The Village of Orland Park’s Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot has been a holiday mainstay for more than two decades. Because of the number of children who enjoy running with their families, the village’s Recreation Department also offers its Kids’ Turkey Trot and the toddler Diaper Dash.
“We have entire families run in the village’s Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot and we started the Kids’ Trot two years ago to give our young runners an event of their own,” said Orland Park Fitness Manager Deborah Graham-Geghen. “We have had a great response and are hoping to welcome even more kids this year,” she added.
Orland Park’s Kids’ Turkey Trot will be held Saturday, November 17 at the indoor track at the village’s Sportsplex, 11351 West 159th Street. The first heat, for three year olds, begins at 9:15 a.m., with the last heat for nine year olds beginning at 11:00 A.M. A pre-determined number of track laps have been established for each age.
The trot is open to youngsters age three to nine with all participants receiving t-shirts and goodie bags. Runners should check in fifteen minutes before the start time for their age groups. Village residents pay $12 each, with non-residents paying $15 and Sportsplex members paying $7. Registration closes Monday, November 7 or when the events fill.
Vendor displays will be hosted by Advocate Hope Children’s Hospital, Anthony’s Pizza, Brannigan Chiropractic, Bucca di Beppo, Café Miele, Champps, Chick-fil-A, Culvers, Chipotle, Cutie Poops and Bottoms, Dairy Queen, Dave & Buster’s, Great American Bagel, Great Harvest Bread, Green Tent, Grice Furniture, Houlihans, Jersey Mike’s Subs, Jimmy Johns, Juliana’s, LaMex, MB Financial, Marquette Bank, McDonald’s, Mimi’s Café, Old Town Pizza, Pigtails and Crewcuts, Rock Bottom, Silver Lake Country Club, Sport’s Authority, Starbucks, Trader Joe’s, and Wildtree.
The Village of Orland Park Diaper Dash is open to one and two year olds and will also be held on November 17 beginning at 9:00 a.m. Residents pay $6, non-residents pay $9 and Sportsplex members pay $5.
Pre-registration is required and is available at the Recreation Administration Building, 14600 South Ravinia Avenue and at the village’s Sportsplex, 11351 West 159th Street. Further information is available by calling the Recreation Department at 708/645-7529.