A fun fall workout which raises food pantry funds is back for a second running when the PrinceTEN Miler Race will be hosted 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, starting from the Civic Center, 503 Ninth St. N, and will run on the north side of town. Runners again can choose between challenging themselves in either a 10-mile or five-mile route.
And since Halloween is on the horizon, costumes are encouraged once again which adds the zing to the event.
The course will loop through Pioneer Park a couple times, then traverses through Shady Acres and past the two elementary schools.
“I would say the route is on half trail and half residential street,” described organizer Kris Lofgren. “Pioneer Park has beautiful trails by the river. And they’re well-groomed, wide trails. It’s very pretty out there.”
She continued, “The 10-mile is a good distance to strive for, and it’s gaining in popularity. And this event kind of follows in the footsteps of the old Princeton to Milaca Race which used to be held. We had a fair amount of costumes last year, which makes it fun. We really lucked out with the weather last year and hoping this year is the same.”
Todd Kluglin of Maple Grove is the defending champ of the PrinceTEN Miler, setting the standard at 1:08:31.89 last autumn. Jamie Grant of Zimmerman was the top female finisher who ran the course in 1:19.27.82. Chris Thorson took eighth to be the high-placing runner from Princeton.
John Kallemeyn of Silver Lake (30:30.27) and Amber Kleiman of Minneapolis (42:52.0) were the fastest man and woman in the 2015 five-mile race.
Race divisions awards will be given to the top three male and female finishers in each age group. Divisions begin at ages 19-under, then 10-year increments up to 50-over. Walkers are welcome on the five-mile course only.
Early registration deadlines are past, so race fees are $35. The online sign-up can be found at princetenmiler.squarespace.com.
Along with the net proceeds going to the Princeton Food Shelf, Lofgren encourages runners to donate a dry goods food item on race day to stack the impact further.
Net proceeds last year were over $2,000 to the food shelf. Anyone interested in helping volunteer with the race stations can reach Lofgren at 763-441-6505.
Explaining her connection, Lofgren said she did not get into running until motivated by her children who were cross country and track athletes at Elk River. Kris and husband, Dan, moved to Princeton later on, living in the beautiful “pink house” which was built by a town banker in the early 20th century and later turned into a bed-and-breakfast until the Lofgrens used it initially as their office.
“I like to run, but I’m not a fast competitor type. A long as my joints hold up, I’m going to keep going,” Lofgren described her pace style.
She is a regular runner in the town’s Rum River Festival Race in June. This past summer, the Lofgrens journeyed to Colorado Springs, Col. to watch their son and son-in-law race in the Pike’s Peak RunFest.