“Moms on the Run” launches a Lake Harriet route

Credit: Photography by Emily Marie

The runners’ group Moms on the Run is expanding to Lake Harriet.

“It felt like a good place to locate,” said Colleen Brooks, owner and head coach of Moms on the Run Minneapolis. “There are a lot of beautiful trails.”

Brooks said the national group provides more services than the average running club. Each week, women (non-moms too) complete strength training and learn about topics like running form and nutrition.

“You’re really part of a team,” Brooks said. “You always see us at the races.”

They volunteer at Feed My Starving Children and form teams for races like Ragnar, an overnight relay that starts in Winona and ends in Downtown Minneapolis. Each year they run the Officer Shawn Silvera Memorial Run in New Brighton, the first 5K for many participants.

At the end of the season, all the runners get “fancied up” and attend a banquet at the St. Paul Hotel.

The group typically sticks with the same route, so latecomers can join and runners can gauge their progress.

Brooks said the group is particularly helpful for beginning runners. When she relocated within the Twin Cities, Moms on the Run helped her find running friends to train for her first marathon.

“I logged so many miles with them, I couldn’t have done it without them,” she said.

Lake Harriet runners can also join the Downtown group at no additional cost.

For more information, visit momsontherun.com.