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Whipper Snapper Races For Kids
(Duluth, Minn.) There's no better way to get the 34th annual Grandma's
Marathon weekend started than with the Whipper Snapper Races for Kids.
About 1,000 kids ages 14 and under will kick off the weekend festivities
Friday, June 18 in Duluth's Bayfront Festival Park.
Registration for the Whipper Snapper Races for Kids, presented free of
charge by Grandma's Marathon and the Duluth Lions Club, begins at noon with
races starting at 2 p.m. All participants receive an official race number,
participation ribbon and goodie bag.
"This event is all about family fun," said race director Jon Carlson. "The
children love running, and their families and friends have a great time
cheering for them."
Children and their families will have a chance to get up close and personal
with some of area's favorite mascots, including Wells Fargo Bank's 'Jack
the Dog', 'Bullseye' from Target, 'Cariboo' from Caribou Coffee, 'The Cow'
from Kemp's Ice Cream, 'Tiki Tom' and 'Tiki Tina' from The Edge, 'Harley D.
Huskie' from the Duluth Huskies and Viktor from the Minnesota Vikings.
These and other mascots get the event started with a mascot race at 2 p.m.
Members of the Minnesota Vikings cheerleaders will be on hand for
autographs and photos and an Advantage Emblem merchandise booth also will
Since 1991, the Whipper Snapper Races for Kids has been giving children an
opportunity to experience the sport of running while getting into the
spirit of Grandma's Marathon weekend.
There's something for everyone at the Whipper Snapper Races for Kids —
sponsored by the City of Duluth, the Duluth Lions Club, maurices, Charter
Communications, Super One Foods, Old Dutch, Dasani, the Minnesota Vikings,
the Duluth News Tribune, Northland's NewsCenter, Mix 108, the Young
Athletes Foundation and Grandma's Marathon.