Before competing in a race, it’s smart to build up your endurance with weekly runs or one practice race the night before. Be prepared with this Groupon.
Choose from Three Options
- $19 for 5K entry for one (up to a $35 value)
- $38 for 5K entry for two (up to a $70 value)
- $76 for 5K entry for four (up to a $140 value)<p>
Values include a $5 processing fee.<p>
The Thanksgiving Day race takes place on Thursday, November 28, at 9 a.m. The scenic 3.1-mile course follows the Lake Calhoun Parkway around the lake, and participants are welcome to run or walk it. Along with entrance to the race, runners receive a commemorative T-shirt and race bib. The event raises money for the Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota and the Minnesota Heat youth basketball association.<p>
Once registered, runners will need to pick up their race packets on November 26 or 27 at the Sports Authority at 1750 Highway 36 in Roseville. Packets may be retrieved between the hours of 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Race-day pickup will also be available.<p>
The Mud Games
The Mud Games, an exceptionally muddy merger of obstacles and distance, challenges participants of all ages and fitness levels to eschew traditional races in favor of a down-and-dirty good time. At the start of each heat, 200 runners hurl themselves into 3.1- or 1.5-mile courses strewn with sloppy bogs, rope webs, walls, and a mud slide. To keep racers on even terms, the organizers have sprinkled in a handful of mystery obstacles, which may include anything from waist-high water trenches to nephews who need help with their algebra homework. Prizes are awarded for the top three male and female finishers.
But the race isn't just for the sake of getting dirty. It was also started for charitable reasons: the majority of the proceeds go to the Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, with additional funding given to the Minnesota Heat youth basketball association. Interested runners can register as individuals or teams, and friends and family are encouraged to come out as spectators and cheer them on.