Monthly Archives: January 2012

Explore Minnesota Race Series

The new Explore Minnesota Challenge Race Series begins this coming weekend with the Securian Winter Run (my 2009 race review) festivities. Athletes who participate in 8 qualifying events (including one from each region) will receive a commemorative medal (including commemorative pins for each race).  Registration for the Series is $50 and appears to be open until December 1, 2012 according to the registration page.  The registration fee doesn’t include event registration for each of the 8 required races, though it does come with some cool perks:

  • One Year Membership to Minnesota Distance Running Association ($25 value)
  • Commemorative Drawstring Backpack
  • Commemorative Lapel Pin (1 per person per region) for each of the 4 regions.
  • EM Challenge Winter Hat
  • Commemorative Lanyard
  • EM Challenge Finisher’s Shirt
  • State of Minnesota Medal upon completion of an event in all 4 regions.
  • Special discounts at various stores throughout the year.
  • Special Drawings for Hotel, Store and Race Entries throughout 2012.

The Challenge has divided up the state into 4 regions: Metro, Northern, Southern, and Central. At least two races from each region are part of the series. It appears all of the races are managed by Anderson Race Management the creator of the Explore Challenge in partnership with Explore Minnesota aka the Minnesota Tourism Board.

The 2012 races are:

Race Date Race Name Race City Race Region
28-Jan Securian Winter Run St Paul Metro
24-Mar Return of the Robin Rochester Southern
1-Apr  Fools Five Road Race Lewiston Southern
22-Apr Minneapolis Recycle Run Minneapolis Metro
5-May Special Olympics Half and 5K Buffalo Central
20-May Get Your Rear in Gear Edina Metro
26-May Skyline 25K Duluth Northern
23-Jun Get Your Rear in Gear Rochester Southern
24-Jun Twin Cities Pride Rainbow Run Minneapolis Metro
28-Jul Run for Blood 1/4 Marathon and 5K Minneapolis Metro
28-Jul Dr. Nancy English Memorial 5K Duluth Northern
8-Sep Bolder Dash Runs Minneapolis Metro
15-Sep Walk of Hope Rochester Southern
15-Sep Dash for Dads St Cloud Central
22-Sep Dave Ryan 5K and 10K for Special Olympics Minneapolis Metro
23-Sep One Last Tri, Scandia Northern
6-Oct Lupus Walk of Hope Duluth Northern
14-Oct Scenic Byway Half Marathon and 5K Belle Plaine Southern
20-Oct Warrior Waddle Winona Southern

What do you think are you up for the challenge?