Thursday's sunny-but-crisp weather could not have been better for those who wanted to get some fresh air and exercise before the day's big feast. Lake Forest's Chuck Gudbrandsen donned his favorite pilgrim outfit to greet participants of the Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Running Club's 19th annual Thanksgiving Day Run, in which his wife, Peggy, ran a 5K. The two helped start the club 25 years ago.
After the race at the West Lake Forest Train Station, the Gudbrandsens headed over to Lake Bluff's Artesian Park to watch the Turkey Bowl, an informal flag football game that Lise Dominique started nine years ago with eight friends and which has since grown into an annual tradition.
"I thought it would be a fun thing to do," said Ms. Dominique. "And every year it keeps getting better and better." This year's Bowl drew at least 30 players (some are shown below in a photo taken by Cecelia Fawcett). The game also attracted as many spectators, who brought food, drinks and dogs to the sidelines. Ms. Dominique said she knows most of the crowd, but she is always happily surprised to see new faces on and off the field.