This is the official race registration page for the Union Grove Trail Races. Please refer to the Sioux Falls Area Running Club's website and SFRAC Facebook page for the most up-to-date information on this race, and the other races in the Trail Race Series. www.runsiouxfalls.org / www.facebook.com/RunSiouxFalls
*NO REFUNDS* *NO VIRTUAL EVENT WILL BE HELD*
4 & 8 mile races are the same price.
’20 SF Run Club Member: $30 till Sept 7th - $40 through race day
Non-Member: $35 till Sept 7th - $45 through race day
Not a member and want to become one? Sign up at www.runsiouxfalls.org
Sign up for all three races at once! Select ‘3 Race Series' for the 4-mile or 8-mile Union Grove Trail Races to sign up for all three short or long races. Need to change which distance you run for any of the races? Just contact the race director through the ‘Ask a question’ link on ultrasignup.com
*only one price for the series: $100
*Runners who run all 3 races will earn a special swag gift!
About This Race and Course Description
Union Grove Trail Races will be ran for the first time in 2020. Just a couple miles off of the interstate you wouldn't think there would be such a great little park waiting there to be ran, hiked, or biked.
Union Grove is a mix of woods and prairie with rolling hills throughout. The trail is multi-use and is generally 6ft wide in most places with a defined track. It's mostly gravel and hard packed dirt but there are sections with roots and grass too. The races will start/finish in the same place, a day use area with a small parking lot and vault toilet. The races will head directly onto the trail and complete a loop for the 4 mile finish while the 8 mile runners will repeat the loop for a second time.
There is a modern comfort station (bathroom, shower, sink, water fountain) in the camping area of the park if needed. There is also a wonderful 1 mile single track trail that loops through a different section of the park that is a must run for a warmup or cool down.
Do we need a park pass to get into the park on race day?
Yes, all State Parks require a park permit, or day pass to enter the park. Self registration envelopes will be available at packet pickup so you can fill out your information in advance and drop your envelope in the drop box. You can purchase an annual park permit online or at Scheels, The Outdoor Campus, Wal-Mart, and Ace Hardware. Go here for more information: http://gfp.sd.gov/state-parks/permits
Do we get a shirt for participating?
Maybe...for the Trail Series Races we will be giving out different swag items yearly.
Are the races chip timed?
Not at this time and we do not anticipate ever needing chip timing for our races.
Are headphones allowed?
Yes, but you must be mindful of your surrounding if wearing them. Trail races generally take more concentration given the terrain, and with narrow trails and many turns, you'll need to be able to hear if people are needing to pass you and take directions from any volunteers.
Can I get my money back if I can't run?
No, but if you do cancel 14 days prior to the race, you can put your fee towards another race in the series.
I've never run trails, how do I train for these races?
Find a gravel road, run on the grass next to the sidewalk or bike trail, or better yet, head to Sertoma Park and run the flat, wide trails there. There is also single track trails along the south side of the bike trail in Yankton Trail Park between Minnesota and Western Ave and in Tuthill Park. This will get you used to running on uneven ground. Be very careful as you ease into it and be mindful of you footfalls. After you've mastered that, head to any of the other trails around Sioux Falls: Leaders Park, Great Bear Recreation Area, Big Sioux Rec, Good Earth State Park, Newton Hills, Beaver Creek Nature Area, Union Grove State Park, etc. SFARC host a group run every Thursday night at Good Earth State Park - 6pm - if you'd like to run with a group too.
Can I run with my dog?
No, pets are not allowed to run in the Trail Race Series.
Race Day Entry
Online registration ends Thursday, September 10th at 5PM. We will have limited paper registration at packet pickup and on race day up until 1/2 hour PRIOR to the race start time. CASH or CHECK ONLY.
Local time: 11:58 AM