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RUNNING: Sour Grapes events scheduled June 9

The Sour Grapes Half and Half Marathon Trail Run is scheduled for 8 a.m. June 9 at Northland Arboretum.

Race director Sarah Adams said in a news release that registrations for the 11th annual event are coming in rapidly.

The four-event day kicks off with the 1-mile and one-half mile kids races at 8 a.m., followed by the half marathon run and the 10-kilometer run/walk at 8:45 a.m. Kids’ races are limited to those 12 and under. Age classes for adult events are listed on the website.

All events will be on the trails at the Northland Arboretum in Brainerd/Baxter.

More information and entry forms are available at the arboretum or at Online registration is also available on the website.

Participants are asked to pre-register if possible. Pre-registration price breaks end June 1. Paper registration must be received at the arboretum by 4 p.m. June 7. Online registration will also close at 4 p.m. June 7. This year in-person late registration will be available at the arboretum from noon to 8 p.m. June 8 and from 7 to 8:30 a.m. June 9. Kids registration closes at 7:30 a.m. June 9. The race will be limited to the first 500 adult registrants.

Registration fee includes a T-shirt (for those who register by June 1), post race refreshments and awards.

New this year is a pasta meal. The Black Bear Lodge and Saloon is offering a pasta special all day on June 8. The special is a bottomless pasta plate for $9.99.

The Sour Grapes Race originated 11 years ago when a group of local runners, led by Bob and Jeanne Larson, had their entries for Grandma’s Marathon rejected. They decided to run their own race and since that time Sour Grapes has grown into a successful area event and a major fundraiser for the arboretum. All proceeds go to the arboretum.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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