Nestled in the Shawnee National Forest, Giant City State Park is a premier destination for hiking, lodging, and camping in southern Illinois, and now a premier trail ½ marathon majorly utilizing the Red Cedar Trail.
The course will consist of mostly single track, but will have some gravel road connectors, horse trails, fields, and less than a mile of paved road connectors. The trail varies from very technical to runnable in sections, and boasts over 2000 feet of elevation gain. Also, expect the possibility of getting your feet wet in several creek crossings, rain dependent!
The check-in and Start/Finish will be at the Giant City Lodge. Rest rooms are available inside. The course utilizes the Red Cedar Trail sometimes intersecting with the River to River Trail and some surrounding horse trails. The course will be well marked with ribbons. All intersections will have directional signs and confidence markers.
The Giant City Lodge also offers dining options for participants, family, and friends for a post-race meal.
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