Race Details

2020 is going virtual!

Due to the COVID pandemic, and the uncertainty of being able to hold an event this Fall, we have decided to convert the Fire Tower Trail Races into a virtual event. Right now many race companies, and vendors that support races, are hurting. By participating in virtual events, you can help keep this industry alive, and vibrant, into the future. That’s why we’re choosing to continue to race however we can.

The virtual events are only $50 for each distance. You will get a beanie and headwrap from SweatVac with our awesome logo on it (samples pictured below). Plus, you’ll get a cool finisher patch, that is being made specifically for the 2020 edition of the Fire Tower Races. You can run anytime in the month of September, and simply need to report your results back to our Ultrasignup reporting site before the end of the month. Additionally, we’ve now added a course map, along with GPX and Strava files, to the Course Description page. That means that if you’d like to run your distance on the actual course (minus the fire tower which is closed), you can! The course maps are for the 50K distance, with the 100K doing the course twice, and the 25K going to the Fire Tower and back. If you would like to do the 12.5K, you are free to run wherever you would like, as that course was not designed yet.

You can run your distance in one activity, or multiple. You can take as long as you like, but your start time begins at the start of your first run, and ends when you complete your final run for your distance. However, if you run your distance on the actual course, in a single activity, you will be eligible to be counted as a course record holder (pending GPS data verification).

What’s coming in 2021…

The Fire Tower Trail Races will take place fully within the St. Croix State Park near Hinckley, MN (30065 St Croix Park Rd, Hinckley, MN 55037) on September 19th, 2020. There are four different distances to chose from.

DistanceStart TimeCut-OffAid Stations
100K5:00 am19 hours11
50K7:00 am17 hours5
25K8:00 am16 hours2
12.5K9:00 amTBDTBD

The race will start and end at the Group Campground near the Trail Center within the park (Google Map). There will be open camping available for TENTS ONLY at the Group Campground. If you have a camping trailer or RV, please reserve a spot at the regular park campground. Remember that if you have not purchased a State Park Pass, you will need to do so when you enter the park.

This is a cupless race! Make sure to bring a cup or purchase one during registration!

Schedule of Events

  • Friday
    • 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Packet pickup at Race HQ
    • 7:30 pm – A brief history of St. Croix State Park (optional)
  • Saturday
    • 4:00 am – Packet pickup re-opens
    • 5:00 am – 100K begins
    • 7:00 am – 50K begins
    • 8:00 am – 25K begins
    • 9:00 am – 12.5K begins
    • Midnight – Finish line closes, all racers must be finished by this time

Participants will receive a SweatVac beanie and headwrap!

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