The 14th Annual Beverly Hills Turkey Trot 5K Run and Family Walk, presented by CIBC Bank, returns to the 19th Ward on Sat.. Nov. 26, starting at 9 a.m. from 92nd and Hamilton Avenue. This annual family tradition draws over 2,200 participants to run or walk the beautiful tree-lined streets of historic North Beverly. Proceeds will again benefit the John McNicholas Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation and the 19th Ward Youth and Community Foundation.
Runners and walkers of all ages and levels can register now for the 5K run or walk, team registration, or the untimed family walk, by visiting www.the19thward.com. The 5K will be chip-timed on a CARA certified 5K course, while the family walk will be untimed. Runners will divided by age and gender according to CARA recommended guidelines, with awards given for each age group. All participants will receive a t-shirt and a gift bag.
Registration fees are $35 for individuals for the adult 5K run until Nov. 25, and $40 on race day; $30 for individuals age 19 and under until Nov. 25 and $35 on race day; $80 for the family walk (untimed, four t-shirts per family) until Nov. 25 and $85 on race day. Note: online registration closes at 11 a.m., Nov. 25; in-person registration available on race day.
Turkey Trot packet pickup will be open at CIBC, 3040 W. 111th St., Fri., Nov. 18 and Mon., Nov. 21, 1 to 5 p.m., and Sat., Nov. 19, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; at Running Excels, 10328 S. Western, Fri., Nov. 25, 1 to 7 p.m.; and at the race starting location, Sat., Nov. 26 – race day – 7 to 9 a.m.
“We are so excited to host the 14th annual Beverly Hills Turkey Trot, and are looking forward to one of our largest years to date,” said 19th Ward Ald. Matt O’Shea, founder of the 19th Ward Youth and Community Foundation. “This event is such a great way to bring the community together on Thanksgiving weekend and help raise funds for two organizations that do so much for our area.”
The 19th Ward and Original Pancake House – Beverly will host a pancake breakfast immediately following the race, at 10:30 am. Admission is $5 per person or $25 for a family.
The John McNicholas Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, also known as Live Like John, was founded in 2012 by North Beverly residents Ed and Ann McNicholas, after their son John passed away from a brain tumor at the age of 15. Since it began, the foundation has pushed for advancements in the care and treatment of pediatric brain tumors by facilitating better coordination of information between patients and providers, improving the quality of life for patients, and funding specifically targeted pediatric brain tumor research and treatment options with the ultimate goal of eradicating pediatric brain tumors.
The 19th Ward Youth and Community Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that supports and hosts a wide variety of safe, healthy, educational youth activities for children in Beverly, Morgan Park and Mount Greenwood. All programs are made available at little or no cost to participants and are intended to help children and teens make new friends and stay active in the 19th Ward community.
For more information on the 14th annual Beverly Hills Turkey Trot 5K, visit the19thward.com or call 773-238-8766.