Up North: Runners Trek Through the Snow in Winter Marathon & Half Marathon

Updated: January 09, 2019 10:56 PM

Beautifully brutal, is how Tim Krohn of Cloquet, Minn. described finishing the Duluth Winter Trail Running Series Half Marathon.

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"It was the hardest half marathon I have ever done in my entire life,"said Krohn.

The course was set up as a loop which meant the full marathoners had to do the course all over again.

"Going up and out it was like sand. Just sugar sand, mashed potatoes," Krohn described about the snow on the course.

The soft snow made the trek along the fat bike trails throughout Lester Park a rough one on the legs. Runners joked that it took them twice the amount of time to finish the race.

"I kind of love running in the snow. I think you laugh at yourself a little bit because you're like 'oh, I just moved backward actually,'" explained Sarah Trautman about her experience running on the course.

This year marks the first time organizers are putting on the four-race series and the marathon and half marathon mark just the second race of the series.

"Our Northwoods Half Marathon and Marathon pays homage a little bit to an old snowshoe race that used to go on. It started in 1990 and lasted for about 19 years. It no longer goes on anymore, so we tried to bring it back to an extent," explained Race Director Andy Holak.

The goal of the series was to provide another opportunity for runners to get out and enjoy the winter.

"When the conditions are good running in the snow is almost more fun than running in the summer," said Holak.

To learn more about the series visit the website here:

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