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Say Thanks Day

Presented by Minnesotans’ Military Appreciation Fund

Boy Scout Base Camp – Fort Snelling

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Thank you to everyone who participated in our eleventh 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. 

NEW THIS YEAR: MMAF is proud to host The Wall That Heals, a half scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C, from September 9th - 13th. This 250’ x 60’ replica has been visited by more than 2 million people in various U.S. locations. The exhibit includes a mobile education center comprised of photos of service members whose names are found on The Wall, letters and memorabilia left at The Wall in D.C. and a map and chronological overview of the conflict in Vietnam.  

Say Thanks Day Timeline:

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

9:00 a.m. Start for 10K Run and 5K Run / Marine RECON challenge; 9:10 a.m. start for 2-mile Walk.

10:30 a.m. Say Thanks Day program:  Presentation of MMAF grants; Announcement of race and prize drawing winners.  Must register in advance to be eligible and be present to win

All Morning - Music from the Emerson Avenue Band, ropes course, climbing walls, kid’s carnival, The Wall That Heals and a sense of patriotic pride and camaraderie

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

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

Registration Fee: $20 per person for the 2-mile walk. $25 per person for the 10K or 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. Everyone must register, even if free. 

If you are interested in volunteering for Say Thanks Day: Click Here for more information

Email MMAF to register as a volunteer

Click Here for a Map of Base Camp

Thank You to our sponsors: Sit Investment Associates, Federated Insurance, TCF Bank, Atomic Data, Morrie's Automotive Group, iHeartMedia, Nelson Tietz and Hoye, Coldwell Banker-Burnett, Bank of America, B & F Fastener, The Frauenshuh Companies, 7Up/Snapple and Cub Foods. 

For convenience, MMAF recommends out of town guests stay at Country Inn & Suites, Bloomington