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Come one, come all the 2023 Northern Lights Foundation Kid Sprints are back!

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The NSIM Northern Lights Foundation Kid Sprints are back and better than ever! Last year's Friday kid sprints were a huge success and we are excited to bring this event back for the 2023 year.  This will be our 22nd annual kid sprint where kids of all ages race to the finish line to be named kid champion.  This event is completely free and all are welcome to join. Registration is Friday afternoon with the sprints starting later in the day. 

Join in the fun and bring your kids for this great free event happening Friday September 15th, 2023. 

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Our 2023 Sprints Offerings

22nd Annual Friday Kid Sprints

Join us for the 22nd Kid Sprints. Kids ages 5 & under to 13 can skate head to head for the chance to be crowned the fastest kid in town. These short races are aimed at giving kids a taste of the experience of racing distances from 50 m to 200m and finishing at the same finish line as their NSIM heroes. All kids 13 & under are welcome to join in this fun event and all skill levels can compete.

Sprint Maps 

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The Sprint Courses

Friday Inline Dashes:

Harbor Drive - located on the waterfront of St. Louis Bay, harbor drive was repaved in 2018 and would host the Inline Skate Dash (100m & 200m) Events.

Spectator Area

Both venues are spectator friendly. Harbor Drive is in close proximity to the DECC and Duluth’s Canal Park and has ample room for spectators adjacent to the road surface.  Stebner Park has mowed grass surrounding the entire course area primed for spectating.  

Schedule of Events (Sprints TBD based upon total registration, proposed)

Friday, September 15 Accreditation/Registration, Arrival and Inline Dash Event Race Day

8:00 am – 7:00 pm Official Training, North Shore scenic drive and Bayfront Park

12:00 pm - 9:00 pm Accreditation and Packet Pick Up

4:00 pm - 4:15 USARS Dash Inline Sprints Check In (Common Finish Line)

4:00 pm - 4:15 Kids Sprints registration

4:30 pm - USARS and Kids Sprints, Harbor Drive (Rolling Schedule)

USARS 100m Dash Time Trials Event (Heats of 4, all racers ranked on final time)

Kids 5 and under 50m

Kids 6-13 100m Event (Heats of 4, all racers ranked on final time)

USARS 200m Dash Time Trials Event (Heats of 4, all racers ranked on final time)

Kids 6-13 200m Event (Heats of 4, all racers ranked on final time)  

7:00 pm Team Captains/Coaches’ Meeting DECC Pioneer Hall


Saturday, September 16 Distance Race Day

6:45 am - Half Marathon Skate Race Start

6:50 am - Half Marathon Rollerski Race Start

7:00 am - St. Luke’s Wheels Off Half Marathon Running Race Start

7:45 am - Tunnel 10K Skate Race Start

8:00 am - Tunnel 10K Running Race Start

8:30 am - 42k Roller Ski Race Start

8:45 am - NSIM Race Start

8:43 Elite Men “Call Ups”

8:45 Elite Men Open and Masters Start

8:46 Elite Women “Call Ups”

8:47 Elite Women Open and Masters Start

8:55 Advanced Wave 1 Start

8:56 Advanced Wave 2 Start

8:57 Rec Wave 1 Start

8:58 Rec Wave 2 Start

8:59 Rec Wave 3 Start

9:00 Combined Skate Start

12:00pm - Run Awards Ceremony

2:30pm - Skate and Rollerski Awards Ceremony

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Register for the Northern Light Foundation kid Sprints at the skate expo!

Sign your child up for the coveted kid sprints happening September 15th at 4:30pm .

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