Lincolnwood Turkey Trot 5K/10K & Drumstick Dash

Sun November 24, 2019 Lincolnwood, IL US 60712 Directions

Lace up your running shoes and join us for the 43rd annual Lincolnwood Turkey Trot (1976-2019)! 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!

Additional information and race results are posted on our website

Start Times:
5K/10K Runs & 5K Fitness Walk - 8:45am
Drumstick Dash - 10:20am


Race Website
7055 N Kostner Avenue
6900 N. Lincoln Avenue, Parks & Recreation
Lincolnwood, IL US 60712
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+

Turkey Swag

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.

Packet Pick-Up

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

  • Monday, Nov. 18 – Friday, Nov 22  |  9am-5pm
  • Thursday, Nov. 21 |  9am-8pm
  • Friday, Nov. 22 | 9am-8pm
  • Saturday, Nov. 23  |  10am-1pm
  • Sunday, Nov. 24 (RACE DAY) starting at 6:30 am in the Race Village near the Aquatic Center in Proesel Park
Donations & Raffle

The Lincolnwood Turkey Trot supports the Niles Township Food Pantry through (food donations) and the Lincolnwood Parks and Recreation Scholarship Fund (monetary donations), which supports local youth in attending summer camp and after school care programming.

Race participants are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food donation during packet pick-up or on race day (donations are received next to the gear check tent). For each item donated, you will receive a raffle ticket for the post-race raffle for a chance to win terrific prizes donated by local businesses. All non-perishable food donations received will benefit the Niles Township Food Pantry, which serves approximately 3,500 individuals a month. 

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. 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 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.

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 a volunteer form (available September 2019) and email it to Olivia Zdeb at (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 Zdeb at 847-677-9740.


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 check out the Sponsorship Opportunities Packet.

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Watch here for 2019 race results!


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