Defeat of Jesse James Days Run/Walk

Defeat of Jesse James Days Run/Walk, a Northfield Shares Event


The Defeat of Jesse James Days Run/Walk is an annual event hosted by Northfield Shares, our community foundation. The timing of the event aligns with Northfield’s Defeat of Jesse James Days community celebration, and proceeds help Northfield Shares fulfill its mission to advance philanthropy, inspire volunteerism and promote collaborative leadership.

This family-friendly event features two courses, both of which are 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. Both runs 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.

Join the fun as an individual, group or create a company team to increase employee comradery and tie in with your organization’s health and wellness initiatives.Wear company t-shirts and show your team spirit while generating visibility for your organization’s community involvement efforts.

* The 15k is a great training course for any and all who are doing long races this fall.

Defeat of Jesse James Days Run-Walk

To see more photos from the DJJD Walk/Run click here!

2019 Event Information

Sunday, September 8, 2019
Races begin at 8 a.m.

$35 Early Bird Registration Fee
$40 After August 25th 

To ensure a race day long sleeve performance shirt, registration must be received by August 25th.

NEW THIS YEAR:  Referral credit

Registration/Check in available:

Friday, Sept. 6, from X-Y p.m. at Northfield SHARES, 205 S. Water St.

Saturday, Sept. 7 from X-Y a.m. at Northfield SHARES, 205 S. Water St.

Sunday, Sept. 8 from 6:30 – 7:45 a.m. at The Grand Event Center, 316 Washington St.


Age Groups / Awards

  • Age groups: 14 & under // 15–19 // 20–24 // 25–29 // 30–34 // 35–39 // 40–44 // 45–49 // 50–54 // 55–59 // 60–69 // 70+
  • Wheelchair Division: Top three finishers in each of the two races will receive an award.
  • Awards will be given to the top female and male finishers in each age group for both the 5K and 15K races.

Course Rules and Details

  • Aid stations will be located at the 2-mile mark of the 5K race and at the 2-, 4-, 6- and 8-mile marks of the 15K race.
  • No inline skates, bicycles or pets are allowed on the course. Baby-joggers are welcome. Head phones are permitted, but please use caution as the race courses are not closed to traffic.


Sponsorship opportunities for the 2019 DJJD races range from $2,500 to $250.




Thank you to our 2018 Event Sponsors!   

If you or your organization would like more information about sponsorship opportunities and benefits, contact us at Northfield Shares.

Enjoy 2018 race day from the skies with video footage brought to you by SkyView Aerials.
All 2018 race results are available at:

Presenting Sponsors

Starting Line Sponsor

Finish Line & Food Court Sponsor







Gold Sponsors



Silver Sponsors




Bronze Sponsors

Anonymous Donor
Benjamin Bus/Northfield Lines
DaVita Dialysis
First National Bank of Northfield
Mark and Tricia Lancaster
McLane Co.
Northfield Lines/Benjamin Bus
Schmidt Homes & Remodeling
Southern Minnesota Girlfriends Magazine
Witt Bros. Service Inc.

Other Supporters

Archer House
Brick Oven Bakery
Caribou Coffee
Champion Sports
Estenson’s Farm
Northfield Police Department


Are the Jesse James courses certified?

Yes, both the 5K (MN10040RR) and 15K (MN10039RR) are held on USA Track & Field certified road courses. Race day registration and packet pick-up will be at the National Guard Armory (519 Division Street). Both races start near the registration area and finish at the Northfield Historical Society Building (408 Division Street). The building was originally the First National Bank of Northfield and the site of the infamous attempted bank robbery by the notorious James-Younger Gang in 1876. Both courses are entirely on paved roads. The 5K is a moderate layout while the 15K is more challenging with several hills.

Is there a time limit to complete the races?

Yes, there is a two hour time limit to complete either race. We have to clear the finish area at 10:00 a.m. to make room for other scheduled events.

Do you use a chip timing system?

Chip timing and results will be provided by Fast Finish Results, a professional timing company. Live race day results and finish line video footage will be available at

What are the entry fees?

The entry fee for registration received on or before September 1 is $25.00. The registration fee for entries received after September 1 is $30.00.

Please note that online registrants will be assessed a small administration fee by

How do I register?

There are three ways to register:

Do runners/walkers get a t-shirt?

Yes, all registrants who register by September 1 will receive a custom-designed t-shirt – small, medium, large or XL. Later registrants will be given t-shirts subject to availability.

Is there anything else to do on race day besides run?

You bet there is! What a weekend! Come for the race and stay for the day … bank raid re-enactments … shows … Bingo … carnival rides and games … craft fair … fine art show … two-hour parade … western-style steak fry … antique tractor pull … and much, much more! Learn more on the Defeat of Jesse James Days website.

Contact Information

If you have any questions, please contact Executive Director Mike Krance at 507-403-9755 or