The Richard A Hoska Midsummer Mile Recap
On Wednesday evening, July 9, over 150 runners showed up at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds for the second annual Richard A Hoska Midsummer Mile. This race replaced the Rice Street Mile held in St Paul for many years. The fairgrounds location provides lots of conveniences that were not readily available along Rice Street.
It is amazing how so many runners are eager to run a marathon but the thought of running a mile is terrifying to them. One of the nice things about racing a mile, especially compared to a marathon, is that it only hurts for the first mile. This mile course is challenging since it includes lots of turns and a few uphills; however, the downhill stretch to the finish line easily makes up for the tough sections.
Here are some tips to racing a mile.
Everything important to runners was available at the Midsummer Mile including plenty of free parking on the fairgrounds and large restroom facilities (with real toilets) in the middle of the parking lot right between the start and finish lines. It was easy to check out the entire course while warming up and multiple water fountains are available on the fairgrounds.
Even though it might be possible for everyone to run at the same time without being too crowded, the separate heats for women, men, and friends/family made for great spectating. Everyone was able to watch and cheer for the runners in at least one of the three heats; then, if they wanted to, they could run one more mile with their friends and family in the final heat.
After the start on Underwood Street, the double loop past the Agriculture Horticulture building was perfect for watching the runners speed by multiple times. About 30 minutes after the first heat started, the final heat was over. When the competition ended, the post race party began a block away at O’Gara’s at the Fair where friends, food, beverages, and live music provided a great finale for a perfect summer evening.
Next Year’s Race
If you want to test your fitness at a race that is inexpensive and convenient, with great competition, stylish technical race shirts and door prizes, the Richard A Hoska Midsummer Mile should be on the top of your race list for next July!
If you’re looking for other races to run this summer or fall, take a look at our event and race calendar.