Committee Information

Race History

The Edison Park Turkey Trot is one of the longest running and most popular runs in the Chicago area. It all began when Mary O'Connor and Nancy Horn ran a Turkey Trot and Mary thought that Edison Park needs a Turkey Trot race.  Mary then approached local community members and asked them to start a 5K race on Thanksgiving morning.  From there, a committee was formed and the planning began.  As they planned for their first race in 1996, they were told they would be lucky if they had 250 paricipants.  However, they proved them wrong and had over 500 runners at the first Edison Park Turkey Trot. In the last 23 years, the race has grown exponentially, and last year more than 7,000 walkers and runners took part in the race. This year, we are excited to continue the Thanksgiving tradition as we host the Edison Park Turkey Trot virtually.

Our committee's goal has always been to bring people together and to raise money for worthy charities.  In the past 23 years we have done just that.  We have donated well over a million dollars to various charities, and we have had runners from all across the country take part in the race.  
We are grateful for the thousands of participants who have joined us over the years, and we hope that our tradition of the Turkey Trot has become yours. We are honored that so many choose to spend Thanksgiving morning with us, as we run together to give back to wonderful charities.

The Edison Park Turkey Trot Committee in 2016.
Not pictured: Carolynn Lindberg and Alexis Arvis

Committee Members
Alexis Arvis

Elizabeth Browne
Gina Doherty
Pete Heneghan
Carolynn Lindberg
Rita McGovern
Mary O'Connor
Cathy Okrzesik
John Staunton
Dave Zimmer

Joe McGovern

Former Committee Member
Jim Martin - committee member for 22 years

Contact Information
Phone Number: (575) 7EP-TROT -- (575) 737-8768
Address: Sir Speedy - 6725 N. Northwest Highway Chicago, IL 60631