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Turkey Day Chicago – 11.27.14

Bird is the word on Thursday, November 27! Warm up your Thanksgiving appetite with Chicago’s longest running Thanksgiving tradition; the 38th Annual Turkey Day Run Chicago. Bring the whole family, come dressed for the part, and join runners, joggers and walkers for some lighthearted fun.


Big News In 2014!
We're offering both 5K and 8K course distances this year — your choice, all at the same price!

We're also bringing back the Turkey Tailgate Zone, featuring a variety of games for the whole family:

  •  - Turkey Bowling
  •  - Football Throw
  •  - Cornhole Toss
  •  - Costume Contest
  •  - CLIF Kid Zone Tent and more!



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.


Entry Fees

Category Nov 28 - Feb 1 Feb 2 - Aug 8 Aug 9 - Oct 1 Oct 2 - Nov 14 Nov 15 - Nov 27
Adult 5K/8K $25 $30 $35 $40 $45
Life Time Member $20 $25 $30 $35 $40
Youth 5K (17 & under) $20 $20 $20 $20 $25
Plymouth Rock Ramble $15 $15 $15 $15 $20

Register for Thanksgiving 2014!

Date: November 27, 2014

Time: 9 a.m.

Location: Lincoln Park

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Free with Registration


All Turkey Day Run Chicago participants will receive a shirt with their race registration! Shirts will be available at pre-race packet pickup and at the race.

2014 TD5K Adult Shirt

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2014 TD5K Women's Adult Shirt

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CARA certified race

Turkey Day Run 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.

Course Description

The Turkey Day Run Chicago will take place in beautiful Lincoln Park along the shores of Lake Michigan. The start line, finish line, and turkey day tailgate are all centrally located along Cannon Drive, between Diversey and Fullerton Parkway. Courses are awaiting final approval from the City of Chicago.



*Subject to change

Plymouth Rock Ramble for Kids


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




We're delighted to have the support of our wonderful sponsors! Click here to view the complete list.


Food Donations & Community Support

Greater Chicago Food Depository
Participation in the Turkey Day Run Chicago 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.

Pre-Race Packet Pickup


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.


Wednesday, November 26
10 a.m. – 8 p.m.


Groups of 5 or more: Please email chicagoregistration@lifetimefitness.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.




As long as you had some Turkey Day fun, that's a win in our book! However, if you're looking for the numbers, results will be available here following the conclusion of the race.

Race-Day Schedule


7 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Race-day packet pickup on the east side of Cannon Drive
8:30 a.m. Fullerton and Lake Shore Drive closures
9 a.m. 8K starts, Turkey Day Tailgate opens
9:30 a.m. 5K starts
10:30 a.m. Plymouth Rock Ramble starts
11:30 a.m. Turkey Day Tailgate closes


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.

Contact Us



Chicago Race Office

Phone: 773-404-2372