4 Valentine’s Day Races in Minnesota
Forget flowers and chocolates, you need to find Valentine’s Day races in Minnesota to express your love! Instead of wasting your money on an overpriced meal, flowers or a romantic comedy, plan to run one of these Valentine’s themed races. The couple who sweats together, stays together.
Whether you’re single or married, dating, courting or “complicated”, the Twin Cities has some great opportunities to get yourself racing during the month of love. From an un-timed 5k, USATF certified 5k, 10k or half marathon, there’s a distance for you.
Below are four, very different Valentine’s Day races in Minnesota.
Valentine’s Day TC 5K
Last year, we did a full review about why you should run the Valentine’s Day TC 5k, by Twin Cities in Motion. Not only is it the oldest winter run in Minnesota, but, according to John Long, owner of Marathon Sports, “one of the first to use a fun holiday or event theme as a backdrop for the runs purpose.”
Because this race is so heavily dependent on the weather, it’s hard to say how many runners will show up. In 2013, there were 399 couples (798 runners ran as a couple) and 1,471 total registered – slightly smaller than 2012.
TCM offers a variety of fun incentives for racing in February. From relationships status back-tags (single, taken, looking), Valentine’s treats, cool race shirts in m/w styles, hot cocoa, and a post-race party at the Cooper, what more incentive do you need?! Each runner also receives collectable pint glasses (my pace or yours?).
Saturday, February 14th, Lake Harriet Bandshell, Minneapolis. Register now!
Cupid’s Undie Run Minneapolis
If you’re looking for something that doesn’t require winter running gear, the 1.5 mile Cupid’s Undie Run Minneapolis streaks down Nicollet Mall on the 15th. This is a fun run (in all aspects of the word), and not timed.
The Undie runs exists to raise money for the Children’s Tumor Foundation. Over the last four years, the nonprofit, started by a few friends in Washington, DC has grown to an international event in over 30 cities in the United States and Australia. They raised more than $1.3 million last year alone.
This year, race organizers expect close to 1,000 Minnesotans to come out for this “chilling and thrilling event to raise nearly $100,000 for the Children’s Tumor Foundation.” If you’re not willing to run down Nicollet Mall in your skivvies, don’t worry – wear what you’re comfortable with – including “long underwear”. All runners must be 21 to register.
Saturday, February 14th, 2:00 pm, Downtown Minneapolis (pre-party opening at The Pour House at 11 am). Register Now!
Valentines Hearts ‘r’ Running 5k
If you’re looking for another cause to run for, but you’d like to keep your clothes on, check out the Valentines Heats ‘r’ Running 5k. This 5k is sponsored by Charities Challenge, who has a mission is to;
Improve Health/Fitness, Reduce Health Risks, and Enhance Disease Management via Goal-oriented *RxExercise Opportunities, Engaging Events & Active Community Partnerships.
According to the race web site, “On this holiday, runners & walkers will be demonstrating the power of RxExercise to improve lives and loving relationships, especially the many who are living well beyond health challenges like arthritis, cancer, diabetes & heart disease with RxExercise shared with loved ones.”
This is part of their holiday events challenge series, and offers runners a USATF certified course that’s both fast, and fun for the whole family.
Saturday, February 14, 9:00 am, Lake Como, St. Paul, MN. Register Now!
Forget Valentine’s Day, run the Half Fast Half!
If you’d rather forget the holiday of love all together, checkout the Half Fast Half. They offer a half marathon, 10k and 5k. This could be a great training run to gauge your fitness for another race later this spring.
Saturday, February 14, 9:00 am, Vadnais Heights, Minnesota. Register Now!
All of these races have price increases on February 1st, so register now! Which Valentine’s day race are you going to do this year?
Nathan currently lives in Portland, but works in Minneapolis and runs wherever he is. Favorite Minnesota running route is anything that takes him along the Mississippi River.
Nathan's day job is as a senior consultant with Leadership Vision Consulting in Downtown Minneapolis.