Information provided by the Thornton Turkey Trot
GLENWOOD, Ill. (November 11, 2023) – For the 55th year, the Chicago Southland will welcome Chicago area runners to the Thornton Turkey Trot races on Thanksgiving morning (November 23) at Sweet Woods Forest Preserve, located at 183rd and Cottage Grove Avenue in Glenwood.
A perennial favorite since 1968, this community race has offered thousands of runners a spirited and scenic run before their Thanksgiving festivities. This event also gives back to the community, proceeds donated to the Winged Foot Foundation, a non-profit 501c3 charitable organization assisting student athletes throughout Illinois since 2009.
Two races will be run on a well-marked paved trail: The 1.5 mile Kids Run and the Community 5K (3.1 Miles). All registered participants will receive a pair of racing gloves. All finishers in the Kids Run receive a ribbon, and medals will be given to 5K finishers.
Medallions will be awarded to the top three in eight age groups (male and female). Additionally, there is a high school team competition, with a minimum of three member teams battling for the team trophy (male and female). Past team champions include: Thornton, Thornwood, TF North, Leo Catholic, Oak Lawn, Eisenhower, Oak Forest, and Hope Academy.
Reduced early registration fees are available through November 21. Race day (11/23) registration begins at 8 a.m. The Kids 1.5 mile race starts at 9 a.m. and the adult 5K starts at 9:30. Register here.
About the Winged Foot Foundation
Mitch Johnston, a former runner for Thornton High School and Murray State is the founder of the Winged Foot Foundation. A stellar runner in his heyday, Mitch always remained fond of his memories created through running and the camaraderie of competing and training with his opponents.
“In 2004, I was at the funeral of my sister’s father-in-law, Joseph Roque and met TJ Shirley, Thornridge Track Coach. Later we discussed the condition of South Suburban Track & Field and its challenges. I asked TJ how I could help and he expressed the need for new or used trainers. My first delivery of shoes at Thornridge was really rewarding. When I saw that genuine appreciation from the kids, I realized I was providing a valuable service. I then spoke with the Thornton & Thornwood coaches and learned that they too needed help with shoes/gear. I have been adding schools to our network by referrals.”
Johnson formed the Winged Foot Foundation and has expanded to over 50 high schools and 20 Jr. High Schools.
The Winged Foot Foundation is a non-profit 501c33 charitable organization that has been created exclusively for charitable purposes. The goal of the Winged Foot Foundation is to assist student athletes in the Chicago area by offering athletic equipment and academic programs to help strengthen the educational & sports activities in their communities.
For more information on the Winged Foot Foundation: www.wingedfootfoundation.org.