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Registration Now OPEN for Addison's Thanksgiving Day Turkey TROT

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Deb Pfaff

With only 6 weeks until Thanksgiving, registration is now OPEN for Addison's Turkey Trot. Runners and walkers are invited to take part in some "fitness before the feast" at the annual event on Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, November 28th at Community Park, 120 E. Oak Street. This family-friendly event is sponsored by AthletiCo Physical Therapy.

Unique to this race, participants can select the length of their course and must predict their finishing time. Racers may select to compete in a 1,2,3,4, or 5-mile event. Turkeys will be awarded to the participant who comes closest to their predicted time in each 1-5 mile division. Additional turkeys will be given to the youngest and oldest runner and to the team with the most participants. Watches, I-Pods and timing devices of any kind are not permitted in the race.

The schedule on race day begins with open registration at 7:45 a.m. in Community Park. The mile Drumstick Dash for kids ages 12 and younger begins at 8:45 a.m. Runners and walkers 13 years and older qualify for the Turkey Trot starting at 9:00 a.m. Awards ceremonies will be held in Community Park following the completion of each race division. Trainers from Athletico will be available to assist with proper stretching before and after the race.

Kids twelve years and younger can compete in the mile Drumstick Dash. Similar to the turkey trot, racers must predict their finishing time and abide by the same rule: timing devices of any kind are NOT allowed. The runner closest to their predicted time will win a mini-turkey (Cornish hen). The 2nd place prediction will be awarded a Thanksgiving pie. Each contestant will receive an event t-shirt, goody bag and participation medal.

An "early-bird" registration discount is available through Monday, November 25th at the rate of $20 per individual or $40 for a family of four. Each participant will be given an event t-shirt and goody bag Goody bag. Event-day registration, starting at 7:45 a.m., is increased to $25 per individual or $45 for a family of four. To register early, visit or call the Park District administrative office at (630) 233-7275.

The Addison Park District is committed to providing the highest quality recreational opportunities and open space for everyone. The 2013 Winter Fun Guide will be delivered to the homes of Addison residents on Friday, November 1st. If you do not receive your copy, please call the Park District administrative office at (630) 233-7275 and provide your home address for delivery. Additionally, the brochure will be available in each facility and online at with a full curriculum of leisure activities for all ages and lifestyles.