Brian Kraft Memorial 5K Run

Mon May 31, 2021 Minneapolis, MN 55417 US Directions


8:30AM CDT - 10:00AM CDT
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4801-4823 E Lake Nokomis Pkwy
Minneapolis, MN US 55417

Benefitting the Arnold S. Leonard Cancer Research Fund

A flat and fast USATF certified 5 km course around beautiful Lake Nokomis in South Minneapolis. Age Group Awards: Male and female:19 & Under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 & up. Awards will be mailed after the race. Prize money for top 3 male and female finishers, plus course record bonus.

Covid-19 - This will be a mass race start without physical distancing. All athletes will need to show proof of being fully vaccinated or a negative test within 7 days of the event. Athletes are asked to wear masks in the starting area which can be removed once the race begins.

Registration limited to the first 500 athletes. Online registration ONLY. No race day registration. If online registration limit of 500 is not reached online registration will  close at 6 PM on Sunday, May 30th. Register by Tuesday, May 25th in order to receive a limited-edition 2021 BK5K shirt on race day. If you register after May 25th, you can pick up your shirt at the Lakes Running Company in Excelsior a week after the race.

Location: Near the Lake Nokomis Community Center, 2401 East Minnehaha Parkway, Minneapolis, North end of Lake Nokomis.

Questions: Contact Craig Yotter at 651-686-8447 or

Early Bib Number Pick Up:
There will be no early bib number pick up. Bib numbers can be picked up race day below the community center by showing your vaccination card or proof of negative Covid test within the prior 7 days. 

About Brian Kraft 
Brian Kraft was an enthusiastic and talented runner from Bemidji, Minnesota. His running career was cut short at the age of 19 with the discovery of Ewing's sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, in his back. Brian lived with cancer for 15 years, undergoing chemotherapy, a bone marrow transplant, and countless surgical procedures.

Throughout the years, Brian continues to run. He ran the lakes and parkways and raced with the local running crowd. In spite of all that life threw his way, he kept a positive attitude. Brian attributed his strength in his fight against cancer to his love of running and to the work of his long-time friend, Dr. Arny Leonard.

Dr. Arnold S. Leonard and his colleagues at the University of Minnesota and the National Cancer Institute have made significant advances in cancer research in the last five years. They are working on a series of projects that reduces cancers of all kinds by boosting the central immune system by genetic engineering. This exciting new field of cancer therapy has great promise. 

All donations submitted with race entries and a portion of the race proceeds will go to the Arnold S. Leonard Cancer Research Fund.

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