FOLEPI River Trail Classic

Date & Time

  • Saturday, November 27, 2021
  • 4-mile competitive run starting per busload from 8 to 9 a.m.
  • 2-mile non-competitive walk at 8:30 a.m.
  • Get the special River Trail Classic running shirt  - deadline date to be announced
  • Virtual race option also available
Folepi River Trail Classic logo


The race is on for those on the go this holiday season! The annual FOLEPI River Trail Classic is celebrating its 31st anniversary and will utilize a staggered start.

The River Trail Classic attracts participants from throughout the country. The event is open to men, women and children of all ages. Dogs are not allowed on the course.


The 4-mile run occurs on a scenic, mostly downhill, point-to-point course on the East Peoria River Trail of Illinois. Transportation is provided from the Fon du Lac Park District Administration Building, 201 Veterans Drive, East Peoria, to the starting line on Frevent Road from 7:45 - 8:40 a.m. The bus for walkers leaves park district administration building at 8:15 a.m.  

4-Mile Race Runners

All runners will start in groups between 8 and 9 a.m. In-person races must be done in groups of less than 50 participants. Each bus holds 40 people, so each group will be below the 50-person threshold. Each bus makes up one group of runners.

Face masks are required to be worn on the bus but do not need to be worn while running. 

The first bus will leave the park district administration building at 7:45 a.m. The runners will unload at Frevent Road and will start the run shortly after arriving at approximately 8 - 8:10 a.m. There will be an official starter at the starting line and the clock will start with this group.

When the next bus arrives, the official starter will determine if enough time has passed from the previous group. The official starter will then start the next group. This will continue through the last bus which will leave the park district administration building at 8:40 a.m.

The race is chipped timed and there will be a starting mat so each runner will get an accurate race time. Watches are highly encouraged to be worn since the finishing clock will have started with the first group of runners.

The restrooms and warming building at the starting line will be open for use, and a sag wagon will be available. Participants who miss starting with their group, and those who drive to the starting line, will start with the next group of runners. 


The bus for walkers will leave the park district administration building at 8:15 a.m. The walkers will start on the route once they have departed the bus. 

Awards and Results

Participants will receive finishers' medals as they cross the finish line, presented by the Festival of Lights queen and her court.

Race results will be available online at River City Race Management with the date to be announced.

Downloadable, printable finishers' certificates will be available from Online Race Results with the date to be announced.

Post-race Party

Mickie's Pizzeria, 105 E Washington Street, East Peoria, will have pizza ready for all runners and their supporters, and beer for those age 21 and older from 8:45 - 11 a.m.

Entry Fee

Entry fee information and how to register will be announced in Fall 2021.

Virtual Entry Option

The FOLEPI River Trail Classic also offers a virtual entry option. Entry fee and registration information will be announced in Fall 2021.

More Information or to Volunteer

For more information or to volunteer, call Jim McIntyre at 309-253-2420.