People who run marathons do so to escape the tedium of everyday existence.
Marathons offer a controlled adventure and an escape from cell phones and computer screens in exchange for a strong reconnection with nature. Of all the marathons in the Midwest, the Eugene Curnow trail marathon traversing Jay Cooke state park offers possibly the most spectacular scenery, and is also the event most likely to provide runners with a spiritual experience.
Melanie Fensick of Plainville, Connecticut didn’t believe the Paul Bunyan Trail was completely paved from end to end.
After roller blading 100 miles and seven days from Bemidji to Brainerd she was amazed at just how smooth, remote and friendly the trail is.
Name: Rochelle Brodin
From: Scandia, MN
Seen: Biking the newly opened Brown's Creek State Trail into Stillwater.
Gear: Specialized Globe Sport Bike.
Best Trail Experience: The kindness of strangers who helped me out when I got caught in a severe thunderstorm.
Worst Trail Experience: Selfish race type bikers who come up behind me and pass without warning at high speeds.
Cory Boushee of the Bemidji Area Mountain Bikers (BAMB) had a busy day on Sunday, March 1, but to him it was all worth it. 53 cyclists, 7 women and 46 men, travelled from as far away as North Dakota for some friendly 10k and 20k fatbike competition at Lake Bemidji State Park. The first ever Northland Fat Bike Rally was part of a DNR pilot program to gauge interest in fatbike use in Minnesota state parks. For this one day, all hiking and skiing trails in the park were open to fatbikes.
My wife Jen and I have long had a dream of a ski trip to one of Minnesota's wonderful state parks.
We have visions of this happy place in the woods where two smiling people wearing red coats glide through the forest, effortlessly, on tracks pressed into freshly fallen, sparkling snow. They laugh as they duck around the bending branches and every so often they stop, reach into their backpacks, pull out a thermos and pour piping hot coffee into mugs.
The meeting room at Crosby's Heartwood Center was filled to near capacity Thursday, January 8 for the annual meeting of the Cuyuna Mountain Bike Crew, where they presented their Master Vision for the future of one of the country's best mountain bike trail systems.
Their vision: Ride three days without repeating a trail.
The Status Quo
From: Springfield, MN
Occupation: Student in the ninth grade, Eagle Scout, and proprietor of Andy's Bike Shop.
Seen: Night Hiking with his family at Flandrau State Park.
Gear: Spy goggles, Grenade gloves, Sessions coat
Why do you come here? My mom Mary and my dad Lynn have been taking my brothers Joseph and James, and me to the same cabin at Flandrau for the last three New Years eves. We usually have a bonfire, go for night hikes and hang out at the cabin.