5 Reasons to Get Excited about the Hot Dash 5k And 10 Mile
If you you grew up in Minnesota, the term “hotdish” is a familiar one. It may be totally unique to Minnesota, dating back to the 1930’s. Hotdish was invented as a simple, cost effective way to feed large families and groups of people.
But it is so, so much more than that.
When I hear the term, it stirs memories of youth. Growing up in Grand Marais on the North Shore of Minnesota, I remember countless church potlucks with hotdish displayed like a used car lot – every shape, color and style you could image. At its core, a hotdish, contains a protein, a starch, sometimes a vegetable (usually canned), and some sort of sauce, often canned soup, to keep it all together.
It is in this great Minnesota tradition of family, and togetherness, that Twin Cities In Motion launched the Hot Dash 5k and 10 mile in 2015. It’s a way to gather after the cold winter, and say, “hey, we made it, we didn’t freeze to death.”
What is the Hot Dash 5K and 10 Mile?
Join thousands of other Minnesotans on Saturday, March 19, 2016 for the 5k (3.1 miles) or 10 mile (16.1k), that begins and ends near the Mississippi river, along historic St. Anthony Main in Minneapolis. Participants will get some fun swag, like a 1/2 zip technical shirt, medal, and a rad after party.
Virginia Brophy Achman, Executive Director at TCM says this event is designed to be quintessentially Minnesotan.
We have a lot of love for and pride in our state, so we were excited about doing a Minnesota-themed race. The timing, when Minnesota’s long winter is coming to a close, seems like a natural time to celebrate Minnesota hardiness. We wanted to give runners a place to join us in celebrating their local pride and Minnesota winter/spring running.
In 2015, there were 1,642 finishers in the 5K, and 1,320 in the 10 mile. Achman went on to tell me that in 2015,
The Hot Dash sold out a month before the race and brought more than 60 percent more runners to register for our race. We were thrilled that so many people were excited about the race and wanted to join us. Registration for this year’s race has been strong, so we’re anticipating another popular event.
If you’re on the fence about running this, you may not want to wait too much longer. Achman also said they enjoy putting on events runners connect with.
…this race has quickly become one of our favorites. Between the time of year, the theme, the course, all of that flannel, and the post-race festivities there’s just a special energy and excitement around this event.
Why I Am Excited for the Hot Dash 5K and 10 Mile
I am especially excited to run the Hot Dash 5k and 10 mile this year. Maybe you can relate to some of this.
1. First 10 Mile Race
It seems crazy, but this will be the first 10 miler I’ve raced. I’m not totally sure how to approach it, and that’s a little exciting! Should I run it like a 10k, and hope I can hold on for the final 3.8 miles? Or, should I pace it more like a half marathon, knowing I should feel good at the end? With the exception of an Ultra marathon, it’s the one distance I have no experience racing.
2. Favorite Part of the City
The race course for both the 5K and 10 Mile, wander around my favorite (and arguably most beautiful) part of Minneapolis. Old St. Anthony Main, and NE Minneapolis along the river is a perfect place for the
Hotdish Hot Dash race. It’s really amazing when you cross back over the river, and see the Minneapolis skyline up close and personal. It’s both awe inspiring in it’s size, yet intimate and comfortable. We moved there is 2007, own a home steps from the race start, and generally, feel I could run this race blindfolded.
3. Running with Family
For the first time since 2008, I get to run a race with both of my brothers. Not sure if we’ll try to run the whole thing together, but there’s something fun and exciting about doing this together. Maybe we’ll even bring all of our families together after for some of our own hotdish.
4. The Hotdish!!!
They are serving hotdish at the end, which may be the perfect race recovery food – high calorie, tons of protein, carbs, sodium and fat. Next week, they will be announcing exactly what kinds of hotdish they will be serving! Stay tuned.
5. An Excuse to Grow a Beard
Full disclosure, I cannot grow a beard. The men in my family are facially hair challenged. But, in the spirit of a Minnesota themed “winter beard” contest, I’ll try (in vain) for this.
In addition to the winter beard contest, there’s also a Lumberjack costume contest, and beer garden. A Top 10 Post-Race Beer Garden to be exact. This flannel wearing, family friendly after party is complete with Hot Minnesota themed food (not just hotdish apparently), games, music and more. Assuming the weather is more like March 2015 and not 2014, it should be a total blast.
Your Hot Dash Experience
Did you run the inaugural Hot Dash 5k or 10 mile in 2015? What was it like and how did you do? Share below, and share your favorite hotdish recipe too!