With the popular Saturday Morning At The Races being canceled for 2021. Grandma’s Marathon and the Young Athletes Foundation came up with a replacement.

The YAF Winter Challenge will be virtual but the whole reason for creating this new program is to replace the at the races series and give kids in the area a reason to stay active even though there isn't an official program in place.

The program is free and for kids 14 and under. The YAF Winter Challenge is in partnership with UMD, St. Scholastica, and UWS, and is based on "Challenge Cards". The cards will have a list of various activities for kids to do. The cards will list indoor and outdoor things to do and will be customized by each college for a couple of weeks.

At the end of the Winter Challenge between February 15 and September 5, kids can turn in their completed Activity Cards at Skyline Social and Games to receive a free 6” personal pizza and $5 arcade card. They have to complete all three rounds with all three colleges.

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Kids are encouraged to pick up their Challenge kits between January 4 and January 18 at the locations listed below.

Challenge Kit Pick up locations:

Austin Jarrow– 917 W Central Entrance, Duluth, MN 55811

Duluth Running Company– 1026 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802

Tortoise and Hare Footwear– 4002 Grand Ave, Duluth, MN 55807

Northwest Outlet– 1814 Belknap St, Superior, WI 54880

Grandma’s Marathon Office- 351 Canal Park Drive, Duluth, MN 55802 (218-727-0947, M-F 8:00 am- 5:00 pm)

Hermantown Community Learning Center- 4333 Hawk Circle Drive, Hermantown MN 55811 (218-626-6075 M-F 8:00 am- 4:00 pm)

Proctor Area Community Center- 100 Pionk Drive, Proctor MN 55810 (218-628-6293, M-F 9:00 am- 3:00 pm)

Schedule:

January 11- February 21: Winter Challenge with a link to the challenges.

Grandma's Marathon and the YAF said in a press release that if health conditions allow, the YAF’s “Saturday Morning at the Races” series will return in January 2022.

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