5 Summer Races You Should Run
If you’re looking to run a race this summer, but still haven’t signed up for one, it’s not too late! Here are five Minnesota summer races you can sign up for and complete before summer runs out!
5 Summer Races You Should Run
Join the celebration of Minneapolis with this 5K through downtown during the Aquatennial week! Run the race and then enjoy the other events going on for the Minneapolis Aquatennial. This race will have lots of energy and activity. I have signed up to run this 5K for the first time, and I am looking forward to experiencing the energy in Minneapolis during this race and throughout the week’s events!
If you want to get down and dirty, or just have some fun in the mud, then this race is for you! The Tonka Mud Run is a great event for the whole family. The race will be held at the beautiful Lake Minnewashta Regional Park. If you have never done a mud run before and have always wanted to, I would recommend trying this one out!
Maybe this is the summer for you to try your first (or maybe not your first) triathlon. I think the Turtleman Triathlon would be an interesting one to be a part of because of the history behind it: “Turtleman was the first triathlon in Minnesota and ran consecutively for 14 years. After a 2 year hibernation, it came back in 1995 continuing on for 14 more years. In 2016, Tri Fitness, along with the City of Shoreview, revived the wildly popular event named after the lake and county park where the event is hosted, Turtle Lake located in Shoreview.” You also have the option to race the “classic” way or the “modern” way, whichever you choose to make your triathlon experience the best it can be!
This classic half marathon takes place in St. Paul and is ranked among the favorites among Minnesota runners and even those outside the state. Another fun option is to in-line skate the 13.1 miles. Other events include a 10 Mile and 5 Mile run and a 2 person relay. Also, don’t forget that this race benefits Ronald McDonald House Charities.
Maybe you are going back and forth as to whether or not to sign up for a half marathon this summer. Perhaps you have been getting in some solid long runs each week, but are still unsure if you want to go forward and run a half. This was me last summer, and I registered online only a few days before the 2016 Scheels Healthy Human Race, and I am so happy I did! This was my first half marathon, and it was the perfect route. You run through the Mayo Clinic campus and also throughout running trails in Rochester, so you get the best of both worlds with loud crowds and quiet through the woods.
What If I Don’t Plan On Racing This Summer?
With so many races happening this summer, you may feel pressured just to sign up for one even if you weren’t planning on racing this summer. Maybe you are injured or just taking a break from racing. Maybe you like to run, but don’t enjoy racing. Or maybe you just came off a big race and know you need to take some time off to let your body recover. If any of these are you, don’t feel like you need to sign up for a race this summer just to say you did one.
This summer I have been less focused on training for a race and more focused on just running to run. Whether you are planning to race this summer or not, I think we can all adjust to this sort of attitude, and ultimately run to have fun!