Dublin Villager

Four-Miler has become Thanksgiving tradition

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Some people spend Thanksgiving morning baking, cooking or traveling.

Others will spend the morning in Dublin for the Flying Feather Four-Miler.

The race that begins at 9 a.m. Nov. 22 on Tuscany Drive in the Corazon neighborhood is expected to draw 4,000 runners, the most yet.

"When we started we had 800 people in it," said race director David Babner of M3S Sports. "Over the last seven years it's sold out every year."

Because of demand, Babner said the race staff worked with Dublin Police and Metro Parks to widen the course from last year's 3,500 cap to 4,000.

"It's a huge holiday celebration of healthy lifestyles and it's become a huge family celebration," Babner said of the Thanksgiving Day event.

"It amazes me the amount of families that come out," he said.

Adults can walk or run in the four-mile course that goes through Glacier Ridge Metro Park. Children can compete in the Kid's Gobbler Chase at 8:30 a.m.

The course is less than a quarter mile and gives children the chance to run alongside former Ohio State University athletes.

"One hundred percent of the proceeds (from the Kid's Gobbler Chase) benefit the 2nd and 7 Foundation," Babner said, noting that proceeds from the adult four-miler also benefit the foundation.

The 2nd & 7 Foundation was created in 2000 by former football players Ryan Miller, Mike Vrabel and Luke Fickell to promote literacy in central Ohio, information from the group's website stated.

"Because of that they bring various Ohio State coaches and players to the event to help," Babner said.

"Ryan Miller will be there and Craig Krenzel. It's been a great relationship that started five years ago."

Along with getting exercise and helping a local foundation, Babner said the Nov. 22 event has become a bit of a tradition in Dublin.

"We pull from the Columbus community, but really it's a true Dublin tradition," he said.

"It's a neat tradition in Dublin and fun to showcase Glacier Ridge (Metro Park). Thanksgiving events have become big in the country and we're proud to have one of the biggest ones."

The event often draws the whole family, Babner said.

"It's not just mom and dad and the kids, but grandparents, aunts, uncles, everyone in town for Thanksgiving," he said.

"And by getting the option to get out and exercise before Thanksgiving, it gives people the opportunity and ability to enjoy Thanksgiving a little bit more."

The race offers goodies including a bottle of wine for participants age 21 and older and a cookie for young participants.

Runners also get a long-sleeved technical running shirt, hat, gloves and finisher's medal.

Entry into the event is $45 or $50 on race day, if the event isn't sold out. Registration for the Kid's Gobbler Chase is $10.

For more information, or to sign up, look online at theflyingfeather.com.

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