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Key Information about the Race

The schedule, the Course, and Race DAY Info
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Event Schedule

Friday, October 1st 10am-7pm Packet Pickup and Bridging the Gap Expo | Duluth Running Co.
Saturday, October 2nd 9am Race Starts 11:30am-Award Ceremony | Leif Erickson Park

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The Course

This race course is very special in that it takes all of Duluth’s major bragging points and incorporates them into one race. Participants start above Hawk’s Ridge, taking in all of the beautiful fall colors and Lake Superior Views that the Skyline has to offer.  Next, participants traverse along Hawk’s Ridge to Seven Bridges Road. Miles 1 to 3 are on hard packed gravel. All other sections of the course are on blacktop. Following Seven Bridges Road, participants “Bridge the Gap” with a fun descent from the Skyline to the waterline. The second half of course runs along the lake walk following the Lake Superior Shoreline to the finish in Leif Erickson Park.

Course Map

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race day info

Athletes are encouraged to take a shuttle to the start line. Race day includes a fun filled and well supported event.

Finishers will be welcomed to a party inside Leif Erickson Park where they will earn their custom engraved event necklace.

We encourage all athletes to park in either of the following locations and take the shuttle to the start: • The Rose Garden Parking Lot (15 S 13th Ave E, Duluth, MN 55802) • Along the side of the road on London Road Bet • Meters on Superior Street

Shuttle Pickup Times

perks

All participants receive a Brooks Technical Long Sleeve shirt (shown here) and a custom engraved necklace at the finish line. 

the entrepreneur fund

We see our race as an opportunity to Bridge the Gap. Through the help of the Entrepreneur Fund (501 C3) and the Women’s Business Alliance we’ve created a Bridging the Gap fund that will provide free business services and access to financial resources. A portion of the proceeds from this event go to that fund. 

To learn more about the Entrepreneur Fund, follow the link below: 

 

Bridging the Gap FAQ's

What is the last day I can register?

Online registration will remain open until Thursday, September 30th at 8:00pm. Last minute registration will be available in person at Packet Pickup on Friday, October 1st. 

Can men run this race?

Yes! We happily welcome everyone who wants to participate and support our cause. Please note we are not doing any placement awards for men, but they will get a shirt and may have a finishers’ necklace if they want it. 

Can I opt out of the race swag? 

While there is not a “no swag” option in registration, you can make a note in your registration that you do not want a finisher necklace or shirt. 

When and where can I pick up my packet?

Packet pickup will take place at Duluth Running Co. (1026 E Superior St, Duluth MN) from 10am-7pm on Friday, October 1st. 

Can I pick up someone else’s packet?

Absolutely! Please make sure that person is aware you are picking up their packet for them.

Can I pick up my packet on race day?

We will not be offering packet pickup race morning. We ask all participants to please make arrangements to pick up your packet during the set packet pickup hours or arrange for someone else to pick up your packet for you. 

Where do I park and how do I get to the start?

We highly recommend participants park near the finish line, which is in Leif Erickson Park. Parking areas include: Along the side of London Road, at the Rose Garden, or along the side of the road on Superior Street. Please refer to the parking map below.

We will be providing a free shuttle service from the finish line to the start line in the morning. There will be limited parking at the start, however we will not be shuttling people from the finish to the start after the race, so if you park at the start, please make arrangements to retrieve your vehicle. 

Will there be aid stations on the course?

Yes, we will provide 4 aid stations every 2 miles on the course. We will be serving Gatorade and water at each aid station. 

What can I expect at the finish line?

We will have a finish line celebration with food and beverages! Feel free to stick around for the finish line festivities!

Will there be an award ceremony?

Yes, the award ceremony will take place at 11:30am. We will be giving awards for the top 3 overall female finishers, along with the top 3 in each age category (5 year age categories). 

Age Categories: 9 and under, 10-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+.

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