The MDRA Fred Kurz Memorial 10 Mile is the oldest continuously held running event in Minnesota, first held in 1962 and 1963 as the 10 Mile Handicap Road Race, and renamed in 1964 to honor Fred Kurz. Fred was a charter member of the Minnesota Distance Running Association. A resident of St. Paul, he attended Murray High School and the University of Chicago. He was killed in a bicycle-automobile accident in 1963 at the age of 20.
The MDRA Fred Kurz Memorial 10 Mile features a time-handicapped start. A runner’s starting time is based on a calculation of their anticipated pace, based on their results in recent races. Slower runners start first and, ideally, all runners finishing about 10:30. The goal: Catch the runner in front of you, but not too soon. At the Fred Kurz, everyone celebrates at the finish together.
WHERE: The race starts and finishes at Wayzata Central Middle School, near the intersection of Vicksburg Lane and Gleason Lake Road (East County Road 15). Course runs out and back five miles on the Luce Line Trail. Surface is mostly hard packed granular clay. Headphones, dogs, and strollers are NOT permitted on the course.
WHEN: Check in starts at 7:30 a.m., Saturday, April 9th; first runners start about 8:30 a.m. Starting times are handicapped by the “world-renowned” Lanin Guessimetric Method (implemented by Rick Recker), with the slowest runners starting first and, ideally, all runners finishing at about the same time (10:30). Thus, all entries MUST include times and distances from at least two (2) races of recent vintage.
AWARDS: Merchandise awards to first male and female (based on actual times) for age groups 19 & under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70+. Marathon Sports gift certificates to first runners to cross the finish line. There will be Great Harvest cookies and other items at the finish.
ENTRY FEE: MDRA members - $10; all others - $20. You can join the MDRA with this race application by completing the membership portion of the form and making your check out for the total amount. MDRA membership is $25 per year, and includes the Running Minnesota Annual, a handbook containing the most complete Minnesota Race schedule. Mailed entries must be received by April 5th. Race day entries will be reluctantly accepted for $30 for MDRA members and non-members alike.
Race cancellation and weather policy:
Events may be delayed, shortened or in rare circumstances cancelled, due to inclement weather. This includes lightening, wind, heat, snow, or the threat of imminent severe weather that may harm or injure participants, staff, set up crew and bystanders. Event time frame includes setup, race and teardown. All possible attempts will be made to contact those involved by email, website and social media. No refunds or transfers allowed.