Bird is the word on November 27 - Warm up your Thanksgiving appetite with Chicago’s longest running Thanksgiving tradition; the 36th Annual Turkey Day Run presented by Fleet Feet Sports! The Turkey Day run brings family and friends together to start the day in a healthy way.
While you run your giblets off you’ll be supporting the Greater Chicago Food Depository ensuring no Chicagoan goes hungry this Thanksgiving by bringing two cans of food to either packet pick-up or to the race day.
Come dressed the part, and join runners, joggers and walkers for some lighthearted fun. We can’t anticipate the weather, but we can guarantee fun.
All Turkey Day 5K Chicago participants will receive a long-sleeve shirt with their race registration! Check out the designs for this year's shirt, and remember to wear yours on race day.
Date: November 27, 2014
Time: 9 a.m.
Location: Lincoln Park
Front of the 2013 Turkey Day 5K Chicago shirt
Back of the 2013 Turkey Day 5K Chicago shirt
Turkey Day Run Chicago will take place in beautiful Lincoln Park along the shores of Lake Michigan. The start and finish line will remain on Cannon Drive, north of Fullerton.
Participants will head south towards Fullerton Ave, turning east towards Lake Shore Dr. At Fullerton and Lake Shore, runners will turn left onto the northbound entrance ramp onto Lake Shore Drive. Runners will continue along the two curb traffic lanes of Lake Shore Dr. for about 1.5 miles from Fullerton to Recreation Dr.
After exiting Lake Shore Dr. at Recreation Dr. runners will immediately turn south along the Lake Front Path. The course continues through Lincoln Park along the Lake Front Path passing beautiful Belmont Harbor and continuing south to a point north of Diversey where runners will enter Inner Lake Shore and continue south to the finish line.
For youngsters age 2 to 12, we offer the opportunity to participate in the Clif Kids Plymouth Rock Ramble, on our loop course starting and finishing on closed Cannon Drive – right where the “big Turkeys” start the 5k.
The race will be staged in the following age group heats:
2- to 4-year-olds: 50 yards
5- to 6-year-olds: 1/4 miles
7- to 12-year-olds: 1/2 mile
Turkey Day 5K Chicago has applied for and received the Chicago Area Runners Association designation as a CARA certified race. This race has agreed to adhere to and uphold CARA’s Best Practices Guidelines. These Guidelines embody the highest standards for quality, safety and comfort for participants in a road race.
Due to CARA’s advocacy efforts, runners in the Chicagoland area enjoy some of the highest quality road races in the country. To view the Guidelines and to learn more about CARA, visit www.cararuns.org.
The Chicago Area Runners Association (CARA) is a non-profit organization devoted to expanding, motivating, supporting and celebrating the running community of Chicagoland. CARA connects runners to resources that enable them to run – farther, faster, better, for life.
Greater Chicago Food Depository
Participation in the Turkey Day 5K can be a great way to help the less fortunate with a food donation to the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Your donation comes at a time when the need is greatest. Canned goods will be collected at packet pick-up on Wednesday and the race site on Thanksgiving. Everything from soup to nuts is welcome. In previous years we have collected close to 10,000 pounds of food. You can help even more by including a cash donation with your race entry. 100% of all donations go to the Greater Chicago Food Depository.
Want to learn more about how the Turkey Day Run provides community support?
> Check out our charity infographic
Pre-race packet pickup will take place at:
Fleet Feet Sports - Piper's Alley
1620 N. Wells Street
Chicago, IL 60614
Please be sure to bring along two cans of food (or more) to packet pickup or the race site to benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository.
Saturday, November 22
10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday, November 23
11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Monday, November 24
10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Tuesday, November 25
10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Wednesday, November 26
10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Groups of 5 or more: Please email email@example.com with a list of names of each participant in your group at least 24 hours in advance of the packet pickup you'd like to attend. This will help us alleviate wait times.
7 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Race-day registration (if the race has not sold out) and packet pickup on the east side of Cannon Drive. Cash only on race day.
8:30 a.m. Fullerton and Lake Shore Drive closures
9 a.m. 5K starts
10 a.m. Plymouth Rock Ramble starts
10:15 a.m. Raffle and awards
Free neighborhood street parking is available, but plan to arrive early to find a spot. Parking is available at Lincoln Park Zoo on Cannon Drive for a fee. You will have the option to purchase prepaid parking passes during race registration for a discounted rate of $17.00 each. Simply select how many passes you would like to purchase, and they will be ready for you when you pick up your race bib at any one of the packet pickups.
*Note – Fullerton between Stockton and Lake Shore Drive AND the Northbound & Southbound Fullerton exits off Lake Shore Drive will close at 8:45 a.m.
Overall awards, including product prizes, will go to the top men and top three women in the designated age groups in the 5K run. Age group awards will be mailed.
Kids participating in the Plymouth Rock Ramble will receive a finisher ribbon and a cotton T-shirt. The race will be staged in the following age group heats:
2- to 4-year-olds (50 yards)
5- to 6-year-olds (1/4 mile)
7- to 12-year-olds (1/2 mile)
The event will take place no matter the weather, so be sure to bring an extra layer. Gear check is available at registration. The event is not responsible for any lost items.