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CentraCare Health Earth Day Run
April 21-22, 2017
St. Cloud, Minnesota

Central Minnesota’s Premier Race Event



Beginning at St. Cloud State University, you’ll tour the best that St. Cloud has to offer. From the Mighty Mississippi River to tree-lined residential neighborhoods, this USATF certified course has it all.

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Marathon Relay

If you’re not quite ready to tackle 13.1 miles, grab a friend, relative or complete stranger and take on the Half Marathon route together. Each of you will contribute 6.5 miles.

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A Friday night tradition, the St. Cloud Subaru 5K starts and finishes on the St. Cloud State University campus. Last year’s 5K sold out. Register today to reserve your spot for this year.

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Corporate Challenge

The Greater St. Cloud Development Corp. Corporate Challenge promotes health and wellness among area businesses. Run with your colleagues and alongside rival companies.

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Kids Race

Presented by Capital One and North Risk Partners — Apollo Division. The BLEND 1K is the perfect opportunity for children 12 and under to get out and exercise their rights to a healthy and happy future! Limited to the first 1,000 entrants.

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Every race finishes at Husky Stadium on the St. Cloud State University campus with spectators on the field and an after-party near the finish line.

Earth Day Run Weekend Has Something For Everyone

It doesn’t matter if you are competing in the SCHEELS Half Marathon, the St. Cloud Subaru 5K Run/Walk or just cheering on friends and family — there’s lots to do at Earth Day Run Weekend. Learn more about what makes the Earth Day Run one of Minnesota’s biggest community health events.

View the complete list of Friday and Saturday activities.


Julia’s Story – Reflections on the Fit Kids Series

Julia Karls, who is now 15 years old, participated in the first BLEND Fit Kids Series in 2010, and would absolutely encourage young children to join! “The Fit Kids Series is a great way to stay active and also have fun,” she said. Her dad, Wes, added, “The prizes...

Get a Sneak Peek at Our Runner’s Swag This Year!

This year we’re partnering with Greenlayer for our apparel. Greenlayer is committed to environmental sustainability, and all the shirts for our Earth Day Run will be made with more than 60 percent recycled material! Our half marathon runners will receive men or...

Get Prepared for the 5K — an Eight-week Training Plan for New Runners

CentraCare Earth Day Run Weekend is just under two months away and one of its signature events is Friday night’s St. Cloud Subaru 5K. It’s an evening of fun and activities for the whole family. Starting at 2 p.m., the BLEND Kids Expo at St. Cloud State’s Halenbeck...

Half Marathon Training Class Begins Feb. 7 at St. Cloud YMCA

As we turn the calendar to February, the Earth Day Half Marathon is only 80 days away. For those interested in competing in this year’s SCHEELS Half Marathon, our friends at the St. Cloud YMCA are starting a training class on February 7th to get you motivated and...

Be Smart, Stay Safe and Know Your Limits for Winter Running

Even though some days the weather outside is frightful, Earth Day weekend (April 21-22) is approaching quickly and may catch you off guard. Whether you are training for an event or if you’re just trying to be healthier in 2017 — exercising outdoors this time of year...

Welcome From Our New Race Director

I am extremely excited to move forward as the new race director for the CentraCare Earth Day Run, Central Minnesota’s premier running event. Over the years, the Earth Day Run has grown thanks to the wonderful participants, leaders and sponsors. It has been an event...

Download the CentraCare Health Earth Day Run App

We are proud to announce that you can now download the official CentraCare Health Earth Day Run App! The app brings you event information and allows you to track your favorite runners in the SCHEELS Half Marathon and Half Marathon Relay.

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If you would like to volunteer as a group/organization/company, please contact us at We will give groups looking for fundraising opportunities first priority when signing up, and we will award non-profit groups of 10 or more people with a donation from the Earth Day Run.

Thank you for your interest in helping us host this GREAT event!

Viewing The Course

The next best thing to running is watching!  Being “on the course” and cheering on your favorite runners is invaluable to them, and it is easy to do at the Earth Day races.  Your best bet is to hang out at the campus of St. Cloud State to take in the start and the finish.

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Friday Parking and Packet Pickup

Saturday Parking

General Questions

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