Hey Champaign-Urbana: Turkey Trot is the Place to Be!
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 typically 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!
Sunday, November 10, 2019
Le Roy City Circle
207 S East, Le Roy
Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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).
Saturday, November 16, 2019
Crystal Lake Park
206 W Park Street, Urbana
Time: 8:30 am - 11:00 am
This is Champaign Central Interact Club's 5th annual turkey trot! 100% of the proceeds will go to Salt and Light, a charity devoted to fighting poverty. Register before October 28th to get a discounted ticket! Check in will begin at 8:30 AM, the race will begin at 9:00 AM, and awards will begin at 10:15 AM. This is their 5th annual turkey trot! 100% of the proceeds will go to Salt and Light, a charity devoted to fighting poverty. Click here to register.
Thursday, November 28, 2019
23 Main St. , Villa Grove
Time: 7:30 am - 9:30 am
Run for Free - Donate for Fun Thanksgiving day 5K Fun Run 7:30am Chix Studio 23 Main Street, Villa Grove, IL Doors open at 7am 100% of Donations to BVG
Elks Lake Pavilion, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve
950 N. Lombard, Mahomet
Time: 8:00 am - 10:00 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., Urbana
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, Oakwood
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.
For more on Thanksgiving, check out where to buy a local turkey in Champaign-Urbana.