Defeat of Jesse James Days Run/Walk

Congratulations to ALL who competed in
this year’s Defeat of Jesse James Run/Walk.

Results for the 15K and 5K events can be found at or on

Our sincere appreciation and thanks to all of our sponsors, volunteers and supporters this 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 (click for map) with a moderate layout that takes participants through the streets of Northfield and a more challenging 15K* run (click for map) 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 those doing longer 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.

$30 Early Registration on or before August 18
$35 Registration Fee after August 18
** To ensure a race day long sleeve performance shirt, registration must be received by August 18th.

Early Check & Registration in Available

NEW:  Thursday, Sept. 5 from 4-6 p.m. at Northfield Shares, 205 S Water St, Northfield
Race Day Morning, Sunday Sept. 8 from 6:30 -7:45 a.m. at
NEW LOCATIONThe Grand Event Center, 316 Washington St. Northfield

FREE Pre-Race Stretching: Dynamic stretches for runners, led by professional Athletic Trainers / Physical Therapists of Northfield Hospital + Clinics’ Rehabilitation Services.  Ten-minute session of stretches designed for runners, with local sports medicine experts and coordinated by certified athletic trainer Sam Erickson, LAT, ATC and Elle Kingsley, DPT

7:15 am – 7:45 am
Session repeats three times; join anytime
Benson Langehough Funeral Home Parking Lot

FREE. Reserve a spot:


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 Run/Walk range from $2,500 to $250.

Presenting Sponsors




Gold Sponsors






Silver Sponsors




Bronze Sponsors

Bierman’s Home Furnishings & Floor Coverings
Cannon Pointe Chiropractic
College City Beverage
First National Bank
Mark and Tricia Lancaster
McLane Company
Northfield Lines/Benjamin Bus
Northfield NOW Magazine
Schmidt Homes & Remodeling
Southern Minn Girlfriends Magazine
Southern Minn SCENE Magazine
Sterling Pharmacy
Witt Bros., Inc.

Other Supporters

Brick Oven Bakery
Caribou Coffee
Champion Sports
Estenson’s Farm
Kivell Design
MStreeT Co. Photography
Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce
Northfield Police Department
Marissa Thornton


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 August 18 is $30.00. The registration fee for entries received after August 18 is $35.00.
Long sleeve, tech shirts are only guaranteed in sizes for those participants who register on or before August 18.

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 August 18 will receive a custom-designed long sleeve tech t-shirt – small, medium, large  or XXL. 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 Carrie Carroll at 507-403-9755 or