to Marymoor Park for a fun-filled, Halloween-themed fun run for the whole family. The race is presented by GLY Construction, features a costume contest, slime, and face-painting for the kids, and benefits the Group Health Foundation and its quest to end preventable diseases like whooping cough. We got a chance to interview Jessica Taback, Annual Giving Manager at GHC, about the Goblin Gallop 5K.

Here’s what she had to say about what makes the Goblin Gallop 5K such a great time!


Tell us about the Goblin Gallop 5K. What, when and where is it?
The Goblin Gallop is the brainchild of our presenting sponsor GLY Construction. As a company, they value family and being active. They’re also a super fun group of people — and really, what’s more fun than Halloween? Maybe one thing: running in costume! Voila — the Goblin Gallop was born! And lucky for us, they also love the work of the Group Health Foundation.

The Goblin Gallop hit the Eastside for the first time last year — and it is quickly becoming a tradition for local families. We’re back for year two — returning to Marymoor Park on Sunday, October 20.

What can participants expect to see and do?
Our philosophy is happy kids, happy parents. We’re out to put a healthier spin on Halloween. No, that doesn’t mean there won’t be any candy — there will definitely be something to satisfy your sweet tooth. The Goblin Gallop is designed to get everyone moving — from dashing to trotting to galloping to monster mashing. Little monsters can dash or trot in a short distance race, then join their Mummy (did you catch that spooky reference?) and Dad for the 5K. And bring Fido along too — we know he’s a member of the family.

After galloping through Marymoor Park, we hope everyone will stick around for more spooktacular festivities at GoblinFest. Trick-or-treat with our terror-ific sponsors and exhibitors. Play with slime and get your face painted with KidsQuest Children’s Museum. Then get your monster mash on with the one and only Caspar Babypants. Yes, I did just say Caspar will be there.

What do you consider to be the best part about the Goblin Gallop 5K?
With all those little guys and gals in costumes, there is some serious cuteness happening at the Goblin Gallop. That being said, what I love is that it’s truly a FUN run—it’s not chip
timed so no one is aiming for their PR. Instead, many families cross the finish line together. Gametiime readers are probably flinching a bit with that statement, but we heard from so many families that the Goblin Gallop has made them a family that gets active together. Mission accomplished.

How many participants do you expect for the race?
Well, that’s the question of the day. For our first year we purposely capped the event at 600 people and it sold out. This year we think there will be 800 – 1,000 people of all ages.

How long has the Goblin Gallop 5K been around?
This is year two. One more year, and we’ll officially be a tradition.

Does the Goblin Gallop 5K benefit any charitable organizations?
Absolutely. Proceeds from the Goblin Gallop benefit the Group Health Foundation and our efforts to improve the health of our community. You probably heard about the frightening Pertussis (whooping cough) epidemic that hit our state last year. The Foundation is leading the way to make sure vaccine preventable diseases like whooping cough become a thing of the past. We do this by ensuring that people not only get immunized, but that they also understand why it is important to do so.

Do you organize other events as well?
Sure, if gowns and tuxes are your thing we throw a pretty fantastic Gala (it’s the week BEFORE the Gallop). The Goblin Gallop is the only running event that the Group Health Foundation organizes, however.

Anything else you’d like to share with the Gametiime community?
We take costumes seriously. There will be a costume contest with categories for little and big monsters, groups and families – and pups, of course. Winners will go home with some pretty awesome prizes (we have a strict “let’s hope they don’t re-gift” policy). So get your thinking caps on and show us your creativity.

How can people find out more about the Goblin Gallop 5K?
Follow us on Facebook. Garth the Goblin shares all sorts of tricks and treats on Facebook – plus he’s good for a giggle (if I do say so myself). Of course, there’s also our website, which is jam packed with information.


Have an awesome event you would like us to highlight in Races of Gametiime? Leave a comment or send an email to info@gametiime.com and we’ll get back to you shortly.


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