The 5K Bee Run, an event featuring a fun run/walk, river cleanup and Earth Day festivities, is set to attract hundreds of participants to Boom Island Park, 724 Sibley St. NE, Saturday, April 20. Now in its fourth year, the 5K Bee Run is hosted by the Great River Coalition in partnership with the National Park Service, and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.
The family-friendly event, which will run between 7:30 am and 12:00 pm, is designed to bring awareness to the plight of pollinators as well as to the natural beauty of the Minneapolis riverfront. The 5K course traverses through the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area. Following the 5K, participants will be able to take part in an organized river cleanup and enjoy festivities including live music and entertainment, raffle prizes, demonstrations by local bee experts, and more. Photo ops will include a bee-themed selfie station and appearances by Minnesota Vikings cheerleaders and local mascots.
The event’s main feature, the 5K, will start promptly at 9 am. Participants can register for the 5K online for $35, register.chronotrack.com/r/46137, greatrivercoalition.com, or at the event for $40 between 7:30 and 8:45 am. A free kid’s race, with goodie bags, will be held at 8:30 am, children must be age 6 or under and must be registered before the event, either online or in-person. The river cleanup (also free) will start at 9:30 am.