Race Information

Bluff Color Fest Trail Run

Date: October 16, 2021

The Location Description & Course

This race will be run in beautiful Red Wing MN. This time of year the leaves are changing and there is no better place to see them than running through the trees and looking out over the Mississippi River Valley.

The Trail run will consist of a 3.1 mile loop and a 5 mile loop on Memorial Bluff featuring pathways through open pristine prairies, closed forest glades, and tight single track climbing a challenging sandstone ridge.

Event Details 

This event is produced by Friends of the Bluffs and Ipsity, Inc.

It will consist of a 5 & 3.1 mile loop with aid station(s).  You can sign up for the 3.1, 5, or 5, 10 or 13.1 mile run.

Pre registration and registration will be 6 am to 8:30 am on the day of the event.

Race Start Times

10 and 13.1 mile will start at 7:30 am.

5 and 10 mile will start at 8:00 am.

5 Mile Hike and 3.1 Mile will start between 8:15 am.

More detail information can be found in our welcome post.

The seven Bluff Color Fest events feature the best sections of the Red Wing bluffs.  This event is perfect for runners looking to get away from the roads, it is a great introduction event for trail running.  The trail has wide, grass covered, level surface and the single-track is smooth, fast with some steading climbing and steady descending.  Run it or cover your favorite distance at a recreational pace.  Either way, this event has a great, friendly vibe, wonderful fall colors and amazing community feel.


Pick Your Event!

  • 3.1 Mile Run/Hike
  • 5 Mile Run/Hike
  • 10 Mile Run
  • 13.1 Mile Run

Register Online – Click Here

If you run out of time to register online, download our registration form and bring it to the registration area in the lower level of Mississippi National Golf Course.  We will have them available that morning for the participants with great penmanship.

All events start and finish near the Mississippi National Golf Course  located off of Highway 61 on Golf Links Drive in Red Wing, MN.  The exact location is 44.553982, -92.491190

Register Online until 11:59pm on Thursday prior to the event. ¬†Register in person at the Mississippi National Golf Club from 1pm – 6pm on the Friday prior to the event and at the trailhead from 6am – 7:45am on event day. ¬†If you’re running the 15 mile, please register on-site between 6am and 6:45am

Participants may transfer their entry from one Trail Run event to another at any time until 6pm on October 6th. ¬†No refunds will be given if changing to a shorter event. ¬†All requests will be charged a $15 processing fee plus any increase in race fees, if applicable. ¬†To make a race change please email [email protected]

Individual Events

Run and Hike

  4/1 Р7/30 8/1 Р9/30 10/1 Р10/13 Start Time
 3.1 Mile  $35  $45  $50  8:15am
 5 Mile  $35  $45  $50  8:00am
 5 Mile Hike  $35  $35  $35  8:15am
 10 Mile   $35  $45  $50  7:30am
 13.1 Mile  $35  $45  $50  7:30am

A meal ticket will be given to anyone that registers a week prior to the event.  The meal ticket holds value and if it is lost, another ticket can be purchased for $10 in registration.

Other Events

  Day Of Registration Family Rate Start Time
Breakfast  $10  N/A  8:30am

Bib Pick-Up & Registration

Friday, October 16th from 2pm – 6pm

  • Race Day Registration – Registration for individual races is available
  • We suggest all 15 mile participants pick up your bib on Friday due to the early start time of 7:30 am

Saturday, October 17th from 6am – 8am

  • Race Day Registration – Registration for individual races is available
  • We suggest all 15 mile participants pick up your bib on Friday due to the early start time of 7:30 am
  • Breakfast Offering:¬† 2 breakfast burritos with hash browns.¬† Sausage, cheese, egg with salsa/sour cream.¬† 2 Pancakes and a cup of fruit.¬† Free for participants and $10 for spectators.

Travel and Lodging

The Bluff Color Fest start and finish at Mississippi National parking lot located a mile from downtown Red Wing, MN.  Driving distance from Minneapolis/St. Paul 1:15.


Hay Creek Valley Campground
31655 MN-58, Red Wing, MN 55066
(651) 388-3998
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Island Campground
N650, 825th St., Hager City, WI 54014
(715) 222-1808
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Frontenac State Park
29223 County 28 Boulevard
Frontenac, MN 55026
(651) 345-3401
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Country Inn & Suites
4275 US-61, Red Wing, MN 55066
(651) 388-9000
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St. James Hotel
406 Main St, Red Wing, MN 55066
(651) 388-2846
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Treasure Island Resort & Casino
5734 Sturgeon Lake Rd, Welch, MN 55089
(800) 222-7077
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