The Goblin Gallop has ended. There will not be a Goblin Gallop 23.
After 22 years, the Goblin Gallop (5K Run and 1K Fun Run) has run its last course. First run in 1994, the Goblin Gallop was founded as both a family-friendly event and a vehicle to raise funds for the John Quadrino Foundation to assist families who have a child with cancer. Over the years, the Goblin Gallop met both goals by raising nearly $500,000 for families facing childhood cancer and bringing out as many as 2,000 runners on the Sunday morning before Halloween, many running in costume.
In recent years, however, the landscape of local races has changed in a way that has hurt the Goblin Gallop’s ability to raise money for the Foundation. For many years, the Goblin Gallop was the only 5K or 10K race on Halloween weekend—but last year, there were 7 other Northern Virginia races on the Saturday or Sunday of Halloween, and this year, there are already more than a dozen races scheduled. Our registration fell from 2,000 runners five years ago to only 650 runners last year, and would undoubtedly have fallen further this year. With inadequate participants, the race is simply not financially sustainable.
Thank You for Your Past Support of the Goblin Gallop
On behalf of the Foundation, we want to thank everyone who participated in the Goblin Gallop over the past 22 years, from the race founders, Jack Wuerker and Effie Triarhos, to the numerous dedicated volunteers—some of whom have come out on a cold October morning for all 22 years—to our sponsors, including Valvoline Instant Oil Change, the Shaffer Foundation and Don Beyer Volvo, to our Race Director, Dixon Hemphill, and especially to the runners and their families who have made it possible for the Goblin Gallop to assist so many families fighting childhood cancer.
Thank You for Your Continued Support of the John Quadrino Foundation
While the race is ending, we ask that you not discontinue your support of the John Quadrino Foundation and the families it serves. The Foundation annually assists 200-250 area families raising a child with cancer by providing financial grants to help with fundamental everyday needs—from overdue rent and mortgage payments, utility and cell phone bills, child care, food and back-to-school clothes—to more unique challenges, such as the purchase of generators for children needing uninterrupted electricity service. The Foundation also provides “extras” to these families, including funding for family outings, summer camps, visits from relatives and even prom dresses and the costs of adopting a pet. And in December, we provide grants of $200 to nearly 100 area families who have a child with cancer to make their holidays a little brighter. These local families need our collective help and support, and we hope that you will continue to remember them.
If you would like to support these efforts, we are an IRS approved 501©(3) organization and all contributions to the Foundation are tax deductible. The Foundation has no administrative or fundraising expenses because our Trustees pay all such expenses (stationery, postage, etc.) personally. That means all contributions received go directly to the families we serve.
Our mailing address is:
John Quadrino Foundation
P. O. Box 4614
Falls Church, VA 22044
We are also a member agency of the United Way for the National Capital Area (Agency No. 59426) and the Combined Federal Campaign (Agency No. 8931).
Thank you for a wonderful 22-year “run” and for your continued support of local families facing childhood cancer.
The John Quadrino Foundation