17th Annual Brian Kraft Memorial 5K Run/Walk

Presented by USA Track & Field Minnesota, Sponsored by TC Running Company and New Balance

Benefitting the Arnold S. Leonard Cancer Research Fund 

Online Registration 

Mail in Entry Form - Mail to: Brian Kraft Memorial 5K, 960 Douglas Road, Mendota Heights, MN  55118

Status of Entries 

8:30 AM * Memorial Day * Monday, May 26th, 2014
A flat and fast USATF certified 5k around beautiful Lake Nokomis in South Minneapolis
Age Group Awards: Male and female: 19 & under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 & up. Awards presented after the race.

Online registration closes May 24th at 6:00 PM
Pre-registration postmarked by May 19th

Location: Near the Lake Nokomis Community Center, 2401 East Minnehaha Parkway, Minneapolis, North end of Lake Nokomis

Questions? Contact Craig Yotter at 651-686-8447 or email

About Brian Kraft

Brian Kraft was an enthusiastic and talented runner from Bemidji, Minnesota. His running career was cut short at the age of 19 with the discovery of Ewing's sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, in his back. Brian lived with cancer for 15 years, undergoing chemotherapy, a bone marrow transplant, and countless surgical procedures.

Throughout the years, Brian continued to run. He ran the lakes and parkways and raced with the local running crowd. In spite of all that life threw his way, he kept a positive attitude. Brian attributed his strength in his fight against cancer to his love of running and to the work of his long-time friend, Dr. Arny Leonard.

Dr. Arnold S. Leonard and his colleagues at the University of Minnesota and the National Cancer Institute have made significant advances in cancer research in the last five years. They are working on a series of projects that reduces cancers of all kinds by boosting the central immune system by genetic engineering. This exciting new field of cancer therapy has great promise.

All donations submitted with race entries and a portion of the race proceeds will go to the Arnold S. Leonard Cancer Research Fund.


Remembering Brian Kraft - article (2007), Down the Backstretch blog (2007)