The first race in the KP challenge is a different race from most. It's very green and themed, with festivities after the race.

Registration for all the 2019 Young Athletes Foundation races opened January 1  with a chance to join the 4th Annual KP Challenge, which includes the Saint Fennessy 4K, Fitger’s 5K, Park Point 5-Miler.

 The KP Challenge, named after the late Kevin Peterson, who lost his battle to Pancreatic Cancer in 2013.  Kevin was a member of the marathon’s founding organization, the North Shore Striders.

The KP challenge keeps participants on a regular running schedule that supports the successful completion of longer distances. Registering for the KP Challenge locks in a low price for all three races with the convenience of one purchase. Participants will receive an exclusive finisher’s jacket upon completion of the final race in the series.

 Net proceeds from all races benefit the Young Athletes Foundation (YAF), a Grandma’s Marathon program focused on the promotion and development of healthy and active lifestyles for youth throughout the region. Since its inception in 1990, the YAF has contributed more than $1,000,000 to area nonprofit youth athletic organizations.

Individual Race Details

Saint Fennessy 4k: Saturday, March 16

Raise your heels and a toast at this festive fun run

  • $30 entry fee ($35 on race day if still available); $10 for children ages 6 to 14
  • St. Patrick’s Day theme, including costume contest prizes
  • Branded knit hat and knit gloves for all participants
  • Post-race celebration at McKenzie’s Bar & Grill

 Fitger’s 5k: Saturday, April 27

Launch your spring training at the 30th Annual Race

  • $35 entry fee ($40 on race day if still available); $10 for children ages 6 to 14
  • Long sleeve, ¼ zip shirt and finisher medal for all participants
  • Chip-timed, USATF-certified, closed, paved course traveling through downtown Duluth
  • Post-race celebration and Awards Ceremony at the Rex Bar

 Park Point 5-Miler/2 Mile Walk: Thursday, July 18

Run Northern Minnesota’s oldest road race

  • $30 entry fee ($35 on race day if still available); $10 for children ages 6 to 14
  • Branded beach towel for all participants
  • Chip-timed, USATF-certified, closed course
  • Post-race celebration at the Green Mill

 KP Challenge

  • $115 entry fee; $50 for children ages 6 to 14
  • Chip-timed, USATF-certified, closed courses
  • Exclusive KP Challenge branded jacket