Not a runner? Not a problem when it comes to area “turkey trots” this Thanksgiving! In Champaign-Urbana and surrounding towns, these extra-fun events held around Thanksgiving called “turkey trots” are a great addition to your Thanksgiving festivities.
While you may think they sound just like any other 5K run/walk, a turkey trot is sometimes FREE to enter, or has a suggested donation of a canned good in contrast to the standard registration fees required at other races (some of the trots listed below DO have registration fees, as a heads up).
Turkey trots are always family-friendly, too, so you can push a stroller or invite your older child to invite you to walk or run their first race to see how they like it. And remember, you can always walk the course if you’re not a runner, as there will be plenty of people walking in these events.
With an average of 3,000 calories consumed at the Thanksgiving meal alone (not including snacks before the big event), we don’t think anyone can argue that doing something active outside with your whole family is the perfect way to kick off a day of gratitude and togetherness.
Check out these awesome turkey trot events happening in and around Champaign-Urbana this Thanksgiving and let us know which one YOUR family will be participating in!
Saturday, November 17, 2018
Le Roy City Circle –
207 S East
Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Turkey trot begins and ends at the Le Roy town circle. Stick around after the race for the "Turkey Toss" and pre-register to save a bit on registration (including a family registration option).
Thursday, November 22, 2018
Elks Lake Pavilion, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve –
950 N. Lombard
Time: 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Whether you want to run, walk or trot the 5K course, sign up today and come celebrate with Mahomet Parks and Recreation! Just $10 per person (register by Nov 13 to get a t-shirt) and held at the Lake of the Woods.
Lake House in Crystal Lake Park –
206 W. Park St.
Time: 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Join the Urbana Park District for a FREE Thanksgiving morning tradition at Crystal Lake Park. Turkey Trot is a one-mile fun run/walk that is a great way to get some exercise before you sit down for dinner. Free hot chocolate is provided.
Kickapoo State Park –
10906 Kickapoo Park Rd
Time: 9:00 am - 10:30 am
The Oakwood Area Food Pantry would like to encourage your family to start a new tradition this year and join them for the Turkey Trot! Take pictures with their giant inflatable turkey before/after the 5K. Register by Nov 10 for a t-shirt. Held at Kickapoo State Park.