Wobblin’ Goblin race brings out costumed runners
Summit Point Motorsports Park was the site of the second annual Wobblin’ Goblin 5K held last Saturday. Over 120 runners, many decked out in Halloween costumes, took part in the event.
The attendance was a huge increase from the first year of the race, explained Byron Royal, coordinator.
“Last year we only had about 30 participants,” he said. “We hope the number will grow each year,” he continued.
The Wobblin’ Goblin 5K was presented by Veterun, a nonprofit organization launched by Jefferson Veteran Byron Royal has coordinated the footraces on the track at Summit Point Motorsports Park both years.
Proceeds from the Veterun 5K and half marathon, held in March, and the Wobblin’ Goblin 5K go to veterans’ organizations or support veterans’ memorials at local parks.
“Anything I might have for profit, I’m going to give to the South Jefferson Park to help put up a flagpole at the park,” Royal said. “Buying finisher medals for everyone really increased my expenses, so I won’t have much left over, but I’ll donate whatever I can.”
The ‘fun run’ saw many families come out to participate together. Children ran along with their parents , while some were even pushed along in strollers.
Royal said he loves to see the runners come out in costume.
“We have a mascot race before the start of the 5K,” Royal said. The mascots help get everyone excited about running.
This year, mascots included ‘Ted” representing Bros and Bras; the Two Rivers Treads ‘foot’ from the store in Shepherdstown; and Jefferson County Parks and Recreation’s ‘Chippy the chipmunk.’ The three ran approximately 50 yards with the Two Rivers ‘foot’ easily coming out ahead.
Royal held an impromptu costume contest after the mascot race, with ribbons awarded to the wearer of the scariest costume, the funniest costume, the most original costume and the best overall.
Amanda Temple and Alton Temple, from Falling Waters, were at the Wobblin’ Goblin 5K for the first time. Alton was dressed as a skeleton, and Amanda was dressed as colorful children’s cartoon character Rainbow Brite.
The flagship Veterun 5K and half marathon will be held at Summit Point Motorsports Park on March 5, 2016. To register for Veterun, or learn more about the organization and the races it hosts, visit www.veterun.org.