Annual trail run showcases autumn colors at Independence Oaks County Park

Oakland County Parks and Recreation and Riverbend Striders host the annual Hidden Forest Trail Run at Independence Oaks County Park on Sunday, October 14.

“We’ve been doing this run at Independence Oaks for 30 years. It’s a wonderful venue and one of the most beautiful parks in the Lower Peninsula,” Race Coordinator John Gault said.

Participants may select to run or walk a circuit of three varying lengths: a 2.5-mile circuit around Crooked Lake; a 5.5-mile circuit that laps twice around the Crooked Lake Trail and branches off onto Rock Ridge Trail; or an 8.5-mile challenging circuit that goes three laps around the Crooked Lake Trail and continues on to Spring Lake Trail. All races start at the same location at 9:30 a.m. Sign-in and packet pick-up begins at 8 a.m. at the Twin Chimneys picnic shelter.

Cost is $8/person, excluding an event T-shirt, and $17/person including an event T-shirt if registered by Oct. 7. Late registration after Oct. 7 is $10/person, excluding an event T-shirt, and $20 including an event T-shirt.

Prizes awarded to the top three finishers in each age division.

Participants may pre-register for the event online at www.riverbendstriders.com. Call 810-238-5981 for more information.

Independence Oaks County Park is located at 9501 Sashabaw Road in Clarkston. A daily pass or 2012 annual vehicle permit is required for park entry. Visit DestinationOakland.com for details on this and other events or find Oakland County Parks and Recreation on Facebook.