Buffalo Trace Trail Race

5 Mile Trail Run and 2 Mile Non-competitive Walk

Saturday, May 21, 2016

8 a.m.



Lake of the Woods Park in Mahomet, IL, just 10 miles west of Champaign, IL.

Check out the Champaign County Forest Preserve website for information on the Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve.


A 5-mile trail run and 2-mile trail walk through beautiful Lake of the Woods Park. This trail is near an old buffalo trace or trail created by a massive herd of buffalo.  The 5-mile course will traverse rolling hills, small forests, open meadows and prairie.  Remember, this is a trail race. There could be hidden rocks and roots, sharp turns, and even water or mud. Lots of fun, but be careful. The walkers will have a less challenging but still scenic route.

Course Map -  Aerial photography used for the base image was collected in March, 2005.  Map created by Donald Luman.


Mahomet is located at the intersection of I-74 and Hwy 47 about 10 miles west of Champaign. Head south on Hwy 47 (exit 172) into Mahomet. At the first stop light turn right (onto Franklin St.). Go up the hill and at the first stop sign turn right. After one block you’ll hit another stop sign—turn left onto State St. Go about half a mile on State St. and take a right on Crowley Rd. (high school on your right). Registration and check-in will be on the west side of the high school (map).

Cost & Registration


Early Registration: $15 ($2 discount for Second Wind members); must be postmarked or completed online by Tuesday, March 1.

Registration after March 1: $20 ($2 discount for Second Wind members). Online registration closes Thursday,  May 19. Please do not mail registration forms after May 13.

In-person registration: 6:30 to 7:30a.m. on Saturday, May 21, at Mahomet-Seymour HS parking lot. Registration will not stay open after 7:30a.m.!

T-shirts guaranteed for runners and walkers registered by May 14.

No refunds.

Packet Pick-Up & Race-Day Registration

Race day (Saturday,  May 21) from 6:30 to 7:30a.m. at the Mahomet-Seymour HS west parking lot. Packet pick up will not stay open after 7:30a.m.!


Check-in will be in the WEST parking lot of the Mahomet-Seymour High School on the corner of Crowley Rd and State St in Mahomet.  Participants will walk about 400 meters from the high school to the race start. There is no parking at the race start/finish (the very small Lake of the Woods parking lot).


Awards will be presented to the overall and master male and female champions, and the top three male and female runners in the following age groups: under 15, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 and over.  Random prizes will also be awarded to both walkers and runners.  No awards will be mailed.

Race Day Weather

Average High: 76°F

Average Low: 53°F

Record High: 94°F (1925) 

Record low: 37°F (1924)


Contact Race Directors Andrea Stack and Letitia Moffitt:  buffalotrace@secondwindrunningclub.org


Body n' SoleChampaign County Forest PreservesGreat Harvest Bread Company, Mahomet IGA, Busey Bank

Image icon Map.jpg151.13 KB
PDF icon BT2016fliernewest.pdf189.42 KB
Club Document Descriptors: