The third 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 7, 2019.
The 5k trail race is one loop of the 3.1-mile loop. The 5k race starts at 10am with 10k and 6 Hour runners. There is one aid station at the finish line with hydration, food and aid.
The 10k trail race is two loops of the 3.1-mile loop. The 10k race starts at 10am with 5k and 6 Hour runners. There is one aid station at the start/finish area after the first loop with hydration, food and aid.
The 6 Hour race is a fixed-time race where runners complete the 5k loop as many times as possible within 6 hours. The 6 Hour race starts at 10am with the 5k and 10k runners. Each loop will be timed and the winner will be determined by most cumulative mileage. At 4pm, runners will be prohibited from starting another loop, but all remaining runners on the course will be able to finish that loop. There is one aid station on the 5k loop at the start/finish area at the end of each loop with hydration, food and aid.