Photo Credit Jessica Knighton


Hi All,

Thank you for taking part in the 2023 Endless Summer Trail Run Series Lebanon 10KM at Lebanon Hills County Park in Eagan last week. Wow, what a perfect night for a trail race! It was so great to see all of you. As I do after each race, I returned to the race site the evening after the race to do a “once-over” of the start / finish area to make sure we left everything just as we found it. I also got out for a run on the race course. I have to pinch myself every time I run there. Lebanon Hills is one of those places that does not seem possible. It exists in a city of 70,000 people in the nations 16th largest metropolitan area and is an oasis of perfectly constructed and impeccably maintained trails. Those trails grant access to beautifully restored hardwood forests, shimmering pothole lakes, all teeming with birds and wildlife. We are extremely fortunate to have places like this and incredibly lucky to have the ability to come together a few times a year at them in order to celebrate life and running.

A huge thank you to Dakota County Parks for hosting us and taking such great care of the park and trail system. Dakota County Parks is always a pleasure to work with. HERE is a note I got from our permit administrator with Dakota County Parks the day before the race: “Have a great event and thanks for bringing so many to Lebanon Hills Regional Park so they can enjoy a high quality trail running experience!”

All credit is due to our amazing 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.


Thank you photographers! All but one gallery is in, be sure to check back for that last one in the coming days.


ESTRS Next Up:
There are still some spots left for each of the remaining series races. French 5KM on Wednesday June 21, Lebanon 7MI on Wednesday July 5 and Spring Lake 5MI on Wednesday August 2, we hope to see you there.


Afton Trail Run:
Are you ready to go long? The 30th Annual Afton Trail Run 25K & 50K is on Saturday July 1 at Afton State Park in the Stunning St. Croix River Valley. Registration closes on Thursday June 22, 2023 at 11:59PM CST or once the field limit has been met.


Volunteer at the Afton Trail Run or Superior Fall Trail Race / Superior 100:
Make a day of it, helping your fellow runners at the 30th Annual Afton Trail Run on Saturday July 1, 2023 – Info HERE  and/or 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.


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 in a few weeks at the French 5K!



John Storkamp
Race Director
Endless Summer Trail Run Series

2020 Endless Summer Trail Run Series (ESTRS)

Weeknight trail races for everyone!
Twin Cities area, Minnesota
5 X Wednesday Nights
Races start at 6:30PM
$25.00 (+registration fees)

* Click links below for info specific to each race.

Lebanon 10KM – Wed May 20
French 5KM – Wed June 17
Lebanon 7MI – Wed July 8
Murphy 5KM – Wed July 29
Spring Lake 5MI – Wed August 5

Opens Wednesday January 1, 2020 – 12:01AM CST
Closes the Tuesday before each event  at 11:59PM – OR once the field limit has been met.
Complete Registration Details HERE


About ESTRS:
Remember when you were young and the summer days were hot, relaxing and seemingly endless?  Well, as adults we still get that but usually only on weekends and holidays… until now.  The Endless Summer Trail Run Series is the brain-child of two passionate Minnesota trail-running main-stays – Rocksteady Running and Twin Cities Running Company.  The series was created to provide low-key, low-pressure trail running / racing opportunities for people of all ages, abilities and levels of experience. Whether you are a seasoned trail or road racer, first time trail-racer, need a tune-up for your next race, need to get in some speed-work or just want to have some pizza, pop and beer with us at the finish – running one or all of the races in the series is for you.  The Endless Summer Trail Run Series has garnered a strong local following and has gotten significant national media coverage as one of the best organized and most well attended trail running series in the country!