Race Info & FAQ

COVID-19 Policies

We will be following all current public health guidance and participant and volunteer safety is our top priority, so please understand that the race format is subject to change.

*Failure to comply with safety protocol will result in disqualification from the event*

*Please check back for the most current COVID-19 policies. Final safety rules will be communicated via participant emails in the week before the event*

COVID-19 SELF-SCREENING.
– Participants must be in good health and symptom free from any illness for at least 2 weeks prior to the event.
– 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.

MASKS
– Unvaccinated individuals MUST wear masks for packet pick-up.
– We are requesting vaccinated individuals wear masks for packet pick-up (subject to change).
– For details on effective face coverings, reference CDC guidelines: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/about-face-coverings.html

Schedule

Friday, Oct 1st 
– Early packet pick-up at Movin’ Shoes (https://g.page/movinshoes?share)

Saturday, Oct 2nd 
– 7:30 AM – Race HQ is open for packet pick-up
– 8:30 AM – Free Kids Run (may be cancelled for public health concerns)
– 9:00 AM – LONG & SHORT race start (we may stagger distances or move to a wave start based on public health guidance)
~ 10:00 AM – Awards and Raffle for SHORT course
~ 10:30 AM – Award and Raffle for LONG course

The T.R.A.I.L. is going Cup-Free!

Nothing kills the vibe of running through the forest like coming up on an aid station littered with discarded single-use cups. Sure, our volunteers would clean up afterwards, but in an effort to reduce our impact on the natural areas we love, 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 and being better stewards of our public lands.

Check out this resource for why and how to go cup-free: https://nuunlife.com/blogs/news/byoc-ace-your-next-cupless-race

SWAG

We have a new take on running hats for 2021. Lightweight, made-in-the-USA caps from Territory Run Co.

Refund & Transfer Policy?

There are NO REFUNDS for race format changes, event cancellation due to public health concerns or other factors (including weather), or individual participant requests. We a grassroots fundraiser for a local land stewardship non-profit and all of our expenses are incurred long before race day.

We can accommodate BIB TRANSFERS and DISTANCE CHANGES through 9/20 via the UltraSignUp registration platform.

EXCEPTION: A deferral or refund WILL be considered if a participant withdraws due to symptoms of COVID-19, a positive test result, or a close contact with an infected person.

Where are Jeff and John? And more importantly: will you still raffle off toaster ovens and George Foreman grills?

Jeff and John, after ten years of organizing this iconic event, are looking to focus on other projects to benefit Indian Lake County Park through their involvement with the Friends of Indian Lake. 

I (Pete Witucki) wanted to keep this event going and give back to the local running community. I also have directed the Prairie Chase (benefiting the Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy) the last three years. I’ve run ILTR many times (and even came within 2 sec of winning it once… cue: “Glory Days”), so I’m invested in maintaining this great tradition!

We will have some raffle items in 2021, but might be looking at a smaller post-race footprint given the public health situation.

Hey.. is this still ILTR? Why are you calling it Trail Run At Indian Lake?

This is the same event! Just with a new Race Director and unplanned changes to the format because of this global pandemic. All of the proceeds continues to support the Friends of Indian Lake and their efforts to restore habitat and maintain the excellent trails.

But good catch on the name. Many organizations, companies, and events are finally becoming aware of the negative impacts of cultural appropriation and indigenous mascots and names on historically marginalized communities. Granted “Indian Lake” in our event name is a placename, referencing the county park and the lake, but it is reasonable to de-emphasize the (incredibly non-specific) reference while we brainstorm other ideas for our event. In the meantime, it’s a clever acronym!