Big Numbers Expected at Securian Winter Run Saturday Morning

86-year-old marathoner from Mound says any weather here beats the race he ran in Antarctica


Thursday, January 26, 2012 12:05 pm CST


ST. PAUL, Minn.
"Burt is one of hundreds of people who come back year after year"

ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--If pre-registration numbers are any indication, the number of people participating in the Securian Winter Run Saturday morning in downtown St. Paul will be very high.

So far, 1,438 runners have registered for the half marathon, 10K or 5K races that make up the Securian Winter Run, a Saint Paul Winter Carnival event. Mary Anderson of Anderson Race Management says online registration closed yesterday. But people can preregister tomorrow at the Running Room at 1068 Grand Avenue in St. Paul.

“We’ll get a lot of same day registrations because of the good weather,” said Anderson. “Onsite registration opens Saturday morning at 7:30 and I expect at least 400 people will register then.”

Registration tables are located in the ground level of the 401 building at Securian Center at Sixth and Robert. Saturday morning it will cost $45 register for the half marathon and $35 for the 10K and 5K. All participants receive a free Securian Winter Run mug.

Anderson says the recent good weather has encouraged runners to train, and the weather Saturday is expected to be relatively mild for January in St. Paul. The National Weather Service Forecasts predicts 27 degrees and partly sunny.

One of those looking forward to Saturday’s run is 86-year-old Burt Carlson of Mound, who started running 29 years ago when he was only 57.

“I’ve run marathons and ultra marathons [more than 26 miles] all over the world, including Antarctica,” says Carlson, a retired mechanical engineer who was at 3M for 28 years. “The Securian Winter Run is my first race of the year. I’ll also run Grandma’s Marathon in April and the Fargo Marathon in May.”

Carlson has won many running championships over the years for his age group and is a USA Track and Field Runner of the Year. He’s run the Securian event 15 or 20 times.

“Burt is one of hundreds of people who come back year after year,” said Lori Koutsky, Community Relations and Securian Foundation Manager. She helps coordinate the non-running aspects of the event, including registration, music, portable restrooms, signage, refreshments and dozens of other details. “We’ve got it down to a science. More than 100 Securian associates volunteer and many of the same people help us put it together every year. It goes smoothly and we get a lot of comments about how well-run it is and how great the volunteers are.”

The Securian Winter Run starts and ends at Sixth and Jackson in downtown St. Paul, next to Securian Center. The half marathon starts at 9:00 AM, the 10K starts at 9:05 and the 5K starts at 9:10. The route winds around Rice Park and ground-level fireworks will go off at 9:15, 9:25 and 9:35 as runners circle the park.

The run has been a feature of the Saint Paul Winter Carnival for 27 years and Securian Financial Group has sponsored it for 17 years. The Winter Carnival starts today, the Securian Winter Run takes place Saturday, January 28, and the Carnival continues with dozens of events throughout the city through Saturday, February 5.

Since 1880, Securian Financial Group and its affiliates have provided financial security for individuals and businesses in the form of insurance, investments and retirement plans. Now one of the nation’s largest financial services providers, it is the holding company parent of a group of companies that offer a broad range of financial services.


Securian Financial Group
Maggie Jensen, 651-665-7558
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