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Say Thanks Day 2018


Minnesotans’ Military Appreciation Fund’s

Say Thanks Day

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Boy Scout Base Camp – Fort Snelling

MMAF is proud to present its 14th annual Say Thanks Day 5K Run and 1-Mile Walk at the Boy Scout Base Camp at Fort Snelling. The site is easily accessible from Highway 62/55. Participants will run through the beautiful Fort Snelling State Trail with walkers traveling through Fort Snelling’s historic landmarks. Live music, a climbing wall, kid’s carnival, and more will be available for participants to enjoy after the run/walk. The Patriot Parachute Team, made up of former Navy SEALs, will make an exciting entrance as they parachute jump into the Base Camp site after the race.

Register for the 5K Run or 1-Mile Walk!

Say Thanks Day Timeline:

7:00 a.m. Registration opens at Boy Scout Base Camp.  

            All run / walk participants will receive moisture wicking “Thanks” t-shirt

9:00 a.m. National Anthem and START of the 5K Run

9:05 a.m. Start of the 1-mile Walk.

9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Say Thanks Day Program

Patriot Parachute Team will jump into Base Camp to kick off the Say Thanks Day Program at approximately 10:00 am.

Gather in the Base Camp parking lot recognize race winners and prize drawing winners. We will have a short program to honor our servicemen and women, and MMAF will present grant checks.

Maverick from K102 Radio will be our emcee for the whole morning, and there will be live music from the Emerson Avenue Band

Harding High School Drill Team performance

Enjoy post-race refreshments.

Check out the static display of military vehicles.

All participants and supporters can enjoy the ropes course, climbing walls, kid’s carnival, and a sense of patriotic pride and camaraderie.


Thank You to Our Sponsors: Sit Investment Associates, Federated Insurance, Atomic Data, TDS Inc.

Registration Information:

Participants who register in advance (either online or by mail) are eligible for the raffle drawings, which include tickets to local sporting events including Twins and Vikings games.

Registration Fee:

Everyone must register, even if free. 

  • $20 per person for the 1-mile walk.
  • $25 per person for the 5K Run.
  • Runners attempting the Marine RECON challenge should register for the 5K. A separate time clock at mile 3 will be used.
  • Walk / Run family maximum is $50.
  • FREE for military service members and their immediate families.
  • FREE for children 12 and under.
  • FREE for high school and collegiate Cross Country Runners.

Everyone is welcome! If you are unable to participate in the run/walk portion, we invite you to still come to the event and support our cause of saying “Thanks” to the servicemen and women of Minnesota.


Volunteer Information

If you are interested in volunteering for Say Thanks Day: Sign up online or Email MMAF



Click Here for a Map of Base Camp

Thank you to everyone who participated in our twelfth annual Say Thanks Day as we walked and ran to say “Thanks” to those who have served and are serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. 

Thank you to those who sponsor Say Thanks Day and help us offset our event costs. Click here for sponsorship information.