Clinton Lake Ultra

Clinton Lake Ultra 2015 will be held on Saturday, March 28, 2015!

The race is full and there are many on the wait list!  We will move people from the list into the event as openings occur. We plan to run the race in the reverse direction.  It will seem like a different trail! Of course, it's beautiful either way you run it! Last year was a huge success. Runners received nice awards from Salomon, hoodie sweatshirts, stainless steel pint glass finisher awards, and a delicous hot meal. This year Super Squirrel returns as our logo!   We will have Super Squirrel sweatshirts in a different color, unique finisher and age group awards, and one the best aid stations you will find.   Check back for updates.  Facebook users may ask to join the Clinton Lake Ultra group for trail updates.

Thank you 2014 participants, volunteers, and sponsors!  Our race raised over $1000 to be donated to the American Red Cross for disaster relief.  

Results are at Ultra Signup:

Announcing the 2015 Central Illinois Trail Ultra Series!  

The Clinton Lake Ultra will be the first of the series. Evergereen, Farmdale, and McNotAgain ultras plan to participate.  Kirsten Pieper, Evergreen RD, will again be director of the series. More to details coming! 


30 Mile Race


Start: 7:30 am

Time limit: 8 hours

Runner limit of 125

New! We've added a wait list.  No refunds

Pacers allowed on third loop only 

Parking is at North Fork Boat Access Parking Area (north Fork Road) 
Carpooling is encouraged to help with available parking.


$58 through January 15, 2015

$68 through February 15, 2015

$78 through March 1, 2015




Packet Pick-up

is race morning at 5:45am thru 7:15am at the start/finish.


Awards and Goodies

Each entrant will receive a nice quality race designed hoodie sweatshirt.

Finishers will receive unique awards with the race design.

Top male and female overall winners will receive awards from Salomon.  Age groups will be Open, Masters, Grandmasters, and Seniors with awards to male and female winners of each group.  


Highlights from 2014:

Joel Lammers   WI  overall winner  4:09:28

Jen Burton   IL overall female   4:47:52


Photos by Gina Hieser  2014 race


Results for years 2007 thru 2014 at Ultra Signup

This course will take you through forest, hills, and meadows, and over small bridges at Clinton Lake State Recreation Area. If you have any questions or comments, please contact the Race Directors:

Don Frichtl

Ellen (Erhardt) Byron 


Clinton Lake near DeWitt, IL (central Illinois).



From state highway 54 (between Clinton and Farmer City). Turn north onto county road 1650 E (Power Road) go a short distance to county road 900 N (North Fork road) turn left (west) follow road to North Fork Boat Access parking lot, approximately 1 mile.  40°11'18.60"N 88°50'41.98"W Google Map.



see bottom of web page for satellite image of the course

Click for Race Photos:2014 Race:       2013 Race   2012 Race  Week before the 2012 Race  2011 Race   2010 Races

more photos here:

Three loops of 10 mile trail through forest, hills, and meadows at Clinton Lake State Recreation Area.  Almost all single-track trail except for small section on road & bridge that connects two sides of the trail 

Courseloop around the lake.  About 1500 feet of elevation gain per loop.  Two full aid stations each loop (start/finish & half-way), but runners should bring a water bottle.  

****GO HERE FOR COURSE MAPS --->>>  Elevation chart and topography map.

See map below for race course in start/finish area.

Clinton Lake Area Information

Things to do, directions, and more information on Clinton Lake by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources

Town of Clinton info at

Lodging:  Sunset Inn and Suites  217-935-4140

                Town & Country Motel  217-935-2121

                WYE Motel  217-935-3373

                Rebecca's Rest Stop  217-935-0098 

Average Race Day Weather

Average race day weather:
March 31 Weather (Clinton, IL)
Average High: 57°F
Average Low: 36°F
Record High: 82°F (1907)
Record low: 14°F (1955)

Course Records

30-mile Open Male 3:42:47 (Logan Martin, 2010)
                          Female 4:04:25 (Kelsey Jones, 2011)

               Masters Male 3:58:58 (Kevin Grabowski 2013)

                               Female 4:26:24 (Christine Crawford, 2012)

10-mile Open Male Scott Dewitt 1:08:51 (2012)

                         Female 1:29:40 (Jen Burton, 2011)

                Masters Male 1:17:15 (Matt Matthews, 2011)

                                Female 1:37:58 (Jily Whiting, 2011)



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