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Vikings Set to Kick Off Season with Fun, Football-Themed 5K


The Vikings will kick off the 2014 regular season on September 7 at noon in St. Louis. But for Vikings fans, the fun begins earlier that morning at the team's training facility – Winter Park.

The Vikings organization and Twin Cities Orthopedics, are encouraging fans to celebrate the return of football by participating in the TCO Vikings 5K on Sunday, September 7 at 8:00 a.m. in Eden Prairie. Participants will finish the run in the field house at Winter Park, Participants will do all of this while giving back to their community, with a portion of each registration going toward the Vikings Children's Fund and Life Time Foundation.

The event is for fans and runners of all ages and abilities. Kids ages five and under participate for free. Click here to learn more about registration.

The TCO Vikings 5K is not your typical 5K event. . There are three registration options – Youth 5-17, a non-timed course, and a timed course. Those who choose to participate in the timed course will put their competitive spirit to the test and will be eligible to compete for prizes, including tickets to the Vikings vs. Patriots game, an autographed helmet and an autographed football.

In addition, those who choose the timed course will be able to choose football-themed divisions in which to compete:

40 YARD DASH - All timed participants will be automatically entered in the 40-Yard Dash, which will be the final 40 yards of the 5K ending in the field house at Winter Park.  Fastest male and female times will receive a $100 Locker Room store gift card. HELMETS AND PADS DIVISION - Wear your own helmet and pads to the race. Top male and female times will be entered to win an autographed Vikings helmet.

FOOTBALL CARRYING DIVISION – Participants who run while carrying a football have a chance to win an autographed Vikings football.

FOOTBALL TEAM DIVISION – Find five teammates and compete as a team! The winning team will be awarded a one-hour training session on the Life Time Fitness Alpha Showdown Competition Field with a trainer.

CHEERLEADER TEAM DIVISION – Is your pom pom and spirit ready for the regular season? Enter the cheerleading division with five friends to be entered to win a LifeSpa gift basket.  Be sure to cheer each other on during the run.

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