5 Fall Trail Races You Should Checkout
Fall weather is officially here! Cool weather and fall colors make it a perfect time of year to be out running the trails. Here’s a list of some great trail races – from a 5k at Hyland Park to a 100k in Duluth. Plus, a chance to get a discounted price on an inaugural 100 mile race happening next Spring – the Savage 100.
Salomon Autumn Trail Series 5k
- Wednesday, September 2 (6:00 pm start)
- Hyland Park – Bloomington, Minnesota
- $20 ($25 for same day registration)
Looking for something to do on a Wednesday night? You can still catch the last race of this year’s Salomon Autumn Trail Series. The race takes place on what are some of my favorite trails in the Twin Cities at Hyland Park. Enjoy the rolling hills and Fall colors followed by complimentary ‘adult beverages’ and tacos at the finish line. What more could you ask for?
“The Salomon Autumn Trail Series is a 4-race series of approximately 5k for every runner: those new to running and trails, veteran road runners, and the ultramarathoner. The course is a fun and challenging run through Hyland Lake Park Reserve with post-race adult beverages, beverages provided by Dyna Moo chocolate milk, tacos from Rusty Taco and swag from Salomon, Fitsok, Mill City Running and Great Waters Brewing Company.”
– Sam Rush, Race Director
Wild Duluth Races (half-marathon / 50k / 100k)
- Saturday, October 17th
- Duluth, Minnesota
Run along the Superior Hiking Trail in the Duluth area and experience some of the best trails and views Minnesota has to offer. Hopefully you’ve been doing your hill workouts, because you’ll have plenty of Duluth-size hills to climb before you’re rewarded with amazing views and a finish line at Bayfront Park on Lake Superior.
The Wild Duluth Races offer a vast range of distances from half marathon (appropriately titled the “Harder’n He!! ½ Marathon”) to a 50k, all the way up to 100k. The course for the half-marathon and 50k are both point-to-point, while the 100k is an out-and-back. All the races finish in Bayfront Park in downtown Duluth right on Lake Superior.
Surf The Murph (25k / 50k / 50 mile)
- Saturday, October 26th
- Murphy-Hanrehan Park – Savage, Minnesota
- Registration is now closed, but volunteer positions are still available! If interested contact Molly Cochran at email@example.com
Don’t forget your costume for this race! Not your typical Halloween 5k, Surf the Murph traverses a 16.7 mile (25k) loop over the rolling hills, through the woods and across the prairies of Murphy-Hanrehan Park. The 50k course includes 2 laps, while the 50 mile includes 3 laps.
“It’s the only race you can line up next to Fred Flintstone, a banana, a guy with a tutu, and an elf and lose to all of them, because in this race the costumed are rewarded with the prizes rather than the quick-footed. But all finishers and non-finishers alike get to brand their own award following the race, with the finishers branding their finish distance on their award (50 mile, 50K, or 25K) while the non-finishers get to brand a “DNF” (for did not finish).”
– Molly Cochran, Race Director
- Saturday, November 9th
- White Tail Ridge – River Falls, Wisconsin
In this timed event you will have 480 minutes (8 hours) to run as many miles as you can on a 10k loop of “some of the best single track trail running Western Wisconsin has to offer.” In case 480 minutes seems a little too daunting for you, there is also a 60 minute and 120 minute option.
“You, 480 minutes and a beautiful single track trail – how far will you go?”
This race isn’t until next spring, but you might want to start preparing now. Here’s your chance to be a part of the inaugural Savage 100, which also happens to be the first ever 100 mile race in the Twin Cities area. It will take place on May 17, 2014 at Murphy-Hanrehan Park in Savage, Minnesota. The race is organized by the same great people that organize Surf the Murph, and the course even follows the same 16.7 mile loop. Register in the next 30 days and you can receive a special discount with this coupon.
Visit the Savage 100 website for more about the race and how to register.