NEW Torchlight Virtual 5K

While we may have not been able to gather together at the start line of the Torchlight 5K this summer, we are happy to have had over 300 athletes join us for our fist-ever FREE virtual edition of the Torchlight 5K. It was great to stay connected with our community!

Thank you to those who joined us (virtually) and a HUGE thank you to those who made a donation to the Minneapolis Public Schools via the Life Time Foundation or Mile in My Shoes!

Thank You for Donating!

While we were not able to gather together in person at the start line of the Torchlight 5K this year, we want to give a big shout out to all of you who kept the race day spirit alive and participated in the Torchlight Virtual 5K! We send a heartfelt thank you to all athletes who donated to Minneapolis Public Schools via Life Time Foundation through their entry to the Torchlight 5K and additional donations.

Because of your generosity, we raised $12,720 to help Minneapolis Public Schools as they have served over 2.5 million meals since March 17 when school was first closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While MPS had to quickly change their operations to adapt to the new reality, they are proud to have served these 2.5 million meals while staying true to their mission – to nurture ALL children through access to quality food and active living.

2020 Torchlight 5K CANCELLED

Greetings Torchlight Family,

We hope this message finds you well, safe and healthy, and we appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate the current COVID-19 pandemic. The health and safety of everyone involved in our event as well as the broader community has been our top priority as we have been working closely with our partners at the Aquatennial and our local city agencies over the last few weeks and months to determine what the best path forward for this year’s 2020 Life Time Torchlight Minneapolis 5K is.

With that being said, due to the significant impact and risk COVID-19 continues to pose to our community, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Life Time Torchlight Minneapolis 5K event originally scheduled to take place on July 22, 2020 in downtown Minneapolis. While this was an incredibly difficult decision and we are heartbroken to not be hosting you this summer, we believe that this is the right decision and that it is in the best interest of all involved.

Current 2020 registrants should’ve received an email from us earlier this afternoon detailing the different options we are offering in terms of your registration for this year’s race, including an option to donate your 2020 entry fee to the Minneapolis Public School District via the Life Time Foundation to support and aid the District as they continue to safely provide school lunches to their students during this time (tax deductible donation – receipt will be provided). If you didn’t receive this email, please get in touch with us at

We are committed to doing what we can to help you and our community through this unprecedented time, and hope you’re as excited as we are to get back out there.

As of today, Aquatennial is still planning for Minneapolis’ civic celebration in July. Details around this summer’s Aquatennial experience are still being finalized to prioritize public safety and health. Look for more about the rest of this summer’s beloved community celebration, Aquatennial, at the end of June on the Aquatennial website.

We will miss seeing you this summer, and we wish you and your loved ones the best. Stay healthy and safe.

Thank you for your continued support. We’re in this together.

Your Torchlight 5K Team

*Updated 5.26.2020 at 2:30 PM CT.

Run With Fire

Share the sights and sounds with family and friends as you join us for the 5K run of the summer! The Life Time Torchlight Minneapolis 5K invites you to break a sweat and have a good time doing it. The party truly starts the minute you cross the start line and continues well after you cross the finish line with our post-race race entertainment and cool refreshments. Come one, come all for an unforgettable night where you will truly experience the Twin Cities magic!

For the third straight year, Life Time Torchlight 5K is proud to have been voted one of the Best 5K races in the U.S. by the BibRave 100, and also to be voted a Top 25 10 Miles or Less Race in the U.S. in 2019 as well!

Register and Receive


Register for the 2020 Life Time Torchlight 5K and receive the following:

  • FINISHER MEDAL **2019 medal pictured**
    • Glow-in-the-dark medal for all Finishers.
  • Custom participant shirt celebrating the Minneapolis Aquatennial
    • Features the iconic Torchlight flame and glow-in-the-dark design (2019 participant shirt pictured).
  • Start line music by Life Time Performer Justin Reis, and on-course DJs at mile markers 1, 2 and 3.
  • Access to the legendary Torchlight 5K Finish Festival
    • Live music by Brat Pack Radio!
    • Post-race food and snacks
    • Complimentary beer and beverages (non-alcoholic options available – must be 21+ for beer)
  • Race photography by FinisherPix
  • Unique Minneapolis race course:
    • Run along the Aquatennial Parade route packed with spectators
    • Through downtown Minneapolis skyscrapers and skyways
    • Past the Stone Arch Bridge, Mill Ruins Park, Hennepin Ave. Bridge and iconic Grain Belt Beer sign
    • Finish across the Plymouth Ave. Bridge, running over the Mississippi River next to the Boom Island Lighthouse, to the finish line inside Boom Island Park
    • Twp aid stations along the course
  • Live race results via Athlinks
  • Complimentary post-race shuttle


Participant Shirt

The Life Time Torchlight 5K is among more than 30 athletic events owned and produced by Life Time, the premier healthy lifestyle brand. We believe every event is an extension of our Healthy Way of Life philosophy and brand, and it’s always our goal to deliver an exceptional event experience for both participants and spectators. For more information please visit Life Time Events.

Life Time Torchlight 5K is produced in partnership with the Minneapolis Downtown Council and the Aquatennial Festival – the Official Civic Celebration of the City of Minneapolis.




The Life Time Torchlight 5K experience is at the pinnacle of athletic events thanks in part to our wonderful sponsors.

Interested in becoming a sponsor?
For information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact our sponsorship team.

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