2019 Lake Escape 10k 5k Run Walk and Kids run

Sat June 22, 2019 Directions

10k Run/Walk

7:00AM CDT - 11:00AM CDT

5k Run/Walk

7:00AM CDT - 11:00AM CDT

Kids Run/Walk

9:00AM CDT - 11:00AM CDT
Race Website

Additional race information can be found at https://www.facebook.com/LakeEscapetoLake/.

Bayles Lake and Lake Iroquois Loda IL

This is our second year which showcases a 10k on Bayles and Lake Iroquois, and a 5k on Lake Iroquois in Loda, IL . We had close to 100 registrations last year which includes runners, walkers, and a kids run. We anticipate 150 or more this year. For your registrations you will receive a Lake Escape shirt, finishers medals for all registrations for 10k and 5k . Overall male and female 10k and 5k awards will be given out as well as awards for Male and female age bracket award winners for the following age groups: 10-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+. (This subject to change to five year age brackets if registrations exceed 75 in each of the 10k and 5k races. )  A raffle of sponsor donations will be awarded to those participants who stay for the awards ceremony via bib # . Winners must be present. We are having Second Wind Running Club Chip Timing . All proceeds less race expenses are to go for restocking fish in Lake Iroquois. On Saturday, July 7, Lake Iroquois experienced a devastating natural phenomenon called oxygen inversion. Thousands of fish were lost. This race supports restocking of bass, catfish, walleye, and crappie to the 2018 levels. Donations are certainly accepted as well as sponsorship . Further information about oxygen inversion can be found @ https://keetonaquatics.com/common-causes-of-fish-kills-in-your-pond-or-lake/.

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The Purpose of this race.....Restocking the fish at Lake Iroquois

On Friday July 6 and Saturday July  7th Lake  Iroquois went through most monumental two days in 50 years of this lakes existence. Our weather changed the lake changed and had an over abundance of 4 fish species. Shad, carp,white bass and yellow stripers.... died in the 1000s . There were many bass, cats, crappie, and walleye that were casualties as well, but not in the numbers of the carp, shad , white bass and stripers.

Conservation came out reported the following:

Here is information from Jim Shearl regarding his conversation with the Conservation Officer today.

“We just finished meeting with a representative from Illinois EPA. Here is what we were told.

The problem we experienced is almost certainly due to a destratification or “turning over” of the lake. This means that the colder water at the bottom of the lake which has less oxygen rose to the top of the lake. This caused the fish to suffocate. It was caused by various conditions which included temperature changes along with the conditions of our lake ecosystem. The reason Bayles Lake did not experience the same problem is that our lake has a different ecosystem (depth, algae, fish varieties, etc.) than Bayles Lake.

The destratification also causes bacteria and sediment that are normally on the bottom of the lake to rise up to the surface. This has caused the brownish color of the water. We have already sent in water samples to test bacteria levels and tomorrow other water samples will be sent in to test for pesticide. The bacteria tests will only take 1-2 days, but the pesticide tests will take 2-3 weeks for results. We were told that it is unlikely that the problem was caused by any type of chemical poisoning because huge quantities of the chemical would be necessary to have a fish kill this size. We were also told that the gasping fish that were seen Saturday night and early Sunday morning are a sign of an oxygen issue and not a chemical issue. With a chemical poisoning, often the fish will actually be jumping out of the water and not just gasping or circling on the surface.”

About 50 volunteer residents came out four days straight to help get Lake Iroquois in clean up shape.

The subsequent air and beaches are way along the recovery stage. It was a massive undertaking as reported by Fox News

Thousands of dead fish discovered at Lake Iroquois. https://foxillinois.com/news/local/something-smells-fishy-in-loda

Please consider running,walking, donating , and or sponsoring this race. If you were involved last year please  consider joining us  again.

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Thank you The Lake Iroquois Race Committee 


Bayles Lake and Lake Iroquois Loda IL


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