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Running the Rapids Half Marathon and 5K

What is Running the Rapids Half Marathon and 5K?

Running the Rapids Half Marathon and 5K is a new event designed for local and regional runners to enjoy a race route alongside northern Minnesota’s beautiful forests and lakes in the Cohasset and Grand Rapids area.

Who can participate?

Running enthusiasts and hobbyists are invited to take part in the Running the Rapids Half Marathon and 5K. Runner are encouraged take advantage of Grand Itasca’s free half marathon training program which is taking place Saturdays (starting on June 4th). Meet at the YMCA Clinic entrance at the Itasca County Family YMCA at 8:00 a.m. No need to register in advance to participate.

When and where is it?

The races will start from Portage Park in Cohasset, Minnesota at 7:00 a.m. on August 25, 2018.

What is the race route?

The race route features many of the elements that make Northern Minnesota a destination for all! The road and pathways twist around tall timbers, dip by blue waters and circle one of the most-scenic running passes in the area! See the full route here.

How much does it cost to run the half marathon? 5K?

Pricing is on a sliding scale. The half marathon costs $65 until August 1, $75 until August 25 and $85 on race day, August 25. The 5K costs $25 until June 15, $30 until August 25 and $35 on race day.

Who is involved with Running the Rapids Half Marathon and 5K?

The event is being planned by a team of Itasca-area young leaders who have a shared passion for seeing their community thrive. The goal is to create an energizing event that will showcase the community and all it has to offer, while providing an opportunity for people to be active. Team members include: Alie McInerney, Brianne Solem, Cassi Chrzanowski, Jillian DeChaine, Kaitlin Box, Katie Nelson, Kayla Peura, Leanna McBride, Tom McBride, Molly McCann, Nick Rothstein, and Sammy Swanson.

Who is supporting this event?

The event is supported by a number of Grand Rapids-area organizations and businesses, including: Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital, Woodland Bank, Hawkinson Construction, Paul Bunyan Communications, Grand Dental Center, SuperOne Foods, Itasca County Family YMCA, Blandin Foundation, Minnesota Power, Timberlake Lodge, Greater Insurance Service, Dondelinger Automotive, Sugar Lake Lodge, Itasca Reliable, Super 8, and Thrivent.

Where does my registration money go?

Event proceeds will benefit LiveSTRONG at the YMCA, a 12-week fitness program for cancer survivors, and Itasca Area Special Olympics, an organization that develops leadership skills in people with disabilities through a variety of programs.

Where can I find more information or register?

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Looking for places to stay while you are in town? Make sure that you check out for many different options. Grand Rapids has Hotels, Motels, a B&B, Resorts, and lake home rentals.


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