Turkey Trot

Register Now for the 40th Annual Lincolnwood Turkey Trot on Sunday, November 20, 2016

Register | Map | Times | Fees | Swag | Drumstick Dash | FAQs | Sponsors | Volunteer | Results

Lace up your running shoes and join us for the 40th annual Lincolnwood Turkey Trot (1976-2016)! This CARA Certified, chip-timed 5K/10K race and 5K fitness walk takes you through scenic Lincolnwood, featuring 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 is the perfect way to round out this historic running event!


We offer four convenient ways to register. Please note the cut-off dates/times for all registration types. Last year’s event sold out prior to race day, so please register early to avoid missing this historic event!

1) ONLINE via Active.com Please note, a small convenience fee is added to online registrations. Online registration closes at 5pm on Friday, 11/18, if we have not yet reached our maximum number of runners/walkers. 

2) IN PERSON M-F from 9-5pm in the Parks and Recreation Department office (6900 N. Lincoln Avenue in Village Hall). You may pay by cash, check or credit card. Download the Registration form

3) FAX (847) 673-4413. If registering by fax, please don’t forget to include your credit card information.  Download the Registration form. Fax-in registration closes Friday 11/11 at 5pm. 

4) MAIL (Lincolnwood Parks and Recreation Department, 6900 N. Lincoln Avenue, Lincolnwood, IL 60712). You may either pay by check and include in the envelope or supply your credit card information.  Download the Registration form. We must have received your mailed registration form and payment in our office by Friday 11/11 at 5pm.

Map and Location

Start/Finish – Proesel Park, 7055 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 also take a look at the routes below to familiarize yourself with the course.

View the Turkey Trot 5K map

View the Turkey Trot 10K map

Aerial View of Proesel Park on Race Day

Proesel Park Arial View

(Click to enlarge aerial view)

Start times

5K and 10K Runs – 8:45 am
5K Fitness Walk – 9:00 am
Drumstick Dash – 10:20 am

Turkey Trot Race Bibs

T2 Fees

5K and 10K Race and Fitness Walk – $30
(after 11/4 at 5pm price increases to $35)

(CARA Members & Lincolnwood Residents save $2 off of each registration price)

Drumstick Dash for Kids 6 and Under (50 & 100 yard dash) – $15
(after 11/4 at 5pm, price increases to $18)

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+


Finisher Medal

All pre-registered runners and walkers will receive a dark blue moisture-wicking long-sleeve running shirt. Please note: All adult shirts will be men’s sizes; ladies, you may want to size down. NEW 40th ANNIVERSARY TURKEY TROT FINISHER MEDALS will also be awarded to all registered runners and walkers who cross the finish line.


Turkey Trot Medals

Special 40th Anniversary 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 starts the week of November 14 at the Parks and Recreation in Village Hall (6900 N. Lincoln Ave.) Full schedule below:

  • Monday, Nov. 14 – Friday, Nov 18 from 8am-5pm
  • Thursday, Nov. 17 from 9am – 7pm
  • Saturday, Nov. 19 from 9am-12pm4
  • The morning of the race (Nov. 20) starting at 7:30am in Proesel Park



A portion of the Turkey Trot proceeds are 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

Drumstick 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 10:20am. $15 by Friday, Nov. 4 at 5pm or $18 after Nov. 4.


Free parking is available in the Republic Bank (4433 W. Touhy Ave) and Garcia, Rosenberg and Associates Primary Care, (7126 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 Lincoln, Morse, and Kostner Avenues. Also, please DO NOT park at L. Woods Restaurant.


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.

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

When can I see the race results? As soon as they’re in, race results will be posted on the Turkey Trot webpage 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 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 jglowacki@lwd.org.

Turkey Trot Sponsors Wanted! Sponsorship information and forms

Would you, or someone you know, like the opportunity to promote your company or service to over 3,000 participants and supporters who attend the Turkey Trot each year? We love our sponsors, and it’s your generosity that helps make this event such a great event. Join our team and share in the success. For more information, please contact Linda Vering at 847-677-9740 or lvering@lwd.org.

Thank you to our 2016 Lincolnwood Turkey Trot Sponsors

Republic Bank

NorthShore University HealthSystem 

Loeber Motors

Liberty Bank


Not a runner or walker? Consider volunteering! Volunteers are always needed for this community-wide event. All volunteers will receive a long-sleeve cotton t-shirt to thank them for their time and volunteer efforts. If you have any questions, please contact Olivia Antosz at 847-677-9740 or oantosz@lwd.org.


Lincolnwood Turkey Trot

Watch for 2016 race results.