Thursday, December 8, 2016

Lake Johanna 4 Mile

Lake Johanna 4 mile - March 18

A nonstandard distance, the Lake Johanna 4 Mile is a fun race on a reasonably challenging course. With the hills and the nonstandard distance, picking a pace to run consistently is a nice challenge in and of itself.

This is one of the several free races included with a membership in the Minnesota Distance Running Association (MDRA). Like the other races, I think this race alone is worth the MDRA membership, which also includes a bimonthly magazine, discounts at several local running stores, and discounts to several other races. To join MDRA, go to: Join MDRA.

Cost: Free for MDRA members.

Gear and food: This race is a low-key event--no finisher shirts or medals--but there are cookies at the end.

Weather: The years I've run this race the weather has been perfect, but like every spring Minnesota race, the weather can be unpredictable.

Course: I really enjoy the course--rolling hills around Lake Johanna. The hills make it a challenging course, but not overly so.

Crowd support: There'll be a decent amount of people at the start and finish.

If you're looking for a low-key and challenging early season race, the Lake Johanna 4 Mile is a good one.

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