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Run a scenic 5k or 15k around central Indiana highlights!

DINO Trail Run Series


The DINO Trail Run Series takes you to some of the most scenic and challenging trails in central Indiana.


Most of these trails are hiking and/or mountain bike trails. On a typical course, you'll face a variety of challenges; such as hills, dirt, rocks, roots, and occasionally mud and stream crossings. It isn't the kind of course to set a record time; but it is guaranteed to be a memorable experience - shared with a few hundred of our closest friends!

In addition to the fun of the event itself, many runners find trail running to be much gentler on the body than pounding the pavement. The events are family friendly; you'll even find that loyal participants become like family!

Choose your distance:


5k (3.1 miles) or 15k (9.3 miles).

(Distances may vary by +/- 5% due to the nature of the terrain and layout restrictions.)


  • This year we are proud to bring you a quality dry-fit tech shirt in both men's & women's cuts!

  • Included with season pass or $10.00 while supplies last.

Sign up for your nearest venue, or save on the entire series with a

Difficulty levels vary - see course descriptions and ratings.

  • DINO Trail Run - Eagle Creek Park Indianapolis
    Apr 01, 7:30 AM – 11:00 AM
    Eagle Creek Park, Eagle Crk Pkwy Dr E, Indianapolis, IN 46254, USA
    15k & 5k Trail Run series race or fun run!
  • DINO Trail Run - Explore Brown County
    Sat, Apr 22
    Explore Brown County
    Apr 22, 7:30 AM – 11:00 AM
    Explore Brown County, 2620 Valley Branch Rd, Nashville, IN 47448, USA
    15k & 5k Trail Run series race or fun run!
  • DINO Trail Run - Brown County State Park
    Sat, Jun 03
    Brown County State Park
    Jun 03, 7:30 AM – 11:00 AM
    Brown County State Park, Brown County State Park Rd, Nashville, IN 47448, USA
    15k & 5K Trail Run series or fun run!
  • DINO Trail Run - Muscatatuck Park
    Sat, Jul 01
    North Vernon
    Jul 01, 7:30 AM – 11:00 AM
    North Vernon, 325 North State Highway 3, 375 IN-3, North Vernon, IN 47265, USA
    15k & 5k Trail Run series or fun run!
  • DINO Trail Run - Southwestway Park
    Sat, Aug 19
    Aug 19, 7:30 AM – 11:00 AM
    Indianapolis, 8400 Mann Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46221, USA
    15k & 5k Trail Run series or fun run.
  • DINO Trail Run Mounds State Park
    Mar 04, 7:30 AM – 11:00 AM
    Anderson, 4306 Mounds Rd, Anderson, IN 46017, USA
    15k & 5k Trail Run


Entry fees:

$30 (5k) or $35 (15k) online through Wednesday prior to the race, and $35/$40 at the race site.

Cash and Card accepted though sometimes sites have limited internet access for payment apps.

With your entry, you will receive:

  • Spectacular trails

  • great competition

  • prompt results

  • quality awards

  • race commentary

  • post-race fruit and snacks

  • chances to win random prizes and free goodies from our sponsors

  • bib number with fast results

  • water, sports drink, and more 

  • If you plan to race four or more races, your best value is the "Season Pass" covering all six races plus a free series t-shirt included. Season Pass is $125 for 5k and $150 for 15k. $10 increase after March 1st!



Male & Female 0-9; 10-12; 13-15; 16-19; 20-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; 50-54; 55-59; 60-64; 65-69; 70-74; 74-79; 80+


Subject to minor changes.  

All races are in Eastern time zone.

7:30AM ~ Registration Opens 

8:30AM ~ Registration Closes

9:00AM ~ 15K Start

9:10AM ~ 5K Starts

10:30AM ~ DINO Kids Run (free)

11:00AM ~ Award Ceremony


Overall top three in each distance will receive medals. Runners beyond these top spots, who place top three in any age category, will also receive medals. Door prizes will be presented at random at the award ceremony. Random prizes are provided by DINO Sponsors.


Trail running is pretty straightforward – go where the trail goes! But we do have a few basic rules to keep things safe and fair.

  • Race number must be on your front, and visible at all times. 

  • Follow the marked trail – no short cutting

  • Communicate and be courteous when passing or being passed.

  • Headphones (ipods, mp3 players, etc) or dogs are NOT permitted.

  • If you drop out of the race, please let us know at the finish line.

  • There is no time limit, but if you take longer than 2 1/4 hours you may miss awards and experience limited services.


  • Points are awarded at each race based on overall finish position within your chosen distance and gender.

  • Each runner's top four point scores will be added for the series total.

  • Runners who enter at least three DINO Trail Runs are eligible for series awards. (Current Point Standings)From each distance, overall series awards will be presented, based on these point standings.

  • Sixteen DINO Champion singlets (made by will be presented to the top overall finishers.

  • Distribution will be proportional to the number of contenders in each distance / gender division.

  • A medal or similar award will be presented to the top finisher in each age group beyond the singlet winners.



Points are awarded as follows, per event, per distance, by gender:

  • 1st place: 200 points

  • 2nd place: 199 points 

  • 3rd place: 198 

  • and so on.




Up to 10 bonus points can be earned by each runner toward the series point total. There are two ways to earn up to ten bonus points for the series standings.

   PayDirt: Each hour spent helping to build, maintain, or advocate hiking / mountain bike trails earns two bonus points. Trail work must be approved and confirmed by a local trail manager, park management, or an organization such as Hoosier Hikers Council, Indiana Trail Running, or Hoosier Mountain Bike Association. Use this form to submit PayDirt Bonus points. All bonus points must be received by DINO by August 1 of the current season.


   Bonus Races: Each DINO "BONUS" race can earn you up to 10 bonus points.

  • All finishers in a bonus race will receive at least one bonus point.

  • A finish in the top 10% of men or women earns 10 points.

  • A finish in the 80% to 90% of men or women's rankings earns 9 points.

  • The distribution continues so that the bottom 10% of men and women finishers each earn 1 bonus point. 


If you opt to race a DINO Triathlon that is simultaneous to the bonus runs, we will compare your run split to the finishers in the run-only race to determine your bonus points. Points from several different PayDirt volunteer activities or Bonus Races can be added, to reach the cap of 10 bonus points.


Example: three hours of volunteer work (6 points), and finishing in 35th place out of 100 in a bonus race (4 points) = 10 points.





Race photos will be posted on the DINO Trail Running facebook page!



At each series race there will be a short, FREE DINO Kids Run! The kids run will take place at 10:30 am and will be between 1/4 and 1/2 mile long depending on the venue. Ages 12 and under are welcome to participate - especially those who aren't able to complete the 5k course! ALL kids get a small prize! Participants must sign in at registration prior to the DINO Kids Run.


The following items are options of your registration:

  • Series T-shirt (wicking material) - $10

  • DeFeet Air-e-ator socks just $10

  • Woolie Boolie socks $15

  • Headsweats caps $15

  • and DINO Singlets from at $30.

All of these are limited quantity, and one design for the entire series.

Cash and Card accepted though sometimes sites have limited internet access for payment apps


Event Locations

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