THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED
Dear Runners, I regret to inform you that the 2020 Potawatomi Trail Runs have been cancelled.
Governor Pritzker announced cancellations of events of 250 or more people effective immediately through May 1. I therefore lost my permit to hold the race.
POT has 300 registered runners and usually has another 200 in crew, pacers, spectators and aid station workers.
I tried to get creative; considered cancelling certain distances and banning all non essential personnel, but couldn't come up with a fair way.
This is all new to me as an RD, with no history to reference. POT has never been cancelled in the prior 20 years.
Over the next few days, I will figure out what the future looks like; alternate race date, virtual, deferrals, ect.
A refund is simply not possible. Most of the entry fees are in my barn in the form of shirts, cups, jackets, hats, glasses, buckles and metals.
On a personal note, this sucks. Many of you have trained all winter. Logging tons of miles in preperation for POT. I am sorry. My promise to all of you is that Potawatomi Trail Runs will be back next year, better than ever.
Potawatomi Trail Runs
ACE DAY SIGNUPS AVAILABLE FOR ALL DISTANCES. NO GUARANTEES ON SHIRT/SWAG.
Welcome to the 21st annual Potawatomi Trail Runs at lovely John T. McNaughton Park in Pekin, IL. This is a family friendly event where camping and cheering along the finishing line is encouraged
The course is a 10 mile loop consisting mostly of single track dirt, some prairies, several creek crossings, and endless rolling hills. Elevation gain per 10 mile loop is 1600 feet. Mother Nature controls the creeks; your feet may stay dry but probably not. It is not uncommon to see deer, turkey, birds, owls, and other critters. We will keep you well fed and hydrated along your journey with aid stations at mile 3, 6, and the start/finish.
DISTANCES & START TIMES
**headlamp required for all races**
The 200 miler starts at 4 PM, Thursday.
The 150 miler starts at noon on Friday.
The 100&50 miler starts at 6 AM on Saturday.
The 30 miler is a night run Saturday the at 7PM
The 10 mile zombie run is Friday, at 7PM.
ATTENTION: 200 MILERS; Aid Stations officially open Friday at noon in conjunction with the 150 miler start. When the race starts Thursday, basic hydration & nutrition will be provided but plan accordingly for that first night.
ALL RACES END AT 4PM SUNDAY.
Early start options are available to those who feel they may not make the cutoffs.They are NOT for those who don't like running at night, have other commitments race weekend or have friends doing other distances.
You must start at one of the predefined times listed above and are not eligible for podium awards. Yes, you still get your finishers buckle/award.
To start early, click the link to register.
AWARDS & SWAG
All participants will receive a shirt and finishers medal.
50,100,150 &200 mile finishers receive buckles.
150 & 200 milers receive a race jacket. Last year was a Patagonia Houdini
Friday around 5PM. Free for registered runners. $5/head for others
Primitive tent camping is available at no charge starting at noon Thursday. No Wednesday night camping.
*Porta potties on-site.
TRAILERS/CAMPERS - The park can accommodate a few of these, but not many. You must get permission in advance to bring a trailer. Priority is given to those running the longest distances.
****1/23/2020**** CAMPER/RV/BUS parking is FULL. Tent camping available first come/serve.
LEGAL STUFF & REFUNDS
You must sign a waiver, trail running can be dangerous. No guns, fireworks, swimming, alcohol or anything else the Park District doesn’t allow. Be aware that these are public trails, you may encounter other hikers, horses, frisbee golfers, ect..
**NO REFUNDS, transfer or exchanges of any kind. A significant amount of time and resources have been invested already so come RUN! If you can’t run come cheer on runners from an aid station
No rules regarding pacers.
Crew access is at the Start/Finish Aid Station only
WEBSITE & FACEBOOK
For additional information please visit the Potawatomi Trail Runs Facebook page where all things racing are discussed.
Local time: 2:16 AM
Potawatomi Trail Runs