5 Reasons to Join the Minnesota Running Series
What motivates you?
Is it running for time? Distance? With friends? Does the simple act of paying a race entry fee motivate you to become a stronger runner? Whatever your reasons, the Minnesota Running Series hopes you to motivate you with a year full of amazing races.
What is the Minnesota Running Series?
Caleb Olsen, Race Operations Manager at Podium Sports Marketing said that the purpose of the Minnesota Running Series is to “get people to continue in their fitness after signing up for one event… It keeps people motivated year round… When you signup for one race, it’s an automatic way to encourage continued participation, and a commitment to staying active.“
Now in it’s third year, the Minnesota Running Series consists of seven local races from April through December. It’s a way to encourage new and seasoned runners to try a variety of distances. Kids, walkers, runners new and old are all welcome. Not only will it help you fill your 2014 race calendar, but it will encourage you to make 2014 a year of a consistent, active lifestyle.
Why You Should the Minnesota Running Series
- Motivation. By signing up for a race series, you get built in motivating factors that will encourage you as you train.
- Track Your Progress. The Minnesota Running Series keeps “standings” for all their events. If you want to see how you compare across the series (or against other runners), you can see your “points”. Kinda like Nascar.
- Get a Cool Running Jacket. If you signup for 4 or more events, you get a running jacket to proudly display as you run around the lakes this spring.
- Prizes. Everyone that enters into one of the events becomes eligible to win prizes at the end of the season.
- A Healthier You. Registering for a series of races will turn you into a runner – motivating you to get in shape. Assuming you also eat healthy, you will become healthier.
What’s New in 2014?
We all know that running with a group is incredibly motivating. This year, Podium Sports is planning to organize a “meetup” before some of the races. They will run portions of the course as a preview to the race. We (Minneapolis Running) are hoping to help organize the meetup for Goldy’s run (stay tuned for more details).
Also new in 2014 is the St. Paul Turkey Trot. The event isn’t new, but being part of the series is. Make this a family event before gorging yourself on turkey, stuffing and cranberries!
Events in the Minnesota Running Series
- Goldy’s Run 10 Mile, April 12 (Relay, 5k and Kid’s Run)
- Lake Minnetonka Half Marathon, May 4 (Relay and Kid’s Run)
- Lola’s Half Marathon, June 7 (10 Mile, Relay, 5k, Dog Day 5k and Kid’s Run)
- Minnesota Marathon, August 2 (Relay, 5k, Skating Half, Duathlon)
- Suds Run 5k, September 13
- Turkey Trot St. Paul, November 27 (5k)
- Reindeer Run 5k, December 6
2013 saw over 18,000 runners compete in one or more events of the series. Over 600 runners completed at least 4 events, and earned their jacket. As you consider your racing goals for 2014, consider signing up for at least one of these great races and continue to make healthy running and lifestyle choices.
Did you participate in any of these races last year? Are you planning to run one or more this year? Share your experience in the comments below.