Why We Love the Hot Dash 10 Mile & 5K
Uff da, a race during the month of March? You betcha! In fact, we think one of the best ways to stay motivated and fit through the long winter months is to sign up for a race. The Hot Dash 10 Mile & 5K are some of the most well-organized, fun, and best races around – and they’d be a great event to keep you motivated this winter, too. The best part? The Hot Dash is more than just a race; it’s a celebration of the end of winter and a welcoming of spring!
The Hot Dash 10 Mile & 5K take place on Saturday, March 24 on Boom Island and offer fun and festivities for the whole family. Registration is available online but hurry, prices increase as the race date gets closer! (Psst…fill your race calendar for the entire year by registering for a TC Challenge Race Series. The Hot Dash is included in several challenges!)
Whether you’re looking to stay motivated through the winter or put your fitness to the test, there are many reasons to run this classic Minnesota race.
Why We Love the Hot Dash 10 Mile & 5K
Twin Cities In Motion boasts a course with “elevation climbs that give even the heartiest of Minnesotans a challenge,” and have dubbed the largest hill on the course, ‘Oven Mitt Mountain.’ (Look for a special cheer zone with screaming spectators!) If you’re searching for a flat and fast race, you might have better luck in Iowa, but with the right training, you should be just fine. We recommend including hills in your training route a few times a week or sprinkling in a hill repeat workout every couple of weeks. (Pro tip: if you live in Minneapolis, train on the hill from the Mississippi River up to Franklin Ave. aka Oven Mitt Mountain.)
The Hot Dash course winds along the famed Mississippi River in NE Minneapolis and across the iconic Stone Arch Bridge. If ever there were a Minnesota-themed race course, this would be it! Prepare for scenic views with peaceful stretches of road and a spectacular Minneapolis finish – and don’t forget about those bragging rights!
The Hot Dash 10 Mile & 5K are the most Minnesotan races around, don’tcha know? Runners traverse an iconic Minneapolis course, are served a generous helping of Minnesota hotdish at the finish line, and are encouraged to wear their lumberjack, lumberjane, or Minnesota icon best for the costume contest. (Think Paul Bunyan, Babe the Blue Ox, or a Viking!) If you love Minnesota, what better way to show it with pride than to brave the elements and celebrate victory over another Minnesota winter?
Psst…there’s a Meat Raffle, too! In true Minnesota style, Twin Cities In Motion will host a meat raffle with vegetarian and vegan-friendly offerings following the Hot Dash races. All participants receive one free entry into the raffle with their race entry. Runners will also have the opportunity to purchase more entries as a donation to Friends of TCM fund which supports youth running initiatives.
Starting now, TCM is calling for your Minnesota “Axe of Kindness” (get it?) Between now and race day, TCM will be doing good deeds in the community and they hope you’ll do the same. Go ahead, push a stranger’s car out of a snowbank, shovel your neighbor’s sidewalk, and let TCM know about it using #axeofkindness and #hotdash!
All participants of the Hot Dash 10 Mile & 5K receive a Storm Creek® quarter zip technical pullover and a colorful finisher medal after they cross the finish line! Twin Cities in Motion is known for having great, quality gear (I love and wear all of my TCM finisher shirts!) so trust us when we say the SWAG is awesome!
At the finish line, you can grab hotdish (yes, all finishers really receive piping hot servings of classic Minnesota hotdish – vegan and gluten-free options are available, too!) and other Minnesota-themed treats (think Salted Nut Rolls) along with a sweet finisher medal. Plus, runners can stick around after the race (and stay warm) in the Summit beer tent complete with food, beverages, and live a live DJ! All participants ages 21+ will receive one free beer.
See You There!
We’ll see you at the Hot Dash 10 Mile & 5K on Saturday, March 24th!