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Published May 23 2011

Wagner: Buffalo River Trail Run an option for summer


Your legs are a little sore and stiff. Getting up and down stairs might be a bit tough.

But the glow of a hard-earned achievement this past weekend makes it all worthwhile.

So while you give those muscles a chance to heal, there’s the obvious question that comes up after a big race: what next?

The summer calendar offers plenty of options.

One race – in its inaugural year – is intriguing, giving runners a chance to experience the great outdoors from a unique perspective.

The Buffalo River Trail Run, with 5K and 10K options, is unlike other races since it will be run June 4 on the trails around Buffalo River State Park near Glyndon, Minn.

“A trail run might be a nice change of pace for folks who may be getting weary of running streets,” says organizer Anthony Bormann, who hopes to create more awareness for the activities and programs at the Minnesota State University Regional Science Center and the state park.

“I would like to encourage folks to get on the site and find what interests them,” Bormann adds. “If their introduction to the site is a trail run and it sparks a return visit to one of our astronomy programs or a state park stay in the campground, I think that’s great.”

Even if you’re simply looking for a different running experience, this trail run may be just the event for you.

“We have a great route planned that takes runners through the woods along the Buffalo River and across the tall grass prairie,” says Bormann, who recently encountered deer, eagles, osprey, mink, beaver and more while on the trail. “A great departure from vehicles, street lights and commotion of the city.”

Of course, as trail runs go, the running surface will be uneven, so participants should expect to run a bit slower and realize there are some risks.

Trail runs are a great way to mix up your running. The Buffalo River State Park is terrific venue to do it.

As a bonus, the $25 registration comes with a Brooks technical shirt and other goodies. For more information, check out www.buffalorivertrailrun.com or look for the race listing on my blog.

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Forum News Director Steve Wagner writes a running blog, which can be found online at runningspud.areavoices.com. He can be reached via email at swagner@forumcomm.com.