Sixth Annual Y Run for Kids, Adults and Families Celebrates Healthy Living for All April 14

Minneapolis, MN – The YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities (YGTC), a leading nonprofit dedicated to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, will host its annual Y Run on Saturday, April 14, at Bde Maka Ska (formerly Lake Calhoun) in Minneapolis.

This event, hosted by the Y in conjunction with sponsors Summit Orthopedics, Tivity Health, Matrix Fitness and Octane Fitness, will bring 1,000 Y members, community members and their families and friends together to celebrate their commitment to healthy living. 

“The Y is committed to providing wellness opportunities for all in our community. The Y Run brings people of all ages and abilities together to pursue their health and wellness goals,” said Glen Gunderson, president and chief executive officer for the YGTC. “Participants might be chasing a personal best in the 10k, aiming to complete their first 5k or enjoying a one mile run or walk with their family. The Y Run welcomes everyone to participate and celebrate healthy living.”

The race will feature:

  • One-mile run/walk for youth and families starting at 8:15 a.m.
  • 10K run/walk starting at 8:45 a.m. 
  • 5K run/walk starting at 9:00 a.m. 

The race will feature a one-mile run/walk for youth and families, a 5K run/walk and a 10K run/walk. The event will also feature family-friendly activities for all to enjoy before and after their walk or run, including kids’ fitness classes; sports clinics; camp games; music; a selfie booth; a spring-themed costume contest; healthy food and beverages provided by Coborn’s, Upper Lakes Foods, Great Harvest Bread Company, Canteen and Go Go Squeeze; and more exciting activities.

To register for the Y Run and get more information, visit ymcarun.org.

Y Running Tips

The Y engages all community members who may wish to participate by offering tips for new and experienced runners.

  • Stay hydrated in the days leading up to the race.
  • Fuel up on carbs before the race, then find some protein after to help speed recovery. On race day, stick to your routine and have a light breakfast.
  • Change up your routine to fit in some cross training. Strength training, core work or swimming help prevent injury and build strength.
  • Consider what will change if you are switching from treadmill running to the path by Bde Maka Ska. Running outside means accounting for factors like weather, unexpected terrain, and others runners or walkers in your path. 

About the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities

The YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities is a leading nonprofit dedicated to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Established 162 years ago, the Ys provide life-strengthening services across the greater Twin Cities metro region, southeastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin communities. The 29 Y locations and program sites, seven overnight camps, 10 day camps, and more than 90 child care sites engage more than 350,000 men, women and children of all ages, incomes and backgrounds. To learn more about the Y’s mission and work, visit www.ymcamn.org.