AUSA ROTC 5k Sole Challenge

The AUSA ROTC Sole Challenge 5K is a team building event for all ages benefiting ROTC programs in Minnesota and to support AUSA. AUSA is the U.S. Army’s professional association. They are the voice for the Army on Capitol Hill and offer support for active duty and veteran soldiers and their families. Vessey Chapter of Minnesota is the largest AUSA Chapter in the United States not attached to a military base.

The mission of this event is to safely conduct an annual 5K race to develop cadets and midshipmen, build esprit de corps and support physical fitness in the community. Proceeds from the race will be used to support AUSA activities and programs.

The 5K course may be run or walked and will be chip timed with a link to results posted immediately after the event at  This is a relatively flat trail course within the scenic Brookdale Park of Brooklyn Park, MN.  The race will begin at 8:00 AM and award ceremony at 9:45Am.

All pre-registrants will receive a medal and one short-sleeved t-shirt printed with the event’s logo and sponsors. Anyone registering after the last day of registration cannot be guaranteed that a shirt will be included for their fee. There will be a water station mid-way through the run, as well as water, drinks, and snacks at the finish.

Top three overall male and female finishers will each receive a plaque & gift certificate.  Awards are given to the top male and female in the following age groups: 12 and under, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+.

Each participant is suggested to donate at least 5 pairs of gently used athletic shoes. They will support micro-enterprise Africa communities, disaster relief, and recycling efforts through World Soles.

If you or your company are interested in sponsoring our race, please email Mr. Alberto (DJ) DeJesús at

The AUSA ROTC 5K SOLE CHALLENGE is honored to be selected as an ExploreMN event through the Minnesota Dept. of Tourism.  The event will showcase a beautiful park and the hard work of the City of Brooklyn Park, which is going above and beyond to support MN veterans.  Follow the EXPLOREMN link to learn more about all Minnesota has to offer.

You may register one of two easy ways:

1. Online at

2. Via mail using the registration form Registration Form (2018)

Event day walk up registration will not be available.

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