Allerton Park Trail Run

2018 Race Day is Sunday October 28th, 2018 at 9am 

Registration is now open:

Check back occasionally or like our facebook page to stay informed. 

Race t-shirts and Monticello Triple Crown signup only available with early registration.

Current and prior year race results are posted at

About the Race

The run (that we fondly just call “Allerton”) is a 5.7 mile trail run (and 2 mile untimed walk) held on the estate of Robert Allerton Park in Monticello, IL. It is always the last Sunday in October, which obviously occasionally falls on Halloween. The time of year at Allerton is beautiful as the trail is through fall-colored forests and past the unique gardens and statuary of Allerton Park. 

It is a trail race, which means that runners may find hidden roots, ruts, sharp turns, and other obstacles. The race course follows the river which has proven quite challenging over the years. When the river is high we have to re-route lest we change the race to a duathalon. Still, no matter the rainfall, the trail on the river side is often quite muddy. It can be slippery and certainly splattery. We look at this as a positive feature. Afterall, it’s a trail run. We take great care with preparing the trail to prevent injuries. The day before the race, we have a crew walk the course, clearing it of the large (3 inch!) green walnut balls, branches and marking roots with orange powder.

In addition to paying the park for its use, we donate proceeds back. They are quite gracious in support and ask how we would like our donations used. They have used our donation towards a railing at a dangerous spot, trail erosion control, recycle bins, water fountain bottle filling station, and more. We feel quite lucky and blessed that the park allows us to bring 1,200+(?) people into it with 600 pounding the trails.

The race ends in the meadow. Family and friends gather while a local radio station provides music. We have a post run brunch that is largely supported by the food items brought by YOU, the race participants and our sponsors. We have an awards ceremony with many age group awards and also many prize drawings.

It's a retro trail race presented by the Second Wind Running Club, a 501(c)3 organization: ALL finishing times based on a "gun start" time, with computerized chip tracking across the finish! A printable PDF flyer is at bottom of this page.

Race Day

Sunday October 28, 2018 at 9am

Duration: 2 hours based on a "gun start" time, and chip tracking across the finish.


Allerton Park near Monticello, IL.  25 miles west of Champaign, IL

Course  Maps

5.7 Mile Run Course Map created by Donald Luman

2 Mile Walk Course Map 2009 created by Donald Luman and Jane Domier

Race this course on Strava by connecting with us at

* course map may differ slightly from actual course

Directions  to Race

Directions to Allerton  (follow directions to the NORTH entrance)

Runner Limit 

In order to protect Allerton Park’s trails, we are limited in the number of runners we can accommodate.  Early registration is strongly recommended!



by October 21st, 2018 - $26.75; shirt only available with early registration ($21.75 with no shirt option)       ($2 discount for Second Wind members, early registration onlyClick this link to memberships!

* Monticello Triple Crown signup with early registration only

LATE ENTRY (on-line ONLY):
October 22–26th, 2018 $28, No shirt

Oct. 27th 12-5p at Body N' Sole Sports $30, No shirt

No Refunds and No Race Day Registration.

Your Part

  • Pick out a costume to wear
  • Bring your own water bottle
  • Supply your own bib pins if you can
  • Car Pool
  • Bring a brunch item to share
  • Have fun!


Stay for a wonderful post-race brunch!  Runners, family members and friends are all welcome.

Runners, Families & Friends:  please bring a brunch dish to share (baked goods, fruit, etc).  Tableware will be provided.

Packet pick-up

Bib and Shirt can be picked up from Body N Sole on Saturday October 28th between noon and 5 pm.  Packets may also be picked up race day between 7 and 8:45 am.


No awards for the nature walk, which traditionally is not timed. Overall male and female winners earn ceramic trophies and Asics running shoes. Age group awards GIVEN TO THE TOP THREE MALES AND TOP THREE FEMALES IN EACH OF THE FOLLOWING AGE GROUPS: 12 &under, 13-18, 19-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75+, Athena (Ladies 165lb+), Clydesdale (Gents 220lb+). There may be potential for a team/group participation race category

  2011 Age Group Award       

2011 Age Group Award                          

COSTUME AWARDS sponsored by Great Harvest Bread Co

  • Best Female Costume
  • Best Male Costume
  • Best Pair/Group Costume


Things to do, directions, and more information about Allerton Park

Contact Race Director: Jim Fair III at

Our Sponsors

Diane Ducey of Stevie Jay Broadcasting, US Country 105.9, ESPN Radio 93.5, Sunny 95.3, Asics, Body N Sole Sports, Athletico, Marvelous Mud, Great Harvest Bread Co, Kirby Medical Center, Champaign County Realty, Appraisals by Trautman, Second Wind Running Club


October 31st Average High is 57°F and the average low is 38°F in Monticello.

Race Charity

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Friends of Allerton.


Volunteers will be needed.  Check back for details.

Legal Disclosures

Race Updates and Announcements

This race event meets the standards of the American Trail Runners Association. For more information on these standards, please visit the following link.


This event is directed by an RRCA-certified race director.

Club Document Descriptors: