Trail Run History
Treasured Haven Farm
Cross Country Running Adventures
Treasured Haven Farm hosted it's first 5K Trail Run,
known as the Treasured Haven Farm Veggie Run, on August 14, 2010.
We also had a 1 Mile Fun Run and a Toddler Trot for the kids!
The 5k course was well received even considering
the farm had received over 7 inches of rain the preceding three days!
It was truly an adventure mud and trail run for its inaugural debut!

All of our farm courses are privately developed on the farm itself,
and not on public roadways! We do have one gravel road that the course crosses
for some of the runs over 5k so that we can access the western half
of the farm for more challenges, terrain, and distance.

We also award engraved wooden plaques or other awards
created right here on the farm for our overall gender and age group winners!

The courses and trails have been under development
by the Johnson Family on Treasured Haven Farm since 1997.
The farm has private wooded trails, field drives and crossings, many open areas
including fields and gardens, with ravines, streams, numerous hillsides, and a creek
that help create some interesting and challenging adventure features
for our premier cross country runs of distances beyond the 5k. Surfaces vary from
mowed field grass, private dirt field roads, woodland dirt trails, to more rough terrain
for adventure runs. The farm and courses surely will challenge your body and refresh
your spirit!

Our family has always been avid runners and supporters of running
cross country and track, with all five of the Johnson children participating
in those sports for the local High School and state and regional USATF.
Mom, Peg, was even the first girl team member from the local high school
to participate in Cross Country Running when it was made available back in 1977.
Also one of our daughters, Britta, who now serves as our assistant race director,
went on to run Track and Cross Country, and coach, at the College Level.

In 1997, we started blazing our first few feet of trail through a portion of the woodlands
and ravines to create a walking and running path to connect two parcels of land.
Our trail system continues to expand each year through more areas of the farm
and is also used for woodland management, wildlife viewing, and trail rides in some

We do have a program for use of the trails to any school team who wishes to train
on the off road trails away from the stress and danger of road traffic, and also
offer teams fundraising opportunities for helping with farm projects and the gardens.

Our family's goal was to "someday" host a real race on our farm,
and in August of 2010, we realized that goal with all five of our children there
to be part of that great day. Our three oldest were able to come to participate
from their homes currently in Wisconsin, Iowa, and Alabama,

Since our farm changes so with the seasons,
and we have much interest in participating in these farm events,
we have decided to offer seasonal races
to allow more participation and experiences on the farm.

We host a Spring Run through the fresh, green countryside
of the farm with new wild flowers in the woods and new crops in the fields,
a Summer Veggie Run that includes a portion of the race
through the gardens in addition to the woodlands,
and a Fall Harvest Run bursting with the fall colors of the woods.
A Winter event is also being considered for future years.
In 1997, the trails began
with five young kids, mom and
dad, all grabbing the gloves,
rakes, a few hand saws, and
starting to clear the way!

It was a true family effort initially
encouraged by mom and the
oldest two girls, Elise and Britta,
who were on the Cross Country
Running Team for school.

That summer and fall, every
chance she could, mom (Peg)
would spend hours in the ravines
clearing away all the small brush,
sticks and branches as "therapy".
A year and a half earlier, she had
been diagnosed with a rare form of
lymphoma and was working hard
to regain her health and be there
for her five children. She felt the
energy of the earth surrounding
her was so healing and the trails in
the ravines were the perfect place
to meditate and focus on health..

Everyone all had the goal that
someday we would hold a "real"
race on the farm trails and mom
would be alive to see it.

After years of work, and many
more trails created, in 2010, that
dream became a reality...
and mom was indeed there,
very alive and well!