Saturday, January 14, 2017

 Full Moon Frozen River Run
January 22, 2017
3:45pm - 9pm

There are a few changes to this year’s run:
• not on a full moon night (one must run on the river when the river can be run on.)
• not in the dead of night (the colors of sunset are so incredible, and what one can see in the daylight is so stunning, that this year, we will start running before sunset in order to see some of this)
• No half-way Aid station.

If you are interested in running this year, please send you interest and questions to

The week before this run, the temperatures are supposed to be in the mid-30s. The day before and the day of this run, the temperatures are supposed to be in the 40s. This will likely open up large patches of water on the river. While there are usually patches of open water all along the river even during the coldest periods, this may cause us to postpone the run. Watch for details.

Start Time: 3:45pm
Meet at law offices of Rollins, Martin & Button
421 Main Street South
Joel's cell phone: 612-805-6861
Kyle's cell phone: 612-751-7167

My office is in the Brick Alley Building, the brick building on the east side of Main Street, just south of Nelson Street. There is a restaurant inside called Smalleys.

• Marine on St Croix to Stillwater, on the frozen St. Croix River; 16 miles. One way.
• We’ll run north for the first two miles, then return south toward Stillwater.
• Running Surface: the river usually has snow on it. There is a wide snow mobile highway on the river.  Snow mobile tracks are well-worn and 90% hard-packed.  The snow mobile tracks provide a wide variety of textures so runners can find the track that suits their desire.
• Plenty of opportunity to jump out of snowmobile tracks and try running in fresh snow.

Average pace of 8 min/miles to 15 min/miles.
Runners end up spread out along the river by mile 5

Self-sustained run. Bring your own water and food.
Cold weather running gear.
Light source(s)

We are looking for someone interested in crewing for the runners by driving and running the half-way aid station   

Monday, January 9, 2017

6th Annual Full Moon Frozen River Run. January 21, 2017

Sunday, January 22, 2017
6th Annual Full Moon Frozen River Run
Meeting Location: RMB Offices, Stillwater

Kyle Palmer and I would like to invite you to join us for another annual run on the frozen St. Croix River.

Meeting Time & Place: 
3:45pm, RMB Offices in Stillwater 

Start time: 
3:45-8:30pm. Course begins in Marine, about 15 minutes from my house. We will car pool to the start. The time it takes to complete this course is dependent upon the conditions of the river. 

Marine on the St. Croix (about 13 miles north of Stillwater) to Stillwater on the St. Croix River- mostly on the river, some jaunts onto islands as the spirit moves

approx. 15 miles

snow covered, snowmobile trails, some choppy ice

3-3.5 hours. 12-15min/mile pace. Very casual, significant amounts of walking. 

self-supported, carry all your own food and liquids

not sure, but running on the river is absolutely beautiful. We are changing the run this year to begin during sunlight and not be on a Full Moon Evening. We want to experience the incredible colors of sunset on the river, and the river is in almost ideal conditions right now. In light of this warmer winter, there is no guarantee that the river will be frozen when the moon is full in February.

You will:
run under the iron High Bridge,

see ice falls flowing out of limestone cliffs,

see the 100 ft ice fall near Stillwater,

and end by running into the beautifully lit, downtown Stillwater.

Let us know before Wednesday, January 18 if you are interested in joining us. Email me at
If the weather turns warm, and the river is not safe, the venue will change to a shorter run from Hudson to Stillwater.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Afton 50K

Some random thoughts from this weekend's 50K at Afton:

• Shannon ran the entire 50K with Ananda, who was running her first ultra. This embodies the spirit of the ultra community: bringing someone along. It involves sacrifice. It involve incorporating the preferences of someone else.
• Running the first half slowly is better than running it fast.
• I can never do enough hill work. For me right now, that means the Stillwater stairs. There has never be a point on the Superior 100 when I wished I had done fewer stairs in training.
• John manages races very well and in a manner that causes people to love being a part of the event: setting up, during the race and afterward.
• Saying nice things to people as I pass them is better than being silent.
• It is actually really nice when someone says something nice to me when they pass me.
• More people say nice things to me than I say nice things to other people.
• My running without a shirt may not be pleasant for others but it is really nice for me.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015


Sparrow Cafe. 2x macchiato.
The creator of a drink makes all the difference in the drink.
This is an average drink today.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Real Purpose of Full Moon Frozen River Run

Ok. The truth slipped out. Thanks Robyn Reed...
The real reason I put on this run every year is for the food and fun after the run. And this year, the emphasis can really be on the food and fun rather than the run. This is because the condition of the river dictates that we will only be running on the river from Hudson to Stillwater, and not even from Hudson, but from North Hudson.
So, if you are coming this Saturday night, don't forget to bring your headlamp. But more importantly, bring food and drink to share liberally after the run. In fact, if space is tight and you have to choose between food/drink and the headlamp, choose the food/drink!

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Full Moon Frozen River Update

Kyle Palmer and I ran a section of the St Croix River this morning just north of Hudson. 
At one point, we stopped to talk with a guy ice fishing.
18" of ice underneath directly underneath us.
Flowing water 200 yards away.
Uncanny but definitely safe.

• February 7
• 8 miles & 4.5 miles Options
• 7pm at my office in Stillwater. 421 Main Street S - in the southern-most brick building in Stillwater.
• Drive to starting points in Bayport (4.5 miles) & Hudson (8 miles)

•  The section we will be running is very stable. You will see trucks and houses out on the ice. You will be able to run almost anywhere across the width of the river in this section.
• The river has very little snow on it; the surface is very icy. Sheet metal screws are recommended.
• Prepare for wind.
• While the surface is presently VERY runnable, it is still treacherous in sections. This is not like running on the road. In fact, there are so many ice fishing holes that it is like running through a battlefield in some sections. 

Could Use:
• crew person to drive runners to start and be at halfway point with hot soup.

We will be running the less scenic section of the Frozen St. Croix. I am sad that we can't see the most stunning sections north of Stillwater.  However, there are still sections of open water up there. I am also sad that we can't get in more miles. Because I don;t want to take people north of the Stillwater Lift Bridge this year, the most miles I can map on the river are 8.

Please email me if you have questions or plan to attend:

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Full Moon Frozen River Run - February 7, 2015

The chances look slim...the liquid river is defeating the solid river. It would be crazy to run from Marine on St Croix to Stillwater on the river right now. There are only 11 days available for massive amounts of moving liquid to solidify into a structurally sound running surface. When it comes to solid water, I tend to be a pessimist about such possibilities.
So, what does one do?
February 7 at 7pm. We will convene at my office prepared to run. But where? I have some ideas that DO involve the river. A hint? Think ice-fishing.
Details: self-supporting; horrible terrain; cold, dark; must bring own lighting; must pack hydration.
Distance: undetermined yet. Expect 2-4 hours.