Thank you for a Successful 2017 Dan Gibbons Turkey Trot!

November 28, 2017

It was a perfect day.

Not a cloud in the sky.

Nearly 7,000 runners/walkers lined up.

The Men of Spirito sang.

The gun sounded at 9AM.

Runners ran…walkers walked.

Lima Lima flew.

Louis Armstrong sang, Lee Greenwood sang.

Thank you to all of our sponsors.

Thanks to all of our volunteers.

Thanks to the City of Elmhurst for a safe event.

…and thanks to all participants for helping us make a difference!!

Photos from the 2017 Dan Gibbons Turkey Trot

2017 Race Results »

Turkey Trot another Huge Success!!!

December 2, 2016


As 7,417 runners and walkers lined Park Ave. for the start of the 33rd Annual Turkey Trot, many things are to be remembered.

Captains Cari and Chris Piha, US Air Force, stood as our Honor Guard, representing all service men and women defending our great nation at home and on foreign soil.

Kevin Calkins, US Army and Viet Nam veteran, stood as our Honorary Starter, representing our deserving veterans and honoring those Elmhurst residents, 14 in all, who paid the ultimate price during the Viet Nam war.

The Men of Spirito inspired us with their “Anthem Medley”.

Lima Lima flew, the gun sounded, and everyone was put in motion to Louis Armstrong’s “Wonderful World”.

It was a great day for all, some 200 plus volunteers showing up at between 5 and 6AM to make this event an overwhelming success.

Hopefully someday we can say that no child goes to bed, or to school, on an empty stomach.

It’s doable… let’s do it.

Thank you all…have a great Christmas and a happy, healthy 2017!

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2016 Honor Guard

September 23, 2016

carichrisCaptain Cari Piha (USAF C-17 Pilot)
Captain Chris Piha (USAF Maintenance Officer)

Captains Cari and Chris Piha are both currently stationed at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey.

The Piha family and their extended families are past participants of many, many Turkey Trots.

Check out the photo gallery and you just might find Steve Piha wearing a “9th Annual Turkey Trot” shirt in last year’s pics!

Cari and Chris are husband and wife. I’m sure they will be in the hospitality tent after the race….so find them and say, “Hi”!!!

The Turkey Trot family thanks you for your service!!!

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The 33rd Annual Dan Gibbons Turkey Trot!

August 17, 2016

Thanksgiving-28We hope you’ll join us for the 33rd annual Dan Gibbons Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24, 2016.

Online registration is now open. You can register online here or click here for other registration options.

This year’s even will use the same course as last year. Can’t wait to see you!

The Dan Gibbons Turkey Trot Foundation is also presenting “The Fighting Hunger Walk” on Sunday, October 16 on the Elmhurst College Mall/Quad. Learn more about the walk and sign up to participate at!

The 2015 Turkey Trot was a great success!

November 30, 2015


Thank you to all who participated in this year’s Turkey Trot! We had 8,222 particpants!

Congratulations to Debbie Hagensee on winning the Brian Wagner Award.

Timeline last Thursday morning:

6:00 – The rain stops.
6:15 – Volunteers report.
6:45 – Registration opens at Elmhurst College Gym.
7:00 – Trolleys begin routes. Hospitality tent opens.
7:15 – Police Command Center positioned.
8:15 – Perimeter roads “soft close”.
8:30 – All barricading, course marshals and police are in position.
Dignitaries arrive at Start Line, load double decker buses.
Comcast broadcast team-Ken Bartels and John Quigley interview Honorary Starters Paul Krohn, Larry Carroll and John Jeffrey.
8:45 – Roads are “hard closed”.
Lima Lima Flight Team is “perched” over 290 waiting to be called in.
The Men of Spirito! are in position, waiting for the nod.
Registration team hurriedly checks in the last minute “walk-ins”.
8:47 – Dan addresses crowd and introduces dignitaries.
8:49 – Mayor Steve Morley welcomes the crowd.
8:51 – Invocation by Father Tom Paul and Deacon Keith.
8:53 – Dan asks crowd for moment of silence as we remember loved ones lost, our personal intentions and to remember our service men and women defending our freedom at home and on foreign soil.
Ground Control calls in Lima Lima from the “perch”. They will be over the Start Line in 1 minute and 5 seconds.
8:56 – The Men of Spirito! perform their “anthem medley”.
Lima Lima hits the Start Line in mid-anthem with their “bomb burst” directly overhead.
8:59 – 45 second countdown to race as Men of Spirito! finish anthem.
9:00 – Starters hit siren, 8,222 runners and walkers hit the streets.
9:00:01 – Louis Armstrong “Wonderful World”
9:15:32 – Alex Bashqawi crosses Finish Line, male winner, 15:32.
9:16:46 – Kristen Lucchesi crosses Finish Line, female winner, 16:46.

10:25 – The last walker crosses the Finish Line.
10:30 – It starts raining….somebody upstairs likes us…..just sayin’

#32 is in the books!!!

The Fighting Hunger Games – June 19, 2015!

May 18, 2015



ELMHURST, IL. May 18, 2015 – The Inaugural “Fighting Hunger Games”, a one-day 100-hole golf marathon for up to thirty-six participants will take place rain or shine on June 19, 2015 at Maple Meadows Golf Course in Wood Dale, Illinois. Each participant or “warrior” is expected to raise a minimum of $2,500 in pledges with proceeds going to the Dan Gibbons Turkey Trot Foundation.

Dan Gibbons, Executive Director explains, “This is an opportunity to expand our community outreach beyond the Turkey Trot. We need to kick it up a notch as an organization and The Fighting Hunger Games is one of our new initiatives to keep our supporters engaged and to keep growing our donations so that we can ultimately make a difference right here in our own backyard.”  He goes on to explain, “The sad truth is that 60,000 of our neighbors in DuPage County are at-risk of going to bed hungry every night and 20,000 of those are children.”

Every golfer will get their own golf cart and there will be 18 twosomes teeing off in a shotgun start at 6:15AM. In perfect conditions it should take approximately 11 hours to complete the marathon. The opponents are the elements and the sunset.

The Fighting Hunger Games

The Battlefield: Maple Meadows Golf Course in Wood Dale, IL.

The Date: Friday, June 19th. 6:15AM Shotgun Start.

The Cost: Each golfer will raise $2,500 in pledges.

The After-Party: All pledgers, sponsors and donors will celebrate with the golfers beginning at 5:30 PM. Dinner, DJ and top-shelf open bar. If the golfers are still on the course, revelers are welcome to observe at spectator holes 9 and 18, so come early. Get a beverage and cheer them on. Safe travel home will be provided for anyone, as needed.

Founded in 1984, the Dan Gibbons Turkey Trot Foundation has donated over $3.25 million to feed the needy and support the underserved by staging a 5k run on Thanksgiving morning. To learn more or to sign up visit:


Contact: Dan Gibbons, Executive Director