EDMOND — Giblet the Great, the new mascot in town, magically appeared from the lower 40 of the Cross Timbers Forest in north Edmond, he said in an interview with The Oklahoman.
Giblet's first public appearance will be at the Edmond Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning.
More than 2,000 people from 30 states have signed up for the sanctioned 5k run and one-mile wobble to raise money for Turning Point Ministries, an affordable housing mission.
“I'm thrilled,” Giblet said. “I have been secretly watching for three years. It was so much fun. I couldn't stand to stay away any longer.”
Giblet, in full turkey costume, will participate in the Turkey Trot for the first time with other runners who are asked to come in costume in what they call the “ham it up contest.”
Are there any concerns about coming out of the woods on Thanksgiving Day?
“Us turkeys live every day like it's our last because it very well could be,” Giblet said.
“I know I run faster than Rumble the Bison,” said Giblet, who challenges Rumble, the Thunder mascot, to show up on Thanksgiving morning.
“He thinks he's so cool because he gets his hair done before all of the Thunder games and he gets to shoot the big T-shirt gun and all. I've got news for him, this turkey can trot.”
Giblet said he knows the five baby turkeys that city employees at the Cross Timbers Complex watch while working near Covell Road and Interstate 35.
“They are still in training this year,” Giblet said.
The Turkey Trot, in conjunction with BSX Athletics and other Thanksgiving Day running events across the country, will attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for the largest recorded multivenue running event to take place in one day. The current record is 116,086 participants.
“We are thrilled to be part of an event that promotes healthy activities and benefits a great cause, while attempting to put Edmond on the map as world record holder,” said Shannon Moore, Edmond Turkey Trot coordinator.
Online registration has ended. Last-minute registration with no race shirt is from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday and from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. Thursday at the Downtown Community Center, 28 E Main. The cost is $20 for adults in the 5K and $10 for adults in the one-mile wobble.
School-aged children in the one-mile wobble enter free but receive no race shirt.
Strollers, costumes and friendly dogs on a leash are welcome.
Edmond's Turkey Trot raised $30,000 last year and $75,000 since it started.