Turkey Trot a Thanksgiving Weekend Tradition

The 10th Annual Beverly Hills Turkey Trot 5K Run and Family Walk will be held Sat., Nov. 24, offering participants the opportunity to walk or run the beautiful tree-lined streets of North Beverly. The race kicks off at 9 a.m. at 9201 S. Hamilton Ave. Proceeds from will benefit the John McNicholas Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation and the 19th Ward Youth Foundation. Presenting sponsor is CIBC Bank. 

More than 2,000 participants are expected to take part in the Beverly Hills Turkey Trot 5K, which has been a Thanksgiving weekend tradition for families with children of all ages for the last decade.  

Runners and walkers of all ages and levels can register in advance for the 5K Run or Walk, Team Registration, or the untimed Family Walk at www.the19thward.com. Advance fees range from $25 to $35 for individuals; fees go up $5 on race day. The fee is $75 for the untimed family fun walk until Nov.16, and rises to $80 on Nov. 17.   

Registration and packet pick-up will also be available at CIBC, 3052 W. 111th St., Fri., Nov. 16, 1 to 5:30 p.m., Sat., Nov. 17, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Mon., Nov. 19, 12 to 5 p.m.; Treadfit Beverly, 10458 S. Western, Tues., Nov. 20, 4 to 8 p.m.; Fri., Nov. 23, Running Excels, 10328 S. Western, 1 to 7 p.m.; and Sat., Nov. 24/race day, Christ the King gym, 7 to 9 a.m.  

The 5K run will be chip-timed on a CARA-certified course, and the family walk will be untimed. Runners will be divided by age and gender according to CARA-recommended guidelines, with awards given for each age group. All participants will receive a long-sleeved race t-shirt and a goody bag.  

Immediately following the race, the 19th Ward and Original Pancake House Beverly will host a pancake breakfast. 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 the 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 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. Some events include the Easter Egg Hunt, Children’s Film Festival, Holiday Dodge Ball Tournament, Summer Movies & Concerts in the Park, Beverly Hills Turkey Trot, Family Ice Skating Party, Paper Shredding Days, Pumpkin Patch, Blood Drives, and support to countless community causes. 

For more information on the 10th annual Beverly Hills Turkey Trot 5K visit www.the19thward.com or call 773-238-0288.