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

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.

Thank you, results, and what is it?

Thank you for braving the elements and making ILTR 5 the best yet. And, of course, thanks to our extraordinary volunteers. Our timers are working on results and we’ll post them as soon as we can.

Finally, what is the design in the hat and sticker? It’s the elevation profile of the highest hill on the course, which we affectionately refer to as Ankle Sprain hill. You’ll also find reference to this on your new CD: two reels named The Merry Ankle Sprain.