The Defeat of Jesse James Days (DJJD) 15K Run & 5 K Run/Walk is hosted by Northfield SHARES, our Community Foundation, as a fund raising activity to help support the Foundation's operations. Northfield SHARES seeks to sustain and tranform the Northfield community by advancing philanthropy, inspiring volunteerism and promoting collaborative leadership.
The 5K Run/Walk is a moderate layout course through the streets of Northfield. The 15K Run is more challenging with several tough hills going through the farm country east of town. Both runs are USATF certified and finish at the original First National Bank building where the townspeople of Northfield, in 1876, stopped a bank robbery by the notorious James-Younger gang.
Event details and schedule
Race day registration and packet pickup starts at 6:30 a.m. at Armory Square, 519 Division St in Northfield. If you register before September 1, you will be guaranteed a shirt. For registrants after 9/1, we will provide a shirt based on availabililty. The race day shirt is cutom designed each year.
Chip timing is used for both races by a contracted professional timing service.
Aid stations staffed by costumed HS CC team members will be located at the 2-mile mark of the 5K, and mile markers 2, 4, 6, and 8 on the 15K course. Baby-joggers are welcome. No in-line skates, bicycles, or pets are allowed on the course. Head phones are permitted but please use caution as the races are open to traffic.
The top female and male finisher in both races will receive awards in the following age categories: 14 and under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34,35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70 and over. In the wheelchair division, the top three finishers in each race will receive an award.
Drop off your old running shoes at the registration area. Shoes will be donated to “Mary’s Place”, a nonprofit, transitional housing center for homeless individuals in Minneapolis.
Special Thanks to our Event Sponsors.