The Annual Dan Gibbons Turkey Trot is the talk of Elmhurst. But did you know that the first year the turkey trot was run it didn’t contain the word “annual” in it because they didn’t think they would do it again? That was back in 1984, the year of the very first Dan Gibbons Turkey Trot with no sponsors and 74 participants. Read on for more facts about this successful fundraising event.
1 – The course is 5 kilometers (3.1 miles).
2 – Thousands of participants walk and run each year.
3 – The race starts at the intersection of Adell Place and Park Avenue in Elmhurst at 9am on Thanksgiving Day, heading eastbound on Park Avenue.
4- The course was changed this year to accommodate the large number of participants.
5 – Elmhurst residents Michael Frigo and Lora McFillec were the top male and female runners for the 2012 run.
6 – There are 3 parking areas available, and if those areas are not convenient, there are also 3 shuttle bus locations, including Sandburg Middle School, US Bank at York and Vallette, and York High School.
7 – The event went from zero sponsors in 1984 to four sponsors in 1985 to many in 2013. This year’s sponsors include LW Reedy, Riley’s, Elmhurst Police Benevolent Athletic Association, Daniel Law Office, and Roberto’s.
8 – Benefactors include Loaves and Fishes Community Pantry, West Suburban Community Pantry, People’s Resource Center, United Community Concerns Association, Catholic Charlities – DuPage, DuPage PADS, DuPage Senior Citizens Council, Elmhurst Walk-In Ministry, and the Elmhurst/Yorkfield Food Pantry.
9 – It’s not too late to register. You can register online and pick up your packet on race day between 6:30 and 9am in the tent.
10 – LW Reedy Real Estate will be featuring a live DJ, local DJ James Mastrino, during the race. If you’re running, you’ll hear us cheering you on as you pass Park and York at the start of the race. Listen for our dance tunes as you hit the home stretch and pass our office corner at York & First streets.
LW Reedy is proud to sponsor the Annual Dan Gibbons Turkey Trot. We look forward to seeing all the runners, walkers, and fans on Thanksgiving. If you are looking for a spot to watch the race, come join us! Coffee and hot chocolate will be available. Ask your favorite LW Reedy agent for more information.
Happy Thanksgiving from all the agents at LW Reedy!