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Lincoln Memorial Garden 8K Trail Race
June 4 @ 7:30 am - 12:00 pm
The latest edition of the 8K Trail Race and associated Kids Fun Run at Lincoln Memorial Garden in Springfield, Illinois is scheduled to be held on Saturday June 4, 2022. Eight kilometers (4.97 miles) of trails – with the course now entirely situated within the Garden (0.5 miles of the course was previously on Forest Ridge Drive) – will test runners’ stamina over the scenic trails and pathways of the historic Garden, along the trails next to Lake Springfield, and throughout the Ostermeier Prairie Center grounds.
And, not to be left out, the kids can enjoy a Fun Run around the pond at the Cawley Meadow.
Registration is now open. There is a 300-person participation limit. Register early (before April 16, 2022) and receive a $5 discount off the regular price. There is NO race-day registration.
This race is listed by the Springfield Road Runners Club as one of their Participation Series races.
Race Date: Saturday June 4, 2022 (no rain date is scheduled)
8K Start Time: 7:30 a.m. Kids Fun Run Start Time: 9:00 a.m.
Registration site: https://runsignup.com/Race/IL/Springfield/LincolnMemorialGarden
8K Trail Race – Early Registration is $30; $35 after April 15, 2022.
Registration is open to a maximum of 300 participants. Each participant receives a dry-fit shirt and a wooden tree branch medallion at race finish. Receipt of a shirt is guaranteed if registration is received before May 15.
Kids Fun Run – No limit on number of participants. Registration is $5. Each participant receives a dry-fit shirt and a finishing medal. Receipt of a shirt is guaranteed if registration is received before May 15. Age groups: 4 and under, 5-7, 8 and over. The Youngest age group will run a straightaway next to the pond; the Middle group runs one lap around the pond; and the Older kids will run 2 laps around the pond.
Packet pickup: Friday June 3, 2022 4-6 p.m. Site TBD. Race-day pickup at LMG starts at 6:30 a.m.
The 8K is a no-spike race – the start/finish area is sidewalk and porous pavement. There are also many wood-plank bridges throughout the course that spikes would damage. The bulk of the course is wood-chipped trails, fine-chip gravel trails, and grass trails. There is also a short length of gravel driveway.
Awards for the 8K will be given to the winning male and female finishers, to the first finishing male and female Masters runners (40 and over), and then to the top three men and top three women finishers in the following age groups: 19 and under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 and over. The winning male and female runners and the first finishing male and female Masters runners also will receive $50 gift cards from the Springfield Running Center (Thank you Tracy!).
Special Project: Would you be willing to add a donation to your registration fee for a Special Project? LMG hopes to buy an outdoor microphone/speaker system for the bird-feeder area, which will be connected to the Nature Center’s Discovery Room. This system will add a dynamic audio component, particularly for the visually impaired, and enhance all visitors’ experience when coming to LMG.