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NOTE: Registration for the 2021 KP Challenge is closed.

2021 Date(s): March 13; April 17; July 15
Entry Fee: $115 adult, $50 youth (ages 12 and under)
In-Person Race Capacity: 300
Swag: KP Challenge Jacket


Saint Fennessy 4K
March 13, 2021

Fitger’s 5K
April 17, 2021

Park Point 5-Miler
July 15, 2021

The KP Challenge offers a series of three Young Athletes Foundation races strategically spaced to keep you running strong all year. The race distances get progressively longer throughout the spring and summer, making this the perfect option for people of all skill levels aiming at sticking to a regular training schedule.


All participants will receive a commemorative KP Challenge jacket.


Anyone who signs up for and COMPLETES the 2021 KP Challenge (ages 12 and up, limit 300) will receive a guaranteed entry into the 2022 Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon! 

Those who qualify will be required to purchase their entry but will avoid the rush when registration for the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon opens on October 1.

The Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon will take place on June 18, 2022.


Net proceeds from the event go to benefit the Young Athletes Foundation (YAF), which 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 million to the community’s youth athletic and recreational organizations.


The KP Challenge is named in honor of Kevin Peterson, a dear friend of Grandma’s Marathon who lost his battle to pancreatic cancer in 2013. Kevin was a member of the marathon’s founding organization, the North Shore Striders, and his involvement continued throughout his life as a volunteer and Board member.