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Turkey Day Chicago


Bird is the word on Thursday, November 26! Warm up your Thanksgiving appetite with Chicago’s longest running Thanksgiving tradition; the 37th 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 Dec 1 - Feb 1 Feb 2 - Jul 30 Aug 1 - Sept 30 Oct 1 - Nov 13 Nov 14 - Nov 26
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

Life Time members receive a $5 discount just by entering your member number during registration. Life Time members can also redeem your LT BUCK$ to register.

Date: November 26, 2015

Time: 9 a.m.

Location: Lincoln Park

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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

CARA certified race

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2014 TD5K Women's Adult Shirt

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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


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.



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

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.



*Subject to change

Our course is wheelchair friendly, and we gladly welcome para-athletes to participate.


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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


2014 Kid Shirt

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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 23
10 a.m. – 7 p.m.


Sunday, November 24
11 a.m. – 6 p.m.


Wednesday, November 25
10 a.m. – 8 p.m.


Groups of 5 or more: Please email 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.

Results & Photos


Having fun is a win in our book! But if you're looking for results and photos, check them out:
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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.


Turkey Day Hotel Accommodations


Hilton Chicago
The Hilton Chicago is at the heart of Chicago's cultural core, near museums, theaters and nightlife, and is the site of the Multisport & Fitness Expo. One of Chicago's premiere luxury hotels, the Hilton Chicago features amenities geared toward both the business and leisure traveler including Executive and Suite accommodation.
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Palmer House
The Palmer House Hilton has been an innovator since the opening of its doors in 1871 and continues to maintain its edge while preserving historic integrity with its recent top-to-bottom, $215M rejuvenation. Steps to all the action along State Street including Macy’s, Nordstrom Rack, American Apparel, H&M, Block 37 Mall, the Chicago Theatre District as well as the Thanksgiving Day Parade. A short cab to Soldier Field, Wrigley Field and U.S Cellular Field and walking distance to The Art Institute, Joffrey Ballet, Cadillac Theatre, Jeweler’s Row, Millennium Park and countless Chicago attractions outside and inside the hotel.
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Air Travel


If you plan on flying into Chicago, you have two airport options: Chicago Midway (MDW), located 11 miles southwest of downtown, and Chicago O'Hare (ORD) located 15 miles northwest of the city.


Taxi cab service is readily available from both airports. One-way fares to/from downtown Chicago average $30 each way (excluding tip). Travel times can range from 15 minutes to more than an hour, depending on rush hour.


CTA Trains
Public transit train service is available at both city airports, with various drop-off points throughout downtown Chicago. One-way fares are currently $5 via farecard kiosks at each station, and travel times to/from downtown range from 30-45 minutes, depending on days/times. Visit for additional details.


Airport Express to Downtown Chicago

Another fast, comfortable and affordable means of getting to the Hilton Chicago or another downtown hotel of choice is via Airport Express. For a hassle-free transition at a reasonable price, you and your bike will be taken to downtown Chicago in vans leaving every 5–10 minutes. Stop by one of their conveniently located counters (terminals 1, 2, 3 & 5 at O'Hare or across from Southwest at Midway) and check in. Visit them at or call 1-800-654-7871 for more information.




Uber is sponsoring rides for the 2014 Turkey Day Run Chicago! If you are new to Uber, use the promo code TurkeyTrot14 to get $30 off your first ride. To sign up, download the app (available on iPhone and Android), or head to


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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.