Fri August 13 - Sun August 15
Run our race in person or virtually to support Mile in My Shoes Resident Members living in shelters and reentry centers. Engage and build community in your neighborhood, no matter where you are.
For runners experiencing homelessness or who are exiting from incarceration

If you are a runner experiencing homelessness or who is exciting from incarceration, use the code "MiMSMember" for a complimentary (free) registration for any of the Downtown Run Around races.

For Native American runners

If you are a Native American runner, use the code "NativeLand" for a complimentary (free) registration.


The 5th annual Downtown Run Around benefiting Mile in My Shoes is here! We’re thrilled to plan our return to an in-person event on August 15th, 2021, with a 5K race for all ages and Kids' 1/2-mile on the iconic Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis (COVID restrictions permitting). 

We’re also offering virtual options including 1 mile, 5K, and 10K runs—plus the "Hat Trick" challenge to run all three! All options bring you team and fundraising contests, plus an inspiring and active online community throughout the training season and into race day. Join us the weekend of August 15 from wherever you are! 

Choose how you’ll join us:

  • Pick your event and register for the in-person 5K or Kids' 1/2 mile OR the virtual 1-mile, 5K, or 10K -- or tackle all three with the "MiMS Hat Trick"
  • Create a FundRacing page: Make your race even more meaningful by inviting friends and family to support you and Mile in My Shoes by setting up an optional fundraising page. There is no minimum to raise, only great prizes to win!
  • Spread the "woo" by referring your friends and family to join you in-person or virtually, and earn rewards including a $50 gift card to Mill City Run/Saint City Run!
  • The in-person events are contingent on current COVID-safety regulations in place at the time of the race. If MiMS decides we cannot run a safe race that meets the restrictions, the in-person event will be converted to virtual.
  • For the virtual options, you will complete the race wherever you are, with our online community cheering you on! You get to pick your location and run anytime between Friday, August 13 and Sunday, August 15, 2021 by 5 pm, then report your results to us. 
Become a FundRacer, Earn Incentives!

The Downtown Run Around (DRA) brings together MiMS participants and community runners and servers as our biggest fundraising event. DRA FundRacers help us raise money that supports our programs year-round - and we help you every step of the way. FundRacers receive tips and resources, stories and insight from past FundRacers, newsletters and meet-ups to connect with other FundRacers, and contests and incentives (check out the list here) to motivate you through race day. Ready to take your DRA experience to the next level? Sign up here.

Spread the #MiMSpiration!

You've registered for the race, now share the “Woo” by inviting your friends, neighbors and co-workers to join you in supporting MiMS either in person or virtually -- and earn rewards for yourself. How it works:

1. Sign up for any of the Downtown Run Around events (excluding the Kid ½-mile).
2. You will receive a personalized referral link in your confirmation email to share with your friends, family or post on social media. They will use that link to register for the race.
3. Get rewarded! You’ll get credit for every new participant who registers for the DRA through your personal referral link. Be sure your friends are using your unique referral when they register so you get credit!
4. Keep sharing and promoting your link. You will help MiMS meet our registration goal, plus the person with the most referrals will be rewarded with an exclusive prize.

Have questions? Check out our FAQ.

Referral Rewards Milestones:

Add bonus miles by joining a team!

Gather a group of friends, family, or colleagues and run as one. Create your own team or join one already in play. Whether you all hail from Minnesota or from around the globe, you can be together in spirit and win prizes! Teams can be of any size, gender, and age, can include both in-person and virtual participants, and are eligible for special prizes such as greatest age span, most geographical distance covered, and best theme. You can even create a Team FundRacing page and aim to raise the most money for MiMS! 

Custom DRA Race tee!

Check out the Downtown 2021 commemorative super-soft t-shirt -- available in unisex and women's cut sizing. The shirt is a custom design by MiMS mentor and core team leader Rochelle Peterson. Register by July 15 to guarantee your size and make sure you receive your t-shirt in time for race day!  


Why run a Mile in My Shoes?

Mile in My Shoes was founded on the belief that we are all better humans when we run a mile in someone’s else’s shoes. Beneath the labels of “homeless” or “convict” there is so much more to each of us — more worth getting to know and understand and love. Our lives are richer when we get to know others in a deep, meaningful way. And by offering the gift of running to others, we gain so much in return. 

Mile in My Shoes teams end each run by cheering every last runner to the finish through a “spirit arch.” The arch signifies that we are all in this together, to the very last runner, and the support that you receive when you bring your best. When you join a MiMS event, you are showing our members that we are in this together, and that we support one another’s journeys. 

In 2020 we pivoted to virtual spirit arches with small distanced teams that connected runners via text, phone, and Zoom to keep the MiMS community alive. As we move into 2021, we will continue bringing the "woo" virtually, and as soon as safety permits, in person. One of our strongest lessons of 2020 was that positivity and support -- whether delivered in person or electronically -- transforms the lives of residents and mentors alike, and breaks down barriers within ourselves and between each other. 

One of our strongest lessons of 2020 was that positivity and support -- whether delivered in person or electronically -- transforms the lives of resident members and mentors alike, and breaks down barriers within ourselves and between each other. In our runners' own words:

"What could be better than starting your day to applause? I run for the WOO!"

"I've never been part of such a supportive group. Up until Mile in My Shoes, all I ever heard every day is "You are worthless." Now I come to MiMS and feel like I can be successful at something." 

"This is the best part of my week. I wouldn't miss it."  

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