Family Sports & Fitness – Family Friendly Races, Walks & Tournaments

Family Sports and Fitness are a great way to spend time together. A 2018 study has found that fathers who exercise raise healthier children – even into adulthood. Why not find fun ways to set that good example. We keep a running list of events that have been submitted to us here. We have also included some product links for items we feel may help families promote fitness. We do receive compensation from Amazon for purchases through these links.

If you have a sporting event you would like to share, please keep in mind our parameters and mission. Events must be something that can be participated in as a family and it must be a stand-alone event with no long-term commitment. Please feel free to email Joy with your submissions 


THIS WEEKEND: 2/22/20: Kidarod | Fish Lake Regional Park, Maple Grove | 4pm | $3-$6/pp | Combines climbing, pulling, sliding, running, and obstacles into a 2-mile winter adventure!

Now-04/22/20: Family Nights | Braemar Field Dome | $5/pp | Walk or run laps, play in the open field or take a turn in the batting cages in Edina’s climate controlled dome. | All Ages.

Fridays (Jan. 3 – March 27) 4:30 – 5:30 pm
Wednesdays (April 1 – 22) 3:30 – 5 pm

Now-04/30/20:School Year Open Gym Times | Gleason’s Gymnastics | Wednesdays 9:30-11:30am; Fridays 9:30-11:30am and 12-2pm | $8/per child; max $10/per family | Anne loved this option when she had small kids that needed to run off energy. 


3/13/20: Kids Sports Night | Veterans Memorial Community Center, Inver Grove Heights | 6:30pm-8pm | $30 per parent/child pair; $10 add’l child | Ages 4-12 | Parents and their kids can play against each other in interactive sport games and activities for prizes; pizza and music provided. Dress for activity. Register Here by Wednesday March 11th.

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4/10/20: Family Fri-YAY | Veterans Memorial Community Center, Inver Grove Heights | 5pm-8:30pm | $3-$6/pp | Open gym from 5-7 p.m. and/or pool time from 5:30-8:30 p.m. You’ll also be able to try log rolling!

4/18/20: Fraser Walk for Autism | Mall of America | 7am-9:30am | FREE | This is a fundraising event for Fraser. However, you can sign up to just participate or as a fundraiser. There will also be sensory activities, entertainment, mascots, games, prizes and giveaways.

5/8/20: Family Fri-YAY | Veterans Memorial Community Center, Inver Grove Heights | 5pm-8:30pm | $3-$6/pp | Open gym from 5-7 p.m. and/or pool time from 5:30-8:30 p.m. You’ll also be able to try log rolling!

5/9/20: ALS Superhero 5K Dash | Harriet Island | 7:30am-Noon | $10-$50/pp | Choose between a 5K Run, 5K Walk or Kids Dash. Dress like a super hero if you want! Proceeds support the ALS Association.

5/16/20: Rotary People of Action 5K | Central Park, Maple Grove | 9am | $ | Enjoy a beautiful run through the paved paths of central park and along the lakes and gardens. Events include a 1 mile health walk, a timed 5K race and a timed competitive race event. Pet and stroller friendly. The facilities make it a fun surrounding for kids and adults to enjoy. Proceeds will go to military families.

5/16/20: TC Kids Cross Country Fun Run | Como Park, St. Paul | 9am | $10+ | All ages are welcome to run the rolling hills of Como Park at the TC Kids Cross Country Fun Run! Distances ranging from 1/2 mile to 5K allow every child to succeed. Guardians are welcome to register and run alongside their child. Warm-ups are led by Team USA Minnesota athletes and all registered participants receive a short sleeve shirt and finisher medal. A picnic lunch is included with registration and can be enjoyed in the park post-race.


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5/30/20: Walk for Amazing | U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis | 7:30am-11:30am | Adult (19+): $25; Child (3-18): $15; Children (0-2): Free | A fundraiser to support clinical care, charity care and wrap-around support services at Children’s Minnesota. Join a ceremonial walk, hear inspiring stories and have big fun on the field.


7/18/20: Kids Obstacle Challenge | Afton Alps | $36-$60 | An adventure and obstacle course race for kids ages 4-14. More information coming. Keep an eye on discounts sites like Goldstar. Last year their were plenty of deals to be found close to the event time

8/1/20: Kids Triathalon | Lakeside Commons Park, Blaine | $ | Untimed race includes swimming (100 or 165 yards), biking (2.3 miles) and running (1 mile). Fee includes: Race Shirt, Swim Cap, Refreshments, and a Medal.


10/3/20: Twin Cities Marathon Family Events | State Capitol Grounds, St. Paul | $7+ | Bring your family and friends to the fall-running kickoff event at the Minnesota State Capitol grounds. From the tiniest tots to serious runners, there’s something for everyone at the Twin Cities Marathon Weekend’s Saturday Events. Participants receive a shirt, a participant gift, a finisher’s medal, and admission to the activity tent with music and entertainment! Family event distances include:

  • Half Mile
  • Family Mile
  • Toddler Trot
  • Diaper Dash
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10K 5K Kids Races – Image courtesy of Twin Cities in Motion


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