Upcoming Trail Run at Camp Ondessonk

Upcoming Trail Run at Camp Ondessonk

The Moccasin Gap Trail (200 spots):

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 of Illinois) 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.

The Heepwah 5K 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 of any skill level! (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.)

Optional Lodging:
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 at the St. Noel Retreat and Conference Center or 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 21st 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

All guests are invited to join us for the annual FREE Fall Festival at Ondessonk from 1:00 to 6:00pm! Rock climbing, hay rides, pony rides and more! Click here for more info on this great event!

Help send some very deserving kids to Camp!  A portion of the funds to benefit the Camp Ondessonk Campership Fund.

To register for the event Click Here

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