When most people think about Thanksgiving they think about being around family and enjoying more food in one meal than in a typical day. But for those in the running community, there is a special bond with friends and family hours before the meal in the form of community races. One such event held by the town’s park district this Thanksgiving was the Palatine Turkey Trot.
The Palatine Turkey Trot featured separate two and five mile runs with the two mile starting at 8 a.m. and the five mile at 9 a.m.
The race was not too early to deter those who decided to go out for Black Wednesday the night before, and not too late as there was still plenty of time to run a race, enjoy post-race refreshments, and get home for a big meal.
The event, held at Harper College, offered a nice private race around the campus. In addition, since it was held on a college campus, there were great heated areas indoors before and after the race and restrooms.
The two mile race started behind the athletic building with runners passing the tennis courts and track until reaching the College Dr and main entrance where there was a short out and back. Runners then continued east around Kris Howard Drive before switching to a smaller path near the observatory and running along the lake and back to the Finish which was located conveniently close to the start.
The five mile course was very similar with the exception being runners did two loops around the campus. On the first loop runners did not turn on the path near the observatory and continued along the outer road to Euclid where they ran a short out and back leg before heading back to the campus for the start of the second loop.
For those who did not win a placement award, they were able to win a pumpkin pie in a raffle. All participants also received a finisher medal.
With over 1,200 runners in the two mile, and 400 in the five mile, it was great to see so many runners and walkers out. The ample space on road for much of the race helped to spread out the crowd.
The top male finisher for the five mile was Joe Parks in 25:47 and the top female was Samantha Lechowicz in 31:51. For the two mile, the top male was Nick Vucovich in 10:04 and the top female was Madison Marasco in 11:39.