2020 Virtual Trail Run

We are moving forward with a VIRTUAL TRAIL RUN at Indian Lake County Park this year! A 10K course will be marked from Oct 2-4 and participants can submit their time for inclusion in the official results. 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 Participant Info #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!

Indian Lake flashmob snowshoe race

Do you want to run an Indian Lake flashmob snowshoe race  this winter? According to Wikipedia, “a flash mob is a group of people who assemble suddenly in a public place, perform an unusual and seemingly pointless act for a brief time, then quickly disperse, often for the purposes of entertainment, satire, and artistic expression.” We at FOIL believe this shouldn’t just apply to dancing in a shopping mall. It should apply to snowshoe racing in southern Wisconsin, where the snow can be great (or crappy) and planning a snowshoe race can be fun (or frustrating because the snow suddenly turns crappy). Don’t let the weather game you. Game the weather. We’ll hold snowshoe races at Indian Lake when it makes sense. Want to join us? Send an e-mail to trail@friendsofindianlake.org with the subject line sign me up for flashmob snowshoe racing. More details to come as winter approaches.

Two weeks until raceday

We’re excited to share the trails with you again this year! Remember that registration closes when we reach 400 runners or at 11:55 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 27, whichever comes first. Only about 100 spots remain, so don’t miss the chance to join us. We have a few new features in 2015, including chip timing for faster on-site and online results and an improved website.

We’re also excited about another fantastic group of sponsors for this year’s race, including Spectrum, Berkeley Running Co., the Ice Age Trail Alliance, and more. New this year is a focus on locally produced food. We’ll have Murphy Farms fresh cheese curds, sausage from the Lodi Sausage Co., fruits and vegetables from Harmony Valley Farm, gift certificates from Northwood Farm and Flyte Family Farm, and of course pumpkins and popcorn from the Tree Farm. Oh, and those Hubbard Avenue cookies? They’re back too, along with the Currach Irish Trio’s great music.

Love the lake? Then join us on our run to restore! We’ll see you on Oct 3.