CARA Autumn Trail Chase

1001 Main Street Lemont, IL 60439

Dates: Nov. 7, 2020
Times: 8am Start
Location: The Forge: Lemont Quarries, 1001 Main Street, Lemont, IL 60439

The Course (5K / 3.1 Miles)

The course is generally flat. The trail surface is primarily well-maintained limestone chat, 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 Quarrie Trails, and through The Forge Aventure Park grounds. The surroundings are mostly wooded, with scenic views of the adjacent water-filled quarries and the adventure park.

Event Amenities

Chip-Timed 5K Run/Walk

Unique Long Sleeve Performance Shirt

Autumn Trail Chase 5K Collector's Trail Badge Sticker

Overall and Age-Group Awards

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: [REGISTER]

Late - $44 - Through November 5 (Closes at 6:00 p.m.)

Regular - $39 - Through November 1

Early - $34 - Through September 30

No Event Day Registration

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Refunds / Deferral / Cancellation:

This event is approved by the venue to occur as a live in-person event. Our participant guarantee is as follows: If this event is canceled due to COVID-19, participants will have the option to receive a refund, deferred entry, or to participate virtually (participants choice).

In all other circumstances, participants must agree that refunds and deferrals will NOT be issued for any reason, including participant injury, illness, and any other issues out of the control of the event, including, but not limited to cancellation due to weather/lightning.

Event Capacity / Finish Cut-Off:

Participation will be limited to 300 persons.

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

Start Wave Assignments / Procedures:​

Procedures have been designed to fully meet Restore Illinois gathering and safety guidelines for athletic events. Participants will be assigned to a Start Wave with a capacity of 50 persons. Within each Start Wave, two (2) participants will start the race every five (5) seconds to limit congestion and the need for passing on course. Detailed procedures are as follows:

At packet pick-up, participants will receive a bib number with a Start Wave assignment (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6) and a Start Position (1-50) within their wave. Each Start Wave will be limited to 50 persons.

Assignments will be determined by an estimated finish time participants provide during registration. Participants wishing to be in a wave with specific friends or family must register with identical estimated finish times. That estimated finish time should match the slowest person within the friend/family group. Participants who do not provide an estimated finish time will be placed in the final Start Wave. Changes to start waves/positions will not be permitted.

On event day, participants will organize before the race with their Start Wave in an assigned pod within the lawn of The Forge's large outdoor music venue. Pods will be separated by 30 feet from one another, and each will provide adequate space for participants to socially distance while within their pod. Non-registered participants may not enter pods, including parents/guardians (parents/guardians please consider this when registering your child if you do not plan to register/participate with them).

Participants may leave their pod to go to restrooms, or to complete warm-ups on designated trails. Participants must be within their pod, ready to start by 7:50 a.m.

Start Waves will be brought to the start line one at a time. Numbered cones will indicate start positions. Cones are placed to allow participants to remain six (6) feet apart while waiting to start. Participants should report to their start position when their wave is brought to the start area.

Beginning at 8:00 a.m., two (2) participants will start every five (5) seconds. As each two (2) begin, the remaining participants will move forward to the next open position. As participants arrive at positions one (1) and two (2) they will hold until signaled to start by race officials.

Once all participants from a Start Wave have begun the race, the next Start Wave will immediately be brought to the start area where the starting procedures will be repeated. This process will repeat until all Start Waves are on-course.

It is expected that each Start Wave will take approximately 2 minutes to clear the start line, and a gap of 30-60 seconds is expected between each Start Wave. The final start wave is expected to begin by 8:15 a.m. No late starts will be permitted. The finish cut off time will begin once the final wave has begun.

As participants finish, they must return to their Start Wave's pod or they may exit the event area.

The event reserves the right to adjust these procedures based on participation levels and or for changes in gathering guidelines or procedures.

Additional participant safety expectations are outlined in the sections below.

Start Waves will begin to be assigned prior to packet pick-up. Register early to ensure best assignment.

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