This weekend the Brainerd Jaycees Run for the Lakes marathon will feature a host of events for individuals of all ages and for families.
The event will culminate on Saturday with the 26.2-mile marathon and the 13.1-mile half marathon.
One of the feature events will be at 7 p.m. Friday at Nisswa in the park. Rod Raymond, the Wellness Director at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, has been working in that field for the last 15 years with an emphasis on "helping others achieve their dreams and strive for optimal health," according to his Web site www.rodraymond .com.
Raymond competed twice in the Olympic Trials and is also an international champion of the Swedish Coast to Coast adventure race. He also won the Swiss Gigathlon, which is known as the world's toughest race.
He is a native of Duluth and was a finalist on the TV show "Survivor." He is also a successful author, having written a series of fitness books with feature guides on Quick Fitness and Marathon training. He also has put out a DVD titled, "Be Your Own Personal Trainer."
Brainerd Jaycees Run for the Lakes
4-9 p.m. Health Expo in tent by finish line
4-9 p.m. Packet pick-up in tent near Nisswa Community Center
5-9 p.m. Pasta feed, $8.50 per adult, $5 for children 10-under
5:45 p.m. Welcome by Nisswa mayor Brian Lehman
6 p.m. Kids fun run, starting line Church Street in Nisswa
6:30 p.m. 5km family fun run
7 p.m. Speaker Rob Raymond
6:30 a.m. Half marathon and relay marathon late packet pickup
7 a.m. Shuttle buses start running
7:45 a.m. Half marathon
8 a.m. Marathon and relay marathon
8 a.m.-2 p.m. Health and Fitness Expo
3 p.m. Awards ceremony
5 p.m. Post-marathon party, food and refreshments, music by the Past Due band
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