Six years and ‘running’ — River Run has become a Cloquet traditionThis year’s run/walk will be held Saturday, Sept. 28, and again features one-mile and 5K courses — take your pick. The weekend begins Friday, Sept. 27, with a Health and Fitness Expo, Pasta and Salad Feed, and race packet pick up — all at Churchill Elementary School from 5-7 p.m. The entire community is invited to attend, whether you are racing or not.
By: Jill Pertler, Pine Journal
The Cloquet River Run started as a way to raise money for a school playground, but the annual race has evolved into an event that attracts participants from across the state and beyond.
“We’ve got a beautiful course that runs along the river, and gives participants a challenge or two,” said Churchill Principal David Wangen, who is looking forward to running in this year’s race. “The hill at the end can be especially challenging, and enticing, to runners. I can honestly say it is one of, if not the best events we do to bring community, students and families together for our school. The benefits of the race go deeper than running or endurance.”
This year’s run/walk will be held Saturday, Sept. 28, and again features one-mile and 5K courses — take your pick.
The Cloquet River Run, sponsored by Churchill Partners in Education (PIE), is a family-friendly event that promises to get everyone involved in the fun. The weekend begins Friday, Sept. 27, with a Health and Fitness Expo, Pasta and Salad Feed, and race packet pick up — all at Churchill Elementary School from 5-7 p.m. The entire community is invited to attend, whether you are racing or not.
Friday’s pasta feed is hosted by Churchill staff. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit the Cloquet River Run website and click on Registration.
“You don’t have to be a runner to enjoy the pasta,” said Churchill teacher Michelle Kilroy. “This is a wonderful opportunity to come on out and get some great food and support our school at the same time.”
Before or after carbing up on pasta, plan to attend the free Health and Fitness Expo in the gymnasium. The event features fun and healthy information for all ages and abilities.
Race pre-registration and packet pickup can also be completed Friday at Churchill, or from 8-8:45 a.m. Saturday before the race.
Saturday’s schedule includes a 5K run/walk, a one-mile run/walk, a free kids’ race and a mascot race. Events begin with the one-mile run/walk at 9 a.m.; strollers and other wheeled vehicles are allowed at the back on the one-mile course. The 5K begins at 9:30 a.m. and the free kids’ race takes place at 10:45 a.m. All races begin at Churchill school. Awards will be presented at 11 a.m., along with an after-race party with music, food and refreshments.
The 5K is a hybrid course (paved and gravel trail) and is USA Track and Field certified.
The Cloquet River Run is a fund-raising activity to get children, youth, families and the community involved in healthy lifestyles while raising money for school programs and equipment. Last year, the Cloquet River Run helped to fund activities such as healthy food taste testing activities, a visit by Apple Man promoting healthy exercise and eating, iPad technology, an after-school running program called Kids Run the Nation, and a new outdoor sand volleyball court for use by the school and community.
Registration fees (if received by Sept. 26) are $20 for the 5K race and $13 for the one-mile course. Registration after Sept. 26 is $25 and $18. All pre-registered participants will receive a long-sleeve T-shirt. Register online at www.cloquetriverrun.com or download the registration form at the same address.
The Cloquet River Run is made possible through generous support of business sponsors in the community.