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22nd Annual Fitger’s 5K Run/Walk This Saturday, April 16

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The weather forecast for this Saturday, April 16, is calling for cold temps and snow. Not exactly ideal for the 22nd Annual Fitger’s 5K Run/Walk, but the race, like the postal service, will go on despite the weather…..unless there’s lightning. There is a record 1, 739 participants this year, a few wanting to be in the top 10, but most using this as training for Grandma’s Marathon or the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon coming up in June. Here’s all the information you need to know about the race, including road closures.

The Fitger’s 5K is one of the first spring road races in the Northland. The race is also the largest fundraising event for the Young Athletes Foundation (YAF), a Grandma’s Marathon program focused on the promotion and development of youth athletics in a five-county region. The event is expected to raise about $25,000 for the YAF.

Race Packet Pick up will be at the Fitger’s building, 600 East Superior Street at the following times:

Friday, April 15; 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday, April 16; 7 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. No race packet pick-up the day of the event!

The race will start and finish in front of the Fitger’s building at 9a, with the first finisher expected to cross at 9:15a. You are all invited to the Award Ceremony at 10:30 a.m. – Rex Bar – Fitger’s, Lower Level.

Expect traffic delays in downtown Duluth from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Streets impacted include East Superior Street from Fitger’s to Lake Avenue, Canal Park Drive, Lake Avenue South and Railroad Street (in front of the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center).

Results will be available at GrandmasMarathon.com.

Good Luck to all who are walking or running….may the wind be at your back, BOTH WAYS!

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