Marathons & Races

The Brainerd Lakes is home to several incredible races and marathons.

Minnesota is home to a long list of great races, marathons and extreme challenges throughout the year. The Brainerd Lakes Area takes this experience to another level with a variety of challenges in Minnesota's premier vacation destination. Take on challenges while surrounded by the scenic forests and lakes in this world class destination. Whether you want to walk or run for a cause or if you are looking for a Boston Marathon qualifier you will find it here.

After the race enjoy the wide array of activities available to visitors including craft breweries, biking, birding, mountain biking, dinner cruises, wildlife park, amusement parks and so much more. Or if you are worn out from giving 110% during the race you can go back to one of the areas many hotels or indoor water parks to relax and soak away the day. Our properties will give you all of the comfort and conveniences you deserve.

Run for the Lakes - Marathon, Half Marathon & 10k

The annual springtime running of the Run For The Lakes Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K takes runners on a tour of some of area’s scenic lakes and waterways, along quiet country roads and tree-lined forests. This is a Boston Qualifier. The Run For the Lakes is held in Nisswa which is about 10 miles north of Brainerd/Baxter.

Race for Grace 5k

Race for Grace is a Family 5K Walk/Run in honor of Grace Elizabeth Lee. Proceeds from the event go to The Brighter Days Foundation. ” The Brighter Days Foundation’s mission is to help seriously and chronically-ill children, ages 0-18, and their families living within the Brainerd Lakes Area by surprising them with meaningful gifts and/or opportunities to brighten their day.

Sour Grapes Half & Half Trail Run

The Sour Grapes half and half trail run includes a half marathon run, a 10.55K run/walk, a kid’s mile run, and a kids half mile run. It is held at the Northland Arboretum which offers more than 540 acres of green space.

Zorbaz Gull Lake Challenge

The Zorbaz Gull Lake Challenge is a swimming race on the Gull Lake Chain's beautiful Lake Margaret. There are 2.4, 1.2 and relay options offering challenges for swimmers at all training levels. This is the perfect season warm-up for ironman distance triathletes and those training for other swimming races and triathalons.

Brainerd Lakes Race for the Cure - 1k & 5k

The Brainerd Lakes Race for the Cure® is an annual 1K and 5K fundraising walk/run event held at Forestview Middle School in Baxter, MN, supporting breast cancer.

Paul Bunyan Extreme Race

This course is made to challenge people of all ages and abilities. The course includes 16 obstacles from mud pits to swings, nature to man made, and fitness to fear. You can register as an individual or as a team. Proceeds go to Mount Ski Gull.

Nisswa Firecracker 5k & 10k

Part of the 4th of July festivities, this fun race offers both a 5k and a 10k race. Runners gifts for early registrations and all runners receive a free Pabst, crawfish boil, and a ton of great refreshments.

Lakes Country Triathlon

The race begins with a 1/4-mile swim in Whipple Lake (known for its calm waters), then switches to a 14-mile bike through the rolling hills surrounding the Baxter / Brainerd Lakes area,(staying off of Hwy 210) and ends with a very flat 3.2 mile run through a quiet residential area. The Lakes Country Triathlon is a great race, be it your first or fiftieth!

Brainerd Turkey Run 5k

The BrainerdTurkey Run is located at the Brainerd Armory on Thanksgiving Day. This USATF certified course runs on the Paul Bunyan trail and surrounding city streets. The event offers a 1k walk and a 5k. Proceeds go to the Shriners Hospital for Children.

More information on area races and events can be found HERE.

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