The May Minnesota Race Guide
May has often been the month where I’ve run a half marathon to test how well I did over the cold winter months building a base. For years, it was the Minnetonka Half Marathon, but last year, I went all in at the Eugene Marathon. After a lame BQ attempt there, then the birth of our twin daughters a month later, I’ve taken almost a year off from serious training. I’ve decided that May 2017 will decide my next serious PR attempt. It’s amazing what getting back on a normal sleep schedule can do for the mind!
Spring is a fantastic time of year to think about new goals and achievements we want to accomplish. I think the consistently warmer weather and more time outside brings clarity to the mind and strength to the body. At least for me, this inspires me to set more audacious goals, or hunker down and refocus on the ones I’ve already set.
The May 2017 Minnesota race calendar is the longest of the year so far. With winter behind us, the fifth month of the year tends to be a great one for racing. While you may still need to dress appropriately for spring running, you won’t need to worry about frostbite.
Below is a list of all of our upcoming featured races, as well as everything you may want to look at in the month of May! Pick one as a tuneup, or use the next few weeks to go after a PR at a new distance.
Grandma’s Marathon is in June, and while you have a little over two months yet to train, you may want to look at one of their others events if you’re not at least up to half marathon shape. Sign up for one of the country’s greatest lake runs of all time!
How fast do you think you could race just one mile? Find out on May 11 as you light up the streets of downtown Minneapolis with your pure speed! Stay late to watch the elite races too for a whole evening of fun.
The Eau Claire Marathon is a great race for seasoned marathoners and newbies alike. You won’t want to miss the Blugold Mile, one of the coolest cheer sections of any race, ever!
Get a summer race on your schedule now by registering for the Red, White & Boom! TC Half Marathon, relay & 5K on July 4.
Looking down the road, the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon is the most beautiful urban marathon in America! Register now (to say yourself some money), then start training this summer!
Great Inflatable Race!
The Great Inflatable Race is the perfect summer event for the whole family. Leave your PR pants at home and get ready to run, jump, and bounce through the 1.5-3 mile course filled with inflatable obstacles!
May Minneapolis Race Guide
*events updated to current year.
Your May Race
If you have an important race coming up in May, let us know so we can cheer you on!