5 Picks for the Weekend – June 19-21


1. Vikings Gridiron Gallop – Sunday, June 21, 2015

Do something healthy with or in memory of Dad this Father’s Day. Chad and Jenni Greenway will host the 6th Annual “Gridiron Gallop” 5K Run/Walk.  There will be Viking player and cheerleader appearances with autograph opportunities for registered runners.  Funds from this event go towards the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) youth athletic programming.  www.gridirongallop.com

2. Grandma’s Marathon – Saturday, June 20, 2015

“What else could you want in a marathon? Grandma’s Marathon starts in the middle of the woods, runs along the beautiful shores of Lake Superior and finishes at a pub.” – Garry Bjorklund.  A half-marathon and a 5K race also take place during the weekend.


3. Train and Trail Tour  – Saturday, June 20, 2015

BikeMN and Metro Transit will host the fourth Train & Trail Tour, a one-day bike and rail event between Minneapolis and Big Lake along the Mississippi River Trail state bikeway. The Mississippi River Trail, designated as Minnesota’s first state bikeway, provides opportunities tailored for bicyclists of all types and ages to follow America’s great river. When traveling the Mississippi River at the pace and intimacy of a bicycle, you’ll see what many tourists never will. You will be immersed in the river’s way of life and experience a route filled with history, enchantment, and remarkable adventure!


4. Fill Their Plate Run – Saturday, June 20, 2015

Choose from a 10K Run or 5K Run/Walk around the streets of scenic Lake Calhoun. Your run or walk will be chip-timed on a USATF certified and sanctioned road course. Kids choose from a 1/4, 1/2, or 1 mile Fun Run. After your event, refuel on fabulous food from our generous sponsors. Proceeds from this event will purchase meals to be packed at several metro area packing satellites (South Minneapolis, Bloomington, Lakeville, or New Hope) and shipped to hungry kids in Haiti and Honduras.


5. Father’s Day Picnic and Paddle – Sunday, June 21, 2015

Treat Dad to a family outdoor adventure! Experience nature by paddling an old logging river and viewing eagles and towering bluffs. We will kayak the St. Croix River together and enjoy a day with Dad. We start the day with a light breakfast at the Osceola Landing. We will transport you to our starting point to begin our time on the river. An outdoor lunch BBQ (fit for Dad) will be served when we return back to the park. Includes; kayaks, paddles, lifevests, guides, breakfast, lunch,More snacks, and beverages, plus shuttles and support.



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