Fly Your Flock to Evanston this Thanksgiving for a 5K


Every Thanksgiving, you consume tons of calories and end up feeling like a stuffed turkey yourself by the end of the day. What if we told you that you can run a race in the morning, so you only feel like an unstuffed turkey after the meal?

The Evanston Subaru Flying Turkey 5K presented by NorthShore University HealthSystem invites you and your family to dress up like turkeys and pilgrims to celebrate the holiday at the sixth annual 5K run. The race takes place on Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 24, and begins at Sheridan Road and Church Street in Evanston. The 3.1-mile course takes runners along the Evanston lakefront path, and loops around Northwestern University’s campus.

New this year are separate wave starts; the first wave begins at 9 a.m., for runners who run a 10-minute mile pace or faster. Anyone slower than a 10-minute mile pace will be in wave two, starting at 9:05 a.m. The race is chip-timed, and a 10:15 a.m. awards ceremony will recognize the top three overall male and female finishers, and the top three in five-year age divisions.

As a way to give back on the holiday, a canned goods collection will take place on race day. Everyone is encouraged bring non-perishable food items to the event, which will be donated to Harvest Food Pantry.

Registration for the Flying Turkey 5K is now open, and costs $30 until Nov. 5, when the price increases to $35. Race day and early packet pick-up is also available for $40. Kids 12 and under cost $15. All runners will receive a knit winter hat in their goodie bag, which they can choose from two colors during registration. Color choices available while supplies last.

For more information, including a course map, volunteer requests and packet pickup details, visit

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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 several shorter distance races and two half marathons. Her goal for 2017 is to try a triathlon, and eventually do the Chicago Marathon. She graduated from Illinois State University in May 2016 with a degree in journalism. Working at Chicago Athlete, Holly has been able to explore photography a lot more, which is one of her main hobbies. She enjoys taking photos at endurance races, and is also passionate about nature photography and portraiture.


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