CITY OF THE SUN RACE
Run one of the 23 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the U.S. Cahokia Mounds, a U.S. National Historic Landmark.
The 5K Trail Run begins at the Interpretive Center and goes through the cultural and natural parts of the ancient archaeological site. You can also do the 1 mile walk instead.
The course includes paved surfaces, forested areas, grassy fields, and gravel trails. Some portions will be wet or muddy depending on the recent weather. The finish line is directly south of Monks Mound, the biggest earth work in the Western Hemisphere at 100 feet tall. The course also takes you by Mound 72 and the Twin Mounds, both significant cultural features dating to about A.D. 1000. This is a great way to experience the Cahokia Mounds landscape!
Custom logo medals will be awarded to winners.
All funds raised will be used to support education programs, events, research, and land acquisition efforts at Cahokia Mounds.
The remains of the most sophisticated prehistoric native civilization north of Mexico are preserved at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site. Within the 2,200-acre tract, located a few miles west of Collinsville, Illinois, lie the archaeological remnants of the central section of the ancient settlement that is today known as Cahokia.
Cahokia was larger than London was in AD 1250. The Mississippians who lived here were accomplished builders who erected a wide variety of structures from practical homes for everyday living to monumental public works that have maintained their grandeur for centuries.
There’s a trail on the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site where yearly a 5K race is organized in March if the weather allows.
Packet Pick-up is Nov. 1 at the Interpretive Center Auditorium from 9-4 pm.
Only Over-all and division top 3 placers in the run, and the top 5 walkers will be awarded medals.
Same-day registration will begin at 8 am, race will begin at 9 am in front of the Museum and head south.
The race will take roughly 45 minutes, at which time awards will begin to be announced in the lobby.
Image by Marion Wellmann.