Join us on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29, 2017 for the 20th Annual Brian Kraft Memorial 5K Run/Walk. A flat and fast USATF certified 5k course around beautiful Lake Nokomis in South Minneapolis. USATF sanctioned event. All donations and a portion of the race proceeds benefit the Arnold S Leonard Cancer Research Fund. Part of the USATF Minnesota Team Circuit and the USATF Minnesota Association 5 km Championship.
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.