Spring Lake Park 5 Mile Trail Race
Wednesday August 4, 2021
Spring Lake Park Reserve
8395 127th St E
Hastings, MN 55033
Driving Directions HERE
Start Time: 6:30 PM
*There is more than enough parking onsite and on the road leading into the park. Those arriving late, be prepared for a 5 to 10 minute walk. Parking volunteers will direct you as soon as you enter the park. A detailed map showing available parking can be found HERE
VERY IMPORTANT, PLEASE READ:
Due to a seemingly endless number of complications, both directly and indirectly caused by the pandemic, we are only producing one Endless Summer Trail Run Series Race in 2021 – the Spring Lake Park 5 Miler. The race will take place on Wednesday August 4, 2021 at 6:30PM CST. We are thinking of this as a kind of Endless Summer reunion race – it has been too long since we were last together (2019) and we did not want to wait until 2022 to get together again. We think this will be a really special night and hope to see many of you there. We are planning to be back with the full series in 2022. Registration for the Spring Lake Park 5 Miler will open on Thursday July 15 at 9:00 AM CST. Complete event details can be found HERE https://www.estrs.com/slp-5mi/
This race is going to be really similar to ESTRS’s of years past, but a few things should be noted…
• MASS START RACE: So far in 2021, all of our (Rocksteady Running) races have been rolling wave starts. The Spring Lake Park 5 Miler will be a mass start, meaning all participants will line up and start at the same time (6:30PM). There will be ample room to spread out at the start.
• EVENT MODIFICATIONS: Please note, we are NOT going to be serving pizza after this years race, but we WILL be serving pop and beer as normal. There will be no sticker / swag item this year. We will not be doing awards or a raffle.
• COVID-19 CONSIDERATIONS: Runners are required to stay home if they are Covid positive, have been exposed to someone that is Covid positive in the past 14 days, are not feeling well or are experiencing any of the symptoms listed HERE https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html All event activities will be held 100% / completely outdoors. There will be several hand-sanitizing stations available. Touchpoints and surface areas will be routinely cleansed.
About – ESTRS Spring Lake Park 5MI:
While Spring Lake Park Reserve in Hastings is on the Southeastern edge of the Twin Cities, it is not quite as far as some might think – it clocks in at only 25 miles from downtown Minneapolis and 20 miles from downtown St. Paul. Spring Lake Park is perched on the bluffs high above the Mississippi River with stunning views of the deep river valley and contains some seriously awesome trails. Learn more about this awesome race HERE https://www.estrs.com/the-endless-summer-trail-run-series-comes-to-spring-lake-park-in-hastings/
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 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!
Opens: Thursday July 15 at 9:00AM CST
Closes: Once the field limit has been met, OR on Tuesday August 3 2021 at 11:59PM CST
Field Limit: 400 Runners
Cost: $25 + registration fee
Register 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 sever 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.
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 be a water stop approximately 3 miles into the race. While our long-distance / ultra races DO NOT have cups at the water stops (runners are required to carry their own drinking vessels in those races), we WILL have cups at the Spring Lake Park 5 Mile. If you would like to prepare and practice for our future / longer distance races, a good thing to have in your arsenal is THIS https://hydrapak.com/products/speed-cup-200-ml when a water bottle or hydration pack is overkill.
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.
Due to the short timeline on which we got this event permitted, and registration open, and also in order to keep costs down, there will not be a ‘swag’ item this year (normally it is a sticker).
While we normally serve Pizza, Pop and Beer after the race, this year it will be Pop and Beer ONLY (no pizza) – 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: