Treasured Haven Farm Trail Runs follow the farm trails through a mix of slightly rolling open field and prairie areas, woods, ravines, and woodland hills, many that overlook Rock Creek. The farm trails were created to be used for monitoring our organic fields, woodland management, or accessing the maple trees that are tapped to make maple syrup. You enjoy the countryside and woodlands traversing an organic family farm while running or hiking a very unique race here on the edge of the St. Croix River Valley near Rush City in East Central Minnesota. The farm is located an easy drive five miles off the I-35 corridor and conveniently located within an hour from the Twin Cities Metro, 90 minutes from Duluth, and easily accessible from other areas of Minnesota and Western Wisconsin. The farm has seen runners from over 25 states in the ten years the events have been held.

The Fall Five Miler Adventure course for this event DOES have water crossings of approximate knee high depth, single track deer trails and minimal maintenance sections for a fun and exciting challenge.  

The Fall Colors 5K course for this event DOES NOT have water crossings. The course is challenging yet inspiring and gives runners a great sense of accomplishment. A limited number of participants are allowed on the courses in order to honor nature and maintain the natural habitat and environmental balance.

Check in will be available starting an hour before each race. Your bib numbers and any pre-ordered shirts and other items are available for pick up starting an hour before race time. Water and drop stations are available, but we encourage participants to use reusable water bottles whenever possible and leave no trace behind. Packet pick-up may be available the night before for those utilizing the pitch a tent option.  

The Trail Runs at Treasured Haven Farm serve many purposes.  The private farm trails provide a great running opportunity and are self-sustained through the trail runs held on the farm. The events are a labor of love by the Johnson Family and solely sponsored by Treasured Haven Farm. We love to share this natural environment with those who appreciate it's amazing beauty and nature's challenges, and to encourage the sport of cross country and trail running for all ages. We also offer our course for high school cross country meets. Many liken the experience to running through a beautiful private park. The trail running events help to connect people with nature, the land, agriculture, and organic farmers, and to take and active part in supporting the continuation of family farming as well. 

The Story behind the first trail system creation. The original ravine trails were created in 1997 when Farmer Peg was battling for her life with a rare illness and being in contact with the land clearing a special trail in one of the ravines made her come alive and the dream for hosting trail runs was born. As the the first female athlete to have the honor and priviledge to participate in the sport of cross country at the local high school back in 1977, and no longer able to run due to back injury, Peg continues to enjoy the sport vicariously by "running" the races and the whole family is moved by watching others participate. It is that healing energy, the blissful surroundings of nature, but also that determination and will to not only survive, but to thrive, that is so present when runners also traverse those same trails. She vowed that we would ALL see the day that the family would hold races on the trails. That dream came true starting in 2010 and the farm has hosted multiple trail runs each year since! 

To see runners experience that joy of meeting their challenges, the determination and pride in themselves running their own race... priceless! The races exist to challenge and to dig deep within and inspire others to what is possible! You've Got This! 

Teams and groups are encouraged! The race events are open to teams, groups, and companies as well. It is a great location and venue to provide team building and a group challenge where all the logistics of the event set-up are handled. The group leader just organizes the runners and submits the registration. If you have a group of ten or more runners for a race, contact the farm for more info for a Group Registration option or other information.

Check out our other Trail Running events at

Enjoy a video overview of our farm running events.

This running event is sanctioned by USA Track & Field  

Location Information

  • Treasured Haven Farm
  • 53407 Government Road, Rush City, MN, 55069 US

Registration fees are tiered by date as shown below. Race Day Registration is available as space allows, but please allow ample time for registration check-in prior to race.

FALL FIVE MILER Adventure Run, Sunday, September 26, 2021 at 8am:

  • $30 online thru Sept 25 and on Race Day

FALL COLORS 5K Adventure Run, Sunday, September 26, 2021 at 10am:

  • $15 online thru Sept 25 and on Race Day

Teams and groups are encouraged! The race events are open to teams, groups, and companies as well. It is a great location and venue to provide team building and a group challenge where all the logistics of the event set-up are handled. The group leader just organizes the runners and submits the registration. If you have a group of ten or more runners for a race, contact the farm for more info for a Group Registration option.

Race Registration for this event includes race participation, post-race runners snack buffet, and an engraved award for all race finishers made from downed trees found along our trails. You can pre-order your choice of any other race items and running gear, such as shirts, towels, headbands, mugs, etc, for race day pick up. Your purchases of additional gear help to keep the base registration fees lower and help the farm continue offering these unique races. Due to the increasing number of participants you must pre-order your items as we only have a few additional printed beyond what is ordered so we can keep our events as sustainable as possible. All race awards and gear are printed or engraved at Treasured Haven Farm or Treasured Haven UpNorth.

HEALTH PRECAUTIONS in effect as dictated:  We offer a wider start, trails mostly at 6 feet wide, alterations to how the registration and after race buffet are handled, we feel that the proper social distancing and precautions can be taken to safely conduct this activity with limits on the participant numbers. It is always much less crowded than a trip to the grocery store or a Big Box store for sure. 

Changes you will see are that there will be NO water coolers on the course or finish - only bottled water, and we highly suggest you carry your own handhelds if needed during the race for the Half-of-a-Half. We suggest Half Marathon and timed race runners bring their own tub or coolers for any supplements, snacks, or drinks needed during the race and there will be individual marked areas on a bank of tables at the half-way point of the half marathon for your own water bottles, or gear, and all timed race participants can have their car or tent near the course. 

We will have additional hand washing and sanitizing stations and porta-potties will be adequately spaced. After the race, we will have someone hand out requested snacks and fruit with food service gloves. 

Spectators will be allowed while doing social distancing, however they cannot cluster immediately at the finish line. 

If deemed needed, awards will be handed out at the finish line, instead of an official awards ceremony.

We acknowledge the very real and health crisis in our country at this time, but also realize the need for those active folks who need to get out and breathe in country air to reduce their stress and improve their health as well. With limited opportunities, and the smaller scale of our events, we feel that the farm and the participants can conduct themselves in a safe fashion.

If for any reason that this race cannot be held on the scheduled days, we will reschedule it or allow registrations to 
transfer to another future event. Since this event is held on private trails, and self-sponsored by the farm, it is much easier for us to make adjustments and accomodations to make certain the event is indeed held. We will always make the trails available and will NEVER resort to a virtual event! Looking forward to 2021! We've Got This!

SUNDAY, September 26, 2021

8:00 am - Fall Five Miler Adventure Run

10:00 am - Fall Colors 5K 

  • Nature provides the obstacles in this unique adventure course. This course of natural beauty, fun, and adventure is great for a group of friends to embark on together. This course DOES have creek crossings (water level permitting) and traverses deer trails and portions of natural minimum maintenance trails.

  • Run both the Fall Five Miler and the Fall Colors 5K for a morning of Fall trail running fun.

Would you like to join or create a team?


Optional questions to help us serve you better:

Shirts and Gear are available for order online thru NOON September 22. 

Some additional shirts, hoodies, sports towels, and other items will be available for purchase on the farm on race day.

Race Items and Running Gear

  • Sports Workout TOWEL

    Sports Workout TOWEL

    11"x44" Cotton Terry Sports Towel with full color printed design border.

    $10.00 ea.

  • MAPLE SYRUP from Treasured Haven Farm

    MAPLE SYRUP from Treasured Haven Farm

    Organic Maple Syrup from the farm's woodlands and cooked down over a wood fire. The trails for the races follow many access trails used for collecting the sap in the Spring.

OPTIONAL: Become a Treasured Haven Farm Trail Run Supporter

  • Trail Run Supporter Options

    Trail Run Supporter Options

    What to help support local agriculture and farm adventure opportunities? Treasured Haven Farm Trail Run Supporters help to further maintain, expand, or enhance our farm's trail system and adding other amenities for the races and host other youth and school events for free or reduced fees. THAT HILL Supporters know what HILL we are talking about if you have already run the distance races. ;-) Your help is greatly appreciate to create top notch events for years to come.



    I can bring a volunteer to help on the course during the race event.

    $0.00 ea.


I know and acknowledge that running a race is a potentially hazardous activity. I should not enter and run unless I am medically able and properly trained. I agree to abide by any decision of a race official relative to my ability to safely complete the run. I assume all risks associated with running in the event, including, but not limited to, falls, contact with other participants or animals, the effects of the weather, including high heat and/or humidity, traffic and the conditions of any road crossings, all such risks being known and appreciated by me.

Having read this waiver and knowing these facts, and in consideration of your accepting my entry, I hereby for myself, my heirs, executors, administrators or anyone else who might claim on my behalf, waive and release any and all entities associated with Treasured Haven Farm or any related or jointly owned business, and any and all sponsors, sanctioning organizations such as but not limited to USATF, Trail Runner Trophy Series, their representatives, including owners, employees, or volunteers, and any and all successors, from all claims or liability for death, personal injury, or property damage of any kind or nature whatsoever arising out of, or in the course of, my attending or participating in this event whether same be caused by negligence or fault.

This release and waiver extends to all claims of every kind or nature whatsoever, foreseen or unforeseen, known or unknown.

The undersigned further grants full permission to owners, sponsors, and/or agents authorized by them to use any photographs, videotapes, motion pictures, recordings, or any other record of this event for purposes of advertising, publicity, or any other. Minors accepted only with a parent or guardian's signature.
* By submitting my registration, I acknowledge and sign this waiver electronically. This also applies to any minors or others who are also entered on this registration for any race.
I further understand that no pets are allowed on the course, and that children in strollers are not allowed to be pushed by participants on the race course during the event.

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