For the Thanksgiving early-birds, breaking away from the kitchen to run in a day-of turkey trot can be nearly impossible. Luckily, Schaumburg offers an alternative option.
Each year, All Community Events hosts a half marathon and 5K Turkey Trot the Saturday following Thanksgiving at Busse Woods. Not only is this the perfect place to host a fall race because of the nature, paths and ease of parking, but it’s a great central location for anyone in the Chicago area to get to easily.
Another great aspect of this race is that it didn’t start super early; All Community Events must know that people value their sleep after a holiday, so the 5K started at 8:30 a.m. with the half marathon following at 9:15 a.m. Despite a little bit of delay in the 5K, all runners were trotting away by 8:40.
As a regular Busse Woods runner, I know that place like the back of my hand, and I was expecting the race to feel longer because of this. However, the course started with a little out-and-back near the boathouse, and before I knew it I was passing the one-mile marker. The second mile ran along the regular 7.3 mile loop, but the third took a detour North towards Golf Road. The half marathon course was similar, but had an extra loop through the park to get the mileage in.
The part of the Schaumburg Half Marathon and 5K Turkey Trot that makes it so enjoyable is the fact that it’s a point-to-point race; these types of races are generally rare, as it adds in the whole parking/shuttle complication, but the race directors were thoroughly organized for this. The finish line was just before Golf Road, and the parking lot allowed for plenty of space for the post-race activities. Across the street is the Atrium, where runners could hop on the five-minute shuttle back to the start line.
In addition to the cozy quarter-zip sweatshirts, all finishers got a bowl of chicken noodle soup, Hawaiian rolls and a cookie for another Thanksgiving feast. Several runners stuck around to cheer for other finishers, which was definitely appreciated as the course itself was a little quiet and empty of spectators.
I heard many people talking about where they were from, and it’s clear to see what so many travel to Schaumburg the Saturday after Thanksgiving, because its Turkey Trot is a great way to continue a holiday tradition.