Thursday, December 8, 2016

2016 Post Race Survey Results

Thank you all who provided feedback for the 2016 Series!

We have reviewed your feedback and below is a summary and any new actions we may make.

Question 1 - What areas of the Series did you enjoy?
Generally speaking, you like us, you really like us!

  • All of it
  • Beer - It will be back for all four races and we will have drawings again for local growlers
  • Chilled, laid back feel
  • Courses: fun, challenging, hills & variety - That is what we aiming to do
  • Format 
  • Food: pizza & mangoes - these will be back again 
  • Fun, kind and volunteers - We think so also!
  • Fun crowd - That is all you all, thank you!
  • Location/venue
  • Prizes
  • Well organized
Question 2 - What areas would you like to see addressed?
Generally speaking again, you like us, you really like us!
Below are the general categories of responses and our responses

  • No changes to address - it was Fantastic all around!
  • Add official race photographer, we want to see some pictures
    • We have some pictures and will post them from this year. We will post some of them on Facebook & Instagram with the others here on the race site.
    • In 2017 we will try to get some from on course
  • Streamline race drawings & prizes - start sooner, be quicker and more easily visible
    • We wait to announce the live drawing winners until the last person finishes since we want them to be able to claim their prize.
    • We will do something such was suggested as having an easel with the posted results so they are more visible
    • For awards we will award and acknowledge those who won in multiple categories at one time. Additionally we will read group winners and do applause at the end of each group instead of after each winner.
  • Course change - back to old course, longer course and new ones
    • Our options for courses are limited, so as much as we would like to change the courses periodically we don't have the flexibility to do so. 
  • Other beverage options - Wine, hot cider and gluten free options like Mike's or Hard Cider
    • We will add some gluten free options like Mike's or hard cider. 
    • We will look in to having hot cider or a hot beverage available for the last two races.
  • Be louder
    • We will do our best
  • More food especially mangoes and some gluten free or plant based 
    • We can definitely have more mangoes and work on some gluten free or plant based foods. 
    • We have noted that some of the food went very quickly and will stock up more.
  • New shirt design
    • There will be a new shirt design for 2017.


Question 3 - What start time would you prefer for races 3 & 4?

  • 92% want to keep the current start time of 6:00pm
  • 8% want to change it to 6:30pm

We will keep the start time for races 3 & 4 at 6:00pm.

Question 4 - Which drawing format would you prefer?

  • 8% want all live drawing
  • 63% want a mix of live drawing and posted drawing results (current format)
  • 29% want all posted drawing results
We will use the current format again for next year with posted drawing results and live drawing for items like the shoes and beer.

Question 5 - What Autumn Trail Series clothing would you like to have available for purchase? (General responses)
  • Long sleeve non technical shirt - probably won't
  • Long sleeve technical shirt - probably will
  • Baseball/trucker hat - definitely won't
  • Stocking cap - probably won't
  • Hoodie: pullover or zip - probably will
  • Windbreaker jacket - probably won't
We will be looking at options for a long sleeve technical shirt, a hoodie and stocking cap. 

Question 6 - Does having the Goat Run make (it). . . in participating in the Series?
  • 8% - More likely
  • 0% - Less likely
  • 92% - No difference
The Goat Run is a draw for the Series. We like having the Goat Run too.


Thursday, November 17, 2016

Mark your calendars for 2017


Happy runners excited for the 2017 edition!

Three thumbs up for marking your calendars for the 9th edition of the Autumn Trail Series!

The dates are the following Wednesday evenings:


  • August 30th
  • September 13th
  • September 27th
  • October 11th
Check back next week as we will be writing about our survey results.


Friday, October 14, 2016

Race #4 & Series Results



We were 4 for 4 for great weather this year! Thank you runners, volunteers and sponsors for a wonderful eighth running of the Autumn Trail Series. It was a blast this year organizing the Series for you all. We are working on the dates for next year, but we would like some feedback from you regarding start times. We will be sending out an email with a link to a survey shortly.

We have reviewed the results and they are now posted. If you see an error, please click on the "Results Question" link and fill out the form. We will be sending out the jackets. If you placed in the top three in your age group and did not pick up your plant you can contact us and we will set up a meeting to get it to you.


Congratulations to all who ran that set personal records, personal bests, challenged themselves to run trails, signed up to do a race and/or tried something different! We are thankful you chose us!

See you all next year!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Race #3 Results

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Woo, we had another great night! The nice cool weather made for great running and post race fun. We switched from the northern course to the southern course. It took us around Hyland Lake, past the tree farm and through the campgrounds. Thank you to all the volunteers! The volunteers and I are glad you all enjoyed the evening and the Series thus far. We will have more prizes in two weeks including more growlers from a local brewery, more Salomon shoes, swag from Gear Running, rollers from Rollga, and massages from Thrive Chiropractic among other great prizes. Also we will be celebrating the end of Series. The award ceremony will take place as soon as possible after the conclusion of the race.

Results are now available on the results page. 
Gregory Deegan rounding the bend


New this year our sponsor Gear Running has provided pint glasses for the overall male & overall female runners of each race.


Female Winner Race #3
Kara Parker


Male winner Race #3
Jacob Smith








Race #2 Results

Thank you Mother Nature! Another great night tonight! Thank you all for running tonight and learning more about out partner Lee Sisters Foundation. The Lee Sisters Foundation is currently raising money to build an orphanage in Kenya. Mountain Goat Running and Autumn Trail Series will be making a donation to the foundation for the orphanage. The volunteers and I are glad you all enjoyed the evening. We will have more prizes in two weeks including more growlers from a local brewery, more Salomon shoes, swag from Gear Running, rollers from Rollga, and massages from Thrive Chiropractic among other great prizes.

Results are now available on the results page.

A young runner finishing the Billy/Nanny Goat Run

New this year our sponsor Gear Running has provided pint glasses for the overall male & overall female runners of each race.

Female Winner Race #2
Kara Parker

Male Winner Race #2
Jacob Smith

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Race #1 Results


Wow! That was a great night tonight! One could not ask for any better weather. Thank you all for running tonight. The volunteers and I are glad you all enjoyed the evening. We will have more prizes in two weeks including more growlers, more shoes, swag from Gear Running, rollers from Rollga among other great prizes.

Results are now available on the results page.

New this year our sponsor Gear Running has provided pint glasses for the overall male & overall female runners of each race.

Jacob Smith
Kara Parker

Monday, August 29, 2016

Pre-Race Day Registration - Race #1 & Full Series Closes Tonight



Tonight Monday, August 29th at 11:59pm Pre-race day registration closes for the Salomon Autumn Trail Series Race #1 closes. Race #1 will feature post race brews from Summitt and Fulton, Thrive Chiropractic doing soft tissue work, Natrel chocolate milk and Seven Sundays muesli parfaits!



Friday, August 26, 2016

Early Packet Pick Up!


Greetings Runners!

This year we are trying something new to help you with picking up your bib for race #1 and race shirt if you registered for the adult full series. We are offering you the opportunity to pick both up this Sunday, August 28th from noon to 5pm at Gear Running store in Minneapolis. 

While you are there you can take advantage of their clearance sale of 75% of previous year's model of shoes or you can pick up some Run MSP apparel. Gear's address is:

4406 France Avenue South
Edina, MN 55410
952-926-2645


Also tell your friends they can register there and pick up their number, and shirt if they register for the full series. If you have friends or family that are not able to run we need volunteers. They can email me to volunteer.

See you Sunday!


Early Packet Pick Up!


Greetings Runners!

This year we are trying something new to help you with picking up your bib for race #1 and race shirt if you registered for the adult full series. We are offering you the opportunity to pick both up this Sunday, August 28th from noon to 5pm at Gear Running store in Minneapolis. 

While you are there you can take advantage of their clearance sale of 75% of previous year's model of shoes or you can pick up some Run MSP apparel. Gear's address is:

4406 France Avenue South
Edina, MN 55410
952-926-2645


Also tell your friends they can register there and pick up their number, and shirt if they register for the full series. If you have friends or family that are not able to run we need volunteers. They can email me to volunteer.

See you Sunday!


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Time Is Running




The clock is running, but there is still some time left. Pre-race day registration closes on Monday, August 29th at 11:59pm for the Full Series registration and Race #1. 

Volunteers



We need your assistance. Race day is approaching and we are looking for volunteers for each of the races. The positions vary depending upon the race. Please click on the link if you will volunteer.

Volunteers will receive:
  • A volunteer shirt with Frankie and Francine
  • Food & beverage (yes, that includes an adult beverage)

http://signup.com/go/upTH42


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Returning Sponsors

We are excited to share with you that almost all of our sponsors from 2015 will be returning!

That means we will have:

  • Shoes and awesome swag from Salomon 
  • Steve Smillie Realty will be sponsoring your water stops
  • Fits Socks will be covering your feet in your new shoes
  • Natrel will be providing their delicious post race beverage which can aid in your recovery
  • Seven Sundays will providing their muesli for a post race treat

We have several new sponsors which we will share with you later this week!





Monday, August 15, 2016

Have you registered yet? 

Adult full series registrants will be guaranteed this awesome shirt, from our sponsor Storm Creek, in the size requested if you register thru Wednesday, August 17th. 
Additionally adult full series registrants can pick up their bib and shirt on Sunday, August 28th at Gear Running Store from noon to 5pm.

Monday, June 27, 2016

New Sponsor for 2016 and Awards

We are pumped to share with you all our newest event sponsor! 




From their headquarters in Hastings, MN, dedicated Storm Creek employees scour the globe for advanced fabrics to create outdoor apparel that looks great, and performs event better.  So that whenever and wherever the world calls you, you’re always prepared to Embrace the Storm.



They will be providing 
  • tech race shirts to all full series adult registrants


  • gender specific jackets to the top 3 overall in the following divisions
    • Female Open
    • Female Masters
    • Male Open
    • Male Masters
Men's Version
Women's Version










There are other changes to the awards from past years. Check them out!


Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Beer!



This year we will be having beer to drink after every race! 



Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Registration is open!

Registration is open!


Join us for another year of fun and good eats!

We will be having beer at every race this year! 




Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Registration Opening February 1st


Our dates are set for 2016, our eighth year!

Join us on Wednesdays:

  • August 31st (race 1)
  • September 14 (race 2)
  • September 28 (race 3)
  • October 12 (race 4)
We are starting in August this year due to scheduling conflicts with the park.

Races 1 and 2 
  • Race Day Registration/Pick up opens at 5:30pm
  • Youth Run starts at 6:00pm
  • Open Run starts at 6:30pm
Races 3 and 4
  • Race Day Registration/Pick up opens at 5:00pm
  • Youth Run starts at 5:30pm
  • Open Run starts at 6:00pm
Registration will open February 1st.