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Palatine Park District Presents 32nd Annual Turkey Trot

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  • The entire turkey dinner participated in the 2011 race.

    The entire turkey dinner participated in the 2011 race.
    Palatine Park District

Palatine Park District

Palatine Park District presents the 32nd annual Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, November 22, 2012. The event will include a 2 mile run and a 5 mile run, both starting at 8:00am this year. The Drumstick Dash fun run for kids ages 10 years and under will be held at 9:00am. Turkey Trot is held at Harper College, 1200 W. Algonquin Road, Palatine, starting in Building A.

In past years, this event has drawn as many as 1800 participants. Registration for the 2012 Turkey Trot is being accepted online and the registration form can be downloaded from the Palatine Park District website, Forms are also available at Community Center, Falcon Park and Birchwood. Pre-registration is being accepted through 7:00pm on Thursday, November 15. All pre-registered 2 mile and 5 mile participants will receive a long sleeve technical shirt. Pre-registrants for the Drumstick Dash will receive a youth sized t-shirt. Turkey Trot fees are $25 for pre-registration and $30 for race day registration, and the Drumstick Dash is $5 per child. A family discount is available for the 2 mile and 5 mile events, through the pre-registration deadline only.

Packet pickup will be available at Birchwood Recreation Center, 435 W. Illinois Avenue, Palatine, on Tuesday, November 20 and Wednesday, November 21 from 8:30am to 7:00pm. Race Day registration will be available in Building A at Harper College on November 22 for the 2 mile and 5 mile runs from 6:30am to 7:30am and for the Drumstick Dash from 8:00am to 8:45am. Shirts are not guaranteed for race day registrants. First, second and third place awards will be given to male and female runners in each of the age groups. All Drumstick Dash participants will receive an award.

The annual Turkey Trot is an event that continues to give back to the community. All participants are asked to bring a non-perishable food item for the Palatine Township Food Pantry on race day, and race proceeds help provide Palatine Park District scholarships throughout the year. This event raises additional funds through the generous support of many park district partners. Gold level sponsorship was provided this year by Alexian Brothers Health System, AT&T U-Verse, Daily Herald Media Group, New Balance Chicago, Photo's Hot Dogs, and Whole Foods --Palatine.

For more information about Turkey Trot, visit or contact Bonnie DePirro, Fitness, Health and Wellness Coordinator, at 847-496-6265 or

The mission of Palatine Park District is to provide a variety of safe, enjoyable and affordable parks and recreation facilities and activities that will enhance the quality of life by promoting good health and well-being for all residents and visitors of the Palatine Park District.