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Princess Warrior event back for 11th year of remembrance

Event honors Wadena child who battled cancer and many more area children each year.

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With strollers, bikes, runners and walkers, participants started the Princess Warrior 5K on Sept. 25, 2021.
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WADENA — Footsteps will pound the pavement in Wadena on Saturday, Sept. 24 to honor Jane Fiemeyer in the 11th annual Princess Warrior 5K.

While pre-registration is an option, showing up the day of the event is also encouraged. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. and the race begins at 10 a.m. at Tapley Park, 617 SW Lincoln Ave.

A virtual option is also available, where participants can complete in a 5K on their own and be sent a commemorative shirt in October. The shirt design was chosen from dozens of submissions from area residents. Entrant submissions were placed in front of the event committee, without the artist's name. Organizer Jil Fiemeyer, 48, said the favorite designs were set aside, and voting rounds followed until a winner was selected.

“It was a tough decision,” she said of this year’s entries, adding Kaylee Bettin was named the winner.

On average, about 500 people participate in the event. This year, 350 are already pre-registered. Find online registration options at www.janefiemeyerprincesswarrior.com .

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For those who aren’t into completing a 3-mile course, Jil invited them to join the crowds of people lining the 5K route to cheer on participants.

The route is a road course that highlights things important to her daughter.

“Jane loved the swimming pool, so it goes by that and the road she lived on, the cemetery where she is buried and the elementary school she attended,” Jil said.

After the thrill of completing the Princess Warrior 5K, the Wadena Lions will serve up a hearty meal as kids will be given an opportunity to play carnival games, jump in bouncy houses, get their face painted or buy treats and trinkets from vendors.

Jil said the Lions Club donates a percentage of proceeds to the event, as do some other attending vendors and businesses offering specials.

Child’s dream continues to inspire

Jane was 8 years old when she passed from cancer after 13 months of fighting. In the midst of her battle, the daughter of Jil and David Fiemeyer, wanted her legacy to include an event that worked towards a cure for cancer.

The Princess Warrior Foundation was created as a way to honor her wishes – to let other kids who have cancer know they and their families have support – financially and emotionally.

At the run, nine children fighting cancer will be honored. Jil said five are “newly recognized” and four have been recognized in the past.

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“It’s a hard time for them and it is important they know they are supported,” she said, adding the families are all from the Wadena area or adjacent to it.

Proceeds that the foundation collects from events, such as the Princess Warrior 5K, are distributed in several ways, according to the foundation website. Money may be distributed to families, to research facilities working towards a cure for cancer and for senior scholarships at Wadena-Deer Creek High School.

The foundation website stated Jane would’ve graduated in 2022, and last year nine graduating seniors received a $500 scholarship.

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