2017 Chicago Turkey Trot Guide

Chicago Turkey Trot Guide

Turkey Trots have become an essential part of Thanksgiving tradition. The holiday best known for food comas, family and football now includes a morning Turkey Trot in preparation for the 5000 calories headed your way. Thanksgiving has become the largest running event of the year as participants flock, no pun intended, to events across the country. 

A Turkey Trot is typically a festive race on the shorter side — 5 to 10 km — held on Thanksgiving morning. The races are often tied to fundraisers or food drives, may include costumes and almost always include a T-shirt with a trotting turkey.

Listed below are a selection of Turkey Trots happening in the Chicago area. 

Lincolnwood Turkey Trot

Date: November 19, 2017
Distances: 5k, 10k

Lace up your running shoes for the 41st annual Lincolnwood Turkey Trot (1976-2017)! This CARA Certified, chip-timed 5K/10K race and 5K fitness walk features a flat, fast course perfect for novice as well as experienced runners and walkers. For the kids there will be a Drumstick 50 & 100 yard dash.

 > Get more info about the Lincolnwood Turkey Trot

North Shore Turkey Trot

Date: November 23, 2017
Distances: 5k, 10k

Before you loosen your belt, tighten your laces and join in on the largest turkey trot in Chicago! This timed 5k and 10k event is a staple for the whole family on Thanksgiving Day. 

 > Get more info about the North Shore Turkey Trot

Chicago Turkey Trot

Date: November 23, 2017
Distance: 5k, 8k

The Chicago Turkey Trot is a popular annual Thanksgiving 5k and 8k run (plus a kids race!) that supports the Greater Chicago Food Depository. The run is centered around the Turkey Day Tailgate, where runners can take part in activities like Corn Hole, Football Toss, Turkey Bowling and more, while sipping on warm apple cider.  

> Get more info about the Chicago Turkey Trot

Chicago Edison Park Turkey Trot

Date: November 23, 2017
Distance: 5k

The Edison Park Turkey Trot fun run and walk has become a Thanksgiving tradition at Edison Park. The race features a 5k as well as a Gobble Gallop for the kids!

> Get more info about the Chicago Edison Park Turkey Trot

Long Grove Turkey Trot

Date: November 23, 2017
Distance: 5k, 8k

Come Thanksgiving morning and run the downtown historic streets of Long Grove finishing under the famous covered bridge! Wake up, have fun with family and friends while working up a big appetite for your Thanksgiving turkey.

> Get more info about the Long Grove Turkey Trot 

Rotary Run 3.14 Pie

Date: November 23, 2017
Distance: 3.14 miles

A delicious Thanksgiving Day run hosted by The Rotary Club of La Grange, IL. The race (3.14 miles) winds through the scenic streets of La Grange mid-village. The first 2000 registrants will also receive a free Sara Lee pie! 

> Get more info about the Rotary Run 3.14 Pie

Dan Gibbons Turkey Trot

Date: November 23, 2017
Distance: 5k

The Dan Gibbons Turkey Trot is an annual 5K fun run in Elmhurst (jsut outside of Chciago) on Thanksgiving. Thousands of runners come to help eradicate hunger in DuPage county.

> Get more info about the Dan Gibbons Turkey Trot

Schaumburg Half Marathon & 5k Turkey Trot

Date: November 25, 2017
Distance: Half Marathon, 5k

Celebrate the end of the season at one of Chicagoland's largest half marathon & 5k events. The event offers a relatively flat, scenic, USATF certified paved course. There is also a 5k Run/Walk for those who want to participate in something a bit shorter.

> Get more info about the Schaumburg Half Marathon & 5k Turkey Trot

Grant Park Turkey Trot

Date: November 25, 2017
Distance: 5k

Work off your thanksgiving feast with family and friends and don't forget to bring the little ones for the Free Kid's Dash. All 5k participants will receive a long sleeve souvenir shirt!

> Get more info about the Grant Park Turkey Trot

Looking for More Runs?

Already familiar with these? You can always head to www.runguides.com/chicago/runs to get a full list of upcoming Chicago road runs, trail runs, and OCRs.

Published on Nov 01, 2017