New Course - New Date
The 2019 Event will be held Saturday Sept 21, 2019 on the Dakota Rail trail west of the Twin Cities, Minneapolis & St Paul, Minnesota. We feature short to long walking distances: 10 km, 13.1 miles, 26.2 miles or 50 km.
The new course was selected by walkers to be walker-friendly. The paved asphalt trail follows an old railroad bed on the western outskirts of the Twin Cities. The races will start/finish in Mayer, MN. The Mayer Lutheran High School will be the starting/finishing facility
The Dakota Rail Trail is close to the many amenities of the Minneapolis/St Paul metro area.
This is an event designed for walkers. We welcome all walkers, including, but not limited to, ordinary walkers, fitness walkers, power walkers, nordic walkers, race walkers, hikers, walk/runners, wheelers and riders
Style of Walking
Walking means that at least one foot appears to be touching the ground at all times. Strolling, hiking, fitness walking, power walking and ordinary walking all follow this rule, as does Nordic walking and race walking.
Nordic Walking means that you must walk and use one walking pole in each hand on every step.
Race Walking means that you must follow USATF rule 232.2: “[…] a progression of steps so taken that the [race] walker makes contact with the ground so that no visible (to the human eye) loss of contact occurs. The advancing leg must be straightened (i.e., not bent at the knee) from the moment of first contact with the ground until the leg is in the vertical upright position.”
Mixture of Walking and Running means that you walk part of the time and run or jog part of the time. For more information on this style, check out the web site of Jeff Galloway, the inventor of the Galloway Run-Walk-Run method.
Wheeling means you use a self-propelled non-electric wheel chair.
Riding means you ride in stroller or other wheeled conveyance propelled by others. A Rider must be a member of a team that includes at least one pusher.
The Discounted Early Tier is closes on Jan 31. Marathon, Half & 50 km events include a guaranteed T-Shirt for registrations before Aug 25th. Late registration after Sept 1 has higher fees and the T-shirt is not included. The 5 km and 10 km events will have a finisher medal only and does not include a T-shirt.
Local time: 7:21 AM