Before they ate turkey on Thursday, they ran their hardest in Batavia.
Nearly 2,000 people participated in this year's The Fox and The Turkey Races. There was a 4-mile run for adults and a 1-mile run for the kids. The two races were on Batavia's northwest side, with start and finish lines at the .
Most of the race participants were from Chicago's west suburbs. There were about 30 other U.S. states represented in the race, and at least one runner from London.
Overall Adult Runners
Matt Bowman of Geneva came in first place overall with a time of 19 minutes and 39 seconds. Elgin's Shawn Lucas was second with a time of 19 minutes, 47 seconds and Roger Klein of Streamwood was third with a time of 20 minutes and 26 seconds.
Elisia Meyle of North Aurora was the top female finisher and in 27th place overall. Her time was 24 minutes and 38 seconds. Samantha Salinas of Bartlett was the second female finisher and 42nd overall at 25 minutes and 10 seconds. Coming in third and 59th overall was Geneva's Elena Shemyakina at 25 minutes and 40 seconds.
The race began downtown, west on Houston Street, north on Republic Road, west on Maple Lane, up and back down on those same roads to the downtown finish line.
Overall Youth Runners
David Castillo of North Aurora came in the first place overall youth run with a time of 5 minutes and 30 seconds. Sugar Grove's Michael Booton was second with a time of 5 minutes, 57 seconds and Noah Kulisek of North Aurora was third with a time of 6 minutes and 15 seconds.
Katelyn Huber of Elburn was the top youth female finisher and in 20th place overall. Her time was 7 minutes and 9 seconds. Caroline Daniels of Batavia was the second youth female finisher and 21st overall at 7 minutes and 10 seconds. Coming in third and 28th overall was Batavia's Elena Cabrera at 7 minutes and 21 seconds.
The race began downtown, west on Houston Street, north on Jefferson Street, east on Illinois Avenue, and south on Lincoln Street and back east on Houston to the finish line.