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Runners near the half-way mark at the 2019 Orland Park Turkey Trot. (Village of Orland Park photo)

Runners near the half-way mark at the 2019 Orland Park Turkey Trot. (Village of Orland Park photo)

Orland Park Turkey Trot returns for 33rd year

From staff reports

Orland Park’s annual Turkey Trot is a holiday mainstay, growing in popularity each year. This year marks the event’s 33rd year. The chip timed race is held on Thanksgiving morning and has become a highly anticipated tradition for many Orland Park residents and their guests looking to kick off the holiday with a brisk run before sitting down to their annual feasts.

This race features a 2.5-mile cross-country course that takes runners and walkers through paved roads, paths and wooded areas of Orland Park, including the infamous hill of the John Humphry Woods.

“Many people, young and old alike, look forward to the Turkey Trot every year,” said Mayor Keith Pekau. “It is great to see children, teens and adults spending time together participating as a family.”

All race participants receive a long-sleeved dri-fit race shirt, refreshments and are entered into a post-race drawing for prizes.

“We have so many interested participants that the event sells out early each year,” said Pekau. “We recommend that runners register early to ensure a spot in the race.”

Registration is available online at orlandpark.org and in-person at the Orland Park Sportsplex, located at 1351 W 159th Street, or at the Frederick T. Owens Village Hall, located at 14700 S. Ravinia Avenue.

A frozen turkey will be awarded to the top overall male and female finishers. Special turkey trophies will be awarded to the top three finishers in each of 14 age groups, male and female, ranging in age from U9 to 70+. Pre-registration is required and limited to 950 participants.

Race fees are $26 for residents and $30 for non-residents.

Pre-race packet pickup is available November 19 through November 23 at The Human Race Sports located at 15148 S. La Grange Road in Orland Park. Day of race packet pickup is also available at the event site beginning at 6:30 a.m.

Stollers and pets are not permitted. For more information, or to volunteer for the Turkey Trot, visit orlandpark.org, call 708/403-5000 or e-mail [email protected].

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