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Run for the Lakes returns to Nisswa

There may be more people on foot than behind the steering wheel or in a driver's seat this weekend with the return of the 12th annual Run for the Lakes in Nisswa.

Denise Getting (left), Genny Babler and Sarah Boucher cross the finish line during 2018's Run for the Lakes in Nisswa. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch
Denise Getting (left), Genny Babler and Sarah Boucher cross the finish line during 2018's Run for the Lakes in Nisswa. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch

There may be more people on foot than behind the steering wheel or in a driver's seat this weekend with the return of the 12th annual Run for the Lakes in Nisswa.

The Brainerd Jaycees event began Friday, April 26, and continues Saturday. More than 100 members of the community and several local businesses support the event, according to its organizers, All proceeds from Run for the Lakes are donated to various nonprofits.

"It's run all by volunteers ... and all of the money goes back to our local community,'" said Kara Schaefer, director of the race. "Plus, it's one of the first marathons of the spring season, like for running, so that's kind of cool."

The Brainerd Jaycees provide development opportunities that empower young people to create positive change and the organization has donated more than $80,000 to charity with the proceeds from previous Run for the Lakes.

"We added a new challenge this year and it's called the 'Uffda Challenge,'" Schaefer said.

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Runners who complete the 5K Friday and the full marathon Saturday in the Uffda Challenge will receive extra swag, which includes an Uffda Challenge zip shirt and an additional clip on the medallion for completing, but runners had to have registered by Friday to be eligible.

"So they will be running two races and that's pretty tough to run the 5K Friday night and then Saturday morning run a full marathon," Schaefer said. "And we said, 'Uffda Challenge,' because when you run for that long, you're going to say, 'Uffda! That's a long way.'"

Essentia Health sponsored Friday's registration and packet pick-up at Gull Dam Brewing, which was followed by the 1K kids fun run, the 5K run/walk and the 5K awards at the Nisswa Community Center. More than 950 runners are estimated to participate in the two-day event.

Saturday's events include a full, half and relay marathon at 8 a.m.; a 10K at 8:30 a.m.; the 10K awards at 10 a.m. and the half marathon awards at 11:30 a.m. at the Nisswa Community Center; a Zer0K at noon; and the relay marathon awards at 12:30 p.m. and the full marathon awards at 1 p.m. at the Nisswa Community Center.

All races will start in Nisswa and end at the Nisswa Community Center at 25628 Main St.

Designated parking areas for runners in Nisswa include the Nisswa American Legion, St. Christopher's Church and the Nisswa Elementary School.

The 10K, half and full marathon courses close after six hours. The race is chip timed by Karma Race Management and the half marathon and marathon courses are certified by USA Track & Field.

Download the free smartphone app "It's Your Race" and search "Run for the Lakes" to find up-to-date registration and results. Use the hashtag "#RFTL2019" on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for things related to the Run for the Lakes in Nisswa.

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Awards will be given to the top three male and female overall finishers and the top three male and female winners in each age category for the 5K, 10K, half, relay and full marathon; the first place overall male, female and co-ed relay teams will also receive awards, according to officials.

All 10K, relay, half and full marathoners will receive a finisher medal and a T-shirt. And the 5K runners will receive a T-shirt.

Some suggested locations for spectators to cheer for the marathon and half marathon include:

• Start line on Lower Cullen Road.

• Lower Cullen Road and Poplar Avenue.

• County Road 13 and East Clark Lake Road.

• County Road 115 (Ojibwa Road) and Camp Lincoln Road.

• Clark Lake Road and South Clark Lake Road (adjacent to Paul Bunyan Trail).

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• Finish line at the Nisswa Community Center.

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