Lincoln Legacy 5k & 10k Runs




Lincoln Legacy 5K/10K                      

Lincoln Park & Oak Ridge Cemetery

1601 N. 5th Street

Shelter #7

Springfield, Il. 62702

June 1, 2018

6:00pm Start – 10K

$37 Early entry fee thru May 1st.  $42 thru May 31st. $45 Race Day.

6:15pm Start – 5K

$27 Early entry fee thru May 1st. $30 thru May 31st. $33 Race Day.

 Register Here

If you want to pick up your shirt on race day you will need to register before 11:59pm on Sunday (5/27).

The shirt order will be placed on Monday (5/28) morning.

On line registration will close at 11:59pm on May 31st.  Race fees go up June 1st for both distances.

Race day registrations will be accepted but to receive a shirt you will need to take the race provided voucher to the shirt vendor to redeem for your shirt.

Course Maps

2017 marked the Inaugural year for the Lincoln Legacy 5K/10K running events which are part of the Downtown Springfield’s Lincoln’s Legacy of Giving (LOG) Music Festival taking place on June 1st and 2nd.

While the LOG Festival is new, the previously held festival attracted nearly 18,000 attendees. Event organizers expect an even bigger turnout due to more music, food, fun and drinks centered around the Old State Capital.

Both the 5K and 10K runners have the unique opportunity to run where Lincoln is buried in Oak Ridge Cemetery, the nations’ second most visited cemetery.

Runners begin their journey in Lincoln Park and quickly move into the 160 year old cemetery where they will be greeted with a beautiful setting for a challenging course. Racers can think of this as an opportunity to tour the grand cemetery and the Lincoln Tomb while running their race at their own pace.

Don’t forget to rub the bronze nose of Lincoln’s bust for Good Luck as you pass his final resting place.  You may need Good Luck for this course, Honest.

When runners complete their loop thru the cemetery, they return back to Lincoln Park and enjoy post run snacks and drinks to top off their glycogen and fluids.

The on-site awards ceremony features hand made awards created by a local artist and carved out of  historic oaks from Lincoln’s era which were gathered on the cemetery grounds.  So, not only will participants be immersed in Lincoln history during the run, the fastest runners will be receiving a piece of Lincoln History to take home and show to others for years to come.

Runners in both distances receive a handmade FINISHER medal made from the “Witness Oaks” that were around when Lincoln was laid to rest at Oak Ridge.

After the snacks, fluids and awards ceremony, runners can head downtown to take advantage of their free entry into the Music Festival as well as their complimentary 3 drink tickets.  Runners can partake in free Music Fest offerings while recovering from the run and all while listening to the various musical genres blanketing the downtown streets with sound.

Race Information

The running events start and finish at shelter #7 in Lincoln Park, which is south of the horsehoe pits and west of the park pavilion.  Signs and volunteers will be on site to direct participants.

Restrooms are located in Shelter #7 and in the restroom building just past the Tomb on your right across the Tomb parking lot.

Parking is available in the various lots and along the park roads (as long as you park parallel and keep two wheels on the road and two wheels in the grass).  No diagonal parking; Park police are very easy to work with but parking incorrectly will cause a problem for you.

Packet Pickup is race day, Friday June 2nd from 4pm to 5:45pm at shelter #7 in Lincoln Park. Please bring a photo ID and you must sign the waivers if you did not sign them on line.


5K Map


10K Map


Both courses start and finish at shelter #7 and both courses tour Oak Ridge Cemetery which offers stunning scenery and challenging turns, climbs and descents for both the 5K & 10K.

The cemetery is open most times for running and walking; please take advantage of this gem and check it out.  We know it can be a somber place to some, but in past eras, cemeteries were social gathering places for picnics and to enjoy time with loved ones that have passed.

Both courses will be marked with Route Arrows on the ground and volunteers, where needed.

While the courses may appear to be a mess on the maps, race day maps are much larger, clearer and easier to understand.

The 10k runners will follow Yellow Route Arrows while the 5K runners will follow the Orange Route Arrows.  All you need to know is your race color and you will successfully navigate your course through this 160 year old space. Volunteers will be on course to help navigate.

A key to successful navigation is to stay on the side of road where the route arrows have been placed. We try to keep you on the left pursuant to RRCA rules but cemetery road layouts and course flow and continuity do make us move to the right at times.  When to arrows cut across the roads, you cut across the roads, when they are on the right, you should run on the right.

There will be water and sports drink available at the start/finish and there will be 2 water stops on the courses with water and sports drink and both races hit water many times.   Take advantage of the fluids as necessary to complete your race.

Awards will be presented to the Overall Top 3 Males and Females in each race and to the Top 3 Males and Females in the following Age Groups.  10 and under, 11-20, 21-30, 31-40, 41-50, 51-60, 61-70, 71-80.

Shirts & SWAG

All runners registered by 11:59pm on May 28th will receive a gender specific race shirt.

All runners receive 2 passes to the Music Festival and 3 beer tickets.

All FINISHERS receive a handmade medal from the “Witness Oaks” living when Lincoln was buried at Oak Ridge Cemetery.

Registration will remain open thru race day, but no shirt is guaranteed on site.  However, thanks to our shirt vendor you will receive a voucher for a shirt and can redeem it the next week and get a shirt.

All runners receive on-course support, race shirt, historic finisher medal, post race snacks and fluids at the shelter and free entry into the Music Festival with tickets for 3 free drinks in downtown Springfield.

New in 2018

New this year is the Summer Series including the LOG 5k & 10k, the June 9th Levee Run at Rolling Meadows Farm Brewery and the June 23rd SCHEEL’S 5k/10k.

Runners who complete all three events will be entered into a drawing to win a Garmin Forerunner 235.  The watch will be awarded at the end of the SCHEELS 5k/10k on June 23rd.

In addition, SCHEEL’s has graciously provided $50 gift cards for the Top Male and Female Finishers in  both the 10k and 5k.

Donations & Your Racing

As you know, all Tri Harder and Tri Smarter events are fund raisers for local groups, teams, clubs, sites and authorities.  While these groups benefit from the races, we would like to extend the endurance athlete’s generosity to a few charities that we support that have a much bigger scope and need.

As we strive to change lives for our racers and their loved ones through endurance sports, let’s help change the lives of those with challenges much greater than ours;  please give to any/all of our charities listed below with a few extra key strokes while you’re registering for your event!  Any amount (over $5) is appreciated and badly needed.

Thank you!  Your concern and generosity is appreciated.

Alzheimer’s Association of Chicago (Springfield Walk to End Alzheimer’s)

Can DO Multiple Sclerosis

Zero: The End of Prostate Cancer

Research Foundation of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons

USAT Triathlon of Colorado

Your concern and generosity is appreciated.


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