Our mission at NCTRaces is to raise a charitable donation for our local chapter of the North Country Trail Association. The Brule-St. Croix chapter of the NCTA is responsible for building, improving, and maintaining the North Country Trail in our area. As runners, hikers, and nature enthusiasts this trail is essential to in our connection to nature. It is our pleasure to help in any way possible, whether through donations, trail work, volunteering, or enrollment.
2023 will be our 6th year offering the 5k distance. It all began with this 5k, and we will continue to offer it for those interested in being competitive at a shorter distance as well as those looking to hike the course.
The 5k takes place primarily on the Historic Brule Portage Trail which has was first used as a connecting route between the St. Croix River and the Brule River by Native Americans. Early voyageurs also used the trail for the same purposes. Along the trail are memorial stones for some of the explorers who traveled this trail, dating back to the 1600's.
All race distances start and finish at Palmer's Landing. The 5k course is an out and back route, which does contain a short spur (50 yards) off of the North Country Trail in order to facilitate the turnaround aid station.