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Lumberjack Pancake Breakfast & Lumberjack Mile/5k - Saturday, Sept. 8th

Grab your favorite flannel shirt and strap on those suspenders because United Way of 1000 Lakes is inviting you to their family friendly Lumberjack Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, Sept. 8th on the grounds of Old Central School in Grand Rapids.

Take part in their first annual Lumberjack Mile and 5K at 9 a.m. followed by a hot pancake breakfast and samplings from chefs dueling for this year’s pancake cook-off title. Breakfast includes a short stack of pancakes heaped with fixings from the toppings bar, sausage links, yogurt parfait, juice and coffee.

Then at 10 a.m. watch or take part in the pancake flip relay race, where teams flip pancakes to the finish line as they compete for the coveted title and ultimate bragging rights.

As delicious as this is going to be, it’s also for a good cause as donations fuel United Way’s annual fund, supporting dozens of local programs and initiatives. Suggested Donation: $6 per adult, and $3 for those ages 6-12. Pick-up and delivery also available by pre-ordering.


LUMBERJACK MILE & 5K - 8 a.m. registration, 9 a.m. race start
Grab your favorite flannel shirt, strap on those suspenders and join United Way of 1000 Lakes for a family friendly Mile and 5K fun run. Entry fee includes an awesome, soft, collectible t-shirt, bib, and great post-race lumberjack activities. The first 100 participants will receive a t-shirt, so take advantage of our early registration opportunities. Bib and t-shirt race packets are available on race day starting at 8 a.m. Cost:  $20 Adults (ages 18 and up); $10 Children (ages 4-17); Free (children 3 years and under) or waive fee by taking the Virtual 5K Challenge (details below).

2017 T-shirt design was created by Jenny Farber at Chaotic Beauty Artistry

VIRTUAL 5K CHALLENGE - now through Sept. 8th
All ages are welcome! It’s a great opportunity for students, families, friends and work colleagues to team up and do some good for greater Itasca. Take the challenge and help United Way raise $5K to kick start their fall campaign. Plus, every person who raises a minimum of $50 receives an automatic Lumberjack Mile & 5K entry and commemorative t-shirt. 

Enjoy a short stack of pancakes, toppings bar (everyone’s favorite), sausage links, yogurt and beverage. Proceeds benefit United Way. Pick-up and delivery available. Request Delivery Here >

Cook-off teams (costumes encouraged) will duel for the title of the finest flapjacks around. Celebrity judges, will rate aroma, presentation, taste, density and texture to determine the winners. Teams will offer guests bite size samples of their creations. Awards will be presented at 10:45 a.m. Proceeds benefit United Way. 

Relay teams of four will race while flipping flapjacks on the course around Old Central School. Costumes encouraged. Winners will receive bragging rights and a skillet trophy. Proceeds benefit United Way. 

How you can help:

+ Give to United Way! Help support year-round efforts. A tax-deductible donation can be made through a one-time or recurring gift of cash or check; credit card; payroll deduction; bill-me; and stocks. Call 218-999-7570 or donate here.

+ Spread the word! Help us get the word out by downloading our poster (; tweeting, posting and sharing your support on social media. 

+ Roll up your sleeves! Help to make a difference in our community through volunteering.   

Become a Lumberjack Mile/5K Sponsor:

United Way sponsorship opportunities help raise awareness about United Way and uniquely position your company as a community leader—engaging your customers, vendors, employees and public alongside a recognizable and trusted philanthropic brand. 

Select from one of our various levels of sponsorship or customize a package that aligns with your corporate values. For more information, call the United Way at 218-999-7570.


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