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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 10K, 20K (Half Marathon) and 30K events, run on trails in The Forge and adjoining trails.


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. 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

coming soon


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

Thursday November 2

Time & Location TBD


Friday November 3

Time & Location TBD


Saturday November 4

11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

The Foundry (Food and Beverage Container)

The Forge: Lemont Quarries

1001 Main St.

Lemont, IL 60439

Use These Directions


Race Day

Sunday, November 5

6:30 AM – 7:30 AM

The Foundry (Food and Beverage Container)

The Forge: Lemont Quarries

1001 Main St.

Lemont, IL 60439

Use These Directions


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


2023 Results will be posted here


Awards will be the following:

  • 1st – 3rd Overall Male and Female
  • 1st Overall Male and Female Masters (Age 40+)
  • 1st Overall Male and Female Lemont Resident

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

Photos & Video

2023 Photos will be posted here


Volunteer sign-up coming soon


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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