Run Around Woman Lake Marathon, Longville, Minnesota

History of the Run Around Woman Plus, Longville, Minnesota

In 1997, The Longville Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce revived an 18 mile/30k race which had been known as the Run Around Woman. This event was originally started by Roger and Nancy Mustonen some 15 years earlier. The new Run Around Woman ALke Plus as it was now called, involved the original 18 mile or 30 K race around Woman Lake, but now began on the south side of Longville, MN on State Highway 84 and concluded on the west side of Longville, MN near the Chamber of Commerce Information Building on mainstreet. The new event also incorporated a 5 mile run and a 5 mile walk which started at the Chamber of Commerce Information Building, proceeded west on Cass County Road 5 two and one half miles and then back to the Information Building.

The 30K portion of the new Run Around Woman Lake Plus race meandered around beautiful Woman Lake, of The Woman Lake Chain of Lakes, from which the name of the race was taken, on blacktop state and county roads. The race proceeded south on State Highway 84 six miles to the intersection of state highway 84 and Cass County Road 11 at the Mule Lake Store.  It then proceeded west on Cass County Road 11 about five miles to the intersection of highway 11 and Cass County Road five.  The race then proceeded on Cass County Road 5 into downtown Longville.  For many serious runners, the sanctioned and certified 30 K race was used as a tune-up for Grandma’s Marathon Race in June.

While the RAW Race was governed by the Longville Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce, it was produced by a committee of about 15 individuals and nearly 100 volunteers. The new event was headed by Tom Dollins, owner of Arrowhead Builders Supply.

The 30 K race began at 9 a.m. on the first Saturday of May.  The five mile run and walk started fifteen minutes later.  The races concluded with an awards ceremony at the Longville Elementary School cafeteria at about 1 p.m.

The 30K race had twelve divisions for both men and women and seven divisions for both men and women in the 5 mile run and 5 mile walk. Each registrant received a commemorative tee shirt. They also received a bag of gifts and coupons from Longville businesses.

There were seven aid stations for the 30K runners and two aid stations along the route for the 5 mile run and 5 mile walk participants.  Many of the aid stations were sponsored and conducted by Longville businesses.

Participants who finished their respective races each received a commemorative medal that was sponsored by a business.

The evening before the race, the Young At Heart Senior Club sponsored a spaghetti dinner for race participants and the public in Longville, Minnesota.

On May 6, 2006, the Longville Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce hosted the Ninth Annual Run Around Woman Lake Plus Race. It is hoped that the race will continue for many more years.

The Run Around Woman Lake Race attracts people from all over the county, Not just local people from Longville, Minnesota. Many area people who have a lake home, lake cabin, or country home in the Longville and Hackensack Minnesota area participate in the race or cheer the runners on.

This race is one of many attractions in the Longville and Hackensack, Minnesota area. People come to this area from all over to enjoy the pristine lakes and forests. Many of the lakes are clear, deep glacier formed lakes such as Ten Mile Lake located in Hackensack, which is one of the deepest lakes in Minnesota and Long Lake in Longville, or Stony Lake in Hackensack which are two of the clearest lakes in Minnesota. Wabedo Lake and Little Boy Lake are also popular glacier formed lakes in the area. Leech Lake is the 3rd largest lake in Minnesota and Lake Winnibigoshish, both are reservoir lakes for the Mississippi River. Many enjoy their lake home, lake cabin, private hunting lodge, or country home in the Longville and Hackensack area and all of the wonderful town events such as the Run Around Woman Lake Race. 

Woman Lake Chain

Woman Lake Chain is located between Longville and Hackensack, Minnesota and encompasses 5496 acres of some of the best water in northern Minnesota. Woman Lake Chain is comprised of 4 different lakes, all connected by the Boy River. Each Lake offers something different for people who have lake homes and lake cottages on the Woman Lake Chain. People with lake homes on the Woman Lake chain can navigate to all of the lakes by boat. One popular thing to do after spending a day out on the water is to boat to 1 of 2 restaurants on the Woman Lake Chain for a meal. You can boat to Patrick’s Fine Dining on Girl Lake in Longville or McGuire’s Inn on Little Woman Lake, Hackensack, both offer free dock service. The Woman Lake Chain, Longville is a world class fishery for those looking to pursue a variety of fish. Walleye, northern pike, largemouth and smallmouth bass, and panfish like to call the Woman Lake Chain home. The surrounding area around the woman Lake chain offers a lot of vast wilderness including the Chippewa National Forest. Those looking for hunting land or acreage or recreational acreage near the Woman Lake Chain will find plenty of areas to look.  The lakes on the Woman Lake Chain have several bays and points making this chain of lakes a popular lake for those who have lake homes and lake cabins on Woman Lake Chain to go out for a long quit boat ride. Below is some information on Child Lake, Little Woman Lake (Squaw Lake), Woman Lake, Broadwater Bay, and Girl Lake which make up the Woman Lake Chain.

Child Lake

Child Lake, Hackensack, Minnesota is a 316-acre lake that has 3.7 miles of shoreline and a maximum depth of 29 feet. There is not as much sand shoreline to be found on Child Lake as there is on Woman Lake, however there are some areas that do offer excellent sand shoreline. Child Lake is on the West end of the Woman Lake Chain and is a popular lake to go catch a basket full of big bluegills. Child Lake and Little Woman Lake are the least populated lakes on the Woman Lake Chain, those looking for a lake cabin or lake home for sale on the Woman Lake chain with a little more privacy may wish to consider Child Lake.

Little Woman Lake

Little Woman Lake, Hackensack, Minnesota is also known as Squaw Lake and is the smallest lake on the Woman Lake Chain totaling 30 acres in size. There are just a handful of lake homes and lake cottages to be found on Little Woman Lake of the Woman Lake Chain and finding a lake home for sale is usually pretty rare.

Woman Lake

Woman Lake, Hackensack and Longville, Minnesota. Woman Lake is the largest lake on the Woman Lake Chain. Comprising 4782 acre lake with a maximum depth of 54 feet. Rumor has it that Woman Lake was named one of the ten most beautiful lakes in the world by National Geographic. Weather this is fact or fiction, ask anyone who has a lake home or lake cottage on Woman Lake and they will tell you that Woman Lake by Longville, MN is a beautiful lake and worth anyone’s time to launch a boat and explore.  Lake homes and lake cabins on Woman Lake range from a classic lake cabin to exquisite lake homes. Excellent sand shoreline is easy to find on the main part of Woman Lake. There are several waterfront properties on Woman Lake located just a few feet from some of the best sand shoreline to be found in northern Minnesota. Many of these lake cabins and lake cottages have been around since the early 1900’s and offer a rustic cabin feel that is second to none. When looking for Lake homes for sale in Hackensack and Longville Minnesota area and lake lots for sale you may want to consider the world renowned Woman Lake Chain.

Broadwater Bay

Broadwater Bay is actually a bay of Woman Lake however many consider this a lake of its own. The Minnesota DNR actually classifies it as its own lake. Broadwater bay is 714 acres in size and has a maximum depth of 45 feet. Many of the lake home and lake cabin owners on Broadwater Bay of Woman Lake appreciate the size and beauty of Broadwater Bay and the easy access to Woman Lake which is just around the corner.

Girl Lake

Girl Lake, Longville, Minnesota is 406-acres in size. Girl Lake has 9.36 miles of shoreline, and a maximum depth of 81 feet. Girl Lake is the farthest lake to the East of the lakes that make up the Woman Lake Chain. Girl Lake comes right into downtown Longville, which is where the city docks are located.  Those that have lake cabins and lake homes on Woman Lake Chain will come into town by boat and shop the local stores, grab an ice cream cone or a bag of groceries. There are not many places in the world that offer this luxury. Most of the waterfront property on Girl Lake does not have the excellent sand shoreline that Woman Lake offers, however there are some places on the lake that do offer excellent sand shoreline. If you look around while boating on Girl Lake you will still notice some lake cottages and lake cabins from the early days when Longville was first established. Many of these waterfront properties are located just a few feet from the waters edge which is a rare find when looking for a lake home for sale or lake property for sale.

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