Grandma's Marathon and their Young Athletes Foundation would normally be holding "Saturday Morning At The Races" in the winter, but they have a new plan for 2021.

They have announced a new YAF Winter Challenge, which is a free program aimed at helping area kids stay active despite the continuing uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

Through a partnership with UMD, St. Scholastica, and UW-Superior, the YAF Winter Challenge will issue "Challenge Cards" that list various indoor and outdoor activities for area children to complete. Each college will be featured for a different two-week period between mid-January and late-February, each with a unique mix of “challenges” for participants.

"One of the great things about this program is it’s entirely tailored to the individual,” Program Director Alivia Nelson said. “These activities are meant to be accessible to everyone, but they can easily be modified and have no minimum time, distance, or quantity attached. Quite simply, we just want to encourage kids to move their bodies and be active, in really whatever way they think is best for them.”

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Organizers say that all participants who complete all three of the “Challenge Cards” will receive a free 6” personal pizza and $5 arcade card from Skyline Social & Games in Hermantown.

Kids ages 14 and under can click here now to register for the 2021 YAF Winter Challenge.  Then, beginning Monday, January 4, challenge kits can be picked up from any of the following locations:

  • Austin Jarrow Sports
    917 W. Central Entrance, Duluth, MN 55811
  • Duluth Running Company
    1026 E. Superior Street, Duluth, MN 55802
  • Grandma’s Marathon Office
    351 Canal Park Drive, Duluth, MN 55802
  • Northwest Outlet
    1814 Belknap Street, Superior, WI 54880
  • Tortoise & Hare Footwear
    4002 Grand Avenue, Duluth, MN 55807

Grandma's Marathon hopes to present the YAF’s “Saturday Morning at the Races” once again in 2022.

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