Thanksgiving Morning Turkey Trot in Gurnee to Honor Jon Callaghan

The 23rd Annual Jon Callaghan Memorial Turkey Trot Nov. 24, 8 a.m.

Before you cook your Thanksgiving meal, take part in the annual Gurnee Police and Fire department’s Annual Jon Callaghan Memorial Turkey Trot, on Thanksgiving morning, November 24 at 8 a.m.

Everyone is welcome to participate in the 5K fun run/walk. The event begins in the 4600 block of Old Grand Avenue and ends in front of Gurnee Fire Station #1 on Old Grand Ave.  Refreshments will be provided following the fun run at the Gurnee Community Church hall.

Jon Callaghan was a student at the now River Trail (formerly O’Plaine) School in Gurnee, who passed away in 1997 after a courageous battle with neuroblastoma.

In the fall of 1994, the first Turkey Trot was organized as a 5K run to be held on Thanksgiving morning. Turkey Trot runners were asked to make a $10 donation to the Gurnee Community Church to help fund their holiday dinner for the needy and Great Lakes military personnel.  The event was sponsored by the Gurnee Police Department.  About a dozen runners participated in that event. The Turkey Trot continued each year and participation increased.

Jon Callaghan was a student at the now River Trail (formerly O’Plaine) School in Gurnee, who passed away in 1997 after a courageous battle with neuroblastoma cancer. The event was then renamed the Jon Callaghan Memorial Turkey Trot and his parents, Mike and Kim Callaghan, became involved with the event.

Per the wishes of the Callaghan family, funds raised have been used to help the Warren Township Food Pantry, University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital, School District 56 special needs programs, and  the Gurnee Community Church, among others.

Please make checks payable to the Gurnee Turkey Trot and mail to Gurnee Turkey Trot 325 N. O’Plaine Rd. Gurnee, Illinois 60031. You may register on race day at Gurnee Fire Station #1, 4580 Old Grand Avenue.  Long sleeve T-shirts will be available to the first 350 participants to check in on race day.  Check in starts at 7:00 a.m.

Please make checks payable to the Gurnee Turkey Trot and mail to Gurnee Turkey Trot 325 N. O’Plaine Rd. Gurnee, Illinois 60031.

Contact Deputy Chief Willie Meyer with questions at wmeyer@police.gurnee.il.us or 847.599.7050. You may also contact Records Assistant Heather Collins at hcollins@police.gurnee.il.us or call her at the Gurnee Police Department at 847.599.7022.

For more information visit www.gurneeturkeytrot.org.

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