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Summer Trail Chase 5K

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Date & Time

Sunday, August 21, 2022

8:00 a.m.


Experience the trails at The Forge-Lemont Quarries with beautiful 5K course.


The Forge Lemont  Quarries

1001 S. Main St.

Lemont, IL

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  • Chip-Timed 5K Run/Walk

  • Beautiful trail course through The Forge - Lemont Quarries

  • Unique Short Sleeve Performance Shirt

  • Summer Trail Chase 5K Collector's Trail Badge Sticker

  • Overall and Age-Group Awards


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

  • Early Bird - $34 - First 100 Registrants Only!

  • Regular - $39 - Through July 31st

  • Late - $45 - Through August 20th

  • No Event Day Registration

  • CARA Supporter Level members save 10%! (Login for discount at top of page before completing registration)


  • Description: The course is generally flat. The trail surface is primarily 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: 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, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80 & Over), overall award winners will not be included in age-groups.

Packet Pick-Up ​

  • On site packet pickup begins at 6:30am on Race Day. 

  • Participants must select packet mailing or pickup on site, day of the race. 

  • For those that select packet mailing, they will be sent out on August 16. 

Travel / Parking

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

  • Travel information may be found in the Participant Guide (Coming in July)

Event Capacity / Finish Cut-Off

  • Participation will be limited to 300 persons. (This event will be a one-day event, and a second date will not be added after reaching capacity) 

  • Participants must finish within one (1) hours and 5 minutes after the last on-time start (no late starts).

COVID-19 Safety

These safety guidelines may be adjusted prior to the event based on state and local guidelines in place at the time of the event in August.

Participant Guidelines / Expectations​

  • 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 Summer 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 and Summer trail races in 2022 at The Forge Lemont Quarries.



Trail Chase 10K 

Lemont - The Forge

May 21, 2022



Trail Chase 5K 

Lemont - The Forge

August 21, 2022

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