The Eleventh Annual Farmdale Trail Runs will be held Saturday, October 8, 2016. Come join us for the 10K and 1/2 marathon, or the 30-mile, 50-mile, and now 100-mile Ultras!
Located in East Peoria, IL, Farmdale is an 800 acre hidden gem maintained by the US Army Corps of Engineers and volunteer organizations. With miles and miles of meandering single track trail, service road, and open prairie, Farmdale is the perfect stage for a premier trail race. If you enjoy trails and haven’t been to Farmdale, what are you waiting for? Here’s your chance!
The Start/Finish Area is located at the main parking lot at Farmdale Reservoir at 810 W. Bittersweet Rd. Washington, IL 61571. (GPS Coordinates: Lat:40.675999 Long:-89.501781)
The course consists of a 10-mile loop. There are a variety of running surfaces including; dirt pack, cinder road, gravel, and grass. Are there hills? Yes, a few. Are they difficult? No, they really aren't. The course is very runner friendly. Are there creek crossings? Yep. Depending on rainfall, most will be either dry or easily crossed. It is possible to do the entire course and keep your feet dry. Is it very scenic? Oh yes. Don't take our word for it, take a look at some of the pictures on this site. You will not be disappointed, especially during the fall.
There will be an aid station at the start/finish line and one on the course. Both aid stations will be manned and fully stocked with a variety of food and drink options including Succeed Ultra, soda, and water.
All pre-registered entrants are guaranteed a shirt. Race day registration is available. Packet pickup will be Oct. 7th at the start/finish area from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM and race day morning from 4:00 AM to 7:30 AM.
Start Time/Time Limit
10K and Half Marathon races will start at 8:00 AM with a 9 hour time limit.
The 30-mile race begins at 7:00 AM and the 50-mile and 100-mile races will start at 5:00 AM with a 32 hour cutoff.
Post Race and Awards:
Due to the four distances, there will not be a set time for a "post-race" party. Food will be provided to all race participants throughout the day. Drinks will also be provided. Alcohol is allowed in the park but will not be provided.
Awards will go to the first place male and female finisher in all distances and first place Clydesdale finishers in the 30- and 50-mile divisions. These will be some pretty sweet awards with a definite "nature" theme. Finisher's medals will also be awarded to 10-mile finishers. 30- and 50-mile finishers will receive a unique award.
From I-74/East Peoria:
Take the Washington Street exit and head east toward Washington, IL. Go just over 2 miles on Washington Street until you reach the stop light at Farmdale Road (notice the CVS Pharmacy, Huck's gas station, and McDonald's.) Turn right onto Farmdale Road and follow the winding road 1.25 miles. You will go through 2 railroad crossings. About a half mile past the second railroad crossing you will see a sign for Farmdale Reservoir. Turn left to continue on Farmdale Rd. and you will immediately go through a third railroad crossing. Shortly after this you come to a "Y" in the road where Farmdale Road veers to the left and becomes Bittersweet Road. You'll go through a fourth railroad crossing! Follow Bittersweet Road about 1 mile until you see the Farmdale Reservoir parking lot on your right.
From Washington, IL:
If you are headed west from Washington, IL, you will have to go through part of Sunnyland on IL Route 8. You will turn left on Summit Drive (stop light immediately following Sunnyland Plaza). Follow Summit Drive (eventually becomes Bittersweet Rd) for approx. 2 miles. You will go down a hill and see the Farmdale Reservoir parking lot on your left.
Camping is allowed the night before the race in the start/finish area. Camp sites are very primitive, but the camping area is beautiful!
Congratulations to all the runners who participated in 2015.
We look forward to seeing you in 2016 for the Farmdale Trail Runs!!
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