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          • The KP Challenge is a series of three great, local races — Saint Fennessy 4K, Fitger’s 5K, and Park Point 5-Miler — that are strategically placed throughout the year to help participants build their endurance and stick to a regular training schedule.

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Fitger’s 5K

Registration for the 2023 Fitger's 5K will open on January 1, 2023.

Online registration is now closed. In-person registration is available on XXX and XX, April XX-XX.

Date: TBD
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Location: Duluth, MN
Entry Fee: $35 adult, $15 youth (ages 12 & under)
***In-Person Registration: $40 adults, $15 youth (ages 12 and under)

Packet Pickup & In-Person Registration
XXX, October XX — XXX
XXX, October XX — XXX

A sprint into "spring!"

This 3.1 mile race starts near the Fitger’s building and takes participants through the streets of the city’s newly renovated downtown, close to the shores of Lake Superior, before finishing back in front of the iconic hotel and restaurant.

A perfect challenge for new runners or a good training race for veterans, the Fitger’s 5K has grown into one of the area’s premier spring races and now welcomes more than 2,000 participants each year.

Brisk temperatures, steady rain, and gusty winds were no match for true blue Northland toughness at our 33rd annual Fitger’s 5K!

More than 800 participants braved the less-than-great weather to join us for our traditional “back-to-spring” race, proving yet again there’s nothing our runners can’t handle.

Check out the pictures from the 2022 Fitger’s 5K HERE.

START & FINISH LINE
Fitger's Complex
600 East Superior Street
Duluth, MN 55802

The Fitger’s 5K course starts and finishes just outside the historic Fitger’s Complex in downtown Duluth. Participants will travel eastward toward 23rd Avenue East on Superior Street and London Road before turning around and heading back, using South Street on the return trip.

The Fitger’s 5K all-time men’s event record is held by Joe Moore, who finished the 2003 race with a time of 14:53. The women’s event record is owned by Katie Koski, who ran 17:48 in the 2012 race.

No pets, motor vehicles, bicycles, handcycles, hand-cranked wheelchairs, roller skis, inline skates, or unregistered participants are allowed on the racecourse.

 

Baby joggers and strollers are allowed at YAF events but must start in the back of the corral.

 

Pushrim wheelchair competitors, duo teams, and other adaptive athletes are encouraged to participate but must follow all Wheelchair & Adaptive Program GuidanceNOTE: Adaptive athletes are asked to contact Race Director Greg Haapala via phone at (218) 727-0947 prior to registering so that all reasonable accommodations can be provided.

START & FINISH LINE
Fitger's Complex
600 East Superior Street
Duluth, MN 55802

Packet pickup will be available at the following times in the August Fitger Room, which is located on the third floor of the Fitger's complex.

 

FRIDAY, APRIL 22
11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 23
7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Every participant will receive a commemorative Fitger’s 5K long sleeve crew neck shirt and a pair of Fitsoks.

The Fitger’s 5K course starts and finishes just outside the historic Fitger’s Complex in downtown Duluth. Participants will travel eastward toward 23rd Avenue East on Superior Street and London Road before turning around and heading back, using South Street on the return trip.

A post-race celebration will be held outdoors in the Fitger's courtyard, with live music provided by local artist Russ Sackett. Participants can show their official race bib for $1 off drinks, provided by The Boat Club Restaurant.

 

Age category award winners may pick up their prize during this post-race celebration. There will be no official awards ceremony this year. 

Free parking for race participants, volunteers, and spectators will be available at the Fitger's parking ramp near the start and finish line.

 

Anyone using the ramp is encouraged to come from the west (Lake Avenue side) to avoid any road closures or congestion due to race setup.

 

Those choosing to park on the streets or avenues around the racecourse should be aware of temporary “No Parking” signs as well as regular parking rules in effect. Violators will be ticketed and towed.

FITGER'S PARKING RAMP
600 E. Superior Street
Duluth, MN 55802

There will be several road and intersection closures, as well as other detours, on the morning of the event, as outlined below.

Superior Street

  • Will be closed to traffic between 4th and 8th Avenues East from 8:15 a.m. to approximately 10:30 a.m.
  • Will be closed to traffic between 8th and 10th Avenues East from 8:30 a.m. to approximately 10:30 a.m.

 

London Road

  • Will be closed to traffic between 10th and 23rd Avenues East from 8:30 a.m. to approximately 10:30 a.m.

 

South Street

  • Will be closed to traffic between 15th and 20th Avenues East from 8:30 a.m. to approximately 10:30 a.m. (all avenues between South Street and London Road will also be closed during this time)

 

Interstate 35 – 21st Avenue East On/Off Ramp

  • Traffic attempting to access Interstate 35 South from 21st Avenue East between 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. will be detoured at Superior Street to 26th Avenue East
  • Traffic exiting Interstate 35 North at 21st Avenue East between 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. will be allowed eastbound on London Road, in a single lane

 

All eastbound traffic is encouraged to use 2nd Street, while all westbound traffic is encouraged to use 3rd Street on the morning of the event to avoid the road closures and detours. All motorists are encouraged to stay alert for officers directing traffic and increased pedestrian traffic in the area on the morning of the event.

The Fitger’s 5K all-time men’s event record is held by Joe Moore, who finished the 2003 race with a time of 14:53. The women’s event record is owned by Katie Koski, who ran 17:48 in the 2012 race.

No pets, motor vehicles, bicycles, handcycles, hand-cranked wheelchairs, roller skis, inline skates, or unregistered participants are allowed on the racecourse.

 

Baby joggers and strollers are allowed at YAF events but must start in the back of the corral.

 

Pushrim wheelchair competitors, duo teams, and other adaptive athletes are encouraged to participate but must follow all Wheelchair & Adaptive Program GuidanceNOTE: Adaptive athletes are asked to contact Race Director Greg Haapala via phone at (218) 727-0947 prior to registering so that all reasonable accommodations can be provided.

YOUNG ATHLETES FOUNDATION

The Athletes Foundation (YAF), the charity arm of Grandma’s Marathon, was created in 1990 to assist with the promotion and development of healthy and active lifestyles for youth throughout Carlton, Cook, Douglas, Lake, and St. Louis Counties. Since its inception, the YAF has donated more than $1.1 million to the community’s youth athletic, recreational, and nonprofit organizations.

If you are interested in volunteering for any of our Young Athletes Foundation (YAF) events or have any other questions, please contact our Program Director Alivia Nelson via email at [email protected] or call our office at (218) 727-0947.