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Has the date for the 2023 Run for the Lakes been announced?

The 2023 Run for the Lakes is planned to take place April 28th - 30th.

What is the powder in color run made of?

The product is made of corn starch and food grade dyes. 

Does the color run powder stain clothes?

The colored powder is designed to be stain free. Many users have not noticed staining, but if you're worried about ruining your favorite running shoes or clothes we recommend choosing a different pair for this run. 

If staining does occur on white clothing, a laundry whitener (like white brite) will take it out. 

Is the color run powder safe?

The color run powder is a fine & odorless powder. It is considered non-hazardous, non-toxic, and is made of safe ingredients like corn starch & food grade dyes, but we don't recommend eating it. 


Skin Contact - no harmful effects are expected*. In case of skin irritation, gently wash exposed area with mild soap & warm water. 


Eye Contact - no symptoms expected if small amount of product gets in contact with eyes*. If any irritation occurs, gently flush with warm water. 


Ingestion - if swallowed in small amounts, please drink plenty of water*. 


*It is advisable to get medical attention immediately if irritation persists. 

Can I run the 5k without the colored powder?

 We unfortunately do not have a fool-proof system to separate color runners from non-color runners. You are welcome to distance yourself from the color stations. 

Which races are a color run?

The 5k run/walk on Friday will be the only race to include the colored powder. 


After the kids 1k run, there will be an optional color station at the finish line for those kids wanting to participate. 

When does registration open?

Registration for the 2023 event is currently open!

When does registration close?

Online registration closes April 25, 2023 at 11:59 pm. You can still register for all events Friday, April 28th at Roundhouse Brewery from 2-8pm.

Is there onsite registration?

Yes, Friday, April 28th from 2-8pm at Roundhouse Brewery.

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, 2023 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?

It’s Your Race will e-mail you a confirmation when your registration is processed. A detailed email will be sent race week to all runners.

When do I pick up my registration packet?

Friday, April 28 from 2-8pm at Roundhouse Brewery or Saturday morning 6:30-7:30am at the Nisswa Community Center.

Can a friend/family member pick up my packet?

Absolutely, you may have another person pick up your packet!

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, go to VisitBrainerd.com for local lodging options.

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. 


You may NOT park at the Community Center, Fire Hall or Carlson Hardware. 

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?

One for the 5K, three for the 10K, eight for the half marathon, sixteen 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 timed?

Yes! Our 2023 race will be chip timed by Picke Events.

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)

Is there a map of the course?

Yes, there are maps of each course under the events tab on our website!

Are awards given out to runners?

Yes, awards will be given to the top three male and female overall finishers and the top three 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. Contact Us.

Can I wear headphones?