Trail Run News

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.

Weather update

Runners, we’re looking forward to a great Saturday morning on the trails. With a high probability of a classic raw autumn day, be sure to dress well for pre- and post-race, and prepare for racing in the rain. The course is in great shape, and the woods are beautiful in any weather. See you tomorrow!

F.O.I.L. News

Lake planting in the news

The local media noticed that July 11 was a busy day at Indian Lake. About 35 volunteers came out to plant native vegetation along two segments of shoreline. We then constructed goose exclosures to make sure Canada geese don’t eat our plants before they’re established. Channel 15 filmed a story (Improving Indian Lake, part 2: Planting aquatic vegetation), and a planting preview appeared on (Volunteers wanted to help Indian Lake restoration).

Friends of Indian Lake workday at the lake – Saturday, July 11

We hope you can join us on Saturday, July 11 from 8 am-noon for a special workday at Indian Lake county park. Over the past few years we’ve been working to restore Indian Lake. On July 11 we’ll be planting native aquatic and wet prairie species. The goal is to establish a more diverse plant community and benefit fish and wildlife. With the guidance of Dane county and DNR biologists we’ve targeted areas in and along the lake for this planting.

We’ll have more than 2000 aquatic plants to plant along the shore and in shallow water areas of Indian Lake. Species include sweet flag, marsh marigold, duck potato, swamp milkweed, wild senna, prairie cord grass, various bulrush species (hard-stemmed, green), waterlilies (yellow, white), and sedges (broom, bottlebrush, crested, owl-fruited, fox). (More…)