Meet Elite Events


We feel privileged to once again have Elite Events as an official sponsor of the Gobble Gobble Four Miler, helping us manage equipment and the finish line. Their assistance and professional expertise is invaluable. I sat down to chat with Jaeden Hamernik and asked him to tell me how Elite Events came to be.

“I used to come back from college in the summers and there was really only a 4th of July event during those months. My family all loves to race so we decided to start a summer series back in 2010. We were really just trying to fill a void in the community during a time there were no other events scheduled.”

In addition to family events, they also saw a need for triathlons and duathlons since there were so few of these types of events in and around Naples. During the first year, Elite Events had around 400 participants and have since grown to a number of over 4000 participants annually, amazing in so short a time span.

“At our events, we like to have music, and create a festive and social atmosphere. We go 5 deep with awards, and take great care and thought to make our website user friendly. We even developed our own registration system.”

Naples Fall Classic Half Marathon

Since then, they have added mud runs, a marathon, and a second half marathon. It has been a labor of love for the Hamerniks. Their Inaugural Naples Fall Classic Half Marathon on November 23 should be a gorgeous new course:

“The New Naples Fall Classic Half Marathon features miles of scenic waterfront views, brand new nature trails, bridges and so much more.”

Bridge Elite Events

“The scenic course will showcase the brand new Isles of Collier Preserve neighborhood, Naples Botanical Gardens, East Naples Park, and Sugden Regional Park while finishing in front of the lake front stadium amphitheater full of fans inside the beautiful Sugden Regional Park.”

Half Marathon start

If you decide to enter the Half Marathon event, we will provide you a code to save 10% on the Gobble Gobble when you register for both events. Simply email your registration number to us at and we will provide you the discount code.

Why the Gobble Gobble Four Miler?

The Gobble Gobble is special to Jaeden, as it was the first race he ever ran in Naples. He loves the festive and friendly atmosphere, the beautiful course, and ongoing traditions with this event at Venetian Village.

Jaeden and Elite Events jumped in to assist the Gobble Gobble in 2013. Thanks to Jaeden and Elite Events’ assistance, the 13th Annual Gobble Gobble was still able to give nearly $25,000 to area charities last year, even with registration limited by construction in the area. They are dedicated to supporting this event, acting as sponsors and partners to make sure everything is professional, exceeding the quality you have come to expect from this fantastic event. They are also big fans of helping out charities on this special day, doing the right thing for their community. That has always been the focus of this event.

You can learn all things Elite Events at their website here: