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!
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
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
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
Other 2014 Lake County 5Ks and running events after Thanksgiving