Ham Lake Half Marathon and 5K
Spring: May 5-7, 2017
Experience one of America’s most beautiful vacation destination races to plan a vacation around
USA Today named it as one of the top 10 races to plan a vacation around! And who could blame them? The Ham Run takes place miles from the nearest town in a pristine wilderness where moose, wolves and deer roam. Eagles soar overhead and loons can be heard calling in the distance. Nature surrounds you with each step you take on this journey. Spring is in the air and in your step as new growth awakens in the forest and the woods come alive after a long winter’s sleep. And this year we memorialize 10 years of regrowth after the Ham Lake Fire. Come celebrate rebirth and see what nature can accomplish over 10 years!
Just meters away from the starting line, Gunflint Lodge & Outfitters is the perfect lodging accommodation for your running weekend. Check in here Friday night and you can pick up your race packet at the front desk, eliminating the need for an extra stop in town. Once you’re here, you can join us at Justine’s for an all-you-can-eat pasta buffet. In the morning you can enjoy a buffet breakfast and yoga stretch before you take the shuttle to the starting line. And once you finish, join us at the Boundary Waters Conference Center for a ham picnic lunch and celebration. Then unwind in your cabin with a private spa or sauna (depending on cabin selection), or perhaps get a massage with the resort’s massage therapist for an additional charge.
What this package includes:
- Two nights’ accommodations in a lakeside cabin, many with sauna or in-room sauna
- All meals Friday dinner through Sunday breakfast, including all-you-can-eat pasta buffet Friday evening, breakfast buffet Saturday morning, and post-race ham picnic lunch
- Saturday morning pre-race yoga stretch
- Race parking and shuttle
- All guided naturalist activities and use of hiking trails.
Weekend Package pricing:
- $169 Classic Cabin per person, minimum double occupancy
- $179 Romantic Cabin or Gunflint Lake Home per person, minimum double occupancy
Sales Tax and Service Charge additional
Ham Run Half Marathon and 5K
Grand Marais, Minn.
You might have moose or eagles watching your progress on this run along the Gunflint Trail National Scenic Byway through Superior National Forest. The course passes granite outcroppings and goes by stands of pine, aspen and birch trees. “It’s basically miles from the nearest town, through the wilderness,” Epstein says. Race date: May 2017. cookcountyymca.org/healthyliving/ham-run-half-marathon