Bloomington, MN –YMCA of the North, a leading nonprofit dedicated to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, will host its Resilinator adventure race for buddy pairs on Saturday and Sunday October 22-23, at Hyland Lake Park Reserve, presented by Cargill and hosted by Three Rivers Park District.

For the first time in American history, kids have a shorter life expectancy than their parents due to factors such as a sedentary lifestyle and declining participation in organized sports. The YMCA aims to change this with fun, challenging and unique activities like the Resilinator race. Buddy pairs race - while being tethered together - through fun and challenging obstacles to earn a finishers medal and a new confidence and grit. Buddies can be friends, siblings or a child with a parent, mentor, grandparent or coach. Racing in a buddy pair provides the participants the opportunity to work together by developing trust and communicating to solve the challenges and obstacles they face throughout the course.

“My favorite part was running through the huge leaf pile before the finish line,” said Josh, a 10-year-old YMCA racer. “The race was hard but really fun. I can’t wait to do it again!”

“Pediatricians across the Twin Cities prescribe the Resilinator to help kids get active,” said Glen Gunderson, president of the Y. “The YMCA is proud to provide unique wellness opportunities for kids with the support of partners across our community.”

A new opportunity this year is the Resilinator: Grown Up Edition. The inaugural event for buddy-pair participants ages 18-99 takes place on Saturday, October 22. 

“Often as adults we find ourselves needing moments to disconnect-to-reconnect, opportunities to be active with like-minded people that don’t require months of preparation, celebrate our resilience, or experience outdoors in ways that inspire us to play,” explained Ashlee Mueller, director of events for Y Adventure Lab. The Resilinator: Grown Up Edition lets us be a kid again, even if just for an hour.”

YMCA of the North’s Y Adventure Lab with Cargill and Three River Parks District

Resilinator, an adventure race for buddy pairs

Hyland Lake Park Reserve at 10145 Bush Lake Road in Bloomington, MN 55438

Resilinator: Grown Up Edition - Saturday, October 22 with start times from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Resilinator: Kids & Families - Sunday, October 23 with start times from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

About the YMCA of the North

The YMCA of the North is a leading nonprofit dedicated to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Established 166 years ago, the Ys provide life-strengthening services across the greater Twin Cities metro region, southeastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin communities. The 29 Y locations and program sites, eight overnight camps, 10 day camps, and more than 90 child care sites engage more than 370,000 men, women and children of all ages, incomes and backgrounds. To learn more about the Y’s mission and work, visit