Saturday, October 3, 2020 • Fergus Falls, MN • Course Map
Note: The half marathon event described below has been replaced with a 10-mile run for 2020.
Formerly known as the Athletic Republic Run, the Lake Region Run Half Marathon, Relay, 5K & 1-Mile takes runners on a tour of this town of about 14,000 residents in west-central Minnesota, and is set for its 13th annual running this year.
Throughout the 13.1 miles of the half-marathon route, runners are taken past historic local architectural gems as well as several of the town’s more than 500 acres of parks and green space areas, along a fast and mostly flat loop course.
While the 5K and 1-mile family fun run are open to both runners and walkers, the half-marathon portion of the race is open to runners only. Strollers are likewise prohibited along the 13.1-mile half marathon course, but are allowed for participants on both the 5K and 1-mile fun run courses.
Visitors to Fergus Falls — which lies about 180 miles northwest of Minneapolis, and 25 miles east of the state border with North Dakota — can expect ample opportunities for outdoor recreation, including the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center, the Pine to Prairie Birding Trail and the Otter Trail Scenic Byway, a 150-mile loop trail through the area’s more than 1,000 lakes and wildlife-rich wetland areas.
Runners start all races near Roosevelt Park, at the intersection of Sheridan Street and Mt. Faith Avenue, and from there the half marathon follows a mostly counter-clockwise loop around the city.
The race includes a pair of bridge crossings over the Otter Tail River Reservoir, and finishes with a run around the shoreline of Lake Alice before bringing runners back in to the finish line at Roosevelt Park.
Race Weather & Climate
Located in central western Minnesota, about 180 miles northwest of Minneapolis and roughly 60 miles southeast of Fargo, N.D., Fergus Falls typically sees October temperatures that average between the low 30s and the low 60s, while rainfall totals average just over 2 inches for the month.
On the day of the race (Oct. 3), the average low is 40°F and the average high is 62°F.
- 2019 Lake Region Run Half Marathon Results
- 2018 Lake Region Run Half Marathon Results
- 2017 Lake Region Run Half Marathon Results
- 2016 Lake Region Run Half Marathon Results
- 2015 Lake Region Run Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Lake Region Run Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Athletic Republic Run Half Marathon Results
- 2012 Athletic Republic Run Half Marathon Results
- 2011 Athletic Republic Run Half Marathon Results
- 7:30 AM – 10-mile, relay
- 8:15 AM – 1-mile
- 9:00 AM – 5K
see event website
To reserve your spot in the 2020 running of the 10-mile, 5K or one-mile race at Fergus Falls’s Lake Region Run, register online at Active.com here.
Official Race Website
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