Chicagoland Fall Trail Run Festival

Fall Trail Run Festival

Forge Trail Run Festival

Sun, November 5th, 2023, 8:00am

The Forge Trail Run Festival will embrace the adventure and challenge of late-fall, Midwest trail running with 5K, 10K, 20K (Half Marathon) and 30K events, run on trails in The Forge and adjoining trails.
UPDATE: We have recently added a short course 5kish event to the race that is now open for registration. This option is perfect for those who wanted to run a shorter distance than 10k, beginner trail runners, or


Sun, November 5th, 2023, 8:00am
Tier 1:
$45 (10k) $60 (20k) $70 (30k)
Tier 2:
$55 (10k) $70 (20k) $80 (30k)
Tier 3:
$65 (10k) $80 (20k) $90 (30k)


6:30 AM
Parking Opens
6:30 AM
 - 7:30 AM
Race Day Packet Pick-Up
7:30 AM
 - 7:50 AM
Pre-Race Line-Up
7:50 AM
Course Talk / Briefing
7:55 AM
National Anthem
8:00 AM
Race Start
8:45 AM
Post Race Food & Beverage Available
Awards Ceremonies

Course Information

The courses will begin and end at a common start / finish line in The Forge. The courses wind through the single track trails within the woods and some gravel trails throughout The Forge and adjoining trails.



The 10K will be one lap, the 20K (Half Marathon) will be two laps and the 30K will be a three lap course. We have added a short course 5K-ish event to the race that is now open for registration. This is a trail race and we want the natural terrain and flow to guide the course and distance. Total mileage may not be precise, but will be close to the promoted distances. 



The gravel trails are flat. The single-track sections have variable terrain and surfaces ranging from dirt, grass, rocks, mud, more rocks, roots, mulch, stumps, critters, etc. A few sections of the single-track are technical with several short but steep inclines and downhills.  



The defining character and primary challenge of the course is the variable surface.  There are not any significant elevation changes.  We would rate this course as moderately challenging for experienced trail runners and more difficult for runners with less experience on trail. 

Trail running shoes are recommended.



We are planning to go green with the race to limit environmental impact.  This means the aid stations may not use paper cups, etc.  Please plan on carrying your own hydration and fuel and bottles to refill.

Course Map

Click here to view the 2023 Fall Run Festival course map


Entry Fees:

Tier 1 (Until May 31) 

$45 (10K) / $60 (20K) / $70 (30K)

Tier 2 (June 1 - Oct. 31) 

$55 (10K) / $70 (20K) / $80 (30K)

Tier 3 (Nov. 1 - Race Day) 

$65 (10K) / $80 (20K) / $90 (30K)


Register here



  • entry to the race
  • meticulously maintained trails unique to The Forge
  • electronically timed results
  • earned awards
  • a cool Forge hat
  • swag
  • post-race party with food, beer from Pollyanna Brewing, and other beverages

Athlete's Guide


Use these directions to the Forge for Packet Pick-Up and Race Day.


Use Lots 1 or 2 after the 2nd stop sign on the gravel road. They are the closest to the bridges to enter The Forge, packet pick-up, and the start and finish line area.


Parking Map

Packet Pick-Up

Packet Pick-Up for the Trail Run Festival will be:
Registration will be open at PPU and race day but the entry fees increase by $10 per event after October 31, so better to register now vs. later.
Saturday November 4
11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
The Foundry (Food and Beverage Container)
1001 Main St.
Lemont, IL 60439
Race Day
Sunday, November 5
6:30 AM – 7:30 AM
The Foundry (Food and Beverage Container)
1001 Main St.
Lemont, IL 60439

Lemont, IL 60439

Use These Directions


Your packet will include a bib with timing tag, and swag.


Awards will be the following:

  • 1st – 3rd Overall Male and Female is each event (5K, 10K, 20K and 30K)
  • Age group awards are TBD based on field sizes

Additional awards, prizes and raffles will be offered and announced before the race.

Photos & Video

2023 Photos will be posted here


For sponsorship and partnership information, please contact Dave Fako


Questions? | Contact:

Dave Fako

Race Director

The Forge: Lemont Quarries


[email protected]

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