The Valentine's Trail Challenge - 4.5 Miles
**February 18, 2023 @ 10am**
Now in it's 8th year, the USOLE Valentine's Trail Challenge is back @ Schiller Woods for 2023. Schiller Woods is a great location very close to the city with fantastic trails and plenty of tree lined scenery along the legendary Des Plaines River Trail (DPRT). Our Valentine's Trail Challenge course will offer a mix of challenging trails (snow covered) and beautiful scenery. For anyone wanting to try trail running, this will be a fantastic course for first timers! Plan to join us February 18 and find out the magic that is the USOLE Valentine's Trail Challenge. Waiting for everyone as they cross the finish will be Will's Famous Chili...a long standing USOLE Trail Challenge post winter trail race tradition. Need a discount code, use code USOLE10 for 10% off registration.
New Course Alert: Due to trail construction closing trails on our original course, we will be utilizing our alternative USOLE trail course for the race. Race distance will be just under 4 miles (old course was 4.5 miles).
POSSIBLE WEATHER ALERT! DUE TO POSSIBLE SNOWY CONDITIONS, SOME SECTIONS OF THIS COURSE ARE SNOW, MUD AND ICE COVERED! WE RECOMMEND ALL RUNNERS WEAR CROSS COUNTRY/TRACK SPIKES OR A PAIR OF YAKTRAX (SEE PIC) TO HELP THEM NAVIGATE AND GAIN TRACTION ON THE SNOW/ICE SECTIONS. YAKTRAX CAN BE WORN ON ANY RUNNING SHOE!
Packet Pick-Up & Race Day Registration:
*We will have Race Morning Registration - $50.00
*Packet Pickup will only be race morning from the USOLE Tents starting @ 8am and finish @ 9:30am.
Post Race - Craft Brews & Fun!
Once the race is over, we will have Solemn Oath craft brews for all! City Water Hard Seltzer will also be on hand to help hydrate folks after the run. We will have some other goodies for folks to enjoy, but let's run, have some fun and enjoy some fine craft brew styles from our USOLE Trail Challenge sponsor! We will also have a killer raffle for all runners with some cool prizes from all of our sponsors. Come for the (trail) run, stay for the fun.
BRING OLD RUNNING SHOES OUT TO THE RACE TO RECYCLE!
Reduce Waste Chicago -- They help Chicagoan's reduce their waste output through reusing, repairing and recycling. They work with organizations across the city to host Reuse & Recycle Pop-Up events, where residents can drop off materials from our accepted items list that are not accepted by the city’s Blue Cart program. RWC distributes items to other organizations, local nonprofits, artists groups and recycling companies – all of which improves landfill diversion. Reduce Waste Chicago will be out at the USOLE Trail Challenge Races accepting running shoes for recycling. For more information, click here.
Check out the custom pint glasses for all registered runners
Volunteer Information: Please email Universal Sole (firstname.lastname@example.org) and let us know if you would like to take part by volunteering.
Strollers & Dogs: Strollers and leashed dogs are allowed, we ask that you start in the last start time corral.
*Please note: There are no refunds, exchanges or person to person entry transfers for this event. Discount codes can't be used on race day/night registration (best is to sign up pre-event on-line here).
Schiller Woods West Forest Preserve (Grove 3)
8400 West Irving Park Road
Chicago, IL 60634
*There will be plenty of parking in the Forest Preserve Parking Lots!
THANK YOU TO OUR 2023 USOLE TRAIL CHALLENGE SERIES SPONSORS