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Abe’s Trail Trek

November 15, 2014

Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site

15588 History Lane

Petersburg, Illinois   62675

Start Times

9:30 am – 5k Fun Run/Walk

10:00 am – 10k Trail Run

10:00 am – 15k Trail Run

On Line registration is open at links below.   A downloadable form is also available below but it must be received by Monday November 10th.  The final shirt order will be placed at 6:00am on Monday so please plan ahead.  Any registrations received after that time and day will not be guaranteed a shirt.

Race Application

On Line Registration Link

Packet Pickup

There will be two opportunities to pick up your packets.  Friday night from 4:30pm to 6:30pm at the log cabin at the Finish Line at the site entrance on the west side of Route 97.  Race day morning from 7:30am to 9:30 am at the Start on the East side of Route 97 up the hill.  We expect large number so come early

Come join us for the 2nd year of what may be the toughest one day series of trail races in Illinois.

While the 5k is runner, walker and new-to-trails friendly, the 10k and 15k will test the mettle of all but the most seasoned trail runner.

You will literally be running in the woods and village that Abraham Lincoln called home for 6 years. While Cardinal Ridge, Shady Hollow, Damselfly, Shickshack and Mentor Graham’s trails may have been named differently 200 years ago, the terrain remains the same.  Rustic and tough.

All courses are rolling, primarily double track trails through woods, along the Sangamon River, across bridges and up and down steps – not your typical central Illinois terrain. Yes, we have climbs, but if Abe could do them, so can you, Honest!

The 5k course is perfect for the new to trails runner and walkers wanting to experience a side of New Salem many never see on their way to the village.  You will start on Cardinal Ridge transfer to Shady Hollow and then proceed along the river on Damselfly to the Finish at the Under the Prairie Archeological Museum.

In addition to the terrain of the 5k course, the 10k and 15k courses will take you past an 1800’s reproduction flatboat, grist mill, up and down more than 150 steps, past a pioneer cemetery and on to the Finish Line at the museum.

Both the 10k and 15k courses take you down the main street of the 1800’s pioneer village and past the general store opened by Abe.

However, before you get to the roaring fire, food, drinks and pioneer artifacts, you will be challenged on long climbs, rapid descents and a technical course of your choosing.

Choose wisely; the 10k course is tough and after you have traversed the longest climb on the trek, you may see the Finish Line appearing just below but you still have miles to go.

The 15k course is tight, technical and lung busting.  The additional miles are on a mountain bike trail whose terrain is designed to challenge the toughest off road cyclist.

Now that we have your attention, here are the details needed to make your Trek a success.

All entrants will receive at minimum a long sleeve custom shirt, on course support, soup/chili and hot drinks beside a fire.  The 10k and 15k runners will have awards presented during the post race ceremony at the museum. Showers will be available at the campground up the hill.  Camping is available as are hotel rooms at River Bank Lodge in Petersburg.

We are still finalizing details and trying to keep costs to a minimum while providing the maximum trail adventure, so please keep checking this website for emerging details.

We look forward to seeing you in November. Keep in mind there is absolutely no hunting of any kind, at any time in this historic site. Come run fast in central Illinois. No blaze orange required.

Abe’s Trail Trek is being held to raise funds to maintain this historic site.  Come join in the history of the site’s past and be a part of its future.

Packet Pickup

There will be two opportunities to pick up your packets.  Friday night from 4:30pm to 6:30pm at the log cabin at the Finish Line at the site entrance on the west side of Route 97.  Race day morning from 7:30am to 9:30 am at the Start on the East side of Route 97 up the hill.  We expect large number so come early.

Timing

Your bib will have a highlighted color swatch to remind you of your race color coding and a timing tag. Please do not bend or remove the timing tag or you wont be timed.

 

5K Map

10K Map

15K Map

 

 

Race Day Additional Information

November 16, 2013

Abe’s Trail Trek 5,10,15K

ALL EVENTS GO ON REGARDLESS OF WEATHER (lightning may delay the event start). YOU ARE A TRAIL RUNNER, NOT A ROAD RUNNER; WE GET WET, COLD, MUDDY and FALL DOWN (tuck and roll). HOWEVER, WE GET UP AND KEEP ON, KEEPIN’ ON.

Race day registrations will be accepted but no shirt is guaranteed. No shirts or awards will be mailed. Slow down, hang out and enjoy the venue, bonfires, band and claim your award.

Racers must show their PHOTO ID to pick up packets
NO ID, NO RACING, NO EXCEPTIONS. HARRASING VOLUNTEERS IS CAUSE FOR IMMEDIATE DISMISSAL BY RACE DIRECTOR. YOU CANNOT PICK UP ANYONE ELSES PACKET.

NO WIMPS OR WHINERS.

It is your responsibility to know your course. All attempts have been made to make your event safe and successful, however, only you can make this happen.  We have cleared trails,mitigated obstacles, installed directional signs and color coded course ribbons, briefed volunteers, posted maps, explained courses, provided safety personnel and done our best. But your safety and success depends on knowing the courses and your abilities.

Although this is a RRCA sanctioned event for everyones safety you will be running on the right and passing on the left unless directed otherwise by signage, volunteers or cones.  All courses are primarily double-track so they are fast and passing is possible.  Please remember to run on the right and pass on the left.

There are two areas on the courses where two way traffic may occur. Signs will be posted alerting you to these areas.  Traffic could be coming and going so be aware.

Listening Devices & Distractions

Based on RRCA rules, no listening devices, dogs or strollers will be permitted on the courses. While these may aid your training, they make you and others around you unsafe on race day.  You will be disqualified if you choose to ignore the rule. Safety of everyone on the courses is our #1 goal. Keep your tunes for training. NO EXCEPTIONS, NO DEBATES, NO REFUNDS.

Race Day Parking & Street Closures

To accomodate morning traffic a Menard County Deputy will be positioned at Route 97 and the entrance road to the Starting Line.

Race day parking is in the main lot at the Starting Line on East side of Route 97. Follow the parking signs and volunteers directions. DO NOT park at the Finish Line.

Hedrick Street will be closed to allow your crossing at two separate spots.  Pritchetville Road will have barricades to slow traffic but will be open.  Look before crossing and pay attention to volunteers directions.

To accomodate the 5K runners and walkers the Deputy will try to stop all traffic, however, all traffic laws apply so obey the officer and volunteers directions when crossing Route 97.  Remember the 5K is a fun run and walk with no awards,so don’t panic if you are delayed at the crossing.

The 10 and 15K runners will cross Route 97 using the Grist Mill Bridge which crosses 97 overhead so the only thing slowing your progress is your aerobic capacity and steps, many steps.

First Aid/Medical

Medical personnel will be running in all events. Menard County Ambulance, Rescue Squad, Police and Fire Department will be on site and can be reached by calling 911.  You will be in Menard County for the event.

Hydration/Restrooms/Showers

Water and Hammer Nutrition’s HEED will be available at the Start, at water stops and at the Finish Line.

5k water stops are located at approx. mile 2.1 and you will pass a second water stop at about  mile 2.9.

10k water stops are approx. at mile 2.1, 2.9, 3.9 and 4.9.

15k water stops are approx. at mile 2.1, 3.8, 4.3, 5.2, 6.2 and 7.2.

A Hammer gel will be located at the first and second water stops on the 15k course.

Restrooms are located at the Start Line, on course at about mile 2.2 for 5k and 10k runners and mile 4.5 for the 15k runners and available off course at the Visitor’s Center that you will pass as you leave the village and at the Finish Line.

Showers are available at the New Salem campgrounds past the Visitor Center. You will need to drive your own vehicle to the showers.

Beginner Information and Site Maps

While every attempt has been made to remove, clear and/or mark manmade or natural hazards, they still exist.  Be mindful of each step and look approximately 3-5 feet ahead at the trail.  This allows you to place your next step and avoid trip hazards.

Please review the Course Maps on the website and at the packet pickups.  It is your responsibility to know your course.

Courses

Please review the run course routes on the website map. There may be slight differences on race day, don’t fret it, roll with it. Volunteers will be present at all key points on the courses providing direction.
Since all courses are predominantly trails there maybe distance discrepancies. We have utilized a track and field wheel six times with four different runners, we have used GPS units in the spring and fall and we have ran and biked with GPS units and each time varying distances were achieved.

Bottom line distances may not be exact 5, 10 or 15k but everyone in your event covered the same distance. We do not need to hear what your GPS stated, we have spent days reading GPS data, it varies. Welcome to trail running, we are casual and there are things we just accept and move on.

5k Course
Marked with high visibility yellow ribbons and signs. Stay on trails and don’t turn unless you see a ribbon, sign or volunteer telling you to turn. Starts in Parking lot and circles lot counter clockwise to allow runners to form a single line to enter the woods at the Cardinal Ridge trailhead. Follow Cardinal Ridge for approximately 1 mile until right turn, proceed cautiously across Hedrick Street onto Shady Hollow trail. Stay on Shady Hollow trail across Pritchetville Road, volunteer will be present to monitor traffic and runners flow. Follow Shady Hollow trail to water stop at about mile 2 and then turn left on Damselfly trail along river to Shickshack where you go left and then right at junction following volunteer directions and yellow ribbons and signs to Finish Line. Follow Deputy directions when crossing route 97 to Finish Line. Return Chip and then fuel, hydrate and enjoy the band and venue.

10k Course
Marked with high visibility orange ribbons and signs. Stay on trails and don’t turn unless you see a ribbon, sign or volunteer telling you to turn. Starts in Parking lot and circles lot counter clockwise to allow runners to form a single line to enter the woods at the Cardinal Ridge trailhead. Follow Cardinal Ridge for approximately 1 mile until right turn, proceed cautiously across Hedrick Street onto Shady Hollow trail. Stay on Shady Hollow trail across Pritchetville road, volunteer will be present to monitor traffic and runners flow. Follow Shady Hollow trail to water stop at about mile 2 and then turn right and follow white markings in parking lot to gates. Go left thru gates, and then left onto trail and then straight past restrooms to Damselfly trail along river. Follow Damselfly to Shickshack where you go left and then left again up climb at junction following volunteer

directions and orange ribbons and signs along the Shickshack loop. At photo op on ridge overlooking the Finish Line across route 97, you turn left down a steep descent and at bottom go right below ridge back to junction following orange ribbons and signs. You will then turn right and be at the junction where you will turn left following volunteer directions back to Damselfly where there is your second water stop (approx. miles 3&4) where you turn left and follow Damselfly right along route 97 and then right into the woods. Stay on Damselfly until you see the cones where you turn left on the path to the flatboat following orange ribbons and signs. You will then follow ribbons and volunteer directions right around the flatboat and back into the woods where you turn left and proceed back to the cones where you turn left back along the river on Damselfly. Stay on trail following orange ribbons and signs to steps at route 97. Proceed up steps and left along road to Grist Mill Bridge. Climb steps, steps and more steps into pioneer village and proceed thru mainstreet of village, at end of street turn left then right past visitor center where you proceed to bike rack and turn left across parking lot to Mentor Graham trailhead. When in doubt follow volunteer directions and orange ribbons and signs. Enter Mentor Graham trail and go down steps and then across bridges along trail to right turn up steps following orange ribbons and signs turning left past 1800 pioneer cemetery and old school house Lincoln attended. Proceed downhill turning right onto trail back to site road crossing. Follow trail across site entrance road obeying volunteer direction to cross road and cross the Finish Line. Return Chip and then fuel, hydrate and enjoy the band and venue.

15k Course
Marked with high visibility pink ribbons and signs. Stay on trails and don’t turn unless you see a ribbon, sign or volunteer telling you to turn. Starts in Parking lot and circles lot counter clockwise to allow runners to form a single line to enter the woods at the Cardinal Ridge trailhead. Follow Cardinal Ridge for approximately 1 mile until right turn, proceed cautiously across Hedrick road, turn right following pink ribbons and signs along Hedrick Street approximately 150 yards to the left onto the Mountain Bike trail. Stay on the Mountain Bike trail, at approx. mile 2.2 there is a two way water stop (mile 3.8) where you will go right on the trail to the Mountain Bike Loop post where a volunteer and pink markings direct you left up the hill where you follow the loop back to the volunteer and then left backtracking to the water stop where you will be directed right following pink ribbons and signs out to Pritchetville Road. Turning left run along Pritchetville road following pink ribbons and signs to where the volunteer will be present to monitor traffic and runners flow. Turn right onto Shady Hollow trail to water stop at about mile 4.3 and then turn right and follow white markings in parking lot to gates. Go left thru gates, and then left onto trail and then straight past restrooms to Damselfly trail along river. Follow Damselfly to Shickshack where you go left at two way water stop and then left again up climb at junction following volunteer directions and orange ribbons and signs along the Shickshack loop. At photo op on ridge overlooking the Finish Line across route 97, you turn left down a steep descent and at bottom go right below ridge back to junction following pink ribbons and signs. You will then turn right and be at the junction where you will turn left following volunteer directions back to Damselfly where there is another water stop (approx. miles 4.3 & 6.2) where you turn left and follow Damselfly right along route 97 and then right into the woods. Stay on Damselfly until you see the cones where you turn left on the path to the flatboat following pink ribbons and signs. You will then follow ribbons and volunteer directions right around the flatboat and back into the woods where you turn left and proceed back to the cones where you turn left back along the river on Damselfly. Stay on trail following pink ribbons and signs to steps at route 97. Proceed up steps to water stop at mile 7.1 and left along road to Grist Mill Bridge. Climb steps, steps and more steps into pioneer village and proceed thru mainstreet of village, at end of street turn left then right past visitor center where you proceed to bike rack and turn left across parking lot to Mentor Graham trailhead. When in doubt follow volunteer directions and pink ribbons and signs. Enter Mentor Graham trail and go down steps and then across bridges along trail to right turn up steps following pink ribbons and signs turning left past 1800 pioneer cemetery and old school house Lincoln attended. Proceed downhill turning right onto trail back to site road crossing. Follow trail across site entrance road obeying volunteer direction to cross road and cross the Finish Line. Return Chip and then fuel, hydrate and enjoy the band and venue.

Course Marking

5K course follows high visibility yellow ribbons and signs 10K course follows orange ribbons and signs
15K course follows pink ribbons and signs

Finish Line Area

Please keep clear of the orange cones providing a pathway for the runners and shuttle. There is ample viewing area to see your runners all along the course and Finish.

There will be a fire outside and inside for your warming and comfort. The location of the band will be inside or outside depending on the weather. We can accommodate approximately 90 racers in the log cabin at one time and expect over 300 runners plus spectators. Please bring a chair if you plan to hang around outside and enjoy the venue and awards presentation.

Shuttle

Stier’s Trolley Express will be providing rides up and down the hill from Start to Finish from about 9:30 am to 1:00 ish.  Take a step back in time and enjoy the ride and tell Mike thanks for helping you avoid a heart thumping hill climb. Or do some hill repeats and cough up a lung, your call.

Volunteers

Volunteers are always needed but must also sign a release before entering the course. You will be provided a bib (race number to be presented to server for lunch).

2014 Triathlons

Don’t forget to sign up for the Abraham Lincoln Triathlon Series in April and June 2014 and the Iron Abe, Stoneman and Route 66 Half Iron Triathlons in Springfield in July. Visit  www.triharderpromotions.com for more specifics.

Refund Policy

No refunds will be provided. At the discretion of the Race Director a Transfer arrangement may be possible. No last minute requests will be considered.

RACE SUMMARY

5k Fun Run and Walk

Start Time
9:30am
Pre-race meeting 9:15
Obey Deputy at Route 97 crossing
FOLLOW HIGH VISIBILITY YELLOW RIBBONS AND SIGNS

10 & 15 K Trail Runs

Start Time
10:00am

Pre-race meeting 9:45
10K FOLLOW HIGH VISIBILITY ORANGE RIBBONS AND SIGNS.

15K FOLLOW HIGH VISIBILITY PINK RIBBONS AND SIGNS

And on behalf of the Race Staff, Thank You. See you next year. Trek On.

REMEMBER:
It’s not SWEAT. It’s LIQUID AWESOME
No Shotguns, only TRAIL RUNS
No blaze orange required, only blazing speed
Road runners look ahead to the road, trail runners look down to the trail