Taking place in Central Minnesota, the Minnesota Brothers Trail Series will showcase the beautiful trails in the St. Cloud area. For those familiar with Mainly Marathons, this series will be utilizing many of the aspects that has made Mainly Marathons so popular. Some of these aspects include:
Start Times: All races start at sunrise, 5:30 AM.
Lap Courses: This promotes a sense of community on the course with support around every corner, along with plenty of opportunities to take in the delicious treats at the aid station. Loops will likely be round 2-4 miles each, depending on the location.
Fantastic Food: Our food is delicious and plentiful. Options include tator tot scrambles, mini quiches, triple berry pancakes, french toast, quesaritos, and more!
Distance Options: 5K, 10K, 50K, Half Marathon, and Full Marathon.
Generous Time Limit: Slightly different than Mainly Marathons, there will be a 12 hour time limit.
Discounts: Mainly Marathons participants can use the discount code in The Loony Bin newsletter and Mainly Marathons Facebook Group, and St. Cloud River Runners can use the discount code in the SCRR newsletter and SCRR Facebook group page.
For those unfamiliar with these trails, we'll provide details on each course such as elevation change, terrain, and technical rating (1-5 difficulty scale).
Day 1: Prison Break
North Loop - Prison Trail
GPS: 45.543606, -94.131191 Terrain: Grass trail with many rolling hills and some steep climbs. There are a few "toe-catchers", such as tree roots. Elevation: ~250' of gain per lap. Technical: 3 out 5 (Moderate)
Day 2: River Runoff
Mississippi River County Park
GPS: 45.721920, -94.230903 Terrain: Crushed rock trail with very few "toe-catchers". Elevation: ~30' of gain per lap (~20' hill). Technical: 2 out of 5 (Easy-Moderate)
Day 3: Viking Voyage
Kraemer Lake Wildwood Park
GPS: 45.554446, -94.369288 Terrain: pending updated course measurements Elevation: pending updated course measurements Technical: 3 out of 5 (Moderate)
Day 4: Bunyan's Boot
Quarry Park and Nature Preserve
GPS: 45.535609, -94.241481 Terrain: Crushed rock and packed dirt trail with a few small hills. A few small "toe-catchers". Elevation: Less than 20' of gain per lap. Technical: 1 out of 5 (Easy)
Minnesota Brothers Trail Series will follow Mainly Marathons' Heartland Series, allowing runners to complete 11 races in 11 days! Are you ready to turn it up to 11?! We'll have a custom "11 in 11" belt buckle for those that complete this loony challenge (all 11 races must be a half marathon or longer).