Registration is NOW OPEN for the Mason Run @ Chesterwoods 2018! Note the pricing is screaming good!…/chester-woods-trail-races-mason-run

Chester Woods Trail Races Mason Run Chester Woods Park, Eyota, MN, United States - The Chester Woods Trail Races are so much fun! A… - June 2, 2018

Thanks for all the messages, we're so glad you're excited about 2018! Registration will open by Dec 9th with, once again, some incredible early registration pricing!

We are so much looking forward to seeing you in 2018! - Remember, you can run with SE MN Trail Runners year round!


Chester Woods Trail Races didn't get any likes this week. Facebook says we should post something. Well, that's actually a good idea!

SE MN Trail Runners will actually be running at Chester Woods on Tuesday Aug 22 at 6:15pm (beach house parking lot). It's not a race, just a group run 4-7miles in one of our favorite parks. Come join us. You probably ran with some of us during the race last June anyway and you'll no doubt see us next year!

The highly anticipated Limerick Results have arrived via carrier pigeon - a very slow carrier pigeon! Thanks to everyone for the submissions - it was fun to read!

Each prize winner will receive a separate message from me to arrange getting your prize to you! - Remember to thank TerraLoco for their support as all of these prizes were donated by them!

6th Place Limerick wins this fine TerraLoco Tee with a Salomon Mug! Congrats to Stacy Gilbertson!


There once was a girl from the city
She ran slow and that's a pity
She walked up the hills, she ran through the heat
She ended up dirty with blisters on her feet
Her finish smile was big and gritty

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The Limericks were fantastic! - Our students loved them... I'll release the results this Friday!

Also, the prizes for Overall winners Male/Female in each event will now receive personalized awards as our engraving was not
yet complete come race day. Thank You for your patience!

All the pics are out! I posted the link to the latest set below in comments.

You can always get to them all of them (I think) by clicking on Photos & checking out the Amateur Album. The header in that album has the web addresses for the two sets of really great photos that you will want to check out.

Thanks Thom & Jim for the awesome shots! I know runners love to see them.

Contest! Great Prizes to be had! – You must act quickly if you want shot at some great prizes from TerraLoco
A fantastic Hydration Vest! – valued at $155… One of two sets of Trail Gaitors valued at $32 each! Several other prizes too!
Here is the contest: You have until Midnight on Monday June 5th to write a Limerick that captures your experience at the Mason Run @ Chester Woods 2017. I will also share this contest with our distribution of anyone who registered online, in they do not see this on Facebook.
It must be Middle School appropriate, as I will read these Limericks to students at Byron Middle School during our Students vs Staff Track meet! (if you have a non-appropriate limerick, I want to see that too, but will not share it with the students!)
Your limerick must meet the rhyme / rhythm of a Limerick
You must submit it either on this page.. or via email to – by submitting, you are agreeing to allow me to share it!
Here’s an example of a qualifying Limerick – she can enter this one if she wants…
There once was a man named Jim Mason
The mugs they did once have his face on
But met he a lass
And it came to pass
That that’s why we now put the race on.

Here’s an example of one that would not qualify
We ran Mason Run in a hurry
The weather insured we would scurry
O’Leary was mean
He’s not such a dream
He drank all the beer in a hurry.

Remember, entries due by Midnight June 5th!

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The results are on line! Thanks to everyone for coming out & braving the weather! Hope to see you next year! Be sure to check out the pics. The running community is filled with amazing people!!

Wayzata Results, Hy-tek certified timing contractor

Here is a link to some great pics from this year's event. Still trying to get them to an album as that's easier to find, but enjoy!…

Thom Woo added 304 new photos to the album: 2017 Chesterwood Trail Races — with Jim Mason and 5 others.
Chester Woods Trail Races added 247 new photos to the album: The Amateur Album for the Mason Run @ Chester Woods 2017 — with Jim Mason and 3 others.
June 4, 2017

The point was to get some pics of the course and the day but the runners were irresistible, sometimes intense, sometimes happy,always amazing. I tagged some people I know.

For more pics from the start & finish taken by someone who takes amazing pics, (Thanks, Thom Woo!) copy these links below into your address bar. The 2nd address has on the trail pics as well (Thanks, Jim Li!)…

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I wanted to thank everyone for taking part in the Mason Run @ Chester Woods! - You all make the event so much fun! We'll submit results to the Rochester Track Club tonight... and age group winners who were not present during awards will be notified this evening too.... - now, on to the Donut Run today at 1pm!

Check out this great prize from TerraLoco! You can still register tonight at terraloco from 4-6:30! And race day 1 hour prior to your race!

Tom O'Leary to Team R.E.D.

TerraLoco has donated a great prize for the Mason Run! Join us for a chance to win Salomon Advance Skin Hydration Pack (a $155 value!). !

We will be at TerraLoco from 4-6:30pm tonight! See you there!

Preview of the trails of Chester Woods tonight starting at 6:15pm! Join the SE MN Trail Runners as they explore just days before the Mason Run! See you all soon!

Also, online registration is still open through June 1st - Race day and packet pickup registration is also available, but note, there's a slight price hike at that time.…

Create an account and sign in to Race Roster as an organizer to manage your club or event, or as a participant to manage and edit your registrations

SE MN Trail Runners always runs a couple miles of the Mason Run @ Chester Woods course on the Tuesday before the race. We meet at 6:15pm at the beach house parking lot. Sign up for the race, check out our facebook page for additional details, and come for the preview run on Tuesday 5/30. (park pass required).

The Mason Run @ Chester Woods Information 2017
5K – 10 mile – 50K

Date: June 3, 2017
Time: 50K starts at 6am; 10mile starts at 8am; 5K starts at 8:15am ...
All races start in beach house parking lot.
A park pass is required to get into the park: $5 daily or $25 annual

Course Description: The course is in Chester Woods County Park near Rochester, MN. This park has beautiful meadow trails as well as wooded trails. Trails are not technical and are wide enough to run with a friend (or two!). The course sports some rolling hills with a couple bigger hills but none are very long or steep. The Big Dam Hill is so named because it is the biggest hill and leads to the dam. It is however a far cry from the bluff climbs that are found in other parts of SE MN. Most runners find the varied terrain course to be enjoyable and we try to have fun here.

The 5k bypasses the Big Dam Hill. This is a great first trail race.

The 10mile loop is amazing and the hill really isn’t that bad. Not even remotely close to Afton or Zumbro.

The 50k course is primarily the 10mile course only with 3 loops. As the loops come back through the parking lot, many runners find it easy to visit their vehicle as they pass through.

Cut offs for the 50K: There is no cut off, however, while aid stations will remain set up until all runners have passed through them, they will only be staffed until noon. At the finish line, there will be music (All Jampt Up) and socializing until 1 pm. The clock will continue running until all runners are in.

Staying in Rochester: Chester Woods has campsites. New this year a block of rooms has been set up for runners through the Centerstone Plaza Hotel (Twigs Restaurant). To get one of the block of rooms, ask for Kristine when booking and let her know you are running the Mason Run @ Chester Woods. Here is the link to their website:

Packet Pick is available June 2 at TerraLoco in Rochester, MN from 4pm-6:30pm

Race Day:
Race Day Packet Pickup is in the beach house parking lot an hour prior to the races.

Tshirts are only guaranteed to those who registered by 5/19.

Finish line activities include music, food, and various beverages. Some may require proof of age. 

Music is from 10am – 1pm and is provided by All Jampt Up

The race is put on by members of Team R.E.D. and SE MN Trail Runners. We like to run and we like to have fun. Many of the members help, run, and then remain at the finish line to cheer other runners in. We hope you’ll join us for this fun event.
5K is $25; 10mile is $35; 50K is $45

Here is the sign up link!…/20…/10771/chester-woods-trail-races

Below are a couple pics of the course.

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The Mason Run t-shirt order is going in this week.. we plan to carry very limited sizes beyond what is ordered by May 19th... if you're on the fence, consider registering now, as we want you to get your gear, and have it fit!

Don't forget.. this event is about you!
We want to make sure you have an opportunity to achieve your goals..and a post race to celebrate!

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