Clinton Lake Ultra

Clinton Lake Ultra 2016 will be held on Saturday, March 26, 2016!

Registration opens on Veteran's Day, November 11 at 12:01am.

With proceeds from the 2015 event we donated $500 to Warrior Hike, a program designed to support combat veterans transitioning from their military service by thru-hiking America's National Scenic Trails.

2015 Results are at Ultra Signup:  

The 2015 Central Illinois Trail Ultra Series is in progress.  

The Clinton Lake Ultra was the first of the series. Evergereen, Farmdale, and McNotAgain are the remaining races.  Kirsten Pieper, Evergreen RD, is the director of the series.  

The remaining lower portion of the website will be updated prior to signup.  At this time the information was for the 2015 race. 

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 2015:

Joel Lammers   WI  overall winner  4:15;03

Patricia Schaefer  IL  overall female winner  5:18:07



Results for years 2007 thru 2015 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: 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:

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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