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The competition was fierce during the Kids' Run at Fastenal's BK 5K last year. The coming months will bring a parade of local "run/walks" benefiting worthy causes from youth sports to mental health.

5K season up and running


by Chris Rogers

There may still be ice on Lake Winona, but run/walk season is already underway. This month's tolerably warm temperatures have drawn cooped-up runners and strollers to the lake in droves. For those who enjoy a finish line, a parade of "5K's," "fun runs," and fundraising trots are planned for the months ahead.

For many, running with a group provides the extra gumption needed to get out the door, and is just more fun. With that in mind, Live Well Winona's Mississippi Medley and Mississippi Mixer programs offer discount rates on race registrations and weekly group runs. More information is available at under "Get Involved" or by calling 474-9825.

April 5 - Delta Phi Epsilon 5K

Proceeds benefit the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders.

Contact Katie at to register.

April 6 - Fools Five 8K or 1-mile run/walk in Lewiston

Proceeds benefit the Mayo Clinic, Hormel Institute, Masonic Cancer Center, and Gundersen Health System

More information at

April 19 - Firefighters Five 5K

Proceeds benefit Muscular Dystrophy Association

Register at

April 27 - Raised to Life 5K

Proceeds benefit clean water programs in Liberia, Africa.

More information at

May 1 - Mental Health 5K

Hosted by Hiawatha Valley Mental Health Center

More information at

May 3 - Winona Global Trot 5K run/walk

Proceeds benefit Winona Senior High School students traveling to Ecuador in 2015.

Register at

May 17 - Bluffview Explorer 5K run/walk

Proceeds benefit Bluffview Montessori

More information at

June 14 - BK 5K

Proceeds benefit Winona area youth organizations.

Register at

June 21 - Team Vogel vs. Cancer 5K run/walk or 1-mile run/walk

Proceeds benefit cancer victims and cancer research.

More information at

July 20 - Will Run 5K run/walk

Hosted by Great River Shakespeare Festival

More information at

July 26 - SMU Trail Scamper 5K run/walk

Proceeds benefit Saint Mary's University Cross Country program.

More information to be posted at

August 16 - Goodview Gallop 10K/5K/2K

Proceeds to American Cancer Society.

More information

September 13 - Morrie Miller 5K run/walk

Proceeds benefit Winona area youth athletics.

More information at under "Fundraisers."

October 25 - Warrior Waddle 5K

Proceeds benefit WSU women's track and cross-country scholarships.

More information to be posted at


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