Welcome to the City of Trails Run

St. Croix Falls is the “City of Trails” for good reason. Miles of city-limit trails wind through this ancient, glaciated valley via the Ice Age National Scenic Trail segments and alongside the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway. Take the opportunity to celebrate health, wellness and physical activity with FIVE great running/hiking events on trails. There’s an enjoyable racing experience for any level or runner or trail enthusiast!

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Race Information

Date of Race: June 10th, 2017

6:30 am – 8:30 am: Race Day Registration and Bib/Chip Pick-up at the St. Croix Falls Middle School
6:30 am: Half-Marathon Hiker Soft Start
7:30 am: Half-Marathon Start
8:30 am: 1K Kids Trail Run Start, 10K Hiker Soft Start, Registration Closes
9:00 am: 5K & 10K Trail Run (simultaneous start)
10:15 am – 1:00 pm: Finish Line Festivities (Food, Music, 13.1 Finish), Shuttle Service from Overlook Deck to SCF Middle School Parking lot
10:30 am: Little Hiker Hustle at Overlook Deck
10:45 am: 5K and 10K Awards Ceremony

Course: Half Marathon
Location Start: St. Croix Falls Middle School
Race Start Time: 7:30 am (Half Marathon Race), 6:30 am (Half Marathon Hikers)
Location Finish: Overlook Deck, downtown St.Croix Falls
Facility Info: Ample parking, Indoor bathroom facilities

Course Summary: Tough and Gorgeous. You won’t regret taking on these 13.1 gorgeous miles of St. Croix Valley. Just about 3 miles of asphalt is all that interrupts the amazing and rugged Ice Age Trail sampler. Designed by local marathoner Tammi Braund and Ice Age Trail volunteer Wanda Brown, celebrate the challenge of a new and beautiful half-marathon.

Attention Hikers! Soft Start for Half Marathon Hikers: 6:30 am (no official time recorded)

Course Conditions:

  •  Just about 3 miles of asphalt is all that interrupts the amazing and rugged Ice Age Trail sampler.

Course: 10K Trail Run
Location Start: St. Croix Falls Middle School
Race Start Time: 9:00am
Location Finish: Overlook Deck, downtown St.Croix Falls
Facility Info: Ample parking, Indoor bathroom facilities

Course Summary: An Ice Age Trail sampler, the 10K trail run course routes over the rugged rock outcrops of Reigel Trail, a grassy path that parallels the Polk County Fairgrounds plus brand new Ice Age segment that connects to the forested footpaths of Zillmer Loop. The Mindy Creek trail segment descends into fern-laden, cathedral-like valley and gradually ascends to views of the St. Croix through the tree tops. Crossing Hwy. 87 into Lion’s Park, a quick right leads to the Indianhead segment: a quick and smooth there and back following the river and several babbling, spring-fed creeks. Hamilton Street connects to the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway Visitor Center and Gaylord Nelson Riverwalk, which leads to a satisfying final leg finish at the Overlook Deck.

Attention Hikers! The 10K Trail Run is open to hikers. Hiker Soft Start is at 8:30am on race day. Get a head start and allow a timely finish to enjoy refreshments, live music and other post-race activities–at a pace that allows smelling the flowers.

Course Conditions

  • Dirt single track or grassy paths with occasional rugged rock outcrops on Ice Age Trail segments.
  • Picturesque forest and river valley views.
  • A few gradual uphills, predominantly downhill or flat as course heads toward the river
  • Approximately 1 kilometer of asphalt street to connect paths
  • Ice Trail Segments are clearly marked with the characteristic yellow blaze, a rectangle shaped piece of plastic attached at eye-level to trees. Where no trees are convenient to mark the path, a white paint blaze may be found on rocks or a rock cairn set up to mark the way.
  • Trail is not suitable for strollers or baby joggers.

Course Records:

2014, Michael Borst, 21, 38:39
2014, Tammi Braund, 35, 46:42

 

Course: 5K Trail Run
Location Start: St. Croix Falls Middle School
Race Start Time: 9:00am
Location Finish: Overlook Deck, downtown St.Croix Falls
Facility Info: Ample parking, Indoor bathroom facilities

Course Summary: The 5K course follows asphalt paths though beautiful woodland, city streets lined with historic houses, and quaint downtown St. Croix Falls. The last leg treks past the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway Visitor Center and alongside the St. Croix River on the Gaylord Nelson Riverwalk to a spectacular finish at the Overlook Deck.

Course Conditions:

  • Start of 5k at St. Croix Falls Middle School
  • Lightly uphill at the beginning on asphalt bike trail.
  • Downhill coast toward downtown on city streets.
  • Flat, fast finish on asphalt trail along the scenic St. Croix River.
  • Stroller friendly.

Course Records: 

2010, Dan Sutton, 29, 15:04
2014, Heather Wimer, 18:40

Course: Baby Mammoth Kids 1K Trail Run
Location Start: St. Croix Falls Middle School
Race Start Time: 8:30am
Location Finish: St. Croix Falls Middle School
Facility Info: Ample parking, Indoor bathroom facilities

Course Summary: Run like a deer through the woods in this quick and exciting traipse.  An excellent way to start a trail running career!

Course Conditions:

  • Level terrain with short uphill climb at the beginning
  • Dirt paths and grassy field on 99% of route
  • Race route clearly marked with plenty of volunteers pointing the way

Other Info: 

  • Ages 5-12
  • All trail runners receive Custom Wooden “Champion Trail Runner” Medallion & Trail Run T-shirt
  • Overall Male and Female Winners receive Baby Mammoth Prize
  • Parents welcome to run with child, no extra fee or registration necessary
  • Awards ceremony immediately before the start of the 5k/10K

Attention Hikers! 

Lil’ Hiker Hustle: Short and cute, the two-block straight-shot on the Gaylord Nelson Riverwalk for ages 2-5 is just for fun:  no registration or fee necessary. Race begins approximately 10:15 am, following finish of the 5 & 10K.  Exclusive Lil’ Hiker Award Ceremony immediately after race.

Prizes: 

  • Each participant receives a custom City of Trail Half-Marathon wooden medal and a quality performance t-shirt.
  • Overall male and female winners: 5K/10K–handmade ceramic stein, Half Marathon—handmade ceramic plate, both created by local potter Leif Bjornson
  • Division prizes–City of Trails lanyard with handmade wooden branded medallion

DIVISIONS: 11-15, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+

Early Bird Registration (Register Prior to 5/1/2017)

  • 1K = $10
  • 5K & 10K= $20 
  • Half Marathon = $30

Standard Registration (Register between 5/2/2017 – 6/9/2017)

  • 1K = $10
  • 5K & 10K= $25 
  • Half Marathon = $40

Race Day Registration (Register on Race Day – 6/10/2017)

  • 1K = $10
  • 5K & 10K= $30
  • Half Marathon = $50

SPECIAL DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE for Families and Youth Race Teams

  • Family Discount = $10 off of each registration (Works for any race. Family members can run in different races too!)
  • Youth Race Team = Flat $10 per runner for any race (All runners must run the same race and must be 18 years or younger!)

Note: Abuse of the discounts will cause for immediate disqualification in the race. All discounts will be applied when registering in the online registration page here –> Register