It’s hard to believe Thanksgiving is only a week away. As the biggest racing holiday in the United States, it’s mandatory for endurance athletes to participate in Illinois Turkey Trots. From 5ks to half marathons, we found 54 thanksgiving-themed races in Illinois over the several days (most of which still have registration open), so go for that extra scoop of mashed potatoes, and get trottin’! 

Saturday, November 17
Addison’s Turkey Trot– Addison, IL
Decatur Park District Turkey Trot– Decatur, IL
Gobble Gobble Run or Wobble– Oak Lawn, IL
Gobbler Gauntlet 5k– New Lenox, IL
Kevin and Art Reveal Memorial Turkey Run– Herrin, IL
Turkey Trot at Rainey– Chicago, IL
Waterman Lions Club Gobbler Gallop– Waterman, IL

Sunday, November 18
Belvidere Turkey Trot– Belvidere, IL
Grayslake Central Turkey Trot– Grayslake, IL
Lincolnwood Turkey Trot– Lincolnwood, IL
Lisle Chamber Turkey Trot Tune-Up 5k– Lisle, IL
Peoria Park District Turkey Trot– Peoria, IL
Turkey Trot 5k– South Elgin, IL

Thursday, November 22
Henry’s Thanksgiving Day Hustle 5k– Lake in the Hills, IL
Evanston Subaru Flying Turkey 5k– Evanston, IL
22ndAnnual Edison Park Turkey Trot– Chicago, IL
Riis Park Striders Thanksgiving Races– Chicago, IL
The Thanksgiving Day 5k Run– Crystal Lake, IL
Pilgrim Pie Run for Rotary– LaGrange, IL
Turkey Trot Chicago 5k/8k– Chicago, IL
Long Grove Turkey Trot 5k and 8k– Long Grove, IL
Naperville Noon Lions 5k Turkey Trot– Naperville, IL
Beat the Bird 5k– Oak Brook, IL
Village of Orland Turkey Trot– Orland Park, IL
Belleville Thanksgiving Day 5k– Belleville, IL
Byron Park District Turkey Trot 5k– Byron, IL
Canton YMCA Turkey Trot– Canton, IL
Chocolate Turkey 3 Mile– Peoria, IL
Dan Gibbons  Turkey Trot– Elmhurst, IL
Edison Park Turkey Trot– Chicago, IL
Edwardsville Turkey Trot 5k– Edwardsville, IL
Fox and the Turkey Races– Batavia, IL
Good Hope Turkey Trot– Good Hope, IL
Jon Callagan Memorial Turkey Trot– Gurnee, IL
McHenry Turkey Trot for Hospice– McHenry, IL
Mount Prospect Jaycees Turkey Trot– Mount Prospect, IL
Neighbors’ House Giving Thanks 5k– DeKalb, IL
North Shore Turkey Trot– Highland Park, IL
NorthPointe Wellness Turkey Trot– Roscoe, IL
Oglesby Turkey Trot 3 Mile– Oglesby, IL
Palatine Park District Turkey Trot– Palatine, IL
Quincy Family YMCA Turkey Run– Quincy, IL
RHS Alumni Turkey Trot for Tots– Robinson, IL
Rockford Road Runners Turkey Trot– Rockford, IL
Roselle Turkey Tango Trot 5k– Roselle, IL
Tall Tress Turkey Trot– Glenview, IL
Trout Valley Turkey Trot– Cary, IL
Wauconda Turkey Trot– Wauconda, IL
Wheaton Turkey Trot– Wheaton, IL
Winnetka Glencoe Turkey Trot– Winnetka, IL

Friday, November 23
Butterball Burner Fun Run– Homewood, IL

Saturday, November 24
Grant Park Turkey Trot 5k and 10k– Chicago, IL
Schaumburg Turkey Trot Half Marathon & 5k– Schaumburg, IL
Beverly Hills Turkey Trot 5k– Chicago, IL

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Holly's running career began in high school; after being bummed about not making the volleyball team her sophomore year, she decided to join some of her middle school friends on the cross country team. She also did track in the fall, where the 1600 m race was her niche. Since then, she has run many distance races, and is going for her first marathon at the 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon this October. She graduated from Illinois State University in May 2016 with a degree in journalism, and is working towards her Master in Arts in New Media and Marketing.


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