Hickory Knolls Trail Run And Relay

Sunday, May 16, 2021 at 7:30am

Hickory Knolls Discovery Center
3795 Campton Hills Drive
Saint Charles, IL 60175

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Spring is in the air, and this is the best time of the year to run trails! Join us in celebrating National Love A Tree Day by scampering through the woods at The HICKORY KNOLLS TRAIL ADVENTURE Trail Run & Relay at the Hickory Knolls Nature Area in St Charles on May 16th.

If you ran one or both of the Big Timber XC Challenge races the last couple of years, you know we love to give you a course that will test your legs. And while there’s no cold-water creek crossing this time, don’t fool yourself into thinking this one will be an easy jaunt through the park. The hills at Hickory Knolls can be taxing. Go out too fast in the first mile, and you’ll pay a price later. The elevation profile between the 1.25 mile and 2.5 mile marks looks like the fangs and teeth of a coyote, and this terrain certainly has the potential to eat you up.

You can be a part of the adventure by participating on your own either in the Individual Runner 5K or 10K or as part of the 2-person 10K Relay. Or why not “do the double”, by running the 5K/10K as an individual and then, just for fun, coming back to partner with a spouse/child/sibling/friend for the relay??

The course is approximately 3 miles, primarily on wide mowed-grass pathways. The Individual Runner 5K is one loop and the Individual Runner 10K is two loops (twice the fun!!). For the Relay, each person will run one loop.

Also, because spring is the time of school graduations, we invite everyone to come to the event or actually run wearing your school’s shirt. Whether it be your own high school or college alma mater, your kid’s middle/high school/college, or simply a school you want to represent … we’d just like to see how many different schools show up.

Whether as an individual or with a partner, you’ll find Hickory Knolls is a pretty awesome site for trail running. We hope you’ll come out to join the fun and run the Trail Adventure with us on May 16th.

Course Information:

Course to be run on the existing trails and pathways fully within the Hickory Knolls Nature Area (see attached course map)
Course is primarily wide pathways over dirt, grass and gravel. Expect to encounter uneven ground, exposed roots, partially embedded rocks, low branches and other conditions characteristic of a wooded area. You are running at your own risk of possibly stumbling, falling, or landing awkwardly, any of which could result in an injury.
Course will be marked using directional arrow signs and strings of plastic triangular pennants.

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