The Brainerd Jaycees Run for the Lakes has grown tremendously since the first event in 2008. The race now draws more than 1,500 runners who wind their way through remarkable north wood scenery.

The Run for the Lakes is organized from start to finish by volunteers of the Brainerd Jaycees and carried out with the support of over one hundred community members and several local businesses. All proceeds from the run are donated to various non-profit organizations.

The Brainerd Jaycees are proud to support the following charities:

The 2021 primary benefactor will be the Brainerd Family YMCA.

Brainerd Amateur Radio
Brainerd Lakes Area Women of Today
Brainerd Public School Foundation
Brainerd Restoration
Baxter Kiwanis
BMX Club
Crow Wing County Mounted Patrol
Crow Wing County Beyond the Yellow Ribbon
First Lutheran Church
Forestview Middle School Power Packs
Junior Achievement
Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity
Lowell School
Nisswa Parks & Rec
Nisswa Fire Department
Nothing But Nets
St. Francis School
Teen Challenge
Verge Ministries