Whipper Snapper

The Whipper Snapper Kids Races are held each year in Duluth’s Bayfront Festival Park on Grandma’s Marathon weekend.

These races are FREE and open to all children 14 years old and under. All participants receive a ribbon at the completion of their race.

Friday, June 18, 2021 | 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Location: Bayfront Festival Park
Ages: 14 & Under (FREE)


The 2021 Whipper Snapper races will be an “own your event,” meaning kids and their families can come anytime during the 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. window to complete their race. They can choose between pre-marked courses of 100-meters, 200-meters, and 400-meters.

Families can pre-register their children for this year’s event until 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, June 17. On the day of event, walk-up registration will also be accepted.

NOTE: Masks or face coverings are strongly encouraged throughout the entire 2021 Grandma’s Marathon weekend, regardless of vaccination status.


Age Groups & Distance
4 Years Old & Under – 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

NOTE: Distances may be shortened due to extreme weather conditions.


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

Proceeds from the KP Challenge, St. Fennessy 4K, Fitger’s 5K, Park Point 5-Miler, Minnesota Mile, and North End Nightmare 5K go to benefit the YAF’s charitable programs.