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One of Saint Paul Parks & Recreation's primary goals is to promote active lifestyles and be the champion of health & wellness activities in Saint Paul. Below is a listing of upcoming events held in our Saint Paul Parks.

Saint Paul Getting Fit
The City of Saint Paul Parks and Recreation Department offers many opportunities to be to physically active.

The “Active Living” Fitness Membership was launched in May 2008. For only $30/year, adults (must live or work in the city of Saint Paul) can use our recreation center fitness rooms and indoor walking tracks. Non-residents can participate in the same program for $60/year. Contact a participating Recreation Center for more information.

Map of Rec Center Fitness Locations


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Benefits of Leisure Activities

In addition to the "Active Living" fitness membership, Saint Paul also has plenty of other fitness opportunities, including:


Biking and Hiking Trails (Map)

Walking and Biking Trails (Map)

Off Leash Dog Parks
Adult and Youth Athletic Programming
More than 170 parks and open spaces

 

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July Events

Monday, July 4th

4th Annual Free to Run 4 Miles on 4th of July
5k Walk/Run at Lake Phalen

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Fees
$25.00 Pre-registered
$35.00 Onsite race day

Walk Day Schedule
7:00 a.m. - On-site registration opens
8:00 a.m. - 5k Walk/Run at Lake Phalen starts

Lake Phalen 5k course will be re-certified this spring to add the .9 mile loop at the beginning of the race, thus making the new 4 mile course. In addition, there will be six RRCA MN State 4 Mile Championship plaques that will go to men and women in three divisions: Open Divisions Winners (under age 40), Masters Winners (ages 40-49), and Grand Masters (ages 50-59). Make sure to save the date and we hope to see you there!

Register Now!

Visit Charities Challenge Free to Run 4 Miles for more information!



Saturday, July 9th

6th Annual Challenge Diabetes 5k Run/Race Walk
5k Run and Race Walk around Como Lake

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Fees
$25.00 Pre-registered
$35.00 Onsite race day

Event starts at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 12:00 p.m.

Brief Description
1) USATF Certified 5k course around beautiful urban lake.
2) Many categories for recognition/awards.
3) Enthusiastic CC Volunteers support/cheer your race or walk.
4) Fabulous photographic record, online slideshow.
5) Inspiring race music; professional announcer.
6) Designer shirts, Challenged Honored Athletes Certificates, refreshments.
7) A chance to begin your own CC Ambassadorship to qualify for expenses-paid CC team Travel to a Great Ambassador Destination.

Visit Challenge Diabetes website for additional information



Sunday, July 17

Minnesota Freeze 5K for Queensland Flood Relief
5K Run/Walk

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Fees
$25.00 until 7/15
$30.00 on race day

Run/Walk Day Schedule
10:00 a.m.
Run/Walk Start

The Minnesota Freeze Australian Rules Football Club will be hosting a 5K run/walk event to raise relief funds for the recent devastating floods in Queensland, Australia. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal Fund, which will benefit businesses and homeowners affected by the widespread and destructive flooding. Please join us on July 17th to raise funds to benefit the Queensland flood victims and Minnesota’s national team players.

Visit Minnesota Freeze website for additional information



Saturday, July 23rd

The Superhero Run 5K/10K
1.5K Kid's Dash, 5K Run/Walk, 10K Run


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Fees
$25.00- Pre Register 5K & 10K
$30.00- Onsite Registration
$10.00/$15.00- 1/2 Mile Kids Event

Walk/Run Day Schedule
8:30 a.m.
Register
9:15 a.m. Kid's Run
9:30 a.m. 5K/10K Start

Calling all super heros! Dress in your favorite costume and come out and join us for this unique first year event!

Visit The Superhero Run website for additional information



Saturday, July 30th

7th Annual Challenge Cancer 5k Run/Race Walk
5k Run and Race Walk around Como Lake

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Fees
$25.00 Pre-registered
$35.00 Onsite race day

Walk Day Schedule
6:15 a.m.
- CC Race Event Worker (CCREW) Volunteers begin set up of course, finish line & registration area
7:00 a.m. - Pre-registered check-in for bib and shirt pick-up and race day registration opens
8:00 a.m. - 5K Run and Race Walk or 1.5 Mile Fitness Walk
9:10 a.m. - Kids Challenge 1/4 and 1/2 Mile Fun Run (Entry Fee: $10.00 pre-registered/$15.00 race day)
9:30 a.m. - Awards and Recognition 

Visit Challenge Cancer website for additional information

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August Events

Thursday, August 11th

Stroll For Epilepsy
2 Mile Walk at Como Park
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Wall Day Schedule
5:30 p.m. -
Check-in
6:30 p.m. - Stroll starts
All strolls are approximately 2 miles.

The Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota’s Stroll for Epilepsy is the single largest fundraising and awareness event in Minnesota and North Dakota to benefit people with seizures.  Since 1999, EFM has Strolled for Epilepsy – it started in Rochester, Minnesota and expanded to five major cities: Minneapolis/St. Paul, Duluth, Rochester, St. Cloud and Fargo/Moorhead. 

Funds raised help support the programs and services we offer to people living with seizures, as we lead the fight to stop seizures, find a cure and overcome the challenges created by epilepsy.  Join us! 

For more information, please visit Epilepsy Foundation website!



Saturday, August 13th


Conquering Colon Cancer Walk
Colon Cancer Awareness Walk around Como Lake
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Fees
$20.00 - Adult registration (T-shirt included)
$10.00 - Children ages 5-12 registration (T-shirt included)

Walk Day Schedule
8:00 a.m. -
Check-in begins
9:00 a.m. - The walk begins

Join 3Way Entertainment LLP & GML Charities as we fight against Colon cancer August 13th at the GML Charities "Conquering Colon Cancer Walk". There will be a raffle, give aways and much more. All proceeds will go towards the prevention of Colorectal Cancer and support of Colorectal Screenings.

For more information and/or to register visit www.3wayent.com 




Sunday, August 14

1st Annual Challenge Addiction 5k Run/Walk
5K on USATF certified course around Como Lake

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Fees
$25 pre-registered
$35 onsite race day

Run/Walk Day Schedule
7:15 a.m. Registration
8:00 a.m. 5K Run/Walk or 1.5 Mile Fitness Walk Starts
9:15 a.m. Kids Challenge 1/4 & 1/2 Mile Fun Run (Entry Fee; $10.00 pre-registered/$15.00 race day)

Details
1. USATF Certified 5k course around beautiful urban lake.
2. Many categories for recognition/awards.
3. Enthusiastic CC Volunteers support/cheer your race or walk.
4. Fabulous photographic record, online slideshow.
5. Inspiring race music; professional announcer.
6. Designer shirts, Challenged Honored Athletes Certificates, refreshments.
7. A chance to begin your own CC Ambassadorship to qualify for expenses-paid CC Team Travel to a Great Ambassador Destination.

Visit Charities Challenge website for additional information



Saturday, August 20

Kaposia Run/Walk for Wheels
5K Run/Walk at Fort Snelling State Park

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Fees
$20 registration fee
$25 at the door

Walk Day Schedule
8:30 a.m. Registration
9:15 a.m. Start
10:00 a.m. Pancakes

Kaposia's Annual Run/Walk for Wheels is focused on helping raise funding to support the transportation needs of individuals we serve to get to work and participate fully in the community. You can run the 5K and walk or roll as much as you like! The course is handicapped accessible.

Visit Kaposia's website for additional information



Saturday, August 27th


7th Annual Challenge Arthritis 5k Run & Race Walk
5k Run and Race Walk or 1.5 Mile Fitness Walk around Como Lake.

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Fees
$25 pre-registered/$35 race day for adults
$10 pre-registered/$15 race day for Kids Half Mile Challenge that includes commemorative shirt
Parents are welcome to register kids free of charge without shirt option

Walk Day Schedule
7:00 a.m.
- Pre-registered check-in and race day registration opens
8:00 a.m. - 5k Run, Race Walk or 1.5 Mile Fitness Walk around Como Lake
9:00 a.m. - Kids Challenge High Mile
Event will start/finish near Como Lakeside Pavilion area.

The 7th Annual Challenge Arthritis 5k Run and Race walk will be held on Saturday, August 27th around Como Lake. Challenge Arthritis with appropriate and highly effective Rx Exercise.

Visit Challenge Arthritis 5k for more information!

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September Events

Saturday, September 10th

4th Annual Memorial Walk for Hope and Healing
Three lap walk around Como Lake

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Walk Day Schedule
Event begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 1:30 p.m.

Save the date for the 4th Annual Memorial Walk for Hope and Healing to be held September 10, 2011. This three lap walk around Como Lake will bring the community together to understand the ritual and importance of supporting one another in our grief.

Visit the Center for Grief, Loss, and Transition website here for additional information



Sunday, September 11th

America the Beautiful 5k - Never Forgetting 9/11
5k and 1.5 Mile Course on Como Lake's Paved Paths

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Walk Day Schedule
9:00 a.m. - Start for 5k and 1.5 mile

Fees
$25 Pre-registered
$35 Race day


Join Charities Challenge on September 11, 2011 for America the Beautiful 5k - Never Forgetting 9/11 walk/run. This is a time to never forgetting 9/11 while celebrating the sentiments expressed in classic song "America the Beautiful".

Visit Charities Challenge America the Beautiful for more information!



Saturday, September 17th

 

Heart & Sole Fun Run/Walk
5K Run and 2.5K Walk

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Walk Day Schedule
Event begins at 7:00 a.m. and ends at 12:00 p.m.

The Heart & Sole Fun Run/Walk features a beautiful 5K run and 2.5K walk at Como Park in Saint Paul, MN. The 8th annual event was held on September 11, 2010.

Visit Camp Odayin website for additional information and pictures of last year's event.



Saturday, September 17th

U.S. Constitution Day 5k
5k Walk/Run on Mississippi River Blvd.

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Walk Day Schedule
9:00 a.m. -
5k Walk begins

Celebrate U.S. Constitution Day by running or walking in the 1st Annual 5k walk/Run on Mississippi River Blvd. We hope to see you there!

For more information visit Charities Challenge!  



Saturday, September 17th

Minnesota Walk for a Cure
Walk to Fundraise for Neurofibromatosis Research at Como Park

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There is NO fee to walk!
Walkers who raise $100 or more before the walk either online or through donations will earn a t-shirt on Walk Day.

Walk Day Schedule
Event will begin at 7:30 a.m. and will end at 2:30 p.m.

Join NF Inc. Minnesota on September 17, 2011 at Como Park in Saint Paul to fundraise for research for the better management, treatment, and eventual cure of neurofibromatosis (NF). Your support will also sustain the various events they host throughout the year as well as to provide for a variety of supportive programming. The Walk raises money to support research, family services, advocacy and awareness. Any donation you can give, no matter what size, makes a huge impact. As a walker, you are encouraged to ask your friends and family to sponsor your walk efforts. There will also be children’s activities, music, snacks and more, in addition to the walk! Bring the whole family and enjoy!

To register and for more information please visit NF, Inc. website!



Saturday, September 24th

5th Annual Challenging Aging 5k
5k Run/Walk or Fitness Walk around Como Lake

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Fees
5k Entry -
$25 pre-registered/$35 race day or $25 without shirt
Kids Challenge Half Mile Entry - $10 pre-registered/$15 race day

Walk Day Schedule
9:00 a.m. -
5k Run or Walk, or Fitness Walk starts

5k Run or Walk or Fitness Walk around beautiful Como Lake or the simultaneous 1.5 Mile Fun Family & Friends Fitness "Walk By My Side," a special occasion to inspire, and be inspired, by our remarkable family and friends who are walking & running through and beyond their aging challenges to a better quality of life every day.

Visit Charities Challenge Aging 5k for more information!



Sunday, September 25th

Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota Run/Walk



Walk Day Schedule
Event begins at 7:30 a.m. and ends at 10:00 p.m.

Visit the Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota website here



Sunday, September 25

2011 MMRF Race For Research: Twin Cities
5K Walk and Run around Lake Phalen

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Fees
$25- 12 and older

Run/Walk Day Schedule
9:30 a.m.
Registration Start
11:00 a.m. Race Start

Make a difference in the lives of friend, family and loved ones by joining the MMRF Race for Research series - our premier 5K walk/run series that attracts more than 16,000 participants who raise awareness and funds for multiple myeloma research. In 2010 alone, $1.8 million was raised through the Race for Research program. Races are held annually in 9 locations nationwide: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, St. Louis, Tri-State (New Canaan, CT), Twin Cities and Washington, DC.

Visit MMRF website for additional details

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October Events

Saturday, October 1st

Smiles for Miles 5K Family Fun Run/Walk
5k around Como Lake

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Walk Day Schedule:
7:30 a.m.
Registration
8:30 a.m. Kids Fun Run
9:00 a.m. 5K
10:30 a.m. Awards/Prizes
11:00 a.m. Event Ends

The 5k is two laps around Como Lake and will have two options for finishing.  You can walk/run to get your time or you can try for most creative finish with an alternate finish limbo stick. There will also be various prizes handed out for creativity throughout the event. The kids run will be for all kids to age 12 – every kid will receive some award for completing the 1st annual run, plus receiving a little goodie bag.

Cost: 
Kid's 1 mile registration: $10 until September 29th.  $15 on day of event.
5K registration: $20 until June 30th.  $25 from July 1st to Sept 29th.  $30 on day of event.
Family group rate (up to six participants for either race): $75 until September 29th.  $85 on day of event.

Visit the Smiles for Miles 5K website for additional information



Saturday, October 8th

The Joy Project Walk 5k
5k walk through the scenic overlook on Mississippi River Blvd

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Walk Day Schedule
9:00 a.m. - Registration
10:00 a.m. - Walk
11:30 a.m. - Reception and Art Activities
12:00 p.m. - Awards Presentation
12:15 p.m. - Inspirational Stories of Recovery

Walk, Don't run, in our unique 5k event. We invite you to listen to your body, stop and smell the roses, and chat with friends as you walk or skip, rather than compete for the fastest time. Eating disorders thrive in a culture that prizes appearance, productivity, and material wealth over health and wellbeing. Join the Joy Project in a celebration of individuality and empowerment, as we throw aside external pressures and strut our stuffin whatever way we prefer! While we won't be timing you, we will be giving PRIZES to the highest fund raisers and best costumes! Dress as your own challenge to the breakneck pace and unrealistic standards set by the media and societal pressure- for example, you could dress as a broken scale or someone who came in 25th place (One of our staffers plans to run the entire distance backwards!). Or, come as you are- costumes are entirely optional.

Visit the Joy Project website for additional information



Saturday, October 29th

3rd Annual Halloween Fearless 5k
5k and 1.5 Mile Fun Fitness Walk around Como Lake

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Fees
Adults: $25 pre-registered; $35 onsite race day/$30 without shirt
(Limited to 700 entrants)
Kids: $15 pre-registered with shirt/free without shirt

Walk Day Schedule
8:30 a.m. -
Shirt pick-up and race day registration opens
10:45 a.m. - Kids Fun 1/4 or 1/2 mile run begins

Demonstrate your friendly fearlessness as an active runner/walker by sharing your run/walk with others who may have been fearful of RXExercise and entering a 5k road race!

Visit Charities Challenge Halloween 5k for more information!

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November Events

Friday, November 11th

Veteran's Day 5k - Honoring Veterans
5k Walk/Run around Como Lake

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Walk Day Schedule

11:00 a.m. - 5k Walk begins

Honor Veteran's by joining in the 1st Annual 5k walk/Run around Como Lake on Friday, November 11th. We hope to see you there!

For more information visit Charities Challenge! 



Thursday, November 24th

 

5th Annual Thanksgiving Day - Giving Thanks 5k
5k Walk/Run and 1.5 Mile Walk around Como Lake

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Fees
$25 Pre-registered/$35 Race day

Walk Day Schedule
7:45 a.m. - Registration and shirt pick-up opens - Lakeside Pavilion
9:00 a.m. - Run or Walk around Como Lake 5k course begins

Celebrate Thanksgiving with your friends and family by registering in the 5th Annual Thanksgiving Day - Giving Thanks 5k Walk/Run at Como Lake. Please bring a non-perishable food donation - collected food donation will go to the St. Paul Union Gospel Mission, which provides food on Thanksgiving to 6,000 families.

Visit Charities Challenge Thanksgiving for more information!

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December Events

Sunday, December 25th

5th Annual Christmas Day - Joyful 5k
5k and 1.5 Mile Walk/Run around Como Lake

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Fees
$25 Pre-registered/$35 Race day

Walk Day Schedule
9:00 a.m. -
Check-in and On-site registration at Lakeside Pavilion
10:00 a.m. - Run or walk 5k and 1.5 mile around Como Lake begins

The Biggest Christmas Day 5k in America! We're going to run, walk, hop, and jump as necessary on Sunday, December 25, at Como Lake, St. Paul, MN, in Charities Challenge's 5th Annual Celebration of Joy!

Go to Charities Challenge Christmas Day website for more information!

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