5K & 8K Course

The 42nd annual Invisalign Turkey Trot Chicago presented by Byline Bank will take place in beautiful Lincoln Park along the shores of Lake Michigan. The Start Line, Finish Line, and Turkey Trot Tailgate are all centrally located along Cannon Drive, between Diversey and Fullerton Parkway.

Parents wishing to run with strollers are welcome. However, those running with strollers are required to begin within the last wave. Our course is wheelchair friendly, and we gladly welcome para-athletes to participate.


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The 2019 Turkey Trot Chicago will have a wave start.

Participants should assemble along Cannon Drive, just north of Fullerton, according to their average pace per mile. Each corral will be identified by a pace sign from sub 6min/mile to 12:00 min/mile.
Walkers and participants pushing a stroller must line up in the Walker/Stroller corral

8:55 a.m. National Anthem

9:00 a.m. WAVE 1 – 8K and 5K Start

  • Wave 1 – Runners sub 6 min/mile – 9:00 min/mile
    • 9:00 a.m. 5-6 min/mile pace starts
    • 9:06 a.m. 7 min/mile pace corral starts
    • 9:12 a.m. 8 min/mile pace corral starts
    • 9:18 a.m. 9 min/mile pace corral starts

9:20 a.m. WAVE 2 – 8K – 5K Start

  • Wave 2 – Runners sub 10:00 min/mile – 12:00 min/mile
    • 9:24am:         10 min/mile pace corral start
    • 9:30am:         11 min/mile pace corral starts

9:30 a.m.Start Line Corrals Close

  • Wave 2 – Continued…
    • 9:36am:        12 min/mile pace corral starts
    • 9:42am:        WALKERS & STROLLERS (all participants pushing strollers)

**Note: Course subject to change, by direction of the City of Chicago


The Invisalign Turkey Trot 5K and 8K will step off from Fullerton Pkwy and Cannon Dr at 9:00 A.M. in a wave start. (Wave details above.) Participants will run east on Fullerton Pkwy toward the Lake Front 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.


Awards will be given to the top three overall male and female finishers. Not only will the top three overall 5K and 8K male & female receive a delicious Thanksgiving pie, they will receive a commemorative award to take home and show off at their turkey dinner.

Additional commemorative awards will be given to the top three men and women in the below age groups for both the 5K and 8K. Overall awards will be announced at the awards ceremony from the Turkey Day Tailgate stage while age group awards will be mailed out after the race.

Age Group Categories:

  • Ages 14 & under (Male and Female)
  • Ages 15-19 (Male and Female)
  • Ages 20-24 (Male and Female)
  • Ages 25-29 (Male and Female)
  • Ages 30-34 (Male and Female)
  • Ages 35-39 (Male and Female)
  • Ages 40-44 (Male and Female)
  • Ages 45-49 (Male and Female)
  • Ages 50-54 (Male and Female)
  • Ages 55-59 (Male and Female)
  • Ages 60-64 (Male and Female)
  • Ages 65-69 (Male and Female)
  • Ages 70-74 (Male and Female)
  • Ages 75-79 (Male and Female)
  • Ages 80+ (Male and Female)