The 2020 Chester Park Trail Race scheduled for June 28, 2020, has been canceled. Sorry for bad news, but we’ll see you in 2021!

2020 Chester Park Virtual Race

Details: Run a virtual Chester Park Trail Race where ever you are! Due to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, we are forced to cancel the 2020 Chester Park Trail Race. You can complete the Chester Park Virtual Race on road, trail, at Duluth’s Chester Park or far, far away! The rules are simple: first pick either 5k, 10k, or 6 Hour. For every 5k that you run, you have to climb at least 400 feet of elevation gain to match the vertical effort of the Chester race loop. Track your run, then submit you results. After June 28, all submissions will be ranked and winners will be determined.

Virtual Race Options: 5k (3.1 miles), 10k (6.2 miles), 6 Hour (? miles).

Requirements: 400 feet of elevation gain per 5k. No cheating.

Cost and Eligibility: FREE! This virtual race is free and open to anybody! Just plot your course, track your run and submit via email to be included in race results and to be eligible for awards.

Awards: Fastest/furthest male and female in each virtual race (5k, 10k, 6 Hour) will receive a Chester Park Trail Race runner cap, handheld water bottle holder, and free entry to the 2021 Chester Park Trail Race. The 5k and 10k races will be determined by lowest time, the 6 Hour race will be determined by highest mileage.

Submission Instructions: Between May 1st and June 28, 2020, run your virtual race course with a GPS device/tracker. Submit your name, final time and GPS/tracker data for proof via email to Race Director Mike Ward at mike@duluthtimingandevents.com.


Course Info:

The fourth annual Chester Park Trail Race is a running race on pure dirt mountain bike, ski and singletrack hiking trails through the beautiful Chester Park in the heart of Duluth, Minnesota. We offer 5k (one loop), 10k (two loop), or 6 Hour race options.

The 5k (3.1 mile) trail run course starts and finishes in the field at the end of Chester Park Drive. It is a clockwise loop. Athletes run across the field towards the bridge over Chester Creek, hook left over the bridge and up the ski trail. At the first ski intersection, runners continue southward on the Duluth Traverse mountain bike trail. At the next ski trail intersection, take a right, and then another right to travel back on the gravel pit. Athletes will stay to the left and join the Duluth Traverse Trail going northward parallel to Kenwood Avenue.

The Duluth Traverse takes athletes across the rim of Chester Park. At a scenic Lake Superior overlook, the course turns sharply downhill towards the parking lot. Across the lot, runners cross under the bridge at Skyline, and travel down the Dan Proctor Hiking Trail to the second footbridge. Runners cross the bridge, take a right, and follow the Hiking Trail back up under Skyline Blvd, and follow the foot path towards the ski lift. At a small log bridge, the course crosses Chester Creek and runners finish the 5k loop on Chester Park Drive back to the field and finish line.

The health of our outdoor spaces is key to the vitality of Duluth. The most important consideration of the Chester Park Trail Race is the health and sustainability of Chester Park’s trail system and natural resources.

If there is ANY reason why the Chester Park Trail Race may threaten the health and sustainability of the trail systems we use, a backup race day is scheduled for Sunday, July 5, 2020.

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Race Director: Mike Ward – mike@duluthtimingandevents.com