frequently asked questions
You can register three different ways:
1. Online: Half Marathon, 10K & 5K (available in Nov 2016)
2. Download a registration form here: 2017_Run_New_Prague_Entry_Form.pdf
3. By mail. Call to have a registration form mailed to you 952-758-4360.
PRE REGISTRATION FEES:
$60 after April 15th*
The 10K Run:
$45 after April 15th*
The 5K Run:
$40 after April 15th*
*All registrations received after online registration closes is considered same day registration.
All entrants registered by April 15th, 2017 receive a race garment .Race day registrants are not guaranteed to receive a race garment. Half Marathoners all receive a Finishers Medal.
The top three finishers in the Half Marathon and 10K will receive a medal. We do 5 year age groupings. All place medals and finisher medals will be mailed out following the race. Instant results will be available via our timing company Gopher State Events. There will not be an awards ceremony in 2017.
The top three finishers of the 5K in the following age groupings will receive medals: 12-under, 13-15, 16 -18.
Scenic New Prague is located approximately 48 miles south/southwest of downtown Minneapolis. The address to Memorial Park is 400 Main Street East, New Prague, MN 56071.
There are portable toilets at the Start/Finish line and at three locations on the Half Marathon course. There will be one portable toilet on the 10K course as well.
Participants can pick up their packets at the registration tables in Memorial Park (on Highway 19/Main Street) starting at 6:30 a.m. on Race Day. We are also offering packet pick-up at the concession stand in Memorial Park on Friday, May 5 from 2:00 - 7:00 PM.
The Half Marathon follows a circular route, starting and finishing in Memorial Park. Runners will head south of town and out into the countryside. The terrain is comprised of rolling hills, with a few moderate climbs. The course is USATF certified.
The 10K runs out into the countryside and a portion of the course is on gravel road.
The 5K is run on relatively the same route as the Half. Runners start at the New Prague Community Pool and end in Memorial Park.
The average temperature in May is 59 degrees, but this is Minnesota. Dress appropriately.
Once you clear the New Prague city limits, the course is relatively open and is subject to some wind.
Most runners opt for standard shirt and running shorts. We do have a bag check at Memorial Park if you'd like to bring a change of clothes or shed layers before the race starts.
Our water and aid stations have water and Gatorade available.
Water/aid stations will be available at the 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 mile markers.
The 10K will have one water station out on the course.
The New Prague Half Marathon, 10K & 5K uses chip timing to time the event. Your Chip is disposable and is placed on the back of your bib. Gopher State Events will provide timing results.
Absolutely no early starters are allowed on the racecourse. Individuals in violation of this rule will be disqualified and asked to leave the course. No automobiles, bicycles, baby joggers, roller skis, inline skates, handcycles, hand-cranked wheelchairs, pets or unofficial participants are allowed on the racecourse.
Headphones are not forbidden on the course, but we ask that you are aware of your surroundings and other runners.
Race results will be posted at the Start/Finish line within a reasonable amount of time after the finish.
Results are also emailed to each runner just after you cross the finish line.
It was 30 years ago that this race was started by passionate runners and local businesses to fill two voids - a half marathon distance to prepare folks for upcoming marathons and to bring people to New Prague. The New Prague Chamber of Commerce has been a proud presenter of the race, and we've had a number of generous sponsors from Robin Hood Flour, Schumacher's Restaurant, Community Security Bank, Mayo Clinic Health System New Prague and The Fitness Center.
This tradition has brought thousands of folks to New Prague and it enhances our economy and tourism. The recipient of the funds is the New Prague Chamber of Commerce, and we utilize the funds to enhance & promote our community, our local businesses and Shop Local campaigns.
The New Prague Chamber of Commerce has over 200 member businesses who appreciate your business and support year round. The New Prague community consists of many small, family-owned businesses, yet all businesses are dedicated to hard work and customer service - knowing it's their neighbors, friends, and friends of New Prague who are their customers.
For your safety, we ask that you maintain a 13 minute/mile pace (half runners), a 15 minute/mile for 10K and 5Kers. If you cannot maintain that pace, we will ask you to leave the course.
The half marathon course will close at 11:00 a.m. If you are not finished at that time you will either be provided a ride back to Memorial Park or finish at your own risk.