The Ham Run Half Marathon

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Imagine a run where the beauty of the wilderness surrounds you. Where only a few buildings dot the landscape and none block out the sky. Where cell phones won't ring and distant traffic can't be heard. A one of a kind race that travels along a National Scenic Byway that winds its way through the Superior National Forest on the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Granite outcroppings, roadside ponds and bubbling creeks welcome you to the great outdoors.

The Ham Run takes place miles from the nearest town in a pristine wilderness where moose, wolves and deer roam. Eagles soar overhead and loons can be heard calling in the distance. Nature surrounds you with each step you take on this journey. Spring is in the air and in your step as new growth awakens in the forest and the woods come alive after a long winter's sleep.

There are very few places on the earth as beautiful as the Gunflint Trail and there is no other race course like it in the world. It is a special place that must be treated with respect and protected for future generations to enjoy. We tread lightly and in doing so we make as little impact as possible.

Taking place during the forest's green up just after Earth Day it is only natural the Ham Run is a green race. Every effort to conserve resources and leave no trace is taken. As an Endurance Magazine's Race without a Trace the Ham Run is changing the world one step at a time by implementing environmentally friendly practices at our running event.

If you care for the environment and appreciate the beauty of the wilderness then make the choice to Run the Trail Less Traveled...

Ham Run Half-Marathon       Ham Run 5k       Little Runts Run

"Thanks for putting on a great race...The trail is a great venue for a run...The volunteers were great. Love the T-shirts!" Matt-Participant

Ham Run Green Initiatives

  • Online Race Registration reduces paper
  • Email newsletters to communicate
  • Posters printed by Christie Printing promoting sustainable green printing
  • On site recycling and composting reduces waste
  • Re-usable race banners and mile markers
  • Race t-shirts are made from recycled material
  • Race bags are eco-friendly
  • Green serving ware including forks, knives, spoons, napkins & plates
  • Public transportation offered and ride sharing options
  • Sustainable awards offered
  • Tree seedlings given to each participant
  • Cup Free Racing means less refuse

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Seagull Creek Fishing Camp
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