"Lakes Area Endurance"

"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." 2 Timothy 4:7 - Register at www.runthelakes.com

Friday 6/23 4:00 PM - Walk Up Registration and Packet Pick-Up 6:00 PM - 1K Family Fun Run 6:30 PM - Lakes Area Endurance 5K Saturday 6/24 6:00 AM - Walk Up Registration and Packet Pick-Up 7:00 AM - Lakes Area Endurance Half Marathon The 2017 Lakes Area Endurance Races are just the begining of the fun filled weekend in Alexandria as we commence the events of the Cities annual Awake The Lakes Festival featuring a host of family friendly activities from the Rib Festival to the famed Vikingland Band Festival. Plan your vacations or staycations now.


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Greetings Friends!

Believe it or not, Memorial Day weekend is upon us, and that means race day is just over 5 weeks away! It's not too late to get your friends and family signed up for any one of our fun weekend race events, including the 1K Family Fun Run (Catch the Cardinal), 5K, and the Lakes Area's premiere 1/2 Marathon.

We can think of a million reasons you SHOULD join us on Saturday, Jun 29th, but for a limited time, we're giving you 15 more reasons... Sign up between now and next Tuesday, 5/28, and use the coupon code "memorialday19" and you'll get an extra 15% off all race registrations. Prices go up June 1, so this is your last chance to get in on the early bird pricing AND receive an additional 15% off.

Invite your friends and family to join us as we kick off Awake the Lakes festivities in Alexandria, MN!

See you soon!

Spring has sprung, the snow is melting, and it's our favorite time of year - MARCH MADNESS! We are celebrating the excitement of the season and think you should too! Register between now and Sunday, March 24 and use the coupon code "MarchMadness" to receive 10 percent off your registration fee.

The Lakes Area Endurance events are now just over 3 months away. Time to climb out of hibernation and dust off the running shoes.

Get after it friends!

[02/14/19]   Roses are red,
violets are blue
Register to run,
and get a discount too!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the LAE Team! We hope you've had a wonderful season of family, friends, and good food.

As you're preparing for 2019 and maybe making a New Year's Resolution or two, we hope you'll consider including the 2019 Lakes Area Endurance races as a part of your plans. Registration will open on January 1 at midnight. Don't miss out on the chance to secure your spot at the lowest possible, early bird pricing.

Happy Holidays!

The LAE Team

Did someone say 30 degrees? As in, above ZERO?!?!

Back half of January, spring is literally just around the corner. Let the outdoor running season commence!

Get on over to www.runthelakes.com to register for the 2018 Lakes Area Endurance events. This is YOUR YEAR!

[06/26/17]   Race photos are online! Wowza, you guys look AWESOME!


[06/25/17]   Whoop, Whoop! You're a FINISHER!!!

You did it! You made it! You rocked it!!!

This week we welcomed some nice cool temps to the Lakes Area and today during the half marathon, we got just a little bit of everything - wind, rain, clouds and sunshine. But one thing is for sure, all of you shined! And now, all of you are 2017 Lakes Area Endurance FINISHERS!

So now it's time to celebrate the one and only YOU. Every year we're reminded that each participant has such a uniquely cool story, and it was so fun to see them all come together this weekend. I heard stories of people who were visitors, running with family they hadn't seen in years. I heard stories of people working back into running after a major injury. I heard stories of people finishing their first race ever and others smashing a PR. I even heard a story of a person who was running a half marathon in all 50 states. We feel truly blessed to be a part of those stories, and thankful that you chose to write the Lakes Area Endurance into this weekend's chapter.

As a reminder, the official race results can be found on our website:


Also, we make it a goal to capture as many great photos of your smiling faces as we can on race weekend. We think these race photos should be yours to keep and be proud of, so feel free to tag, download, share and print whatever you’d like. These photos will be live on the website and on Facebook within the next couple days, so please check back periodically.

This was the 8th annual running of the Lakes Area Endurance races. Our goals remain simple - to have the friendliest volunteers, to be the most accommodating race EVER and to keep getting better at what we do, year after year, to give you a memorable weekend and the race experience you deserve.

We again want to thank our many outstanding volunteers and great event sponsors, whom without, this weekend would not be possible. Thank you Aagard, Advanced Automotive & Off Road, Asche Engineering, Bell State Bank & Trust, 4Paws Running, KXRA/KX92/Z99 Radio, Michael Collins D.D.S., Nodland Construction, Northstar Pure Premium Water, Regional Anesthesia Services P.A., Soderholm Insurance, Swedberg Wood Products, Velde Moore Limited, and last but not least, our event host, The Alexandria YMCA.

Congrats again on your accomplishment, and thanks for RUNNING THE LAKES with us. We look forward to seeing you again!


The LAE Team


Lakes Area Endurance

Thank you runners and volunteers for another successful event!

Race pics and results will be posted soon (here on Facebook and on www.runthelakes.com).

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It's race day in The Lakes Area!

Reminder, packet pickup and on-site registration begins today at 4pm at the YMCA, 1K Family Fun Run starts at 6 and the 5K at 6:30.

Come on Kids, who has what it takes to beat the Cardinal?

Good morning, happy race week and happy first day of summer! This forecast may not look like summer but it sure does look like perfect running weather!

Who's ready to RUN THE LAKES?

This is it! The last day to pre-register online for all 2017 events.

Don't delay, online registration closes at midnight.

[06/13/17]   Tick-Tock! We're just 10 days from race weekend in the Lakes Area, and that means online registration for all events will close at midnight, tomorrow night (June 14th)! If you've been waiting to get signed up, wait no longer. Race day registration will be offered, but to guarantee t-shirts, swag, and the best possible price, you must be pre-registered online, so what are you waiting for?

Grab your friends and family and kick off Alexandria's Awake The Lakes festivities in the best possible way. If running isn't your thing, but you're coming to cheer on friends and family, please consider partnering with us. We still have several volunteer positions we are looking to fill. For more information, visit the partners page on the website.

Countdown to race weekend is officially on - can't wait to see you on June 23-24.

[06/07/17]   Hey, Hey! It's Global Running Day!!!

We're celebrating OUR day by offering 10 percent off registration for the next 24 hours. Just use the coupon code "RUNDAY" at checkout and save some $$$. Don't delay, with race weekend just over 2 weeks away, and online registration closing in 1 week, now is the time!

If you're in the Alexandria Area tonight, join us at Big Ole for a fun group run and dinner on the patio at The Depot to follow.

Wishing you all a Happy Global Running Day!


Lakes Area Endurance

Hello Runners!

It's hard to believe we are rounding out the month of May and we are just over 3 weeks from race weekend in the Lakes Area. A friendly reminder, registration prices will increase tomorrow night, June 1, at midnight, so pass this along to friends and family and make the commitment to kicking off Awake the Lakes Festivities in the best possible way.

Race weekend will commence on Friday evening, June 23, with a 1K Family Fun Run and the 5K race immediately following. Saturday morning will feature the area's only Half Marathon. All events start and finish at the Alexandria YMCA, and bathroom and shower facilities will be available to everyone.

We're looking forward to seeing you all in just a few weeks. If you haven't signed up, make sure you do it before the prices go up!




Local runners share a memorable experience in the Boston Mar...

Check this out! Boston was well represented by great friends of the Lakes Area Endurance races. All 3 of these ladies are past finishers of our half marathon, including our 2015 winner, Jaci Loween, and our 2014 runner up, Julie Miller. Well done ladies! You make us all proud!

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Greetings Friends!

Happy Easter, Happy Patriot's Day, Happy Marathon Monday!

We are now just 10 weeks away from race weekend, and that means training starts now! We are happy to again be partnering with the Alexandria ROUS running group and Noonan Sport Specialists to offer a completely free, community-wide, couch-to-5k training group.

Each year we have dozens of people come out to get fit together and many of them cross that finish line in June. If you or your friends and family are in the Alexandria area and want to complete a 5k or just get active, but don't know where to start, this is it!

More information can be found on the Alexandria ROUS website (http://alexandriarous.wixsite.com/rous/events) We hope to see you tomorrow night at Big Ole, at 5:30 PM!

Greetings Friends!

This is no April Fools joke, just over 24 hours remain to register at the lowest possible price! Make plans today to run with us as we kick off Awake the Lakes festivities in Alexandria, MN on June 23rd and 24th. If you've already signed up, pass it along to all your friends and family. Register before midnight on March 31st and save some $$$.

Happy Running!


Lakes Area Endurance

Happy New Year!

We trust that you've enjoyed all of your favorite holiday goodies, and are now well into your New Years Resolution. We can help you with that! Make sure to put the 2017 Lakes Area Endurance races on your list.

Registration is now OPEN. Visit www.runthelakes.com to get the details on this years events and register at the early bird prices. We're looking forward to providing the best race day yet, and we hope to see you on June 23rd and 24th.


Lakes Area Endurance | RACE RESULTS & PHOTOS

Results are on the website. Congratulations to all of the runners.

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2016 Lakes Area Endurance Photos

Race Photos are ONLINE! Feel free to copy, tag, and share as you wish. Look at all those SMILING FACES! :)

Note - There were 2 different photographers so you may find yourself in a couple of different "batches" within the photo directories. Please scroll through the entire album to make sure you find all of your pics.


[06/25/16]   Congratulations to all of our participants!!! Thank you so much for running with us on a hot and humid day in the Lakes Area.

We'll have results and photos emailed and posted to Facebook and the website as soon as we possibly can.

Thanks again!

Sound check complete. DJ Kirk ready to get this party started! Now all we need is a couple hundred runners. Party starts in 45 minutes!

Families!!! It's race day, and look who's ready to give it another go against all your little ones.

Grab your kids and get on out to the Alexandria YMCA. On site registration and packet pick up start at 4:30PM, and the 1K Family Fun Run starts at 6:00.

Happy Monday, People!!! IT'S RACE WEEK!!!

Today is the last chance to preregister for all 2016 Races. Online registration will close at midnight tonight (6/16). If you want to guarantee a t-shirt and the lowest possible price, get signed up today!


2016 Lakes Area Endurance

Volunteers Needed!!!

Hey, all of us runners know, a race is only as good as its smiling volunteers. We are still in need of help on race day. Please, if you're not running with us next weekend, consider giving back. Click the link below and sign up to help!

runsignup.com Join us for the 7th annual running of the Lakes Area Endurance Races in beautiful Alexandria, Minnesota. We're kicking off the Awake The Lakes Festival with a series of events that are sure to be a hit for runners of all levels. Come for the run, stay for the fun as Alexandria celebrates its Awake...

[06/11/16]   Congratulations to our home town team, the Alexandria Girls Track Team just won the state championship!!!

T-Minus 2 weeks until race weekend in the Lakes Area!

Reminder, online registration closes at midnight on Thursday, June 16th.

Today is officially "OUR" day - It's Global Running Day!

If you missed registration before the June 1 price increase, you're in luck - we simply couldn't raise prices on a day like Global Running Day, so the early registration discount has been extended until midnight tonight.

If you're in Alexandria today and want to join the herd, there will be a fun, informal (FREE) 5K run from Big Ole Park at 5:30PM, followed by half price happy hour specials on the patio at the Depot at 6PM. Come celebrate together.


Lakes Area Endurance

Tick... Tock... Prices go up at midnight, so sign up today!


www.runthelakes.com Alexandria, Minnesota's premiere running event - Family Fun Run, 5k, Quarter Marathon, Half Marathon

[05/27/16]   Wishing you and yours a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend!

We are getting pumped for summer in the Lakes Area to bust open this weekend, because that means our race weekend is just around the corner. Just 4 weeks from today we’ll be kicking off Awake The Lakes Festivities in Alexandria! We hope training is going well (or at least started… or at least you’re considering starting soon…) and we look forward to celebrating YOU at the finish line on June 24th & 25th.

Reminder, prices will go up on June 1, so if you want to get in on the early bird discount, make sure you register by end of day on Monday.


Lakes Area Endurance

1 month until race weekend! We're getting stoked!

Be sure you get registered before prices go up on June 1.


www.runthelakes.com Alexandria, Minnesota's premiere running event - Family Fun Run, 5k, Quarter Marathon, Half Marathon

Noonan Sport Specialists

Free Community Wide Group Training Starts Tomorrow!!!

Got questions on the Couch to 5k program? We've got answers!


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Lakes Area Endurance

Reminder - today is the last day to get the early bird pricing on registration! Get signed up by midnight for the lowest price.


www.runthelakes.com Alexandria, Minnesota's premiere running event - Family Fun Run, 5k, Quarter Marathon, Half Marathon


March Madness Round IV – The Elite Eight

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They need your votes to stay alive. Go vote for the home team!!!


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[03/24/16]   Officially 3 months until race weekend!

Who is ready to start training?

Who is racing the Easter Bunny 5k & 10k at the Alexandria Area YMCA (our wonderful event host) this weekend?

[03/09/16]   Who is liking this weekend weather forecast? 65 on Friday and Saturday?!?!

Time to dust off the running shoes and get out there. Still 3 more weeks to get in on the early bird registration!!! Prices go up on April 1st - no fooling around.


Lakes Area Endurance

Ladie's and Gentlemen... The 2016 Lakes Area Endurance Races are now open for registration! And.... GO!




2015 Lakes Area Endurance Photos

Congratulations to all participants! These photos are yours to have - FREE of charge. Celebrate good times!!!

Congratulations to all participants! These photos are yours to have - FREE of charge. Celebrate good times!!!


Lakes Area Endurance | 2015 Race Results

Preliminary race results have been posted on the website.

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Alexandria, MN

General information

Join us on June 23rd and 24th for the annual Lakes Area Endurance races as we kick off Alexandria's Awake The Lakes festivities. Once again we will host the areas premiere Family Fun Run, 5k, and Half Marathon! All events start and finish at the Alexandria Area YMCA. For more information and to register visit www.runthelakes.com

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 17:00
Thursday 08:00 - 17:00
Friday 08:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 16:00
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