Thank you!

Little did we know that on November 22nd, 1984, our Thanksgiving holiday would change forever. Our one and done little 5k, with 74 runners, raised $520 for the WGN Good Neighbor Food Drive. Suggestions were made to do it again and we did. Year #2, 232 runners. And again, year #3, 407. Every year more and more people joined in the fun. And yes, we do have fun, all the while raising money to help feed our neighbors in need.

This year, our 40th, we welcomed 8,004 runners to run and through our neighborhoods and downtown Elmhurst. Over the years we’ve donated nearly $4 million to feed the hungry. It doesn’t happen without you, our participants. It doesn’t happen without our great sponsors. It doesn’t happen without our great volunteers.  It takes all of us. This year we will donate over $200,000 to our pantries and agencies.

On behalf of the Dan Gibbons Turkey Trot Foundation Board of Directors, thank you!

Here’s how it all unfolds:

5am: Volunteers begin to arrive. Lakeshore Athletics is already onsite installing the Start Line, Finish Line and lining the streets with 1200 feet of French barricades for crowd control.  RJ Recording is onsite installing their awesome sound system.

6am: Major intersection Course Marshals in place. Street and Sanitation crews begin soft closure. Elmhurst Police, Fire and DuPage County Sheriffs inspect the course.

7am: Race day registration and packet pickup opens in the Elmhurst University gym and Aries Charter begins their trolley runs. All Course Marshals on duty. Sound check is complete. Police and security in position. Superior Ambulance is onsite. Fire Dept and Streets and San fill and position Jersey barricades. The Shannon family sets up the water station at the Finish Line and the Elmhurst Police and their families set up the water station on Palmer Drive. The barricade crew sets up the barricades splitting the underpass on Palmer Drive.

7:30am: Announcements begin, hospitality tent – Steve Riley and Pete Harmon open the beverage corner and DJ Davey Jones begins spinning his tunes. Comcast team onsite-Joe Piscitelli, John Quigley and Ken Bartels.

8:30am: Dignitaries arrive at Start Line and load scissor lifts – Honorary Starter Randy Bronge, his wife Jeanne and granddaughters Sarah and Marion, Mayor Scott Levin, Dan, Board President Tom Donofrio, Vice President Nick Cuzzone and Jim Cornelison. We’re informed that Lima, Lima is in position and on the “perch” over Northlake.

8:45am: Dan addresses crowd, thanks everyone, sponsors, volunteers, then a moment of silence. Mayor Levin addresses the crowd, presents Dan with a proclamation for the 40th anniversary.

8:50am: Fr Tom and Fr Jeremy do the invocation.

8:54am: Men of Spirito’s Patriotic Medley, Doug Peters-Director, Crystal Forbes on keyboard.

8:58am: Lima, Lima is called in signal from Dan to Tony Cuzzone and LL ground control. Jim Cornelison performs the National Anthem. Lima, Lima hits the Start Line at the peak of the anthem with smoke and lights. Perfect timing.

9:00am: Randy Bronge starts the race, Louis Armstrong’s “Wonderful World” resounds!

…and we’re off !

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Celebrating 40 Years!

This year we are celebrating 40 years of the Dan Gibbons Turkey Trot! Join us on Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, November 23. 

Online registration is now closed. Your next chance to register is Thanksgiving morning at Elmhurst University Gym between 7-8:30 am.

The Turkey Trot starting at 9 am. Click here for the full race day schedule.

Can’t participate in the Turkey Trot this year? You can still contribute to our 40th anniversary campaign!

Click here to make a donation

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Click here to watch our 30th Annual Dan Gibbons Turkey Trot video! Many thanks to Joe Mastrino for the video production.

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Record Turnout for the Trot!

8,685 Turkey Trotters this year… A NEW RECORD! A simple “thank you” does not begin to express our gratitude for the difference you have made in the lives of those in need!

Click here to view the results of the 30th Annual Dan Gibbons Turkey Trot!

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Online Registration Closed

Online Registration is now closed. But don’t worry! Those wanting to register can still register at the Registration Tent on Thanksgiving prior to 9am for $35. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Packet Pick Up (Race Day)

Those who didn’t pick up their packet on Saturday can still pick up their shirt and bib on Thanksgiving morning from 6:30 – 9AM in the tent. The new tent location is Park Ave and Prospect Ave, next to the Elmhurst Public Library.

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New Route to Address Huge Popularity

Find out more about the new route and other Turkey Trot news! Click here to read the article on Elmhurst Patch.

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Parking & Shuttle Bus Info

For information on parking and shuttle buses, click here.

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Packet Pick Up

Those registered prior to November 23rd can pick up their shirt and bib at the Knights of Columbus (537 S. York St. Elmhurst, IL) on Saturday, November 23rd from 1-5PM.

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New Course

We have exciting news! To accommodate our ever-growing participants, we are moving downtown! The Start Line will be just east of the Post Office at Adell Place and Park Ave. We will hit a couple neighborhoods, Palmer Drive, wind through the downtown and cruise past the Veteran’s Memorial “Always Remember” in Wilder Park, past Wilder Mansion and finish in front of Elmhurst College Library. Participate in this year’s Turkey Trot to run or walk our best route yet! For more information, click here.


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