Now entering its 8th year, the The Endless Summer Trail Run Series hosts 4 to 5 weeknight trail running races per season from May to August at different parks located throughout the Twin Cities. Race venues include; Lebanon Hills Regional Park in Eagan, Hyland Park Reserve in Bloomington, French Regional Park in Plymouth and Murphy Hanrehan Park Reserve in Savage. For the first time ever we are super excited to be bringing the Endless Summer Trail Run Series to Spring Lake Park Reserve in Hastings, for what will be the fifth and final race in the 2019 series. The Spring Lake Park race will be a 5 miler and will be held on Wednesday August 7th, with the race starting at 6:30PM.
It has been a long time ambition of race directors John and Cheri Storkamp to host a race at Spring Lake Park as both of them were born, raised and still live in Hastings today and have been visiting the park for over 30 years. They regularly run, walk and ski at the park and are excited to showcase it. Here’s a fun fact… it just so happens that John and Cheri got married at this very park some 15 years ago!
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. We fully expect that the Endless Summer Trail Run Series faithful will be motivated to leave work just a touch early and join us for a race that we have been quietly planning for years, and for good reason.
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. The 5 mile race will begin on wide ski trails up on the prairie in order to quickly spread out the field. Within 1.5 miles of the start, runners will enter the woods, running some very scenic and winding double-track trail through maple-dominated mixed-hardwood forest. About two miles into the race runners will enter a stunning section of moderately technical single-track, just runnable enough to pick your head up and steal some views of the river as you are running right on the bluffs edge. Leaving the woods, approx 5KM into the race, runners will hit the water stop which is near the start / finish area that offers some of the most expansive views of the river below. Runners will then head off onto more ski-trails that loop through a beautiful stand of towering pines which provide a soft bed of pine needles underfoot. Wrapping things up, runners will hit some rolling double-track trail right on the edge of the river bluff again, hit a rip of fast single-track and cross a very unique bridge that spans a deep ravine… on the other side, the finish waits! As they finish, runners will be greeted by fellow trail-runners looking to get a slice of pizza and refreshment in their hand as soon as possible. As always, runners stay for fellowship after and will cheer in the last runners while taking in the gorgeous views from high above the river. The Spring Lake Park 5 Miler will certainly become an Endless Summer Trail Run Series tradition.
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! Rated as one of the best values in local running, the entry fee for each individual race in the series is only $25.00 and runners get a well marked, well staffed, chip-timed race – a unique sticker, pizza, beer and other refreshments at the finish. Register early, all races have sold out in advance the past four years.