Moonlight Miles at Oak Ridge Cemetery

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September 14, 2019
Start location: Oak Ridge Cemetery
City/State: Springfield, IL
Start time: 6:30 pm
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Looking for something different?

How about running through an historic, 160 year old cemetery at night on a fully supported, closed road course that you can run solo or with your friends and family.

The evening of Sept. 14th 2019 will be the 5th year of the Moonlight Miles at Oak Ridge Cemetery. On that night, you will have the option to run a Half marathon, Quarter Marathon (6.55 mile) or 5k courses under a shining moon and in the shadow of Lincoln’s Tomb.

Details include a scenic yet challenging course, on course support, glow necklaces, custom race shirt, unique awards applicable to the venue, Finisher Medals, pizza and water/soda for all runners and of course, the moonlight and venue.

Come be part of history and the Lincoln lore, run in the moonshadow of Lincoln’s tomb and through over 160 years of history. These unique night time road runs are being hosted as a fundraiser for the Oak Ridge Cemetery Foundation projects and to provide runners the unique chance to run at night in the cemetery in a controlled, safe environment with safety and race personnel on site. The Oak Ridge Cemetery Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization.

Runners embark on their adventure from the Lincoln Park Shelter #7 and enter the cemetery through the recently restored Original Entrance on 3rd Street where 150 years ago President Lincoln’s body passed en route to his final resting place in Oak Ridge Cemetery.

Participants then navigate the course while passing through the beautiful yet haunting statuary and among the astounding history of the nation’s second most visited cemetery. Racers must wind their way back to the finish area using the moon, a headlamp, route reflectors/arrows and course volunteers.

For more information, visit the official race website.

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