Grandma's Marathon has a new event for 2014 and they'd like you to take part!  Join in on the inaugural  running of the Saint Fennessy 4K, Saturday, March 15 at 9:30 AM in Hermantown. This new event – hosted by Grandma’s Marathon – is an untimed fun run and serves as a fundraiser for the Young Athletes Foundation (YAF).

The Saint Fennessy 4K has been created in honor of longtime Grandma’s Marathon friend Don Fennessy, who passed away in 2011. Fennessy was an original member of both the Grandma’s Marathon board and Young Athletes Foundation committee, and was inducted into the Grandma’s Marathon Hall of Fame in 2004. Don’s wife, Ella, who was also well known in the Twin Ports running community, passed away in May 2013.

“We are excited to add this race to our lineup for 2014. It is an ideal way to pay tribute to Don and his Irish heritage, and to also celebrate the kickoff of the spring running season,” said Grandma’s Marathon executive director Jon Carlson.

The event is limited to the first 500 participants who register at by clicking here.  The entry fee is $25 and all net proceeds benefit the YAF, a Grandma's Marathon program that focuses on the promotion and development of youth athletics throughout Carlton, Cook, Douglas, Lake and St. Louis Counties. Since its inception in 1990, the YAF has contributed more than $600,000 to area nonprofit youth athletic organizations.

The race will begin at Hermantown Elementary School, travel along Arrowhead and Lavaque Roads and finish near McKenzie’s Bar & Grill in the Hermantown Square.

Prizes will be awarded for the best Irish attire, with additional prizes and other post-race festivities at McKenzie’s Bar & Grill. Shuttle bus service will be available free of charge from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for those wanting transportation between the finish area and Hermantown Elementary School before or after the event.

For more information, please visit or call (218) 727-0947.