Saint Fennessy 4K Marks Start of "KP Challenge"

Updated: March 13, 2019 10:16 AM

There may still be snow on the ground, but that's not stopping dozens of avid runners from heading to Hermantown for the Saint Fennessy 4K race this weekend. The event marks the beginning of the "KP Challenge" put on by Grandma's Marathon. 

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Along with the 4K, the challenge involves the Fitger's 5k and the Park Point 5-Miler. 'KP' stands for Kevin Peterson, who died of pancreatic cancer in 2013. He was a member of the marathon's founding organization and loved to run.

Leah Hulst, who is taking part in this year's challenge, says the St. Patrick's Day-themed 4K, is a great way to kick things off.

"People really enjoy opportunities to dress up and to have fun," she says, "and kind of be a little crazy. Especially if you have a serious job, it's an opportunity to not be so serious." 

Many Grandma's Marathon participants might know Hulst better as "Grandma Rosa," who is one of the first people to greet you at the finish line. She says she was inspired by runners so much that she decided to give it a try.

"I have my own personal goals that I want to see," she says. "How far can I run before I have to walk? I just want to have a good time."

The 4k race is Saturday at 10 a.m. in Hermantown. Click here to register for that or for the KP challenge. 

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