Community Event This Weekend: Lake Minnetonka Half Marathon

Looking for something to do this weekend? What about run 13.1 miles along the beautiful shores of Lake Minnetonka? Too long for your liking? There is also a relay run and a kids run to meet every runner and non runner’s needs! The Lake Minnetonka Half Marathon is not to be missed!

This race is one of the premier half marathons in the state of Minnesota. I ran it last year and will be running it again this year. I think one of the greatest aspects of the race, besides it being on the shores of Lake Minnetonka, is the wide variety of runners. There are the very serious and fast runners all the way down to the walkers so it's very easy to step into the race and not feel out of place. There are bathroom and water stops along the way. The run down into Excelsior Commons is very fun and exciting too. They have an announcer announce your name as you are coming through the finish line and the energy of the crowd is contagious! And what a sense of accomplishment when they hand you your finisher's medal!

There are approximately 40 spots left for this May 5th event. The race starts at 7 AM in Wayzata and follows a scenic route from downtown Wayzata, along the shores of Lake Minnetonka, and ends at the Commons Park in Excelsior. Registration and race information can be found here.

Annually, over 2,000 people participate in this fun race that supports the Freshwater Society. The Freshwater Society aims to educate and engage people to value, conserve, and protect freshwater resources in and around Lake Minnetonka. The Lake Minnetonka Half Marathon Fund directly benefits the Freshwater Society and all their efforts to preserve our beautiful lake.

The Kid’s Run is roughly 0.4 miles and takes place inside the Common’s Park in downtown Excelsior. All kids will finish at the same location as the adult runners and will receive a finishers medal. What a healthy and great way to promote physical activity while supporting our natural resources.

Please be aware of the traffic on May 5th. The roads do not close down but the race course is on the normal roads so it does cause some congestion. If you're driving the morning of May 5th, please be on the lookout for the runners!