Save the Date!
June 9th, 2018

The date has been selected and the details of this years' race are nearly complete.
Race Day registration will be available.
Registration limited to the first 500 adults.
Registration opens February 10, 2018.
Please note the change of the kids races to Friday and the addition of the "Sweet Grapes" Self timed walk.

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Hit the trail and leave the road behind.

109 day(s) until the race day.

Events

Friday, June 8, 2018
Race Packet Pick-up/Late Registration
Time: Noon - 8:00pm.
Cut - Off time for Sweet Grapes Kids Races is 5:30 PM
Cut - Off Time for Sweet Gapes is 6:00 PM
Packets can be picked up at the Northland Arboretum in Brainerd.
Registration Available

Friday, June 8, 2018
Sweet Grapes
Time: 6:00PM
6:00 PM - Sweet Grapes Kids Races
7:00 PM - Sweet Grapes 5K walk

Saturday, June 9, 2018
Race Packet Pick-up/Late Registration
Time: Adults 6:30am - 7:15am
Packets can be picked up at the Northland Arboretum in Brainerd.
Registration Available

Saturday, June 9, 2018
Race Starts - Note Earlier Time

Half Marathon Start: 7:30 am
10.55K Run/Walk Start: 7:30 am

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Printable Race Information

Northland Arboretum

Volunteer Information

Latest News:The 17th annual Sour Grapes Race will be held on Saturday, June 9th 2018.

Registration opens February 10, 2018.

Sour Grapes
Established in 2001

The Sour Grapes half & half run first started in 2001. A group of runners were unable to secure a spot in the Grandma's Marathon for that year. As a result, they decided to organize a run that would be fun, challenging and a means to enjoy the company of other enthusiastic runners; hence, the birth of Sour Grapes half & half. This years races include a half marathon run, a 10.55K run/walk, a kids mile run, and a kids half mile run.

Proceeds from the event are donated to the Northland Arboretum, a non-profit organization.

New This Year: Sweet Grapes Self Timed 5K Walk on Friday - Kid's Races now on Friday

New this year is a self timed Sweet Grapes" Community walk at 7:00 PM on Friday.

The 5K walk course will traverse the beautiful, but challenging terrain on the Arboretum trails. The course will be a loop, finishing at the stat point. The terrain course will includes some uneven ground, sandy soil and moderately challenging hills. There will be water stops along the way.
This walk is intended to get you off the couch and enjoy the beautiful trails at the Arb with your friends. Come on out and support the Arb. Bring the family and join in on the fun, food and camaraderie of a great bunch of outdoor enthusiasts.

We have also moved the kids races to Friday at 6:00 PM.

Race Location

The Sour Grapes Half & Half is held at the Northland Arboretum, 14250 Conservation Drive, Brainerd, MN 56401. Located in the heart of the lakes country in Brainerd/Baxter, Minnesota, The Northland Arboretum offers more than 540 acres of Green Space, including a Norway Pine Plantation, gardens, flower beds and over 20 Kilometers of trails. For more specific directions, click on the 'Directions' menu option at the top of the screen.

Registration

Pre-registration will be open February 1, 2018. To go directly to the online registration page, click on the "Registration Icon". For online and mail in registration, click the Register menu option at the top of the page. Mailed Registrations must be received at the arboretum by Thursday, June 7th. Online Registration closes at 10:00PM, Thursday, June 7th. See above for late and race day registration times. Note that registrations are limited to the first 500 adult registrants.

Chip Timing

The Half Marathon Run and the 10.55 K Run/Walk will be chip timed by Pickle Events.

Course Description

The half marathon and 10.55K run courses traverse the beautiful, but challenging terrain of central Minnesota. The race course is a 10.55K loop. The half marathoners will complete the loop twice. The terrain includes some uneven ground, sandy soil and moderately challenging hills. Half marathoners will pass water stops 7 times. Those running or walking the 10.55 K will pass water stops 3 times.

Awards

See race information sheet.