Donut Dash 5k & Mini-Donut Half-Mile Dash

May 9, 2020 at 8:00 a.m.
Days Until the Dash!
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UPDATE 3/19/2020: We have made the extremely difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Donut Dash 5K, scheduled for May 9. Please see the following statement and stay tuned for more details as we prepare to kick off a virtual race.

It is with regret that we are cancelling the Donut Dash 5K and Mini-Donut ½ Mile Dash on May 9. With Governor Walz’s directive to close all Minnesota schools through March 27 and follow social distancing, we are following advice from the CDC and Minnesota Department of Health in regards social distancing and not hosting any events of more than 50 people for eight weeks. We never would have thought it would come to this, but we must be safe, responsible, and do our part to help slow the Covid19 virus down.

Our annual Donut Dash is a fundraiser for Eagle Ridge Academy, providing support for our highest priority needs at the Academy. While we cannot have a physical race, we want to offer the following options, which will be available for registrants on the RunSignUp page:

  • Stay in the Race: Your registration fee will be honored at the 2021 Donut Dash on May 8, 2021. You will be automatically registered and notified in January 2021.
  • Participate in the Virtual Donut Dash: Participate by walking or running your own 5K or ½ mile race at your own leisure this spring and:
    -Receive your race shirt
    -Take photos and/or video of your run and share with Eagle Ridge Academy for a chance to be entered into drawings for $25 and $50 gift cards and Donut Dash water bottles from May 1 to June 30. Photos and video will be shared on our social media with your permission
    -Each registrant will be given a coupon for a FREE Donut of your choice at Lunds/Byerlys in Minnetonka.
  • Opt out of the race and designate your registration fees as a tax-deductible donation to Eagle Ridge Academy.

We will keep registration open for Virtual Race or donation only. More information will be shared in coming weeks. In the meantime, we thank you for your understanding and ‘donut’ let this stop you from running your best race!


Your favorite things all in one place: running and donuts! Whether you’re a runner, a walker, or a donut-enthusiast, this is the event for you! Set in Eden Prairie’s beautiful Purgatory Creek Park,  this official 5K course is chip and mat-timed (start and finish!). There’s a half-mile Mini-Donut Dash for the kids, complete with a participation medal and mini-donuts. Bring the whole family and enjoy a spring day in the park for a great cause. Enjoy DJ music, Zumba warm-ups, complimentary chair massages and rock taping, and complimentary post-race refreshments…including DONUTS!

This year’s proceeds will help support a new 5,000 square foot gymnasium at Eagle Ridge Academy, serving a Classical Education to 1,420 students in grades K-12.

5K Online Pre-Registration Pricing: 
$25 Early bird through 2/29
$30 Regular registration – 3/1 –  4/25
$40 Gryphon Youth Running Club – through 3/13 (training starts mid-March)
$35 Last-chance registration – 4/26 through race day
$25 Special ERA Student and Alumni Pricing – good through race day, but does not guarantee shirt after 4/20

Please note: After April 20, you are not guaranteed a shirt in your preferred size.

Online registration closes on 5/7

To register via mail with cash or check (written to FERA), download the registration brochure, and return with your payment to Eagle Ridge Academy.

5K Race Day Pricing:
$35 per person (adult or student)

Kids Mini Donut Dash 1/2 Mile Fun Run Pricing:
(Kids 10 and younger)
$10 per child NO T-Shirt (Before April 25)
$15 per child WITH T-Shirt (Before April 25)

$15 per child NO T-Shirt (April 26 to Race Day)
$20 per child WITH T-Shirt (April 26 to Race Day)

All registrations are non-refundable. Race packets may be picked up on Friday, May 8, from 3:30-7 pm at Eagle Ridge Academy in the District Office.

sign up now – virtual 5k
Brochure with Registration (PDF)


In-person event canceled for 2020. Volunteer opportunities will be available in 2021. 

Sign Up To Volunteer – Canceled at This Time

Packet Pick-Up Information

In-person packet pick-up is canceled for 2020. Virtual event information will be sent to participants. 

New This Year: Couch to 5k Program

Are you new to running or want to get back into it? Try this Couch to 5K program and run the Donut Dash 5K!

This simple program will prepare you to run the Donut Dash 5k on May 9 by recommending specific training that you can follow on your own.  With little or no running background whatsoever, Couch to 5K will transform you from couch potato to regular runner—one that can even run 3.1 miles.   Participants will follow an online program led by Eagle Ridge Academy’s Cross Country coach, Rob Economy, including individual electronic coaching.

There is no charge for this program; however, you must be a registered participant of the 2020 Donut Dash 5k on May 9.

For more information, please email

Gryphon Youth Welcome to Running

The Gryphon Youth Welcome to Running Program is designed for students in grades 3-8 interested in successfully completing a 5k run, the Donut Dash.

This is a fun 6-week plan, which introduces beginners into a running program. The program includes workouts and general fitness exercises that will improve youth running capacity. Current high school cross country runners will participate in the instruction. Students in grades 3-6 must have a registered parent or designated guardian run the Donut Dash 5k with them. $40 includes student race entry, t-shirt, and coaching program. Parents must register separately. Basic qualifications: In good health with no health problems, or cleared by a licensed physician.

Training begins in March. Registrants will be notified separately via email with details.

$40 includes student race entry, t-shirt, and coaching program. Parents must register separately. 

Thanks to our 2020 Sponsors!