Park Point 5-Miler

Run the Point.

Enjoy a summer day running on Duluth’s beautiful Park Point in the oldest road race in Northern Minnesota.

The 50th annual Park Point 5-Miler starts near the Park Point Pavilion in Duluth and participants run down Minnesota Avenue before finishing back near the Pavilion. A 2-mile walk will accompany the 5-mile run This is 1 of the 3 KP Challenge races!

All net proceeds from the Park Point 5-miler 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.

Park Point 5-Miler

Date: Thursday, July 15, 2021

Start Time: Waves of 25 participants will start at 5:00 p.m. and be separated by 5 minutes each.

Location: End of Park Point, Duluth, Minnesota

Entry Fee (non-refundable):  $30 entry fee; $10 for kids ages 12 and under

In-Person Capacity: 500

Registration: Registration for the 2021 Park Point 5-miler opens on January 1, 2021. 


Participant Swag: Participants in the 5-Miler/2-Mile Walk will receive a commemorative Park Point 5-Miler t-shirt.

In-Person Registration & Race Packet Pick-up: TBD

Participation Options

With safety plans now in place, we are excited to offer the following options for you to complete the 2021 Park Point 5-Miler/2-Mile Walk!

  • IN-PERSON OPTION: We will be hosting a chip timed, in-person version of the Park Point 5-Miler/2-Mile Walk on Thursday, July 15, 2021. Look for more information about the different wave times when registration opens. 
  • VIRTUAL OPTION: With this option, you may complete the Park Point 5-Miler/2-Mile Walk at the time and location of your choice during the timeframe July 15- July 22. Details for reporting your time will be emailed to you by July 14.  

Safety Measures and Procedures:

Grandma’s Marathon and the Young Athletes Foundation are 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.

Covid-19 Procedures         Postponement Plan

Race Information 

The 2021 Park Point 5-Miler will be conducted in a wave start format to comply with anticipated state health and social distancing guidelines. Waves of 25 participants will start at 5:00 p.m. and be separated by 5 minutes each. Participants MUST compete in the wave time selected at registration. The Park Point 5-Miler will open with a capacity of 500 in-person participants.

NOTE: The wave style start outlined above is based on anticipated health guidelines to maintain appropriate social distancing throughout the event and is subject to change. 

If safety regulations allow, the event start format may change and could be shifted closer to our traditional start time of 6:30 p.m.

Race Course Map  Map of Event Area    Map of Start Area

Traffic & Travel Time

We encourage you to plan extra travel time into your schedule on race day due to the increased use of the Aerial Lift Bridge during the summer and traffic on Park Point. The Aerial Lift Bridge goes up on the hour and half hour.

Course Records

Steve Hoag (men’s record) — 24:15.5 — set in 1975
Jen Houck (women’s record) — 27:50 — set in 2010

Race Rules 

No pets, motor vehicles, bicycles, handcycles, hand-cranked wheelchairs, roller skis, inline skates, or unregistered participants are allowed on the racecourse. Baby joggers and strollers are allowed at YAF events but must start in the back of the corral. Pushrim wheelchair competitors, duo teams, and other adaptive athletes are encouraged to participate but must follow all Wheelchair & Adaptive Program Guidance. Adaptive athletes are asked to contact Grandma’s Marathon prior to registering so that we can provide all reasonable accommodations.

The Park Point 2-Mile race-walk is a non-monitored recreational walk. Awards are given on an honor system. If you are registered for the 2-Mile walk, you must walk the entire distance—no running is allowed.

The status of the Park Point 5-miler 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.