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On the Road to Grandma’s: Fitger’s 5K registration nearing 2018 limit

By Mandi Peterson
Registration is still open for the 29th annual Fitger’s 5K Run & Walk, scheduled for Saturday, April 21, but registration is capped at 2,100 entrants and is expected to sell out prior to race day.

For the second year in a row, all finishers will receive a commemorative finisher medal as well as a long-sleeve, quarter-zip shirt.

The race begins at 9 a.m. on East Superior Street in front of Fitger’s and travels through downtown Duluth and Canal Park before finishing back near Fitger’s. The pre-race entry fee is $35 for adults and $15 for children ages 6-14. The race is a USATF-certified, chip-timed course.

This is the second race in the 2018 KP Challenge. Participants commit to run three Young Athletes Foundation (YAF) races, including the Saint Fennessy 4K, Fitger’s 5K and Park Point 5-Miler. The challenge is designed to keep participants on a regular running schedule that supports the successful completion of longer distances while raising money for the YAF.

The YAF is a Grandma’s Marathon program that focuses on the promotion and development of healthy and active lifestyles for youth throughout Carlton, Cook, Douglas, Lake and St. Louis Counties. Since its inception in 1990, the YAF has contributed more than $950,000 to area nonprofit youth athletic organizations.

For more information and to register for the 2018 Fitger’s 5K on April 21, runners and walkers should visit GrandmasMarathon.com or call (218) 727-0947.