LEMONT, IL – The Forge: Lemont Quarries has announced multiple races for 2023 at the outdoor adventure park. Racing will take place in The Forge and adjacent trails at Heritage Quarries Recreation Area and I&M Trails.
The first race, The Forge Fat Tire Bike Race, will be held Jan. 14, according to the park. The race will be held in partnership with The Bike Hub.
Cyclists can experience The Forge’s winter trails and adjoining trails. There will be a long and short course option for runners. Registration for this race is already open.
On March 18, the Forge Trail Half Marathon and Quarter Marathon will return for its second year, with the addition of the Quarter Marathon. The races will cross gravel paths through The Forge:
Lemont Quarries and adjacent Heritage Quarries recreation area and I&M Canal trails. Registration is also open for this race.
Summer will bring even more racing to The Forge. From July 14-16, the park will feature a new series of mountain bike races, trail races and other competitions during Forgefest, the park’s anniversary festival. There will also be live music, activities, fireworks and more. Athletes will simply pay a universal entry fee to compete in as many
events throughout Forgefest weekend as they please, depending on the park. No registration is yet available.
On July 22, The Forge Off-Road Triathlon, in partnership with Multisport Mastery, will be back for the third year. The short-lived multi-sport event features a swim in the Forge Quarry, as well as biking and running on the gravel trails. This year, La Forge will introduce a relay option and an Aquathon event (swimming and cycling).
In the fall, the Forge Fall Cooldown mountain bike race will return on October 14. The mountain bike race will take place on the park’s single track trails. There are two race distances offered; a longer and more advanced course, and another shorter and less technical course, depending on the park.
The last announced race will take place on November 4 and is all new for 2023. The Forge Trail Run Festival will feature a series of short, mid, long and ultra-distance events. These races will be run throughout the day, using the many miles of single-track gravel trails in and near The Forge, with multi-lap courses used for the varying distances, the park said.
The park will also offer training programs for the 2023 races, such as coached open water swims leading up to the triathlon in July.