Matt Kjelland Memorial Run/Walk

Sat September 24, 2022 Alexandria, MN 56308 US Directions

5K Run

$30 10:00AM CDT Price increases after August 22, 2022 at 11:59pm CDT
Open to ages 100 and under.

10K Run

$30 10:00AM CDT Price increases after August 22, 2022 at 11:59pm CDT

5K Walk (3.1 Miles)

$25 10:00AM CDT Price increases after August 22, 2022 at 11:59pm CDT

Family Fun 1 Mile+ Walk

$20 10:00AM CDT Price increases after August 22, 2022 at 11:59pm CDT

Kids 1K Fun Run

$0 11:30AM CDT Registration ends September 21, 2022 at 11:59pm CDT
Open to ages 14 and under.
Alexandria City Park
118 City Park Road
Alexandria, MN US 56308

2019 Race Results can be found here after the Race:


The Matt Kjelland Memorial Run/Walk is a community event created to honor the life and memory of Matt Kjelland and a fundraiser for Mental Health initiatives and military Veterans Suicide Prevention programs. Matt was an incredible young man. He was a loyal friend and always quick to put others before himself. Help us honor and celebrate his life by participating in this Memorial event while raising funds to help others.


Who: All Are Welcome


What: 5K Run/Walk and Competitive Divisions available.  Alternate 1-Mile+ Options Walking course and a 1K Kids Fun Run are also part of the event.

  • Cost: $20 per participant until August 22(11:59 PM) online, $25 on-line starting August 23th, and $30.00 on day of the race (ages 14 and under are FREE)  All registrants will receive a complimentary T-shirt or equivalent event memorabilia as part of the registration fee. You will be asked to select a shirt size during your registration if the shirt is the option (however shirt & size with registrations after 8-22-20 will be subject to availability). 

Where: Alexandria City Park & Central Lakes Trail.

Other: There will be a social time during and following the race. Food, prizes, auction, family entertainment, 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 Matt Kjelland Memorial Foundation, PO Box 601, Alexandria MN 56308 or the day of the race ($30).  Contact us for more information regarding paper registration.


Proceeds raised by the event will be used to provide financial support, awareness, advocacy and education for Mental Health-Suicide Prevention including assistance to military suicide organizations. Organizations include but are not limited to the Minnesota based "23-0" Program.  Funds will also be used to continue the scholarship program in Matt's name as well as other causes that Matt embraced during his life.  One scholarship from the proceeds of the 3rd Annual 5K will be awarded at Awards Night at the Alexandria Area High School in June 2020. Other contributions were made to local & regional non-profit mental health assistance organizations, including but not limited to; ATCC Mental Health(CAPS), Bio-Girls Self Esteem Development, and Community Suicide Awareness/Education programs.


                                                                    Race Day Schedule:

8:00am - 9:00am:  On-site registration open, Silent Auction open, and an optional injury prevention Dynamic Warm-up session will be provided for runners/walkers led by Fitness Professionals.

9:00 am - 9:45 AM: Program: This presentation will include comments honoring Matt's life, description of the mission & accomplishments of the Foundation, announcement of special guests, general event information, followed by a beautiful song by local vocalist, Paula Odland.  DJ Thumper and one or more local musical bands will be present to provide entertainment in City Park and on the Walk/Run course.

10:00 AM: Start Run/Walk

11:15am - Kid's Fun Run

11:45 Am – 12:30pm:  Awards Ceremony

During and after the race there will be a social time with music, entertainment for the kids, 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 & Tactical Division only (Run Chip Timed by Pickle Events!!!)

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





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About The Matthew Kjelland 5K Memorial Walk/Run Origin

The 5K Memorial Walk/Run was setup to honor and remember the life of Matt.  Matt passed on Sept 23, 2016.  After his passing, Matt’s friends and family organized an 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.  Proceeds from the fundraiser are used to provide financial support for local and regional Mental Health organizations providing services in SUICIDE AWARENESS & PREVENTION and to fund the MATT KJELLAND MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP. The  scholarship is  awarded to a senior(s)  that is 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 area School Food Shelf programs.  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


The mission of the Matthew Kjelland Memorial Foundation is to provide financial assistance and to promote the efforts of non-profit organizations that are dedicated to providing suicide prevention and mental health education and related services.  This includes both the general population and military Veterans.  In addition, to continue to award the Matthew Kjelland Memorial Scholarship to enhance post-secondary educational opportunities for students pursuing careers in the health & wellness professions.  This scholarship is administered through the memorial scholarship program at the Alexandria Area High School, in Alexandria, MN.  This is awarded to honor the memory and life of Matthew Kjelland.   All actions of the Foundation reflect the Christian values upon which they based and governed by the board of directors.  More details are provided in the Executive Summary.                            


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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