Minnesota > Heart of the City Half Marathon & 5K
Saturday, June 5, 2010
Celebrating its 7th annual running in the late spring of 2010,
Burnsville's Heart of the City
Half Marathon offers participants a course that is run largely through
the city's beautiful, wooded park areas along Black Dog and Long Meadow
Lakes, two of the lakes set in the middle of the Minnesota Valley
National Wildlife Refuge, where coyotes, badgers, beavers and even bald
live side-by-side with the millions of residents of nearby Minneapolis
just 10 minutes away.
The course for the race follows an out-and-back route that begins just
south of the wildlife refuge at Nicollet Commons Park, near the center
of downtown Burnsville on Nicollet Avenue and East Travelers Trail.
From there, the first half of the course takes runners northward past
Cliff Fen Park (where the finish line and awards ceremonies are held)
and then into the wildlife park, turning eastward on Black Dog Road for
the race's longest straight stretch.
The race is run entirely on paved surfaces, along city roads and
highways and along the paved trails
inside the wildlife refuge. Along the way through the refuge, the
course is shouldered on either side by water -- by the Minnesota River
on one side and Black Dog Lake on the other, both of which are home to
several species of migratory birds and waterfowl.
The park's tall grass
prairies and wetlands are also part of the 13.1-mile tour, which
reaches the halfway turnaround point at the end of Black Dog Lake at
Jen Casperson Park. From there, where spectators will be grouped to
cheer on their friends and family in the race, runners will head back
along the same course they've just run to the finish line back at Cliff
Runners who volunteer to raise pledge donations for the event will
qualify for extra prizes and gifts, as the race is run to benefit the
local area's Tender Hearts Foundation, which provides programs that
offer services and assistance to homeless and at-risk youth.
Weather & Climate
The early weeks of summer bring pleasantly mild to moderately cool
weather conditions to the Burnsville area, which lies about 15 miles
south of Minneapolis. Average temperatures in June range between
79°F and 58°F, while rainfall totals average about 4.34
inches -- making it the city's wettest month of the year.
$35 if registered by May 1, 2010
$40 between May 2 - 28
$45 on the day of the race
To register for the spring 2010 running of Burnsville's Heart of the
Marathon, register online at Active.com
or print out and mail in this downloadable entry form.
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