Kipp Kinsley Memorial 5K and Fun Run/Walk

43349 SD Highway 52
Yankton, SD 57078

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Event Description

Kipp Kinsley was a gifted runner and triathlete. Kipp was a dedicated athlete who loved being one of the elite athletes who competed nationally in triathlons. Kipp was recognized as an “Elite Athlete” by USA Triathlon, and was an Ironman “All World Athlete”. Kipp died of Sudden Cardiac Arrest on August 26th, 2018; one day after winning Yankton’s Best Tri, and just weeks before he would embark on a career as a professional triathlete.

BeKipp Foundation, a IRS 501c3 Not for Profit, was set up to increase awareness and preparedness for Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). SCA is the abrupt loss of heart function, which can lead to death if not treated immediately. BeKipp Foundation has provided Automatic External Defibrillators and education to schools, running clubs and youth organizations to better prepare them for a SCA event. We encourage coaches, trainers and athletes to prepare for SCA - and carry an AED with you to all practices and events!

A running event has been set up each year to remember Kipp in Yankton, South Dakota.  One of Kipp’s favorite training venues was on the bike trail at Lewis and Clark State Park. This year we will be doing a 5K (3.18 mile) Memorial Competetive Run and 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk.  Both events start at the Midway Beach at Lewis and Clark Recreation Area, running along the scenic shoreline and returning through beautiful pines and meadows found among the camp sites. The course has several gradual elevation changes and is all paved. The finish line will be at Midway Beach near the start line.  There is a short program about sudden cardiac arrest prior to the start of the race.  All proceeds from the race go toward the purchase of AEDs for organizations in need of the lifesaving technology.  

Awards for Best Finishers Male and Female Competetive 5K only - 18 and under, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, >50

Event details and schedule

Friday August 12 - Early Packet pick up - Location to be determined.

Saturday August 13

            6:30 AM - organizers and volunteers begin set up

            7:00 AM - Packet Pick up begins at Shelter #4 - Midway Beach

            8:15 AM - Welcome, short presentation on BeKipp Foundation, SCA

            9:00 AM - 5K chip timed race begins

            9:10 AM - 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk begins (NOT timed).

            10:15 AM - Awards

The competetive 5K is open to participants 13 and older.  The 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk is open to all ages.  Participants under 18 years old must have a signed consent from their parent or guardian.

Registration will close on Thursday, August 11th at 11:59 pm.  Registration will not be available the day of the race.

2022 State Park entrance sticker is required to enter the park.  We will have 50 daily park passes available to people who do not have a pass to SD State Parks.


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