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Minnesota > Fishhook Challenge Half Marathon & 5K
Park Rapids, MN  •  Sunday, August 17, 2014  •  Course Map

Cancelled for 2014

The rolling hills and trails surrounding northern Minnesota's Fish Hook Lake are the setting for the Fishhook Challenge Half Marathon & 5K, a summertime road race around the shores of the lake from which the race gets its name.

An out-and-back loop race that starts and finishes at Heartland Park, near the entrance to the Heartland Trail, the course offers a race run on paved surfaces throughout with some of the best scenery of the state's lake country.

The race takes runners on a clockwise course around the lake, starting from the park and heading northward up Highway 71 and westward to Highway 18, where the course turns north again to begin its route around the lake. While these first five miles or so of the course are mostly flat stretches, the final seven miles along the Heartland Trail on the eastern side of the lake are hillier, followed by the last mile of the race, which is run on flat terrain.

A smaller road race event, the Fishhook Challenge Half saw more than 150 runners cross the finish line in the half marathon and 5K races combined in 2012, the event's 19th annual running. If you haven't pre-registered for the race, runners can register on race day, and the half marathon starts at 7:30 AM while the 5K begins at 9:30 AM.

(Organizers note that if you're fast enough, you can finish the half marathon in time to get back to the starting line to run the 5K.)

Race Weather & Climate

Located just south of Fish Hook Lake in central northern Minnesota, about 195 miles northwest of Minneapolis and roughly 85 miles east of Fargo, N.D., Park Rapids typically sees its second-warmest month of the year in August, which has brought record temperatures as low as 31°F (in 1982) and as high as 101°F (in 1976).

August Avg. Day of Race Monthly Precip.
Low: 54°F Low: 54°F Rain: 3.55 in.
High: 78°F High: 78°F Snow: 0 in.

Course Map

See the race route map for the Fishhook Challenge Half Marathon


See race website


To reserve your spot in the late summer 2014 running of Park Rapids's Fishhook Challenge Half Marathon, 5K or Duathlon challenge races, visit the event website.

Official Race Website


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