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GITy Up!: Off-Road

Time: October 8, 2016 at 11am to October 9, 2016 at 2pm
Location: Camp Bullfrog Lake
Street: 9600 S Wolf Rd
City/Town: Willow Springs
Website or Map:…
Phone: 708-365-9365
Event Type: camping, mountain biking, trail run, hike, s24o, family
Organized By: Steve Buchtel
Latest Activity: Oct 2, 2016

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GITy Up! is bite-sized, overnight bike camping & trail running adventure on one of the finest trail systems in the country in the Chicago area's beautiful Palos Forest Preserve. 

It’s a Quick Fix! Inspired by the 450-mile Grand Illinois Trail and the 100-mile Hennepin Hundred Ultra Marathon, GITy Up! is a single overnight, supported tour for beginning bike campers, for runners, for families, for the expert with restless legs but only a weekend free.

You bring your tent, your sleeping bag, your family, your growler and guitar (for campfire songs!) out to the Forest Preserve District's Camp Bullfrog Lake. Leave the freeze dried meatloaf at home; dinner and breakfast are prepared by local caterers. Limited cabins and area hotel rooms are available.

It’s crazy healthy happy fun! From Camp Bullfrog we'll explore the paved I&M and Cal-Sag Trails and miles of gravel and natural surface trails (weather permitting), plus you can kayak, visit the Little Red School House Nature Center, huff up Swallow Cliff, learn how the Palos trails get built, refresh at Imperial Oak Brewery and Ashbury Coffee much adventure you have is up to you! Check out what bike campers got into on past GITy Ups!

It’s only $85! Bring the tots: kids 6 yrs. old and younger ride & camp for free.


It’s limited! Registration opens February 28—only 250 spots are available. GITy Up! gets goin’ rain or shine; sorry, no refunds on registration fees.

Riding or running with GITy Up! helps Trails for Illinois make every home a trailhead. Thanks for your interest!

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Comment by Steve Buchtel on May 20, 2016 at 4:48pm

The campgrounds are swanky. GITy Up gets the whole campground at Bullfrog Lake. Grass and plantings are still filling in; when GITy Up arrives, it should be gorgeous.

Comment by Yasmeen on May 20, 2016 at 3:42pm

What a great event!
The new campgrounds are beautiful. We visited one last year and LOVED the nice, new facilities.

Comment by Steve Buchtel on May 20, 2016 at 3:00pm

CAMBr wants to lead a brewery crawl for GITy Up registrants. YES. Wanted to toss that in there.

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