Abe’s Trail Trek

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November 16, 2019

Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site
15588 History Lane
Petersburg, Illinois   62675

On Line Registration Link

The shirt order will be placed at 8am on Monday.

If you want a shirt please register before 11pm Sunday night.

We will order some extras but they will go quick so if you want a shirt in your size register now.

On line registration will close Thursday the 14th at 6pm.

You can still register at both packet pickups but no shirt or SWAG is guaranteed.

Trek On

 START TIME

8:30 am Half Marathon
9:00 am – 10k Trail Run
9:30 am – 5k Fun Run/Walk

Although this is the 8th year all courses are  new and will challenge you no matter which distance you participate, the 5k, 10k (6.55 mile) or Half Marathon.

We offer more awards for the 5k, unique handmade awards for the 10k and Half Marathon, Finisher Medals for the Half Marathon and chilli, veggie soup and hot dogs for all runners.

All runners get a custom, long sleeve t shirt, on course support and trails not typical for central Illinois.

The Fastest Overall Males and Females for the 10k and Half Marathon receive Wine from West of Wise Winery and all runners can hydrate post run with Prairie Farms Chocolate Milk.

Come help us hit the 500 runners goal and be part of this epic event at Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site.

New this year is your lunch location now at West of Wise Winery.  Stier’s Old Tyme Trolley will be shuttling runners back and forth so bring some cash for some wine while you have lunch.  Wine is not  included in the race fees.

Please check out all the details at www.trismrtr.com.

We will be taking walk up registrations at the Friday Packet Pickup and on Race Day but no shirt is guaranteed.

2019 Updates/Course Changes

The following information is only for 2018 & 2019.

Please disregard the Course Maps that are located far down the page.  Only follow the maps under the 2018 Course Maps. Please refer to these maps for the 2019 courses:

2018 COURSE MAPS

 5k 2018 Map

10k Map

 6.55 ( Half Marathon) Map

Due to the state’s budget situation and a backlog of site repairs, we cannot use the bridge over rte. 97 nor the bridge on Mentor Graham trail.

The new courses are a result of having no bridge access. We were forced to re-design all courses, however we were unable to design a course that took you through the 1800’s Pioneer Village.  We realize this is an important part of the site but we had no way to access it safely.

We encourage all runners to visit the Pioneer Village on the west side of rte. 97 after your run; you will only be running on the east side.

All runners will Start at the Old Tree & run through the Arch and will Finish by running through the Arch after coming out of the woods on Shickshack Trail.

COURSE INFORMATION & MARKING

5k
The 5k race follows the Yellow 3.1 mile Course. The 5K course is 3.1 miles but different from previous years, so enjoy the challenge

10k
The 10k will follow the Orange markings for the 6.2 mile Course. You will run two loops on Cardinal Ridge this year.

All 10K runners will complete one loop of the 1ok (6.2 mile) course with a Turn Around just before the flat boat display.  The Turn Around will be marked by an A frame sign with 10k Turn Around posted.

This is a new course for 2018.

Half Marathon
The Half Marathon will follow the Orange Course for 2 loops with two loops on Cardinal Ridge each 6.55 mile loop. This is new for 2018.

Half Marathoners will pass the 10k Turn Around sign each run around the Flatboat.  You do not pass the flat boat on the way back in, only on the way out on each lap.

You will complete the 1st 6.55 mile loop and come out of the woods behind the Start staging area and then proceed to the 2nd loop starting at Cardinal Ridge.

All courses will follow the Green Route Arrows located on the Roads.  There will be 2-3 short road crossings depending on your event but regardless of distance all runners follow Green Arrows crossing the closed roads.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

5K

  • The 5k runners will begin at the Old Tree running through the Arch and then circle the parking lot to allow you to form into a single line before starting your trek on Cardinal Ridge.
  • Follow the trail to the second exit (1st water stop) and take a right and cross the road and proceed onto Shady Hollow Trail.  Follow the trail down the hill and onto the riverside park playground parking lot.
  • You will reach the 2nd water stop in the lot (with restrooms on your right) and after hydrating, proceed to Damselfly Trail where you turn left and proceed along the river to your 2nd water stop.
  • Turn left while still following Damselfly until it meets the Shickshack Trail at the bottom of the Hill where you turn left and climb, climb, climb.
  • Follow Shickshack turning left at the Y and continue to the exit out of the woods and onto the Start parking lot and Finish Line.  You must run through the arch to get a Finish Time.
  • Water will be at the Start and mile 1.2, 1.7 and 2.4.  Please do not take the food on the tables for the Half Marathon runners.
  • Your lunch is at the Finish.  Thank you.
  • 6.2 Mile 10k Loop 
  • The 6.2 mile runners will begin at the Old Tree running through the Arch and then circle the parking lot to allow you to form into a single line before starting your trek on Cardinal Ridge.
  • New this year is the second loop on Cardinal Ridge.  After completing the 1st loop you will continue past the 1st water stop and make another loop back to this water stop and right turn across the road.
  • Follow the trail right and cross the road and proceed onto the Shady Hollow Trail.  We cannot use the Mountain Bike Trail due to DNR closure.
  •   Follow the trail down the hill and onto the riverside park playground parking lot where you arrive at water stop #3
  • You will reach the water stop at the lot (with restrooms on your right) and after hydrating proceed to Damselfly Trail where you turn left and proceed along the river to your 4th water stop.
  • Continue straight after the water stop and head toward rte. 97 where you will turn right following Damselfly into the woods and along the river turning left to the Flatboat proceeding to  the 10k Turn Around Sign. Proceed around the sign and head back turning right back the way you came to the water stop on Damselfly.
  • Hydrate then turn right while following Damselfly until it meets the Shickshack Trail at the bottom of the Hill where you turn left and climb, climb, climb to the top
  • Follow Shickshack veering Right at the Y and continue to the Photo Op and the Black Diamond Descent, take a moment to enjoy the view where you can look out and over to the Wagon Wheel Log Cabin. Head down the descent and take an immediate Left onto the Walt’s Wiggles Trail up the hill back to Shickshack Trail.
  • Go right and take it to the exit out of the woods and onto the Start parking lot and Finish Line Arch.  You must run through the arch to get a Finish time.
  • Water is at the Start and miles 1.1, 1.9, 2.5, 3.4, 4.1, 4.9 and at the Finish.  Please do not take the food at the water stops, this is for the Half Marathon runners.  Your lunch is at the Finish Line.

6.55 Mile Loop – Half Marathon

  • The 6.55 mile runners will begin at the Old Tree running through the Arch and then circle the parking lot to allow you to form into a single line before starting your trek on Cardinal Ridge.
  • New this year is the second loop on Cardinal Ridge.  After completing the 1st loop you will continue past the 1st water stop and make another loop back to this water stop and right turn across the road.
  • Follow the trail right and cross the road and proceed onto the Shady Hollow Trail.  We cannot use the Mountain Bike Trail due to DNR closure.
  •   Follow the trail down the hill and onto the riverside park playground parking lot where you arrive at water stop #3
  • You will reach the water stop at the lot (with restrooms on your right) and after hydrating proceed to Damselfly Trail where you turn left and proceed along the river to your 4th water stop.
  • Continue straight after the water stop and head toward rte. 97 where you will turn right following Damselfly into the woods and along the river turning left to the Flatboat on each loop (you will ignore and go past the 10k Turn Around Sign to reach the Flatboat).  Turn left towards and past the Grist Mill and Sangamon River access steps and to water stop #5 and the Turn Around.
  • Fuel and hydrate, then continue on the trail back past the Grist Mill and river access steps along the river continuing straight past the right to the Flatboat. DO NOT go right to the Flatboat on the way back.  Only go to Flatboat on way out both laps.
  •  Continue back on the trail to water stop #6 on Damselfly (your second time at this stop).
  • Hydrate then turn right while following Damselfly until it meets the Shickshack Trail at the bottom of the Hill where you turn left and climb, climb, climb to the top.
  • Follow Shickshack veering Right at the Y and continue to the Photo Op and the Black Diamond Descent, take a moment to enjoy the view where you can look out and over to the Wagon Wheel Log Cabin. Head down the descent and take an immediate Left onto the Walt’s Wiggles Trail up the hill back to Shickshack Trail.
  • Go right and take it to the exit out of the woods and onto the Start parking lot and Finish Line Arch.  You must run through the arch to get a 1st loop time and then head back onto Cardinal Ridge after passing the Start Water Stop. No need to circle around the parking lot before your 2nd loop.
  • Take Cardinal Ridge and complete your second 6.55 mile loop with two loops on Cardinal Ridge both times around, as described above.
  • Water is at the Start and miles 1.1, 1.9, 2.5, 3.4, 4.1, 4.9 and at the Finish.  There will be Hammer HEED, gels, chips, pretzels, cola and Hammer Endurolytes at the stops.

POST RACE

New this Year.

All runners will have lunch at the West of Wise Winery (WOW) on the East side of Route 97 about a 1/4 mile South of New Salem Entrance.  We suggest you complete your run, get your water, return your chip, Half Finishers get their Medal and change your clothes before boarding the Stier’s Old Tyme Trolley shuttling runners to West of Wise. The shuttle will be running from 9:30am to noonish so plan on hanging out at WOW and have some wine while you recover.

There is very limited parking at the WOW so we encourage all to take the Trolley to lunch.   If you drive, do not park on the grass, park only in the lot.  The shuttle is highly recommended.

2019 PACKET PICKUP

You can pick up your packet on Friday night and on race day. We will accept sign ups at packet pickup and on race day but no shirt is guaranteed.

Friday – Nov. 15th
West of Wise Winery
14096 State Highway 97
Petersburg, Il.  62675
4:00pm – 6:30pm

Race Day – Nov. 16th
New Salem Parking Lot on East Side of Route 97
7:00am – 9:00am

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SHINRIN – YOKU

Shinrin – yoku is a term that means “taking in the forest atmosphere” or “forest bathing”.

It was developed in Japan during the 1980’s and has become a cornerstone of preventive health care and healing in Japanese medicine.

Researchers have established a robust body of scientific literature on the health benefits of spending time in a living forest.  Now their research is helping to establish shinrin – yoku and forest bathing throughout the world.

The idea is simple: if a person simply visits a natural area there are calming, rejuvenating and restorative benefits to be achieved.

We have always known this intuitively. But in the past several decades there have been many scientific studies that re demonstrating the mechanism behind the healing effects of simply being in the wild and natural areas.

The scientifically proven benefits of Shinrin – yoku include:

Boosted immune system functioning, with an increase in the count of the body’s Natural Killer cells

Reduced blood pressure

Reduced stress

Improved mood

Increased energy level

Increased ability to focus, even in children with ADHD

Accelerated recovery from surgery or illness

Improved sleep

Just as impressive are the results that we are experiencing as we make the part of our regular practice:

Deeper and clearer intuition

Increased flow of energy

Increased capacity to communicate with the land and its species

Increased flow of eros/life force

Deepening friendships

Overall increase in sense of happiness

We recognize that forest therapy approaches such as Shinrin – yoku have roots in many cultures throughout history. John Muir wrote, “ Thousands of tired, over civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home”.

 

Entry Fees

Half Marathon – $57 thru 10/17/18 at 11:59pm.  $67 thru 11/16. $75 race day

5k Fun Run/Walk – $34 thru 10/17/18 at 11:59pm. $44 thru 11/16. $52 race day

1ok Run – $39 thru 10/17/18 at 11:59pm.  $49 thru 11/16. $57 race day

On Line registration is open at links below.

The final shirt order will be placed at 6:00am on Monday before the races so please plan ahead.  Any registrations received after that time and day will not be guaranteed a shirt.

On Line Registration Link

 

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

All entrants will receive a long sleeve custom shirt, on course support, soup/chili and hot drinks beside a fire.  Half Marathon runners receive a Finisher Medal.

The 5k, 10k and Half Marathon runners will have awards presented during the post race ceremony at the log cabin museum. The 5K awards will be presented at approximately 10:30, the 10K awards will be presented at approximately 11:30 & the half marathon will be done earlier at approximately 11:15. Showers will be available at the campground up the hill.  Camping is available as are hotel rooms at River Bank Lodge in Petersburg.

5k awards will be given to the top 3 overall male and female runners.  Awards will also be given to the 1st place finisher in the following age groups for both male and female.  Under 14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, etc.

10k awards will be given to the top 3 overall male and female runners.  Awards will also be given to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finisher in the following age groups for both male and female. Under 14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, etc.

Half Marathon awards will be given to the top 3 overall male and female runners. Awards will also be given to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finisher in the following age groups for both male and female. Under 14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, etc.

We are still finalizing details, so please keep checking this website for emerging details and SWAG updates. 

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 for local groups, teams and the Menard County Rescue Squad and to maintain this historic site.   Come join in the history of the site’s past and be a part of its future.

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.

 

OLD MAPS – PLEASE SEE CURRENT MAPS ABOVE

5K Map

10K Map

Half-Marathon

New Salem Trail Map

 

 

Race Day Additional Information

November 16, 2019

Abe’s Trail Trek 5k,10k,Half Marathon

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, music 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.

However, there may still be hazards on the course do to the dynamic nature of trail runs.

Your safety and success depends on knowing the courses and your abilities. Run fit, smart and be aware of the terrain.

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 Start Line on East side of Route 97. Follow the parking signs and volunteers directions. You can park parallel on Hedrick Street if the lot is full.  Cones will be removed to allow easy exit after the race.

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

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 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, 4.9 and 5.5.

Half Marathon water stops are approx. at mile 1.3, 2.2, 3.8, 4.7, 6.9, 8.3, 9.3, 10.2, 10.8 and 12.1.

A Hammer gel will be provided to Half Marathon runners and will be available at water stops on the Half Marathon course.  There will also be chips, pretzels, oranges, bananas, and endurolytes at most stops.

Mile 10.2 will have BACON that you will be smelling for miles.

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 Half Marathon runners ( in the Sangamon River Park) and available off course at the Visitor’s Center that you will pass as you leave the village and at the Finish Line. The Half Marathon runners will have restrooms in the campground at about mile 10.5.

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 Half Marathon 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.

Course Hazards and You

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 or removed obstacles, installed directional signs and color-coded course ribbons, briefed volunteers, posted maps, explained courses, provided safety personnel and done our best. However, there may still be hazards on the course do to the dynamic nature of trail runs. Your safety and success depends on knowing the courses and your abilities. Run fit, smart and be aware of the terrain.

 

 

Course Marking

5K course follows high visibility yellow ribbons and signs

10K course follows orange ribbons and signs

Half Marathon 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.

 

2019 Triathlons

Don’t forget to sign up for the Abraham Lincoln Triathlon Series in April and June 2019 and Abe’s Olympic,  Stoneman and Route 66 Half Distance 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

Half Marathon

Start Time

8:30am

Pre-race meeting 8:15

Half Marathon FOLLOW HIGH VISIBILITY PINK RIBBONS AND SIGNS

10 K Trail Run

Start Time
9:00am

Pre-race meeting 8:45

10K FOLLOW HIGH VISIBILITY ORANGE RIBBONS AND SIGNS.

5k Fun Run and Walk

Start Time

9:30am

Pre-race meeting 9:15

FOLLOW HIGH VISIBILITY YELLOW RIBBONS AND SIGNS

Obey Deputy at Route 97 crossing

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

 

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Please send all training and racing questions to trismrtr@gmail.com and we will get them answered to help you become a faster, stronger, safer and healthier endurance athlete.

 

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