The June 2016 Minnesota Race Calendar
It’s hard to believe we’re already discussing the June 2016 Minnesota race calendar. I don’t know if you felt like March just flew by, but in our house, it has gone crazy fast.
Each month, these race preview posts are meant share a bunch of facts and details, and help you discover races you may not know about. Starting this month, I would also like to begin sharing a few things going on with the site in general, and me personally. Sort of an, “editor’s update” thing.
April Thoughts from the Editor
Next month, Minneapolis Running will be 4 years old! Where has the time gone? It’s been an amazing journey, and I’ve met a lot of cool people who have contributed in some way during that time. Earlier this year, I reached out to a few of our regular contributors, asking for a little more of a consistent commitment. While life continues to get busy for everyone (more on that below), I wanted to tap into more of our collective wisdom and diversity of experiences to bring you even more content to help you become stronger, faster runners.
Also, last month we launched our paid marathon training program, integrating Antonio’s plan, with an online training log that will help you keep better track of your training. We’re toying with an idea for a half marathon plan too, so if you’re interested, let me know!
As has been mentioned before, I would really love to get a podcast up and running. I’m trying to record 10 episodes before launching. I’m halfway there, but it’s slow. If this is something you’d be interested in listening to, send me some encouragement so I keep going. It’s more work than writing, but also way more fun.
On a personal note, my life is about to get crazy. I’m running the Eugene Marathon on May 1 in Oregon. Training has been going well, but some nagging injuries have allowed doubts to creep in. I’m perhaps putting too much pressure on this one to qualify for Boston, because it may be my last shot for awhile. In June, my wife and I are expecting twin girls. Couldn’t be more excited, but holy moly! Wondering where this leaves my training for the next few years? If you have more than one kid at home, how do you manage?
Not only do we like to help you get timely reminders about races you already know about, but perhaps share information about those you do not.
The Hot Chocolate 15K/5K – April 16 is coming quick! Time is running out, so if you’re on the fence, it’s time to hop to it. Not only is this a fun themed race, but also fairly quick and competitive (if you’re into that sort of thing).
Life Time Esprit de SHE – May 22. If you’ve want to dip your toes into the multi-sport event scene, this is a good one to try. It’s a 2 mile run followed by a 12 mile bike, then another 2 mile run. Piece of cake!
The Unleash the SHE Rochester event on May 1, will once again be raising money and awareness for Ovarian Cancer. Support this important cause when you run (or walk) for friends or family connected to this disease.
Do you believe in second chances? That’s what one organization is asking. The Run for Second Chances 5k on May 1 is a movement of people raising up a collective voice to eliminate the second prison in America and promote the value of those with a criminal record through acts of service, advocacy, and leadership.
The Mile in My Shoes Trail Run on June 4 supports the Mile in My Shoes organization in the Twin Cities. They aim to foster wellness, empathy and empowerment within individuals and communities by bringing together diverse populations through the power of running.
The Med City Marathon, May 25-26 has a plethora of event distances. It also boasts a gorgeous course, is geared towards runners of ages and abilities! It’s also a relatively inexpensive race weekend if you want to head down to Rochester and see what it looks like during the spring!
The Urban Wildland Half Marathon and 5k (August 6) is still my fastest Minnesota half marathon. With a refreshing mix of urban and wilderness, you cover a lot of ground. Despite the potential of a warm day, so much of the course is shaded that you won’t need to worry.
There are lots of great events coming up from our good friends at Twin Cities In Motion. Challenge yourself with the new course at the TC 1 Mile on May 12, or take your kids (or somebody else’s) to the Kids Cross Country Fun Run on May 21. A personal favorite of mine is the Red, White and Boom on July 4. If you’d rather set your sights on the Marathon, note that it has been moved back a week, and is October 9, 2016.
The June 2016 Minnesota Race Calendar
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Your Next Race(s)
What do you have up next on your race calendar? Anything we can help you prepare for? Let us know!