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2012 Surly Trail Loppet- Biggest event yet…

Surly Trail Loppet runners emerge from the woods.

With more and more Twin Cities runners keen on trail running, the Nordic Ski Foundation is anticipating the largest Surly Trail Loppet yet. “Last year we had over 700 participants. This year we are anticipating nearly one thousand,” said Foundation Director John Munger.

To accommodate the area’s burgeoning collection of urban trail runners, race directors of the Surly Trail Loppet decided to change the race format to a two wave start, as opposed to the mass start from years past. “Dividing into two waves will create a better experience for all the runners,” said Race Director Mike Erickson. “This will enable people to spread out on the trail- especially since so much of it is single track.  There will still be a lot of runners out there, but that is part of the fun of an urban trail run. More people to power you on the trail, more after-race party at the end.”

Mike Xiong on the Anwatin Ski Team finishes strong.

To handle these numbers accurately, the Surly Trail Loppet will be moving to a chip timing system as well. “This will really make a difference in the caliber of the run,” said Jenni O’Link who handles registration for the Nordic Ski Foundation. “It definitely pushes the event to the next level.”

With the trees quickly moving beyond budding and the forest floor turning green, conditions are perfect to capitalize on some early season trail runs. Consider getting in shape by participating in the UCare City of Lakes Tri-Loppet, June 23, 2012 (the race has a 5k trail running component) or join the City of Lakes Run Club. The Run Club meets bi-weekly for practices beginning July 9th and trains together up until the event. This club is specifically designed for those training for the half marathon.