RUNNING: Run for Lakes marathon weekend April 27-28 | | Brainerd, Minnesota

RUNNING: Run for Lakes marathon weekend April 27-28

Posted: April 19, 2012 - 10:41pm

The fifth annual Brainerd Jaycees Run for the Lakes will be held in Nisswa on April 27-28.

Race events include a kids’ fun run, 5K, half, full, and relay marathons, and a 10K.

This year’s marathon course will have a new start and finish line. The full marathon is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon and the course is USA Track & Field Certified. The Minnesota Pacers Team will pace the full and half marathon races.

The success of Run for the Lakes depends on the local communities coming together to support the race. There are many ways people can get involved. Assistance is needed in various areas such as water stops, traffic control, finish line and registration.

Anyone interested in supporting Run for the Lakes by volunteering should email

The race weekend will start April 27 at the Grand View Lodge Gull Lake Center in Nisswa. Racers can pick up their participation packet and visit the Health Expo presented by Essentia Health from 2 to 8 p.m.

The Health Expo is open to the public. A number of vendors will be on site with health and wellness information, demonstrations, and product giveaways. Race registration for all events will be accepted at the Health Expo for participants who did not register online by the April 24 deadline.

At 6 p.m. April 27, Nisswa mayor Brian Lehman will make race weekend official by welcoming racers in downtown Nisswa. Races start with the Kids 1K Fun Run presented by Brainerd Savings and Loan at 6:15 p.m. followed by the 5K race at 6:30 p.m. Kids Fun Run participants will receive a medal and free coupon for a Dairy Queen treat. All 5K finishers will receive a commemorative Run for the Lakes T-shirt and be eligible to win a Michelob Ultra bicycle (for participants 21-up) and Monster Energy Gear. The 5K awards ceremony will be at the Nisswa Community Center at 7:30 p.m.

The 10K, full, half, and relay marathons will begin the morning of April 28 near the Nisswa American Legion. Marathon events start at 8 a.m. followed by the 10K at 8:15 a.m. The finish line is located at the Nisswa Community Center. Race maps and designated cheer zone information can be found at

Race event award ceremonies April 28 will take place as the races finish at Ye Old Pickle Factory in Nisswa where there will also be beer tasting from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Major sponsors of the Run for the Lakes are Lakes Printing, Michelob Ultra, Grand View Lodge and Essentia Health.

Complete details about Run for the Lakes, including registration information for all events and a participant guide, can be found at