Join Backbone Lake Friends as we celebrate the beauty and fun Backbone State Park has to offer with this trail run. Approximately four miles, you will get to experience a small portion of the Backbone Trail system. No worries, the other trails are open for use! Backbone may be turning 100 years old in 2020, but it’s scenic views are still as beautiful as ever! Runners and walkers welcome!
We LOVE enamel mugs that can travel with you on all your outdoor adventures. It's our way of saying thank you for being a part of the trail run this year! (day of registrants will not receive a commemorative mug)
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This 4 Mile Run will take place on two of the many trails Backbone State Park has to offer. Starting off on East Lake Trail you will run, or walk, in the beauty of the trees and rocks with the lake off to your left. Then comes the Bluebird Trail, this trail takes you within the prairie. Wide paths and tall grasses make this part of the course a nice scenery change.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Who is organizing this event? Backbone Lake Friends is a non-profit organization who's mission is to promote and support the activities of the Upper Maquoketa River Alliance and related organizations and agencies with similar natural resource concerns. To promote the general social welfare of the counties through the establishment, operation, management, and maintenance of properties as conservation and education demonstration areas. To promote and assist economic development related to the areas natural, historic, and human resources.
Q: Are walkers accepted? Yes! This course is appropriate for all fitness levels.
Q: Can I run/walk with my dog? Dogs are allowed on the course, but all pets MUST be on a leash.
Q: Where do the proceeds of this event go? To Backbone State Park of course! The Backbone State Park Friends Group provide funding for projects that the normal park budget cannot absorb. These projects and purchases have assisted in the protection of the parks watershed, provided promotional support, purchased items that improve park visitors experience such as playground equipment, trees, and much much more!