Pere Marquette Endurance Trail Run

Pere Marquette Trail Run



Pere Marquette State Park, Grafton Illinois -- 20 miles northwest of Alton, Illinois along the Great River Road. 


Saturday, December 14, 2019. 9:30 AM Start.
The race is a go regardless of rain, sleet, snow, ice, mud, muck, etc ...

Disclaimer Note: Should the Park Service close Pere Marquette State Park due to severe inclement weather, the Metro Tri Club will cancel the Pere Marquette Endurance Trail Run and offer no refunds.

What is it? 

An off-road 7.8 mile Trail Run. We run along single-track trails through the scenic Pere Marquette State Park . Ours is considered the toughest & most grueling race in the Midwest!


You ... that is if you are a runner looking to get off the road & try a real challenge.  We accept no Wimps or Whiners. Harsh penalties exist for anyone caught looking Wimpish or acting Whiner-like. 
Note:    Minimum age is 14 years old as of race date.


7.8 miles over very hilly terrain. Racers start in heats of 25  (every 30 seconds) according to our scientific seeding procedure, based on either an average of past Marquette Finish Time/s or on other parameters requested during registration. If data is not provided we consult


Stay at the Lodge or there are many fine B&B''s in the Alton and Grafton area.

Packet Pick-Up?   

Race-Day morning in the Lodge - 8:00 am till 9:00 am. . 

Pre-Race Meeting? 

Race-Day morning, 9:00 am in the Lodge.


  • < >Top Female/Male finisher Overall ... 1 Award EachAge Group Awards 
    Open Male: 14-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39,
                       40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64,
                       65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+
    Open Female: 14-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39,
                           40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64,
                           65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+Three awards in each age group.Male / Female Masters (40 years old +) ... 1 Award Each
    (Masters award winners not eligible for Age Group awards)Male Clydesdale (220+ lbs). (3 awards).
    (Clydesdale award winners not eligible for Age Group awards)Awards will be presented at noon.

Entry Fee?

  • Online at only beginning Sept. 1st at 12:01 am.
  • $45+ credit card processing fee.
  • Limited to 700 entrants.
  • Race generally sells out in about 6 hours, so if you want in, don't wait.
  • No Race-Day Sign-Up 


 Results will be posted on our web site''s Results Archive.


  • To be eligible for an award, the runner must complete the entire race course.
  • Bandits will be disqualified & prohibited from future races.
  • Our Wave Start is strictly enforced, no early starters.
  • Race Number transfers?? Refer to our FAQ page for details. 


Long sleeve tech shirt


  • We will be collecting online donations for the Trail Maintenance Fund. This is managed by Metro Tri Club in coordination with the Friends of Pere Marquette State Park Foundation.


Visit our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page.


E-Mail the Registration Director, Tim Holland at