Whipper Snapper Races for Kids kicks off Grandma’s Marathon festivities Friday

13-Grandmas-Marathon-Icon-LogoThere’s no better way to get the 37th 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 at Duluth’s Bayfront Festival Park.

Registration for the Whipper Snapper Races for Kids 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 their favorite mascots, including Wells Fargo Bank’s ‘Jack the Dog’, ‘Champ’ from UMD, the Coca Cola Polar Bear, ‘Tiki Tom’ from The Edge, ‘Harley D. Huskie’ from the Duluth Huskies, ‘Andy the Armadillo’ from Texas Roadhouse and ‘Viktor’ from the Minnesota Vikings. These and other mascots get the event started with their own 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 be open.

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. Sponsors include the City of Duluth, the Duluth Lions Club, maurices, Super One Foods, Texas Roadhouse, Old Dutch, Dasani, the Minnesota Vikings, the Duluth News Tribune, KBJR 6 and Range 11, ESPN Radio 560 WEBC, the Young Athletes Foundation and Grandma’s Marathon.