Updated: 04/19/2014 10:55 PM
Created: 04/19/2014 4:13 PM WDIO.com
By: Maarja Anderson
The Fitger's 5K celebrated 25 years this year and they did it in true Duluth style, with freezing and rainy weather. Record numbers, however, still came out to run, including a lot of kids.
The runners said as long as you kept moving, the 30-degree weather wasn't so bad.
"It's not great but it could be worse. It's not snowing," said Mackenzie Seidelmann of Duluth.
Before the start, runners did their best to keep warm. The course was a bit soggy, but a record 1,755 people finished this year's race. Quite a few of them were young runners.
Veteran racer Kennedy Rude is a cross country runner.
"It's one of my favorite courses. I've never ran on it before but I love hills and loved the course," said the 18-year-old from North Dakota.
Other younger runners were taking on their first race ever. 12-year-old Sierra Hayden was dressed up as the Easter bunny. She had just one word to describe her run.
"Cold!" she said.
The Fitger's 5K, in fact, benefits the young runners racing. Money raised at the 5K goes toward the Young Athletes Foundation.
"It's one of our larger fundraisers, which allows us to have the money to give to organizations for these young kids in many different areas," said board member Bill Bailey.
The foundation helps support sports programs in the Twin Ports. The idea is to keep kids busy and active.
That's something Seidelmann understands as a mom.
"I wanted my kids to join us doing physical activity and he's [her son] just naturally liked running so we've just gone from there," she explained.
13-year-old Mason Stanius has ran three Fitger's 5K races with his mom, Seidelmann.
He now has the running bug, so he has plans to up his mileage.
"Later this year I'll be doing the half marathon with my mom," he said.
The Young Athletes Foundation hopes to raise $20,000 at this year's 5K.
Duluth Hunt To Allow Unlimited Antlerless Deer Harvest
As hunters gear up for fall, bowhunters in Duluth are also getting ready for a change. The city hunt will allow unlimited antlerless deer to be harvested this fall. The change comes as most of the state is seeing tighter restrictions.
Four Republican Candidates for Minn. Governor Face Off On Air
The four Republican candidates for Minnesota governor faced off in a radio debate Thursday morning in Duluth. Marty Seifert, Scott Honour, Jeff Johnson and Kurt Zellers addressed the issue of what to do in the case of a budget shortfall, among other questions.
Candidate for Minn. Secretary State: Ballot Access Is 'Primary Mission'
A candidate for Minnesota secretary of state stopped by Duluth on Thursday. Steve Simon said his main goal as secretary of state would be to improve and maintain ballot access. Simon is one of several DFL candidates competing in the August primary.
Police: Drug Suspect Threw Cash on Blatnik Bridge
An alleged drug suspect threw cash out of a car window on the Blatnik Bridge in Superior Thursday morning, bringing all Duluth-bound traffic to a brief standstill while officers picked up the bills. The suspect is being held at the St. Louis County Jail pending formal charges.
Fill The Boot Kicks Off Next Week in Twin Ports
Drivers in the Twin Ports will soon see a curbside fundraiser next week. Fill the Boot kicks off again. The Duluth and Superior Fire Departments are raising money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.