Salomon/GearJunkie ‘CityTrail’ Race 2015

Hidden trails in the city, forgotten routes, and a blast through an urban atmosphere were highlights last week as runners raced in Minneapolis during the Salomon ‘CITYTRAIL’ event.

Photos by Ryan Phelan

The Salomon/GearJunkie ‘CITYTRAIL’ Race challenged runners with hidden clues and navigational feats. More than 40 runners cruised through Minneapolis’ Uptown neighborhood, around area lakes, and down trails on the “choose-your-adventure” open course.

The event, a part of Salomon’s CityTrail series, pushes urban runners to get off the pavement and beaten track in search of adventure in the city. Based from GearJunkie.com HQ on the Greenway Trail, the race had checkpoints, route finding, and urban exploration all as parts of the fun.

Participants tracked their route and hit checkpoints on a 90-minute course, using cluesheets, a race manifest and Salomon’s CityTrail app. The app provides routes, waypoints, and guides to city running experiences.

Want to try it? Download the app for iPhone (get app) or Android (get app) and look up the Minneapolis routes to run the GearJunkie course on your own!

Salomon reps were on site for participants who wanted to demo footwear and gear. Prizes included $1,500+ in Salomon and Suunto products, a gear raffle, and other swag! After the event, runners stayed to celebrate in the city with food and drink, a bonfire, and good company under the urban sky.

–Go to the Salomon CityTrail page for more informaiton on the app, CityTrail products, and more races and community run events. See page 2 for results of the GearJunkie/Salomon Race.