A List of 2019 Chicagoland Turkey Trots

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What is it about turkey trots? Thanksgiving is the single largest day of running in the world.

The Thanksgiving morning race is a right of passage in the running world. More than one million people participated in more than 1,000 turkey trot races around the country in 2017, according to Vox. The races range in length from local one mile fun runs to massive 8K events, like the YMCA Turkey Trot in Buffalo, New York.

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. The 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. 

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 hooded sweatshirt.

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

When: November 28th, 8 a.m.

Distance: 5K & 10K


Invisalign Turkey Trot Chicago presented by Byline Bank

WhatThe 42nd Annual Invisalign Turkey Trot Chicago presented by Byline Bank is back with the Turkey Day Run Chicago 5K/8K and Plymouth Rock Ramble kids race.  Gather your flock and join us for this Thanksgiving Day tradition.  Supporting the Greater Chicago Food Depository, you’ll join fellow runners, joggers and walkers in some light hearted fun while ensuring no Chicagoan will go hungry this holiday season.

Where: Lincoln Park

When: November 28th, 9 a.m.

Distance: 5K and 8K

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

Edison Park Turkey Trot

What:The Edison Park Turkey Trot is a 5k fun run and walk hosted on Thanksgiving morning. Prior to the 5k are Gobble Gallop races for children ages 3-10. This year's race benefits Illinois Spina Bifida Association and Huntington's Disease Society of America - Illinois Chapter.

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

When: November 28th, 8:00 a.m.

Distance: 5K and Gobble Gallop

Learn more: https://epturkeytrot.enmotive.com/events/register/2019-edison-park-turkey-trot

36th 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 28th, 9 a.m.

Distance: 5K

Link: https://dangibbonsturkeytrot.org/register/

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 30th, 2019, 9 a.m.

Distance: 5K & 10K

Link: https://allcommunityevents.com/grantparkturkeytrot

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Schaumburg Turkey Trot 

What: The Schaumburg Turkey Trot is one of the only half marathon distances and pacers are available to lead runners at a consistent pace to achieve their goals. Going on its 11th year, this race dishes out a fitness fleece hoodie, finisher medal, and cinnamon bun.

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

When: November 30th, 8:30 a.m.

Distance: Half Marathon and 5K

Link: https://allcommunityevents.com/schaumburgturkeytrot

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 28th, 9 a.m.

Distance: 5K

Link: http://evanstonflying5k.com/

Long Grove Turkey Trot

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

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

When: November 28th, 8:40 a.m.

Distance: 5K & 8K

Link: https://allcommunityevents.com/longgroveturkeytrot

The Fox and the Turkey Races

What: The Fox River Trail Runners are proud to announce the Fox and Turkey Four Mile and One Mile Youth Race will continue as a Fox Valley Thanksgiving Day tradition. On November 28th, we will be celebrating our 23rd year of this classic event. The races start and finish near downtown Batavia along the beautiful Fox River.

Where: 151 Houston St, Batavia, IL 60510

When: November 28th, 8:15 a.m.

Distance: 4 Mile

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

Lincolnwood Turkey Trot

What: Lace up your running shoes and join the annual Lincolnwood Turkey Trot (1976-2019). This CARA Certified, USATF-Certified (IL-14162-JW), chip-timed 5K & 10K race and 5K fitness walk takes you through scenic Lincolnwood, featuring a flat, fast course perfect for novice as well as experienced runners and walkers.

Where: Proesel Park, 7055 N. Kostner Avenue, Lincolnwood, IL.

When: November 24th, 8:45 a.m.

Distance: 5K, 10K, 50 & 100 Yard Drumstick Dash

Link: https://www.lincolnwoodil.org/enjoy-lincolnwood/parks-and-recreation/turkeytrot/

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 28th, 8:00 a.m.

Distance: 5K

Link: https://napervilleturkeytrot.com/

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Pilgrim Pie Run 5K

What:This 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 28th, 8:30 a.m.

Distance: 5K

Link: http://pilgrimpierun.com/

Henry's Thanksgiving Day Hustle 5K and Kids Dash

What: Join the 7th annual race benefiting the Muscular Dystrophy Association in honor of Henry Betts. The race is collecting monetary donations for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (proceeds from entry fees also go to MDA) and non-perishable food items for the Algonquin Lake in the Hills Interfaith Food Pantry.

Where: Marlowe Middle School. 9625 Haligus Road, Lake In The Hills, IL 60156

When: November 28th, 8:00 a.m.

Distance: 5K

Link: https://runsignup.com/Race/IL/LakeInTheHills/HenrysThanksgivingDayHustle5KKidsDash

Beverly Hills Turkey Trot 5K

WhatThis event leads runners and walkers through the tree-lined streets of historic North Beverly. This year we expect over 2,000 participants with spectators lining the race route. Proceeds will benefit the 19th Ward Youth Foundation and the John McNicholas Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.

Where: Christ the King School Gymnasium. 9225 S Hamilton Ave, Chicago, IL US 60643

When: November 30th, 8:00 a.m.

Distance: 5K

Saint Linus Turkey Trot 5K

What: The Saint Linus Turkey Trot 5K is for a good cause and it's located in Oak Lawn. The money from this race helps St. Linus students.The money from this race helps St. Linus students. This year’s added funding will help continue to provide Chromebook laptops and the necessary software programs for our students through the Erica Heilmann scholarship.

Where: St. Linus Parish School. Oak Lawn, IL

When: November 16th, 9 a.m.

Distance: 5K

Link: https://www.stlinusoaklawn.org/gobblegobblerunorwobble5k/

The Winnetka Glencoe Turkey Trot

What: The course starts and finishes on the Green Bay trail at Hubbard Woods Train Station. The course runs north on the trail through the beautiful streets of Glencoe. The main charity is the Wings Organization for women and children. 

Where: Hubbard Woods Train Station 1065 Gage St. Winnetka, IL

When: November 28th, 9 a.m.

Distance: 5K


The Roselle Turkey Trot 5K

What: The Cindy Schramm scholarship has been created from some of the proceeds of the race. Anyone ages 16 to 20 that registers and completes the race will automatically be put in for a drawing for $500 payable to the college of their choice. Winners will be contacted after the race. A total of 3 scholarships will be awarded for 2019 participates.

Where: Lake Park High School - West Campus. 500 West Bryn Mawr Avenue, Roselle, IL 60172

When: November 28th, 8 a.m.

Distance: 5K

Link: http://www.roselle5k.com/?fbclid=IwAR3aUNzjHoTrSrTBY5ayauMKAqHLo0oe7kzPTBK7GDrcPV9ytiKkruIS6s0#registration

The Bonfield Express 5K

What: From the charming streets, to the tight knit communities and the vibrant downtown, this race has it all. The annual Bonfield Express 5K Thanksgiving Day race is one of the many events that makes this community so special. Runners, walkers and kids in strollers come out in droves despite cold November temps.  There's a fantastic energy in the air (not to mention the fun of neighbors along the race course that pass out donut holes and pump out fun music) that kicks off Thanksgiving in such a wonderful way. 

Where: Downtown Downers Grove at Main & Grove. 5200 Main Street Downers Grove, IL  60515

When: November 28th, 8:30 a.m.

Distance: 5K



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