Photo Credit David Markman

 

Greetings Friends,

After a stormy Tuesday, that brought heavy rains to the area; a dry, warm, sunny and very windy Wednesday set us up with dry trails for the kickoff to the 2024 Endless Summer Trail Run Series at Lebanon Hills Park in Eagan. While it is not uncommon to have between 400 and 425 registered runners for the series races, we had 450 for this one. With some no shows the number of starters was lower, but it was still quite a group. Impressively, the start list showed runners from no less than eight different states – all on a weeknight. While most of us enjoy the majority of our trail running as a solitary affair, these races serve as a unique touchpoint for connection with like-minded people. I hope you take to heart my challenge of meeting a couple of new people at each series race – I met my two, maybe a few more. It sure is a special thing.

A huge thank you to Lebanon Hills / Dakota County Parks for hosting us and taking such great care of the park, and trail system. An equally big thank you to Chapel Hill Church for the use of their parking lot.

As always, all credit is due to our amazing volunteers – thank you!

 

Results:
Results from last weeks race can be found HERE https://www.athlinks.com/event/198964/results/Event/1077117/Results – please let us know if your result is missing or you see anything in error.

 

Photos:
Thank you photographers! You can find photos HERE https://www.estrs.com/photos/

 

ESTRS Next Up:
There are still some spots left for each of the remaining series races. French 5KM on Wednesday June 26, Lebanon 7MI on Wednesday July 10 and Spring Lake 5MI on Wednesday July 31, we hope to see you there.

 

Afton Trail Run:
Are you ready to go long? The 31st Annual Afton Trail Run 25K & 50K is on Saturday July 6 at Afton State Park in the Stunning St. Croix River Valley. Registration closes on Thursday June 27, 2024 at 11:59PM CST or once the field limit has been met. https://www.aftontrailrun.com/

 

Please consider volunteering at the Afton Trail Run or Superior Fall Trail Race / Superior 100:
Make a day of it, helping your fellow runners at the 31st Annual Afton Trail Run on Saturday July 6, 2024 – Info HERE https://www.aftontrailrun.com/read-first/  and/or make a weekend of it, helping your fellow runners at the 34th Annual Superior Fall Trail Race / Superior 100 (10th oldest 100 mile trail race in the country) – info HERE https://www.superiorfalltrailrace.com/read-first/

 

RSR Online Store:
We have an online store with a few things you might like. https://www.rocksteadyrunning.com/shop/

 

RSR Online Community:
This is just a boring old forum; sans advertising, manipulative algorithms, etc. https://community.rocksteadyrunning.com/

 

Mile In My Shoes:
Get to know our charity partner; Mile in My Shoes https://www.estrs.com/mile-in-my-shoes/

 

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

 

Sponsors:
A huge thank you to all of our awesome Sponsors and Partners!  You can learn more about each, HERE https://www.estrs.com/sponsors/

Twin Cities Running Company
Vaniply / Vanicream
Bridge Realty – Bill Pomerenke
Bell Bank Mortgage – Jerry Schmidt
Trail Transformation
Northwoods Running
Performance Running Gym
Consilience Coaching
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!

 

Sincerely,

John Storkamp
Race Director
Endless Summer Trail Run Series