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Minnesota > Wright County Law Enforcement Torch Run Half Marathon & 5K
Buffalo, MN  •  Saturday, May 5, 2012  •  Course Map

Set for its second annual running in 2012 along the rolling country roads that surround Buffalo Lake here in this small town of about 14,000 souls, nestled between the much larger Twin Cities area to its southeast and St. Cloud to its northwest, the Wright County Law Enforcement Half Marathon & Torch Run is also being run as a benefit for the Minneapolis-based Special Olympics Minnesota and adds the 5K distance for the first time this year.

Runners will follow an out-and-back course for the race that starts and finishes at Buffalo's Sturges Park, a small city park that lies along nearly 1,300 feet of the northeastern corner of Buffalo Lake. From there, runners will follow a clockwise route around the lake, with stretches south along Southeast Ahern Avenue (Highway 25), west along 8th and 10th Streets, north along Dempsey Avenue and east along 15th Street before heading back around to the park for the finish.

Along the way, runners will get to see a small part of what makes Minnesota truly the "land of 10,000 lakes," as the race route will take the field around, alongside or across no fewer than 10 lakes during the course of the race's 13.1 miles. The country roads that make up most of the race course will alternate between wide-open stretches alongside farm fields and tree-lined stretches through more wooded areas, as well as residential neighborhoods in other stretches and the lakeshore as runners are in the last few miles.

These lakes and the beauty of the natural environment played a big role in the town's founding, which dates all the way back to the mid-1850s when a small group of villagers living in nearby Winnebago decided to clear out a section of the woods near Buffalo Lake and make it their home. Ever since, the town has been known by the same name -- incidentally, not for the large mammals that roam the prairies, but for the buffalo fish, a species of carp that once was abundant in the lake back in the 1800s.

The race starting time is 8:00 AM in Sturges Park, and runners are asked to arrive at the park between 6:30 AM and 7:30 AM for the race packet pickup, when they'll be able to receive their race numbers and t-shirts.

Race Weather & Climate

Located between Buffalo Lake and Lake Pulaski in southeastern Minnesota, just over 40 miles northwest of Minneapolis, Buffalo typically sees cool to moderately warm weather in May, when average monthly temperatures range between 68°F and 46°F. On the day of the race (May 5), the average high is 65°F and the average low is 43°F, while rainfall totals average just over 3.2 inches for the month, as the town experiences its wettest weather in the late spring and early summer.

Course Map

View the race route map for the Wright County Law Enforcement Torch Run Half Marathon


$50 for the half marathon, if registered by March 4, 2012
$60 between March 5 - April 4
$75 between April 5 - May 4

$25 for the 5K


To reserve your spot in the late spring 2012 running of Buffalo's Wright County Law Enforcement Torch Run Half Marathon or 5K race, visit the event website.

Official Race Website


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