Clinton Lake Ultra

Clinton Lake Ultra     March 28, 2020   7:00am


*** Registration is open on Ultrasignup. Click here to register ***



30 Mile Race


Start: 7:00 am

Time limit: 9 hours (see cutoff rules)

Runner limit of 125. 

Race direction tba, but 2020 will NOT be washing machine style (i.e. you will run all three loops the same way, instead of the middle loop being opposite as we did in 2018). 

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


$70 through December 1, 2019

$80 through January 1, 2020

$90 through March 1, 2020

A 50% refund will be available through February 1 if a waitlisted runner takes your space. A 25% refund will be available through March 1 if a waitlisted runner takes your space. No refunds for drops in March, though your spot will be offered to a waitlisted runner if applicable.

12:00pm (5 hours) cutoff to start your last loop (leave the start finish at mile 20).
1:30pm (6.75 hours) cutoff to leave the Iron Bridge Bar and Grill (mile 24.5 or 25.5 depending on race direction)

No Cups: you are encouraged to carry a handheld bottle or carry a collapsable cup or flask for liquid fueling at our two aid stations. There are a variety of options out there and most cost less than $10, including shipping. This is to reduce the amount of trash created! 

No Pacers: It's just 30 miles. You will make a new friend to run with.

No Early Starts: This is due to misuse of early starts in the past, as well as a desire to make sure the faster runners are not endangering themselves or others when passing people early in the race. We never turn off the clock until the last runner has crossed the finish line!

Over the last several years our event has donated most of our race proceeds to the Red Cross (midwest tornado relief), donations to Warrior Hike (a combat veteran's program) and to the Kickapoo Rail Trail (a new bike trail connecting Urbana with Danville).  Our plan is to again donate to Warrior Hike in 2020.


Many hours of donated time and labor from our volunteers keep the Clinton Trail open to use throughout the year.   Visit our Clinton Lake Ultra Facebook group for updates and discussions. 

Trail Series!

The Clinton Lake Ultra is participating in the 50k Mashup, a midwest multi state event! Check out their website.



Packet Pick-up

is race morning at 5:45am thru 6:45am at the start/finish.


Awards and Goodies


Participant swag is TBA but will be cool!

Finishers will receive unique awards with the race design.

The top five male and female runners will each recieve special awards. (This is 10% of the finishers, based on past years!). You will still get your age group place in the results.

2017 Highlights

Mark Holcomb IL overall male winner  4:26:30    

Christine Crawford  WI  overall female winner  4:54:55


Results for years 2007 thru 2019 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 Director:

Magdalena Casper-Shipp:


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

2016 by Roger Smith

2015 byDennis Ohnstad

2015 by Tom Burton

2014 Race:       2013 Race   2012 Race  Week before the 2012 Race  2011 Race   2010 Races

more photos here:

Course:  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.  There are 1355 feet of elevation gain per loop.  Two full aid stations each loop (start/finish & half-way), but runners should bring a water bottle. We would like to limit the use of paper cups to a minimum.  

****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)


      check back soon for 2020 sponsors!





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