9 10k Races in Minnesota and Why you should Run One
Have you ever wanted to complete a 10k race? Most people get excited about running a 5k, but a 10k is quite exciting as well. A 10k is a 6.2 mile race, long enough to require some training, yet short enough that most anyone could feel comfortable completing it with a little effort.
A 10k is also a great distance if you’ve run some longer distances, and want to work on your leg speed. You need to respect the distance of a 10k, but you can use it to help build your anaerobic threshold. If possible, I like to work a 10k into my half or full marathon training cycles.
I also try to run at least one 10k during my “off season” of November – February. It’s easier to train for, and gets me focused on beginning to train for a spring half marathon. This year I’d like to tackle the Lake Minnetonka Half Marathon again, so running a 10k a few months before is great preparation.
Why you should run a 10k Race
10k runs are the third most popular race distance in the United States according to Running in the USA. 9.5% of all race finishers were in the 10k distance. It’s a great distance if you are looking for a bit more challenge after you’ve completed a 5k. It will help you build confidence before you tackle a longer distance like a half or full marathon.
Also, unless you’re looking for a very specific PR, 10k’s aren’t that much more difficult to train for. Assuming you can run at least 3 miles now, you should be able to complete even the earliest race on the list below.
How to Find Minnesota 10K Races
Here is a list of 9, 10K events in Minnesota coming up in the next few months. You’ll notice several of them are on Thanksgiving. Check them out and put one on your calendar now.
This race is perfect for runners looking for a timed 10K run on a USATF certified course.
Fast Before the Feast
The beautiful 10k course runs through quiet residential streets and along a golf course in White Bear Lake.
IRIS Turkey Trot
IRIS stands for Infants Remembered in Silence. All proceeds from this 10k in Faribault will benefit the nonprofit dedicated to offering parents, families, friends and professionals support, education and resources on the death of a child.
Turkey Day Trail Trot
This is the only Thanksgiving race that is entirely on trails. The 10k is at Battle Creek Park in St. Paul. Registration is limited to 400 runners, so signup now!
Turkey Trot Saint Paul
Join the inaugural St. Paul Turkey Trot. Trot before you Gobble! Get out on Thanksgiving morning and burn some calories in anticipation for a day of eating!
JCC Dreidel Dash
This race on December 8 is an out and back starting at the St. Paul JCC, through the Highland Park neighborhood, along Mississippi River Boulevard to the Temple of Aaron, and back.
A popular way to ring in the new year, the Polar Dash on January 1, 2014 by Team Ortho is very well organized, and very cold.
Freeze Yer Gizzard Blizzard Run
If you’re really looking for an adventure, try this 10k on January 18 in International falls. With crazy cold temps, the faster you run, the sooner you get back inside!
Twin Cities Snowshoe Shuffle
Looking to run in the snow? Maybe the snowshoe shuffle is for you. The biggest 10k snowshoe race in Minnesota takes place at Long Lake Regional Park in New Brighton.
What other 10k’s have you found?
If you’ve never run longer than a 5k, or want to feel some speed in your legs, completing a 10k race is incredibly rewarding.