10 Chicago-area Thanksgiving trots, runs and more
Bird it the word, people! Get in the holiday spirit with other hearty souls and run a Turkey Trot this week. You'll not only get some fresh, brisk fall air and great exercise, but you'll also start the long weekend with an awesome endorphin boost that no airport delay/turkey-induced coma/[insert your most dreaded Thanksgiving blah here] can touch. We've rounded up 10 great options all over town, below. Sign up for one today or register on-site, most of these low-key races will take entrants on race day. Just keep the holiday karma going strong and bring along some canned goods: These races support local food banks. Ready, set, go! Lincoln Park Turkey Trot You'll feel fine about helping yourself to seconds after this annual 8K run or walk through Lincoln Park (pictured left). There’s also the Plymouth Rock Ramble for active kiddos ages 2 to 12 looking to join Mom and Dad in a healthy start to the holiday. Embrace the spirit of Thanksgiving by bringing a couple of cans of food (or more) to help feed Chicago area’s less fortunate. Lincoln Park, 2600 N Cannon Drive (register at turkeytrotchicago.com). Thu 25 at 9am; $35, advance $30, kids $15, kids advance $12. Edison Park Turkey Trot The festivities begin with a Gobble Gallop for kids under 12 at 8:30am, then adults get in on the action with a 5K at 9:30am. FYI for all of you goodie bag–hoarders, the race tees are given out first-come, first-served this year. (We hope your turkey-day dinner has a more lenient agenda.) And yes, canned good donations are more than welcome. Edison Park Fieldhouse, 6755 N Northwest Highway (register at epturkeytrot.org). Thu 25 at 9:30am; $25, advance $20; kids $10. Bonfield Express 5K Organizers are at a loss to explain it, but this Thanksgiving Day run seems to draw the oddball or two (we’ve seen shirtless and gorilla-costumed runners). Capitalizing on the do-gooder spirit, this event has raised thousands for scholarships. Curtis and Washington Sts, Downers Grove (bonfieldexpress.com). Thu 25 at 8:30am. Advance $25, day of race $35. Old St. Pat’s Annual Turkey Trot Coach Mark Buciak has organized this 1- to 6-mile run (taking place before Mass) for those who don’t want to fork over $30 for a T-shirt but do look for that running buzz. It’s a casual crew and the only thing you must show up with is “a smile.” Old St. Patrick’s Church, 700 W Adams St between Halsted and Desplaines Sts (773-307-0033). Sign up is Thu 25 at 7:45am, running begins at 8am. FREE. Long Grove Turkey Trot Run the downtown historic streets of Long Grove—finishing under the famous covered bridge. There’s also a Tiny Trot for runners under 14 right after the 5K for adults. Thu 25 at 9am. Register at allcommunityevents.com. $36, kids under 14 $12. Deerfield Turkey Trot In this 5K run, you’ll burn your turkey the day after you eat it. The better to determine your ideal pace! Choose a 4 mile run or 2.5 mile walk. Deerfield High School, 1959 N Waukegan Rd. Deerfield, IL. Fri 26 at 8:45am. Register at allcommunityevents.com. $35. (47th annual) Turkey Trot Folks have been running this one since 1963! On Thanksgiving morning the Mt. Prospect Jaycees host this annual Turkey Trot for families in the community. The Mount Prospect Golf Course hosts the event. Thu 25: 1 mile race begins at 9:15am, 2 mile at 9:30am and 4 mile at 10:00am. Register at activerain.com. $15, kids 14 and under $5. Go Gobble at Go Cycle For those who have always wanted to take their pre-feast sweat session indoors, may we suggest a new tradition? Spinning on Thanksgiving morning at just-opened cycling studio Go Cycle. You’ll earn the right to not just seconds but thirds, thanks to this calorie-toasting one-hour class. You know the drill: Bring a can of nonperishable food, it’ll go to the soup kitchen at St. Columbanus. 501 North Ave (312-878-4999, gocyclestudio.com). Thu 25 at 9:30am, $18. Thanksgiving Day Yoga Workshop We know how your Thanksgiving Day is going to end (stuffed and napping on Grandma’s couch, right?), so start the day in a healthy state of mind. The goal of today’s vinyasa class is to get the agni (digestive fires) burning, so you’ll be prepared for your feast later on. Pre-registration is suggested. Bloom Yoga Studio, 4663 N Rockwell St (773-463-9642, bloomyogastudio.com). Thu 25 from 10–11:30am. $25.