In-Person September 12         Virtual September 1 Through 11

History of the Run

This run was formerly the DJJD 5K/15K managed by Northfield Shares. Historically it took place Sunday of the Defeat of Jesse James Days celebration weekend. The Northfield Historical Society became the new organizer of the run in 2020. 

Why the Outlaw Run?

On September 7, 1876, the James-Younger Gang robbed the First National Bank of Northfield.  Two Northfield men were killed. The townspeople fought the gang and ran them out of town. A posse was formed and for two weeks after the robbery, the gang was pursued. They were finally apprehended in Madelia, MN. The name of our run, the Outlaw Run, does not seek to glorify the outlaws but to remember the men who chased after the robbers when the outlaws ran from Northfield. 

Racing in 2021

The Northfield Historical Society is holding a LIVE, in-person run in 2021 as well as a virtual run. The live run will be held September 12 while the virtual run will be held from September 1 through 11.

Race Virtually

As a participant, you get to choose any time between September 1 and 11 to complete your race. The 5K is 3.1 miles. The 15K is 9.3 miles. You can complete your race anywhere you choose – there is no set course. You can also complete your race any way you choose – running, walking, with your dog, pushing a stroller, on a treadmill, or on an elliptical machine. You can complete the race on your own or bring together your friends and walk in a group. It’s all up to you!

August 31 is the final day to register at the $25 entry fee price. September 1 the price will go up to $30.

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Route Maps

15k Route Map

5k Route Map

Race FAQs


  • August 31 – Final day to enter at the $25 entry fee price. 
  • September 1 – Price for the LIVE run goes up to $30.


  • Only the first 250 people to register are guaranteed a race medal. 
  • Prizes or awards are offered in the following categories during the LIVE run – males and females of the 5K and 15K:
    • Fastest overall runner
    • 18 and under
    • 19 to 39
    • 40 and over
  • Will past race T-shirts/ swag be available for purchase? Limited sizes of the 2019 long-sleeved shirt will be available for purchase on race day for $5. Past swag bags will be available for purchase as well for $5. There are no remaining T-shirts or medals from the 2020 virtual run available.


  • When can I pick up my race T-shirt and medal?   Shirts and medals are expected to be ready at registration time.
  • Where can I pick up my race T-shirt and medal? September 9, 10, and 11 preregistration will take place on Bridge Square in the Northfield Historical Society tent (408 Division St. S. Northfield.)  Registration the day of the race is at Benson and Langehough Funeral Home (201 E. 4th, Northfield.) 


  • When can I pick up my race T-shirt and medal?   Shirts and medals are expected to be ready by September 20.
  • Where can I pick up my race T-shirt and medal?  The T-shirts and medals will be available at the Northfield Historical Society, 408 Division St. S. Northfield.  
  • When will my race T-shirt and medal be mailed out?   Shirts and medals are expected to be ready to mail out by September 20.