Course-Records Crushed at City of Lakes Half

As a rising sun reflected on the still waters of Lake Harriet, people amassed on the lake’s western parkway road. Some who stood off to the side wore sweatshirts in the 55-degree air, but most donned fast shoes, short-shorts, and race-team singlets with numbered bibs. They stretched in the park, stood in line for one last bathroom break, and completed their last strides before the 8 a.m. start of the eighth in-person Jeff Winter City of Lakes Half Marathon, a storied local race that was first run as a full marathon in 1975.

An hour and a few minutes later, the men’s and women’s course records fell as a current professional runner, and a former pro took advantage of near-perfect weather to complete two figure-eights around Harriet and Bde Maka Ska.


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2022 Fall Training

GOAL RACES: CITY OF LAKES Half Marathon & TWIN CITIES MARATHON This Run Minnesota Training program is designed to prepare you for a fun and successful half marathon or marathon! […]

I Can See the Mailbox From Here

Before I landed on Reservation River Road, in Grand Portage, I lived on an old farm outside of Two Harbors, Minnesota, on another dead end road, and my oversized red mailbox was a quarter mile down the narrow dirt driveway, on the main road.
On my long runs I had two choices of routes; at the mailbox I could turn right, or I could turn left. Either way gave me many miles of dirt surface, forgiving on the old legs.

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Emily Quigley

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Danny Docherty

Program Director Danny Docherty is an elite runner, coach, and the new Run Minnesota Program Director . A native of St. Paul, MN, he attended Loyola University Chicago where he […]