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No matter if it is your first 5K race or your hundredth, when you register for a 5K race it will keep you motivated and on task to reach your goal of running a successful 5K race. By actually setting up a date on your calendar, you pinpoint the time that you have to be ready to step on that starting line of your 5K race.

Prepare a training schedule immediately after booking your 5K race. New runners should begin with light training and build into a longer running routine.

Circle the Lake Half Marathon,10K, and 5K

Marked by beautiful views and a country feel, the Circle the Lake Half Marathon, 10k, and 5k will take you along the shores of Circle Lake in rural Rice County, MN. Located just 20 minutes south of the Burnsville, MN, these courses are run over rolling hills on a mix of paved and dirt roads.  It is possible to spot bald eagles, osprey, deer, ducks, pelicans, and to hear the hum of a distant tractor.  Runners will have views of the island in Circle Lake, home to many species of wildlife.  These courses are open to competitive racers, families, dogs, kids, seniors, and are IPOD friendly.   We start and end at the historic Millersburg School House and you will follow the same route the Jesse James Gang once traveled.    The Half Marathon is certified (Certification Code MN14042RR). Since it is held two weeks before the Twins Cities Marathon, it is perfect for those of you training for that race.  Our half marathon will test your mettle as there are some hills.  All races will be chip-timed. There will be posted mile markers and water/sports drinks will be available throughout the course.  All racers registered prior to September 1st will get a commemorative t-shirt. We cannot guarantee a t-shirt for registrations posted after that date.  Medals will be awarded to all half marathon finishers.  We will also have prizes for race age group winners.   There is a $5 price increase for each race on April 1.  And another $10 increase on September 1.  Register early to assure your spot and save some money. Online, pre-registration is preferred. If you prefer not to register online you can go to the Circle the Lake website at www.circlethelake.com to obtain a paper registration form that you can mail in.  You can also visit that website to see course maps and get the latest updates.  Same-day registrations will be available if the race doesn't fill up, and we accept cash, check.  Races are rain or shine and we cannot offer refunds or transfers to another person.  Invite your family and friends to cheer you on and celebrate your accomplishment at the Boonies Bar and Restaurant, located at the start/end of the race.  Boonies is pleased to offer you one complimentary drink of your choice after you finish. Registration starts at 7:30 A.M. and the races begin at 9 A.M.  Circle Lake is used for recreation, sports and by naturalists.  This is a charity event sponsored by the Circle Lake Association. www.circlelake.org  The association has many projects completed and many more planned to improve the lake's watershed.  The proceeds from this event go toward funding those projects.
Race Events
5K Walk and Run 10K Walk and Run ½ Marathon 
The route is a beautiful paved and dirt road course around Circle Lake in Rice County, Minnesota.
Race Weather and Climate
Races are rain or shine.
Race Fees
No fee information specified.
Race Registration
Half Marathon $45 until 4/2/2017 then $50 until 9/3/2017 then $60 10K $35 until 4/2/2017 then $40 until 9/3/2017 then $50 5K $30 until 4/2/2017 then $35 until 9/3/2017 then $45 If you would refer not to register online you can get a paper registration form from our website www.circlethelake.com and mail it in.

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