Saint Fennessy 4K

Raise your heels—and a toast!

Get your green on and dash through Hermantown for this St. Patrick’s Day-themed race that will be fun for the whole family! This festive 4K leads you to the finish line positioned outside of Skyline Social & Games – steps away from endless entertainment, music, and tasty beverages! There will be something for everyone! Welcome to the 1st of 3 KP Challenge races.

All net proceeds from the Saint Fennessy 4K 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.

Saint Fennessy 4K

Date: March 13, 2021

Start Time: Waves of 25 participants will start at 10:00 a.m. and be separated by 5 minutes each.

Location: Hermantown, Minnesota

Early Entry Fee*: $30 adult, $10 youth ages 12 and under.

In-Person Capacity: 500

Registration: will open on January 1, 2021.


Participant Swag:  A commemorative Saint Fennessy 4K winter hat, and knit gloves

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

Participation Options

With safety plans in place, we are excited to offer the following options for you to complete the 2021 Saint Fennessy 4k!

  • IN-PERSON OPTION: We will be hosting a chip timed, in-person version of the Saint Fennessey 4k on Saturday, March 13, 2021. In order to do so safely and in accordance with the MDH Guidelines, we will be offering wave start times. Look for more information about the different wave times when registration opens.
  • VIRTUAL OPTION: With this option, you may complete the Saint Fennessey 4K at a time and location of your choice during the timeframe March 13- March 20. Details for reporting your time will be emailed to you by March 12.

Race Information

The 2021 Saint Fennessy 4K 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 10:00 a.m. and be separated by 5 minutes each. Participants MUST compete in the wave time selected at registration. The Saint Fennessy 4k 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.

If safety regulations allow, the event start format may change and could be shifted closer to our traditional start time of 10:00 am

Safety Measures & 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  

Event Day

Finish Line: This event finishes at Skyline Social and Games

Parking & Return Shuttle Bus Information
Parking for the event is available in the Hermantown High School parking lot. Shuttle buses will be provided from the finish line at Skyline Social & Games back to Hermantown High School.

Racecourse: The race begins at Hermantown High School and travels along Arrowhead Road, turns north on Stebner Road with the finish line positioned just outside of Skyline Social & Games.

Course Map

Costume Contest: Get your green on! There will be a costume contest conducted where prizes will be awarded to the participants with the most popular St. Patrick’s Day attire!


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 status of the Saint Fennessey 4K 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. 

The Saint Fennessy 4K was created in honor of longtime Grandma’s Marathon friend Don Fennessy.