Sunday is 5K day on riverfront

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October 4, 2004 // UPDATED 4:14 pm - April 25, 2007
By: Sarah McKenzie
Sarah McKenzie

Runners and walkers will wind around Downtown's riverfront and East Bank for the Historic Northeast 5K race Sunday, Oct. 9.

The race benefits local efforts to preserve the B.F. Nelson Park near Boom Island Park as open space in face of development pressure.

The 5K race starts and ends at the B.F. Nelson Park near Main Street and 4th Avenue Northeast, just west of the Nicollet Island/East Bank neighborhood. The race route takes runners along the East Bank, over the Stone Arch Bridge, along the West River Parkway, over the Plymouth Avenue Bridge and back through Boom Island Park to the B.F. Nelson Park.

The St. Anthony West Neighborhood Organization, the race sponsor, has helped preserve the parkland. The area housed saw mills and paper mills in the late 1800s, and has been the site of pollution testing in recent years.

The 5K run/walk starts at 9 a.m. The entrance fee is $20 for those who register by Wednesday, Oct. 6. Those who register later will be charged $25.

A free "fun run" for children in Boom Island Park starts at 10 a.m.

Those interested in registering can go to or Running Room's stores in Uptown, Burnsville and Woodbury.