Join us on Saturdays at 8am for an informal group run hosted by Run Minnesota Team Leads. Distances typically range from 3 miles to 10+ and all paces are welcome. Bring your own hydration and enjoy a run with a friendly welcoming group. Routes will be loosely organized in the spirit of past Polar Bear Runs. 

In a typical year, run locations change from week to week. With Covid precautions we will be meeting at the Lake Calhoun Executive Center Parking Lot to provide ample space for social distancing.  Preregistration is required. We will start with an 8:00 session pod of 25 runners. There will be a waitlist and we will add session pods in 10 minute increments with a limit of three pods. 

While we are excited to be taking this step towards a return to “normal” Run Minnesota Polar Bears group runs, we are still very much in the midst of a global pandemic and precautions must be taken to mitigate the risks of spreading the COVID-19 virus. To that end, please read and understand the following guidelines to be implemented at all Run Minnesota Polar Bear group runs. This is a changing and serious situation, and continuous communication is so important. Please know we’re here for your questions and the ever-present gray areas. Additionally, we understand that you may not personally agree with or find necessary all of the guidelines below. However, when you run with this group, you are representing Run Minnesota. Adhering to these guidelines is appreciated, and mandatory for participation. 

Guidelines for participating in Run Minnesota group runs:

  • Pre-Registration and Attendance – You are required to sign up for group runs in advance on the Run Minnesota Website. Participation will be limited to comply with current state guidelines and information needed for contact tracing will be collected. Run Minnesota volunteers will do a roll cal prior to the start of the group run. Anyone who is not preregistered will be instructed to run on their own. 
  • Health Survey – all runners are required to complete the online safety survey emailed to you within a 48 hour time period prior to attendance. 
  • Remain Socially Distanced –  Gather with at least six feet of distance. Do not hug, high-five or fist pump others as you would during a typical group run – big smiles and air-fives will have to do for now. Runners will be sent off in staggered starts.
  • Have a Face Mask – We will follow state guidelines and not require runners to wear a face mask while running. However, runners are required to wear a face mask when they are around others and not actively running – such as when gathering or departing a group run or taking group photos.
  • Do not attend a group run if you’ve had an elevated temperature (over 100 degrees) in the past three days.
  • Do not attend a group run if you have any of the symptoms related to COVID-19 per the CDC website that include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea.
  • Do not attend a group run if you have any known exposure to a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days, or until you have a confirmed negative COVID-19 test that took place at least five days post-exposure.
  • Do notify Run Minnesota runminnesota@gmail.com immediately if you have attended a group run and within 14 days test positive for COVID-19.