Abe’s Trail Trek – New Updates

Greetings Runners,

As previoulsy mentioned we try to offer awards like no other events do, ever.

Thanks to Karen Erchinger, the Top 3 males and females in the 5k race will receive a print of the New Salem Grist Mill as it was in 1853.

The original oil painting was completed by local artist Etta Ackerman who lived from 1862-1938.

In the print you can see the dam that caused the flat boat Lincoln was piloting to become stuck leading to Lincoln’s eventual return to New Salem. And an eventual patent for the means/method to raise the flat boat.

Did you know Lincoln is the only US President to own a patent?

You will be running by reproductions of both the Grist Mill and Flat Boat on race day.

Thanks to ever increasing numbers, First place winners in the 5k age groups will receive custom, race specific, camp mugs that are perfect for the hot chocolate waiting for them at the Finish Line.

Top 3 males and females in both the 10k and Half Marathon will recieve WINE from the West of Wise Winery located near Petersburg.

Please see the description below of the West of Wise Winery.

West of Wise Winery

We are a small batch winery located south of Petersburg, Illinois featuring wines from Illinois grown grapes and other select vineyards. Many of the grapes are from our family vineyard – Ratio Vineyard in Kilbourne, Illinois.

Come and join us for a tasting or an afternoon.

Our Tasting Room is open

Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 12:00PM to 5:30PM

The Top 3 males, females, clydesdales and athenas in the Half Marathon will receive awards from Chapman Stone and trust us, they are unique.

Our good friend of running and triathlons, Bill Winberg, is providing one of a kind stone plaques for the Half Marathon winners.

These awards came from nature then Bill and company hand cut and design some of the coolest and largest awards ever.

Take a look at the Facebook page from last year to see the photos.

Very impressive.

And for all the other age group awards in the 10k and Half Marathon we have handmade ceramic mugs and glasses from local artist Kirby Drennan.

Many thanks to the New Salem Lincoln League for their generous support of the age group awards.

We are looking at record numbers and already have runners from Illinois, Missouri, Indiana, Iowa, California, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, New York, Pennsylvania and West Virginia registered and ready to take some awards back home.

The trails are being cleared and readied for race day and for your PR at Abe’s Trail Trek.

Please visit www.triharderpromotions.com for all the details.

Trek On.