Bluff Tuff 


Distances: Long 35K | Short -24K | Trail Kids- 3K

17.5K BAIL OUT podium!  So if you're not feeling Bluff Tuff peal off at the lap and join the bail out crew.  The beer tastes the same.

Are you Bluff Tuff?

The perfect blend of trail and city in the Twin Cities' premier trail run. Get this run on your calendar. We promise a well marked challenging course. We've measured the course  and have lock down distances. 35K (approx. 22 miles),  24K (approx. 15 miles)

Food and drinks await you at the finish line. 

Parking is available near the start/finish line next to the Battle Creek Rec Center. See below for more details.


Long Short Trail Kids *
Early up to May 18th $60 $40 $5
Standard up to July 18th $65 $50 $7
Pre-Race up to noon Aug 17th $75 $60 $10
Day of / Late up to Aug 18th $85 $70 $15

The Trail Kids * run is Free with Bluff Tuff short or long registration! Please register Trail Kids participants online and agree to signing the waiver. Use promo code "blufftuffkids" upon check-out.



Online registration open now through 8.16.18

Day of registration will be available at the Battle Creek Rec Center on race day. Please bring cash or check.

Refund Policy: Endurance United does not refund event fees. 

Transfers: There is a $10 Transfer fee to change distances or to transfer bibs to another runner. All transfer requests must be submitted no later than 8/1/18.


Thursday 8/16/18: Bib Pickup @ Marathon Sports 5:30pm-7:30pm

2312 W 50th St, Minneapolis, MN 55410

Friday 8/17/18: Bib Pickup @ Battle Creek (Start Line) 5pm-7pm

75 Winthrop St S, St Paul, MN 55119

Sat 8/18/18: Race Day

7:15AM Registration Opens @ Start Line (75 S Winthrop, Saint Paul, MN)

8:30AM: Bluff Tuff Long 35K  (two full laps of the course)

9:30AM: Bluff Tuff Short 24K (one full lap plus one battle creek lap, take the shortcut!)

10:00AM: Trail Kids

Course details:

We pride ourselves on having a challenging course. We utilize paved trails, unpaved cross country ski trails, single track mountain bike trails and secret back-woods foot paths.

Be prepared for loose footing in locations, steep downhills on a few rocky sections that need to be navigated.

We work for months ahead of time to develop a course marking system. Thanks to a great team of volunteers we divide the course into sections that are marked the day before by our "section leaders". Our team gets up bright and early on race morning to double check everything.

Combination of signs, cones, and tape. Each race follows the same course so going the wrong way just isn't an option. We receive great reviews on our trail marking.

Have any questions about the course? Email us:


 *last updated 6/26/18

*last updated 6/26/18

water stops:

Plans for water stop locations are similar to last year, we will have water stops at a few strategic places on the course. We'll have portos at Battle Creek Road and at start/finish.

Medical support and Viking Nordic Ski Patrol will be strategically placed along the course with sweepers following behind.


Parking is available at the Battle Creek Rec Center, on the streets near the Rec Center and just around the corner at Battle Creek Elementary School.

Cancellation Policy

Race Modification and Cancellation in the Event of Severe Weather:

Urban Trail Series race organizers first priority is to ensure that all athletes participating in the events will be safe. The races may be cancelled or shortened in the case of severe weather including extreme heat and humidity, high winds and lightning.

We will utilize The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Heat and Humidity Guidelines for Races, as well as information from the National Weather Service to decide how the races will be managed in case of severe weather conditions.