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Top 5 Favorite 5K Races In Duluth

Nick Cooper - TSM Duluth
Nick Cooper – TSM Duluth

Grandma’s Marathon is just one of the events that puts Duluth on the map.  They are in full swing with their Wednesday Night at the Races at this time.  Running events like that have spurred several 5K races to crop up, mostly as fundraisers for non-profits and due to that we have a huge running community in the Northland.  These are some of my favorites, maybe you have a few different ones, what’s yours and why?



Insane Inflatable 5K



The Insane Inflatable 5K held at the Richard Bong Airport in Superior on September 30th is like non-other.  It’s not so much about speed, but the fun of getting through the oversized inflatable obstacle course.  It’s something the whole family can participate in and feel accomplished when you cross the finish line.



Run Like An Animal



The Run Like An Animal 5K is held at the Lake Superior Zoo in conjunction with Spirit Valley Days and is themed in the aspect that you can dress up as your favorite animal while running. In this race you get to actually run through the zoo (not the cages, so don’t worry).



William A Irvin 5K



The William A Irvin 5K is held on the Friday night before Grandma’s Marathon Half and Full Marathon and kicks off the festivities for the weekend.  The course was recently changed and fills to capacity every year.  Afterwards, you can enjoy the Michelina’s All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Feed in Pioneer Hall of the DECC.



The Gobbler Gallop



I bet you can guess by the name, Gobbler Gallop, that this 5K is held on Thanksgiving morning.  To be honest, I have yet to run this race myself because I’m always volunteering at the DECC for the Thanksgiving Buffet, but my friends that have run it says it’s fun and many dress like turkeys! I think I’d like this race because the weather is cooler and I run better in those conditions.  Plus, you get to eat a HUGE meal afterwards and don’t have to worry about calories because you already got your exercise in that day.



The Jingle Bell Run



Once again, a holiday is the inspiration for the Jingle Bell 5K Run.  It allows participants to dress in themed clothing (and it’s cold, so you want that extra layer) and raise money for the Arthritis Foundation.  You’ll hear these runners coming, most have tied jingle bells to their shoes!


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