AROUND TOWN: 40th Annual Dan Gibbons Turkey Trot

Dated: November 17 2023

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On Thanksgiving Day in 1984, 74 participants donned handmade numbers and trotted through the 2.5-mile course that Dan Gibbons had laid out using his car's odometer. The $520 raised by the event—with no sponsors—was donated to the Good Neighbor Food Drive. 

Forty years ago, when Gibbons and his friends, fellow Visitation Grade School football coaches, first conceived of the idea of a 5K run to help feed families in need over the holidays, they had no idea that there would be a second turkey trot.

Yet this year, Elmhurst is preparing to celebrate 40 years of the annual Dan Gibbons Turkey Trot 5K fun run to benefit DuPage County's hungry.


Thanksgiving Day—Thursday, November 23, 2023
7 am registration opens
9 am race begins

Visit the trot's website for a detailed schedule


Starting line—Park Ave & Addell Place, Elmhurst, heading eastbound on Park Ave.

Visit the trot's website for a detailed map of the 5 kilometer (3.1 mile) course.

Trollies and charter buses will pick up and drop off at various locations. For more information about transportation and a parking map, visit the organization's Parking & Trolley Info page.


Many local organizations benefit from the funds raised by the event, including:

  • Catholic Charities—DuPage Community Services
  • DuPage PADS
  • Elmhurst Walk-In Assistance Network
  • Local food pantries, like the Elmhurst-Yorkfield Food Pantry and the IC Food Pantry
  • Other resource centers, like The Outreach House and the Peoples Resource Center

For a more complete list of beneficiaries, visit the website


Register online if at all possible.

REGISTER • PICK UP RACE PACKETS (with numbers and shirts) • BUY TROT WEAR

Elmhurst Knights of Columbus
537 S York St, Elmhurst

Sat & Sun, Nov 18 & 19, 2023, 11 am - 5 pm


Elmhurst University, RA Faganal Hall
221 Walter St, Elmhurst
Race day 7 am - 8:30 am


Find answers to your questions on the Dan Gibbons Turkey Trot website and FAQ page.

For example, if you're wondering about strollers, pets, or shirts:

  • Yes - strollers are allowed, just stay closer to the back of the pack.
  • No - no pets allowed. 
  • Maybe - shirts are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis the morning of the race. See below for information about picking up race shirts and purchasing Trot Wear. 

If you don't find the information you need on their website, you can also contact them. 

Turkey Trot Hotline: 630-415-2816

As longtime sponsors and participants in the turkey trot, many of our agents can answer questions and are always happy to help. Reach out to your LW Reedy real estate agent any time.  

Not Trotting? More Ways to Help

Volunteer. Not up for trotting but want to help? Sign up to volunteer

Donate. Heading over the river and through the woods to Grandmother's house and have to miss the trot? You can still be a part of this annual Elmhurst tradition. Donate to the 40th anniversary campaign to help feed DuPage County's hungry. 

Sponsor. Would you like to become one of the more than 50 sponsors of the Dan Gibbons Turkey Trot? Contact the organization today.

The DGTT Foundation is a 501c 3 nonprofit organization EIN: 36-3435457

With a strong, involved community like Elmhurst, it's easy to see how, with the hard work of Dan Gibbons and his friends, this event has gone from 74 participants in 1983 to over 7,000 in 2022 and from raising $520 in 1983 to cumulative funds raised of nearly 3.9 million dollars—helping to provide nearly 4 million meals over the years.

Whether you're trotting alongside Ogelthorope—the trot's speedy mascot, handing out waters, cheering from the sidelines, or simply supporting the event from over the river and through the woods, join us in celebrating 40 years of an Elmhurst tradition that brings the community together to help families in need over the holidays and beyond.

Contact your LW Reedy real estate agent with questions about the turkey trot, other Elmhurst community events, or, of course, the Elmhurst real estate market.  


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