Village To Host Kids' Turkey Trot & Diaper Dash

Village To Host Kids' Turkey Trot & Diaper Dash
Posted on 11/04/2011

The Village of Orland Park's Turkey Trot has been a holiday mainstay for more than two decades. Because of the number of children who enjoy running with their families, the village's Recreation Department now offers its annual Kids' Turkey Trot and has added the new Diaper Dash.

"We have entire families run in the village's Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot and we started the Kids' Trot last year to give our young runners an event of their own," said Orland Park Fitness Manager Deborah Graham-Geghen. "We had a great response last year and are hoping to welcome even more kids this year," she added.

Orland Park's Kids' Turkey Trot will be held Saturday, November 19 at the indoor track at the village's Sportsplex, 11351 West 159th Street. The first heat, for three year olds, begins at 9:15 a.m., with the last heat for nine year olds beginning at 11:05 A.M. A pre-determined number of track laps has been established for each age.

The trot is open to youngsters age three to nine with all participants receiving t-shirts and goodie bags. Runners should check in fifteen minutes before the start time for their age groups. Village residents pay $12 each, with non-residents paying $15 and Sportsplex members paying $7. Registration closes Monday, November 14 or when the events fill.

Vendor displays will be hosted by Chick-fil-A, Brannigan Chiropractic, Champps, Chipotle, Jersey Mike's Subs, Houlihan's, McDonald's, Jimmy John's, Cutie Poops and Bottoms, and Pigtails and Crewcuts.

The Village of Orland Park Diaper Dash is open to one and two year olds and will also be held on November 19 beginning at 9:00 a.m. Residents pay $6, non-residents pay $9 and Sportsplex members pay $5.

"It's been a number of years since the Recreation Department held its Diaper Derby at the Loebe Center," Graham-Geghen said. "We're excited to bring back an event like this for the little ones," she added.

Pre-registration is required and is available at the Recreation Administration Building, 14600 South Ravinia Avenue, and at the village's Sportsplex, 11351 West 159th Street. Further information is available by calling the Recreation Department at 708/645-7529.