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.


Participants can choose to take part in person or complete the run virtually, on the course of their choosing. All entrants receive a virtual race toolkit, including a limited-edition, collectible T-shirt designed by Chaotic Beauty Artistry. All proceeds support United Way's work to meet children and adults' education, health, and basic needs across the Itasca area.

Race Entry
All registered participants will receive a race toolkit, which includes a limited-edition, collectible T-shirt designed by Jenny Farber of Chaotic Beauty Artistry, as well as other event perks.

$30 Adults (ages 13+) – $25 before August 21
$20 Child (age 6-12)* – $15 before August 21

*Children under age 6 may join at no cost, however, T-shirts and other runner’s packet items will come at an additional cost.

Virtual Entry
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 & Music by Josh Palmi & Trapper, Food (available from The Green Door Cafe), Games, Mingling
10:30 AM  Presentation of Awards
11 AM  Event Concludes

Coming Soon

Other Weekend Activities:

Grand Rapids Riverfest: Sept 10-11, 2021
The inaugural Grand Rapids Riverfest featuring a vast lineup of Minnesota musicians runs Sept. 10-11 in the heart of Grand Rapids’ downtown. Concert goers can purchase tickets for each day or earn concert tickets through the festival’s volunteer program.

This show brings various great artists together, with Trampled by Turtles headlining Friday and Yonder Mountain String Band closing out the fest Saturday night. Among the acts include Charlie Parr, Superior Siren, Langhorne Slim, Kathleen Edwards, Aaron Clafton, and Faith Boblett (among others). To learn more and purchase tickets, visit

Boys & Girls Clubs’ Annual Duck Drop Derby:  Sept. 11, 2021 at 11:30 a.m.
Duck Drop festivities kick-off on the shores of the Mississippi River by the KAXE Amphitheater at 11:30 a.m. where the ducks will be raring to go on the Pokegama Avenue bridge. Concluding with a free concert by Grammy award-winning, family-friendly music group the Okee Dokee Brothers at the amphitheater where the winners will also be announced.

2021 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. Sign up

Kids’ Games
Volunteers will help set up and facilitate yard games for kids – and adults – to enjoy before, during, and after the Lumberjack Mile & 5K. Sign up

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.


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.



ASV Holdings, Inc.
As a worldwide expert in designing and producing premium, hard-working machinery, ASV gives operators the advantage they need to get more work done at every jobsite.

Deerwood Bank
Deerwood Bank continues to be a community based bank with a brand located in Grand Rapids at 2950 US Highway169.

Edward Jones
Edward Jones is an investment firm that believes your financial goals deserve a face to face conversation. Grand Rapids advisors (Laurie Clausen, Michelle Rodenberg, Shane Jaeger, Brad Johnson, John Weber, Kristina Gaalaas, Robert Zaun, and Danielle Witherill) help you prepare for retirement, save for education and be a tax-smart investor.

Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital
Grand Itasca provides in-hospital care for a wide variety of patient needs. Although the need for hospitalization has been dramatically reduced over recent years due to new technology and an emphasis on out-patient care, the hospital remains prepared to provide in-patient care for medical, surgical, and Special Care patients.



Arrow Embroidery
Arrow Embroidery is your local supplier of custom screen printing, designer embroidery, photo transfer/sublimation, direct to garment, and more.

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.

Super One Foods
Super One Foods stores in Grand Rapids and Deer River are among a family of stores owned and operated by Miner’s Inc. in Hermantown, Minnesota.

Sponsor the Lumberjack Mile & 5K

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; Music by Josh Palmi & Trapper, Food, Games, Mingling
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

This map shows you where parking is available near the race route.

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 live music, food for purchase from the The Green Door Cafe, beverages from Klockow Brewing Co., and lumberjack games

2021 Lumberjack Mile & 5K Sponsors

Grand Rapids Riverfest: September 10-11

Trampled By Turtles will headline a brand new, two-day music event in downtown Grand Rapids September 10-11. The festival is presented as a joint effort among the City of Grand Rapids, Visit Grand Rapids, KAXE/KBXE, the Reif Arts Council, and other organizations.

Learn More