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Milk Run 5K Race

2024 Milk Run – Registration Closed

The 2024 Milk Run will take place on Saturday, May 25, in conjunction with the 2024 Kickoff to Summer at the Fair event. This annual 5K run winds through 322 acres of the historic Minnesota State Fairgrounds. The entry fee is $45 per runner. Each participant receives a Milk Run T-shirt, admission ticket to the Kickoff to Summer event for May 25, a breakfast sandwich, a ride on the Giant Slide during the Kickoff event, the opportunity to win door prizes, an admission ticket to the 2024 Minnesota State Fair, and a malt coupon to be redeemed at the State Fair.

Registration for the 2024 Milk Run is now closed. The race is limited to the first 2,000 registrants and is quite popular. Early registration is recommended. Deadline for entry was Tuesday, March 26 or when the race reaches capacity, whichever happens first.

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General Information

Race Start Time: 9 a.m. Saturday, May 25, 2024

Course: The 5K certified course begins near the International Bazaar, winds through the 322-acre historic fairgrounds and finishes back at the start. The entire race is contained within the Minnesota State Fairgrounds located in Saint Paul, Minn.

Time Limit: Due to vendor set-up and attendee arrival and parking for the Kickoff to Summer event, the race route can only be kept open for a maximum of 1 hour after the 9 a.m. start. All competitors should complete the course in 60 minutes or less.

Age Categories: 19 & Under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75+

Awards: Awards go to the top three men and top three women in each age category. Champion awards will be presented to the top five men and top five women overall.

Participants Receive: A Milk Run T-shirt; admission ticket to the 2024 Kickoff to Summer event for Saturday, May 25; a breakfast sandwich; a Giant Slide coupon (valid during the 2024 Kickoff to Summer); a chance for door prizes; admission ticket to the 2024 Minnesota State Fair; and a malt coupon (valid during the 2024 State Fair).

Strollers and Wagons: Due to safety and liability concerns, strollers and wagons are not allowed in the Milk Run.

Results: Results have been posted for the 2023 race at Mtec Results.

  • 2024 Male and Female Overall Winners

Runner Packets: Race number, instructions, maps and tickets will be mailed to all runners by the end of April. Race numbers are NON-TRANSFERABLE.

If you have further questions about the Milk Run, please email milkrun@mnstatefair.org.

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Online registration:

Registration for the 2024 Milk Run is now closed.

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Getting to the Milk Run:

The start and finish lines are in the southeast corner of the fairgrounds near the International Bazaar. All participants must enter the fairgrounds through Gate 9 on Como Avenue and make their way east on Judson Avenue to the start line. Gate 9 will open at 8 a.m. for runners and spectators. You will need your Kickoff to Summer admission ticket to get to the start line. Park for free beginning at 7 a.m. in the State Fair lots south of Como Avenue and across from Gate 9 on the south side of the fairgrounds. A bicycle rack will be available at Gate 9 for those riding a bicycle to the event.