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First Day Trail Run and Walk at Monroe Lake

Mon January 1, 2024 Bloomington, IN 47401 US Directions



ADVANCE Registration (thru December 30) is $15
SAME-DAY Registration will be $20 (cash / check only)

Fairfax State Recreation Area on Monroe Lake: Bay View Shelter

Check-In / Same-day Registration: 2:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Run / Walk Start Time: 3:30 p.m.

This is an untimed, non-competitive run/walk. Choose from a 3.7-mile, 2.9-mile, or 1.3-mile course – and don’t forget to tap the bell and ring in the new year as you cross the finish line!

The FIRST 300 to register in ADVANCE get the 100% embroidered, collectible, event patch!

All registrations include…

  • A food station with soup, grilled cheese sandwiches, hot cocoa, and a wide variety of snacks.
  • A ticket for the prize drawing, which will have TONS of great prizes!
  • Hundreds of free photos for you to download after the event.
  • A large fire to keep you warm while waiting for the start and enjoying food after you finish.

Special note for leisurely walkers: Please be aware that all courses close at 5 p.m. and the food station will shut down shortly after that.

Dogs are not encouraged but are permitted. They must be on a leash of 6' or less at all times, and we ask that you begin the run/walk at the back of the group. 

Course Maps

Questions? Contact the Paynetown Activity Center on Monroe Lake at 812-837-9967 or email Jill Vance at

All proceeds from this event support public events, programs, and interpretation at Monroe Lake!


Fairfax State Recreation Area
9300 S. Fairfax Road
Bloomington, IN US 47401

Event Sponsors

 This event is sponsored by Monroe Lake (an Indiana State Park) and the Indiana Trail Running Association

Event Contact Info

If you have any questions about this event, please contact the event director at



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