Grandma's Marathon weekend is upon us and the first race of the weekend is actually for kids only. The Whipper Snapper Races, a fun family event, not only lets kids have fun running but there are plenty of other activities planned.

Grandma's Marathon is not only presenting the Whipper Snapper Races, but they are once again hosting the Festival For Kids, which provides kids more opportunities to participate in Grandma’s Marathon weekend than ever before.

The event, sponsored by the Young Athletes Foundation (YAF), runs from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Friday, June 16 at Bayfront Festival Park and will feature several different engaging and interactive activities for kids, including:

  • Minnesota Vikings – Meet Viktor the Viking
  • Duluth Goat Yoga – Live Animals (weather permitting)
  • Great Lakes Aquarium – Live Animals (weather permitting)
  • Positive Energy Outdoors – Climbing Wall
  • Lightspeed Lift – Weight-Assisted Treadmill
  • Ski Hut – Balance Bikes and Prizes
  • Minnesota Hockey – Bounce Houses & Other Inflatables
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Grandma's Marathon organizers say there will also be a main stage act just for the kids, with the Northwoods Circus set to perform starting at 12:00 p.m. with some extended audience participation before performing themselves beginning at 1:00 p.m.

The Whipper Snapper Races will begin at 2:00 p.m. with the world-famous mascot race. The races are free and open to all kids ages 14 and under.

Online registration is now open. On-site registration will begin at 11:00 a.m. on June 16. Each registered participant will receive an official race number, finisher medal, and goodie bag, and they will also be entered in a raffle for an official Minnesota Vikings football autographed by Lewis Cine.

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