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Race Dates

2018: Saturday, April 28, 2018
2017: Saturday, April 29, 2017

Course Information

Profile: Mostly Flat
Type: Multiple Loops
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 46°F (7°C)
Average High: 57°F (13°C)
Average Low: 34° F (1°C)

Historical Weather


PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 98.67
Course Score: 98.67

Race Size

2017: 174 Finishers
2016: 87 Finishers
2015: 84 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2017: 7.5%
2016: 13.8%
2015: 10.7%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

The Brainerd Jaycees Run for the Lakes Marathon course is fairly flat with only a few small hills. There is only a 30 foot difference between the high and low points of the course.


Marathon Rankings

The Run for the Lakes Marathon was the 435th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 426th largest in 2015.

This year 7.5% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 13.8% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.

This gives the Run for the Lakes Marathon the 111th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 206th highest percentage so far in 2017.


Its Course Score of 98.67 ranks it as the 247th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 7th fastest course in Minnesota.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are within the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Run for the Lakes Marathon a PR Score of 98.67. This PR Score ranks it as the 183rd fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 5th fastest in Minnesota.

Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.


Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 1253 feet (382m)
Min Elevation: 1199 feet (365m)

Run




Recent Run for the Lakes Marathon Reviews

5 Stars from 3 Reviews
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review of 2015 Run for the Lakes Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

If you want to experience running through the North Woods of MN around beautiful cabin lined lakes then this is the race for you. Also, this race is run early enough in the spring that you can guarantee cool temperatures, a big plus if you tend to get over heated easily.

The course is more rolling and hilly than Grandma's or Whistlestop but none of the hills are particularly steep or long. I had fun opening up my stride and zooming down the back side as a reward for my climbs. This resulted in a big PR for me!

I didn't know what to expect going into the race. As a first-timer, I was most concerned about running on open roads that might have traffic on them. As it turned out there was very little. The cars that did pass by were usually race officials or zealous spectators trying to beat their runner to the next "cheer zone." The busier roads were always blocked by emergency vehicles, fire trucks and traffic cops directing traffic.

The second biggest concern I had going into the race was the double-loop. I was worried it might be more difficult mentally covering the same ground twice, that I might get the feeling I wasn't getting anywhere or that I was running in circles. While some runners experience may vary, I found it didn't bother me at all. In fact, I found it helpful to be able to anticipate parts of the course on the second lap, such as an unofficial water stop or a larger hill.

While my original concerns turned out to be unfounded, I do have a few complaints. I found it difficult and demoralizing to start a full marathon with the "halfers" and relay participants. I found it distracting and somewhat startling to be getting passed by runners that were pacing for a different distance. I found myself checking bib colors out of the corner of my eye as they passed to make sure they weren't a competitor. Most of this occurred during the very early miles of the race, but I continued to be haunted throughout being unsure of my overall position until the very end. (In case you were wondering, I ended up finishing in the top 10, but I had no idea until I reviewed the results).

Also, it may be a non-issue to some, but I have a pet peeve when they hand out the same t-shirt to everyone from the 5k,10k,half or full marathon whether they finish the race or not. My other gripes were very minor, quickly forgotten, but I will say the spectators weren't very enthusiastic. We need more cowbell! Perhaps the cool temperature put a chill on their excitement, which would be understandable.

The volunteers on the other hand were polar opposites. They made up for whatever lack of support the spectators may have had. I agree with other reviewers whole-heartedly: The organizers of this race definitely know what they are doing. For this reason alone I think this marathon deserves to grow. They just did everything right with the budget I imagine they had. There were plenty of aid and water stations with 2 flavors of Power Aide, plenty of food at the finish including a free beer or soda. All this with chip timing on a USATF certified course. An official even showed up at a potential cheat spot.

Overall, I highly recommend this event to anyone up to the challenge of training through the winter to get themselves in shape for a race so early in the season. You can count on the cool temperatures to help speed you on your way towards the finish line and perhaps you will be rewarded with even more than that for your efforts, such as a nice big medal to hang around your neck or put on display in the display case.

Race Tips

Watch the forecast and dress appropriately, consider layering, drink ahead of thirst in cold weather, learn the course on lap 1.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Parking isn't a problem, race day packet pickup is fine.



review of 2015 Run for the Lakes Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

If you want to experience running through the North Woods of MN around beautiful cabin lined lakes then this is the race for you. Also, this race is run early enough in the spring that you can guarantee cool temperatures, a big plus if you tend to get over heated easily.

The course is more rolling and hilly than Grandma's or Whistlestop but none of the hills are particularly steep or long. I had fun opening up my stride and zooming down the back side as a reward for my climbs. This resulted in a big PR for me!

I didn't know what to expect going into the race. As a first-timer, I was most concerned about running on open roads that might have traffic on them. As it turned out there was very little. The cars that did pass by were usually race officials or zealous spectators trying to beat their runner to the next "cheer zone." The busier roads were always blocked by emergency vehicles, fire trucks and traffic cops directing traffic.

The second biggest concern I had going into the race was the double-loop. I was worried it might be more difficult mentally covering the same ground twice, that I might get the feeling I wasn't getting anywhere or that I was running in circles. While some runners experience may vary, I found it didn't bother me at all. In fact, I found it helpful to be able to anticipate parts of the course on the second lap, such as an unofficial water stop or a larger hill.

While my original concerns turned out to be unfounded, I do have a few complaints. I found it difficult and demoralizing to start a full marathon with the "halfers" and relay participants. I found it distracting and somewhat startling to be getting passed by runners that were pacing for a different distance. I found myself checking bib colors out of the corner of my eye as they passed to make sure they weren't a competitor. Most of this occurred during the very early miles of the race, but I continued to be haunted throughout being unsure of my overall position until the very end. (In case you were wondering, I ended up finishing in the top 10, but I had no idea until I reviewed the results).

Also, it may be a non-issue to some, but I have a pet peeve when they hand out the same t-shirt to everyone from the 5k,10k,half or full marathon whether they finish the race or not. My other gripes were very minor, quickly forgotten, but I will say the spectators weren't very enthusiastic. We need more cowbell! Perhaps the cool temperature put a chill on their excitement, which would be understandable.

The volunteers on the other hand were polar opposites. They made up for whatever lack of support the spectators may have had. I agree with other reviewers whole-heartedly: The organizers of this race definitely know what they are doing. For this reason alone I think this marathon deserves to grow. They just did everything right with the budget I imagine they had. There were plenty of aid and water stations with 2 flavors of Power Aide, plenty of food at the finish including a free beer or soda. All this with chip timing on a USATF certified course. An official even showed up at a potential cheat spot.

Overall, I highly recommend this event to anyone up to the challenge of training through the winter to get themselves in shape for a race so early in the season. You can count on the cool temperatures to help speed you on your way towards the finish line and perhaps you will be rewarded with even more than that for your efforts, such as a nice big medal to hang around your neck or put on display in the display case.

Race Tips

Watch the forecast and dress appropriately, consider layering, drink ahead of thirst in cold weather, learn the course on lap 1.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Parking isn't a problem, race day packet pickup is fine.



review of 2014 Run for the Lakes Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Very scenic and well organized. Friendly people and well staffed

Race Tips


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)




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