• 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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Wednesday Night at the Races

Registration for the 2024 Wednesday Night at the Races series will open in the summer.

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On-site registration starts at 5:00 p.m., and the races start at 6:00 p.m.
NOTE: Online registration will shut off at 3:00 p.m. on the day of each individual event. You can still register in-person at each event starting at 5:00 p.m.


With close to 1,500 participants each year, our Wednesday Night at the Races series has become one of our most popular Young Athletes Foundation (YAF) programs!

Helping at a young age to build a love of running, these races are also central to our mission of providing pathways and opportunities for our community’s children to live healthy and active lifestyles.

The Wednesday Night 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 just 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 Wednesday Night 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 Wednesday Night 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


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.