For decades, Bernick’s has fueled your 3 p.m. pick-me-up trips to the office vending machine and accompanied your favorite meal at Central Minnesota bars and eateries. While the family-owned company has long been known for its brand name beverages, it wasn’t until recently that it made the jump from providing drinks on the sidelines to getting in the game with the Bernick’s Family Fitness Series.


Bernick’s staff-driven initiative to balance business with a healthy, active lifestyle began in 2011 with the Wishbone 5K, a family-focused 5K run/walk event on Thanksgiving morning that has since become the cornerstone of four seasonal 5K races throughout the St. Cloud community. While each race in the Bernick’s Family Fitness series has its own unique theme and location, they are equally as fun, affordable and accessible for all ages.

From conditioned runners looking for a challenge to families interested in walking the course and having a good time, the Bernick’s Family Fitness Series is for everyone—no training necessary. You’re just as likely to see young families with strollers of children in tow as you are to see teenagers with their grandparents and anyone in between.

Partnerships with the St. Cloud Area Family YMCA, Times Media and 104.7 KCLD, along with the amazing support of sponsors, have enabled registration fees to start at just $5 an individual and $10 a family, and includes a race t-shirt, post-race snacks, and, of course, lots of beverages.

This year, Bernick’s anticipates more than 4,000 participants at the starting line of the Wishbone 5K, but not everyone will be going the full 3.1 miles. The Little Turkey 1K gives tiny trotters a chance to run off some energy, while adults looking for less intensity may choose the two-mile walk option.

With just over one week until Thanksgiving, there’s still plenty of time to register you and your family for a fun, new tradition to compliment the turkey and trimmings. Click HERE to register for the Wishbone 5K/1K/2-mile walk today!

And, it’s not too early to start planning for the 2019 race season. Other events in the Bernick’s Family Fitness Series include:

Pot O’ Gold 5K/1K: Time to put away the snow boots (hopefully!) for some good GREEN fun on St. Patrick’s Day.

Mississippi Move & Groove 5K/1K: Get up and active this May and be rewarded with live music at the finish line.

 Rock Your Sole 5K/1K: With Quarry Park in full bloom, this August race is a must-do. A dip in the quarry to cool yourself afterward is totally optional.

 Wishbone 5K/1K/2-mile walk: The final race of the season where turkey hats, pilgrim hats and full-body turkey suits are aplenty.

Pick one or two, or challenge your family to do them all!