Guaranteed Entry into the 2021 Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon


INTRODUCING A NEW FEATURE OF THE KP CHALLENGE!

Guaranteed Entry into the 2021 Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon

(Duluth, Minn.) – Organizers announced today, a new, exciting feature of the KP Challenge that will allow participants ages 12 and older that complete the challenge to qualify for a guaranteed entry into the 2021 Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon.

Registration for the 2020 Young Athletes Foundation (YAF) races that are a part of the fifth annual KP Challenge opened on January 1. Races in the challenge include the Saint Fennessy 4K on March 14, Fitger’s 5K on April 18, and the Park Point 5-Miler on July 16. Participants can register for an individual race or complete all three races by registering for the KP Challenge. KP Challenge finishers will receive all race swag included with the three races and an exclusive KP Challenge jacket upon completion of the final race in the series.

Participants must complete all three races in the KP Challenge to qualify for a guaranteed non-transferable entry into the 2021 Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon. The challenge is limited to the first 300 registrants. Participants who choose to claim their guaranteed half marathon entry will be required to purchase their entry, but they will not be rushed to sign up immediately when registration for the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon opens on October 1. The Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon will take place on June 19, 2021.

The KP Challenge, named after the late Kevin Peterson, keeps participants on a regular running schedule that supports the successful completion of longer distances. Net proceeds from all races benefit the Young Athletes Foundation (YAF), a Grandma’s Marathon program focused on the promotion and development of healthy and active lifestyles for youth throughout the region. Since its inception in 1990, the YAF has contributed more than $1,000,000 to area nonprofit youth athletic organizations.

Individual Race Details

Saint Fennessy 4K: Saturday, March 14
Raise your heels and a toast at this festive St. Patrick’s Day-themed fun run in Hermantown

  • $30 entry fee ($35 on race day if still available); $10 for children ages 6 to 14
  • Patrick’s Day theme, including costumes prizes
  • Branded knit hat and knit gloves for all participants
  • Chip-timed, USATF-certified course with a post-race celebration near the finish line

Fitger’s 5K: Saturday, April 18
Launch your spring training at the 31st annual race

  • $35 entry fee ($40 on race day if still available); $15 for children ages 6 to 14
  • Long sleeve, ¼ zip shirt and finisher medal for all participants
  • Chip-timed, USATF-certified, closed course, starting and ending at Fitger’s, with an out-and-back route featuring London Road and lake views on South Street.

Park Point 5-Miler/2 Mile Walk: Thursday, July 16
Run the 49th edition of Northern Minnesota’s oldest road race

  • $30 entry fee ($35 on race day if still available); $10 for children ages 6 to 14
  • Commemorative t-shirt for all participants
  • Chip-timed, USATF-certified, closed course

KP Challenge

  • $115 entry fee; $50 for children ages 6 to 14
  • Chip-timed, USATF-certified, closed courses
  • Exclusive KP challenge branded jacket

The Young Athletes Foundation is sponsored by Fitger’s, St. Luke’s, Toyota, All Over Media, Austin Jarrow, B105, Carlson Orthodontics, Centricity Credit Union, City of Duluth, CLIF Bar, Duluth Economic Development Authority, Duluth News Tribune, Duluth Running Co., Epicurean, Fitsok, Great Clips, Great Harvest Bread Co., Kemps, KOOL 101.7, maurices, Members Cooperative Credit Union, Minnesota Power, Mix 108, Old Dutch, Orthopaedic Associates, Sasquatch 106.5, SuperOne Foods, Tortoise & Hare Footwear, Twin Ports Environmental Construction, LLC, and WDIO/WIRT-TV.

Registration for the Saint Fennessy 4K, Fitger’s 5K, Park Point 5-Miler/2 Mile Walk and KP Challenge is available online at www.GrandmasMarathon.com. For more information, contact Grandma’s Marathon at 218-727-0947 or grandmas@grandmasmarathon.com.

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