Earth Day

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Como Park, St. Paul, MN

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April's Best Little Thing Running
Run the Earth Day MNy 250 on Sunday, April 25. Enjoy a COVID-safe 8K race celebrating Earth Day at Como Park in St. Paul.

Celebrate Earth Day

Honor a healthy planet with a human powered run around Como Lake.

Earth-Friendly Participant Gift

Every participant receives a reusable silicone sandwich bag to honor Earth Day.


Race In-Person with Confidence!

With size limits and social distancing, MNy 250s offer in-person racing you can trust.

8K Distance...the Metric 5 Mile

Because you are ready for more than a 5K race!

Gift for Gathering Your Crew

Refer three friends to join you, and you’ll earn a pair of MNy-branded gloves as a thank you gift.

The COVID Safety You Expect

This event is designed for a safe return to racing. Our top priority is safety. Everyone -- staff, volunteers and participants -- plays an important role in keeping the event COVID-safe. Read more here.

Support Freshwater for Earth Day
Earth Day MNy 250 partner Freshwater translates science into policy and action to preserve Minnesota freshwater resources. Learn more about what Freshwater is doing to keep water clean and safe for drinking and consider supporting their efforts here.

MNy 250 earth day updated sandwich bag 2021

Reusable Sandwich Bag

Every participant will take home this reusable silicone bag, that holds up to four cups, with plastic slider for easy resealing.
Race Details

Results will be posted here

Registration & Packet Pick Up Information

Registration for the Earth Day MNy 250 on Sunday April 25, opens at 10 a.m. on Thursday, February 11. Participation is limited, so register fast to ensure your spot. If the limit is not reached, registration will close on Friday April 23 at 9 a.m. There is no race day registration. 

The cost of 8K registration is $35.00-45.00 (plus processing fees). The price of the race rises as the race fills.


You may confirm your registration for this event here


Available 1-hour prior to race start at Como Park.  


Parking is available at Como Park and Como Zoo parking lots, just north and east from the Como Pavilion. Parking is also available along Como Avenue. Please be aware of no-parking restrictions, as participants getting parking tickets is never good for the earth!  


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

Start Times

Individual waves in each session may start up to an hour later than the session start time.

8K Course Map



What precautions is TCM taking to ensure my safety?

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.  

Immediately after the finish line there will be a contactless pick-up of a pre-packaged bag with a MNy 250 branded reusable sandwich bag, sealed bottles of fluids, and packaged food; one bag per runner. There will be a fluid station with sealed, bottled fluids available on the 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.  

Additional Safety measures include, but are not limited to: 

  • All participants, volunteers and staff are required to undergo an on-site contactless COVID screening (screening questions) before participating in the event 

  • In order to comply with current state of Minnesota gathering-size restrictions, no unregistered spectators will be allowed at MNy 250s  

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

  • Small wave starts to maintain social distancing 

  • Multiple hand sanitizing stations 

  • No race day registration 

  • Fluid stations on courses over 5K in distance, all participants are encouraged to be self-sufficient 

  • Pre-bagged participant shirt/gift, 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 6' 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 TCM’s full 2021 MNy 250 COVID Safety Plan, click here

Can I make any changes to my registration?

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

Refunds are available within 48 hours of registration until 5 days before the event. To request a refund, email  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. Twin Cities In Motion does not offer deferments to future events or years.

I can no longer make the event. Can I transfer to a friend? 

Unfortunately, transfers are not offered for this event. Thank you for your understanding. 

Are strollers or dogs permitted?

Strollers or pets are not permitted at the event site. Thanks for understanding. 

I am a Rewards In Motion Member, will I receive points/credits for this event?

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.     

Click here to register today! 

Already signed up for RIM but forget your personal rewards page? Email to be resent your personal link. 

Have more questions on RIM? Checkout the FAQ page for more details. 

What will happen to my registration if the event is cancelled due to COVID-19?

If the event is cancelled for any reason, including federal, state, or local COVID guidance, runners will receive their participant gift via mail, and will be able to submit results. There will be no credits, deferrals or refunds issued.