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

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: https://goo.gl/maps/PmvLQa5q5gFP2jUi8

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!

T.R.A.I.L. – Participant Email #1

Thanks for registering for the Trail Run At Indian Lake on Oct 2nd at Indian Lake County Park. Please read this email completely – it contains important details for our event in a couple of weeks!

Race details can also be found on our website: www.friendsofindianlake.org

Stay tuned for additional event details coming your way race week!
Thursday, Sept 30
– (time TBA) – early packet pick-up at Movin’ Shoes 

Saturday, Oct 2
– 7:30 AM – Race Day Packet Pick-up begins
– 8:30 AM – Free Kids Run
– 9:00 AM – LONG course race start
– 9:10 AM – SHORT course race start
~ 10:00 AM – Awards, Raffle, and Live Music for SHORT course
~ 10:30 AM – Awards, Raffle, and Live Music for LONG course
CUP-FREE Racing!
In an effort to be better stewards of our public lands, we are going cup-free! There will not be paper cups at aid stations or at the start/finish. If you expect needing hydration on-course, you are responsible for bringing your own cup/bottle/bladder. We will have water dispensers at aid stations to top-off.

Going cup-free is a significant step to bringing our event closer to zero-waste. Check out this resource for why and how to go cup-free: https://nuunlife.com/blogs/news/byoc-ace-your-next-cupless-race
Kids Fun Run is ON!
We have decided to move forward with our kids fun run, at 8:30am race morning. This ~1km run is free and no need to register. We ask that parents/caregivers accompany younger kiddos. All participants will receive a small prize!
Change Distance/Transfer Bib by Sept 20
September 20th is the last day to change your race distance or transfer your bib to another runner. This can all be done via the UltraSignup registration platform.
COVID Policy
Please refer to our website for our most current public health protocols.

SELF-SCREENINGParticipants must be in good health and symptom free. Participants must not have had a positive test for COVID-19 for at least 2 weeks prior to the event. Participants must not have had a “close contact” (as defined by the CDC) with someone infected with COVID-19 for at least 2 weeks prior to the event.Refunds/deferrals will be offered to participants with symptoms, close contacts, or positive tests. Contact the race director for more details.PHYSICAL DISTANCING. Maintain physical distance from other participants, volunteers, race officials, spectators, and other park users.The race is chip-timed, so you will not be penalized for spreading out on the start line and you will record an accurate time.MASKSAll participants are required to wear masks when in enclosed public spaces – this includes restrooms.Unvaccinated individuals MUST wear masks for race day packet pick-up.We are requesting vaccinated individuals wear masks for race day packet pick-up as physical distancing will be difficult to maintain in the pavilion.  Thank you for doing you part to keep other participants, volunteers, and our broader community safe!
Thanks to our SPONSORS!
Many local businesses have been hit hard over the last 18+ months, and so we are especially grateful for the generous support of our longtime, local sponsors, including: Movin’ ShoesIn Focus TimingThe Tree FarmIce Age Trail AllianceWilly Street Co-opHubbard Ave Diner, and more to be announced soon! We are also excited to welcome new sponsor, Klean Kanteen!

Please show your appreciation by shopping at local business that value our trail running community and public lands!

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