The North Shore Striders Invite You to the Second Annual Get The Kinks Out Fun Run – June 23, 2013!

Finishing a 5K, half marathon or marathon is a triumphant experience. Along with the triumph, however, comes a few aches and pains from challenging your body to the fullest. The North Shore Striders (NSS) invite you to begin your post-race recovery by joining them for the second annual Get The Kinks Out Fun Run on Sunday, June 23 at 9 a.m. in the Fitger’s Inn Courtyard (600 E. Superior Street). It is free and open to all whether you participate in a Grandma’s Marathon race or not.

The event will kick-off with a few words from Doug Kurtis, world record holder for the most career sub-2:20 marathons (76) and most marathon victories (40), including Grandma’s Marathon victories in 1989 and 1993. Doug will then lead the group down to the beautiful Lakewalk for a short fun run to help “get the kinks out”. The run will end back at Fitger’s where food and refreshments will be available along with a great opportunity to mingle with fellow runners and share stories about your journey to the finish line.

“Grandma’s Marathon weekend is an extremely important part of our club’s history, and we’re excited to host this event to support all of the runners who participate,” said Clint Agar, president of the North Shore Striders.

The club originally started in 1968 as a competitive track and road racing organization, and included legendary runner, Garry Bjorklund, a 1976 10,000 meter Olympian and two-time Grandma’s Marathon champion. In August 1976, the NSS decided to host an official marathon along the north shore of Lake Superior. On June 25, 1977 Grandma’s Marathon was born, forever rooting the NSS’s legacy in the upper Midwest.

Today, the club is governed by an 11-person board of directors and has a membership of 170 people.

“We are a running club for everybody, whether you’re just starting out or you’re competing at an elite level; whether you are training for a race or just like to run recreationally. Our main goal is to create a community for people that share the same passion for running and leading a healthy lifestyle,” said Agar.

Annual membership fees for the NSS are $20 for individuals and $30 for families. The NSS currently offers weekly group runs for all ages and abilities, and has an Elite Runner Support program. Additional programs and events are in the works.

For more information, visit the club’s web site:

The Get the Kinks Out Fun Run is proudly sponsored by:

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The North Shore Striders Invite You to the First Annual Cross Country Challenge – October 6, 2012!

Get ready for the North Shore Striders Cross Country Challenge! On Saturday October 6th, 2012 the Cross Country Challenge will go down at Enger Park Golf Course on the same course as the famous Swain Invitational.  Over 2,500 high school students compete each year in the “hillacious” Swain cross country meet. Now is your chance to run the Swain course in the Cross Country Challenge!

Eventbrite - The North Shore Striders Cross Country Challenge

Course Description: 5K cross country run on the same course as the famous Swain Invitational cross country meet. The course runs along the Enger Park golf course. This is a very hilly and tough 5K. Our event will be muddy and eaten up by all the student athletes that run our course throughout the day. The race is designed for adults; however, all ages are welcome! Pull out your spikes if you have them.

Location: Enger Park Golf Course (1801 West Skyline Boulevard, Duluth, MN 55806) Starting area is to the west of the club house.

Cost: $25.00 (All athletes receive chip timing and a cotton t-shirt).  North Shore Striders members will receive an email with a $5 discount code.

Start Time: The North Shore Striders Cross Country Challenge will start at 3:40pm.

Registration Information: Registration is only available online through Eventbrite. Annual members of the North Shore Striders will receive a discount code for the Cross Country Challenge. Register to become an annual member and save $5. Annual membership fees for the NSS are $20 for individuals and $30 for families.

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Course Map: Coming soon

Packet Pickup: Packet pickup and late registration will be held on race day near the start of the course and will go from 1pm to 3pm. All athletes will receive a t-shirt and chip for timing.

Parking: Parking is available along Skyline Parkway. It will be very hard to find a spot near the entry into the Enger Park golf course. We highly recommend giving yourself an extra half an hour or more to get to the starting area. Carpooling is recommended.

Eventbrite - The North Shore Striders Cross Country Challenge

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North Shore Striders Launches Elite Runner Support Program

The board of the North Shore Striders is happy to announce the launch of an Elite Runner Support Program for distance runners who have completed their academic running careers and continue to run competitively. The program will provide support through a tiered system to Upper Midwest male and female elite runners who compete in open and/or age-group divisions in long distance races, and who are willing to join the NSS running club.

“It has been one of our main goals since reviving the Striders at the beginning of 2011 to develop a program that supports our region’s established and up-and-coming elite runners,” says Clint Agar, NSS board president. “By offering this program, it is our hope that we can help as many elite runners as possible reach their fullest potential by providing them with some of the resources necessary to succeed in the sport.”

Full details about the North Shore Striders Elite Runner Support Program and the application can be downloaded here: NSS Elite Runner Support Program Details and Application.

In addition to the Elite Runner Support Program, the North Shore Striders strives to provide programs that benefit runners of all ages and levels of ability. Currently the club also offers group runs for members every Saturday morning at 8 a.m. During the winter months, the group departs from the Rose Garden on London Road. Other programs are also being developed and will be announced in the near future.

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Give the Gift of the North Shore Striders!

Looking for a unique, affordable and extremely exciting gift for the fellow runner(s) in your life? Look no further than a membership to the North Shore Striders. Individual memberships are $20 and Family memberships are $30.

To order a gift membership, follow these steps:

  1. Click here to download a gift membership registration form.
  2. Complete the form with the recipient’s information and mail it in with your payment. Be sure to include your name, email and phone number in the space provided at the top of the form.
  3. Once your order is received, a gift certificate will be emailed to you in PDF and Word document form.
  4. Print the gift certificate, give it to your runner and watch him/her smile from ear to ear.

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