Get to Know Your Running Clubs - Northstar Running

We recently caught up with Brian Davenport to chat about Northstar Running, a run group in Minneapolis.

Want to find out more? Read on!

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Hey Brian, thanks for taking the time to speak to us. First, could you tell our readers about your role at the club?

Hi! I’m a long time runner, and President of Northstar Running, which was formed in March 2015.

Tell us a bit about your membership - what level of runners do you cater to?

Our members cover every type of running event and every pace level from 2:40 marathoners to 6 hour marathoners. We have triathletes, tracksters, marathoners, ultra runners, and even a few stair climbers.

When and where does your club usually meet for group runs?

We have scheduled runs every day of the week except Thursday, which is a schedule-as-desired day. Weekday runs are at 6:00 PM, except for Friday which is at 6:00 AM. Our weekend runs are at 8:00 AM in the spring/fall/winter, and at 7:30 AM in the summer.

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Awesome! What parts of the city does your group usually run in?

We run everywhere in the Twin Cities, from the lakes to the river road, and everywhere in between.

What are your membership costs?

Membership is currently $40 per year.

Is Northstar Running affiliated with any events?

We sponsor a number of club "non-public" events that are fun in nature. We also routinely volunteer at a number of races throughout the area, including providing the water stop volunteers for the Twin Cities 10K and all the volunteers for the Lake Johanna 4 mile race in the spring.

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Do you have any favorite areas or routes in your city that you would like to recommend to other runners?

The chain of lakes and the river road are our standby routes. They have great running paths with water and restrooms. Most importantly they get cleared of snow all winter long. We also love trail runs at Lebanon Hills and Hyland Park Reserve for their beauty and soft running surfaces.

What about your favourite local races - where will we see Northstar Running members at?

We always have a big presence at Twin Cities Marathon weekend. There are many local races throughout the cities that are great to run and are well managed. Some of our other favorites include Brian Kraft 5K, FANS Ultra, TC 1 Mile.

Anything else that we should know?

We are also a very social group. We invite all our runners for coffee and breakfast after weekend runs. We organize several fun trips to races and events throughout the year. We also schedule social events for team members such as happy hours, bowling, and other non-running activities. You can email us for information on

Want to learn more?

Want to connect with Northstar Running, or just learn a bit more about them? Check out their information below:

Northstar Running Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

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Published on Dec 06, 2016
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