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Start Off Your Thanksgiving Celebration with a Turkey Trot

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    Thanksgiving is nearly here, tempting us with a well-deserved break and a promise of a feast. But the cold Chicago weather and holiday festivities don't have to stop you from training for that next big race.

    Dozens of "Turkey Trot" races will be held across the Chicago area throughout the week, ranging from 5k's to half marathons. Pick the race that best fits in your holiday schedule, and start burning off all the turkey and pumpkin pie before the week is over.

    Sunday, Nov. 23:

    Thursday, Nov. 27:

    • McHenry Turkey Trot for Hospice: 5k. Event takes place at the McHenry High School East Campus and starts at 8 a.m.
    • The Fox and the Turkey Races: 4-mile run and 1-mile youth run. Event takes place in downtown Batavia. The youth run starts at 7:30 a.m., and the 4-mile run starts at 8:15 a.m.
    • Naperville Noon Lions Turkey Trot: 5k run and walk. Event takes place at Naperville Central High School and starts at 8 a.m.
    • Edison Park Turkey Trot: 5k and kids' race. Event takes place in the streets of the Edison Park neighborhood and starts at 9:30 a.m.
    • Turkey Day Run Chicago, by Fleet Feet Sports: 5k and 8k. Event takes place in Lincoln Park near the lakefront. The 8k race starts at 9 a.m., and the 5k starts at 9:30 a.m.
    • Long Grove Turkey Trot: 5k, 8k and Tiny Trot (100-meter dash). Event takes place in downtown Long Grove. The 5k and 8k races start at 9 a.m., and the Tiny Trot starts at 8:45 a.m.
    • Evanston Flying Turkey 5k: Event takes place along the lakefront in Evanston beginning at Sheridan Road and Church Street and starts at 9 a.m.

    Saturday, Nov. 29: