• 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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Volunteer

YAF VOLUNTEER

The mission of the Young Athletes Foundation (YAF) is to support and build community by providing pathways of opportunity to youth in athletic programs and encouraging healthy lifestyles.

Through this charitable extension of Grandma’s Marathon, we help community members and businesses that inspire kids to be healthy. Since its inception in 1990, the YAF has contributed more than $1,000,000 to area nonprofit youth and recreational athletic organizations through a series of grants, scholarships, and more.

Our volunteers play a significant role in creating 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.

UPCOMING EVENTS & VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Park point 5 miler and 2 mile walk

Thursday , July 18

6:00 p.m. | Duluth, MN

WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT THE RACES

Wednesdays in July and August

6:00 p.m. 

MINNESOTA MILE

Friday, Septemebr 6

6:00 p.m. | Duluth, MN

YOUNG ATHLETES FOUNDATION

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.