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On a rainy Sunday morning, more than 1,500 runners and friends gathered at Fox Chase Elementary School in Oswego to participate in the Oswegoland Park District's annual Gobbler Hobbler 10K and Mashed Potato Mile.
The 10K started first, with runners organized by the time that they could complete a mile in. The course went along the Fox River, with members of the Oswego Police Department, Kendall County Sheriff's Office and the Oswego Fire Department keeping racers safe along the track and at the finish line.
Lisa Cook of Oswego, and Shane Gillespie of Aurora, were the overall winners for the 10K run. Cook finished in 39:44,while Gillespie finished in 33:52. For their accomplishments, each received a turkey for Thanksgiving.
The 10K was immediately followed by the Mashed Potato Mile, which saw hundreds of competitors, some very young, some pushing strollers with children. In the Mashed Potato Mile, James Spencer of Aurora finished first with a time of 5:18:06. Joey Maffeo, Amaya Houston, and Kaitlyn Gresik won in their age categories, each earning a hot plate of mashed potatoes as a prize.
The park district has been organizing and sponsoring the Gobbler Hobbler since the late 1970s.