Fitger's 5K will bring 2,000 runners to Duluth on Saturday

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Nearly 2,000 runners are expected to run the streets of Duluth this weekend during the Fitger's 5K.

The Fitger's 5K, now in its 27th year, is a spinoff of the Grandma's Marathon.

The 5K is treated both as a charitable run as well as a first step for those gearing up for the big 9,500+ person race, which will take place this year on June 18.

The event will raise money for the Young Athletes Foundation to help fund different resources and grants for promotion, development and growth of youth athletics in the counties surrounding Duluth.

So far the charitable arm of Grandma's has given more than $750,000 to youth sports, the organization said.

Fitger's brewing started in 1857, and was one of the first breweries in the state (as well as the home of Minnesota's first refrigerator).

The original building that housed the brewery came down after a few decades, and a new, larger one went up on the site. Its smokestack and water tower are not only recognizable landmarks, but also put the building on the National Registry of Historic Places.

To see results of the race tomorrow morning, click here.

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