at The Forge - Lemont Quarries
November 7, 2020

5K Trail Run/Walk

May 22, 2021

Trail Run/Walk

August 14, 2021

Trail Run/Walk


As an innovative leader in outdoor recreation, The Forge: Lemont Quarries is a state-of-the-art adventure park designed to deliver unique year-round activities for adventurers of all ages and abilities.

Established in 2016, The Forge: Lemont Quarries is a purpose-built social enterprise that provides countless opportunities for our guests to experience elevated outdoor adventure 365 days a year.

Featuring a versatile and wide-ranging mix of recreational activities set among a reclaimed natural landscape, the park offers an escape to tranquil and interactive green space where guests can test their personal boundaries while engaging with a passionate community of like-minded outdoor enthusiasts.

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The Chicago Area Runners Association, CARA, is a non-profit organization committed to serving and advocating for the local running community. We are Chicagoland’s running club, providing accessible opportunities for all runners to train, race, learn, be social and volunteer. 

CARA, with over 10,000 members, is the nation’s third-largest running club, serving as the voice of local runners, as well as providing over 1,300 dates of programming and events per year. Learn more at



  • Date: Saturday, November 7, 2020

  • Location: The Forge Adventure Park1001 Main St, Lemont, IL (Directions)

  • Distance: 5K Run/Walk

  • Start: 8:00 a.m.

The in-person event has sold out.  To be included on the wait list, click HERE.

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

Event Details

Event Day Schedule:

  • 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: [Registration is closed / We have reached capacity]

  • 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

  • CARA Supporter Level members save 10%!

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 (A, B, C, D, E or F) 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.

Results / Awards:

  • A results link will be posted on this page on event day.

  • Recognition awards provided to the top three males and females overall.

  • Recognition awards provided to the top three males and females in age-groups (14 & Under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80 & Over), overall award winners will not be included in age-groups.

  • Recognition awards will be mailed within two weeks of the event. Presentation ceremonies will not be held to limit gathering.

  • Due to event start procedures, chip finishing times will be used for all awards to ensure final results are determined by participant's finish times from the point they cross the start line, to the point they cross the finish line, regardless of start/finish order.

Packet Pick-Up: 

Travel / Parking:

  • Location: The Forge, Lemont IL (1001 Main St., Lemont)

  • Travel information may be found HERE.

COVID-19 Safety Guidelines:


Participant Guidelines / Expectations​

  • Do not participate if you are feeling sick or ill, and or have a fever, or if you have been in contact with someone unrecovered from COVID-19. 

  • Persons from high-risk groups for COVID-19 complications should consult their physician before participating.

  • Do not engage in traditional forms of physical contact (handshakes, high-fives, hugs, partner stretching, etc.).

  • Do not engage in close group pictures/selfies.

  • Only spit or blow nose into a tissue or handkerchief.

  • Do not share personal items, such as hydration, energy gels, towels, etc.

  • Participants traveling from out of state must comply with any State of Illinois and Cook County travel orders.

  • Participants may be required to exit the event should their actions not meet expectations and or they are creating risk for themselves or others.


Venue Entry Requirements:

  • Participants must have a mask or face cover to enter the event area.

  • Participant's temperatures may be checked (below 100.4 degrees required to enter) by contactless thermometer upon entry. Temperature data will not be recorded.


Mask  / Facecovers:

  • Participants must wear a mask or face cover at any time they are witin the venue (including, but not limited to parking, Start Wave  pods, restrooms, etc.).

  • Masks and face covers may be removed after the start while on-course. Volunteers and staff will wear a mask or face cover at all times.


  • Hand sanitizer will be available.

  • Indoor restroom buildings, with handwashing, capabilities are available. 



  • Participants must bring their own hydration bottle.

  • Coolers, equipped with contactless "UltraSpouts" will be available for bottle refill. Cups are not provided.

  • Bottled water will be provided at the finish post-race.

Gathering Procedures:​

  • The event will have a total capacity of 300, and per Restore Illinois Guidelines, participants separated into groups of 50, each separated by 30 feet. Detailed procedures are provided in the Start Wave explanation.

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

Spectators / Non-Participants:

  • Non-registered persons, friends, and family may not enter the start/finish area or Start Wave pods. Non-registered persons are encouraged not the attend.


Inclement Weather Policy:

Safety is our number one priority. If weather threatens our ability to safely run the event we will postpone if possible or cancel. We will not run in lightning. If there are weather delays or weather cancelations up to date information will be posted at and at in the twitter feed box.

Event Rules:

The event will abide by USATF competition rules. The event expects all participants to respect fair competition, including following the RRCA's Fair Competition Policies:

Event FAQ:

May I participate with strollers or pets? - Participants are NOT allowed to participate with baby joggers, strollers or animals.

Can a friend pick-up my packet? - Yes, packets may be picked up by a friend or family member at pre-event day pick-ups. However, on event day, packets may only be picked up by the registered participant.


Can I give my registration to another person? - You may NOT give (sell or transfer) your registration to another person and another person may NOT run with another person’s entry.

I am not able to run the race. Can I still get my shirt? - Yes, but you must come to a packet pick-up. Shirts are not available at the CARA office pre- or post-race.


My shirt does not fit; may I exchange it for another size? - No, due to COVID-19 contact safety, shirt exchanges are not permitted.

May my group/club set up a tent? - Due to COVID-19 safety guidelines, club tents are not permitted within the event venue.

Virtual Run Anywhere Option

Run where you are, when you are ready, with our virtual "Run Anywhere" option!


  • Unique Long Sleeve Performance Shirt

  • Autumn Trail Chase 5K collector's sticker

  • Packet Mailing Included

Event Schedule:

  • Run wherever you are, and submit your results between November 1, and November 14 (Submit Here)

Registration Fees: [REGISTER]

  • $29 (Closes November 1, 2020)

  • Date: May 22, 2021

  • Location: The Forge Adventure Park1001 Main St, Lemont, IL (Directions)

  • Distance: 10K Run/Walk

  • Start: TBA




  • Date: August 14, 2021

  • Location: The Forge Adventure Park1001 Main St, Lemont, IL (Directions)

  • Distance: 5K Run/Walk

  • Start: TBA



Whether you are a lifelong runner or new to the sport, CARA is here to support you! CARA Training Director Tim Bradley has created Beginning Running Plans to help new runners transition to this activity safely and with confidence.

Check out our free plans and tips for new runners here:

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