Registration is open!
Beautiful trail course through The Forge - Lemont Quarries
Unique Long Sleeve Performance Shirt
Autumn Trail Chase 8K Collector's Trail Badge Sticker
Overall and Age-Group Awards
2020 Shirt Pictured Above. 2021 Shirt Design TBA
Event Day Schedule
6:30 a.m. - Venue open
7:50 a.m. - Deadline to report to Start Wave
7:50 a.m. - Pre-Race Announcements / Instructions
8:00 a.m. - Start
Early: $36 - Limited to first 100 registrants
Regular: $40 - Through October 24
Late: $44 - Through November 12 (Closes at 5:00 p.m.)
No Event Day Registration
CARA Supporter Level members save 10%!
Description: The course is generally flat with some rolling sections. The trail surface is primarily a well-maintained crushed limestone, with some wooden surface bridge crossings. 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.
Map: Coming soon.
Recognition awards provided to the top three males and females overall.
Recognition awards provided to the top three males and females in age-groups (14 & Under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80 & Over), overall award winners will not be included in age-groups.
Dates/times to be announced. Tentative locations include:
Packet mailing is available during registration or may be added HERE. (Deadline to order is November 1st.)
Race day pick-up will be offered.
Participants may attend any pick-up location of their choosing.
Travel / Parking
Location: The Forge, Lemont IL (1001 Main St., Lemont)
Event Capacity / Finish Cut-Off
Participation will be limited to 300 persons.
Participants must finish within one (1) hour and thirty (30) minutes after the last on-time start (no late starts)
FAQ / Policies
What is the program's weather policy?
The event will go on rain or shine. However, if there is lightning or other hazardous weather we will cancel or postpone. Our full weather policy and weather alerts are HERE.
Can I cancel my registration?
No. Should participants voluntarily choose not to participate, or are unable to participate for reasons out of the control of the event (including, but not limited to injury, illness, personal matters, work conflicts, etc.), refunds will be issued.
Is there a CARA member discount?
Can I partipate with strollers or pets?
No. Participants are not allowed to participate with baby joggers, strollers or animals.
Can a friend pick up my packet?
Yes. Packets may be picked up by a friend or family member at pre-event day pick-ups. Please provide confirmation or copy of ID of participant to person picking up packet.
Can I give or sell my registration to another person?
No. You may NOT give (sell or transfer) your registration to another person and another person may NOT participate in another person’s place.
I am not able to race. Can I still get my shirt?
Yes. Howeever, you must come to a packet pick-up. Shirts are not available at the CARA office pre- or post-race.
Can I exchange my shirt for another size?
Opportunities for changing shirt size will be limited based on available inventory, and must occur at packet pick-up.
Can my group/club set up a tent?
Opportunities for club/group tents will be announced closer to the event.
What are the events competition rules?
The event will abide by USATF competition rules. Additionally, the event expects all participants to respect fair competition, including following the RRCA's Fair Competition Policies: https://www.rrca.org/resources/event-directors/fair-competition-policies.
Is their an age minimum to participate?
No. All ages are welcome. However, parents/guardians are responsible for supervision of minors. Parents/guardians planning to run/walk the race with their child must register for the event.
What is the events refund, deferral, or cancellation policy?
This event is approved by the venue to occur as a live in-person event. Our participant guarantee is as follows: If this event is canceled due to COVID-19, participants will have the option to receive a refund, deferred entry, or to participate virtually (participants choice).
What is the cut-off time to finish?
Participants must finish within one (1) hour and thirty (30) minutes after the last on-time start (no late starts).
Are their group discounts available?
Yes. Groups of 10 or more are eligible for a group discount. An official representative of the group should email firstname.lastname@example.org for requests.
Participation expectations are as follows:
Participants are expected to wear a mask or face covering when gathering pre- or post-run until they are two weeks post full vaccination for COVID19. Per CDC guidance, fully vaccinated participants are not required to wear a mask or face covering while gathering pre or post-run.
Do not participate if you are feeling sick or ill, and or have a fever, or if you are unvaccinated and have been in contact with someone unrecovered from COVID-19.
Persons from high-risk groups for COVID-19 complications should consult their physician before participating.
Participants are encouraged to avoid traditional forms of physical contact (handshakes, high-fives, hugs, partner stretching, etc.), as well as close group gathering (group pictures, etc.).
Do not spit or blow nose while running in the group.
Do not share personal items, such as hydration, energy gels, towels, etc.
Participants may be required to exit programs/events temporarily or permanently should their actions not meet expectations and or they are creating risk for themselves or others.
The Autumn Trail Chase part of an exciting series of trail races for the Chicagoland running community. Brought to you by the Chicago Area Runners Association, the CARA Trail Series will feature Spring, Summer, and Fall trail races in 2021 at The Forge Lemont Quarries.