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
Grand Rapids Riverfest features a lineup of musicians on September 10th in the heart of Grand Rapids’ downtown. Headliner Wilco is joined by Shovels & Rope, Chastity Brown, and northern Minnesota – based 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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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

2021 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.



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.


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.

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.

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. At check-in, participants will complete a waiver and pick up their race packet.

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

Parking is available in the lot across from the KAXE Amphitheatre.

What to Bring:
Please wear your lumberjack best, including closed-toed shoes. Best-dressed will take home bragging rights!

Don’t Forget:
Invite your friends and family to cheer you on while enjoying lumberjack games and drinks for purchase from local breweries!

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.

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