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RACE # 9 - The Great Hawk Chase

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Race #9 "The Great Hawk Chase" - August 16, 2015


This race begins and ends in Lester Park, one of the most beautiful parks in Duluth, and is the eastern terminus of the Duluth Traverse trail system. The park is nestled between two waterways; Lester River, and Amity Creek, which join and empty into Lake Superior just below the park. There is a playground, several hiking trails along the river, and numerous locations for swimming in the river. This is one of the most family friendly locations for a bike race you'll find anywhere. Have a heapin helpin of our hospitality by eatin some BBQ, and bringing your swimsuit for a cooldown after the race!

The Lester trails have long been a favorite underground place to ride in Duluth until fall 2009 when an agreement with the City of Duluth was established to legitimize and rehabilitate this trail system. After hundreds of hours of work, a loop of flowing single track has been established along the gorgeous banks of Amity Creek.

Portions of the race course will use the Lester Park cross country ski trails, snowmobile trail, COGGS singletrack and Duluth Traverse trail. The course begins on ski trail up out of the park to allow for a sprint roll-out and ample early passing, joining the upper eastern Amity Creek loop, descend and crossover the bridge to ascend the western Amity Creek loop. This year the race will get extra juicy and allow riders to descend a new 3 mile section of flow trail - a.k.a. Duluth Traverse Trail - along the Lester River. This also opens sections of trail that are more spectator friendly and can be seen from across the water on Lester River Rd. 2015 gives a whole new experience for the Great Hawk Chase. You do not want to miss this race!

*** Pre-riding will be open on Saturday, but please note, the trail is still drying out from Friday's rain, so please be considerate and walk around any wet sections if you preride to avoid damaging the trails for Sunday's race.

Thank You! ***


Middle School, High School Students race Citizen class free!

The Great Hawk Chase will also feature an opportunity for any middle school (7th and 8th grade) or high school student to try mountain bike racing for free if they register for the Citizen class race (9:30 am start, helmets and signed waiver required).


“Our Race 4 Free program is a cool way for student athletes interested in the Minnesota High School Cycling League’s racing program this fall to try racing on Sunday for free,” said MNMBS Director Gary Sjoquist.  “The high school league is growing quickly – we’re expecting more than 425 racers for our first race on Sept. 7th.  If you have a student in 7th through 12th grade who might like to try mountain bike racing, our Citizen race (1 lap) is a great way to see how cool and fun mountain bike racing is.


Information about the Minnesota High School Cycling League’s mountain bike racing program for middle and high school students this fall can be found at

On Line Registration

On line registration ends on Thursday August 13 at 8:00 PM.

Race Day Registration

Race day registration begins 8:00 am Sunday morning, August 16th in Lester Park

Start Times, Distances, Fees

Class Start Time Distance # of Laps Pre - Registration Day of Registration
Kids Comp 9:00 AM 5 miles 1 $10 $15
Citizen 9:30 AM 7.5 miles 1 $20 $30
Marathon Open 10:50 AM 4 hours $29 $35
Sport 11:00 AM 15 miles 2 $25 $35
Kids Comp, Citizen Awards 11:15 AM
Kids Fun Race** 12:45 PM Free** Free**
Expert & Pro Men* 1:10 PM 30 miles 4 $29 $35
Expert & Pro Women* 1:12 PM 22.5 miles 3 $29 $35
Comp/SS Open/Fatbike Open 1:15 PM 22.5 miles 3 $25 $35
Comp Age Groups 1:18 PM 22.5 miles 3 $25 $35
All riders 18 and under - - $15 $20
Sport, Marathon Awards 1:30 PM
Comp/SS/Fatbike & Elite Group Awards 3:45 PM

1) **Must Register


Beginner Level Skills Clinic 3:00 pm Saturday, July 12 in Lester Park.

As part of our pre-ride Saturday preparations, COGGS will be putting on a Beginner Level Skills Clinic for all riders looking to step up their mountain bike game! This class is geared for the citizen / beginner level mountain bike rider to gain the skills necessary to navigate common obstacles and gain techniques to build confidence in the saddle.  Meet our local Mountain Bike Ninjas and become one with the flow!

Class will begin 3:00 p.m. in Lester Park, the class is free with race registration, or $3.00 per person.

Minnesota Series Kids Fun Race

The Minnesota Series Kids Fun Race is designed to give younger children an opportunity to compete like their parents in a positive and fun environment. The Race is free to children ages 3 to 12.  Parents can run or ride alongside with the kids, providing motivational and physical support.

Race starts at 12:45 pm. Helmets required. Register on-site only by 12:30 pm.


The course will be marked and available to pre-ride on Saturday before the race. Course updates will be available on facebook and twitter for weather conditions.

*** Biking is prohibited normally on the cross country ski trails, the City of Duluth has granted us use of these trails only for 7/13 and 7/14.***

*** Pre-riding will be open on Saturday, but please note, the trail is still drying out from Friday's rain, so please be considerate and walk around any wet sections if you preride to avoid damaging the trails for Sunday's race.

Thank You! ***


Prizes will be provided for 1st - 3rd place in each age class for Kids Comp, Citizen, Sport, Comp, Expert, & Pro classes. Top finishing Elite Group (Experts and Pros combined) will receive cash awards. See the MNSCS Guidelines for payout details.     

AWESOME RAFFLE PRIZES provided by local sponors and series sponsors alike!

General Information

Concessions will be sold by COGGS volunteers on the day of the race.

Bring your towels and swimming suits because Lester Park is surrounded by two rivers with great swimming holes and places for the kids to play in the water. Clean off after a hard race and catch a crawdad!

Portable toilets will be available onsite. Camping is available at Spirit MountainIndian Point Campground, The Buffalo House, or any other place you can find to pitch a tent, get your reservations early! ***Camping is not permitted in Lester Park***

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Directions from the Twin Cities

From the Twin Cities: Take I-35 N to Exit 259, London Road. Travel north (right) on London Rd to 60th Ave E. Turn left on 60th Ave E and take a right on Superior St. 

PARKING: The main parking is on Lester River Rd (just down on the left).

If the parking lot is full you can park along one side of Lester River Rd. There is also parking on the opposite (west) side of the park, Occidental Blvd.

Superior St. is busy, but you can park there if you can find an open spot. The side streets that feed into Occidental are also fair game.

Matt Johnsrud