The annual Park Point 5-Miler draws crowds to the Point

By KBJR News 1

July 18, 2014 Updated Jul 18, 2014 at 9:11 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Thousands of people packed Park Point on Friday for the oldest road race in Minnesota's history.

The 43rd Park Point five mile race is a fun event not only gets Northlanders outdoors, but supports a vital cause.

All proceeds from the event go to the Young Athletes Foundation.

The program focuses on the promotion and development of youth athletics, highlighting the importance of starting to exercise at a young age.

"There's not a lot of five mile races around, it's either these days a 5K, or a half marathon, or marathons, so it's a unique race. A lot of people are interested in that, just because it's a distance that they don't normally race at, and also because it's a YAF fundraiser, a lot of folks want to come out and support it," said public relations director, Bob Gustafson.

Organizers say the race is really an excuse for the entire family to have fun, get some exercise, all while supporting a great cause.

Nearly 500 runners participated in this year's five miler, and about 75 for the walk.

Elsa Robins