Photo Credit Todd Rowe


Hi All,

Thank you for taking part in the 2023 Endless Summer Trail Run Series French 5KM at French Regional Park last week. Wednesday, June 21, 2023 marked the astronomical first day of summer in the Northern Hemisphere, aka ‘the summer solstice’. Fittingly, we got to celebrate with an Endless Summer Trail Run Series race. This was the first time that these two forces aligned (the first time an ESTRS race fell on the solstice) and I have to admit, it felt kind of special. Normally such a big crowd does not feel as chill, warm and inviting – it is a special atmosphere and a special group. Regarding the picture above, I don’t know where Charity got the shirt, but it is very much on brand… if only they made one that said “After this pizza… and be sure to meet at least one new person tonight!” – did you meet your new person at French?

A huge thank you to the folks at French Park for hosting us and taking such great care of the park and trail system.

All credit is due to our amazing 35+ volunteers, thank you!


Results from last weeks race can be found HERE – please let us know if your result is missing or you see something in error.


We had two photographers out last week – thank you photographers! One gallery is in, and another is coming soon  Are you a pro, semi-pro or proficient hobbyist photographer? Consider coming out and sharing your talents as a volunteer photographer sometime.


ESTRS Next Up:
There are still some spots left for each of the remaining series races; Lebanon 7MI (next week) on Wednesday July 5 and Spring Lake 5MI on Wednesday August 2, we hope to see you there.


Volunteer at ESTRS:
Come help! We are still looking for a two or three more volunteers for each of our last two races of the year; Lebanon 7MI and Spring Lake 5MI, learn more HERE


Volunteer at Superior Fall Trail Race / Superior 100:
Make a weekend of it, helping your fellow runners at the 33rd Annual Superior Fall Trail Race / Superior 100 (10th oldest 100 mile trail race in the country) – info HERE


RSR Online Store:
We have an online store with a few things you might like.


RSR Online Community:
This is just a boring old forum; sans advertising, manipulative algorithms, etc.


Mile in My Shoes:
Thanks to Mile in My Shoes for tabling at last week’s run and bringing so many of their Run Mentors and Alumni Members to participate – you probably saw them in their signature blue and orange shirts. We have a new partnership with MiMS to both make our runs more accessible to a wider community and support their organizational work. Shout outs to Rocksteady Runners Dara, Janine, Lynne, Cory, and Matt for using the Endless Summer Race Series as their fundracer races to raise money for MiMS and good luck to Afton runners David, Ashleigh, Caroline and Alexandira who are also MiMS FundRacers. To sign up to become a MiMS Fundracer, fill out this form and if you have questions, feel free to contact FundRacer Manager Sarah (who was at the table) at [email protected]


Financial Assistance
Know someone that wants to run one of our races but finances are a barrier? Reach out, we will help.


A huge thank you to all of our awesome Sponsors and Partners!  An extra special thanks to TC Running Company and Salomon for having a continued presence at our events and within our trail running community.  A huge thank you to Bill Pomerenke for heading up Parking and Water Stops at every ESTRS race we do (heck, almost every race we do), year in and year out! You can learn more about each, HERE

Twin Cities Running Company
Vaniply / Vanicream
Bridge Realty – Bill Pomerenke
Bell Bank Mortgage – Jerry Schmidt
Trail Transformation
Northwoods Running
Performance Running Gym
Mile in My Shoes
St. Croix Law
Critical Connections Ecological Services


In Closing:
It is an honor doing this for you and with you. We are grateful for your support, and we never take that support for granted.  We will see you next week at the Lebanon 7 Mile!



John Storkamp
Race Director
Endless Summer Trail Run Series