Earth Defender 1K Presented by Capital One
Start: East St. Germain Bridge, Just North of River's Edge Convention Center
The Earth Defender 1K invites children 12 and younger to run, walk or wheel their way to the finish line. This is an inclusive event and is accessible to children of all abilities. Registration is only $10 and includes an awesome t-shirt and a finisher medal. Limited to the first 1,000 adventurers!
To ensure your little adventurer can get the most out of the Earth Defender 1K:
- Come early and explore the Kids Expo!
- Register with a buddy
- Invite family members to cheer for the participants
- Wear running shoes and comfortable, weather-appropriate clothes
Download 1K Course Map (PDF)
The 1K will begin at 5:30 p.m. sharp with seven heats 15-30 seconds apart. Locate your age group and mascot prior to the start of the race:
- Heat #1: Ages 9-12 – Eagle – St. Cloud Apollo High School
- Heat #2: Age 8 – Blizzard – St. Cloud State Husky
- Heat #3: Age 7 – Chisel – St. Cloud Rox Baseball
- Heat #4: Age 6 – Cooper – Pilgrim’s Pride chicken
- Heat #5: Age 5 – MooBell – Coborn’s cow
- Heat #6: Ages 4 and under – Ronnie Renovator & Pink Panther from St. Cloud Area Family YMCA
- Heat #7: Wheelchair – Tigger – St. Cloud Tech High School
Please remember: Parents, please stay outside the staging and finish line area. Parents are allowed to run with young children, but space is limited. No strollers allowed on the 1K course. If your child misplaces you, we have an area for lost children. Volunteers will direct all youth to this area.