Oct 2, 2021 | in-person Trail Run!

Join us for an in-person Trail Run at Indian Lake on Saturday, October 2nd, 2021.

Registration is open now!

Public health guidance and the safety of participants, volunteers, and other park users will ultimately determine the format and details of the event, but we are looking forward to a safe celebration of fall, trails, and running. Thanks for your continued support of the Friends of Indian Lake!

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 trail@friendsofindianlake.org 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

2020 Post-Race Recap Email

T.R.A.I.L. runners!

THANK YOU for an amazing and successful 11th annual Trail Run At Indian Lake! It wasn’t the event we had hoped to put on, but you all exceeded our wildest expectations with your support of Indian Lake County Park.

We ended up with over 185 participants raising more than $1500 for the Friends of Indian Lake!

It was great to see that even as a virtual event, runners still strapped on their racing shoes. Congrats to our champions:Shelby Anderson – 40:18 (men’s race) & Abby Strigel -45:55 (women’s race)! Here is a link to the complete results.

Equally refreshing was the number of runners who stopped to snap some photos to share their race day with the rest of us! Check out the photo gallery here.

The bit of bad news is a further delay with the delivery of neck gaiters for those who ordered one: apparently they lost our shipment in transit or customs, but the vendor has reprinted them and current ETA is Oct 14th. I will be mailing them out promptly once they arrive, and I will email those who ordered swag when they are en route.

If you didn’t order a neck gaiter during registration and wish to remedy that objectively terrible decision, please respond to this email and we can get you set up! ($10 ea)
Finally, I wanted to congratulate Jeff Durbin on his first ever Indian Lake Trail Run finish! After 10 years of organizing this event, he finally gets a dose of those hills!

Thank you once again for your support. I hope you enjoyed a beautiful weekend on the trails, and can’t wait to see you all in-person next October for the 12th annual Trail Run At Indian Lake!

Pete Witucki
Trail Run At Indian Lake
Friends of Indian Lake

2020 Participant Email #2

UPDATE: Trail Run At Indian Lake course is open!
The course is now marked and ready to be run first thing Friday morning. The course will close at 5pm Sunday (10/4). 

Important reminders:

  • Review the 1st participant email (below and online at http://friendsofindianlake.org/race-news/)
  • Start/Finish line is the TRAILHEAD ARCH immediately south of the main parking lot. (Start heading north towards the parking lot.)
  • The course is well marked with pink pin flags as well as directional arrow signs at key intersections. All course marking will always be on your right side / right side of the trail.
  • It has been raining and the course is muddy! The north side of the lake is VERY muddy. Descending the hills in the second half of the race will be extra treacherous. Please be cautious – you are self-supported!
  • There may be off-leash dogs in the dog exercise area. Please be aware of other park users generally.
  • Submit your time (and photos) for inclusion in the official results: https://forms.gle/keRjRUBjoCrrieGG8
  • We are still waiting on SWAG (stuck in customs!). It will be mailed out as soon as it arrives. I will send an ETA next week to those who opted-in for the neck gaiter.
  • Registration is still open! Tell your friends to get off the fence and Fall for the T.R.A.I.L.!
  • If you notice problems with the course marking (damaged or disturbed), please let us know at 608-628-6664.

Thanks again for your support of the Friends of Indian Lake! Enjoy the 11th running of the Trail Run At Indian Lake!

2020 Participant Email #1

Thanks for registering for the 11th annual Trail Run At Indian Lake!
Please read the following for a successful race weekend and feel free to email with questions.

Virtual/Time Trial Run Format:

  • Map link to ILCP shelter/parking: https://goo.gl/maps/Wgj9QmFKgwqtHWK56
  • The Trailhead Arch by the main parking lot serves as the Start/Finish line.
  • The 5.9 mile course at Indian Lake County Park will be marked primarily with pin flags as well as arrow signs at key turns (mi/km are not marked). 
  • Runners can complete the marked course between Friday Oct 2 at noon until Sunday Oct 4 at 5pm.
  • Using a watch or timer, record your time on course. (See course notes below.)
  • Take some selfies to share!
  • Results (and photos) can be submitted via Google Form at this link: https://forms.gle/keRjRUBjoCrrieGG8 (A reminder email with link will be sent on Sunday.) Official results will be posted early next week.

Important Reminders:

  • Please follow Dane County physical distancing guidelines.
  • Please be respectful of other park users.
  • Off-leash dogs may be present in the dog exercise area. Please be aware of other users.
  • This is a self-supported virtual event! Please bring your own food and water. There will not be aid stations!
  • Run within your abilities! There are lots of hills, roots, and rocks on the course – be careful!
  • The pit toilets adjacent to the parking lot will be open and are being sanitized at least daily.
  • SWAG (for those who ordered neck gaiters) will be sent out via USPS. Stay tuned for a shipping update.

Course Notes:

  • Course map: http://friendsofindianlake.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/TRAIL_10K.pdf
  • The 2020 course is similar to classic 7K and 12K routes, but with modifications. Longtime ILTRs: follow course markings!
  • Start at the Trailhead Arch, facing the main parking lot.
  • Head north towards the parking lot/Hwy 19
  • Loop (clockwise) around the parking lot and down driveway.
  • The trail along the north side of the lake will be muddy. Unless we get mowing equipment in, there will be 1/2 mile here that is overgrown but passable. This is trail running!
  • Use caution going around the lot by the dog exercise area. *Off-leash dogs may be present in the dog exercise area*
  • The real hills start around 2.4 mi.
  • Hairpin turn around mile 2.8.
  • There is a left turn onto an unmarked singletrack trail around mile 3.0. This will be flagged and signed, and was part of the course in prior years.
  • Runners encounter Confusion Corner at mile 3.5 and again at mile 5.0. Stay Right! (Longtime ILTRs: this intersection follows a different pattern than past years)
  • The meadow path from mile 4.5-4.8 has several notable rodent holes hidden on the path. 
  • Finish: finish line is the Trailhead Arch, heading towards the parking lot.
  • Strava users: links to the ROUTE and SEGMENT. (Non-Strava users disregard!)

I am excited that we are able to pull this event together and thrilled to have such support from the commuity on short notice. I hope you enjoy the T.R.A.I.L. at the absolute best time of year to be out there. Be safe and have fun!