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Hockey Hair Run Postponed

The weather has not been kind this winter.  

Our 5k course is on a low-traffic St. Paul road, and we had a site visit this week to determine its condition.  
After seeing the course we have determined that the recent heavy snowfall and continued cold weather has made our course unsafe, and therefore we are postponing the Hockey Hair Run until next hockey season.  
All runners registered will be receiving an email with refund information.  
If you did not receive an email from us, it most likely hit your promotions folder.  So, let us know at


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Our mission at Defending The Blue Line (DTBL) is ensuring that children of military members are afforded every opportunity to participate in the game of hockey.

We accomplish this by providing free hockey equipment (courtesy of the National Hockey League Player Association’s Goals and Dreams Foundation, Easton, and Graf Canada), access to some of the finest summer hockey camps at no cost, and grants to help with local association fees.

In addition, we provide unique experiences for military families including attending National Hockey League, minor league affiliate, and collegiate hockey games.


Along with providing access for you to donate directly to Defending the Blue Line via the registration process, the Hockey Hair Run will be holding a jersey drive the morning of the Hockey Hair Run at the starting line of the race.

Please bring any gently used jerseys and hockey equipment with you on race day, and Defending the Blue Line will ensure they reach children of military families who need equipment to ensure they can keep participating in hockey.

Receipts will be given out to all those who donate.



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For over 70 years Twin Cities Orthopedics (TCO) has proudly offered a full spectrum of medical care, devoted to the diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and prevention of injuries and conditions that affect the body's muscles, joints and bones. Our physicians are experienced, board-certified (or board-eligible) specialists, surrounded by excellent support teams. With 27 clinics located throughout the Twin Cities, visiting TCO is extremely convenient.



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Husband and wife team, Rebekah and Jeff Metzdorff, are pursuing their dream of opening a run specialty store.  Both are homegrown Minnesotans and excited to be part of the NE Minneapolis neighborhood.  We hope that everyone that enters our doors will feel encouraged on their path to fitness whether you're just stopping by to check us out, need help finding a good shoe or apparel, looking for running or training advice, participating in a group run or clinic, or just want to hang out with us.  We are excited to meet you- stop in and say hi!

The Hockey Hair Run is looking for volunteers to help out with the event day operations from 6am-11am.  We will provide a Hockey Hair Run knit stocking cap to each volunteer, along with the ability to win other goodies from our partners.  If you're interested, please email us at

Q: Can kids participate?

A: Yes.  Especially since they are about the only generation that is really living the hockey hair lifestyle.

Q: Is the race timed? Can we use headphones on course?

A: Since it's a fun run and there will be a lot of flowing locks to distract ALL runners participating, we are not timing the race.  We will have a professional clock at the start/finish line, and encourage you to bring any technology that allows you to track your distance, speed, time and hopefully also allows for you to listen to your favorite "pump up" song.  Ours is Eye of the Tiger.  On repeat.  For 3.1 miles.  So yes, iphones/ipods/mp3 players and walkmans are allowed.  

Q: Are strollers allowed?

A: Sure, as long as the kid has hair and you're courteous and aware of others while running the course.

Q: Are dogs allowed?

A: Yes.  Fido better have flow though.

Q: How do I get to Harriet Island?

A: The City of St. Paul is a fine city that provides the following routes into Harriet Island on their website, found here.