• 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
  • VISIT Grandma's Marathon

Wednesday Night at the Races

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!

2022 Wednesday Night at the Races

COMPLETE — Superior High School
COMPLETE — Cloquet High School
COMPLETE — Proctor High School
August 10 — Duluth East High School
August 17 — Hermantown High School
August 24 – Wade Stadium

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.


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

Every child who participates at our Wednesday Night at the Races series is a champion and will receive a ribbon and snacks at the end of their race.

All of our Wednesday Night 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.

Ski Hut staff will be on-site at each of this year’s Wednesday Night at the Races, and each participants will be entered in a free drawing to win a Strider balance bike! 

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 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.