YAF Volunteer

Thanks so much for your interest in volunteering with Grandma’s Marathon and the Young Athletes Foundation!

The mission of the Young Athletes Foundation (YAF) is to support and build community by providing pathways of opportunity to youth in athletic programs and encouraging healthy lifestyles.

Through this charitable extension of Grandma’s Marathon, we help community members and businesses that inspire kids to be healthy. Since its inception in 1990, the YAF has contributed more than $1,000,000 to area nonprofit youth and recreational athletic organizations through a series of grants, scholarships, and more.

Our volunteers play a significant role in creating memorable and successful events for our runners. More than 1,000 volunteers are needed throughout the year to support our fundraising race events for the YAF.

To learn more about volunteer opportunities with the Young Athletes Foundation please reach out to our Program Director Alivia Nelson via email at alivia@grandmasmarathon.com or call our office at (218) 727-0947.


Central to the YAF’s mission are our five central fundraising events throughout the year. Proceeds from these races go directly to the YAF and allow us to keep supporting the community’s kids and athletic organizations.

Saint Fennessy 4K
March 13, 2021

Fitger’s 5K
April 17, 2021

Park Point 5-Miler
July 15, 2021

Minnesota Mile
September 10, 2021

North End Nightmare
October 30, 2021


In addition to giving back to the community through grants and scholarships, the YAF also organizes several FREE events for area kids throughout the year, two of the most popular being Wednesday Night at the Races and Saturday Morning at the Races.

Wednesday Night at the Races
July & August 2021

Saturday Morning at the Races
January & February 2022