French 5KM Trail Race
*Once on park property follow signage to Skyview and Moraine Shelters. A site map with overflow parking options can be found HERE
Endless-Summer Trail Run Description – French 5K:
French Regional Park is a fantastic city park with a great circuit of trails. The course consists of a fun and very runable 5K loop – there are a few steep hills thrown in, just for fun. *Note that there will be no aid stations at 5KM or shorter races this year so if you need water please carry a water bottle.
About the Endless Summer Trail Run Series:
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 Comapny. 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!
Registration details can be found on our Registration Page HERE https://www.estrs.com/registration-info/
Refunds – Transfers – Switches:
Please note that entry fees are not refundable under any circumstance, race registrations are not transferable to other participants or future years races, additionally we do do not allow transfers between distances. Please consider these factors carefully before registering – thank you. Emails requesting any of the above will not be answered.
The Race Director reserves the right to modify or cancel the race or course for safety concerns, trail condition concerns, natural disaster or pandemic. In such cases there will be no refunds of race entry fees. Each athlete must accept any such risk of their entry fee paid. There is no complimentary race entry to a future race. Entry fees collected are used to develop and produce the event, starting well in advance of the race date – including course preparation, race supplies, permits and administration. We will make every effort to produce a fair and safe event for all participants. Any decision we make that impacts the race date or potential cancellation is carefully considered and based on the overall event safety, sustainability and manageability.
Check-In / Race-Number Pickup :
You can pickup your number starting at 5:00 PM on race day. If you are over 21 and would like to have a beer after, please bring your ID to check-in and you will be given a wrist-band. Due to rush hour, we strongly encourage you to leave work (or wherever you are coming from) early so as not to arrive late to the race – those who arrive after the start of the race will not be issued a number or timed but are welcome to go out and run on their own (and not cross the finish line) and join us after for food and refreshments!
Weather, Heat & Thunderstorms:
It’s Summer, it can be hot. Be sure to carry water if you feel you will need it, for races over 5KM we will have a water stop around the half way point. We expect that you will use your personal judgement in deciding if it is too hot for you to run. The race will be held rain or shine – however, severe weather is a different story. To date we have never called off a race early / in advance due to the potential for severe weather – hopefully, the worse case scenario would be a delay in the start time once unsafe weather conditions have passed. If severe weather were to persist after a reasonable amount of time we would call off the event.
Race Numbers & Timing Chips:
You must wear your race number and it must be clearly visible on the front of your body at all times. Your timing chip will be affixed to the back of your race number. Do not remove your timing chip. Do not bend or fold your timing chip or crumple your race number – this may break your timing chip. Your race number and your timing chip must be pinned on your outer-most layer at all times. Above guidelines must be followed in order ensure that split times and finish times are recorded. This chip is disposable and does not need to be returned. More info HERE
The course will be marked with orange flags, which will always be on the left hand side of the trail except in areas with two way traffic, in which case flags will be on both sides of the trail – It is unfortunate but is not unheard of at many of the major trail races that course vandalism has occurred and flagging has been intentionally moved or removed by small minded individuals – it is important that you study the course maps prior to running and try to have some concept of where you are going.
There will not be an aid station for 5KM (3.1 mile) or shorter races, if you feel you will need water during the run please carry a water bottle. For races over 5KM there will be an aid station approximately 1/2 way through the course with water.
Due to our past experience with people wearing headphones on trail runs such as these, we discourage their use however we won’t tell you can’t wear them . Full awareness of one’s surroundings, and the ability to communicate with other participants, race volunteers, and trail users unassociated with the event are critical to everyone’s safety. Please use common sense.
Don’t do it. If you see some trash someone else has dropped, pick it up and help keep the trail clean.
In order to keep this a low cost event, we don’t do t-shirts but all registered runners will receive something small, modest and super cool TBD – past years items include coffee mugs, beer “pint” glasses, stickers, patches etc.
We will be serving Pizza, Pop and Beer after the race – please stick around and meet some new people – this is what this race is all about – enjoying Summer to its fullest, meeting new people and our awesome local trail-running COMMUNITY! * Please note that if you would like to have a beer after the race, you will need to show ID just as you would have to at a bar / restaurant, once you show your ID you will get a wrist-band… we prefer you have your ID when you pick up your race number but you can show it later as well.
Results will live-stream to the web as soon as you cross the finish line but are not considered FINAL until a day or so after the race in the event of a missed chip read or any other type of revision.
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Next Year’s Race Date: