Chicagoland Spring 10k Trail Race

CARA Spring Trail Chase 10K

CARA Spring Trail Chase 10K

Sun, May 19th, 2024, 8:00am

Committed to serving the Chicagoland running community, CARA's Spring Trail Chase is a 10k run/walk held at The Forge: Lemont Quarries in Lemont, IL. This is CARA's only trail run and race in the suburbs!

Runners will enjoy a beautiful course through the adventure park covered with trees and mostly on crushed limestone.


Sun, May 19th, 2024, 8:00am


6:30 AM
Park Opens
7:50 AM
Deadline to report to Start Wave
7:50 AM
Pre-Race Announcements / Instructions
8:00 AM
Race Start

Course Description

Description: The course is generally flat. The trail surface is primarily well-maintained crushed limestone, with some wooden surface bridge crossings, some gravel, and wood chip. The route begins within "The Lawn", which is The Forge's outdoor music venue. The course proceeds along the Illinois & Michigan Trail Passage, through the Lemont Heritage Quarry Trails, and through The Forge Adventure Park grounds. The surroundings are mostly wooded, with scenic views of the adjacent water-filled quarries and the adventure park.

Course Map

The course map can be found HERE


General Registration:

  • $40 - January 19 through February 20

  • $45 - February 21 through March 26

  • $50 - March 27 through April 23

  • $55 - April 24 through May 18

Registration closes on May 18 at 5:00 p.m.

CARA Member Discount:

  • CARA Supporter Level Members have access to early pricing of $45.00. After early registration sells out, members can save 10% (Discount credited automatically with member login on form)



  • Chip-Timed 10K Run/Walk

  • Beautiful trail course through The Forge - Lemont Quarries

  • CARA branded giveaway item

  • Spring Trail Chase 10K Collector's Trail Badge Sticker

  • Professional announcing by Chicago running legend Dave Kappas!

  • Overall and Age-Group Awards

  • CARA Runners' Choice Circuit Race!


Recognition awards provided to the top three male, female, and non-binary runners overall.


Recognition awards provided to the top three males and females in age-groups (14 & Under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85 & Over), overall award winners will not be included in age-groups.


An awards ceremony will be held for overall awards winners (top three). Age group awards must be picked up from the Results & Awards tent post-race. Awards will not be mailed.


Results will be available for look-up kiosks at the Results & Awards Tent. Results will be posted live to the event website, allowing for participants to look up their results on mobile devices. Check HERE for updates.

Finish Cut-Off

Participants must finish within two (2) hours after the last on-time start (no late starts).

Start Wave Assignments / Procedures

Participants are to organize in self-selected start corrals by their expected run/walk pace per mile for their distance (Under 5:00, 5:00, 5:30, 6:00, 6:30, 7:00, 7:30, 8:00, 8:30, 9:00, 9:30, 10:00, 10:30, 11:00, 11:30, 12:00, 12:30, 13:00, Over 13:00).


Corrals signs with paces will be spaced to allow for the expected number of participants per pace to line up correctly. Participants are encouraged to line up by a pace that accurately reflects their intended average pace for the entire race.


Each corral will be walked to the start line for a controlled mass start. Please remain behind the start corral volunteers for your pace until directed to start.

More Race Info

For more information on the CARA Spring Trail Chase 10K, visit their website here.

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