Fast Before The Feast

10K, 5K, and Fun Run / Thursday, November 23rd, 2017 / 8:00AM / White Bear Lake, MN


Overview

This event is close to home for all of us here at Tri Fitness. First, it’s right in our backyard - Fast Before The Feast is hosted from Tri Fitness in White Bear Lake. We’re part of a wonderful community of neighborhoods and businesses. Second, and more importantly, we’re aware of and deeply affected by the growing hunger problem at both the local and national levels.

According to Hunger Solutions MN, 1 in 17 Minnesotans rely upon local food shelves to help feed their families. In our community alone, 300 families visit Hugo and White Bear Lake food shelves each month. The latest statistics show that 1 in 6 Americans is food insecure. Even more shocking is that 1 in 4 children live in a food-insecure household.

We believe it is absolutely vital that we increase our efforts as a business, family, and community towards reducing this problem. We want to be real, we want to have an impact, and we want to be relevant. But, we can't do it alone.

We’re inviting you to join us in this opportunity to be a part of this outpouring of individuals and families across all demographics who are volunteering their resources like never before. Since the race’s inception 11 year ago, you have helped us donate over 35,000 pounds of food to local food shelves and over $10,000.

Perhaps, in the holiday season - more than at any other time - our hearts go out to others. Start your holiday giving by participating in Fast Before The Feast and bring a food or cash donation the morning of the race. We estimate it will take about 2100 participants to reach our goal of donating 10,000 + pounds of food this year.

Charities:

Proceeds from the race and food drive will be evenly split between both food shelves. For donations, we are trying to get healthier choices for families in need. While canned goods are always welcome, the food shelf is also looking for these valuable items:

  • Peanut Butter
  • Canned Tuna and Meat
  • 100% Fruit Juice
  • Salad Dressings
  • Gluten Free Items
  •  Whole Grain Pasta and Rice
  • Cooking Oil
  • Flour and Sugar
  • Diapers
  • Spices
  • Full Size Shampoo and Conditioner
  • Laundry Soap
  • And always, cash donations which enable the food shelf to stock as needed.

Registration

There are three ways to register for this race:

Want to register for more than one race? Fill out our bulk race registration form!

**Upon registration, you agree to the Tri Fitness Race Refund and Cancellation Policies**

The race fees are as follows:

  • 10K - $40 on or before 11/14, $50 from 11/15 through 11/22, or $60 on race day
  • 5K - $35 on or before 11/14, $45 from 11/15 through 11/22, or $55 on race day
  • Kid's Fun Run (12 years of age or younger) - $20 through 11/22, or $30 on race day

All participants will receive an event shirt and medal. Registrations after 11/14 may need to pick up their shirt at our retail store about 10 days after the race and will be notified via email.

Size Chart:

Measure just under your arms, around your chest. The shirts tend to run a little large, so if you're between sizes, you might want to go a size lower, but it's totally up to your individual preferences.

  • S 34-36
  • M 38-40
  • L 42-44
  • XL 46-48
  • 2XL 50-52
  • 3XL 54-55

The race will be chip-timed by Frontrunner Events, and Fulton Productions will be providing awesome music and announcements.


Accommodations 

Need a place to crash before/after your event? Fairfield Inn & Suites in Northeast St. Paul has been kind enough to offer a discounted rate for participants/family/friends who need a place to stay. Feel free to use the following link to reserve your stay today. 


Packet Pick-Up

Your race packet will include all the materials you need for your race, such as your timing chip and race bib, and some fun stuff like your complimentary event shirt and special offers. Be sure to bring your race bib and timing chip on race day morning. And please be sure to bring only the timing chip for this race; DO NOT wear a timing chip from a prior race, or it may interfere with your time for Fast Before The Feast, potentially not recording your effort.

Pick up your race packets at our training center at 1338 Highway 96 East in White Bear Lake (get directions):

  • Tuesday, November 21st, 2017 11:00am-6:00pm
  • Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017 11:00am-6:00pm

Race Location

Fast Before the Feast starts and ends at the Tri Fitness Training Center, 1338 Highway 96 East in White Bear Lake (get directions).

Parking on race day will be available within the parking lots adjacent to the training center as well as parking lots along highway 96. Signs and volunteers will direct the participants and volunteers.


Schedule of Events

  • 6:45 am - Parking lots open
  • 7:00 am - Race day registration opens
  • 7:15 am - Race announcements begin
  • 8:00 am - Race day registration closes
  • 8:00 am -  1/2 mile Kids Fun Run starts- Be sure to come cheer our up and coming athletes to the finish line!
  • 8:10 am Final course updates (near start/finish line)
  • 8:15 am - 10k starts
  • 8:30 am - 5k starts
  • 9:30 am (approximately) - Awards ceremony

Course Profile and Policies

The course for both races starts behind the training center, proceeds south through the parking area of the White Bear Sports Center and roams around the quaint neighborhood streets, eventually returning to the start.

Both courses stay away from major roads and are mostly flat except for one hill near the beginning that runners get to climb and descend twice. Both courses are great for beginners, and the more elite runners should find them moderately fast.

For your listening pleasure and to get you in the holiday mood, caroling will be provided by local theatre and choral groups on the course. 

Fluid replacement (water and HEED) will be available at the turn-around (halfway) point of the 10k. Volunteers and police officers will be stationed throughout the course and at critical areas.

This run starts behind the Tri Fitness Training Center (West side) and heads south on Sports Center Drive, and through the parking lot of the White Bear Lake Sports Center until it intersects Birch Lake Blvd.

From there, runners wind through the neighborhood streets until they come to White Bear Pkwy. Runners follow this east until they come to Otter Lake Rd, where they head south. Otter Lake Rd quickly forks and runners should bear right onto Schuneman Rd.

It's a straight shot from here to the turn-around point (almost to the very end of the road). Once runners turn around, they'll follow the same course back to White Bear Pkwy. Runners will eventually hang a right, back onto Birch Lake Blvd, and then return to the start/finish line, via the same path through the WBL Sports Center parking lot.

This run starts behind the Tri Fitness Training Center (West side) and heads south on Sports Center Drive, and through the parking lot of the White Bear Lake Sports Center until it intersects Birch Lake Blvd. Runners continue to White Bear Parkway for about a block, until they take a left on Bibeau Rd.

From there, runners wind through the neighborhood streets until they come to White Bear Pkwy. Runners follow this West, all they back Birch Lake Blvd, and then return to the start/finish line, via the same path through the WBL Sports Center parking lot.

Finish

The finish area, where spectators and finishers can gather, watch and cheer, will be located behind the training center, in the parking lot adjacent to the start/finish line.

Volunteers will hand out medals and bottled water to finishers. Other post-race snacks will be provided by Caribou. Finishers will receive a t-shirt and a finisher medal.

Policies

Headphones are allowed. Please be aware that this is an open course, so be extra careful about watching for traffic and your fellow participants.

Strollers are allowed. Please start near the back of the pack for the safety of your little one and your fellow participants. If you're super fast even with a stroller, then you can start farther up at the start line, but please situate yourself near one side or the other and avoid the middle.

Pets are allowed. Dogs, anyway. Monkeys and pythons are discouraged. Please only bring your pet if they're friendly and not freaked out by a thousand people, and start at the back of the pack. Please bring a poop sack for your pet and pick up after your pet to keep our neighborhood and our neighbors thankful.


Awards and Prizes

Kids' race participants will receive finishers' medals - there are no awards.

The awards ceremony will take place around 9:30am at Carbone's Pizza. Enjoy the Bloody Mary and Pizza bar while waiting for the results. Awards will not be mailed out, so if you wish to take home your award, plan to stick around (Or you can pay shipping. Remember this is a charity event - we want the dollars going to the food shelf and not the post office.).

Adult awards for the 5k and 10k:

  • Top overall Male & Female athletes. Overall winners will be taken out of the age groups - there is no double dipping. 
  • Top 2 Male athletes in each age group (19 & Under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+)
  • Top 2 Female athletes in each age group (19 & Under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+)

For overall 1st and 2nd place finishers receive the traditional frozen turkey and homemade pie, respectively, in fitting with the theme of the race. First and second place age group finishers will receive medals. All finishers will receive a dry fit t-shirt and a finisher medal. 


Food Drive Raffle

Local businesses donate gift certificates and services for a raffle on race day. We have already started gathering giveaways, so this year's list will be even more amazing than what we have had in past years. It's easy to enter - just bring a  paper grocery bag fill of unexpired, nonperishable food items or a cash donation of $10 or more on race day to get your bib number entered into the drawing. Drawings will be held during the race. Check in with your race number after finishing to see if you’ve won (must be present to win)! Winning numbers will be posted at Carbone's across the parking lot from Tri Fitness. 


Results and Photos

Results

Photos


More Information/Questions

Please email races@trifitnesswbl.com.


Sponsors

Thank you so much to our current sponsors! If you are interested in sponsoring a race, we have multiple opportunities available - click here to get all the information.