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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

Course Description

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.


**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.



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.


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.


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


For additional information please visit the Potawatomi Trail Runs Facebook page where all things racing are discussed.