Whipper Snapper Races

The countdown is on!

2023 Whipper Snapper Races for Kids registration opens on October 1, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. CT.
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Race Date: June 16, 2023
Race Location: Duluth, MN
Race Age Limit: 14 & Under
Race Entry Fee: FREE

Schedule of Events
YAF Festival for Kids: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
In-Person Registration: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Whipper Snapper Races: 2:00 p.m.

IMPORTANT: The Whipper Snapper Races for Kids are a popular weekend event, so online pre-registration is encouraged to help ease congestion and eliminate waiting time on race day.

It’s For The Kids!

Grandma’s Marathon weekend shouldn’t be just for the adults, so be sure to bring the kids to Bayfront Festival Park for their very own race complete with finisher medals!

Bring them out to Bayfront Festival Park on Friday afternoon on race weekend, and let them join hundreds of other children to get their running fix.

These fun, short-distance races are the perfect way to introduce kids to running or to keep the fire burning bright for your future marathon finisher. You just may have a Grandma’s Marathon champion of the future on your hands!

All participants will receive an official race number, finisher medal, and a goodie bag!

BAYFRONT FESTIVAL PARK
350 Harbor Drive
Duluth, MN 55802

AGE GROUPS & DISTANCES

4 Years Old & Younger --- 1/8 Mile
5 & 6 Years Old --- 1/8 Mile
7 & 8 Years Old --- 1/4 Mile
9 & 10 Years Old --- 1/4 Mile
11 & 12 Years Old --- 1/2 Mile
13 & 14 Years Old --- 1/2 Mile

All participants will receive an official race number, finisher medal, and a goodie bag!

Our Whipper Snapper Races for Kids are accessible to our wheelchair and adaptive participants. Families in need of special accommodations can call our office ahead of time at (218) 727-0947 or speak with a race official upon arrival.

YAF Festival for Kids

Join us for a first-of-its kind celebration of fitness and fun for kids, with an afternoon festival at Bayfront Festival Park scheduled from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Friday, June 17!

The Young Athletes Foundation (YAF) us a Grandma’s Marathon program focused on the promotion and development of fitness and healthy lifestyles for kids.

MAIN STAGE ENTERTAINMENT

  • 2:00pm – Jeremy Lepak, Ventriloqust Comedian
  • 3:00pm – Mr. Kite & The Flyers

 

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • Minnesota Vikings – Meet Viktor the Viking and the Cheerleaders
  • Lake Superior Zoo – Live Animals (weather permitting) and Giant Inflatables
  • Great Lakes Aquarium – Live Animals (weather permitting)
  • Positive Energy Outdoors – Climbing Wall (ages 4 and older only)
  • Lightspeed Lift – Weight-Assisted Treadmill
  • Ski Hut – Balloon Animals and Bike Demos
  • Face Painting and Bounce House Inflatables

YOUNG ATHLETES FOUNDATION

The Athletes Foundation (YAF), the charity arm of Grandma’s Marathon, 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 $1.1 million to the community’s youth athletic, recreational, and nonprofit organizations.

If you are interested in volunteering for any of our Young Athletes Foundation (YAF) events or have any other questions, please contact our Program Director Alivia Nelson via email at [email protected] or call our office at (218) 727-0947.

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Ready. Set. Go!

Fitger's 5K History

The Fitger’s 5K began in 1990 and over more than three decades has now become Duluth’s premier spring running event.

The 3.1-mile race traditionally starts and finishes in front of the historic Fitger’s building. The scenic race course takes participants through downtown Duluth and Canal Park.

Below are the all-time Fitger’s 5K race records and winners from each year. NOTE: Some early records are incomplete and our staff is working to retrieve those dating back to 1990.

2022 Fitger's 5K Parking Info

The Fitger’s 5K course starts and finishes just outside the historic Fitger’s Lakefront Hotel in downtown Duluth. They travel eastward toward 23rd Avenue East on Superior Street, London Road, and South Street.

2022 Fitger's 5K Parking Info

The Fitger’s 5K course starts and finishes just outside the historic Fitger’s Lakefront Hotel in downtown Duluth. They travel eastward toward 23rd Avenue East on Superior Street, London Road, and South Street.

2022 Fitger's 5K Parking Info

Free parking for the event is available in the parking ramp located next to Fitger’s.

Fitger’s Complex
600 E. Superior Street
Duluth, MN 55802

2022 Fitger's 5K Race Packet Pickup Info

The Fitger’s 5K course starts and finishes just outside the historic Fitger’s Lakefront Hotel in downtown Duluth. They travel eastward toward 23rd Avenue East on Superior Street, London Road, and South Street.

2022 Fitger's 5K Swag Items

The Fitger’s 5K course starts and finishes just outside the historic Fitger’s Lakefront Hotel in downtown Duluth. They travel eastward toward 23rd Avenue East on Superior Street, London Road, and South Street.