THE URBAN TRAIL SERIES
PRESENTED BY: ENDURANCE UNITED
Endurance United is a St. Paul based non-profit driven to promote an Active, Healthy, Outdoor lifestyle. We do this through programming and hosting endurance events. Originally the Sisu Skiers cross country ski club, the organization has grown and embraced a wider variety of endurance activities to better deliver on its mission.
We started the Urban Trail Series in 2012 as our key event series that shows off the extensive trail system in the Battle Creek Regional Park, a true gem for Ramsey County and a primary fundraiser for our programming. The Go Spring! opener in May centers around the Nordic ski trails with distances ranging from 5km to 10km; 7.5km for 2018.
In August, we roll out the Bluff Tuff, our heat of the summer long distance trail run. Race distances range from 10km to marathon distance and more. The point-to-point version of this run is on hold while the MRT State Trail is repaired by Hwy 61. We're optimistic that a temporary fix will enable us to cross over this year, getting to the hidden stairs below Mounds Park. Historically runners have navigated through rolling terrain in East Battle Creek, MORC single track, and up to the Burns Avenue Overlook. Participants run with the deer on the Games Loop then as people climb Big Wheezy, birds of prey circle for encouragement. Strategically placed is the set of 20-40-20 stairs in the Municipal Forest, making the run over Mounds Park feel like a breeze. Swede Hollow park offers a cooler shaded segment or a great shoe wash in heavy rain years. Got to love it.
The Night Light is a favorite for many as runners start at sundown transitioning to headlamps as the moon comes up in the fall sky. In October 2018 we tried to move to Friday but too many scheduling conflicts came up so we're back to Saturday night. The sounds of trains coupling together are blended with happy runners and bells from the volunteer water stops crews. Runners have been coming back year after year. It's just that much fun, or it could be that we serve food and beer at this event!
Our final event of the series is our Turkey Day Trail Trot on a Thursday morning again. The race is back to the East Battle Creek Dog Park because that's where the hot cider and cocoa seem to always show up. Families run together to work off some calories before the days festivities. Runners planning on going back for seconds of turkey and dressing are encouraged to do the 10km. Adults can jump in and run with the Trail Kids 2km for a no guilt slice of pie.
We look forward to your participation in the Urban Trail Series and appreciate the support for Endurance United. We hope to introduce you to the world-class parks, connect to a wider community of runners and endurance athletes, and aim to inspire you to go out and live an Active, Healthy and Outdoor lifestyle!