High School Race Information

***Griak Invitational Race Schedule Changed Due to Weather
Date Saturday, September 23, 2017
Site University of Minnesota Les Bolstad Golf Course - Directions
Larpenteur Ave. and Cleveland, St. Paul (2275 W. Larpenteur Ave.)
Box Assignments Click Here
Time 8:55 a.m. National Anthem
  9:00 a.m. Suzy Wilson Women's Maroon III and Maroon II Competitions
  9:40 a.m. Men's Maroon III and Maroon II Competitions
  9:45 a.m. Women's Maroon III and Maroon II Awards
  10:20 a.m. Merrill Fischbein Men's Gold Competition 
  10:25 a.m. Men's Maroon II and Maroon III Awards
  11:00 a.m. Jack Johnson Women's Gold Competition
  11:05 a.m. Merrill Fischbein Men's Gold Awards
11:40 a.m. Goldy's Kids Race
  11:55 a.m. National Anthem
  12:00 p.m. Larry Zirgibel High School Boys' Gold Competition
  12:05 p.m. Jack Johnson Women's Gold Awards
12:35 p.m. Larry Zirgibel High School Boys' Gold Awards
  12:40 p.m. Gary Wilson High School Girls' Gold Competition
  12:50 p.m. Roy Griak Hall of Fame Presentation
  1:00 p.m. 2007 Big Ten Champions Presentation
1:20 p.m. Lefty Wright High School Boys' Maroon Competition
1:25 p.m. Gary Wilson High School Girls' Gold Awards
2:05 p.m. High School Girls' Maroon Competition
2:10 p.m. Lefty Wright High School Boys' Maroon Awards
2:50 p.m. High School Girls' Maroon Awards
Distance High School: 5,000 meters - Boys & Girls Competitions
Entry If you did not attend the 2016 Griak, you must email Sarah Hopkins (hess0125@umn.edu) if you intend to enter in 2017. 
Registration You will need a password to register.  Go to http://www.raceberryjam.com/hscconlineentry.php and enter your email address. Please allow a day or two to get the password. After you have received your password go to the above site and enter your roster.  Entries (rosters) are due by midnight on Thursday, September 14. You will be charged a late fee of $100/day after the September 15 deadline. REMEMBER: You are only allowed ten (10) entries. The substitution of athletes will be allowed at the packet pick-up table. You will be able to make as many changes as you need to up until 2:00 pm. on race day.
Coach/Spectator Conduct At no time should a spectator or coach be on the course to help, impede or touch an athlete.
Team Contract Click Here
W-9 Form Click Here
Entry Fee $150 (per gender).  NO REFUNDS.  Entry fee may be mailed to the address below. Check payable to University of Minnesota. Individual runner’s fee will be $30.00.
Mailing Address University of Minnesota
Bierman Athletic Building, #290
Attn:  Sarah Hopkins, Women’s Cross Country Coach
516 15th Ave. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Course Inspection

Friday, September 22 – 2:00 to 6:00 pm and 8:00 a.m. till race time on Saturday. Course will be marked with painted lines and directional signage. Large course maps will be posted at awards stand.

Race Packets

Pick up packets from 2:30 - 5:00 pm Friday, September 22 or 11:00 am – 2:30 pm Saturday, September 23, at the clubhouse. Packets will NOT be given out if your entry fee has not been paid!!! Please bring correct change. Each packet will include chips, race numbers, pins, and a meet program.

Chip Timing


Meet Results Unofficial results will be posted on the Awards Stand board, available as soon as they are tallied and recorded. Official results will be produced and available in Driving Range Building. You will also be able to obtain official results at www.gophersports.com
Awards Top 7 of winning team in each Division
Top 3 teams in each Division - Must be Collegiate
Top 20 individuals in each Division
Top Individual in each Division - Special Trophy
Trophy for the Top Male and Female Club Team in the Division II Race
Award Presentation

Award ceremony for the Maroon and Gold competitions will be held at the Awards area. Please be on time!!!!

Sports Information

SID Contact (men) - Brian Deutsch - 612-626-4011 - deuts060@umn.edu

SID Contact (women) - Mandy Hansen - 612-626-9394 - hans1758@umn.edu

Dressing Facilities Please use your hotel rooms to dress. Shower facilities will not be provided.

Team vans:  Gibbs Farm Lot and Robbie Soccer Stadium.  Go 1 block east of the course – take a left – enter parking lot for Gibbs Farm/Soccer Stadium.  Back up location remaining spots in the Golf Course Main Lot.                             

Team Busses: Parking will be in Parking Lot 55 on the St. Paul Campus. Drop team off at the golf course. Continue West on Larpenteur Ave. – take a left on Eustis St.; left on Como Ave. – right into Gate 24 for Lot 55.

Admission Fee The University will be charging $10 entry fee for adults and $8 for students/youth/seniors (62 & above).  Kids age 2 & under are free. The official Griak Invitational program can be purchased for $2. 
Spectator Parking

S101 (on the corner of Cleveland and Commonwealth) and the Gortner Ave. Ramp.  Shuttles will transport to the golf course.  Park at your own risk on the city streets.


Display clocks at mile and 3K for the Women’s and High School races.

Bad Weather Policy Click Here

Trainers will be at the course on the day of the race.  Doctors will be on call.  EMT on site.  Click here for the letter to athletic trainers.  MEDICAL INFORMATION should be readily available on all your athletes - allergies, medical conditions, etc., & parental releases to treat.

Course Description Rolling hills and grassy terrain the entire course. The course was measured by the shortest route from three foot off the line. In other words, the distance was measured where the athlete in front would run tangent to tangent. Each course is just over 105 meters long.
Tent Rental

David Downey - 763-559-8368 or 763-559-6212 - ddowney@ue-mn.com

Future Roy Griak Invitationals 
2018 - September 29, 2018
  2019 - September 28, 2019
  2020 - September 26, 2020
Junior Varsity Meet

Tom Watson, assistant coach at Mounds View High School sponsors a JV Meet, the Mustang  Invitational, on Friday, September 22. Many of the teams competing in the Griak send their JV squads to the Mustang Invitational. You can contact Tom for more info via email at:  twatson@iphouse.com

Other Important Things to Know
  • No spectator, parent or coach may touch a runner during the course of the race
  • Please have your team stay off the greens.  No team tents on fairways.
  • The National Anthem will be sung at 8:55 a.m., 12:10 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.
  • The course is clearly marked in alleys-White
  • Display clocks at 1K, mile and 3K for the Women’s and High School Races.
  • Display clocks at the 1K, mile, 3K and 5K for the Men’s Races
  • Wear bib numbers on front.
  • Please have runners run over the chip mats – keep moving through the chute to the back
  • No dogs or other pets are allowed on the Golf Course Grounds.  No bikes or wheeled vehicles (except wheelchairs and baby strollers) are allowed on the Golf Course Grounds. 
  • A university vendor will be selling food and beverages to spectators and athletes
  • NO shower facilities will be provided!
For Additional Information
  Sarah Hopkins, High School Director, Women's Cross Country Coach
Office Phone: 612-624-2058; email: hess0125@umn.edu
Lyndsey Thorpe, Co-Director of the Griak Invitational 
(C) 651-802-1264; email: thorp122@umn.edu  
Zach Siegmeier, Co-Director of the Griak Invitational 
(C) 612-499-5613; email: siegm011@umn.edu  
Sponsoring Hotels and Contact Information

Hilton Garden Inn Minneapolis Downtown
1101 4th Avenue S. Minneapolis, MN 55404
Official Site
Contact: Andrea Krawczyk at 612-367-5965
Rate: $99 + Tax  

  Ramada Plaza Minneapolis
1330 Industrial Blvd.
Minneapolis, MN 55413
Official Site
Spectators Please Call: 612-331-1900
Rate: $109 + Tax
For groups of 10 or more contact:
Martin Davis at 612-504-6302
  Crowne Plaza Bloomington
5401 Green Valley Drive, Bloomington, MN 55437
Official Site
Contact: Karen Meier at 952-345-1244
Rate: $105 + tax, including full, hot breakfast buffet

Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West
313 Campus Drive
Plymouth, MN 55441
Official Site
Reservations: 763-559-6600
Contact: Angela Baldwin
Rate: $99 includes Full Hot Breakfast Buffet

Courtyard and Residence Inn by Marriott
7800 Bloomington Ave. S. Bloomington, MN 55425
Official Site
Contact: Julie Janes, Sales Manager at 952-876-4221
Rates Starting at $99/$109
For groups of 10 or more that are using Roseville Hotels, please contact Shannon Hirstein at 877-980-3002 or shirstein@visitroseville.com.
  Country Inn & Suites
2905 Snelling Ave N
Roseville, MN 55113
(651) 628-3500 or (800) 456-4000
  Courtyard by Marriott
2905 Centre Pointe Dr
Roseville, MN 55113
(651) 746-8000 or (800) 321-2211
  Days Inn
2550 Cleveland Ave N
Roseville, MN 55113
(651) 636-6730 or (800) 329-7466
  Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott
3045 Centre Pointe Dr N
Roseville, MN 55113
(651) 636-7869 or (800) 228-2800
  Holiday Inn Express
2715 Long Lake Rd.
Roseville, MN  55113
(651) 636-5800 or (800) 451-7258
  Motel 6
2300 Cleveland Ave N
Roseville, MN 55113
(651) 639-3988 or (800) 466-8356
2540 Cleveland Ave N
Roseville, MN 55113
(651) 636-4567 or (800) 444-6835
  Residence Inn by Marriott
2985 Centre Pointe Dr
Roseville, MN 55113
(651) 636-0680 or (800) 331-3131
  Super 8
2401 Prior Ave N
Roseville, MN 55113
(651) 636-8888 or (800) 800-8000
Return to Griak Invitational Home


Gophers Prospect Honored by Star Tribune

Gophers Prospect Honored by Star Tribune

12/18/2017 - M. Cross Country

Khalid Hussein has been named the Star Tribune's first-ever Metro Boys' Cross Country Runner of the Year.

B1G Recognizes 95 Gophers For Academics

B1G Recognizes 95 Gophers For Academics

12/6/2017 - M. Cross Country

Ninety-five University of Minnesota student-athletes have earned Academic All-Big Ten honors, announced Wednesday by the conference office.

'U' Prospect Khalid Hussein Earns All-America Nod

'U' Prospect Khalid Hussein Earns All-America Nod

12/2/2017 - M. Cross Country

A native of Plymouth, Minn., Hussein signed his National Letter of Intent with the Gophers last month after winning the 2017 MSHSL Class AA Cross Country Championship.

Get daily updates delivered to your inbox!

Proud Sponsors Of Gopher Athletics