Community Resource Bank and ALDI Present 2019 Defeat of Jesse James Days Run/Walk

NORTHFIELD, MINN. (July 25, 2019) — Community Resource Bank, a locally-owned, independent bank that specializes in serving and supporting communities, and ALDI, a leader in the grocery retailing industry, present the 2019 Northfield Shares Defeat of Jesse James Days Run/Walk benefiting Northfield Shares. The run/walk event, which will be held on Sunday, September 8, consists of a 5K run/walk and a 15K run. Registration is open and can be completed online or mailed in using the registration form found at Same-day registration will also be available. Full event details are available at

Mike Krance, Northfield Shares executive director, said, “Northfield Shares is honored and grateful to again have Community Resource Bank and ALDI as our event’s Presenting Sponsors. Both are well respected brands with loyal customers, and they strongly support the communities in which they do business. Their support—and that of all of our sponsors—helps ensure the DJJD Run/Walk’s continued success and enables Northfield Shares to continue its daily work of making Northfield a better place to live, work and visit.”

This family-friendly event features two USA Track & Field-certified road courses: a 5K run/walk with a moderate layout that takes participants through the streets of Northfield and a more challenging 15K run with several tough hills that takes participants through the farm country east of town—a great training run for the fall marathon season. Both runs finish at the original First National Bank building (the current Northfield Historical Society building) where the townspeople of Northfield, in 1876, stopped a bank robbery by the notorious James-Younger gang.

“I like the 15K because it’s unique,” said Bryn Ashland, a runner and member of the event planning committee. “If you’ve mastered the 5K or 10K, it’s the perfect stepping stone to take your training up a notch. As a certified course, this race is a great training tool for anybody preparing for a fall half or full marathon event!”

This year, Northfield Shares will offer early check in/registration on Thursday, September 5, from 4-6 p.m. at their office located at 205 Water Street South. On race day, registration begins at 6:30 a.m. at a new location: The Grand Event Center (316 Washington Street). Both races begin at 8:00 a.m. Registration is $30 prior to August 18 and $35 after that date. Registrations received before August 18 will include a long sleeve tech t-shirt.

Community Resource Bank is a financial services provider for families and businesses with locations in Northfield, Cannon Falls and Roseville, Minn. They have a longstanding tradition of community engagement and local support for many different causes, including education, community development, human services, the arts and the environment. This is the third year the bank has served as the event’s Presenting Sponsor, and the second year it will be the official Starting Line Sponsor.

James Loe, President and CEO of Community Resource Bank stated, “Community Resource Bank has been a mainstay in Northfield for 141 years. We believe in working together in our community to make things happen. That is why we support Northfield Shares and its mission to advance philanthropy, inspire volunteerism and promote collaborative leadership. The run/walk is an example of an event that is not only fun, but brings dollars to our community to help meet the needs and interests of the greater Northfield area. We are a proud supporter of the Defeat of Jesse James Days Run/Walk.”

This is ALDI’s third year as a top sponsor and its second year in the Presenting Sponsor role. ALDI will again serve as this year’s official Finish Line and Food Court Sponsor. A leader in the grocery retailing industry since 1976, ALDI operates 1,900 U.S. stores in 36 states. ALDI believes support should be based on the needs of each individual community, which can range from product and monetary donations to staff volunteering, to collaborations with nonprofit organizations.

“Being a smarter grocer means more than just providing high-quality products at low prices; it means helping to build strong communities and contributing to a better world,” says Matt Lilla, Vice President for Aldi. “As we’re dedicated to funding and sponsoring local and regional initiatives that support health and wellness activities for children and youth, the Defeat of Jesse James Days Run/Walk was a natural fit. We’re excited to again play a large role in this event and in helping make a greater impact in Northfield.”

In addition to Community Resource Bank’s and ALDI’s Presenting Sponsorships, this year’s Gold Sponsors include Cannon Valley Veterinary Clinic, Carleton College, The Grand Event Center, KYMN Radio, Neuger Communications Group, Northfield News and Sage Glass.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information about sponsorship for the Defeat of Jesse James Days Run/Walk visit or contact Northfield Shares Executive Director Mike Krance at 507-403-9755 or

To learn more about Community Resource Bank visit or contact them at 507-645-4441 or

To learn more about ALDI, visit or visit your local store.

Northfield Shares is the Northfield area’s community foundation founded to advance philanthropy, inspire volunteerism and promote collaborative leadership. For more information about Northfield Shares, visit