Lincoln Memorial Garden Trail Run 8k

Date: Saturday, May 21
Time: 7:30 a.m. (Children’s fun run 9:00 a.m.)
Race Directors: Susan Helm (217) 502-3992 Lance Cull (217) 652-5651 Joel Horwedel (217) 529-1111
Race Website

Over 250 runners and 200 children from across the region are expected to participate in the second annual Lincoln Memorial Garden 8 kilometer trail run and Children’s Fun Run, beginning at 7:30 a.m., on Saturday, May 16. This race is designed to highlight the natural beauty of this 100-acre woodland area on Lake Springfield. It includes six miles of trails, footbridges, a pond, eight stone council rings and dozens of wooden benches with Lincoln quotes.

This year’s race includes a 4.97-mile loop starting and ending in the Garden and will be chip timed. Free parking is available in a lot across from the Garden at 2301 East Lake Shore Drive. The children’s fun run will immediately follow the 8K race and will include shorter distances around the pond, organized into three different age groups. Children from toddlers to age 12 are encouraged to participate. The children’s fun run will begin at 9:00 a.m. Specially created awards will be given to the overall winner in each runner category and to the top one-third of finishers in all age categories. All participants will receive specially created finishers medals.

For registration information, visit or go to and search for Lincoln Memorial Garden. The cost is $30 to register online, and includes an event T-shirt, as well as post race entertainment and food. There is a $5 fee per child for the children’s fun run which also includes a T-shirt and award. All proceeds will go to support Lincoln Memorial Garden. For more information about registration or sponsorship, contact Susan Helm at or 217-502-3992 or Lance Cull at or 217-652-5651. For information on Lincoln Memorial Garden contact Joel Horwedel at 217-529-1111 or Race results will be posted on

Entry fees
$30.00 (January 1, 2016 – April 17, 2016 @ 11:59 PM)
$35.00 (April 18, 2016 – May 15, 2016 @ 11:59 PM)