Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Race Preview: 2006 Easy Does It Five-Miler

The Five-Miler Finale

Since I am not running today, I thought I would at least talk about something running-related. So how about a preview of this weekend's race?

On Saturday, June 10th, I am running in the Easy Does It Five-Miler in Plymouth, MN. This race benefits the Hazelden Foundation, an organization which is recognized as a world leader in drug and alcohol addiction, rehabilitation, and recovery, so we will certainly be running for a worthy cause.

This event is part of the Minnesota Distance Running Association's "Grand Prix," which is NASCAR-style individual points race for Grand Prix participants (points are calculated based on their results at selected races over the course of the season). Because of that, this event draws some very talented and fast runners.

The race starts just outside of the Hazelden complex, winds through residential neighborhoods in eastern Plymouth, eventually going along the shores of scenic Medicine Lake before returning to Hazelden. It is a very pretty route, especially by the lake.

They have given this race the ominous nickname of "The Five-Miler Finale" because after 25 years, they are calling it quits. I am not sure of the reason (perhaps the race committee decided it was just time?), but it will be sad to see this race go, because it is a fun one.

Anyhow, you can expect a full race report later on Saturday!

Until next time,

Jean
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