Has the date for the 2020 Run for the Lakes been announced?
The 2020 Run for the Lakes is planned to take place April 24-25.

When does registration open?
October 1, 2019

When does registration close?
Online registration closes April 22, 2020 at 11:59 pm. You can still register for all events Friday, April 24th at packet pick up from 2-8pm.

Is there onsite registration?
Yes, Friday, April 24th from 2-8pm at packet pickup.

I registered for one race and want to switch to a different race; is that possible?
Yes, it is possible to switch races until April 1, 2020 free of charge. After that a $10 transfer fee will be applied.

I cannot run the race anymore – can I get my money back?
Sorry, entry fees are nonrefundable and nontransferable.

When will I receive confirmation information?
An informational participant guide will be e-mailed to you mid-April. It’s Your Race will e-mail you a confirmation when your registration is processed. Please bring an ID and either the printed confirmation from It’s Your Race, or the confirmation on the cover of your participant guide (for half, relay and full marathoners).

When do I pick up my registration packet?
Friday, April 24 from 2-8pm at a place to be determined or Saturday morning 6:30-7:30am at the Nisswa Community Center.

Can a friend/family member pick up my packet?
Yes, you may have another person pick up your packet as long as they provide their ID at packet pick-up.

What time do the events take place?
See the schedule.

Where is the Run for the Lakes starting/ending points?
All races will start in the City of Nisswa and end at the Nisswa Community Center.

Is there lodging available nearby?
Yes, visit Grand View Lodge for special Run for the Lakes rates or Visit Brainerd and the Nisswa Chamber of Commerce for other local lodging.

Where should I park?
There will be designated parking areas for runners in Nisswa including the Nisswa American Legion, St. Christopher’s Church and the Nisswa Elementary School. A map will come with the Participant Guide highlighting designated and restricted parking areas. Please respect any no parking zones.

Are there aid stations on the route?
Yes, 4 aid stations in addition to medical spotters throughout the course.

Are there porta-potties on the course?
Yes, at each of the water stops and at the start and finish lines.

How many water stops are on the course?
1 for the 5K, 3 for the 10K, 8 for the half marathon, 16 for the full marathon.

Is there a sports drink offered?
Yes, Powerade will be offered at each water stop.

Are gels offered?
GU energy gel will be available for the full marathoners at mile 14.5 and 21.5.

Are pacers provided?
Yes, we will be providing pacers for the half and full marathon.

Full Half Pace/mi.
3:25:00 1:42:30 07:49
3:35:00 1:47:30 08:12
3:45:00 1:52:30 08:35
4:00:00 2:00:00 09:09
4:15:00 2:07:30 09:43
4:30:00 2:15:00 10:18
5:00:00 2:30:00 11:27

Is there a time limit on the course?
The 10K, half and full marathon courses close after six hours.

Is the race chip timed?
Yes. Our race is chip timed by Karma Race Management.

Are the course(s) certified?
Yes, both the half marathon and marathon courses are USATF certified.

Half Marathon – USATF #MN12002RR
Marathon – USATF #MN12003RR

Is there an elevation map?
No, however there is a 9 meter difference in the course. The course is fairly flat with a few rolling hills on miles 8-10 (and 22-23 for the marathon). We are working on adding an elevation map.

Is there a map of the course?
Yes, there are maps of each course under the events tab on our website.

View the half/relay/marathon map here.

View the 10K map here.

View the 5K map here.

Are awards given out to runners?
Yes, awards will be given to the top 3 male and female overall finishers and the top 3 male and female winners in each age category for the 5K, 10K, Half, Relay and Full Marathon. The first place overall male, female and co-ed relay teams will also receive awards.

What are the age categories?
5K includes 13 and under, 14-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+

10K, Half and Full Marathon include 19 and under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+

Do all runners get a finisher Medal and T-Shirt?
All 10K, Relay, Half and Full marathoners will receive a finisher medal and a tri-blend t-shirt. 5K runners will receive a tri-blend t-shirt.

Can I volunteer to help?
Yes! Volunteers are an integral part of this all-volunteer event. Email us at volunteers (at) runforthelakes.com

Is there a pasta dinner special?
More information to come.

Can I wear headphones?