Run the T.R.A.I.L. on Oct 7th!

Registration is open for the 14th annual Trail Run At Indian Lake!

Registration for childcare, provided by Aldo Leopold Nature Center:

See you at the T.R.A.I.L. on October 7th, 2023!

2022 results are available at:

2022 photos available at:


F.O.I.L. News

FOIL receives REI stewardship grant

FOIL is proud and excited to announce that we’ve been awarded a 2016 REI Stewardship Grant. With this $5,000 award, FOIL will construct a new hiking/snowshoe loop in the Halfway Prairie wildlife area (by the stone buildings across Highway 19 from the main park entrance road), plus new trails in the existing portion of the park. We plan to finish by early 2017, and in fact work has already begun on the Halfway Prairie hiking/snowshoe loop. This past weekend we carved out a winding trail section through the woods, revealing a rugged ravine. This trail, and more like it, will make Indian Lake a prime all-season destination. See photos of this first workday, and keep looking for progress at Halfway Prairie. If you’d like to help build trails, contact us at to get on the work party e-mail list.

Dane County Healthy Parks tour on July 23

FOIL will be hosting the Dane County Healthy Parks tour on July 23, 2016 from 10:00-1:00. The tour’s goal is to “highlight the role of parks in promoting and advancing physical and mental health. We want to encourage healthy lifestyles using some of the most beautiful venues in Dane County.”

Join FOIL and the Friends of Dane County Parks Endowment Committee on a tour of your choice! You’ll have four options. How do you want to enjoy the park?

  1. hike through restored prairie, oak savanna, and sedge meadow with restoration expert Denny Connor
  2. walk around Indian Lake and learn about FOIL’s lake restoration efforts from fisheries biologists Dave Marshall and Pete Jopke
  3. explore the new (and partly under construction) Halfway Prairie hiking and snowshoe trail
  4. run 5 miles through the wooded hills of the park

Firefly walk on July 9

FOIL is supporting a fun family event at the park. Join Outdoors123 for a firefly walk on Saturday, July 9, at 6:30 pm at Indian Lake county park. Make crafts and enjoy smores, learn about fireflies with UW entomologist P.J. Liesch (aka the bug guy), and take an evening stroll along the lake to a field full of fireflies. The event is free, but space is limited. Reserve your ticket here!

Trail Run News

2022 – Race Week Participant Email (sent 9/27/22)

Click through for the most recent participant email with important details for early packet pick-up and race day logistics!

2022 Race Updates

Bumping this to the top of the list since we are short on volunteers.

We need at least six more people to help with parking and other pre-race activities (these folks can be racers).

AND we need at least six more volunteers to staff course marshal points and aid stations on course during the run. We will flag and sign these aggressively, but no one wants a wrong turn!

Our volunteers are awesome and it’s a rewarding way to give back to the park and the running community. Email if you – or someone you know – can help out. Thanks!

Reminder: Youth Nature Programs (race day childcare!)
We are really excited about our partnership with Aldo Leopold Nature Center, offering FREE nature crafts and activities for kids pre- and post-race, as well as a youth nature hike / journaling program during the run (childcare!). The hike/journaling program is limited to 20 kids between the ages of 5-12, has a per child fee of $18, and requires pre-registration with ALNC.

The T.R.A.I.L. is CUP-FREE!
We are continuing our commitment to #cupfreeracing! We will have aid stations on course for you to refill, but there will not be disposable cups at aid stations or the start/finish!

Bring a handheld bottle, SpeedCup, or hydration pack/belt if you expect to need hydration on-course.

We will be selling HydraPak SpeedCups and SkyFlask handhelds at the gear table on race morning.

Distance Change?
You can change your race distance until Sept 26th via the UltraSignUp registration platform.

The LONG (12K) course is an exceptional deal, with a whopping 24ft of climbing per dollar of registration. The SHORT (7K) course gets you a mere 6ft/$1.

Early Packet Pick-Up | Thurs Sept 29th 4:30-6:30
Race sponsor, Movin’ Shoes, is again hosting early packet pick-up at the shop (528 S Park St; Madison WI 53715).

Swing by between 4:30-6:30pm, pick up your bib and race swag, and avoid the stressful race morning lines!

Stock up on nutrition, apparel, or a new pair of shoes and support our local sponsors!

Still need to register?
Registration will close Sept 26th. We are on track to reach capacity with no race day registration.

Announcing new and returning sponsors:
Agrecol Native Plant Nursery – participant awards
EVP Coffee – Master’s awards & raffle
Pure Sweet Honey – AG awards & raffle
The Tree Farm – AG awards & raffle
Athletic Brewing Company – post-race NA refreshment
Movin’ Shoes & In Focus Timing – timing & raffle

Thanks for your support for the Friends of Indian Lake and the Trail Run At Indian Lake. As always, all proceeds from the run help the Friends restore ecosystems, maintain the trail network, and improve infrastructure at Indian Lake County Park. See you on Oct 1st at the TRAIL!

Pete Witucki
Friends of Indian Lake
TRAIL Race Director

T.R.A.I.L. Race Week Details! – 9/28/21

Early Packet Pick-Up – WED 4-6 PM
Early packet pick-up will be – TOMORROW – Wednesday, September 29th from 4-6PM at Movin’ Shoes on S. Park St. in Madison.

Race Day Schedule
Saturday, Oct 2nd 
– 7:30 AM – Race HQ open for packet pick-up
– 8:30 AM – Free Kids Run
– 9:00 AM – LONG (12K) race start
– 9:10 AM – SHORT (7K) race start
– 10:00 AM – Awards and Raffle for SHORT course
– 10:30 AM – Award and Raffle for LONG course

Directions & Parking
Here is a link for driving directions to race HQ – the shelter at Indian Lake County Park:

Parking – Parking is always tight on race day. Parking volunteers will help direct you to the main trailhead lot, overflow parking field, or parking along the east side of the driveway. There is no participant parking along the west side of the driveway, in the playground lot, or in the lot behind the shelter.

Course Description
Start Line – we will return to the historic starting line, in the parking lot between the shelter/restrooms and the playground.

Finish Line – all races will finish at the Movin’ Shoes arch, adjacent to the park shelter.

Course Marking – LONG and SHORT courses will be well-marked with pink pin flags and arrow signs. There will also be chalk spray directions, pink tape blocking wrong ways, and volunteers at key points. If you get off-course, just retrace your steps and continue.

Technical Trail – Even though it is shaping up to be the driest Indian Lake Trail Run in living memory, it remains a rigorous course with rocky, rooted sections. Run/Hike within your ability. Slow is fast.

Race Rules
Cups will not be provided on-course or at the start/finish. Please bring a bottle/bladder/cup with you if you will need hydration on the course or post-race. You can refill your bottles at aid stations and race HQ.

If you drop out of the race, tell a race official so that we can account for everyone at the end of the day.

First Aid – If you sustain an injury, keep moving if possible. Some basic first aid will be available at the two aid stations, and we have ski patrol responders at the park to help you as needed. Please let race officials or volunteers know if you are injured.

Race bibs must be worn in front and clearly visible at the finish.

You may not run with your dog.

Line up at the start according to how you think you might finish.

**The race is chip-timed. You can start behind the main pack for additional physical distance and still record an accurate time.**

Don’t litter on the trails.

The park is open to the public during the race. Please be considerate of others who may be enjoying the beautiful fall scenery at Indian Lake.

Watch for cars on the short section of course on the west side of the park entrance road. There will be no parking in this section, but cars may be driving into the park as you are running.

The course uses some of the trails in the dog exercise area. During the race, the dog area will be closed. However, if you encounter a dog or dog owner, please be considerate.

Please thank our volunteers! They make this event possible.

COVID Protocol

Unvaccinated participants may remove their face covering while on-course provided they can physically distance.

We are requesting vaccinated individuals wear a face covering in race HQ (park shelter) during packet pickup, in line for post-race refreshments, and for awards/raffle.

RACE DAY SELF-SCREEN – if you have symptoms of COVID-19, have a positive test, or are a close contact, please do not come to the race. You will be eligible for a refund or deferment to next year, and have our gratitude for keeping the community safe.

We are looking forward to a fun and safe celebration of Fall, trail running, and Indian Lake County Park. See you at the T.R.A.I.L. on Saturday!