Edison Park Turkey Trot

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On a brisk, but sunny Thanksgiving Day morning, the 21st annual Edison Park Turkey Trot took place just off Northwest Highway by the Edison Park Field House. With a packed field, it is always exciting to see all the competitors, along with their family and friends coming together to run.

From the young kids to Grandma and Grandpa, the Edison Park Turkey Trot is an enjoyable family friendly 5k for all the ages. Each year, proceeds benefit an incredible organization and this year runners supported Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy MDA.

The day started off with a partly cloudy cool breeze, but quickly warmed up as the kiddos began their race, The Gobble Gallop, at 8:30am. While the 5k begins at 9:30am.

The 9:30 a.m. start time is always appreciated, as it gives me time to grab that morning coffee and pick up my packet at the indoor Field House. The Edison Park Turkey Trot always gives out a warm cotton long sleeve, along with it’s traditional logo and the American flag on the sleeve. Just as I made it out of the Field House, it was time to meet up with family and friends for some pre-race photos, then the National Anthem and we were off!

The 5k is one loop around the gorgeous Edison Park neighborhood. All the local families come out to cheer runners on throughout the race course. Some neighbors even make a morning tailgate out of it, as they congratulate runners as they make their way to the finish! If the neighbors don’t keep you entertained along the course, the costumes that racers are donning sure will! Lots of turkey hats and turkey costumes made it on the course this year, along with Gumbi!

Quickly, I turned the corner and there was the finish! Lady Gaga was blasting and the announcer was calling out congratulations to each finisher. As I made my way through the finish, it was time to head towards the post race tents where bananas, oranges, apples, orange juice, cookies, and so many other goodies were waiting for me! There was even a Edison Park Turkey Trot backdrop where you could get your photo taken (for free!).  While the music still played, I gathered with family and friends to swap stories of our 5k races and cheered other racers in. There’s nothing like starting the day being thankful for a body that can run and being grateful for all the family and friends that can do it with you. I just love how running can bring us all together! I’ll be back next year!

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Ashley Nolan is a Chicago based road, trail, and ultra-runner. Her love for endurance sports began in triathlon while training for and completing the Ironman distance. Since then she has completed several ultramarathons spanning from the 50K to 50 Mile distance. You can find her training on the Lakefront Path or up in Wisconsin on the Ice Age Trail.

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