I have not paid to run a turkey trot before. In the past, I have set up fun runs with friends where we paid no money. But when a few friends suggested we run the Art Van Turkey Trot, I figured I could not say no, especially since it behinds and ends a five minute walk to my house in Lincoln Park.
So here are the deets:
Packet pickup was a mess. If you didn’t read the email telling you to pick up your goodies the weekend before, then you at least got to do the pick up the day before. The volunteers were so nice, despite a few people being insanely rude to them… but the lines were long and it was just slow.
The race: while the race had an organized start and a lovely course through Lincoln Park along the trail… was awful for three miles. Despite spacing out all of the corrals, children, strollers, dogs, and families walking taking up the entire path made three miles a true obstacle course. If you opted to run the 8k then you got a few moments of significantly fewer people to just breathe.
As stated above, actual race organization and course was a breeze and lovely. The long sleeve shirts are always appreciated in a cool weather race. The post race celebrations was pretty insane for a holiday race. Get to the finish for water, Gatorade, apples, cheddar and caramel popcorn, beer, cider, and mini pumpkin pies. Basically you got to eat to your hearts content before you spend the rest of the day eating to your hearts content. And of course, there are a medal and free race photos.
Overall a recommended race, but be ready for the cluster when you start to run.