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Northland Groups Team Up for 10K Race Through Tunnels

Updated: 07/08/2014 10:44 PM
Created: 07/08/2014 5:23 PM WDIO.com
By: Maarja Anderson

Northland runners will be able to add another unique run to their race schedule this year. The race takes runners through six tunnels - tunnels, drivers typically take at 50 miles per hour.

Two Duluth groups are teaming up with NorthShore Inline Marathon to make the Tunnel 10K happen. In a press conference Tuesday, organizers said it will be a race runners won't forget.

The countdown is on for the 19th Annual NorthShore Inline Marathon, but in case skating isn't your thing, runners can race through the tunnels on Interstate 35.

"The last couple of years we've expanded our course to the opportunity for other enthusiasts to enjoy it," explained executive director Skeeter Moore.

He said they've added rollersking, a half marathon and now, a 10K run. 

Moore said 200 runners got to try out the 10K course last year for the first time.

"We started last year as a trial basis, because with the Inline Marathon we shut down I-35 [already]," he said.

Now, Minnesota Power has stepped up as a sponsor to keep the race alive. It's now the Minnesota Power Tunnel 10K.

"We're very excited for this unique opportunity and hope lots of runners will come out," said Tonya Loken with their Community Relations department.

The American Red Cross is also getting in on the race. Money raised will help out their natural disaster relief funds.

"We'll be able to sort of get behind people through social media, share that people are raising support for the Red Cross through their participation and it should really be a fun event," said the organization's executive director, Dan Williams.

So, what will the course look like?

As a 10K, the race is just over six miles, taking runners through six tunnels. Runners start on I-35 near the DECC and head north.

At 26th Avenue East, the runners loop, running back on I-35 southbound. The runners finish up at the William A. Irvin.

Moore said the race will be one to remember, and hopes it will bring athletes of all types up to Duluth come September.

"We're looking forward to the participants running, rollersking, and inline skating"

The Minnesota Power Tunnel 10K is September 13, the same day as the NorthShore Inline Marathon. To register for the 10K or learn more, click here.

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