September 10th, 2022

Each September, United Way supporters near and far wear their Lumberjack best and run, walk, or jog to support the greater Itasca area.



Wind your way through this downtown course that runs along the Mississippi River, with the start/finish line at the KAXE Radio Amphitheatre. Both routes take participants through the area’s public art landmarks, concluding with light breakfast food, local breweries, and the presentation of awards. See Map

Virtual option also available.

Race Entry
Register early for a guaranteed race packet, including collectible t-shirt designed by Jenny Farber of Chaotic Beauty Artistry,, and event perks. Kids 5 and under have free admittance, however, t-shirts are an additional cost. 

Pricing Structure (Dogs)
April – September 10 — $10 Dogs

Pricing Structure (In-Person)
April – August 13 — $30 Adults (ages 13+); $20 Child (age 6-12)
August 14 – September 9 — $35 Adults (ages 13+); $25 Child (age 6-12)
September 10 — $40— Adults (ages 13+); $30 Child (age 6-12)

Pricing Structure (Virtual)
April – September 10 — $30 Adults (ages 13+); $20 Child (age 6-12)*

*Participants can take part virtually by selecting the virtual option when registering. Virtual race entries include a $5 race packet shipping fee.

Event Schedule 

8 AM   Registration Opens
9 AM  Race Begins
10:30 AM  Presentation of Awards
11 AM  Event Concludes


Other Weekend Activities:

Grand Rapids Riverfest: Sept 10, 2022
Besides the Lumberjack run, the mighty Mississippi is the backdrop for Grand Rapids Riverfest taking place the same day. Keep the fun going after the run by enjoying Wilco, Shovels & Rope, Chastity Brown, and local favorite Wild Horses! To learn more, visit

Volunteer at the Lumberjack Mile & 5K

Do you want to play your part - but you're not a runner? Throw on your best flannel, get into the Lumberjack spirit, and volunteer with us! We couldn't pull off the event without the support and assistance of volunteers.

Breakfast Attendant
Breakfast Attendants will help set up snacks for runners to refuel with after the Lumberjack Mile & 5K and help ensure the event goes smoothly. Sign up

First Aid
First aid volunteers will be on hand to provide first aid to race participants if the need arises.

Race Sweeper
Volunteers will sweep the 5K route to ensure that all runners, walkers, and joggers have completed the race. Sign up

Route Volunteers
Volunteers will be stationed throughout the course for the during of the race, where they will cheer on runners and help participants navigate. This is a great role for volunteers who bring a lot of enthusiasm, and while lumberjack attire isn’t required, it is encouraged! Sign up

Run Registration
Run registration volunteers will help set up the registration area inside the library. When runners begin arriving to check in, registration volunteers will distribute run packets, process same-day registrations, and answer questions. Sign up

Traffic Monitor
Traffic monitors will be posted along the run route to help runners safely cross the street. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age for this role. Sign up

T-shirt Merchant
T-shirt merchants will help set up and run a T-shirt station, where “vintage” Lumberjack run T-shirts will be sold to raise funds for United Way’s community investments. Sign up

Water Station
Water station volunteers will set up and man water stations at the start/finish line and at the midpoint of the 5K race route, helping runners, walkers, and joggers stay healthy and hydrated. Sign up

Sign up for these opportunities and more on Bonfire, the Itasca area’s online volunteer platform powered by United Way.

2022 Sponsors


Essentia Health
Essentia Health, headquartered in Duluth, Minn., is an integrated health system serving patients in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and North Dakota. They serve the Itasca County area community through their facilities located in Grand Rapids and Deer River.

Park State Bank
Park State Bank has become one of the larger independently owned banks in Minnesota with over one billion dollars in combined assets and a history committed to serving clients and small businesses in Minnesota for over one hundred years. Founded in the Morgan Park neighborhood of Duluth in 1916 and recapitalized by new ownership in 2015, the bank has grown from two locations to now operating sixteen locations, and a successful mortgage division, all located in communities across Minnesota.



Edward Jones
Edward Jones, a Fortune 500 firm, provides financial services in the U.S. and through its affiliate in Canada. The firm’s nearly 19,000 financial advisors serve more than 8 million clients with a total of $1.7 trillion in client assets under care. Edward Jones’ purpose is to partner for positive impact to improve the lives of its clients and colleagues, and together, better our communities and society.

L&M Fleet Supply
L&M Fleet Supply has proudly served Northland customers since 1959, driven by its core mission of providing quality products at discount prices with excellent customer service.

Paul Bunyan Communications
Paul Bunyan Communications has the region’s largest and fastest all fiber optic network with over 5,500 square miles throughout most of Beltrami County and portions of Cass, Hubbard, Itasca, Koochiching, and St. Louis Counties. The Cooperative provides Broadband High Speed Internet Service up to a Gigabit per second, digital and high definition television services, digital voice services and more. PBC is also Northern Minnesota’s Certified Apple Repair Center.


Arrow Embroidery
Arrow Embroidery supplies custom screen printing, designer embroidery, and more to the Itasca area.

Custom Medical Equipment, LLC
Custom Medical Equipment specializes in fitting custom seating systems and all rehab equipment to meet the personalized needs of their customer.

Dale`s Auto Body
Dale’s Auto Body specializes in collision repair centers, locally owned for 30 years. They are repairing all makes and models, foreign and domestic. No appointments are needed for estimates.

SuperOne Foods
SuperOne Foods is part of a local chain of grocery stores in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and the upper peninsula of Michigan, that aim to empower customers to shop with confidence.

Annually drawing in over 100 runners, proceeds from the Lumberjack Mile & 5K supporter United Way's work to meet children and adults' education, health, and basic needs across the Itasca area. The event is open to community members and visitors alike.

Sponsorship levels and their accompanying benefits are outlined below.



Recognition as Platinum Sponsor
Reduced Mile/5K entry fee(s)
Promoted as Platinum sponsor in all publicity materials, including radio and television
Live radio interview
Prominent inclusion of company logo on event program, signage, and T-shirt
Name mention at event
Recognition on United Way of 1000 Lakes’ website with your logo and a link to your website



Recognition as Gold Sponsor
Reduced Mile/5K entry fee(s)
Promoted as a Gold sponsor in all publicity materials, including radio and television
Prominent inclusion of company logo on event program, signage, and T-shirt
Name mention at event
Recognition on United Way of 1000 Lakes’ website

If you’re interested in sponsoring the Lumberjack Mile & 5K, or another event, email or call United Way at 218-999-7570.

On Saturday morning, runners (and walkers) should report to the Registration Table at the KAXE Amphitheatre (260 NE 2nd St, Grand Rapids). At check-in, participants will pick up their race packet. Same-day registration will also be available.

Schedule of Activities:
8:00 a.m.   Check-in and Same-Day Registration
9:00 a.m.   Race Start
10:30 a.m.  Awards Presentation
11:00 a.m.  Event Concludes

A clock will be posted at the start and finish for participants who wish to track their time. United Way will not be reporting individual times. Restrooms, first aid, and water will be available on-site and along the route. Run Route Map

With Grand Rapids Riverfest taking place later in the day, parking in some areas will be restricted. Participants and spectators can park in the lot of the Northbank Professional Building (104 NE 3rd St), in the public lot behind Rapids Brewing Co. (enter from NE 1st St or NE 2nd St), in the old Kremer’s parking lot south of Central Square Mall, or anywhere along NE 3rd St. The Northbank Professional Building lot will be reserved for lumberjack fun run participants between 8 and 11 a.m., but cars must leave after 11 a.m.

What to Bring:
Please wear your lumberjack best, including closed-toed shoes. Best-dressed will take home bragging rights! If you’re running with your dog, please come prepared to clean up after your pup.

Don’t Forget:
Invite your friends and family to cheer you on while enjoying lumberjack games and beverages from Klockow Brewing Co.!



Virtual Division

Run Packets
Virtual participant packets with T-shirts will be mailed the week of September 12th, 2022.

Virtual Leaderboard
Virtual runners, walkers, and joggers can submit their times, as well as photos, to be placed on our virtual leaderboard. Final times will be shared on social media and in post-event communications. Submitting your time is optional. Those wishing to share their time should do so by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 14th. Submit

Virtual participants can get in on the action by sharing photos on social media with #LumberjackRun and #ChannelYourFlannel.

Grand Rapids Riverfest

For the second year, KAXE and the City of Grand Rapids are partnering together to present the Grand Rapids Riverfest on Saturday, September 10, 2022. This year's lineup includes Wilco, Chastity Brown, local band Wild Horses, and Shovels & Rope.

Learn More