Red Cedar Trail Half Marathon at Giant City State Park

Red Cedar Trail Half Marathon at Giant City State Park

May 20, 2023 - May 25, 2024

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Race Distance



Course Type

Point to point

Event Details

Nestled in the Shawnee National Forest, Giant City State Park is a premier destination for hiking, lodging, and camping in southern Illinois. We are now proud to offer a premier trail ½ marathon majorly utilizing the Red Cedar Trail.

The course will consist of mostly single track, but will have some gravel road connectors, horse trails, fields, and less than a mile of paved road connectors. The trail varies from very technical to runnable in sections, and boasts over 1500 feet of elevation gain. Also, expect the possibility of getting your feet wet in several creek crossings, rain dependent!

The 2024 course starts at pavilion 5.  Packet pickup will be at 7-7:45 am the day of the event.  Early packet pickup will be 6-7 pm at Pavilion 5 (also the start/finish).  The course mostly utilizes the Red Cedar Trail sometimes intersecting with the River to River Trail and some surrounding horse trails. The course will be well marked with ribbons and arrows. All intersections will have directional signs and confidence markers. Be aware that this is also an open course. You may encounter casual hikers and/or horseback riders. Be courteous, slow down, and announce your presence as you approach for everyone's safety.

There will be 2 well-stocked aid stations on the course, and 1 water station. Be prepared to be self-sufficient between aid stations, and aware that it may take an hour or more depending on your physical condition. This is a cupless race. There will be no cups on the race course. Prepare accordingly.

SWAG: Each participant will receive a t-shirt, and swag bag. Each finisher will receive a medal and a beer from the air-conditioned lodge! (Must be 21 years-of-age or older) You may also select a non-alcoholic beverage.  LAST DAY FOR GUARANTEED SHIRT IS APRIL 20TH.

The Giant City Lodge also offers dining options for participants, family, and friends for a post-race meal. Be sure to check out their famous fried chicken!

If you would like sleeping accommodations, the Giant City Lodge has cabins to rent. May is a busy month, so call and book early! (618) 457-4921 Located along the race course, Giant City State Park also has electric and primitive camping options. If a hotel is more your style, Carbondale is only 15-20 minutes away. Also located nearby are many BnB options.

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Red Cedar Trail Half Marathon at Giant City State Park

Makanda, IL, USA

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