Trample the Trails takes you off the monotonous road and puts you in some of the best Madison area parks. These are low-pressure trail races for people of all ages and abilities. These races are an easy, fun way to get introduced to trail running. Pheasant Branch Conservancy is 16 minutes northwest of the capital on the other side of Lake Mendota. The park provides a panoramic view of the Capitol Building, downtown Madison, and Lake Mendota. The course is a 5k or 10k over a crushed limestone trail.