|Jazz hands to reflect our excitement for the Ron Daws 25k!|
You read that correctly folks- five dollars! I shouldn’t even be posting about this race because I think its a bit of a runners’ secret. So here’s the plan: just tell all your frenemies to go pay $70 for the Team Ortho Get Lucky half marathon (plus $10 to park at the race and $10 to park at packet pickup), and then you can write your check for $5 (yes, check– there ain’t no fancy, highfalutin online registration for this race), and mail it in (yes, snail mail). And guess what? I’m 99.9% sure you’ll have the “better” long run.
This super secret race, my dear friend, is the Ron Daws Memorial 25k (25k = 15.5 miles). Its held in Hopkins, Minnesota at 8 am sharp on Saturday, April 6. With its voluminous hills, the Ron Daws is often a very popular race for people training for the Boston Marathon. However, this year the two races were too close together. (Boston is the Monday after next weekend) Boston training run or not, the Ron Daws definitely attracts some hardcore runners.
I’m going to start off by saying that I give this race a 9 out of 10. There was plenty of free parking at the Cross of Glory Baptist Church as well as heated bathrooms, (though two hundred runners were asking a lot out of those old church bathrooms.)
Again, you read that correctly- only 200 runners! The race is capped at 200, though there was still room this morning for race day registration (double the price though…at a whopping $10.)
If you’re looking for frills, cool gear, a medal, lots of crowd support, goodies at the finish, etc. then this is not the race for you. But if you’re looking for a down home, old school run for RUNNERS, for a price that fits the bill, then this is the race for you.
|No frills packet pickup in the church gym|
The course was funny. You did two laps of one loop, to get to about six miles, and then you did two laps of another loop to get you to the 15.5 mile distance. It was actually not too bad, because you knew what to expect after experiencing the hills the first time around, (though it was a little disheartening to get lapped by the winners around mile eight!) Running the same loop multiple times meant that you passed the solo support stop four times- perfect!
|Map of course|
|With my speedy running gal pals- and partners in crime for the Newport Marathon!|