2020 Virtual Turkey Trot

The 2020 race will be “virtual” due to the pandemic, but it will be memorable in many ways.

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In early August, the race founder and co race-director, Carol Chaoui passed away from Metastatic Breast Cancer. The 2020 Wellesley Turkey Trot will be dedicated to Carol Chaoui. Our logo has been updated with C.C. on the singlet and as well as a ribbon.

We are encouraging runners to run/walk your virtual race and honor Carol by wearing pink and/or orange (her favorite colors), superhero capes and/or Wonder Woman accessories. Take photos of your race and share them with us and on social media!

If you were lucky enough to know Wonder Woman Carol (if not Google Wonder Woman Carol Wellesley), you know how she loved people to get in the spirit of things and dress up in costumes to run. She was also passionate about raising funds for the community and medical research. Dress up, show up and let's all run for Carol this year.


Read the tribute to Carol published in The Swellesley Report, August 2020, by clicking the link below.

An appreciation: Carol Chaoui, a wonderful Wellesley woman

The Wellesley Turkey Trot Foundation

The Wellesley Turkey Trot Foundation was incorporated as a non-profit in Massachusetts in May of 2015. The purpose of the Foundation is to organize, promote and manage The Wellesley Thanksgiving Day Run/Walk. Our goal is to engage the community in the event and to support local charities in the areas of cancer, medical research, education and community service.

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Our beneficiaries

Supporting local charities in the areas of cancer, medical research, education and community service.

2020 charity partners will be selected by December.

Metastatic Breast Cancer Research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Begg's Lab at Children's Hospital, and the Hannah Randolph Memorial Fund are annual charity partners.



APPLY NOW: Click here to download the Grant Application.

Click here to download a Word document explaining Grant Process.

Thanksgiving Day 2020

Board Members

Carol Chaoui

Founder and President of Wellesley Turkey Trot Foundation Inc.; Co-Race Director of Wellesley Turkey Trot; BA French & Business, Adelphi University; MA The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tuft's University.

Carol has 15 years international private sector work experience in the medical device industry. She has 8+ years of non-profit experience with local charities. Carol is a competitive runner, grassroots community activist and 2 time cancer thriver. She was named Honorary Spokesperson for the Susan G. Komen MA Affiliate in 2011 and has raised over $50,000 for the local affiliate since then. She was also named Honorary Survivor for New Balance in 2011. She was a member of the Hartford Marathon's Elite Inspiration Team in 2010, 2012 and 2013. Carol has raised over $550,000 for MBC research since November of 2015. She lives in Wellesley with her family.


In the news...

Runner's World, November 2019

Wicked Local Wellesley, March 2017

Wicked Local Wellesley, March 2017

Wicked Local Wellesley, February 2017

Wicked Local Wellesley, January 2017

Wicked Local Wellesley, May 2016

WCVB News Channel 5, April 2016

Wicked Local Wellesley, April 2016

One News Page, April 2016

Runner's World, March 2016

WBZ-TV News, March 2016

The Swellesley Report, March 2016


Kate Maul

Director of Wellesley Turkey Trot Foundation, Inc.; Co-Race Director of the Wellesley Turkey Trot; BA Psychology and Philosophy, Hobart & William Smith; MA Marketing Communications from Emerson College.

Kate has over 16 years of race director experience and 25 years of marketing experience. She is a competitive runner and has fundraised for Children's Hospital's Miles For Miracles Boston MarathonTeam every year since 2003. Kate coaches Cross Country and Running Club at St. John School in Wellesley. She lives in Wellesley with her family.


Terri Tsagaris

Director of Wellesley Turkey Trot Foundation, Inc.; BS, University of Utah; JD, Northeastern University Law School.

Terri Tsagaris was a resident of the Town of Wellesley for 25 years. She is the former president of the Schofield PTO, Wellesley Middle School PTO, and the Wellesley Education Foundation. She has been actively involved in local government for 17 years, serving as a Selectman for six years and Town Meeting Member for the 14 years. She was a litigation attorney at the firm formerly known as Bingham McCutchen and subsequently served as Senior Counsel in the Enforcement Division of the Securities and Exchange Commission. Terri has completed seven Boston Marathons, several half marathons and recently participated in a 200-mile relay on Cape Cod.


Jonathan Gillim

Treasurer, Wellesley Turkey Trot Foundation, Inc.; Boston University, BA in Philosophy; MBA Olin School of Management at Babson.

Jonathan is a finance executive with over 20 years of demonstrated success improving profitability for public and private companies. He has two children that graduated from Wellesley High School.


Stephanie Hawkinson

Clerk, Wellesley Turkey Trot Foundation, Inc.; BA Journalism Pepperdine University.

Stephanie is a runner, mom and community leader who was privileged to know Wellesley Turkey Trot Foundation co-founder Carol Chaoui for more than a decade. A communications professional and former television reporter, Stephanie focuses on community outreach, promotion and fundraising. She lives in Boston and loves to run along the Esplanade, throughout Wellesley, and especially on Thanksgiving Day.

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