Thanksgiving is our annual reminder to consciously embrace gratitude; gratitude for our health, our family, our friends and to me and my fellow trotters, the gift of running. Whether its family created at birth or created in a training season a lot of us make the Thanksgiving Turkey Trot an annual family tradition of gratitude and justification for second helpings. This year, family members and I ran the Life Time Turkey Trot in Lincoln Park.
I always love when races get bigger and bigger each year as that means more people are joining my running YAYsayers club! I feel like as a running YaySayer, I perform a lot of damage control from what most high school gym teachers and coaches did to the sport of running. I haven’t run this race in a while and to my excitement it has grown to 8,000 trotters!
Having this many turkey’s running through Lincoln Park, you would that think we would have been running on top of each other. This was not the case as it was a waved start based upon average pace. I felt like the race organization did a great job of designing the course (we got to run on Lake Shore Drive…beep beep!) and managing the crowd. A special shout out to all of the volunteers and to Raceguards™ for sacrificing their Thanksgiving morning to help us earn our second helpings.
This event had a race distance for every age and pace. The race distance for the kids ranged from a 50 yard dash to a half mile. The 5K and 8K started off together and then 90 minutes later the kids Plymouth Rock races started. I did also see a lot of little kids running alongside an adult in the 5K. Can you say future marathoner?
Post race, everyone was treated with hot cider, live music, Turkey bowling, football toss, Corn hole, a long sleeve finishers shirt and free race photos. Both at packet pick up and race day, everyone was also encouraged to donate canned goods for the Greater Chicago Food Depository.