13th Annual Living the Dream Joe Plant Memorial 5K

1615 Phalen Drive
St. Paul, MN 55106

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Event Description

The "Living the Dream" event is a 5K and 1 Mile Run/Walk around scenic Lake Phalen in St. Paul, MN. This course is timed and USATF certified and is perfect for serious runners, walkers and is family/child friendly! 

AGAIN in 2020 there will be a timed 1 Mile Run for youth 12 & under at a reduced registration rate, as well as an 18 & under medal category!

CONTINUING in 2020, Team registration is again available! Team registration provide the opportunity to run/walk in honor of a loved one affected by sudden cardiac arrest or another heart related condition or to rally together a group such as a criminal justice association or local police department. Teams are easy to create and team names will be printed on the back of the race t-shirts and published on the event website!

The “Living the Dream” Memorial Run/Walk supports Parent Heart Watch, an organization dedicated to eliminating preventable deaths in youth from sudden cardiac arrest. Race proceeds are used donate AED’s to the St. Paul Parks and Recreation Department. AEDs are currently deployed right in Joe's hometown of St. Paul at Frogtown Community Center, Duluth & Case Rec Center, Edgecumbe Recreation Center, Hazel Park Rec Center & Wilder Rec Center. 

This event also benefits those whose goal it is to serve their communities through a scholarship fund at St. Cloud State University for students in the Criminal Justice Program.

The “Living the Dream” Memorial 5K honors Joe Plant's commitment to strength and endurance, his love of life and service to others. Joe was famous for saying he was just "Living the Dream", and achieved his dream of becoming a St. Paul Police Officer shortly before passing away suddenly in January 2008. 

Event details and schedule


Race Begins: 9:00 AM

Youth 1 Mile Race Begins: 9:30

Pre-Registration Check-In: 8:00 AM

Race Day Registration: 8:00 AM



Professional timed with individual results. USATF Certified 5K Course

Runners and Walkers will begin at the same time, and line up with Runners near the start line. The race proceeds clockwise around the lake. Walkers wishing to do the 1 Mile walk will see signage to turn around at the .5 mile point and proceed back to the pavillion. 

Details to follow on the 1 Mile Kids Run!

Family friendly (strollers, bikes) and pet friendly (leashed please). 

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