By Mandi Peterson
The Young Athletes Foundation and Grandma’s Marathon invite children 14-and-under to lace up their shoes and take part in the 2018 Wednesday Night at the Races.
The free race series begins Wednesday at the University of Minnesota-Duluth and continues every Wednesday evening through August 29 (locations vary weekly, see schedule below). Registration is between 5 p.m. and 5:50 p.m. each race night, and the races begin at 6 p.m.
Race dates and locations are as follows:
July 25 — UMD Campus – James S. Malosky Stadium (University Drive)
August 1 — Duluth Denfeld High School – Public Schools Stadium (401 N. 45th Avenue W.)
August 8 — Proctor High School Track (131 N. 9th Avenue)
August 15 — Superior High School – NBC Spartan Sports Complex (2600 Catlin Avenue)
August 22 — Hermantown High School – Corey Veech Memorial Field (4335 Hawk Circle Drive)
August 29 — Wade Stadium (101 N. 35th Avenue W.) – Races followed by an end-of-the-season picnic.
Age categories and distances for boys and girls (may change due to weather conditions):
Wheelchair division – 1/8 mile
4 & under – 1/8 mile
5 & 6 – 1/8 mile
7 & 8 – 1/4 mile
9 & 10 – 1/4 mile
11 & 12 – 1/2 mile
13 & 14 – 1/2 mile
All finishers receive a ribbon upon completion of their race. Prize drawings are held each week for all registered participants.
The Young Athletes Foundation (YAF) is a Grandma’s Marathon program that focuses on the promotion and development of healthy and active lifestyles for youth throughout the region. Since its inception in 1990, the YAF has contributed more than $1 million to area nonprofit youth athletic organizations.