• KP Challenge
          • 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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    • Saint Fennessy 4K
    • Fitger’s 5K
    • Park Point 5-Miler & 2-Mile Walk
    • Minnesota Mile
    • North End Nightmare 5K
    • Youth Races
          • Whether it’s your child’s first-ever race or they’ve just fallen in love with running, our Wednesday Night at the Races series is the perfect place for them!

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          • Not just a perfect getaway for those snowy Saturday mornings, our Saturday Morning at the Races series is also a great way for kids to burn off that extra energy!

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          • Grandma’s Marathon shouldn’t be just for the adults, so be sure to bring the kids to Bayfront Festival Park for their very own race complete with finisher medals!

    • Volunteer
          • Our kids. Our community. Our future.

            Our tremendous community of volunteers plays a significant role in helping the Young Athletes Foundation to create memorable and successful events for our runners. More than 1,000 volunteers are needed throughout the year to support our fundraising race events for the YAF.

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    • Sponsors
          • Our kids. Our community. Our future.

            The Young Athletes Foundation was created to serve the community, and for more than three decades we have done that with the help of our local and regional business partners. With events throughout the year, our sponsors assist greatly in our mission of  providing pathways of opportunity to youth in athletic programs and encouraging healthy lifestyles.

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    • Charity Runners
          • Our kids. Our community. Our future.

            Do you want to run for free AND add more meaning to your miles Sign up ahead of Grandma’s Marathon weekend to be a charity runner for the Young Athletes Foundation (YAF), and your success in reaching the finish line can help someone else reach theirs.

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KP Challenge

Registration for the 2024 KP Challenge is now sold out.

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Saint Fennessy 4K

The Saint Fennessy 4K is the first race of the KP Challenge, offering a fun and festive atmosphere to kick things off with a distance that’s perfect for both beginners or seasoned runners.

NEXT RACE: March 16, 2024
Registration NOW OPEN

The Fitger’s 5K comes second in the the three-race KP Challenge, offering participants a slightly longer distance and a chance to run in one of the most popular spring races in the region.

NEXT RACE: April 20, 2024
Registration NOW OPEN

The Park Point 5-Miler is the longest and most challenging of the three races. Scheduled in mid-July, it’s a great chance to complete your KP Challenge while enjoying a summer evening!

NEXT RACE: July 18, 2024
Registration NOW OPEN


We know you don’t shy away from a challenge, so why not take on the KP Challenge?!

With three great YAF races spread out across the early spring and into the summer, the KP Challenge offers a perfect mix of distances and challenges for rookie and veteran runners alike. 

The KP Challenge was created in memory of Kevin Peterson, a dear friend of Grandma’s Marathon who lost his battle to pancreatic cancer in 2013. A member of the marathon’s founding organization, the North Shore Striders, Peterson’s involvement with the race continued throughout his life as a Board member and volunteer.


All KP Challenge participants will have the opportunity to purchase a commemorative sweatshirt. NOTE: This cost is in addition to the race entry fee. Sweatshirts are planned to be distributed at the Saint Fennessy 4K.

COST: $40.00

IMPORTANT: All KP Challenge participants will also receive the included swag for each of the three races — Saint Fennessy 4K, Fitger’s 5K, and Park Point 5-Miler.


The Young 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 $1.3 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.