Start Thanksgiving Off on the Right Foot at the McHenry Turkey Trot 5K

Gerstad Builders homes in McHenry, Turkey Trot 5K, events in McHenryAre you looking forward to trimming the turkey and filling up on your favorite holiday foods next week? At Gerstad Builders, we have so much to be thankful for this year. As we reflect on our many blessings, we would like to invite members of McHenry County and the residents of Gerstad Builders’ Liberty Trails to the third annual Turkey Trot 5K for Hospice.

The story behind the race is a personal one that has touched the lives of many people and is one in which most of us can relate. In November 2011, Carlene Siman lost her battle with cancer after spending the last weeks of her life being cared for by the incredible staff at JourneyCare Hospice and Palliative Services (formerly known as Hospice and Palliative Care of NE Illinois). Since then, her son Scott Siman and the family have encouraged McHenry residents to participate in the Turkey Trot for Hospice, with all net proceeds benefiting JourneyCare.

“Most anyone who has ever been touched by the angels of hospice knows how special they are,” said Siman.

Since the inaugural race, $40,000 has been raised and has truly made an impact in the lives of so many families. Last year, more than 800 people participated in the race and $23,000 was donated to JourneyCare, which has facilities in both Woodstock and Barrington, Illinois. This year, the Siman family hopes to have 1,000 residents participate and reach the goal of $30,000.

The third annual Turkey Trot, presented by Orbis, offers McHenry County families the chance to come together for a fantastic cause in memory of their own loved ones who have fought cancer fearlessly.

Race registration and packet pick-up will begin at 6:30 a.m. on November 27, 2014, followed by the race at 8 a.m. and an awards ceremony at 9:15 a.m. Participants are invited to walk, jog, or run along the course, which begins and ends at McHenry High School’s East Campus. Strollers and leashed animals are allowed at the event for a race the whole family can truly enjoy!

Pre-registration for the Turkey Trot is now open at and is $30 per person through Nov.  26, 2014 at 2 p.m. Race day registration is $35 per person. Children eight and under are FREE with a registered runner! Runners will receive long-sleeved race t-shirts and souvenir finish photos. There will also be raffle prizes given away at the finish line.

To learn more about Gerstad Builders or its new homes in McHenry at Liberty Trails, visit

*Siman Family Charities is a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization.



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