• 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
    • 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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  • VISIT Grandma's Marathon

Saturday Morning at the Races

The 2024 Saturday Morning at the Races series has now ended.

To Next Race Day

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JANUARY 6, 2024

Burns Wellness Commons
1200 Kenwood Avenue, Duluth, MN 55811

JANUARY 20, 2024

Ward Wells Fieldhouse
1228 University Drive, Duluth, MN 55812

FEBRUARY 3, 2024

Marcovich Wellness Center
1810 Catlin Avenue, Superior, WI 54880

On-site registration starts at 9:00 a.m., and the races start at 10:00 a.m.
NOTE: Online registration will shut off at 7:00 a.m. on the day of each individual event. You can still register in-person at each event starting at 9:00 a.m.


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!

In keeping with our mission, these races are a central pillar in providing pathways and opportunities for our community’s children to live healthy and active lifestyles.

The Saturday Morning at the Races series is free and open to any child ages 14 & under. Whether it’s your child’s first-ever race or they’ve already fallen in love with running, we’d love to see them at our next event!



4 Years Old & Younger — 1/8 Mile
5 & 6 Years Old — 1/8 Mile
7 & 8 Years Old — 1/4 Mile
9 & 10 Years Old — 1/4 Mile
11 & 12 Years Old — 1/2 Mile
13 & 14 Years Old — 1/2 Mile


Ski Hut staff is on-site at each Saturday Morning at the Races, providing balance bike demonstrations and opportunities for kids to try them out on a specialized obstacle course.


Ski Hut also helped create the first-ever balance bike races as part of our Saturday Morning at the Races and has provided several balance bikes for raffle giveaways throughout the summer series.


Adjustable, lightweight bikes give starting young a whole new meaning

Without pedals, kids learn balance and essential riding skills

The riding progression is natural and easy for kids and parents

From babies to toddlers, this is the bike that can offer instanst success


All of our Saturday Morning at the Races sites are accessible to our wheelchair and adaptive participants. Families in need of special accommodations can call our office ahead of time at (218) 727-0947 or speak with a race official upon arrival.


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.