Turkey Trot

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Lincolnwood Turkey Trot
Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017

Lace up your running shoes and join us for the 41st annual Lincolnwood Turkey Trot (1976-2017)! This CARA Certified, USATF-Certified (IL-14162-JW), chip-timed 5K/10K race and 5K fitness walk features a flat, fast course perfect for novice as well as experienced runners and walkers. For our youngest athletes (6 years of age and under), the Drumstick Dash 50 & 100 yard dash is the perfect way to round out this historic running event!

T2 Fees

Chip Timed 5K or 10K Race $37
5K Fitness Walk $37
Drumstick Dash $18

(CARA Members & Lincolnwood Residents receive a $2 discount)

There are five ways to register. Please note the cut-off dates/times for each registration type. For the last two years, this race sold out, so please register early to avoid missing out on this historic event. NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION. NO REFUNDS ISSUED (however, registrations can be transferred to another person). This race will not be canceled due to weather.


Register online via Active.com. A small convenience fee is added. Online registration will close at 5 pm on Nov. 18, or earlier (if max. participant number is met). 


Email completed form to jglowacki@lwd.org. If registering by email, don’t forget to include your credit card information on the form. Signed form must be received by 5 pm on Friday, Nov. 10. 


Visit the Parks and Recreation Department office (6900 N. Lincoln Avenue in Village Hall) M-F from 9-5 pm to fill out or submit your registration form. We accept cash, check or credit card (VISA/MC). In person registration will end at 5 pm on Friday, Nov. 17, unless we have already reached our maximum number of participants.


Fax completed form to (847) 673-4413. If registering by fax, don’t forget to include your credit card information. Signed form must be received by 5 pm on Friday, Nov. 10. 


Mail completed form to Lincolnwood Parks and Recreation Department, 6900 N. Lincoln Avenue, Lincolnwood, IL 60712. You may either include a check or write your credit card information on the form. Signed form must be received by 5 pm on Friday, Nov. 10. Download registration form.

Map and Location
Start/Finish – Proesel Park, 7055 N. Kostner Avenue (Near the Proesel Park Family Aquatic Center). The 5K course and 10K course will be marked on the road and with signs along the route. You can also take a look at the routes below to familiarize yourself with the course.

Turkey Trot 5K map

Turkey Trot 10K map

Aerial View of  the Race Village in Proesel Park

Proesel Park Arial View

(Click to enlarge aerial view)

Start times

5K & 10K Race 8:45 am
5K Fitness Walk 9:00 am
Drumstick Dash 10:20 am

(5K/10K course cut-off time: 10:30 am

Age Divisions

9 years and under, 10-14 years, 15-19 years, 20-29 years, 30-39 years, 40-49 years, 50-59 years, 60-69 years, 70-79 years, 80 years+


All pre-registered runners and walkers will receive a long-sleeve running shirt. Please note: All adult shirts will be men’s sizes; ladies, you may want to size down. Lincolnwood Turkey Trot finisher medals will also be awarded to all registered runners and walkers who cross the finish line. Check out our NEW Finisher Medal for 2017:

Turkey Trot Finisher Medal


Lincolnwood Turkey Trot 2017 Medals

Overall winners will be awarded off of the gun time start, age division winners will be awarded off of the chip time. Race medals will be awarded for 1st – 3rd place finishers in each age division, male and female, in each race. Awards will be given to the top male and female Lincolnwood finisher in each race, and to each male and female overall winner in each race.

Packet Pickup

Race packet pickup is available at the Parks and Recreation Department in Village Hall (6900 N. Lincoln Ave.) Full schedule below:

  • Monday, Nov. 13 – Friday, Nov 17 from 8am-5 pm
  • Thursday, Nov. 16 from 9 am – 7 pm
  • Friday, Nov. 17 from 9 am – 7 pm
  • Saturday, Nov. 18 from 9 am – 12 pm

The morning of the race (Nov. 19) starting at 6:30 am  in Proesel Park


A portion of the Turkey Trot proceeds will be donated to the Niles Township Food Pantry which serves approximately 3,500 individuals a month. As part of our commitment to the food pantry, we also encourage you to donate a non-perishable food item on race day to be entered into the post-race raffle for a chance to win terrific prizes.

Please bring a non-perishable food item to be included in the post-race raffle for a chance to win fabulous prizes! All non-perishable food items and a portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit the Niles Township Food Pantry. Get in the spirit and donate what you can to help those less fortunate in the area!

T2 Dash

Calling all Kids 6 & under – lace up and join us for the Lincolnwood Turkey Trot Drumstick Dash 50 or 100 yard dash! Children will be ground in heats according to age. All pre-registered racers are guaranteed a long sleeve cotton t-shirt, finisher medal and goody bag & kids can grab a selfie with the famous Turkey Trot mascot after the race! The Drumstick Dash starts at 10:20 am. $18 and advance registration is required.


Free parking is available in Binny’s parking lot, (7175 N. Lincoln Ave.), and on parking lots and on side streets that are not on the race route, and where parking restrictions are not listed. Please note: parking is prohibited on Lincoln, Morse, and Kostner Avenues. Also, please DO NOT park at L. Woods Restaurant.

Turkey Trot Hotel Information

The Holiday Inn Chicago North Shore, located just 2 miles away from the race location, is providing a discounted Turkey Trot room rate of $99 + 14.5% tax. See reservation information below.

Group name: Turkey Trot | Group code:  TKT
Discounted room rate: $99.00 + 14.5% tax
Dates available: November 18-19, 2017
Rates are valid until:  Oct. 27, 2017 (or beyond if available)
Hotel Web Site: www.hiskokie.com
Address: Holiday Inn Chicago North Shore: 5300 W. Touhy Ave., Skokie, IL 60077 (847-679-8900)


Our sponsors are so important to this event. Learn the benefits of sponsoring the Lincolnwood Turkey Trot.  For more information, please contact Linda Vering at 847-677-9740 or view our Sponsorship Information packet.


Can I pick up another runners race packet for them? Yes, but be sure to make sure that the other person knows that you have picked up their packet to avoid confusion.

If a group of us are running, can one person pick up all of the packets at once? Yes, this can be a real time saver, but please let us know you’d like to do this a couple of days ahead of time to give us the time to put your order together.

Will I get the shirt size I request? While we make every effort to order enough shirts so that everyone receives their preferred size, the earlier you pick up your race packet, the better the chance that you’ll get the size you prefer. Packet pickup days/times

What if I need a different shirt size than I registered for? You may be able to swap out your shirt for a different size the week FOLLOWING the race at our office, depending on the sizes we have left. Since we order shirts based on the sizes people have registered for, we can’t guarantee that we’ll have the size you’re looking for, but we’ll do our best.

When will I receive my finisher medal? Runners and walkers will receive their Turkey Trot finisher medal when they cross the finish line. Medals will only be given to those who finish their event.

Will the race be canceled for any reason? No, like the USPS we go on rain or shine (or freezing temps). Per our policy, we do not allow refunds.

How should I dress for the weather? Please check the forecast and dress warmly. We highly suggest multiple layers, hats, gloves and a neck gaiter.

Will gear check be available? Yes, you can safely check your gear in the Packet Pickup area.

Are there any rest stops along the course? Yes, you are welcome to stop at the BP station on Pratt & Cicero on the 10K course the race.

When can I see the race results? As soon as they’re in, race results will be posted on the Turkey Trot web page and on Active.

If I am a 1st-3rd place winner in my category, when will I receive my medal? We do not give out medals on race day. Race winners will be contacted after the race to let them know how they can receive their medal.

Are strollers allowed on the course? Yes, you can run or walk with a baby jogger or stroller as long as you start at the back of the pack.

What about other wheeled vehicles? For safety reasons, bicycles, skates, scooters, other wheeled personal vehicles are NOT allowed on the racing course.

Are dogs (or other animals) allowed on the course? No, for safety reasons, we can’t allow animals on the course. Please leave your pets (including turkeys) at home.

Can participants wear costumes? Absolutely! Dressing up is definitely a fun part of this race. Participants are HIGHLY encouraged to dress up. Of course, you’re not limited to turkeys — we welcome all crazy outfits. Ans since we’re celebrating that this race has been around since 1976, you might want to work some disco fashion into your attire!

Have Any Other Questions?

Please call us at 847-677-9740 or send an email to kgamroth@lwd.org.


Not a runner or walker? Consider volunteering! Volunteers are always needed for this community-wide event. All volunteers will receive a long-sleeve shirt to thank them for their time and volunteer efforts.

To volunteer, please fill out this volunteer form and email to Olivia Antosz (if the volunteer is under 18 years of age, a parent or legal guardian must sign this agreement on behalf of the volunteer). If you have any questions, please contact Olivia Antosz at 847-677-9740 or oantosz@lwd.org.


Watch here for 2017 race results.