On Thursday, November 28th, most people are celebrating Thanksgiving. What better than a race to start the day and prepare for some good family time and food. The North Shore Turkey Trot was one of a few taking place in the Chicagoland area. This race featured a 10K or 5K option.
As the chill of a 32-degree day was upon us, you could see runners, as well as many families getting set to partake in this race. As the 8am start approached, runners stayed warm by stretching, jumping, and doing various warm ups. There were a variety of people dressed up as turkeys in recognition of the holiday and the turkey-themed race.
As the race kicked off, participants proceeded down St. Johns Avenue on a journey through the streets of Highland Park. The course featured a mainly flat course with a few slight rolling hills. It was nice to see many children between the ages of 8-17 also running. Being a mid-week race, you could sense many simply enjoyed the race as a fun way to burn calories before partaking in a Thanksgiving feast later in the day.
Though this race did not feature a medal, finishers received a choice between a pumpkin pie or apple pie upon crossing the finish line. If you ran four of the Ram Racing races this year, this was the last race of 2019 to earn the Run This Town medal.
This race featured almost 3,000 participants. Overall, this was a well-organized, quick race for athletes, families, children and more to enjoy as they ushered in the holiday season. Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving & enjoyable weekend.