Marked by beautiful views and a country feel, the Circle the Lake Half Marathon, 10k, and 5k will take you along the shores of Circle Lake in rural Rice County, MN. Located just 20 minutes south of Burnsville, MN, these courses are run over rolling hills on a mix of paved and dirt roads. It is possible to spot bald eagles, osprey, deer, ducks, pelicans, and to hear the hum of a distant tractor. Runners will have views of the island in Circle Lake, home to many species of wildlife. These courses are open to competitive racers, families, dogs, kids, seniors, and are iPod friendly. We start and end at the historic Millersburg School House and you will follow the same route the Jesse James Gang once traveled.
The Half Marathon is certified (Certification Code MN14042RR). Since it is held two weeks before the Twins Cities Marathon, it is perfect for those of you training for that race. Our half marathon is tough and will test your mettle. There are several big hills that will challenge you! All races will be chip-timed. There will be posted mile markers and water/sports drinks will be available throughout the course.
Families, kids, and dogs are welcomed. Run it for a time or walk it for enjoyment. We’re iPod friendly–however, if you are wearing headphones, please be aware of your surroundings and keep the volume down so you are able to hear cars.
To register for the race online, click here. If you prefer not to register online, click and print the 2023 Race Paper Registration form. Mail it in following the directions on the form. Register early, price goes up $10 on August 22nd.
Circle Lake is used for recreation, sports, and by naturalists. This is a charity event sponsored by the Circle Lake Association. http://www.circlelake.org The association has many projects completed and much more planned to improve the lake’s watershed. The proceeds from this event go toward funding those projects. If you wish to learn more about our efforts, go to www.circlelake.org.