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Turkey Trot

The 45th Annual Lincolnwood Turkey Trot is back in person this year! We missed seeing everyone in the 2020 virtual race, but we are excited to be back running through the beautiful streets of Lincolnwood. This CARA certified, USATF-Certified, (IL-14162-JW), 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! A portion of the Turkey Trot proceeds are donated to the Parks and Recreation scholarship fund, which helps local families in need with the costs for day camp and our after-school program.

·         Chip Timed 5K or 10K Race $32 until 10/1 @5pm | $37 until 11/12 @ 5pm | $42 Nov. 13-20

·         5K Fitness Walk (Untimed) $32 until 10/1 @5pm | $37 until 11/12 @ 5pm | $42 Nov. 13-20

·         Drumstick Dash $15 until 10/1 @5pm | $17 until 11/12 @ 5pm | $19 Nov. 13-20

There are four ways to register. Please note the cut-off dates/times for each registration type. Often this race sells 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.

  1. Runsign Up
  2. Lincolnwood Parks and Recreation registration website
  3. In person at Village Hall Parks and Recreation Department (6900 Lincoln Ave)
  4. Email to

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.

5K Turkey Trot Course Map

10K Turkey Trot Course Map

Proesel Park Arial View
(Click to enlarge photo)

  •  5K & 10K Race 8:45am
  • 5K Fitness Walk 8:45am (Immediately following the 5K & 10K runners)
  • Drumstick Dash 10:20am
  • 5K/10K course cut-off time: 10:30 am

  • 14 & Under
  • 15-19 Years
  • 20-24 Years
  • 25-29 Years
  • 30-34 Years
  • 40-44 Years
  • 45-49 Years
  • 50-54 Years
  • 55-59 Years
  • 60-64 Years
  • 65-69 Years
  • 70-74 Years
  • 75-79 Years
  • 80-84 Years
  • 85 & Over

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.

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.

(left to right – Drumstick Dash, Placement and Finisher Medals)


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

  • Monday, Nov. 15 – Friday, Nov 19  |  9am-5pm
  • Thursday, Nov. 18 |  9am-8pm
  • Friday, Nov. 19 | 9am-8pm
  • Saturday, Nov. 20  |  10am-1pm
  • Sunday, Nov. 21  (RACE DAY) starting at 6:30 am in the Race Village near the Aquatic Center in Proesel Park

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. 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.  DO NOT park at the L. Woods Restaurant lot or Republic Bank lot. Parking is also discouraged within the race course (map).

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. See our packet pickup schedule.

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.

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 rain or cool weather? No, like the USPS we go on rain or shine (or freezing temps). Per our policy, we do not allow refunds.

What is the plan for severe weather? If lightning or severe weather is imminent before or during the event, all persons shall seek shelter either in their vehicles, the community center, or the fire department. Once inside shelter, emergency personnel will communicate further instructions.

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 Gear Check Tent.

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 HERE (coming soon!) and then on the Turkey Trot web page.

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, based on chip-time, will be contacted after the race to let them know how they can receive their medal. The overall male and female winners of each race, based on gun-time, will be announced after the race.

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.

Are wheelchairs allowed on the course? Yes, you can operate a wheelchair or push another registered racer in a wheelchair as long as you start at the back of the pack. The Turkey Trot does not currently have a racing wheelchair division. Please contact the race director at 847-677-9740 or if you are interested in developing this division.

What about other wheeled vehicles? For safety reasons, bicycles, skates, scooters, and other wheeled personal vehicles (other than wheel chairs) 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.

 Have Any Other Questions?

Please call us at 847-677-9740 or email the race director.

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 (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  at 847-677-9740 or email

Coming Soon!

Turkey Trot Sponsors Wanted! 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 Lincolnwood Parks & Recreation at 847-677-9740 or or read the Turkey Trot Sponsorship Opportunities packet.

 Thank you everyone for participating in the 2020 Virtual Turkey Trot! We look forward to your participation in next year’s Turkey Trot on November 21st, 2021.


Lincolnwood’s 44th Annual Turkey Trot was supported by several community businesses, including:

VIP+ Level Sponsors

Diamond Level Sponsors

Gold Level Sponsors

Village of Lincolnwood
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