FOLEPI River Trail Classic

Date & Time

  • Saturday, November 28, 2020
  • 4-mile competitive run starting per busload from 8 to 9 a.m.
  • 2-mile non-competitive walk at 8:30 a.m.
  • Enter by Saturday, October 17 to get the special River Trail Classic running shirt
  • 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 30th anniversary and in 2020 will utilize a staggered start. This and some additional changes to the 4-mile race are due to COVID-19 social distancing requirements. 

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.  

2020 Changes for the 4-Mile Race


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 on Sunday, November 29.

Downloadable, printable finishers' certificates will be available from Online Race Results after Tuesday, December 1.

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

  • $40 pre-registration fee received by Saturday, October 17, will include a correct size, half-zip long-sleeve technical running shirt with thumb holes and back zippered pocket. Shirt sizes are not guaranteed after October 17. There is limited availability of shirts on race day.
  • $20 for run or walk only with no shirt. 
  • Entry fees are non-refundable.
  • Enter online at or via phone by calling EastSide Centre, 309-698-5437.

Virtual Entry Option

The FOLEPI River Trail Classic also offers a virtual entry option. Runners will have from Saturday, November 28 to Thursday, December 31 to submit times.

Virtual Entry Cost

Virtual runners will have from Saturday, November 28 to Thursday, December 31 to run their race and post their times. 

More Information or to Volunteer

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

Note: If the FOLEPI River Trail Classic needs to be cancelled due to COVID-19 reopening phase reversal, the race will be conducted virtually. Pack pick-up hours will be extended to 4-8 p.m. Friday, November 27 and 7-10 a.m. Saturday, November 28. If a participant cannot attend either of those times, arrangements will be made so they can receive their shirt and finisher medal.