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2014 Turkey Trots and running events in Lake County

One thing we sure know how to do on Thanksgiving is Gobble! We gobble up mashed potatoes, stuffing, and of course… turkey. The family’s all in town, and we’re all looking forward to our traditions, but what if we start a new one this year?  People all over are lacing up their running shoes and heading out for their local Turkey Trots, all to benefit local food pantries and to help feed hungry neighbors this holiday season.  (Plus, you can feel better about reaching for that second piece of homemade pumpkin pie later on.)

This idea is catching on all around, and with so many local options, and a 5k just around the corner, it’s easy to see why these birds of a feather are flocking together.

*Most races include an early registration/packet pick-up or on-site registration, so be sure to check out their websites for details and to sign up!

Waukegan Park District’s Turkey Trot
(This one is perfect for people who don’t want to run on Thanksgiving Day!)
Saturday, Nov. 15 Race starts at 10 a.m. Event website

Cold Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk
Sunday, Nov. 23, Race starts at 8:30 a.m.
Old School Forest Preserve, 28201 N. Saint Mary’s Road, Libertyville
Event website

Booster Club Turkey Trot
Sunday, Nov. 23, Race starts at 9 a.m.
Grayslake Central High School, 400 N. Lake Street, Grayslake
Event website

North Shore Turkey Trot
Thursday, Nov. 27, Race starts at 7 a.m.
10K or 5K. A 15 minute mile or better is required for both of the races.
Downtown Highland Park, Park Avenue and St. Johns on the Eastside Metra parking lot
Event website

Wauconda Turkey Trot 2014
Thursday, Nov. 27, Race starts at 9 a.m.
This annual race features a 4 mile run around beautiful Bangs Lake in Wauconda, IL, as well as a 2 mile fun run/walk down Main Street and around Cook Park. The 2 mile one will be family-friendly.
Downtown Wauconda & Bangs Lake, Main Street at Mill Street, Wauconda
Event website

Village of Gurnee’s 21st Annual Turkey Trot
Thursday, Nov. 27, Race starts at 7 a.m.
5k fun run/walk
The Gurnee Old Grand Ave. Fire Station, 4580 Old Grand Ave., Gurnee
Event website

Long Grove’s Annual Turkey Trot
Thursday, Nov. 27, Race starts at 9 a.m.
5k Run/Walk, 8k Run, and $44 Kid’s race
Historic Downtown Long Grove, Old McHenry Rd., Long Grove
Event website

Libertyville’s Cool 5k 10k
Saturday, Nov. 29, Race starts at 9:30 a.m.
5K run/walk and 10k run over Lake County Forest Preserve trails.
Old School Forest Preserve, Saint Marys Road south of Rt. 176, Libertyville
Event website

Other 2014 Lake County 5Ks and running events after Thanksgiving

Zion’s Snowman Shuffle
Friday, Dec. 5, Race starts at 6 p.m.
5K run/walk
Zion Park District Sports Arena, 2400 Dowie Memorial Drive, Zion
Event website

FrogHops “Arctic Frog” 50k, 25k, 15k
Saturday, Dec. 6,
Independence Grove Forest Preserve, 16400 Buckley Road, Libertyville
Event website

The Chase’ 5K Walk/Fun Run
Saturday, Dec. 6, Race starts at 10 a.m.
5K Walk/Fun Run
Steeple Chase Golf Club, 200 La Vista Dr., Mundelein
Event website

Elf Dash 5k “Come Chase Santa” in Waukegan
Saturday, Dec. 13, Race starts at 9 a.m.
A flat point-to-point 5k course
Fountain Sqaure – LA Fitness, 452 Lakehurst Rd., Waukegan
Event website

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