The holidays are upon us once again! Here in Elmhurst, Thanksgiving isn’t just a time for family and feasting - it’s also time for the Dan Gibbons Turkey Trot! This year will mark the 29th time people will gather for the event on this great holiday to raise money to help wipe out hunger. 

The race began in 1984 when Dan Gibbons and his friends heard a radio announcement on WGN radio about people who were going to bed hungry. That first year, 74 participants raced just a little over 2.5 miles, and raised $520 for the second annual Good Neighbor Food Drive. Each year since has seen the race grow, gaining more sponsors and popularity, and to date it has raised over $2.65 million for many organizations in DuPage County such as Catholic Charities, Loaves & Fishes, the West Suburban Community Pantry, the People’s Resource Center, United Community Concerns Association, and DuPage Pads. This year nearly 10,000 people have registered already.        

Organizers set up a new course for this year to accommodate and keep safe this large number of participants. This year, runners will start on Park Street at Adell Place and will race to the finish line at Elmhurst College. For a map of the course, click here. Dan Gibbons stated that he is aware many have grown very attached to the old route, but feels that this new location will help the race grow and therefore help more people.         

Registration on race day is $35 and will be held at the registration tent in the parking lot just north of Elmhurst Public Library from 6:30 to 8:55 am. Advance online registration is available here until Tuesday, November 26th at 9 pm. All proceeds go to organizations helping people in DuPage. 

The Turkey Trot is another shining example of why Elmhurst is such a great community. The GracikMakinney Group is proud to call Elmhurst home, and we’re sure you will be, too. Let us help you find a place here. You can find us at 190 North York Rd here in Elmhurst or give us a call at 630.441.5570.  Let’s get your great holiday season off on the right foot!