Well, I think it is pretty safe to say that from the last time I contributed to our blog to now just a few things have changed. Here at 605 Running Company, like most businesses, we have had a pretty bumpy ride here the past few months. I don’t remember studying how to respond to a global pandemic in business school, but I’m pretty sure the fact that I get to write this blog post today is pretty indicative of our ability and our community’s ability to thrive during unprecedented times. Running is and has always been great for your health, and during a world health crisis we are happy to see so many new folks joining us out-and-about walking, running, riding bike and doing all of the great wellness activities that keep us healthy and safe. In that spirit of wellness I recently caught up with the President of the Sioux Falls Area Running Club Nate Schwab to chat about the upcoming Trail Race Series this fall.
Greg: Give me a brief history of the trail race series.
Nate: The trail race series started with the Newton Hills 10k. For years the run club hosted this annual race, and it was for many, the entire eastern South Dakota trail running scene rolled up into one event. Over the past few years we’ve watched two great things happen in our region. One, trail running has grown in popularity and we have more folks hitting the trails on a regular basis. Two, we have experienced great growth in available trails within driving distance to Sioux Falls. We added the series to highlight all of the great places to run within our region.
Greg: What’s new this year?
Nate: This year we are thrilled to offer two different locations for two of our races including Tuthill Park in Sioux Falls and Union Grove State Park near Beresford, South Dakota. Our race series will happen over a six week schedule and we have a point series to keep things exciting from race-to-race. The race series has become famous for offering exciting swag and we have some fun options for each race including shorts, shirts and a beanie. Local club member Kristi Wire designed us brand new logos for our races this year and they turned out fantastic.
Greg: Tell me why we should run local races.
Nate: The Trail Race Series proceeds are injected directly back into the community for trail building through FAST (Falls Area Single Track). Thanks to the efforts of FAST and our previous donations we will be able to race at Tuthill Park. Our proceeds also support run club events including kids cross country races, socials and our annual Run for Food with the Sioux Falls Banquet.
Greg: What else should we know about the trail race series?
Nate: The Sioux Falls Area Running Club is run completely by volunteers. If you are not interested in racing, or your family members would like to get involved please consider volunteering for the trail race series. All event info can be found on our website www.runsiouxfalls.org including volunteer sign-up, race registration and details about each race location and distances. If you are participating it really benefits you to sign-up early as we will have a price increase two weeks out before the first race. You can sign-up for races individually or for all three races at once.
Greg Koch is the Co-Owner and General Manager of 605 Running Company and Produces the Sioux Falls Skedaddle Half Marathon, SuFu Circuit Relay Race and the 605 Summer Race Series. He serves on the Board of Directors for Downtown Sioux Falls, the 605 Race Crew and the Sioux Falls Area Running Club. When Greg isn’t with his family or working he enjoys being outside biking, kayaking, golfing or playing church softball.
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