YAF Youth Races

A central pillar of the Young Athletes Foundation (YAF) is providing free and accessible programming for our area’s kids throughout the year. These programs are focused on our mission of building and providing pathways to the community’s children in their pursuit of active and healthy lifestyles.

The following events are FREE and open to any children who wish to participate. The programs are meant to be accessible to all ages and skill levels, and they can be modified further if needed.

Wednesday Night at the Races
July & August 2021

Saturday Morning at the Races
January & February 2022

Whipper Snapper Races
June 18, 2021


The YAF gives back to the community through a series of programs including grants, scholarships, and more.

All of this money stays right here in our community to help local community members and businesses support our young athletes. Since the YAF’s inception in 1990, we’ve contributed more than $1 million within our five-county region (Carlton, Cook, Douglas, Lake, and St. Louis).