MNy 250s: Bde Maka Ska

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Bde Maka Ska & Lake of the Isles

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The spookiest little thing running
Run the Halloween MNy 250 featuring 5K and 10K distances. Enjoy COVID-safe racing and Halloween spookiness on the paths circling Bde Maka Ska and Lake of the Isles in Minneapolis.

In-Person Racing

Safe, in-person racing is back, this time with a spooky Halloween theme. Run the lakes with friends, family and fellow runners in COVID-safe conditions. 

Halloween Theme

Celebrate Halloween in stride in a costume and with trick-or-treat sweets for all finishers.

5K & 10K Distances 

The Frightening 5K features a single loop of Bde Maka Ska. The Terrifying 10K includes loops of Bde Maka Ska and Lake of the Isles. Both courses  run on the paved pedestrian path.

Sweet Swag 

All registrants will receive a grey, tri-blend, long sleeve shirt.

Virtual Costume Contest 

Don your spookiest, ghouliest, scariest Halloween costume for the virtual costume contest and win fun prizes. 

The COVID Safety You Expect

MNy 250s are limited-size, socially distanced events designed for a safe return to racing. As COVID cases rise again in Minnesota, know that our top priority is safety and that everyone -- staff, volunteers and participants -- plays an important role in keeping the event COVID-safe.

MNy Halloween participant shirt with art

Participant Shirt

Halloween-themed long sleeve, tri-blend, heather grey shirt. Women's and Men's sizing available.
Race Details
Parking Information

Parking is available along Bde Maka Ska Parkway, in parking bays and parking lots, many of which are pay-to-park locations. Neighborhood parking is also available around Bde Maka Ska. Please be aware of neighborhood specific no-parking restrictions, as runners getting parking tickets sends shivers down our spine. There is no parking at Thomas Beach Parking Lot. 

Packet Pick up & Check In

Advance Drive-Thru Race Number Pick Up Now Available!

Drive-thru race number pick up will be available at the Twin Cities In Motion offices the day before the event (Friday, October 30) from 12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Participants will remain in their car and be required to answer COVID screening questions before receiving their bib. Race Number pick up is just like Halloween candy—runners may only pick up their own packet, and you can’t get another for “your friend who isn’t there.” For complete details on the drive-thru race number pick up, click here.

Race Day Pick Up

Race day pick up will take place in the Thomas Beach parking lot and will open at 8:00 a.m. Participants will be required to answer COVID screening questions before receiving their bib. All race numbers will be available for pick up in a safe and clean environment. All race numbers will be in alphabetical order at the packet pick up location. Runners may only pick up their own number.

There will be NO gear check

Start Line Procedures

Once you have your bib, participants will be allowed to enter the large secure area near the Thomas Beach volleyball courts.  

  • Only runners with visible event bibs will be allowed into this area -- no non-runners allowed. 
  • Masks are required in this area and runners are required to maintain social distance as they wait for their wave to be called to the start line.
  • Waves of up to 25 runners will start every five minutes from 9:00 a.m. until 9:45 a.m. (all runners of the same distance will start in waves together).
  • Participants will receive their wave assignment and start time in the pre-race scream-mail by Friday. October 30.
  • When your wave is called to the line, participants will line up in the start corral on flags six feet apart and be started in pairs every 5-10 seconds.
  • Participants will be assigned to a wave based on their estimated finish time.
  • Within waves, participants will not be assigned starting positions and may line up on whichever flag they wish.
  • Your race time does not start until you cross the start line (chip time), so it doesn't matter where within your wave you start. Unless you start next to a werewolf, in which case, be careful you don't get bit.
Post-Race

In accordance with state guidelines there will be no results board, awards ceremony, or finish festival. Once you have finished, participants will pick up a single pre-packaged bag containing your participant long sleeve shirt, sealed bottles of fluids, and packaged food (and Halloween candy!) and are then asked to leave as quickly as you would if escaping a zombie invasion. Also, clusters of people are attractive zombie-targets, so staff will ask anyone gathering in groups after finishing to disperse. 

Details coming soon about our virtual costume contest (which we are scary excited about)!

Results

Results will not be available in real-time. Unofficial results will be online by shortly after the final finisher crosses the line. Contact ed@tcmevents.org with any results issues.

Results for previous Bde Maka Ska races can be found here.

Results for the October, 31 event will be posted here. 

Questions?

What safety protocols are in place to ensure runner safety?

MNy 250s are limited-size, socially distanced events designed for a safe return to racing. As COVID cases rise again in Minnesota, know that our top priority is safety and that everyone -- staff, volunteers and participants -- plays an important role in keeping the event COVID-safe.

Twin Cities In Motion is committed to following all relevant, federal, state, and local guidance, including the current Minnesota Department of Health Sports Guidance for Outdoor Race Events. Safety measures at MNy 250 events include but are not limited to: 

  • All participants, volunteers, and staff are required to answer COVID screening questions before participating in the event 

  • Spectators are strongly discouraged at MNy 250s and will be excluded from the entire race venue or select parts of the race venue as made possible by the event site layout 

  • All participants, volunteers and staff are required to wear masks (participants not required to wear mask while racing) 

  • Small wave starts to maintain social distancing 

  • Multiple hand sanitizing stations  

  • No race day registration and a contactless packet pick up process 

  • No fluid stations on courses 5K or shorter 

  • Sealed, bottled fluids only available at fluid station(s) on courses longer than 5K 

  • Pre-bagged food and water for contactless post-race distribution 

  • Runners are required to maintain social distancing at all times while not racing, and are encouraged to maintain a 6 foot space between fellow participants whenever possible while on course 

  • Runners are required to promptly depart finish line after completing race 

  • No spitting, hugging, or high-fives, but air hugs, virtual high fives and words of support are highly encouraged 

For the complete, MNy 250 COVID-preparedness plan click here

Are masks required?

Yes, masks are required to be worn in all areas inside the venue until you have crossed the start line. Masks do not need to be worn on course while running, but should not be discarded and must be put back on as soon as possible after crossing the finish line.

Can my family/friends watch?

Spectators are strongly discouraged at MNy 250 and will be excluded from the entire race venue or select parts of the race venue as made possible by the event site layout. Non-registered participants are not allowed to enter controlled areas.

When should I register?

Registration opens on Thursday, October 8 and participation is limited to the first 250 runners total between the 5K and 10K—so register fast to ensure your spot. If the limit is not reached, registration will close at 9 a.m. the day before the race. There is no race day registration. 

The cost of Frightening 5K registration is $30.00 until October 26 and $35.00 from 5 p.m. October 27 until registration closes (plus processing fees). 

The cost of Terrifying 10K registration is $35.00 until October 26 and $40.00 from 5 p.m. October 27 until registration closes (plus processing fees). 

How can I see if I’m registered?

You may confirm your registration for this event here.

Can I receive a refund, or defer my entry to another date?

Refunds are available within 48 hours of registration. This policy is valid until 5 days before the event. To request a refund, email info@tcmevents.org  within 48 hours of when you submitted your registration. If accepted, you will be refunded your race entry fee; online transaction fees are non-refundable. 

If you are displaying COVID-19 symptoms prior to race day or at the race location, you will be allowed to defer your registration. Please email info@tcmevents.org for directions. 

What swag and awards are available for this event?

All registrants will receive a Halloween-themed grey, tri-blend, long sleeve shirt, as well as a branded race number with included timing chip on the back.

Details coming soon about our virtual costume contest (which we are scary excited about)!

What post-race amenities will be available?

Immediately after the finish line there will be a contactless pick up of a pre-packaged bag with sealed bottles of fluids, and packaged food (and Halloween candy!). One bag per runner, please. There will be no water on the 5K course except in cases of dangerous heat or humidity; there will be a single fluid station with sealed, bottled fluids available on the 10K course. 

In accordance with state guidelines there will be no results board, awards ceremony, or finish festival. Once participants have collected their post-race goodies they are asked to promptly depart the event venue without congregating in groups. 

Where should I park?

Parking is available along Bde Maka Ska Parkway, in parking bays and parking lots, many of which are pay-to-park locations. Neighborhood parking is also available around Bde Maka Ska. Please be aware of neighborhood specific no-parking restrictions, as runners getting parking tickets sends shivers down our spine. There is no parking at Thomas Beach Parking Lot. 

Are strollers permitted?

No, strollers are not allowed at these events.

Can I run with my dog/pet?

We love four-legged friends, however, they are not permitted at the event. Thanks for understanding. 

I am a Rewards In Motion Member, will I receive points/credit for these events?

Rewards In Motion (RIM) members will receive points when registering for our MNy 250 events, however they will not count towards your tier status. You may also use previously earned points towards the cost of the event.  

RIM is our rewards program that gives back to you for participating in Twin Cities In Motion's events. It is completely FREE and takes just a few minutes to sign up.  

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