A List of 2018 Chicagoland Turkey Trots

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What is it about turkey trots?

Across the country, there are 10,000- and 20,000-person turkey rrot mega races. Or small town turkey trots where you can throw down $20 on race morning in an empty church parking lot, slap on a bib and run down Main Street. You can run one of the countless Turkey Trot 5Ks, or go the distance in an 8K or 10K. There's even a Turkey Trot at a half marathon distance. The likely oldest race in the country — run every year since 1896 in Buffalo, N.Y. — is, of course, a Turkey Trot.

For many of us, the Turkey Trot was that first race we ever ran as a kid. Maybe it’s the only race you’ll do all year. Point is, if you’re not running this Thanksgiving, you’re missing out on a pretty spectacular running tradition.

So with that in mind, we’ve got a list of turkey trots around the Chicago area. 

The 41st Annual Art Van Turkey Trot Chicago

What: This race brings the fun, with a post-race festival at the finish line in Lincoln Park. Turkey Day is a long-time Chicago tradition — this is the 41st year for the race, so you know it's a good one. Sign up to run the 5K or the 8K, and the little ones can participant in the Plymouth Rock Ramble kids race.

Where: Lincoln Park

When: November 22nd, 9 a.m.

Distance: 5K and 8K

Learn more: https://www.turkeytrotchicago.com/

Edison Park Turkey Trot

What: The Edison Park Turkey Trot fun run and walk, which has become a Thanksgiving tradition, happens on Thanksgiving morning each year at Edison Park in Chicago. This fun run features a 5K distance as well as a Gobble Gallop for the kids. Each year, the Turkey Trot helps raise money towards a worthy cause - proceeds from past runs have gone towards groups like the Special Olympics and American heart Association. 

Where: Edison Park Field House, 6755 North Northwest Highway, Chicago, IL 60631

When: November 22nd, 9:30 a.m.

Distance: 5K

Learn more: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2018-edison-park-turkey-trot-tickets-4803179439

35th Annual Dan Gibbons Turkey Trot

What: For residents of Elmhurst, it’s hard to argue against a race that lets you roll out of bed, walk or jog a few blocks and run through our neighborhood streets. In more than 30 years, the Dan Gibbons Turkey Trot reports raising over $3.5 million for the need in DuPage County, and it’s become an Elmhurst staple. 

Where: Park Avenue & Adell Place, Elmhurst, IL 60126

When: November 22nd, 9 a.m.

Distance: 5K

Link: https://dangibbonsturkeytrot.org/

North Shore Turkey Trot

What: This 5K and 10K runs through Highland Park. Plus, because it’s a RAM race — from the same people who put on the Hot Chocolate 5K/15K — you can expect a unique race premium. This year, it’s a fleece blanket.

Where: Park Avenue and St. Johns in the Eastside Metra parking lot, Highland Park, Illinois

When: November 22nd, 8 a.m.

Distance: 5K & 10K

Link: http://www.northshoreturkeytrot.com/

Grant Park Turkey Trot 

What: Join the Thanksgiving tradition at the Grant Park Turkey Trot. Everyone gets a cinnamon roll at the finish line. New this year, you can join 60,000 others and run virtually. 

Where: Arvey Field at Grant Park, 1501 S Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, IL US 60605

When: November 24th

Distance: 5K & 10K

Link: https://allcommunityevents.com/grantparkturkeytrot

Schaumburg Turkey Trot 

What: Enjoy chicken noodle soup at the finish line of this premiere race in Schaumburg. It's one of the only half marathon distances and pacers are available to lead runners at a consistent pace to achieve their goals. 

Where: Busse Lake Boating Center, Elk Grove Village, IL

When: November 24th, 8:30 a.m.

Distance: Half marathon and 5K

Link: https://allcommunityevents.com/grantparkturkeytrot

Evanston Subaru Flying Turkey 5K

What: Chip-timed certified 5K course, Winter hat and goodie bag. Beautiful Lakefront course. Course water stations and finish line refreshments.

Where: Evanston, Illinois

When: November 22nd, 9 a.m.

Distance: 5K

Link: http://evanstonflying5k.com/

Long Grove Turkey Trot

What: Receive beer and hot cider at the finish line of this race. The course goes through the historic Long Grove neighborhood. 

Where: 308 Old Mchenry Rd, Long Grove, IL 60047

When: November 22nd, 8:40 a.m.

Distance: 5K & 8K

Link: https://allcommunityevents.com/longgroveturkeytrot

The Fox and the Turkey Races

What: A Fox Valley holiday tradition the Fox River Trail Runners are proud to announce the Fox and Turkey Four Mile and One Mile Youth Race will continue on November 22nd. The races start and finish near downtown Batavia along the beautiful Fox River.

Where: 151 Houston St, Batavia, IL 60510

When: November 22nd, 8:15 a.m.

Distance: 4 Mile

Link: http://foxrivertrailrunners.org/racing/the-fox-the-turkey/

Naperville Noon Lions Turkey Trot

What: Be part of Naperville’s Thanksgiving tradition. Run or walk the fast flat course through downtown Naperville. Registration limited to 7,500 – the race has sold out every year for the past 7 years.

Where: Naperville Central High School, 440 West Aurora Avenue, Naperville, IL.

When: November 22nd, 8:00 a.m.

Distance: 5K

Link: http://www.napervilleturkeytrot.com/

Naperville Noon Lions Turkey Trot

What: Be part of Naperville’s Thanksgiving tradition. Run or walk the fast flat course through downtown Naperville. Registration limited to 7,500 – the race has sold out every year for the past 7 years.

Where: Naperville Central High School, 440 West Aurora Avenue, Naperville, IL.

When: November 22nd, 8:00 a.m.

Distance: 5K

Link: http://www.napervilleturkeytrot.com/

Rotary Run 3.14 Pie Run

WhatThis hometown race benefitting the Rotary Club of La Grange is a great way to kick off your Thanksgiving Day with your friends and family! The Pilgrim ie Run for Rotary winds through the tree-lined streets of mid-village La Grange, this is one scenic course you don’t want to miss! The race is USATF certified and chip timed.

Where: Lyons Township High School 

When: November 22nd, 8:30 a.m.

Distance: 3.14 Mile

Link: http://timetoruntiming.com/rotary-run-314-pie/

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