Info & Registration for the 3rd Annual
Moccasin Gap 10 Mile Trail Race &
Heepwah 5K Halloween Fun Run
To benefit the Camp Ondessonk Scholarship Program
*Early Bird Special*
- 10-mile = $35 through June 1, 2013
- 5K = $25 through June 1, 2013
Saturday, October 19th, 2013
Race starts at 10 a.m.!
Help send some very deserving kids to Camp!
The Moccasin Gap Trail:
The Moccasin Gap Trail Run will utilize a series of scenic and challenging trails within -and surrounding- Camp Ondessonk. This rugged 10-mile route will take runners past some of the outdoor highlights of Camp Ondessonk, such as Cedar Falls (the highest free-falling waterfall in the state) and past one of the 11 known Native American Stone Fort sites in Southern Illinois. The trail departs Camp to wind up the ridges and through the sandstone creek valleys of the surrounding Shawnee National Forest eventually joining up with the River to River Trail. Runners will cross rock-bottom creeks, traverse ridge lines on old Forest Service roads, and climb a series of switchbacks -including a stretch of trail boasting over a mile of sustained climb to a historic U.S. Forest Service fire observation tower. There will be three water/snack stops along the trail.
The Heepwah 5K Halloween Fun Run:
The 5K course will take advantage of a few dirt trails and the gravel roads around Camp Ondessonk’s Lake Echon. It will travel up a section of single track trail shared with the Moccasin Gap Trail Run before turning toward the finish on a two lane service road. A rewarding challenge for runners or walkers of any skill level! Costume Contest with great prizes!
(These unpaved trails contain rocks, roots, and other potential hazards, increasing the likelihood of possible injury. All participants must sign the Acknowledgement of Risk and Waiver of Claim form before being allowed to participate.)
Stay in one of Camp Ondessonk’s signature rustic cabins! Each lodging choice is a grouping of 3-8 rustic cabins, tree houses, or lodges housing approximately 40 people. Tree houses and cabins are three-sided structures; lodges are four- sided. In keeping with the true camping spirit, units are primitive, without electricity or running water. Modern shower houses are located near units. Hotel lodging available in nearby towns of Marion and Harrisburg, IL. Additionally, U.S. Forest Service and State Park camping within a short drive.
Race Day Info:
Packet pick-up will be from 3 until 7pm on Friday, October 18th at the Camp Ondessonk Office and on race day from 7:00 until 9:30am. Parking available in the main Camp Parking Lot. Award ceremony following the race at 1:00pm honoring the following participants:
15 and under top male and female finishers
16-29 top female and male finishers
30-39 top male and female finishers
40-49 top female and male finishers
50 and above top male and female finishers
There are three ways to register:
1. Download the event brochure by clicking here, and send to camp with a check by October 14th, 2013. Scanned or faxed copies of your registration form (with credit card information) may be sent to
or 618-695-3593 (fax) until 4 pm on Friday, October 18. However, if you are waiting until the last minute to register, your best bet is to do so online (see below).
2. You may register and pay online by clicking the PayPal button below to pay with your PayPal account or a credit card by 8 am on race day. You can "add to cart" for as many runners as you like, and can add lodging in if needed for one total transaction.
3. You may register and pay at the Camp Ondessonk office on Friday, 18th from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm or on race day (Oct. 20th) from 7:00 am until 9:30 am. (Please note that event T-shirts may not be available for all participants that wait until October 19th or 20th to register.)
We will send you a waiver and race day details after we receive your registration!
If you would like to make a contribution to Ondessonk's campership fund, either as a runner or in honor of one (or just as a supporter of camp!), please visit our Stewardship page by clicking here.