Race Day Registration
We will offer race day registration. Swag giveaways (below) may be limited on race day.
Swag - What You Get
All individual registered 4- and 10-mile runners will receive a killer custom piece of head-wear. Each Family Choice registration will receive ONLY ONE. Additional head-wear may be purchased the day of the race, as supplies last.
Due to the nature of trails, trail races routinely have inexact mileage, so our 10 mile race could be 9.9 miles and the 4 mile course could be 4.1. Bring your Garmin or just consider that you're getting a little extra for your registration fee ... but no complaining allowed.
Course Markings and Directions
The course will be well marked using ORANGE pin/utility flags as well as ORANGE chalk arrows on the ground with signs at important turns. You will have a chance of getting off course, but we will do our best that you don't.
Additionally, volunteers will be on course at trail entrances, exits and important turns to make sure participants know where to go.
The Trees Trail Challenge will include aid stations on course with water and Gatorade and one aid station at the finish with water, Gatorade , cookies, energy bars, fruit and other food items.
The Trees Trail Challenge will be chip timed for 10- and 4- mile Individual participants ONLY. (Family participants will not be timed.)
Trail Terrain and Conditions
The race course is well-shaded with full tree coverage and runs on single dirt track mountain bike trail (except for the approach to and from the trail on road). While it is very manageable to run or walk, do expect typical trail features such as uneven terrain, roots and occasional rocks as well as rolling hills. Rain preceding the event could present a few soft or muddy spots which are easily avoided.
See above. Strollers are not recommended on these trails. Sure, try it if you really want to but please be courteous of other participants trying to get around you.
The Franke Park trails are a great place to walk your dog on-leash in any season, however, due to the volume of participants on event day and the risks presented, we respectfully request you do not bring your dog on the run/walk. Off course and following the event, you are more than welcome to enjoy time at the park with your four-footed friend(s).
Families and Young Children
This is a family-friendly event. In addition to runners of all levels, walkers are encouraged to come out to the event and enjoy the Franke trails. Families must include a responsible adult that is at least 21 years old to accompany children. Participants will be on trails with obstacles (see above) along with other trail users and we want this to be a safe and enjoyable event for all.
Top Finisher Prizes!
Top Female and Male finishers for the 10 and 4 mile race will receive gift certificate prizes to Three Rivers Running Company.
Participant's names will be randomly drawn during the event to receive valuable and fun door prizes donated by our Sponsors.
Packet pickup will be on Friday, Nov 4 from 12-8 and Saturday, Nov 5 from 11-6 at Three Rivers Running Company located at 4039 North Clinton Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46805. Phone is (260) 496-8000.
Packets may also be picked up at the event on race day at the Registration table.
Event Location and Directions
The Trail Challenge will be held in central Fort Wayne at Frank Park.
Franke Park is located behind the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo at 3411 Sherman Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46808.
Day of Race headquarters, race day registration and the Start/Finish will be at Pavilion 1 just past the Zoo entrance on Park Drive.
Signage and volunteers will assist you in parking.