Out with the Candy, in with the Turkey – trot that is…

Happy Halloween! After the candy is dished out and the cobwebs are put away – you might think what’s next? Well, we are challenging you and your family to get out on Turkey Day and do a trot.

We’ve got 5 picks for you:

  1. Turkey Day Trail Trot – Battle Creek Park, St. Paul – 8 a.m.

This trail race has a mix of mid and long distance options.


2. Tonka Turkey Trot – Minnetonka High School, Minnetonka – 8:30 a.m.

The 6th Annual Tonka Turkey Trot is a 5K run/walk geared towards families.


3. Drumstick Dash – Lake Harriet, Minneapolis – 7:30 a.m.

There a multiple races including a 1 mile, a kid’s half-mile and a 10K.


4. Beast 2 Feast 5K – Lake Calhoun, Minneapolis – 9 a.m.

This race is a benefit for Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota.


5. The Turkey Trot – St. Paul – 7:30 a.m.

There is a 6K and a 10K option, with an early start to get you back in the kitchen before noon.



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Your Weekend Top 5 for Sept 25-27


  1. Dave Ryan’s 5k & 10k For Special Olympics

Saturday, September 26

The 2015 Dave Ryan’s 5K & 10K will be held Sept. 26 at Boom Island Park, 724 Sibley St. NE, Minneapolis, MN. Registration starts at 7 a.m, the 10K begins at 9 a.m., and the 5K starts at 9:05 a.m.

This annual event is a fun, family-friendly 5K & 10K run/walk to support the more than 8,000 athletes of Special Olympics Minnesota.


2. Legends Tonka Trot 5k and 1 mile

Saturday, September 26

Legends 10K is being combined with Tonka Trot 5K in 2015. In addition, there is a Family 1.5 Mile Fun Run.  All races will start and end at Groveland Elementary School.  By combining races, the event will be bigger and stronger than ever.


3. Fall Harvest – Stock up on Healthy Fall Veggies

Saturday & Sunday – September 26 & 27

It’s going to be a beautiful weekend and the perfect time to visit the St. Paul Farmers’ Market.  We have a bounty of fresh local produce for all your canning and freezing needs. Thinking about making salsa…we have it all. Tomatoes, peppers, garlic, leeks and more. Melons, squash and pumpkins are a sure sign that fall has arrived.

Have you ever given any thought about purchasing an electric car?  We are hosting an electric car show at the market on Sunday, September 20th from 9am – 1pm.  Join us in learning about the ins and outs of electric cars.


4. Itascatur/ Headwaters 100 Bike Ride

Saturday, September 26

This includes a 45, 75 & 100 mile ride. The longer rides go through Itasca State Park and the 45 mile ride also goes north of Park Rapids. Food and beverage stops include restroom facilities and bike repair. SAG wagons patrol all routes with first aid/ repair supplies.


5. Warrior 196 Memorial 5K

Saturday, September 26

The Warrior 196 is a memorial 5k run to honor and remember the four graduates of Independent School District 196 who died while actively serving our country. Proceeds from the event will be used to provide scholarships to students currently enrolled in Independent School District 196.


Five ways to get Outdoor and Explore


  1. Jay Cook State Park Walk

Saturday, September 19 – 9 am – Carlton, MN

Walk with family, friends and neighbors on trails throughout this beautiful state park. Two loops totaling 10km (6 miles) or walk whatever distance you are able. Non-competitive walk with rewards for any participant wishing one for a small fee. Registration site: Picnic area by River Inn Interpretive Center. Event times: Start any time after 9 a.m. and finish by 5:00 p.m. Trail marker removal will begin at 3:00 p.m.

2. Log Run 10 Mile and 5K

Saturday, September 19 – 8 am – Stillwater, MN

The last race of our 2015 season is right around the corner. The Freight House Stillwater Log Run is September 19. This race brings performance to a new level on a gently sloping decent through the beautiful St. Croix valley ending in scenic downtown Stillwater. On this site you’ll find all the information you need about this premier St. Croix Valley running event.


3. Joe’s Ski Swap and Sale

September 17-20

Stop by to deal hunt!


4. Guided Hike – Cascade Falls – Lake Superior

September 19, 10 am

Linking people with nature by footpath along Lake Superior’s North Shore.

2015 SHTA GUIDED HIKE PROGRAM: The 2015 SHTA Guided Hike Program offers hikes throughout the year on different sections of trail, Join a guided hike, experience different sections of the trail, and meet others who enjoy the sport of hiking!

5. Yoga at Aamodt’s Apple Farm – FREE!

Monday, September 21 – 6 pm – Stillwater, MN

Enjoy a beautiful evening on the lawn of an orchard, with Studio One Yoga and followed by Happy Hour. How can you miss this?


Weekend Top Five! August 15/16


Run for the Melon 5K/10K Walk/Run Race

Saturday, August 15

The Run for the Melon 5K and 10K Walk/ Run is located on the Otter Trail Scenic Byway in Vining, Minnesota. The race course takes the participant through the rural Otter Tail County countryside with rolling hills, lakes and fields of fresh cut alfalfa and grain fields as a back drop.



Yoga at Tettegouche State Park

Free – Wednesday mornings

Namaste! Tettegouche State Park held its first FREE Lake Superior yoga session this morning, and will continue to offer free Wednesday morning sessions for 8 weeks.

The class consists of gentle postures and slow movements to help the body get back in balance. A mat, blanket and water bottle are recommended. The sessions are led by Kim Josephson, a RYT500 and Certified Yoga Therapist from the International Yoga Institute Yoga North.

Next week’s event details: http://bit.ly/1HGLe3j

Passport Club Challenge

Free – Hike at your own pace.

This is a fantastic way to get outdoors all season long, plus an inspiring story!


Congrats to Sue and Olive for camping and/or hiking in all of Minnesota’s state parks and recreation areas, A-Z, and completing the Passport Club!

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Cyclists of Gichee Gumee Shores – COGGS

Duluth Traverse Trail

Free – Bike at your own base

The Duluth Traverse Trail recently received International recognition. Get on your mountain back and day trip.


Tonka Paparazzi

Big Island and Back Paddle

Saturday, August 15

Big Island and Back paddle event Saturday, August 15th presented by Excelsior Brewing Company. Get a canoe, kayak or paddleboard, start at Excelsior Beach and enjoy a friendly race around Big Island. All ages, any skill level. After party, door prizes, awards and music at Excelsior Brewery. Register at www.bigislandandback.com. Proceeds benefit ICA Food Shelf and Freshwater Society. Don’t miss this one!


Our 5K Picks for this Weekend.

1.August 8th, 2015 – St. Paul

The inaugural BIG 5K RACE  is a  fun exciting community event which includes entertainment, FABULOUS prizes and GREAT food. This is an event for all ages- bring the entire family. You may run or walk and watch the kids run too. Got a little one who is too young to run? There is a day care for them so you can participate!


2. August 8th, 2015 – Minneapolis

Join us with a run/walk around beautiful Lake Calhoun in support of Muscular Dystrophy!  Rock the Pavement  is put on by the The Greg Marzolf Jr. Foundation and donates 100% of proceeds to The University of Minnesota Paul and Sheila Wellstone Muscular Dystrophy Center. Rock the Pavement to end Muscular Dystrophy!


3. August 8th, 2015 – Duluth

Get ready to Run Like An Animal on Saturday August 8th.  This 5k fun run and walk is the only time you are allowed to run wild through the zoo!  Everyone from serious trail runners to families love this event. Come as you favorite animal or dress as your perfect self and support the zoo.  Afterwards, Party Like An Animal with prizes, refreshments, entertainment, zoo animals and more!


4. August 8th, 2015 – Chaska

Head 4 Awareness is a 5K Run for Concussion Awareness. This event raises awareness for youth concussion, the 5k Run/Walk course is through the beautiful, paved trails of Chaska. There will be a water stop at the half way point.


5. August 9th, 2015 – White Bear Lake

The Pine Tree Apple benefits cancer research at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. The Pine Tree Run will be held around beautiful Birch Lake in White Bear Lake, MN. They are a great way for the… More whole family to actively participate in the Pine Tree weekend. The 10K Run, 5K races take place on a scenic, certified course and will be chip-timed. There is a Kids Fun Run which is 1/2 a mile for children 9 and under.


Weekend Top Five!


1. Race Today 5K

Sunday, August 2

Target Field

Run with us to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Join Glen, Alisha and the Minnesota Twins players for a great race where everyone finishes on Target Field!


2. Tour de Save

Saturday, August 1

Riverside Park, Northfield

Join the Cannon Valley Velo Club for the annual 12th Tour de SAVE bike ride through the beautiful country side surrounding Northfield, MN. There are several routes available for everyone. Choose from one of four ride distances. The 10-mile route is perfect for the casual rider and families, the 25-mile route will offer a bit more distance, while the 62-mile route will offer challenging hills and beautiful vistas and the gravel road ride offers a challenging option to the road. SAVE’s mission is to prevent suicide through public awareness and education, reduce stigma, and serve as a resource for those touched by suicide.



3. Big Brothers/ Big Sisters 5k

Saturday, August 1

Fort Snelling, Saint Paul

Throw on your sneakers and run/walk for a great cause on Saturday, August 1st at picturesque Fort Snelling Park! Enjoy the views and natural beauty, all while getting in a bit of exercise. The 5K will start at 9:30 a.m., with check-in beginning at 8:30 a.m. The race will end in the same location as the Big Brothers Big Sisters Annual Picnic, and all 5K participants are invited to stay and enjoy free food and games!


4. Chocolate Frolic 10k

Saturday, August 1

Appleton, WI

Love chocolate? This run is for you! The Chocoholic Frolic 5k/10k is coming to Appleton, Wisconsin and it’s fun for all! Are you competitive? The 5k and 10k are chip timed and you will be rewarded with chocolate at the finish line. Just want to take your sweet time? Run, jog, or walk your way through these courses and enjoy two chocolate stops along the way from VandeWalle’s Candies! At the finish line you will be greeted with melted chocolate with treats for dipping and Rebecca’s Sweets Boutique will be providing double chocolate cupcakes at the finish line! Each participant will receive a pullover hoodie, race tote, and a Chocoholic Frolic Finisher Bar.


5. Como Park Cross Country Relay

Saturday, August 1

Como Park, Saint Paul

This series of races (which began in 1974) are a great way to get in shape and improve your fitness. All level of runners are encouraged to compete and have fun. If you do not have a partner, just show up early and we will find you one. Help make the 2015 relays the biggest and best ever!


Weekend Top 5! July 17-19


1. The Color Dash

Saturday, July 18, Saint Louis Park


Serious family fun alert! Curious about a family 5k? This is a great one to start with. Pretty, dirty fun. And – the group organizers have donated back over million dollars since inception.

2. The Iron Cowboy

Saturday, July 18, Waconia


Get inspired! Cheer on the Iron Cowboy.

Who is The IronCowboy and What Is 50-50-50?“ I am an athlete.  I am a husband.  I am a proud father of four daughters and a son.  I compete in endurance races and Ironman Triathlons.  Currently I hold two world record in 70.3 and 140.6 triathlon racing.  I am not satisfied.  What’s next?  The seemingly Impossible…..” 50 Ironman courses, 50 consecutive days, through all 50 States.

3. Conquer Your Mountain Bike

Times Vary, Iron Range


Avid mountain bikers are buzzing about the state-of-the-art network of mountain bike trails at Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area at Crosby, near the Brainerd Lakes area. This 22-mile trail network winds through a landscape created by 70 years of iron ore mining. This man-made terrain consists of old mining pits and tall piles of ruddy rock excavated from the pits. Nature is working on reclaiming the area: water has filled the pits and turned them into 15 deep lakes, and trees and shrubs have taken root on the rugged landscape. As it turns out, it’s a landscape perfect for crafting a maze of trails to conquer by bike.

4. Glow Run

TONIGHT! Thursday, July 16, Hastings


This is the 2nd Annual Glow Run for the kickoff to Hastings Rivertown Days.  This family fun event takes place at the Hastings YMCA where we will have glow paint, obstacle course, a GA-GA pit, arts & crafts, and ice cream from Schoolhouse Scoop.  Of course the race will be in there too!  We have a 2k family fun run as well as an 8K race as well.

Dress to glow and enjoy this super fun family event where all the proceeds will benefit the Hastings YMCA Annual Campaign… by making youth development, healthy living and social responsibility in our community more affordable.

5. Free Yoga in the Park

Saturday, July 18, Stillwater


As a part of a long list of fun activities for Stillwater Log Jam days – join a few hundred of your closest friends for free yoga in the park. In Lowell Park – Presented by Studio One Yoga & Massage. All levels welcome!