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RACE # 7 - The Great Hawk Chase - August 14

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 (Be sure to check out the newly constructed Hawk Ridge Trail at the top of Lester Park!). The park lies between Lester River and Amity Creek, which feed Lake Superior just below the park. There is a kids playground, crawdad catching spots, 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 of Ragin Cajun's famous BBQ, and cool down after the race by taking a dip in the river. Don't forget your swimsuit!

The Lester trails have long been a favorite place to ride in Duluth. Since 2009 (officially) many hundreds of hours of work have established a loop of delicious, fast, flowing single track along the gorgeous banks of Amity Creek and the Lester River. Super Tasty!

The race lap course will run clockwise out of the park, using cross country ski trails for the roll-out and ample passing, ascend the newly buffed Amity East Trail, then feeding into the Lester River (Duluth Traverse) flow trail for the descent, ending in a fast and furious big ring stomp on ski trail back down into the park. 

2015 gives a whole new experience for the Great Hawk Chase. Shorter laps, new singletrack, and the Duluth Traverse flow trail has just been buffed by the COGGS trail-building crew, one of the best trail crews in the world! There is also a large section of spectator friendly singletrack up seven bridges road to watch your favorite riders ascend along the road, new this year!

Pre-riding is open for all sections of the course. Trail updates will be posted here on twitter: a wet course will be a last resort if weather is bad using primarily ski trail.

Thank You! We look forward to seeing you all again this year!


Middle School, High School Students race Citizen class free!

*This is a High School Race for free race.  Open to 7th -12th graders.  NO ONLINE REGISTRATION for these kids.  Simply show up for the race and register on the day of.  You will get a race plate and race in the CITIZEN class. at 9:30AM start time.  There is a special wave for all of these riders.  Please be at the venue by 8:30 to register for this race.  

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 4.5 miles 1 $10 $15
Citizen 9:30 AM 10.4 miles 2 $20 $30
Marathon Open 10:50 AM 4 hours $29 $35
Sport 11:00 AM 15.6 miles 3 $25 $35
Kids Comp, Citizen Awards 11:15 AM
Kids Fun Race** 12:45 PM Free** Free**
Expert & Pro Men* 1:10 PM 26 miles 5 $29 $35
Expert & Pro Women* 1:12 PM 20.8 miles 4 $29 $35
Comp/SS Open/Fatbike Open 1:15 PM 20.8 miles 4 $25 $35
Comp Age Groups 1:18 PM 20.8 miles 4 $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


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 are most current here:

*** 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. Wet course will be used only as a last resort if weather is bad.***

*** Please abide current lower closures of Lester River Trail as the COGGS crew is hard at work buffing this out for the upcoming race. DON'T HOP FENCES PLEASE! ***


CASH PRIZES for top Elites, so start shaving those precious ounces now!

Prizes will be provided for 1st - 3rd place in each age class for Kids Comp, Citizen, Sport, Comp, Expert, & Pro classes. See the MNSCS Guidelines for payout details.     

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

General Information

Concessions and sweet and juicy 'Great Hawk Chase' t-shirts 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, cool down after a hard race and maybe 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***



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