Lincoln Memorial Garden 8K (4.97 miles) Trail Race
and Kid's Fun Run

in United States at Lincoln Memorial Garden Nature Center

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  • 8K (4.97 Mile) Trail Race (limited to 275 participants)
    You may register up to six people in a single transaction.

    Online registration is closed for this category.

  • Kids Fun Run
    Starting at approximately 9:00 AM, following the completion of the 8K

    Online registration is closed for this category.

  • Wait List

    Online registration is closed for this category.

2017 Registrants

For a limited time only (through 12/31/2017 at 11:59 PM Central), those originally registered for the 2017 8K event and were unable to attend the July 29th make-up date, can request a special discount of $10.00 off of the 2018 8K registration.

Just click the *Contact the Organizers* button on the left-hand side of this page and we'll provide you with a special discount code to use during registration once we've verified that 1. You were originally signed up for the 8K and 2. You did not participate in the make-up date.

Again, this is a limited time offer and is only available through December 31, 2017.

Event Shirts

8K Gender Specific Shirts

  • Short Sleeve
  • Fabric: 100% Moisture Wicking

Kid's Fun Run Unisex Shirts

  • Short Sleeve
  • Fabric: 100% Moisture Wicking

Shirts are guaranteed to all entrants if registered prior to May 6, 2018. After that date, shirts/ shirt size availability cannot be guaranteed.

Packet Pickup

Friday, May 18, 2018
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
The Barrel Head
1577 Wabash Ave.
Jerome, IL 62704

Saturday, May 19, 2018
6:00 AM - 7:00 AM
Lincoln Memorial Garden (Race site)

Race Course

The rolling and sometimes flat course will be held on the grounds of the Lincoln Memorial Gardens, Ostermeier Prairie Center, and along Forest Ridge. The trails inside the Gardens are mostly double/triple track and the make-up of the trail is dirt, mulch, limestone, and paved roads. The course will include two water stops with the first water stop being passed twice. Environmentally friendly ground markings (as required) as well as eye-level directional signs will be displayed.

Kid's Fun Run:
The kid's fun run will be held on the Lincoln Memorial Garden's property located on the east side of East Lake Drive. The course is generally flat and will consist of running through a path cut in the prairie grass and over a bridge which spans a pond. Environmentally friendly ground markings will help direct the kids along the course.

Download the course image.

Finisher's Medals/ Age Group Awards

Specially created finisher's medals will be given to all the athletes crossing the finisher line.

Age group awards will be given to the overall Male and Female, the top Male and Female in the Master's division, and to the top 1/3 or top 3 (whichever is greater) in each of the following age group categories:

  • 14 and 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 and over

Walkers will be eligible for age group awards

Awards will not be given for the Kid's Fun Run but they can expect finisher's medals.


The 8K event will be a time trial start, with the faster runners at the front, and will be utilizing tag timing. Overall & Age Group awards will be based solely on chip time. All runners must wear their timing tag to be scored. If your tag falls off during the race, your finish time may not be recorded.

The Kid's Fun Run will not be timed.


Post Race Entertainment

Post race entertainment will be hosted by Ben Bedford.

For more information on Ben, check him out at

Thanks for your support!

All proceeds from the race, after expenses, will go directly to the Lincoln Memorial Garden.

Lincoln Memorial Garden is a 110-acre tract along the shore of Lake Springfield designed by Jens Jensen to honor President Lincoln's memory by recreating the woodland and prairie landscape he would have encountered in the early 19th century in central Illinois. The garden is host to many educational and recreational activities each year. It receives no state or federal funding and strictly relies on the generosity of donors.

Please consider making a donation or becoming a member by visiting their website

Headphone Policy

The use of personal music devices is PROHIBITED for this race. This is to ensure all participants enjoy everything that the event has to offer and for the safety of all participants.


The race director(s) reserve the right to cancel, postpone, or modify the race due to adverse weather or emergency conditions that make race conditions unsafe. We will try our best to schedule a make-up date. In the event the race is cancelled, there will be no refunds.

Race Director and Contact Info

This event is being directed by Susan Helm and Lance Cull.

Should you have any event-related questions/comments/concerns, please click on the *Contact the Organizers* button on the left-hand side of this page and we will respond an answer/comment/resolution.

Susan and Lance THANKS you for your support!

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