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Race Details

Celebrate and give thanks to our Highland Park community at our 2021 North Shore Turkey Trot. We offer 5K and 10K distances for walkers and runners who want to move a little before the big family feast begins. It’s a fun event for you, your family from in and out of town, and friends. So what are you waiting for? Sign up and join us for an incredible pre-feast celebration in Highland Park on November 25. 

When and Where is the race? 

Our 2021 race will take place on Thursday, November 25, 2021 in Highland Park, Illinois. The start line will be located at the intersection of St Johns Ave and Central Ave. We’ll be set up in the Eastside Metra parking lot. The finish line is located at St Johns Ave and Elm Place. 

What Time Do the Races Start? 

Both the 5k and the 10k start at 8:00 a.m.!

What’s the Course Like? 

The North Shore Turkey Trot boasts two USATF-certified courses that takes you on beautiful fall runs through the North Shore community. Both the 5K and 10K races will utilize a single loop that is closed to traffic. There will be water stations throughout the courses. Click here to download a PDF course map.

What’s the Swag Situation for This Race? 

We’ve got you covered. All participants will receive our super-comfortable, quarter-zip fleece and a turkey-themed medal. You’ll want to wear both all fall and winter long. Want a sneak peak at this year’s designs? Check out our Goodie Bag page!

Can I get my packet mailed to me?

Yes! You can choose to have your packet mailed to you for $14.95. Race packets will begin shipping on November 5, 2021, and you will receive a notification when your package ships. The deadline to purchase packet pickup is November 1, 2021.


What’s the Deal With Parking? 

Parking in downtown Highland Park is plentiful on the street and in various public garages. However, it is important to remind our participants not to park in private lots intended for customers of these businesses. This is strictly prohibited and could lead to your vehicle being towed. Please check all signage and make sure you’re allowed to park there. For more information on public parking in Highland Park.


Every participant in our 5K and 10K will receive our incredibly comfortable Turkey Trot quarter-zip fleece and a Turkey Trot finisher’s medal.

Packet Pickup

There will be no race day packet pickup.

Packet pickup will be held at Fleet Feet Deerfield at the following times:

  • Saturday, November 20 –  10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday, November 24 – 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM