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Minnesota > Heart of the City Half Marathon & 5K
Burnsville, MN



Saturday, June 5, 2010

Event Details

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 eagles 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 Fen Park.

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.

Race 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 City Half Marathon, register online at Active.com or print out and mail in this downloadable entry form.



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