There are multiple 5k runs, half marathons and even full marathons in the area, but this year, there’s a new race in town.

The inaugural Detroit Lakes 1 Mile Down to the Lake road race is Friday, Aug. 9, and it follows Washington Avenue from downtown to… well, the lake.

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“We wanted to do something different to stir up involvement,” said Jake Januszewski, physical therapist with Essentia Health St. Mary’s.

He said it’s modeled after one-mile races in Minneapolis and Des Moines, Iowa, and Washington Avenue was chosen because it is one of the busiest streets in town.

Organizers have worked with the downtown businesses to have them open later than usual that Friday night, to make an even bigger event of it.

“We’re trying to promote the lakes area,” said Sean Degerstrom, athletic trainer with Essentia Health. “It’s a nice, fun event for the community.”

The road race is being sponsored by Essentia Health, and profits from the race will go toward equipment to benefit the sports medicine department.

“We like to give back immediately,” Degerstrom said.

The sports medicine department takes care of the schools in Frazee, Lake Park-Audubon, Mahnomen, Ada and Waubun, Detroit Lakes youth hockey, youth soccer and the Babe Ruth baseball team.

The funds will help provide First Aid kits, banners and other equipment as needed.

There will be the individual portion of the race and also the corporate competition with four runners, which will be scored similar to a high school cross-country race. There will also be a traveling trophy “to promote some friendly competition,” Januszewski said.

Another plus to the race: “It’s downhill the whole way,” he added.

To find out more information about the race, call the therapy department at 847-0883.

Register for the race at and search DL Mile. Registrations will also be taken the evening of the race. The race begins at 7 p.m. Registration is $25 and includes timing chip and Brooks technical T-shirt.

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