Ben Utrecht

Hastings native and Super Bowl XLI champion Ben Utecht will sing the national anthem to start Gobble Gait’s 25th anniversary on Thanksgiving morning.

Utecht is a 1999 graduate of Hastings High School where he played three sports and participated in five choirs. He went on to be a standout football player at the University of Minnesota and then won a Super Bowl during his four years as an NFL tight end with the Indianapolis Colts.

Utecht became a full-time musician and a professional speaker after his fifth concussion, which ended his football career. He has since shared his journey with head trauma and the importance of mental health. Utecht is also a successful Fortune 500 speaker with his Believe in Culture speaking program which highlights how the right culture improves performance and creates high performing teams.

For 25 years, Gobble Gait has been a Thanksgiving tradition, raising over $1.5 million to support Hastings Family Service. Participants can choose between running a 2K or an 8K, the latter of which will come with a t-shirt upon registration.

Early bird pricing ends Oct. 31, and registration is now open at

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