Fitger’s 5K

Fitger’s 5K – September 12, 2020

The USATF-sanctioned, chip-timed 3.1-mile race travels along Superior Street, London Road and the Lakewalk starting and ending back at Fitger’s. This is 1 of the 3 KP Challenge races!

All net proceeds from the Fitger’s 5K benefit the Young Athletes Foundation (YAF). The YAF was developed by Grandma’s Marathon 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.

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Fitger’s 5K Run & Walk

Date:  Saturday, September 12, 2020. (The original date was Saturday, April 18, 2020.)

In-Person Race Start Time: (3) time block segments with 10 waves in each block: Block 1 (6am – 7:30am); Block 2 (8am to 9:30am); Block 3: (10am to 11:30am)

Location: Fitger’s – 600 E. Superior Street, Duluth, Minnesota

Swag: a Fitger’s 5K long-sleeve 1/4 zip shirt and finisher medal


  • Online Registration: Online registration for the In-Person and Virtual Options closes at 11:59pm on September 8.
  • Late Registration: Onsite late registration will be available at Fitger’s (600 E. Superior Street) during the following days/times:
    • Wednesday, September 9:  2pm – 7pm
    • Thursday, September 10: 11am – 7pm
    • Friday, September 11: 11am – 7pm
    • Saturday, September 12: 5am – 10am

Entry Fee: $35 adults ($40 late registration); $15 youth ages 6-14. Non-refundable

Participation Options

With safety plans in place, we are excited to offer the following options for you to complete the 2020 Fitger’s 5K!

  • IN-PERSON OPTION: We will be hosting a chip timed, in-person version of the Fitger’s 5K on Saturday, September 12, 2020. In order to do so safely and in accordance with the MDH Guidelines, we will be offering (3) time blocks throughout the morning that will each include 10 waves of up to 25 people. You will select a wave during registration. Plan accordingly with your family and friends if you would like to be in the same wave as you will not be able to switch to a different wave after September 8. Click here to view wave times.

    In-Person Results

  • VIRTUAL OPTION: With this option, you may complete the  Fitger’s 5K at a time and location of your choice during the timeframe of September 11 – 18. If you select this option, you will receive an email prior to September 11 with instructions on how to report your time.

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Safety Measures & Procedures:

Grandma’s Marathon is committed to providing safe and healthy events at all times. During the COVID-19 pandemic we are implementing extra precautions, which will require full cooperation among our participants, volunteers and staff. We ask that you adhere to the following safety measures, requirements and guidelines during your participation to ensure the continuation of in-person running event options.

Safety Measures

Race Packet Pick-up and Late Registration

Location: Fitger’s (600 E. Superior Street) – 3rd Floor August Fitger Room


  • Wednesday, September 9:  2pm – 7pm
  • Thursday, September 10: 11am – 7pm
  • Friday, September 11: 11am – 7pm
  • Saturday, September 12: 5am – 10am

*To avoid delays on race morning, picking up your packet on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday is highly recommended.


Make sure to bring your wallet so you can stock up on gear! We will be having a sale at race packet-pickup featuring past race apparel and merchandise at extremely low prices.


Free parking is available in the Fitger’s ramp. Additional street parking is available on North 8th Avenue East and East 1st Street. Please follow all parking regulations.


2019 Results

Race Rules

No motor vehicles, bicycles, hand cycles, hand-cranked wheelchairs, roller skis, inline skates, pets or unofficial participants are allowed on the racecourse. Wheelchair athletes must race under their own individual power.

If you are registered for the WALK division, you must walk the entire distance – no running is allowed.

The status of the Fitger’s 5K is subject to change at any time. We realize that the COVID-19 pandemic is a dynamic situation, and we will continue to monitor all updates from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and CDC. If the status of the event changes, we will notify participants via email as soon as possible.