Course Details

Flat, Scenic, and the ideal location for a Thanksgiving run.

The Life Time Chicago Turkey Trot 5K & 8K will step off from Fullerton Pkwy and Cannon Dr at 9:00 A.M. in a wave start (Wave details located in the Schedule) Participants will run east on Fullerton Pkwy toward the Lakefront Trail.

After passing under Lake Shore Drive participants will run north along the Lakefront Trail to Recreation Dr. 5K participants will turnaround just south of Addison and Recreation Dr. 8K participants will continue north on the Lakefront Trail and turnaround just south of Montrose Ave.

Southbound runners will use Recreation Drive until merging back onto the Lakefront Trail just south of Addison. Participants will continue to follow the Lakefront Trail south until traversing under Lake Shore Dr at the Barry Bridge. Once through the bridge, they will follow the cinder path into the Finish Line located just south of the Diversey Driving Range parking lot.

  • Chicago’s Lakefront Trail is open to the public and participants should expect minimal but general public traffic during the race. For your safety and the safety of others, please be courteous and yield at all intersections.
  • This course is wheelchair and stroller friendly. Para-athletes are welcome and encouraged to participate.
  • Anyone with special needs is encouraged to contact Athlete Services via email at prior to Race Day to make arrangements for an individual’s needs.

Course Map & Important Information


Participants will be supported by two Aid Stations along the course, located just south of Montrose, approximately Mile 3.25 and the other just south of Recreation Drive, approximately Mile 2/4. Each station will provide water, Gatorade Endurance Formula and toilets.

Medical support can be found at the Medical Tent (located at the Finish Line), and will roam the venue and course on BLS carts. In case of emergency, please call the Medical Emergency Hotline: 888-543-3133. This number can be found on the back of each race bib.

Race Guards are a unique set of volunteers whose sole purpose is to keep an eye out for participants who may need assistance along the course. The Guards provide supplementary medical support to the existing race medical plan by running alongside the participants for an added level of athlete safety.

Guards will be easily identifiable by the red Medical bibs located on the back of their clothing.

This race will employ the EAS system, comprised of color-coded indicators to reflect current event conditions. Participants will notice flags posted throughout the race venue, as well as at each Fluid Station on Race Day.

*Please note the color of the flag at these locations and follow the recommended actions listed here.