Matt Kjelland Memorial 5K Run/Walk & 1 Mile Walk

Sat September 21, 2019 Alexandria, MN US 56308 Directions

Matt Kjelland Memorial 5K Run

$20 10:00AM CDT - 1:00PM CDT Registration ends September 17, 2019 at 11:59pm CDT

Matt Kjelland Memorial 5K Walk (3.1 Miles)

$20 10:00AM CDT - 1:00PM CDT Registration ends September 17, 2019 at 11:59pm CDT

Matt Kjelland Memorial 1 Mile Walk

$20 10:00AM CDT - 1:00PM CDT Registration ends September 17, 2019 at 11:59pm CDT

Kids 1K Fun Run

$0 11:00AM CDT - 1:00PM CDT Registration ends September 17, 2019 at 11:59pm CDT
Alexandria City Park
118 City Park Road
Alexandria, MN US 56308

2018 Race Results can be found here after the Race:


2018 Matt Kjelland Memorial Race Video:

The Matt Kjelland Memorial Run/Walk is a community event created to honor the life and memory of Matt Kjelland.  Matt was an incredible young man. He was a loyal friend, a loving son, and always quick to put others before himself. Help us honor and celebrate his life by participating in this Memorial event!


Who: All are welcome

What: Fun Run and Competitive Divisions available.  Alternate 1-Mile Walking Course I and a 1K Kids Fun Run are also part of the event.

Cost: $20/participant until Sept 17th online, $25 day of the race (ages 14 and under are FREE)  All registrants will receive a complimentary T-shirt as part of the registration fee.  You will be asked to select a shirt size during your registration (however shirt & size availability on registrations after 8/15 will be subject to availability).

Where: Alexandria City Park

Other: There will be a social time during and following the race. Food, prizes, auction, bean bags, and great fellowship!

Registration:  You may register online via this website, by mail by printing this form (Registration Form),  and sending it with your check to Mike Kjelland 4206 Heritage Ln NE Alexandria MN 56308 or the day of the race ($25).  Contact us for more information regarding paper registration.

Donations:  Donations to the event qualify as charitable contributions under the 501(c)(3) regulations.

Proceeds raised by the event will continue to fund a scholarship in Matt's name as well as other causes that Matt embraced during his life.  Two scholarships from the proceeds of the 2nd Annual 5K will be awarded at Awards Night at the Alexandria Area High School in June 2019. Other contributions were made to Discovery Middle School & Alexandria Area High School Food Shelf Programs, ATCC Mental Health(CAPS) Program and Fargo Moorhead & Alexandria Lyme Support Groups.  


Race Day Schedule:

8am - 9am - Fellowship-Sharing Stories of Matt's Life - Prayer Service

8am - 9:30am - Race Registration

9:15am – 9:50am – Program – Speakers

10am – Race Starts

11am - Kid's Fun Run

11:30am – 12:30pm  - Awards Ceremony

During Race & After the race there will be a social time with Music, Kids Games, Silent Auction, concessions, etc.  Make it a fun family time celebrating Matt’s life and legacy.

Awards will be given in Male & Female categories for each of the age brackets below - 5k Run only (Run will be Chip Timed This Year by Pickle Events!!!)

14 & under   15-19    20-29    30-39     40-49    50-59     60-69   70 & Over





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Matt Kjelland


About The Matthew Kjelland 5K Memorial Walk/Run Origin

The 5K Walk/Run and Memorial was setup to honor and remember the life of Matt.  Matt passed on Sept 23, 2016.  After his passing, Matt’s friends and family talked about some type of annual memorial event to celebrate Matt’s life and keep his memory alive. The group chose to setup an annual 5K Walk/Run – Fundraiser.  The walk and run are symbolic of Matt’s passion for fitness and health.  The fundraiser is to provide scholarships to be awarded each year at the Alexandria Area High School. The two scholarships are to be awarded to seniors that are planning on attending college to pursue a career in Health & Wellness, a career pathway that Matt had chosen. In addition, donations have been made to the Food Shelf programs at AAHS and Discovery School, the CAPS program, a mental health & suicide prevention service at the Alexandria Technical College, and the Lyme Support Groups in Fargo-Moorhead and Alexandria. Thank you to all that have participated, donated and volunteered in many ways to support this annual memorial.

"I have fought the good fight.  I have finished the race.   I have kept the Faith"     2 Timothy 4:7

2018 Scholarship Recipents

 2018 Scholarship Award Recipients  - Nolan Christenson & Chloe Schneider

Matt's Plaque


Created by Shanna & Matt Commerford


Matthew Kjelland Memorial Foundation Mission



Read this very inspirational account of  what one runner experienced as a participant in the 2nd Annual Matt Kjelland Memorial 5K on September 15, 2018.  She poses some very thought provoking questions about running, spirituality and life.  The writing is a wonderful  tribute to Matt and our family, our planning group, volunteers and participants.   Click the link:     At the top of the page find Perptual Posters and then Sheila Hellermann series, But Don't Ask Me To Sing -  FINISHING THE RACE / Sheila Hellermann 

"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith"     2 Timothy 4:7


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