Race Day

10TH ANNUAL THUMBS UP EVENT

9.16.2023

Orono Park
18599 Gary Street, Elk River, MN 55330

Register for the 10th Annual Event!

Register by 4/29 for early bird pricing!

Early Registration & Packet Pickup

Friday, Sept. 15th, 2023

4-7pm – Early T-shirt & Packet Pick Up

Location: Orono Park

Address: 18599 Gary St. NW, Elk River, MN 55330

Chalk Party! Help us Chalk the Walk with positive messages and remembrance of our loved ones! (chalk provided)

Saturday, Sept. 16th, 2023

    • 7:30am – Packet Pickup & Same-Day Registration
    • 8:15am – 5K & 10K Bikers Start Race
    • 9:00am – Opening Ceremony & Keynote Speaker Joe Schmit
    • 9:45am – Stretching
    • 10:00am – 10K Runners start
    • 10:05am – 5K Runners start
    • 10:10am – 5K Walkers start
    • 11:00am – Kids Activities begin
    • 12:00-12:20pm – Grounding Exercise in Grief Support Area

Directions & Parking Information

  • Event Location: Orono Park
  • Parking Location: Sherburne County Fairgrounds – 18335 Joplin St NW, Elk River, MN 55330
  • Parking is free/no-charge

Other Activities & Info

  • Must register by Friday, August 25th, 2023 to be guaranteed a t-shirt with your registration fee
  • Bring a photo of your loved one for the Memory Tree
  • Friendly dogs are welcome at the event. Dogs must be on a leash at all times. Please clean up after your pets
  • Mental Health Vendors will be On-Site
  • Dress for the weather

Kids Activities

  • Obstacle Course – Kids 12 & under ($20/child)
  • Bounce Houses, Crazy Hair, Face Painting & Animal Balloons
  • Kindness Rock Painting by Plaisted Companies

 

Food Trucks & Beverages

  • Food Trucks
  • Free complimentary coffee
  • Water Stations along route

 

 

Other Information

  • Bring a photo of your loved one for the Memory Tree
  • Mental Health Vendors

 

Kids Obstacle Course

  • The Kids Obstacle Course is just $20! Kids can also participate with you on the 5K run/walk/bike event
  • Must register by August 25th, 2023 to be guaranteed a t-shirt with your registration fee
  • The obstacle course will start off with a HUGE bounce house obstacle course followed by stepping stones, big planet exercise balls to roll around and jump on top of, balance beams, tunnels and more!

Keynote Speakers – Joe Schmit

Silent Impact – Stories of Influence Through Purpose, Persistence and Passion

Joe Schmit is an author, award-winning broadcaster, community leader and popular keynote speaker. His book “Silent Impact” Influence Through Purpose, Persistence and Passion is now in its second edition.  His new book is titled “The Impact Blueprint,” A Step by Step Journey to a Life of Significance. Joe was recently honored by the National Speakers Association (NSA) with the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP)designation.  Less than 15 percent of NSA members worldwide have achieved the CSP designation.

As a sports broadcaster he has covered every major sporting event in the past 4 decades and has interviewed many of the biggest names in sports.  He joined KSTP-TV in 1985 and has won 18 Emmys from the National Television Academy.  He was also honored with a National Headliner Award in 2001.

Before joining KSTP-TV in 1985, he was Sports Director for WBAY-TV in Green Bay, Wisconsin. His career also includes positions as weekend sports anchor for KCRG-TV in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and WKBT-TV in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Joe earned his degree in Mass Communications from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

Joe left broadcasting for 3-years to become President of PMMG, a media and marketing company that had clients such as Polaroid, Sun Country Airlines, Ubid, Fingerhut and others. Joe was also the spokesperson for Sun Country Airlines on all their TV and radio commercials.

Joe is a long time youth mentor committed to advocating for a number of community organizations with Big Brothers and Big Sisters is at the top of his list. He is a past president and board member of the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Greater Twin Cities.   He has raised over $3 million for the organization through the Joe Schmit Celebrity Golf Tournament which had a 16-year run. In 2000, he was the winner of the Jim Kelly Distinguished Service Award from Big Brothers and Big Sisters and in 2001, a winner of the Odyssey Award for commitment to youth mentorship.

Joe was also honored as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund (JDRF) Community Leader of the Year in 2005. He was named the 2018 winner of the Mike Givens Award for his work with MG Charities which is working to find a cure for brain cancer. He is past president and board member of the Fairway Foundation and has contributed time to many other charitable organizations. Joe and his wife Laura chaired a four million dollar capital campaign for VEAP, the largest food shelf in Minnesota.

For more information about Joe, click here.

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