Run Wild on Earth Day!
Race along the trails in the Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve as part of Earth Day 2017 activities taking place at Elachee Nature Science Center on Saturday, April 22.
With multiple courses, the Earth Day 2017 Trillium Trek Trail Run & Walk is a great adventure for advanced racers and beginners alike, and the perfect opportunity to experience the great outdoors within Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve, Georgia’s only Dedicated Old-Growth Forest.
In 2001, Elachee members initially conceived it Trillium Trek as a multi-sport event along the trails throughout the Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve, that included walking, mountain biking and orienteering extravaganza inspired by German ‘Volkssport,’ non-competitive group sporting activities. This was a great way to introduce the community to the beauty of Chicopee Woods and explore this natural resource along the hiking trail system. Taking place during the height of the Trillium blooming season, the name Trillium Trek was a natural fit. Trillium Trek evolved into its present form eight years ago.
FACTOID: Trillium Trivia
Did you know that Georgia is the epicenter of the entire globe for Trillium species? Georgia is home to 23 different species. Among these, four are found in the Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve! These are: Toadshade Trillium, Southern Nodding Trillium, Catesby Trillium and Trillium Discolor.
The Trillium Trek Trail Run & Walk now involves over 30 volunteers and several Elachee staff, utilizing nine miles of hiking trails in Chicopee Woods for the different race courses.
Course marking begins the afternoon before event day. Volunteers arrive early in the morning before the start of the race to facilitate participant check-in and to ready themselves at hydration and directional stations.
Elachee is grateful for support from community partners through event sponsorships and participant prizes. Race proceeds benefit Elachee’s nature education and conservation activities.
About the Trillium Trek Race Routes
The Kids Fun Run takes place along the nearly half-mile Elachee Creek Trail and includes fun kid-tested activities along the course inspired by Camp Elachee and Elachee Nature Academy. The routes include pine and hardwood forests, numerous bridged stream crossings and abundant wildflowers.
The 5K run/walk race crosses the 150-foot suspension bridge over Walnut Creek, and the 10K and Half-Marathon races include a wetland boardwalk and views of Chicopee Lake from a massive earthen dam.
Public Notice: Trails Closure
To protect both Trillium Trek participants and the public, Elachee's hiking trails will be closed to the public beginning at 4 .m. on Friday, April 21, 2017 and will reopen at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday April 22, 2017.
What else is happening on Earth Day at Elachee?
Be sure to stop by Elachee's Spring Plant Sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to shop for a selection of native plants. LEARN MORE