Next: Park Point 5-Miler Friday

This release from Grandma’s Marathon on its oldest sponsored race:

Northern Minnesota’s oldest road race – the 39th Park Point 5-Miler and 2-Mile Walk – is Friday, July 16.

Online pre-registration is available through 3 p.m. Thursday at GrandmasMarathon.com or YoungAthletesFoundation.com. To sign up on race day, visit the pavilion at the end of Park Point between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. The entry fee for the five-mile run and two-mile walk is $25, while the youth races are free.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with youth races for children 14 and under, followed by the two-mile walk at 6:15 p.m., and then the five-mile feature race at 6:30 p.m.

Defending five-mile run champions Jeremy Polson and Jen Houck are registered, as is 2010 William A. Irvin 5K champion Scott Behling. Polson and Houck, the 2009 Minnesota Runners of the Year, won the race in both 2008 and 2009. Last year, Houck’s time of 28 minutes and 30 minutes established a new course record for the women’s division.

All finishers in the run and walk receive a commemorative T-shirt and awards are presented to the top participants at an award ceremony following the five-mile run. Ribbons are awarded to youth race participants upon completion of their event.

Participants are encouraged to plan extra travel time due to the increased usage of the aerial lift bridge and traffic on Park Point. To ensure the safety of race participants, Minnesota Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic from approximately 6:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Net proceeds from the Park Point 5-Miler benefit the Young Athletes Foundation (YAF), a Grandma’s Marathon program focused on the promotion and development of youth athletics.

The Park Point 5-Miler is sponsored by 10fold Solutions, Anytime Fitness, City of Duluth, Duluth News Tribune, Duluth Running Company, Fitger’s, Great Harvest Bread, Integrity Health Network, maurices, Minnesota Power, MIX 108, Northland’s NewsCenter, Sam’s Club, St. Luke’s and The Shack Smokehouse and Grille.

For more information about the Park Point 5-Miler or the YAF call (218) 727-0947 or visit www.grandmasmarathon.com.

Park Point 5-Miler – Friday, July 16, 2010

5:30 p.m. – Free Youth Races (14 & under)

6:15 p.m. – Two-mile Walk

6:30 p.m. – Five-mile Run

Award Ceremony (Park Point Pavilion following completion of the five-mile run)

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