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Spring Trail Chase 10K

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Date & Time

Sunday, May 21, 2023 (8:00am)


Experience the trails at The Forge-Lemont Quarries with a beautiful 10K course.


The Forge Lemont  Quarries

1001 S. Main St.

Lemont, IL


  • Chip-Timed 10K Run/Walk

  • Beautiful trail course through The Forge - Lemont Quarries

  • Custom Crew Socks!

  • 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!

Quarter length sock with CARA logo

Event Details

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​


Registration Fees 

  • $40 - Through April 30

  • $44 - Through May 20

  • No Event Day Registration

  • CARA Supporter Level members save 10%! (Discount credited automatically after member login on form)

  • Capacity is limited to 300 persons!


  • 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.

  • Map: The course map can be found HERE.


  • 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.

Packet Pick-Up 

  • Packet pick up dates and locations

  • Participants may attend any location.

  • Friends and family may pick up for a participant with a copy (printed or digital) of the participant's check-in pass or ID

  • Packet mailing is available during registration for a fee. To add packet mailing after registration, login HERE. Deadline to order is May 9th at Midnight CT.

Travel / Parking

  • Location: The Forge, Lemont IL (1001 Main St., Lemont)

  • Travel information may be found in the Participant Guide (Available by May 1)

Event Capacity / Finish Cut-Off

  • Participation will be limited to 300 persons 

  • 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.

Awards Ceremony

  • 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 Posting / Look-Up

  • 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.

CARA Circuit Races logo

The Spring Trail Chase 10K is part of the 2023 CARA Runners' Choice Circuit. The Circuit provides a competitive structure and recognition for Chicagoland runners and clubs. The Circuit annually honors Chicagoland’s top runners and clubs with Runner of the Year and Club Champion titles. Comprised of various race distances, the Runners’ Choice Circuit providers all runners - both recreational and competitive - with the opportunity to chase personal, club, and competitive goals. 



Support local runners by volunteering for the Spring Trail Chase 10K. A variety of roles are available, and no experience is needed. Your support not only impacts runners on event day, it helps CARA, a 501c3 not-for-profit, and their work to support the running community throughout Chicagoland.

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