The maple sap is running as the trees wake up after the winter, and this is a perfect opportunity to get back to running the trails.  Join us for a competitive race or a fun run/walk and start the spring off on the right foot.  After the professionally timed race, stick around for the McCloud Maple Syrup Days and Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser, fun for the whole family!

Packet pickup: Saturday, March 4, 8-8:30 am at McCloud Nature Park

Registration includes:

  • Chipped timed 5K/10K
  • Finish line snacks
  • Everyone will receive a warm, fuzzy fleece headband with the embroidered name of the run.
  • Medals will be awarded for the top time overall, and top times for both the 5K and 10K in approximately 15-year age brackets.  The unique engraved walnut medals were created from a fallen tree from McCloud Nature Park.


The route is mapped at 3.06 miles, and those running the 10K route will complete the course twice.  The route is counterclockwise and is entirely on McCloud Nature Park property.  The route is on grass and gravel trails, expect some mud.  You’ll run past sap buckets on maple trees, along Big Walnut Creek and cross a small tributary with footbridges, and you’ll be in the forest and prairie on this course.  The elevation gain is 113 feet.  The course crosses the park driveway in two places, and includes these trails: Red-tailed Ridge, Prairie View, Paw Paw Pathway, Sycamore Bend, and Smallmouth Run.

The route can be viewed at: 

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can I bring my dog?

Yes, leashed, well-behaved dogs are welcome.  Please be mindful of other runners.

This race benefits McCloud Nature Park and Hendricks County Parks.

Stay to enjoy the FREE McCloud Maple Syrup Days festival and the Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser.  For more information and to make a reservation for the pancake breakfast, go to 

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