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Credits Managing Editor: HeidiKellerMiler

Senior Editor: MarkC.Syring

Art Director/Layout Artist: JasonLehmkuhle

Advertising Coordinator/Sales: HeidiKellerMiler

Photographer: WayneKryduba

Results: JackMoran

MDRA Officers:

MikeIserman,President NormChamp,VicePresident KathrynBenhardus,Secretary JodyKobbervig,Treasurer KirkWalztoni,PastPresident


MDRA Board Members:

President’s Letter


Olympic Trials Preview



From The Roads

Running Briefs


MDRA Fall Marathon Training Program


News and notes


Race Results




Race Calendar


MDRA Board Elections


Race Photos Monster Dash

Trail Running Sawtooth 100 Mile report


Lifetime Fitness Turkey Day 5K Diva Dash

On the Run 100,000 miles in Minnesota part 2


18 A Tale of Two Cities The 30th anniversary of the Twin Cities Marathon

On the Cover: Runners at the start of the Diva Dash. Photo by: Wayne Kryduba

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PaulArneberg,NathanCampeau, DarrellChristensen,NoelleFrost, KristinJohnson,MaryJohnson, HeatherKick-Abrahamson,BillKnight BillKullback,MichaelNawrocki, AndrewPlackner,MelissaWieczorek

Contact RunMinnesota! RunMinnesota 5701NormandaleRd. Edina,MN55424

BY MICHAEL ISERMAN Dear RunMinnesota Readers, As you may know, MDRA is largely a volunteer driven organization with the decision making and direction provided by the Board of Directors. We are very fortunate to have such an outstanding group of individuals who commit their time to MDRA by participating at monthly board meetings, serving on various committees, working at MDRA races, organizing the occasional special events and attending to other tasks that keep the organization going. I feel very privileged to have the opportunity to work with such a wonderful group and to see their passion for supporting the local running community. At this time every year, MDRA prepares for some changes on the Board as current terms expire and new Board members join the team. This year, we are quite sad to see a long time Board member leaving as she has reached the limits of service as determined by the MDRA bylaws. I would like to take this opportunity to recognize and thank Kathy Benhardus for her many years of dedicated service to the MDRA Board of Kathy Benhardus Directors. Kathy has been an amazing Board member. She joined the Board in 2005 and since that time she has served as both an At-Large member and the Secretary. Kathy has performed an outstanding job as Secretary to capture and document all of the important business of each meeting. As a level one certified USATF coach, she has been instrumental to the MDRA Women’s Running Camp, a program she leads every spring in Edina. She certainly has a passion for spreading the word about running, teaching and guiding others to become better runners and getting the most enjoyment out of their running experience. Kathy’s writing in RunMinnesota is not limited to the meeting minutes. She is also a frequent author for this publication and will perhaps have more time to write some articles now that she will no longer be crossing the t’s and dotting the i’s in the minutes. Kathy indicates that the one of the areas she has enjoyed most about serving on the Board is getting to know everyone and learning about all the behind the scene operations and decision making involved with the organization. She also shared that at the MDRA 50th anniversary party earlier this year was a special highlight for her. Please join me in saying “Thank You” to Kathy for her many years of outstanding service on the MDRA Board of Directors. So, now is the time to cast your vote for the new 2012 MDRA Board members. The statements from each candidate for the open positions and the ballot can be found in this issue. I encourage all MDRA members to carefully review the nominations and submit your ballot. We would love to see an increased voter turnout for the 2012 election. On behalf of the MDRA Board of Directors, thank you for being an active member. Also, save the date on your calendars for MDRA’s Annual Party on Saturday, January 21, 2012, at the Edina Community Center. Attendance is free for current members. The results of the election will be announced and the new Board members introduced at the party. We hope to see you there. Keep running Minnesota,

Michael Iserman,CSCS

President, MDRA Board of Directors




Minnesota Distance Running Association

Chad Austin lives in Apple Valley with his wife, Amy, and two daughters. He followed his dad out the door at the age of 10 and has been running ever since. In addition to writing for MDRA, he’s an avid blogger. You can read his daily musings at http://cnaustin. Chad can be reached at

Steve DeBoer moved to Minnesota at the age of six months and began running shortly thereafter. Since July 20, 1970, Steve has run every day, which gives him the fifth longest running streak in the United States and the longest east of the Rockies. He competes in 15 to 20 road races per year, usually finishing in the top 1000. However, this streak was broken in October 2010, when Steve captured 1037th place at the Twin Cities Marathon. Steve moved to southern Minnesota in 1987, allowing him to get in a few more shirtless runs each year. In his spare time, he works as a registered dietitian at the Mayo Clinic.

Alex Kurt is a graduate student at the University of Minnesota and a 2009 graduate of St. John’s University, where he ran crosscountry and track. His work has appeared online with Trail Runner Magazine, and he is the ultra-running contributor for Down the Backstretch. Despite running multiple ultras, Alex has never run a marathon.

Candy Patrin is a writer who can be spotted running in the St. Croix River Valley area with her training partner, Radar, a chocolate Labrador retriever. She never tires of listening to running stories and is always on the lookout for article ideas. This year, Candy plans to get in more trail runs and compete in local races. She can be reached at

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MDRA Board Elections Please look for the information and ballots for the MDRA Board elections in this issue. This year there are also some bylaw changes to be voted on at the Annual Party. The results of the election will be announced at the MDRA Annual Party in January.

Grand Prix Series Final Results Heading into the final race of the 2011 MDRA Grand Prix Kirt Goetzke held the slimmest of leads, only 22 points over Colin Gardner-Springer. That slim lead was not enough to hold off Gardner-Springer who took the second highest grand prix score home in the final event of the 2011 series the Rocky's Run 6K. In the women’s race, Willie Tibbetts enjoyed more of a cushion with a 333 point lead. Enough of a lead that she took the final race off and still won the overall title. Lisa Burger took second overall making it a close race by having a strong showing at Rocky's Run, she closed the gap to 121 points. Please check the MDRA website to see the final standings across all the age groups.

MDRA Annual Party Set for January 21

MDRA Grand Prix Registration Now Open

The Annual Party

is set for Saturday, January 21, 2012. Free pizza and soda start the party off at 11:30 a.m. in the Edina Community Center, second floor cafeteria area. The awards portion of the program will follow at 1:00 p.m. There will be a slide show from a wide variety of races that RunMinnesota photographer, Wayne Kryduba, attended throughout the year. The MDRA Grand Prix winners, Volunteer of the Year and the Lanin Award for Distinguished Service will also be awarded. As always, there will be great door prizes, but you must be in attendance to win. The party is free for MDRA members and $5.00 for guests.

Polar Bear Club Runs

Dome Running

The weekly MDRA Saturday group, known

The Dome will be open for running

as the Polar Bear Group, has started. They meet each Saturday from different locations around town. The run information will be listed on Also the group has a Facebook page with weekly updates that can be found by searching for 2011 MDRA Polar Bears. All speed levels are represented. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Tuesdays and Thursdays this year through the March 29, 2012. The cost to run at the Dome is $1.00. Parking is free in the upper Metrodome lot. The Metrodome is open from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Enter at gate D. Please refer to for more information. There are bathrooms available but not locker rooms. Bring a gym bag to stash your stuff in.

The 2012 MDRA Grand Prix is now taking registrations. Please see the registration form in this magazine or at for more details and how to register. New this year, Grand Prix runners get special discounts at many Grand Prix races. Only $5.00 to enter the Grand Prix. For this low fee, you have a chance to win participation prizes, age group awards and now get bargains at the races. This all adds up to a great deal. New this year, you must be an MDRA member to join the Grand Prix. The Grand Prix will have 14 races next year with the new addition being the Brian Kraft 5K. The series kicks off with the Meet of the Miles on Monday, January 9, 2012. For the complete list of races and race dates, please see the Grand Prix entry form in this magazine, or find it online at The Grand Prix, at only $5.00, is your best bargain in running. RM

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Minnesota Distance Running Association

MDRA member and friend to many

in the multi sport community, Denny Johnson, of Edina, passed away on September 4, 2011, at the age of 65, in a Boulder, Colorado hospital. One morning while out for a training ride for his upcoming Ironman in Madison (he was wearing a helmet), he crashed while descending a hill, sustaining a serious brain injury from which he never recovered. Denny had been out in Boulder with his wife, Barbara Swain, to support friends who were competing in the Boulder 70.3 triathlon. Denny graduated from Southwest High School in Minneapolis and then went on to be an officer in the Vietnam War. Following his discharge, he enrolled at the University of Minnesota Business School and then Law School. He spent his entire career working at Meshbesher and Spence law firm before his retirement three years ago. Denny is survived by his wife, Barbara Swain, his daughter, Lisa Johnson, and his sister, Marge Stansfield.


Remembering Denny Johnson 1946 – 2011

A series of races throughout Minnesota in 2012




Remembering Janet Gensler 1953 - 2011 Janet Christine Gensler

died October 25 in Glendale, Arizona, of pancreatic cancer. She had been diagnosed in mid-August and spent her last two months at home in Arizona and at Hospice of the Valley. Born April 6, 1953, in Montevideo to Rosadelle and Kalmer Skaalen, she grew up in Boyd and Trimont, graduating in 1971 from Trimont High School and in 1975 from Gustavus Adolphus College. Janet ran 56 marathons, as well as many other races and trail runs across the country. With a marathon PR of 2:52, when Janet was not the overall women’s winner, she was a frequent visitor to the podium for masters and age group competition. Janet competed with the Prairie Striders Racing Team during the 1990s before moving to Arizona with her husband, Hal. She was editor of Running Arizona for the Arizona Road Racers. Two years ago, Janet and Hal started the 4 on the 4th Race in Ely, Minnesota, near their Isabella cabin. She loved the outdoors, reading, cooking and the runner’s high she got every day. Janet epitomized the joy of running, whether she was competing in a race or simply out for her daily run.



Proposed changes to the MDRA Bylaws: The proposed bylaws changes will be voted on by the MDRA membership at the Annual Party on January 21, 2012 at the Edina Community Center. To see a complete copy of the bylaws please go to

MDRA Board Elections: The applicants were asked the following questions: 1. Give a brief description of your running background. 2. Qualifications: What specific talents and experience


you contribute to the board?

3. Goals & Plans: There are several committees that oversee

cates to members in good standing evidencing membership in the MDRA.”

the various activities of the MDRA: Advocacy, Race, Programs, Publications, Promotions and Club Administration. How would you like to devote your time as a board member?

Section 3.3: Change, “There are six (6) classifications of mem-

4. Pick a few of these “fun” questions to respond to. List your

bership, each of which extends for a twelve (12) month period” to “There are several classifications of membership, each of which extends for a twelve (12) month period”

favorite: Running movie, running her/role model, running quote, running race or event, distance or route, running experience and reason you run.

Section 3.2: Omit the last sentence. “MDRA shall issue certifi-

Section 3.3.5: Change Youth membership to Student membership and applicable to those 25 and under.

Section 4.5: Introduction—change to 501(c)(4).

#8—change to


Section 4.8: Change to “written or electronic official ballot.” Change “mailed” to “distributed.”

President (one year term, tw0 people running for one open position) Michael Iserman

Section 5.6: Change to “All Directors shall be notified not less than…” omitting all the examples given.

Section 5.9: Delete this entire section (voting by proxy). Section 6.6: Delete the Nominating Committee, since the full board fills this function. Add an Advocacy Committee and proposed duties in its place. “ Section 6.8: Delete references to term limits and rosters. Keep the paragraph regarding conflict of interest.



1. I have been running and participating in organized road races for over ten years. Each year, I run 10-15 races at distances ranging from 10K up to full marathons. To date I have completed 31 marathons including: Grandma’s Marathon (10), Twin Cities Marathon (9), Big Sur International Marathon, Chicago Marathon, Las Vegas Marathon, Denver Marathon, Disney World Marathon, and others. I have also been a member of the MDRA since 2002. 2. I have previously served two years as an at-large member of the MDRA Board and I am currently completing a one-year term as the President of the Board. I have over 19 years of experience working in fitness and personal training. Since March 2004, I have been the Director of Personal Training for the YMCA’s of Greater St. Paul & the YMCA’s of


Minnesota Distance Running Association

Metropolitan Minneapolis – overseeing the personal training programs at the 22 branches of the YMCA throughout the Twin Cities and western Wisconsin. For nearly 10 years, I presented nation-wide Personal Trainer certification workshops for the National Exercise Trainers Association (NETA). I have also participated as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) on NETA’s Personal Training Role Delineation Committee and have served as the Chair of NETA’s Board of Certification. In addition, I hold professional certifications from the American College of Sports Medicine, the National Strength & Conditioning Association, the National Academy of Sports Medicine, the American Council on Exercise, and the YMCA of the USA. I am a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology. 3. As President, I would like to continue engaging the Board and MDRA members to become more actively involved in both the growth and impact of MDRA within the local running community. In particular, to increase MDRA membership; to increase participation in MDRA race events and programs; and to educate the running community regarding the mission and initiatives of MDRA. 4. My favorite close-to-home location to run is along the Rush Creek Regional Trails that link the Elm Creek Park Reserve to the Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park. However, when traveling I look forward to a running tour of the local scenery, usually with no idea where I am headed or what I will find – I just run. There are many ‘favorite’ running quotes that keep me inspired. Among those is one of many by Frank Shorter, “You have to forget your last marathon before you try another. Your mind can’t know what’s coming.” This is particularly true of my experience at the 2007 TCM for those of you who recall the conditions during the race that year.

Andrew Plackner 1. I’d love to say I’ve been running my whole life, but that would be far from the truth. Prior to 2004 I ran occasionally, at best. Not because I really enjoyed it, but out of necessity. It was the only form of exercise I could regularly engage in during my business travels, which were excessive at the time. Early in ‘04 I decided to train for Twin Cities Marathon with a couple of buddies and everything changed. The friendship, improved fitness, and general well being that ensued became remarkably addicting. The following year I joined the MDRA and have since run 11 more marathons, as well as dozens of other races of all distances. 2. Recognizing how much the MDRA has given to me since I joined its ranks, I’ve attempted to give back a number of different ways. I’ve served as a coach in the MDRA Spring and Fall Marathon Program four times (so far) and I’ve served on the Board for two years now. I’ve also helped organize the MDRA Polar Plunge that has raised thousands of dollars for Minnesota Special Olympics. So what special skills or talents do I possess that I can rely on to contribute to the Board? As my friends will certainly attest I’m neither the fastest nor the brightest, but if I’ve learned anything in the years I’ve been running with the group and serving it so far it’s the important of this: balance. Like most MDRA members, I have a family and a job as well as other interests so to make this passion “work” I’ve learned

(sometimes the hard way) the importance of maintaining equilibrium with life’s other demands. In light of this, I often think of myself as a “lifestyle runner”, which I believe is an appropriate description for most MDRA members. It’s a mindset I adopt when defining my own running goals and one I’ll continue to espouse serving the MDRA going forward. 3. I’ve been fortunate to serve on the MDRA Board with many talented and inspirational people, all who share a love for the MDRA. This past year has been especially rewarding. The MDRA celebrated its 50th anniversary. New members are being added. MDRA training programs have brought new faces into the fold and have been well attended. Leadership has been outstanding I intend to maintain and continue this positive trend in a couple of ways. As anyone who’s served on the Board can attest, there’s no shortage of opinions, inspirations, and great ideas. But finding a process to effectively review these suggestions and take decision on them is a challenge we all share. Like our current leadership, I’d like to focus on reducing the amount of “kicking the can down the road” and will seek to do so by adopting a process that allows us to quickly identify the best ideas and give them the opportunity they need to succeed. The various MDRA training programs are one of the best ways we serve and advocate running. I’d like to focus on encouraging, training, and mentoring new coaches so there is better depth in these programs. Beyond that, I’d certainly like to continue coaching one of the Marathon Programs once per year. In addition to the support these programs provide towards helping members reach their running goals, these programs are a great way to meet new people, stay in shape, and promote participation in the ultimate individual sport. 4. Favorite Running Movie: Running the Sahara. Favorite Running Quote: “Whether you think you can or can’t, you’re right.” –Henry Ford. Okay, it’s not really a quote specific to running, but few are more applicable.” Running Hero/Role Model: It’s a secret. Favorite Distance: 26.2 miles!

Vice-President (one year term, one person running for one open position) Norm Champ 1. I ran in HS and got back into the sport in my thirties, but really began taking it seriously (perhaps too seriously looking back) as a master. I have run 11 marathons (all except Walker; sub 3:00) as well as numerous 5K-25K distances. As most runners I’ve had numerous injuries and finally had to face the fact that cartilage does not regenerate itself. I often ask, “If a runner doesn’t run can they still be considered a runner?” MDRA allows me to keep that question open and try to recapture the camaraderie the sport offers. 2. I’m not sure what special qualifications I have other than I am committed to giving back to the sport that provided me so much as an active athlete. I am currently the Chair of the Race Committee and would like to continue in that capacity, as well as volunteering for most of the



MDRA Spring Races and Summer-Fall Races. 3. I would like to encourage all MDRA members to volunteer for at least one race in 2011 (more is better!). You get to participate at a different level, see the race from a different perspective and you don’t have to shower after!

Secretary (two year term, one person running for one open position) Noelle Frost 1. I accepted an invite to join a friend in a 5K. Discovered I hate running but love the feeling of crossing the finish line, so I kept signing up for 5K’s. It wasn’t until until I branched out into double digit miles that I fell truly madly deeply in love with running. 2. I spent a large portion of my career developing roadmaps that start with a vague goal and finish with concrete achievement, and I’d like to do that with MDRA. This often included giving presentations to audiences varying in size from five to hundreds, which could be useful in promoting MDRA’s goals as a board member and ambassador of our sport. 3. The outstanding education, encouragement and support provided by MDRA’s marathon training classes, while valuable to runners of all experience levels, is particularly useful to runners new to the sport or the distance. I’d like to continue supporting and promoting these classes. 4. “The good Lord gave you a body that can stand most anything. It’s your mind you have to convince.” ~ Vince Lombardi.

Open Board Positions (two year term, eight people running for six open positions) Paul Arneberg 1. After a single year of running in high school in the mid-80’s, I ran TCM in ‘96 and nearly achieved a Boston Qualifier. Disappointed, I quit running and gained 30 pounds. I made a comeback in ‘04, again missing the BQ mark and developing plantar faciitis and a bum knee. I then gained 40 pounds. Starting in ‘07, I took a more moderate, realistic, self-aware approach and adopted running as a year-round lifestyle more than a means to racing. I’ve also permanently changed my nutrition to the boon of my joints, immune system, and freedom from running high mileage just to burn off junk food. My reward has been running five marathons in the last three years; competing in our Grand Prix in ‘09 and ‘10 (ushering in my 40’s); and maintaining my ideal (high school-ish) body weight. I truly believe that a BQ is out of reach for even my strong will (due to body type), but I also believe that my life is always more balanced when I prioritize running--at any distance or speed--as a 3-5x weekly staple. Aside from my personal litany of training and racing goals, I have a Top Five List to keep me motivated as to why I continue to pursue and maintain a high level of personal fitness



through running, ab workouts, and nutrition. I steward my body for: 1) Christ, Who gives me strength 2) my wife of 18 years, Wendy 3) my career, leading youth ages 8-18 4) quality of life 5) quantity of life. 2. Although I’ve not formally contributed to RunMinnesota or online writings, I love both written and oral communication. I have a knack for getting to know people fairly quickly. As a fan of running, I really enjoy volunteering for events such as working the MDRA Booth at the TCM Expo. I’ve also served on the Race Committee, and I put together a nifty mix of running-related music for the 50th anniversary banquet last March. 3. Well, along with Q. #2, I’d like to be a contributing writer to the magazine and possibly online content. As with other first-time volunteering experiences, I’m open to serving in new ways at races, events, and behind-the-scenes. Coaching a marathon or half-marathon training class interests me from a classroom perspective. 4. I am a quintessential list-maker (see Q. #1), and although I try not to be pushy about getting others to share (or even understand) my opinions, I’m happy to divulge various specifics of my passion for running: setting & achieving personal goals; the athletic (and cinematic) inspiration of Steve Prefontaine; TCM weekend (whether running or not!); Hyland Park Reserve trail runs; the lakes & river roads in the Twin Cities; and having the claim to fame as one of the world’s fastest Masters jogglers (I can run an 800 in the low 2:40’s while juggling!). Whether it’s the endorphins, simply time to think, or interacting with my outdoor surroundings, I find running to be an optimal time to pray and worship. With than in mind, 1924 Olympic 400m gold medalist Eric Liddell holds my favorite running quote: “When I run, I feel His pleasure.”.

Nathan Campeau 1. I began running my freshman year of college to keep off the beer weight and explore the monuments around DC. 3 years later I ran my first marathon and promised I’d never do another one. One week later I signed up for my second marathon and haven’t looked back! After 7 years of running actively with the DC running community, I moved to Minnesota and within a week had hooked up with MDRA on an Around the Town Run (summer fun runs). Running with MDRA helped me take 48 minutes off my marathon time, but much more importantly, has provided me the opportunity to meet many wonderful people and make a lot of fantastic friendships! I am currently wrapping up my 1st 2-year term on the MDRA Board. 2. I coached the MDRA fall class in 2008 and the spring class in 2011. I am passionate about running, helping others achieve their running goals, and serving as a voice in helping to promote local running resources. I have run marathons from 2:50 to over 4 hours, so I bring an understanding of the perspectives of a wide range of running abilities to the board. 3. I would like to help MDRA engage more with the rest of the running community and improve the membership experience. 4. Running Movie: Forrest Gump Running Hero/Role Model: Dick Beardsley Running Quote: “Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” Hebrews 12:1 Running race or event: Moose Mountain Marathon


Minnesota Distance Running Association

Distance or route: 26.2 Running Experience: Running up Prague Castle Reason I Run: Stay in shape, renew my spirit, and see my friends

Jim Delaplain 1. I started late. At age 43 I smoked, was over-weight and sedentary. On a dare in 2005 I completed Grandma’s Marathon. I completed it again in 2006 but was injured. I then committed to quitting smoking, losing weight, training and running a sub four hour marathon. I did accomplish the first 3 goals but it took eleven marathons to get that four hour goal achieved. 2. I have been on Boards before so I do have some familiarity with Robert’s Rules of Order. For good or bad, I am a lawyer and can write rules and bylaws. I am an amiable and laid back guy, who gets along with most people. 3. I have always thought it would be nice if the MDRA had regular schedule meeting places around the twin cities or outstate area. Maybe just a facebook page or message boards where members could coordinate weekly runs. 4. Favorite Running Movie: Spirit of the Marathon

relatively slow runner, I have been helped considerably in my quest to improve and would like to help others. 3. I would love to work more with the promotions committee. We need to increase our name recognition in the running community. People need to know about the help, encouragement, and friendship that are available to all. Many runners, yet unaffiliated, need to learn about MDRA’s quality, resources and benefits 4. “We runners simply don’t get better fast enough to satisfy ourselves. Like the hare, we blast away from the starting line with visions of glory. We should be more tortoise like. For that’s the path to success.” – Amby Burfoot “You have to wonder at times what you’re doing out there. Over the years I’ve given myself a thousand reasons to keep running, but it always comes back to where it started. It comes down to self-satisfaction and a sense of achievement.” –Steve Prefontaine “The more I run, the more I want to run, and the more I live a life conditioned and influenced and fashioned by my running. And the more I run, the more certain I am that I am heading for my real goal: to become the person I am.” -George Sheehan, M.D.

Running Hero/Role Model: Quenton Cassidy

Bill Knight

Running Quote: “It is not how fast you run, it is how little you slow down” Marty Humphrey (but I think he adapted it from Ghandi)

1. A number of years ago I quit smoking and started running marathons. At the time a good friend joked that I just substituted one bad habit for another. I’m glad for that substitution.

Running race or event: Elm Creek Autumn Classic and Grandma’s Marathon Distance or route: 8 miles through Wood Rill Nature Area in PlymouthWayzata Running Experience & Reason you run: Every once in a while, near the end of a training cycle, when I am on a long run, I feel intense euphoria that can last for several miles. Nothing feels better. I just laugh and run and enjoy. I wish it happened more often. Running is cheaper and has less side effects than anti-depressants. Running teaches me about discipline and reward - cause and effect. If I train consistently, I can run easier, faster, and better. I see many metaphors for life in my running experience. And, I run with my wife and it is so nice to have time to share beside each other silently running.

Kristin Johnson 1. I started running the summer of 2001. I was never a runner nor had I ever contemplated being one. At DePaul University in Chicago I found a flyer on the cafeteria table and proceeded to tell my friends that “no problem I could do a half marathon” – remember I had never run except in softball and in soccer (not the same by any means). I ran one mile on Summit and wondered how I could ever manage another 12.1, but the stubborn athlete that I am, I was dedicated and trained hard for the September 9th 2001 Chicago half marathon. It was the most amazing run and feeling. This later lead to “you couldn’t do a full”… And now I have run 6 marathons and many half marathons. They were the best challenges that I have ever undertaken. I am now a proud “MDRA Terrapin” Marathoner! 2. I am a dedicated “back of the packer” Terrapin. I believe in MDRA. It is a diverse “family” of runners with different skill and speed levels. As a

2. I’ve been a photographer and writer for RunMinnesota and enjoyed every interview. I’m a team player which for me means I want to listen and find a consensus, a compromise move forward. 3. I’d like to continue being a part of RunMinnesota on the board, as a volunteer at various events with a camera in my hand. Great fun 4. My favorite running moving is Spirit of the Marathon because it showed the emotional as well as physical side of runners, of all skills and speeds, preparing for a marathon. My running role model is the late Dr. George Sheehan, who retired as a cardiologist only to begin two more careers-running and writing. Sheehan wrote: “Running has made this new me. Taken the raw material and honed it and delivered it back ready to do the work of a human being. I run so I do not lose the me I was yesterday and the me I might become tomorrow.”

Kevin Ross 1. I began running in the mid-1990s primarily because I spent a great deal of time at the chain of lakes… and all the beautiful people were running. Since then I have completed 90 road races including six marathons, where I have finished consistently in the top 25% overall. 2. I have participated in the MDRA marathon training class seven times, and have been team lead for four of those classes. I understand the mission of the MDRA and the aspirations of its members. As a Project Manager working in the Construction Management field, I understand what it takes to work with an organization to meet its goals. 3. I am certainly interested in continuing my involvement with the training programs, and to eventually coach. Running organizations in our community have popped up everywhere and have grown into big busi-



ness. I am interested in building on the success of the MDRA and helping to ensure that it remains viable for the next generation of runners.

Reason I run: Well I run to get my energy out so others can put up with me!

4. The Twin Cities Marathon is by far my favorite event. I love that there are 300,000 spectators cheering me on, and I engage the crowd every step of the way. My favorite running book/movie is Once a Runner because it truly captures the raw essence of what running is about.

1. I started running with MDRA in the Fall of 2005. Coach Debbie Bohmann recruited me for the marathon group. I went from running three miles twice a week to training for the Twin Cities Marathon with the MDRA group. Before I trained for the marathon the only race I had ever run was Grand Old Days 5k.

Eve Stein 1. I’ve been a runner for 30 years doing 5K’s, 10K’s and Marathons on the road, now the trails. I’ve coached high school track, official at the state cross country meet, race director, coach and much more! 2. I come at this from a slow runner perspective, back of the pack. My background in putting races on, volunteering, timing and more can all help. 3. I would like to be involved in helping with races. USATF MN is another area of interest. 4. Favorite Running Movie: Run Fat boy Run Running Hero: I have many! Anyone who ran and cross trained smartly so that they were able to continue running as long as they were able to walk!

Melissa Wieczorek

2. I have been a team lead for five marathon classes and a coach for three marathon classes. I have been on the board for three years. I have served as the USATF representative for two of those years. 3. I would like to continue to be the USATF representative. I like meeting others in the running community. I enjoy fostering our mission as a resource for all the running groups in Minnesota. 4. My favorite race is the Twin Cities Marathon. I love the marathon distance and all the training that go into making it a great life changing event. My favorite MDRA running quote is “The hay is in the barn”. If you have taken any of the recent MDRA marathon classes you have hear this repeatedly. My favorite running routes are the Parade Stadium route and the Sears run.

Running Quote: “The faster you run, the faster you are done”...from Vern the coach in Carlton. Running race or event: Anything 15k on a trail...I think my new favorite event is the Marquette trail half marathon!


Open Board Positions

(two running for one position)

(eight running for six positions)

Michael Iserman

Paul Arneberg

Andrew Plackner

Nathan Campeau Jim Delaplain


Kristin Johnson

(one running for one position)

Bill Knight

Norm Champ

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In Our Own Backyard TheSawtooth100ontheSuperiorTrail byAlexKurt You’ve heard of Western States, Leadville, and Hardrock. But one of the toughest 100 mile races in the country is held each September on Minnesota’s North Shore. This is the story of the 2011 Sawtooth 100, as well as the Superior 50 and Moose Mountain 26.2, which took place September 9 to 10. On the early morning of Saturday, September 10, two runners ran on a trail, alone and in the dark. One, who had never run this far, was leading, but didn’t know by how much. The other, a decorated ultrarunner, was feeling strong, but didn’t know if he was gaining. They led a slew of other runners in the Sawtooth 100 miler. “I know this trail but didn’t have the experience of running through the night,” said John Horns, 49, for whom the march from Gooseberry to Lutsen on the Superior Hiking Trail was his first 100 mile attempt. “I knew it was going to be slow…I had been running with a shorter stride all night, and this was taking its toll and getting frustrating.”



But by now, the full time Application and Product Developer for 3M was only hours from the finish, and he was comforted by the understanding that competitors usually don’t close the gap during the night. Usually. “John had such a huge lead on me at the halfway point that I gave up on racing him,” said Adam Schwartz-Lowe, who trailed Horns by nearly an hour and a half at the 50 mile mark. The 38-year-old winner of June’s Black Hills 100 miler moved steadily through the night until he reached the last aid station, at Oberg, roughly seven miles from the finish. The TC Running Company team, for which Schwartz-Lowe races, was manning that station. “One of my friends met me out on the trail and told me John was in here just 14 minutes ago, and that lit a fire under me to hammer out the last seven miles,” Schwartz-Lowe said. “That was the only time I knew that I had gained on him overnight.”

A man-eater The Superior Trail 100, since renamed, was


founded in 1991, when 100 mile races were even less common than today. “In 1991 there were only about 12 one hundred mile events in the lower 48 states,” said Stan Jensen, who operates the website, “Today there are about 75, plus some in Alaska, Hawaii and Canada.” That race, which started in Silver Bay and ended at a Cook County high school football field in Grand Marais, was small, according to the Race Director, John Storkamp. Through the changes to the name and route, as well as the addition of a 50 miler and a trail marathon (plus a 50K and 25K race each spring), the course has kept its reputation as one of the toughest in ultrarunning. Only 55 percent of registered men finished the 2011 races, along with 70 percent of women (60 percent overall). “[It] was well known and respected as a tough 100 miler, with 28,000 feet of elevation change and a finish rate usually under 70 percent,” Jensen said. “Its 34 hour time limit was testament to the difficulty of the course, since only four events had a longer time limit.” The rumor is that even Scott Jurek, the seven time Western States 100 winner, who grew up in nearby Proctor, Minnesota, found the course extremely difficult when he ran the 50 miler in 2001. “He was having a rough time and couldn’t believe how slow he ran,” said longtime Jurek friend and Duluth native, Dusty Olson, who won this year’s marathon in 3:42:05. The TC Team Manager, Kurt Decker, remembers running with Jurek for part of that race. “He had been living out West for a while,” Decker said. “And afterward, he said ‘I’ve forgotten what these trails are like.’” The 100 mile women’s course record holder, Helen Lavin, said the technical nature of the Superior Trail can be more taxing than the mountainous ascents in bigger races out west. “Superior doesn’t have super long climbs [like the Bighorn or Leadville 100 milers], and no altitude to deal with,” she said. “Instead it has tree roots that you could literally get lost in, and sharp rocks that will cut your feet to pieces if you don’t have the right shoe. As it happens, my times for Leadville and Superior are very similar.” Schwartz-Lowe, who has run Western States, says Superior is the harder of the two. “[Superior] is a man-eater,” he said. Put another way?

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“You put your head down and focus on the trail, and let the pain go out your ears,” Olson said.

Shades of Diana Finkel The difficult trail seems to favor the women who race. While Sheryl Wheeler, of Rhinebeck, New York, was the top female in this year’s 100 miler in 27:19:17, which was good for fourth overall, the story of the day was the 50 miler and 23-year-old Christi Nowak. The University of Minnesota-Duluth medical student smashed the female course record en route to second place overall finish in 10:03:54, just 11 minutes behind overall winner Steve English. “I think it was a battle of attrition,” she said, noting that temperatures rose into the 80s during the day. “I knew several of the men who were expected to be the top finishers and started passing them as they were on the verge of passing out.” Nowak, who won the Voyageur 50 mile, Superior 50K and Chippewa Falls 50K earlier this year, had high expectations for the race, but acknowledged her first priority, as with any ultra, was finishing. As for getting second overall? “I think it’s a product of other people having a bad time with it,” she said. Lavin gave Nowak, who skied at the College of St. Benedict, more credit for her performance. “Christi is a phenomenal runner,” Lavin said. “Although more and more young runners are doing ultras it, still seems that the average age for top females is quite a bit higher than guys. Her strengths as a Nordic skier definitely help her on the trail.” Nowak, like many others, noted that the course is exceptionally difficult. “The first third [of the race] was probably the hardest part,” she said. “The footing was rough, and I fell quite a few times, and the lighting was tough since we were running toward the sunrise. Plus, starting out, there’s the thought that I’m gonna be doing this for another eight to 12 hours.” “By the middle third of the race, I got warmed up and was feeling pretty good,” she continued. “About 30 miles into it, I started passing some people who were cramping or on the verge of dropping out. It got warmer, and I was getting nervous.” And the last third? “I felt like I was hanging on, waiting for something to go wrong,” she replied.

Holding off the charge Though running through the night, and longer than 12 hours, was uncharted territory for Horns, he noted that the setting made the long slog more bearable. “[Pacer] Jeff Denny and I stopped when we topped Carleton Peak at 3:00 a.m.,” he recounted. “Taking a look out at the lake and stars, we both agreed it was like being kids again running around at night.” As the sun came up, Horns felt rejuvenated. “Once I could see the trail without a head lamp I was able to relax and get into my normal stride,” he said. “The final eight miles of the course was great, and I was feeling strong. This was quite a contrast coming out of my worst section of the run from miles 90 to 95.” To his surprise, Horns led the 100 mile race from the start. “I found my pace early and was surprised to see none of the younger runners were coming along,” he said. “At one point, one of my crew asked me if I wanted to know how the rest of the field was doing behind me. My comment was ‘Not really, it won’t change what I am doing out here today.’” Still, he was dogged by concerns that he had gone out too fast. “[Horns] got pretty worried around halfway when he wasn’t holding his pace,” Brian Peterson, who won the 2010 Sawtooth 100 and worked on Horns’ crew, wrote on his blog. “But I think we finally convinced him that no one holds their pace steady in this race or any other 100 (except for maybe [Schwartz-Lowe] who ran an incredible second half).” Schwartz-Lowe’s mother added to Horns’ crew’s worries by announcing her son’s progress at each aid station late in the race. From what she said, the gap was closing. Indeed, Schwartz-Lowe was gaining ground quickly. “Normally I have several ups


Superior Trail Ultra Results

100M Men: 1 2 3

John Horns, 49 Adam Schwartz-Lowe, 38

Matt Aro, 32

50M Women Edina Minneapolis Duluth

24:13:53 24:20:57 25:45:43

Rhinebeck, NY San Carlos, CA St. Francis, WI

27:19:17 29:57:14 30:45:26

St. Paul Sparta, WI St. Paul

9:52:50 10:09:41 10:12:05

100M Women 1 2 3

Sheryl Wheeler, 48 Clare Abram, 40 Julie Treder, 35 Steve English, 44 David Schmidt, 31 Ethan Richards, 31

1 2 3

Christi Nowak, 23 Duluth Janet Findlay, 46 Kenora, ON Christine Crawford, 41 Whitewater, WI

10:03:54 11:15:12 12:30:45

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50M Men 1 2 3

and downs during 100 milers, but this time I only had one big pendulum consisting of a rough first half then an unreal second half,” he said. “It’s always been hard to run that deep in a race, but this time it was easy, and I ran pretty much the entire last half.” Schwartz-Lowe’s momentum carried him all the way to the finish line, which he crossed in 24:20:57, seven minutes behind Horns. “I did not expect to win,” Horns said. “On any given day there are a number of people who can show up and drop me on the trail. My objective for any event is to be smiling across the finish line.” Schwartz-Lowe had high praise for Horns. “I have no problem with second in this one,” he said. Indeed, the mood amongst runners was anything but competitive. In a sport defined as much by community as by an athletic contest, the Superior trail races are a hallmark event for Minnesota runners. “It is a huge event on the Minnesota ultrarunning calendar that really brings everyone together at the end of the summer,” Lavin said. “I’ve found so many people keep coming back even if not running. They volunteer and/or run the 50 or the marathon.” “At ultramarathons in general, there’s generally five to 10 people who go to a race to race and the rest are just good hearted people who just love to run trails,” Olson said. “That’s the typical ultra community everywhere: guys who have full time jobs who just love to run trails. Most people are trying to finish and have fun.” RM

1 2 3

Dusty Olson, 38 Kirk Walztoni, 39 Ryan Braun, 28

Duluth Eagan Superior, WI

3:42:05 3:56:46 4:19:05

26.2M Women 1 2 3

Marcia Migay, 35 Debra Proctor, 45 Kristi Pooler, 27

Thunder Bay, ON 4:39:15 Hayward, WI 5:02:11 Edina 5:04:31



100,000 Miles in Minnesota (part 2) bySteveDeBoer Since publishing a list of 11 Minnesotans who have run over 100,000 miles (in the Jan-Feb 2011 issue of RunMinnesota), I have heard from five others who have also achieved this goal. This list includes: Dick Beardsley (age 55) - 150,000 miles Tim O’Brien (age 55)- 125,000 miles John Naslund (age 61) - 120,000 miles Barney Klecker (age 60)- 115,000 miles Doug Suker (age 60)- 105,000 miles I took a few moments to interview each of them about their accomplishment and find out how they got started, career highlights and what continues to motivate them to this day.

From Dick Beardsley: Hope you’re doing well and spring will be arriving soon in the north country! Tim O’Brien sent me a note about MDRA looking for Minnesota runners that have logged over 100,000 miles. Even though I now live in Austin, Texas, I lived in my home state of Minnesota for 51 years. I’ve logged around 150,000 miles in the past 38 years. Not sure if I qualify, since I don’t live there anymore. (Most people know of Dick’s accomplishments, so I won’t elaborate on them here.)

From Tim O’Brien: I got started running to stay in shape between swim seasons in Junior High. Joe Perske, a high school friend and now mayor of Sartell, talked me into going to my first race...the Willmar KoffeFest 5 mile. I did OK, so I kept going to races with Joe for the next 5 years until he moved to Germany. At that point I was hooked and ran for the SCSU CC/Track team. I have many great memories – running Grandma’s with Naslund, many Paavo Nurmi’s with Perske, PR at first TC Marathon, all the friends I have made along the way, the Saturday run group that regularly kicks my butt. I’ve had the opportunity to run with some of MN great runners such as Daws, Mortenson,



BJ, Slack, Beardsley, Van Nelson, etc. My highest mileage year was 5,500, lowest was last year 2,400.... although I biked 4500 and swam 150 training for Louisville Ironman. 2011 may be my lowest mileage year, as I broke my leg cross country skiing and missed 3 months. Most of my running has been in Minnesota apart from a 3 year stint in Dallas, Texas. Future running goals include more triathlons. I also will continue to run warmer winter weather marathons. Last year I ran Phoenix, Vegas, Mankato and the Louisville IM. I would like to go back to Paavo next year for old time sake and talk Perske out of retirement to join me.

From John Naslund: I was going to track meets with the North Shore Striders after my college years at UMD....BJ/Steve Sundquist. They ran, and I did the pole vault. Steve had just come back from the 1973 Boston Marathon and said it was a blast. He talked me into running Boston the next year, but first I had to qualify. So, on a few weeks notice, I trained for and ran the City of Lakes marathon and have been running/racing ever since. Too many favorite memories - Western States, Grandmas – they all blur together great friends! Highest Mileage year was 4800, lowest was last year 2,600, most of it in MN Future plans are to stay healthy and continue the streak of doing all Grandmas and TC marathons

From Barney Klecker: I started running at 16 when I went out for cross-country high school junior year. Many favorite memories: My 2:16 marathon time at 1981 Boston. I had a side stitch for 21 miles, stepped in a pot hole at the top of Heartbreak Hill and the stitch was gone. My last 10K was in 31:00. 1981 Grandma's Marathon 2:15:18. I ran with two badly broken toes caused by a fall the day before the race. I remember my 10 mile


split at Grandma's at 50:26, with a lot of pain in my foot. I was running so well however I was not going to stop until I finished. My 50 mile World Record run in 1980 4:51:25, I took one swallow of water at 42 miles and 2 swallows of Diet Dr. Pepper at 43 miles. I was thirsty at the finish. Finishing 10th place in the Swiss Alpine Marathon in Davos in 1984 (42 miles in 4hr.50min.) The course started out at about 5000 feet elevation went down to about 2000 feet and then up to 10500 feet going over Cerdic Pass. I was not altitude trained but seemed to run fine. Highest year was 5002 miles with 12 marathons. Lowest mileage was first year was 700 miles. 90%+ of my mileage was in Minnesota.

From Doug Suker: I was a late bloomer, starting at 27 when I noticed my weight was a donut away from hitting 200 lbs. I started with the goal of running around the block, and it sort of took off from there. Favorite memory running-wise would be meeting and training with people who have become my good friends for many years. Racingwise, it would be the adrenalin spike that comes with the competition and the satisfaction of a good time and the pr’s that were posted. Highest mileage was 4310 in ’86 and the lowest 654 in ’10: That’s what the injury/ surgery/recovery/rehab process can do to you. I’ve lived here my entire life, so 99% in MN and the rest on out of state vacations and races. Future goals are to run/train smarter to avoid injuries and get back into good enough shape to consider entering a race without embarrassing myself too badly. Continue weekly longer runs with my long-time running buds. So we’ve now heard from 16 Minnesotans whose ages range from 48 to 75 and have run over 100,000 miles. Despite some serious injuries, including broken bones, along the way, they all seem to still enjoy the activity. Not too shabby in a place that rarely gets above freezing or loses its snow cover. From Amby Burfoot’s list at and other contacts I have made, we rank number one. New Jersey has 10, California has 11, Massachusetts has seven, and New York has six. And they all have larger populations than Minnesota. Of course, there are more 100,000 runners in other states that have not been identified yet. Still, from what we do know, this state has by far and away the highest percentage population wise at 3.02 per million with New Jersey second at 1.14 per million. RM

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2012 Marathon Trials Preview byChadAustin With apologizes to The Clash, “London’s Calling,” as in the 2012 PHOTOSCOURTESYOFPHOTORUN.NET

Olympic Games. But first, athletes must qualify. For the top marathoners in the U.S., this means finishing in the top three at the marathon trials in Houston, Texas, on January 14, 2012. For the first time ever, the men and women will run their trials in the same city on the same day. Below is a break down the top runners, the favorites, the contender, the dark horses and the locals. Speaking of local runners, Minnesota will be very well represented in Houston, as we have 15 qualifiers for each of the races. That’s nearly 10 percent of the entire field. Favorite Ryan Hall

THE WOMEN Four years ago, I wrote that the women’s field was wide open, mainly due to the fact that two of the top five qualifiers chose to focus on the track instead. Not only is that not the case this time around, but many of the top track athletes, namely Kara Goucher, Shalane Flanagan, and Katie McGregor, have moved up to the marathon since the last trials and they all have top 10 qualifying times. They’ll have to contend with the “old guard”, which includes Olympians, Magdalena Lewy Boulet, Deena Kastor, Blake Russell and even 47-year-old Colleen De Reuck.

The Favorites Desiree Davila Age: 28, PR: 2:22:38, Qualifier: 2:22:38, Boston (’11) Davila’s marathon progression looks like this: 2:44, 2:37, 2:31, 2:26, 2:22. Like Ryan Hall on the men’s side, her leading qualifying time was run at this year’s Boston Marathon, with a 20 m.p.h. tailwind, as was Kara Goucher’s second leading time. Throw those times out and Davila’s 2:26:20 at the 2010 Chicago Marathon is the top seeded time. Plus, this year, she PR’d at the 5,000 meters (15:08), 10,000 meters (31:37) and half marathon (1:10:34).

won the bronze medal in the 10,000 meters when she ran an American record of 30:22.22. Then, earlier this year, she placed third in the IAAF World Cross Country Championships. She moved up to the marathon in 2010 and finished second at New York City in 2:28:40.

Katie McGregor Age: 34, PR: 2:31:01, Qualifier: 2:31:01, New York City (’10) Team USA Minnesota’s Katie McGregor has had an outstanding career, including titles at the State, NCAA and National level. About the only thing missing is the title “Olympian,” which she barely missed out on when she finished fourth in the 10,000 meters at the last two trials. McGregor made her marathon debut in 2006 when she placed ninth in the New York City Marathon in 2:32:36. She returned to New York in 2008 and lowered her PR to 2:31:01. The flatter course in Houston may suit her track background.

The Contenders

Kara Goucher

Magdalena Lewy Boulet

Age: 33, PR: 2:24:52, Qualifier: 2:24:52, Boston (’11)

Age: 38, PR: 2:26:22, Qualifier: 2:26:22, Rotterdam (’10)

Primarily a track runner throughout her career, Goucher made the jump to the marathon in New York City in 2008. She ended up placing third in 2:25:53, becoming the first American on the podium in 14 years. Since then she’s had two top five finishes at Boston, as well as a tenth place showing at the 2009 World Championships. Recently, she lit up the running messages boards when she split with her longtime coach, Alberto Salazar, only 14 weeks before the marathon trials.

In 2004, Lewy Boulet placed fifth at the Olympic Trials. Four years later, she did everything in her power to make the Olympic Team, including taking the lead early and running her own race. Although Deena Kastor eventually caught her, Lewy Boulet was rewarded with a 2:30:19 PR and, more importantly, a second place finish. She could easily still be considered a favorite, however, at 38, age is not on her side.

Shalane Flanagan

Age: 31, PR: 2:30:53, Qualifier: 2:30:53, Chicago (’10)

Age: 30, PR: 2:28:40, Qualifier: 2:28:40, New York City (’10)

Four years ago, Moody’s qualifying time of 2:46:40 seeded her 152 out of 160 runners. At the trials, she proceeded to place fifth in 2:33:54.

Flanagan is no stranger to the world stage. At the 2008 Olympics, she

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She’s proved that performance wasn’t a fluke by running three more sub 2:33 marathons since then. It’ll be interesting to see how she responds to being one of the top 10 seeds this time around.

times for South Africa). Despite the fact that she did not finish in 2008, and she’s four years older, I’m still picking her as a dark horse, mainly because she’s proved she can still run in the low 2:30s. Plus, it’d make for a very interesting story.

Blake Russell Age: 36, PR: 2:29:10, Qualifier: 1:11:55 (half marathon)

Jen Houck

Eight years ago, Russell finished a disappointing fourth at the trials when she was passed in the final 400 meters. She redeemed herself in 2008 by placing third at the trials before going on to finish twenty-seventh in Beijing. Heading into the 2008 trials, she hadn’t run a marathon in over three years. She’ll have to rely on that experience again, because she dropped out of this year’s Boston Marathon and had to rely on her half marathon time for a qualifier.

Age: 27, PR: 2:33:00, Qualifier: 2:33:00, Grandma’s (’11) When Houck toes the line for a marathon, all she does is PR. In 2010, she ran Boston in 2:39:02 and Chicago in 2:37:16. This year, she returned to Boston with a 2:34:28 and then two months later ran 2:33:00 at Grandma’s. If she continues this trend, the former College of St. Scholastica star could turn some heads.

Amy Hastings Age: 25, PR: 2:27:03, Qualifier: 2:27:03, Los Angeles (’11) In her marathon debut at this year’s Los Angeles Marathon, Hastings ran 2:27:03, the third fastest debut by an American ever. This makes the 10 time All-American at Arizona State University the fourth fastest qualifier and an immediate contender.

Janet Cherobon-Bowcom Age: 33, PR: 2:37:27, Qualifier: 1:11:21 (half marathon) Although she’s only run 2:37, I’m including the Kenyan born CherobonBowcom as a dark horse because she’s consistently run sub 1:12s for the half marathon. Plus, she’s running well, having recently won the U.S. 20K and 10M champions in 1:08:31 and 54:15, respectively.


The Locals

Denna Kastor Age: 38, PR: 2:19:36, Qualifier: 2:36:20, London (’10) Honestly, I have no idea where to place Kastor. On one hand, she’s the 2004 bronze medalist and the reigning American record holder at this distance. On the other hand, she’s nearly 39 years old and her 2:36 qualifier barely puts her in the top 25. With all that said, I think Kastor will be a factor in Houston.

Meghan (Armstrong) Peyton Age: 26, PR: N/A, Qualifier: 1:13:56 (half marathon) Team USA Minnesota’s Peyton has had a solid year finishing in the top seven at four different U.S. championships ranging from 5K to 20K. Most recently, she placed sixth at the TC 10 Mile in 55:09. She’s using her half marathon time for a qualifier, so Houston will be her marathon debut.

Kristen Nicolini Age: 34, PR: 2:35:06, Qualifier: 2:35:06, Twin Cities (’09)

Dot McMahan Age: 35, PR: 2:31:48, Qualifier: 2:31:48, Grandma’s (’11) Perhaps no one was more excited about their performance at this year’s Grandma’s Marathon than McMahan. The former 800 meter and mile specialist from Wisconsin ran 2:31:48 to PR by more than three minutes. In Houston, she’ll need to improve upon her eighth place finish in 2008.

Ilsa Paulson Age: 23, PR: 2:31:49, Qualifier: 2:31:49, Twin Cities (’09) You may remember Paulson from when she won the 2009 Twin Cities Marathon at the ripe old age of 20. She also won the Country Music Marathon six months later in 2:33:41. However, since then, things have been pretty quiet from her.

Colleen De Reuck Age: 47, PR: 2:26:35, Qualifier: 2:30:51, Copenhagen (’10) Four years ago, even at age 43, I had De Reuck as a contender, because she was the defending trials champion and a four time Olympian (three



Nicolini made her marathon debut at the 2009 Twin Cities Marathon. There she placed third in the U.S. Championships in 2:35:06. The trials will be this former Team USA Minnesota runner’s second marathon.

Leah Thorvilson Age: 33, PR: 2:37:54, Qualifier: 2:39:43, Grandma’s (’11) Thorvilson was a sprinter, hurdler and triple jumper at Armstrong High School before becoming a distance runner at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock. She’s a three time winner of the Little Rock Marathon and at this year’s Grandma’s Marathon she placed seventeenth in 2:39:43.

Jenna Boren Age: 33, PR: 2:40:45, Qualifier: 2:40:45, Grandma’s (’11) Boren is a three time Minnesota Runner of the Year. The St. Olaf College graduate will be making her second trials appearance, having finished ninety-fourth in 2008. She’s had great success at Grandma’s Marathon over the years, including a 2:40:45 PR this year.


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Michelle (Lilienthal) Frey


Age: 29, PR: 2:35:51, Qualifier: 2:42:31, Grand Int’l (’10) Leading up to the 2008 trials, Frey dropped her times from 2:49 to 2:40 to 2:35. The latter time gave her the eighth fastest qualifying time. However, injuries slowed her down and she finished a disappointing eighty-fifth at the trials. The former Team USA Minnesota runner will look to rebound from that performance.

Katie Koski Age: 38, PR: 2:42:33, Qualifier: 2:42:53, Twin Cities (’11) This will be Koski’s third Olympic Trials marathon. What makes that even more impressive is that she failed to qualify for the 2008 trials. In her two previous appearances, the Duluth resident placed sixty-fifth (2000) and fifty-fourth (2004).

Four years ago the trials field was considered to be the deepest since 1984. It featured former a world record holder, the reigning silver medalist and multiple Olympians at 10,000 meters. While the 2012 trials may not be as deep, it’s certainly close. After placing first and second in 2008, Ryan Hall and Dathan Ritzenhein are back, and at 29 years old, they’re in their prime. Wiley veterans now include the 2004 silver medalist Meb Keflezighi, three time Olympian Abdi Abdirahman, and Minnesota’s Jason Lehmkuhle. Throw in a guy like Brett Gotcher, who debuted with the fourth fastest qualifier, and the field is very exciting.

Nichole Porath

The Favorites

Age: 28, PR: 2:44:46, Qualifier: 2:44:46, Grandma’s (’11)

Ryan Hall

Porath’s improvement may be the most remarkable of anyone in the field. Three years ago, she sported a 3:03 PR. This quickly dropped like a rock to 2:58, 2:55 and 2:51 before running her 2:44:46 qualifier at Grandma’s this year.

Age: 29, PR: 2:04:58, Qualifier: 2:04:58, Boston (’11)

Megan Grindall Age: 30, PR: 2:45:16, Qualifier: 2:45:16, Boston (’11) Grindall is originally from Minot, North Dakota, and she now lives in Moorehead. I’ll admit that she officially has me stumped. Between 2006 and 2009, she ran anywhere from 3:04 to 3:49, including a win at the 2006 Fargo Marathon. Those are not your typical times for Olympic Trials qualifiers. This year she went to Boston and ran 2:45:16, and she followed that up at TCM with a 2:52:58.

Age: 32, PR: 2:42:03, Qualifier: 2:45:31, Chicago (’11) Cueno made great strides leading up to the 2004 trials when she dropped her PR from 2:52 to 2:42. She ended up finishing fifty-fifth at the trials in 2:44:54. The former standout at Grinnell College won the 2009 Fargo Marathon in 2:53:15. She earned her qualifier at this year’s Chicago Marathon.

Stephanie Herbst-Lucke

Dathan Ritzenhein Age: 29, PR: 2:10:00, Qualifier: 2:10:00, London (’09) Ritzenhein is arguably America’s most versatile runner. He’s a three time U.S. cross country champion. In 2009, he set the then American Record for 5,000 meters in 12:56.27. And he’s already qualified for two Olympic Games, running the 10,000 meters (2004) and marathon (2008). It was Ritzenhein who finished second to Hall at the last trials. He comes into these trials as the third fastest qualifier. Unfortunately, he spent most of 2011 not running due to surgery on his Achilles, followed by complications caused by an allergic reaction to the stitches.

Age: 46, PR: 2:42, Qualifier: 1:12:16 (half marathon) Although she now lives in Atlanta, Herbst Lucke grew up in Chaska, Minnesota. She first qualified for the Olympic Track and Field Trials in 1988. She then proceeded to take a 20 year break from competition before returning as a Masters runner. In 2008, she placed fifty-ninth at the trials in 2:45:14. It should be noted that former and current Team USA Minnesotans, Anne Bersagel and Meg Hogan have qualified for the marathon trials by way of their 10,000 meter times. However, I don’t believe they will be running in Houston.

Meb Keflezighi Age: 36, PR: 2:09:15, Qualifier: 2:09:15, New York City (’09) To be honest, I’m kind of surprised to be including Meb as a favorite. It’s not that he doesn’t have the credentials. Heck, he won the silver medal in the marathon at the 2004 Games. However, he’s 36-years-old now, which is getting up there for elite runners. But the numbers don’t lie and after Hall’s top two performances, Keflezighi has the next three: all between 2:09:15 and 2:09:26. And he proved he can win big races when he won the New York City Marathon in 2009. This was the first American to do so since Alberto Salazar in 1982.




Nichole Cueno

Let’s be honest, even in the uncertain world of marathoning, this is a nobrainer. Four years ago, Hall simply pulled away from arguably the best field in trials history to win by more than two minutes. His time of 2:09:02 is a trials record. Sure, his sub 2:05 at Boston was run with a 20 m.p.h. tailwind. Take that away and his 2:08:04 still makes him the fastest qualifier. In fact, of the top nine qualifying times, Hall owns five of them.

Jason Lehmkuhle

Matt Gabrielson

Age: 34, PR: 2:12:24, Qualifier: 2:12:24, Boston (’10) Prior to the last trials, I wrote that Lehmkuhle was the best 2:16 marathoner in the U.S. The Team USA Minnesota runner proved me right by running 2:12:54 to finish fifth. He’s since lowered his PR and run sub 2:15 a couple of other times, as well as a 1:02:32 half marathon. He won’t catch anyone by surprise this time around, but if he’s healthy, he’ll be in the mix.

Age: 33, PR: 2:13:28, Qualifier: 2:13:28, Grandma’s (’11) An original member of Team USA Minnesota, Gabrielson has tremendous range. He’s run as fast as 4:02 for the mile and 13:30 for 5,000 meters. His breakthrough performance at the marathon came in June this year at Grandma’s where he finished sixth in 2:13:28. At the last trials, Gabrielson was focusing on the track, where he wound up eighth in the 5,000 meters. This will be his first marathon trials.

The Contenders Abdi Abdirahman Age: 35, PR: 2:08:56, Qualifier: 2:14:00, New York City (’09) Sure, Abdi “only” sports a 2:14:00 qualifier this time around, but can you ever really count out a three time Olympian? Yes, he ran the 10,000 meter in those three Olympics, but he’s also the only other sub 2:09 marathoner in the field besides Hall. Earlier this year he won the U.S. 20K title in 1:00:12 and then followed that up with a sixth place showing at the TC 10 Mile, running 47:00.

Brett Gotcher Age: 28, PR: 2:10:36, Qualifier: 2:10:36, Houston (’10) All Gotcher did a year ago in Houston was run the fourth fastest debut by an American. His 2:10:36 also makes him the fourth fastest qualifier and plants him firmly as a contender. On the down side, a sore hip forced him to miss this year’s Boston Marathon. However, he seems to have recovered having finished third in the TC 10 Mile in 46:51.

Jason Hartmann Age: 30, PR: 2:11:06, Qualifier: 2:11:06, Chicago (’10) You may recognize Hartmann’s name, because he won the 2009 Twin Cities Marathon in 2:12:09. He proved that performance was no fluke the following year when he ran 2:11:06 at Chicago, making him the fifth fastest qualifier. The six time All-American, while at Oregon, will look to improve upon his tenth place finish four years ago.

Nick Arciniaga Age: 28, PR: 2:11:30, Qualifier: 2:11:30, Houston (’11) As a 24-year-old, Arciniaga placed seventeenth at the last trials. The former Hansons-Brooks Distance Project runner consistently knocked out 2:16 and 2:17 marathons. Now with McMillan Elite, he’s run 2:13:46, 2:11:48 and 2:11:30. If he can run another sub 2:12 in Houston, he will be in contention.

The Dark Horses Antonio Vega Age: 28, PR: 2:13:47, Qualifier: 2:13:47, Boston (’10) 2010 was a very good year for Vega. He was named the USATF Men’s Long Distance Runner of the Year, in part, because he won the USA Running Circuit. Along the way, he also claimed his first U.S. title when he won the half marathon championships in 1:01:54. His qualifying time of 2:13:47 gives Team USA Minnesota three runners in the top 11.



Mike Morgan Age: 31, PR: 2:14:55, Qualifier: 2:14:55, Chicago (’10) There are over a dozen runners in the 2:14 to 2:15 range. I’m picking Morgan for one of my dark horses, because Hansons-Brooks Distance Project runners tend to do well at the marathon trials. In 2007, they placed five runners in the top 20, including Morgan who finished twelfth.

Tim Nelson Age: 27, PR: 2:15:06, Qualifier: 2:15:06, New York City (’10) No, Nelson’s 2:15 marathon debut is not nearly as fast as Gotcher’s 2:10 debut. However, Nelson has wheels, having run 27:31 for 10,000 meters. Of course, there’s more to the marathon than having wheels. If Nelson can figure that out, he could be dangerous.

Andrew Carlson Age: 29, PR: N/A, Qualifier: 1:02:21 (half marathon) Honestly, I could have placed Carlson anywhere on this list: favorite, contender or dark horse. He’s a two time U.S. Champion in the15K and 25K, and his half marathon time converts to a sub 2:12. However, the Team USA Minnesotan didn’t start this year’s Twin Cities Marathon due to injury, so Houston will be his marathon debut.

The Locals Josh Moen Age: 29, PR: 2:23:16, Qualifier: 1:02:53 (half marathon) The former Division III star while at Wartburg College is probably best remembered for his dual with Abdirahman at the 2009 TC 10 Mile. Moen pushed the three time Olympian all the way to the line, finishing in 46:38, just three seconds behind Abdi. Unfortunately, the Team USA Minnesota member has yet to figure out the marathon. If he’s able to do it at Houston, things could get exciting.

Chris Raabe Age: 32, PR: 2:15:13, Qualifier: 2:15:13, Grandma’s (’09) Having grown up near St. Cloud, Raabe was the second runner with Minnesota ties at the last trials, placing sixteenth in 2:17:01. In 2009, he won Grandma’s Marathon, becoming the first native Minnesotan to do continued on page 32


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A TALE OF TWO CITIES Minneapolis + St. Paul = A gimmick for success by Candy Patrin This year marked the thirtieth running of the Twin Cities Marathon (TCM)*. Thanks to the vision of its founder, Jack Moran, as well as the help he received from a variety of community leaders and runners, the Twin Cities avoided a marathon war of sorts. The birth of TCM took place at 7:30 a.m. on October 3, 1982, on what was a crisp and sunny fall day. Moran described the event as a great success. “As the start approached, the sky brightened as if stage lights were being turned on. It was a moment filled with magic,” wrote Moran in a post run article. In 1982, the field of 4,563 entrants was a record number of runners for an inaugural marathon. With the National Football League on strike, the media was hungry for news. The inaugural runners did not disappoint. Allan Zachariasen, from Denmark, ran 2:11:49, one of the fastest times of the year. Sally Brent, a mother of three from Sioux City, Iowa, ran a 2:43:50 to place first place among the women. In addition, there were four men in the wheelchair division, which was won by Stillwater, Minnesota, resident David Ekstrom, with a 2:29:09. After putting in the effort to get TCM to this point, Moran says he had hoped to run the inaugural event. There was too much to be done before that morning, and Moran spent the night before the race doing a major overhaul on the computer results program. He was needed at the start and didn’t get to run TCM until after his tenure with the race ended, some five years later. It’s been said that the hardest part of doing a marathon is getting to the start without any

injury. The same held true for TCM.

Getting to the start It took a great deal of creativity and old fashioned “politicking” to get to where the TCM is today. For almost 20 years, MDRA had been putting on a race in Minneapolis that was known as the Land of Lakes Marathon and renamed to the City of Lakes after moving to a four lap course around Lake Calhoun and Lake Harriet. With the City of Lakes event filling to its capacity of 1,700 runners and unable to expand due to the confined course, St. Paul decided to host its first marathon in 1981 on a loop route that started and ended in downtown. The St. Paul organizers wanted their event to become a national mega race, much like the New York City model, and they were determined to make it work. Amid the atmosphere of what was certain to be a marathon competition between Minneapolis and St. Paul, Moran saw an opportunity for both venues to come together and make an impact on the national running scene. The new marathon had the potential to

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be much bigger and better than those hosted by each individual city. After many discussions and ideas from members of the running and political communities, a plan came together on how the two cities could work together. It was Moran who suggested a compromise. Put on an event that would start in one city and finish in the other. In addition, local running star Garry Bjorklund advised that the race would need some sort of “gimmick” to make it successful. The gimmick turned out to be a beautiful course run in an urban setting and showcased with the backdrop of the changing fall colors. The TCM organizers also looked at other events, borrowing some good ideas from successful races. For example, in its second year, the TCM went to a dual start on Second and Third Avenues. They also liked Boston Marathon’s practice of assigning numbers by PR (personal record) and roping off corrals to insure that the slower runners would start behind the faster ones. The Macy’s Marathon in Kansas City was the source for the idea of an aid station competition. While agreeing on the route and schedule were the first steps in making TCM a reality, there were still other hurdles to clear.

Halfway mark A bit of what comes first “chicken or egg” struggle took place as the priority shifted to encouraging runner registration and getting sponsorship money. Without the money, it was more difficult to promote the event and attract fast runners. Without some fast runners and strong registration numbers, it proved more difficult to find sponsors. Area writer and runner Bruce Brothers, who back then did a biweekly column on running for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, liked the new marathon idea and wrote about it. His column led to some influential connections, one being Larry Haeg, an assistant program director at WCCO-AM Radio, who was looking for a way that WCCO could associate itself with the health and fitness boom. Soon, WCCO-AM Radio began to promote the marathon. Moran recalls the spot aired with the confident voice of Howard Viken. “We think it’s going to be a great regional sporting event.” The then Chairman and CEO of Pillsbury, Bill Spoor, heard the promo and



liked it. Pillsbury signed on as the first major sponsor and continued to support TCM for several years. The Pillsbury sponsorship also allowed TCM to offer prize money to the top runners, a practice that had recently become legal. Moran says he was “aghast” when the idea of a purse was brought up at an early meeting. He was concerned about what this would do to the eligibility of runners. After some proposals were made, this too was worked out, clearing the way for the inaugural marathon.

cool weather and liked the course, which made everything work for him. Coppess remembers the excitement he felt at the 26 mile mark and seeing the finish line. At that point, he was hit by a side stitch that slowed Coppess down a bit in the last .2 miles or his record may have been in the 2:09 range. The growth of the race took off in many aspects, including the number of runners participating, the prestige, as well as everything that goes into the planning and holding of the event. Scott Schneider served as the Executive

Area writer and runner Bruce Brothers, who back then did a biweekly column on running for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, liked the new marathon idea and wrote about it. His column led to some influential connections, one being Larry Haeg, an assistant program director at WCCO-AM Radio, who was looking for a way that WCCO could associate itself with the health and fitness boom. The next years TCM was off to a great start with hundreds of letters from runners who touted it as the “best race they had ever run.” In 1983, Pillsbury increased its support, which allowed TCM to raise the purse from $20,000 to $75,000. In addition, the Association of Road Racing Athletes made TCM part of its Championship Circuit, with access to its mailing list of national class runners. In 1985, TCM got a big boost when elite runner Phil Coppess of Clinton, Iowa, came to town and ran a 2:10:06, the fastest time by an American in two years and a course record that still stands today. According to Moran, Runner’s World provided excellent coverage, and The Runner put TCM in its top 10 national division. Coppess recalls that 1985 was the best year he ever had in his running career, having trained with some guys in the Quad Cities** and also setting a world record in the 20K. Three weeks before TCM, Coppess had set a PR at the half marathon in Philadelphia and knew that he was going to run fast in Minnesota. In addition, he preferred to run in


Director of TCM in the 90s when its offices were downtown Minneapolis in the Itasca Building. Schneider ran the office with one full time assistant, a part time data entry staff and what he describes as dedicated volunteers who put in countless hours. Schneider’s tenure came before the advent of websites and other electronic communication tools. He and his small staff handled all of the fundraising, sponsorships, administration, race registration, etc. The volunteers took on a lot of the responsibilities associated with the race. During his tenure, Schneider was a strong proponent of making TCM better versus bigger. Mary Anderson, a familiar face at many races, served on the TCM Board in the 90s and as its president in 2000 and 2001. She agrees with Schneider that TCM relied heavily on its volunteers. Anderson recalls how the TC 10 mile race got started as a result of requests for a shorter distance to involve more people. A committee first looked at adding a half marathon to the events during TCM weekend. Logistically, Anderson says that the half did not work, and a committee considered other options. It was

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Peter Erpenbach, a member of the committee, who came up with the idea of a 10 mile race that could start and end at the same location as the TCM.

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Cities Marathon arrived as a sunny morning and temperatures in the low 40s by start time. With a warming trend predicted by early afternoon, runners made plans to shed unnecessary items and were anxious to get things going. Kenyan, Sammy Malakwen, who sometimes trains in Two Harbors, Minnesota, ran a 2:13:11 for his first career marathon win. Malakwen finished third at Grandma’s in June of this year. For the women, it was Yeshimebet Tadesse-Bifa, from Ethiopia, who ran alone for the last several Sammy Malakwen miles, crossing the finish line with a 2:28:24, which was four minutes ahead of the next female runners. Two women battled it out at the end for second place: Russian Nadezdha Leonteva and American, Emily Harrison, of Flagstaff, Arizona, finished second and third with times of 2:32:53 and 2:32:55 respectively. Tracey Lokken, of Marquette, Michigan, won his third USA Men’s Masters Marathon crown, finishing with a time of 2:24:44 (he won in 2007 and 2009). Sheri Piers, of Falmouth, Maine, won the women’s masters title with a 2:37:42, finishing eighth overall among the women. For the wheelers, it was veteran Saul Mendoza, of Wimberley, Texas who won his third USA Masters title with a 1:42:35 as he was being chased by four University of Illinois wheelers. Joshua George, of Savoy, Illinois, finished second at 1:42:39. The lone female wheeler was Tracy Tabaka, of Rogers, Janet Cherobon-Bawcom Minnesota, with a 2:47:10. Seigo Masubuchi surpassed the world record for mascots with a 4:05:27. Masubuchi was dressed as Mudonna, the pig mascot for the St. Paul Saints baseball team. Mudonna’s pacers were handing out “high fives” along the course and keeping the pig on track and well hydrated. Masubuchi beat the previous record set by a dog mascot in Canada by about 10 minutes. In the 10 mile race, which was the USA Men’s Championship, the women started with a seven minute lead over the men in what was billed as an “equalizer” to add some additional excitement to the finish. Mo Trafeh, a Moroccan, who lives in Duarte, California, came in first for the men with a 46:46. The female winner was Janet Cherobon-Bawcom, from Rome, Georgia, with a 54:15. There were 7,549 finishers in the 10 mile race.


In 30 years, a lot has changed with TCM and a lot has remained the same. Virginia Brophy Achman, Executive Director of what is now Twin Cities in Motion, Inc., which organizes TCM and other running events throughout the year, says that the organization relies on 5,000 plus volunteers for marathon weekend. Many of those volunteers have been there for thirty years, like the Charter Club runners, who have completed every TCM. Brophy Achman also credits the enthusiastic spectators, scenic route with the fall colors and good organization to the event’s ongoing success. Some of the changes this year were a record number of finishers (8,533), a new logo, the largest number of neighborhood cheer zones, an addition to the TCM green initiative and a special historical display at the expo that included 30 years’ worth of shirts, medals and other items. Runners may not have noticed the green initiative along the course. All but one aid station in Minneapolis tapped into fire hydrants, eliminating the amount of bottles and cardboard used, which was a big hit with volunteers too. At the expo, Brophy Achman says that it was fun to watch runners walk by the historical display and relive their own TCM experiences with friends, family or whoever stood nearby. “We do not take anything for granted,” says Brophy Achman. “We want to make the event better, work smarter and make it a personal experience for runners.” Brophy Achman, who joined the organization in 2000 as Race Operations Manager and became Race Director and Executive Director, in 2004, has run eight marathons with Twin Cities being her first before she joined the organization. In addition to her running background, Brophy Achman has been involved as a volunteer with the Susan G. Komen Twin Cities race for 20 years and active in other industry organizations. As a result of the many people who have

Fall Marathon Training Program: Class of 2011 byGloriaJansen After 15 weeks of connecting with old friends, welcoming new friends, long runs, hill workouts, marathon pace miles, heat, humidity, jumping into Lake Harriet, eating birthday cake in the rain, practice races, drinking Powerade, watching 10 day weather reports and carbo loading, MDRA’s “marathon training class of 2011” is over, and the race results are pouring in. With over 100 runners in the fall training program, coached by Kelly Tabara and Gloria Jansen, long distance running was definitely not a lonely activity. From first timers to 50 staters and three hour marathoners to “beating the bus,” the diversity of the class is the one key differentiator for many people that keeps them coming back or helps them to get started. The camaraderie was evident during the traditional Dinner Fun Nights, the post-race party at Wild Onion and the many informal gatherings after workouts, which were broadcast via Facebook or through email. Through a partnership with the American Cancer Society, the class included several runners who ran Twin Cities Marathon in honor of loved ones challenged by cancer. The ACS runners were easily recognized by their blue DetermiNation singlets and their inspiring stories. After returning back to the parking lot late from one of the Tuesday night workouts, Noelle Frost posted the following comment on Facebook: “It’s a fine thing to expect an empty parking lot, but to find a party. With refreshments. And lots of friendly, interesting and unusually good looking people.” No wonder over 120 people have already signed up for the Saturday Polar Bear Runs. RM


MDRA Fall Marathon Training Group Results

Twin Cities Marathon 10/02/2011 Tracy Angelo 5:09 Alison Bailey 5:31 Andrea Adams 5:14 Monica Bandy 5:51 Ellie Beaver 4:49 Sheila Becker 4:04 Erin Bluem 4:14 Kate Bomsta 4:22 Lisa Brotzler 4:51 Kristen Bruner 4:32 Lisa Burger 3:29 Hannah Carrithers 3:37 John Carrithers 3:21 Anne Christ 5:44 Lisa Claussen 4:03 Ron Cheney 4:44 Mark Deters 4:12 Amy Devore 5:57 Christopher Duda 4:10 Tom Emmel 4:15 Stacy Endres 4:14 Heather Fitzpatrick 5:09 Bruce Fleischacker 5:05 Gwendolyn Freed 5:06 Paul Grace 4:09 Greta Hughes 5:03 Courtney Jacks 5:18 Tom James 5:09 Brent Johnson 5:10 Kristin Johnson 4:53 Carol Jud 3:41 Phillip Kitzer 3:39 Dean Lindgren 3:53 Julie Lindgren 4:27 Jaimie Mattes 5:03 Colleen McCann 4:29 Lisa McCleary 4:46 Dylan McGuill 4:02 Paul Michaelson 4:11 Scott Miller 3:21 Randy Niemiec 3:37 Susan Peterson 4:37 Reid Plumbo 3:42 Alton Porter 3:46 Bonnie Randall-Hanson 4:53 Kevin Rassier 3:15

Brad Reigstad Caron Rodman Kevin Ross Eugene Samuel Kylie Sevold Jin-Oh Song Alex Stephens Brian Stueve T.J. Ticey Mary Varney Jen Voss Kim Weilage Steven Wertz Mary Westin Steve Williams Emi Yasaka Brian Young

3:52 4:41 3:39 3:46 5:15 3:53 4:09 4:13 4:41 3:43 4:05 3:16 5:59 4:57 4:17 3:10 3:42

Fox Cities Marathon 9/17/2011 Dan Hansen

St. George Marathon 10/01/2011 Anna Eleria Jim Delaplain Marilee Bengtson

10/09/2011 Kim Pease Megan Hanten

Whistlestop Marathon & Half


10/15/2011 1:50 1:50 1:41 1:35 1:05 1:20 1:16

Lakefront Marathon Steve Wiza

5:08 3:39 2:03 2:28

Marine Corps Marathon 10/30/2011 4:10 4:47

NYC Marathon 11/06/2011

8/21/2011 4:54

Wisconsin Ironman 9/11/2011 Rochelle Christensen

3:48 4:02


Leading Ladies Marathon Kathy Larsen

Noelle Frost Tim Lindgren Trish Larson Andrea Berger

Craig Lippert Andrea Berger


3:44 3:58 4:30

Chicago Marathon

Twin Cities 10 Mile Angela Bailey-Aldrich David Bailey-Aldrich Andrea Berger Trish Larson Tyler Leonard Craig Lippert Ann Norton



Dean Groth Gary Kubat Emi Yasaka

3:47 6:02 3:13

San Antonio Half Marathon 11/13/2011 Jennifer Massoll


Sioux Falls Marathon 9/11/2011 Keri Peterson Eugene Samuel

4:14 3:59



Women Run the Cities 10 Mile September25,Minneapolis Open Women 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30

Angie Williams, 32 Bonnie Sons, 46 Donna Philippot, 43 Mary Kummerfeld, 29 Jamie McIntosh, 36 Janna Swenson, 35 Aileen Galatowitsch, 26 Elisa Johnson, 33 Rachel More, 36 Kara Jeter, 40 Kristie Boyer, 30 Cinde Wiebusch, 41 Katie Thompson, 27 Emily Thompson, 27 Lisa Koeppen, 40 Jen Schomaker, 33 Jessi Link, 33 wanda lewis, 50 Whitney Schaff, 21 Michelle Rose, 32 Rebecca Spehar, 32 Elizabeth Burger, 40 Lisa Himes, 41 Marissa Poissant, 29 Susan Engelhart, 35 Ashly Sawyer, 28 Taren Weyer, 35 Alaine Arnott, 30 Katie Moeller, 28 Jill Hughes, 38

1:03:04 1:04:42 1:06:58 1:07:51 1:08:16 1:08:19 1:08:29 1:08:34 1:09:49 1:10:24 1:10:58 1:11:07 1:11:22 1:11:29 1:11:34 1:12:35 1:12:58 1:13:24 1:13:35 1:13:36 1:13:42 1:13:42 1:13:42 1:14:03 1:14:04 1:14:08 1:14:17 1:14:20 1:14:22 1:14:25

Women 12 - 13 235

Rylan Bistodeau, 13


Women 16 - 17 234 419 444 760 928 979

Amanda Keranen, 16 Morgan Jensen, 16 Lindy Wirth, 16 Kate Handberg, 16 Alex Humphreys, 17 Kelsie Maxwell, 17

1:27:45 1:34:13 1:34:55 1:44:32 1:53:05 1:58:13

Women 18 - 19 100 243 567 978

Alyssa Sodahl, 19 Bridgette Springer, 19 Elizabeth Fenske, 18 Kjisa Bayer, 18

1:22:38 1:28:05 1:38:36 1:58:11

Jamie McIntosh, 36 Janna Swenson, 35 Rachel More, 36 Susan Engelhart, 35 Taren Weyer, 35 Jill Hughes, 38 Meg Hoyt-Niemiec, 38 Jen Carlson, 35 Beth Senoraske, 37 Sheryl Lyke, 37

1:08:16 1:08:19 1:09:49 1:14:04 1:14:17 1:14:25 1:14:27 1:15:05 1:15:51 1:17:05

Women 40 - 44 3 10 12 15 22 23


Donna Philippot, 43 Kara Jeter, 40 Cinde Wiebusch, 41 Lisa Koeppen, 40 Elizabeth Burger, 40 Lisa Himes, 41

Kristen Gerlach, 40 Judi Nacionales, 43 Julie Swenson, 41 Pam Karls, 41

1:15:58 1:16:39 1:17:09 1:18:00

Women 45 - 49 2 59 62 65 77 78 113 114 145 159

Bonnie Sons, 46 Lynette Catapano, 49 kari roles, 45 Anita Brenner, 45 Diane Sacksteder, 46 Chriss Bauknecht, 46 Linda Kobilarcsik, 48 Ann Hansen, 45 Jo Lynn Bucki, 46 Jan Kihm, 48

1:04:42 1:18:45 1:18:53 1:19:01 1:20:39 1:20:40 1:23:21 1:23:21 1:24:40 1:25:08

Women 50 - 54 18 41 48 71 73 80 108 109 117 132

wanda lewis, 50 Carla LaVere, 51 Susan Haines, 51 Susan Vickerman, 50 cynthia holtz, 50 Jan Obrien, 51 Lori Bridenstine, 52 Carol Marston, 51 Julie Arko, 52 jackie bolstad, 54

1:13:24 1:16:20 1:17:43 1:19:44 1:20:00 1:20:42 1:23:02 1:23:15 1:23:30 1:24:08

Women 55 - 59 131 229 253 313 326 364 366 426 429 524

Susan Pokorney, 56 Suzanne Carson, 56 Patti Vitek, 59 Ruth Carlson, 56 Patricia Hauser, 58 Laurie Schmid, 58 Colleen Wroolie, 58 Kathy Ingraham, 59 vickie kroshus, 55 Jane Hogan, 57

1:24:05 1:27:35 1:28:30 1:30:36 1:31:22 1:32:22 1:32:26 1:34:22 1:34:25 1:36:56

Women 60 - 64 448 640 719 756 960 974 989 1022

Elizabeth Connelly, 61 S Ringham, 60 Kathryn Benhardus, 64 Susan Dragsten, 64 Nancy Nelson, 63 Laurie Wiebesiek, 62 Mary Johnson, 62 Mary Bronk, 61

1:35:05 1:40:15 1:43:00 1:44:16 1:55:01 1:57:58 1:59:47 2:05:04

Women 65 - 69 377 452

Kathleen Peterson, 68 Rosemary Harnley, 65

1:32:47 1:35:15

Women 70 - 74 412

Judy Cronen, 71


11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30

Max King, 31 Craig Curley, 23 Jonathan Grey, 23 Carlos Trujillo, 26 Stephepn Pifer, 26 Matthew Gabrielson, 33 Christopher Clark, 26 Fernando Cabada, 29 Joshua Moen, 29 Sean Houseworth, 24 Scott MacPherson, 24 Zachary Hine, 23 Chris Erichsen, 25 Patrick Rizzo, 28 Jeremy Criscione, 24 Stephan Shay, 25 Nate Weiland, 27 Ahmed Osman, 23 Brandon Birdsong, 23 Steve Hallinan, 25

47:14 47:43 48:00 48:04 48:04 48:18 48:22 48:30 48:36 48:40 48:47 48:47 48:59 49:19 49:21 49:27 49:33 49:59 49:59 50:14

Open Women 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30

Janet Cherobon-Bawcom, 33 54:15 Julie Culley, 30 54:28 Blake Russell, 36 54:44 Katie McGregor, 34 55:00 Sarah Porter, 22 55:01 Meghan Armstrong Peyton, 25 55:09 Molly Pritz, 23 55:13 Serena Burla, 29 55:18 Dot McMahan, 34 55:39 Kristen Fryburg-Zaitz, 30 55:39 Addie Bracy, 25 55:43 Stephanie Rothstein, 27 55:49 Melissa Johnson-White, 30 55:59 Emily Brown, 27 56:13 Kristen Nicolini, 34 56:51 Michelle Frey, 29 56:57 Kara Storage, 30 57:05 Nicole Aish, 35 57:22 Jenna Boren, 34 57:34 Rachel Booth, 30 57:41 Mattie Suver, 24 57:44 Ladia Albertson-Junkans, 25 57:55 Ariana Hilborn, 31 58:18 Paige Higgins, 29 58:37 Nicole Hagobian, 36 58:38 Caroline White, 26 59:10 Kim Robinson, 28 59:23 Tara Storage, 30 59:39 Rebecca Mishler, 24 59:55 Elizabeth Yetzer, 23 1:00:00

Men 8 - 9 2245 Collin Burman, 9


Men 10 - 11

Women 35 - 39 5 6 9 25 27 30 31 34 36 44

38 42 45 53

1:06:58 1:10:24 1:11:07 1:11:34 1:13:42 1:13:42

Medtronic TC 10 Mile

2139 Max North, 11 2570 Connor Senkyr, 11

Men 12 - 13

October2,MinneapolistoSt.Paul Open Men 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10


Mohamed Trafeh, 26 Benjamin True, 25 Brett Gotcher, 27 Edward Moran, 30 James Strang, 26 Abdi Abdirahman, 34 Chris Barnicle, 24 Aaron Braun, 24 Scott Smith, 25 Ryan Vail, 25

1:45:00 1:58:13

46:46 46:48 46:51 46:51 46:54 47:00 47:06 47:10 47:12 47:14

565 1390 2222 2532 2629 2691 2731

Jack Martin, 12 Preston Grundy, 13 Jack Knudson, 13 Jacob Stuk, 13 Charlton Wake, 12 Adam Erickson, 13 Nelson Linscott, 12

1:17:38 1:31:45 1:47:06 1:56:52 2:00:28 2:02:54 2:05:06

Men 14 - 15 257 357 1139 1830 2047 2090

Thomas Rusco, 15 Quinn Duffy, 14 Jackson Piechowski, 15 Alex May, 14 Ethan Altenburg, 14 Riley Dunn, 15


1:09:47 1:12:39 1:27:41 1:39:19 1:42:47 1:43:41

2175 Ramsey Taylor, 14


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Nicholas Thyr, 16 1:05:05 Nathan Schwab, 17 1:08:50 Gabri Ramirez-Hernandez, 17 1:12:27 Brandon Sandberg, 16 1:14:28 Ryan Larson, 17 1:16:19 Jake Belski, 17 1:23:08 Alex Cherucheril, 17 1:30:49 Blake Johnson, 16 1:31:18 Joe Kuhns, 16 1:42:34 Austin Altenburg, 17 1:42:49

Men 18 - 19 309 James Arnason, 19 600 Andy Dodds, 18 2462 Dillon Biel, 19

1:11:34 1:18:12 1:53:34

Men 35 - 39 33 59 60 69 75 82 85 89 98 101

Chris Lundstrom, 35 Chad Bartels, 37 Jesse Westrup, 37 Travis Hochhalter, 35 Tony Kocanda, 38 Chad Millner, 35 Kirk Walztoni, 39 Brian Gilbertson, 39 Matt Zak, 38 Tony Proell, 37

52:00 56:39 56:41 57:32 58:07 58:26 58:56 59:52 1:00:46 1:00:57

Men 40 - 44 56 87 91 94 95 102 116 119 131 132

Matthew Reinders, 43 Scott Davis, 41 Christopher Kartschoke, 42 Luke Peterson, 40 Pete Miller, 42 Troy Anderson, 40 Mark Brose, 43 Eric Pegors, 42 Joe Litsey, 42 Jim Clark, 44

56:30 59:20 59:58 1:00:13 1:00:22 1:01:17 1:02:27 1:02:49 1:03:50 1:03:50

Men 45 - 49 50 58 88 99 105 129 137 142 155 169

Patrick Billig, 49 John Vandanacker, 49 Hyun Yoon, 47 Eric Porte, 46 Michael Moulsoff, 48 Todd Sheldon, 49 Darren Ruschy, 48 Patrick Acciani, 47 Tim Parker, 47 Tom Oleary, 46

55:38 56:36 59:27 1:00:52 1:01:22 1:03:39 1:04:09 1:04:34 1:05:28 1:05:51

Men 50 - 54 61 74 97 117 118 121 141 152 156 165

Paul Giannobile, 52 Doug Keller, 53 Charlie Roach, 53 William Langhout, 53 Kraig Lungstrom, 53 Michael Kennedy, 53 Patrick Richard, 52 David Tappe, 54 Richard Chin, 52 Bill Atkins, 50

56:46 57:59 1:00:43 1:02:38 1:02:46 1:02:58 1:04:31 1:05:18 1:05:28 1:05:39

Men 55 - 59 111 186 207 234 246 277 325 337 371 377

Bill Krezonoski, 57 Mike Setter, 56 Michael Bjornberg, 57 Craig Mueller, 57 Rick Strand, 57 Mark Leduc, 57 Michael Connolly, 57 Steven Haubert, 55 Michael Dahnert, 57 Patrick Huber, 56

1:02:12 1:06:41 1:07:28 1:08:48 1:09:16 1:10:31 1:12:02 1:12:12 1:12:52 1:12:55

Minnesota Distance Running Association

AT THE RACES: R A C E  R E S U L T S Men 60 - 64 185 284 299 474 510 535 566 589 670 734

Larry Cerling, 61 Jerry Beutel, 61 Stephen Oesterle Md, 60 Ed Waldera, 64 Wolfgang Schroeder, 64 Jerry House, 64 Robb Anderson, 61 Doug McPherson, 61 Larry Mallery, 61 Robert Larson, 62

1:06:37 1:10:46 1:11:20 1:15:21 1:16:24 1:17:01 1:17:39 1:18:00 1:19:56 1:21:01

Men 65 - 69 350 387 413 563 669 742 809 1051 1237 1766

Jim Graupner, 66 Dale Summers, 68 Robert Aby, 66 Paul Ford, 68 Dennis Brewer, 69 Ralph Abramowitz, 66 John Brown, 68 Robert Williams, 65 James Colletti, 68 Peter Schuchardt, 69

1:12:25 1:13:06 1:13:40 1:17:35 1:19:54 1:21:07 1:22:17 1:26:22 1:29:16 1:38:02

Men 70 - 74 786 1121 1200 1218 1745 2081 2505 2777 2834 2846

Larry Eaton, 73 Steven Shaler, 70 Harvey Johnson, 70 Patrick Riddell, 71 Gene Holen, 70 Ron Gehler, 70 Michael Klausler, 73 Patrick Brennan, 73 Bernhard Pieper, 72 Wayne Paschke, 74

1:21:59 1:27:24 1:28:42 1:28:59 1:37:36 1:43:30 1:55:39 2:08:39 2:13:55 2:15:35

Men 75 - 79 1928 2212 2418 2687 2797 2866 2903

Richard Burch, 76 Gary Herum, 75 Raymond Garrity, 77 Paul Tattersall, 77 Bob Norris, 75 Edward Lentz, 75 Claus Pierach, 77

1:40:54 1:46:53 1:52:14 2:02:42 2:11:03 2:19:27 2:31:22

Women 12 - 13 1831 2082 2421 3031 3242

Emily Viger, 13 Layla Tattersfield, 12 Abby Van Kempen, 13 Maddy Halley, 13 Michaela Brands, 13

1:42:23 1:44:49 1:48:18 1:54:22 1:56:59

Women 14 - 15 1891 2032 2292 2303 3269 3401 3638

Sabrina Tattersfield, 14 Isabel Ricke, 15 Hope Reeves, 14 Makenzi Tijerina, 15 Katie Sullivan, 15 Abigale Rice, 14 Meg Rierson, 15

1:42:55 1:44:14 1:47:12 1:47:17 1:57:18 1:58:50 2:02:12

Women 16 - 17 133 684 898 1539 1697 1905 2043 2234 2573 2676

McKenzie Besel, 16 Rachel Needham, 17 Hannah Fedje-Johnston, 17 Grace O'Brien, 17 Shaina Nelson, 16 Haley Housh, 16 Kellin Swanson, 17 Colleen Grinnell, 16 Savanna Goelz, 17 Taylor Heinz, 17

1:13:46 1:28:49 1:31:39 1:39:50 1:41:08 1:43:03 1:44:22 1:46:32 1:49:45 1:50:44

Women 18 - 19 201 345 679 982 1512 1513 1687 1858 3300 3478

Samantha Sobolewski, 19 Sarah Hauer, 19 Olivia Grev, 18 Lexi Johnson, 19 Jaeda Roth, 19 Hillary Argyle, 19 Kate Hanson, 18 MacKenzie Yurek, 19 Karen O'Connor, 19 Allison Kosanda, 19

1:17:10 1:22:40 1:28:45 1:32:45 1:39:28 1:39:28 1:41:03 1:42:38 1:57:49 1:59:55

89 92

Jennifer Hanson, 39 Dena Anderson, 37

1:10:08 1:10:31

Women 40 - 44 38 52 54 56 69 73 76 87 104 107

Amy Halseth, 41 Jan Ochocki, 40 Joyce Bourassa, 44 Mary Chestolowski, 40 Tina Hjeltman, 41 Joelle Nelson, 44 Ann Snuggerud, 43 Christine Galbreath, 43 Lisa Koeppen, 40 Therese Shumaker, 43

1:02:20 1:05:33 1:06:05 1:06:36 1:08:29 1:08:38 1:08:43 1:09:47 1:11:41 1:11:53

Women 45 - 49 49 66 70 71 94 95 105 119 122 124

Sonya Decker, 45 Sharon Stubler, 46 Julie McDaniel, 46 Rochelle Wirth, 49 Nicole Franchina Kolb, 46 Linda Green, 47 Lisa Hines, 49 Jacki Devine, 49 Kristin Miller, 48 Eileen Moran, 46

1:04:17 1:08:20 1:08:29 1:08:32 1:10:40 1:11:02 1:11:45 1:13:03 1:13:12 1:13:24

Women 50 - 54 129 135 139 150 153 155 158 172 177 203

Debra Hultman, 50 Marybeth Thorsgaard, 50 Robin Tedlund, 52 Susan Felton, 52 Mary Yetzer, 51 Renee Saxman, 50 Kelly Rogers, 52 Carol Hentges, 50 Laurie Knutson, 50 Pamela Weier, 51

1:13:40 1:13:58 1:14:09 1:14:52 1:14:58 1:15:02 1:15:08 1:15:50 1:16:00 1:17:17

Women 55 - 59 114 235 312 323 437 459 475 503 603 613

Julie Virkus, 59 Nancy Fazio, 56 Sonia Jacobsen, 55 Laurie Rice, 57 Karen Handegard, 58 Dena Riddle, 57 Wendy Anderson, 58 Rosemary Lensing, 56 Cindy Schwie, 58 Linda Christen, 55

1:12:39 1:18:48 1:21:46 1:22:12 1:24:55 1:25:20 1:25:38 1:26:02 1:27:35 1:27:43

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Women 60 - 64 286 334 393 434 533 629 813 900 1021 1064

Gloria Jansen, 64 Diane Stoneking, 63 Mary Ann Gallagher, 61 Linda Bjornberg, 61 Claudia Sherburne, 61 Kathleen Shea, 63 Marjorie Peterson, 63 Gretchen Ibele, 60 Cindy Dischinger, 60 Lisa Wheeler, 60

1:21:02 1:22:26 1:23:54 1:24:53 1:26:41 1:27:53 1:30:39 1:31:41 1:33:10 1:33:41

Women 65 - 69 1159 1237 1861 2283 2552 2771 3116 3529 3554 3962

Rosemary Harnly, 65 Georgine Cook, 68 Kathleen Tomasula, 65 Mary Hiatt, 65 Sherry Hagelstrom, 65 Randi Kamine, 65 Libby Petit, 68 Mary John, 65 Carol Brennan, 69 Jane Schoen, 65

1:34:58 1:36:00 1:42:39 1:47:09 1:49:34 1:51:47 1:55:24 2:00:36 2:01:04 2:07:13

Women 70 - 74 594 1424 4371 4533 4595

Marilyn Schnobrich, 70 Sandra Dalquist, 71 Siglinde Moore, 71 Patricia Wolkoff, 71 Eleanor Fraser-Taylor, 70

1:27:23 1:38:21 2:18:54 2:28:44 2:36:42

Women 75 - 79 4090 Patricia Amidon, 76


Women 35 - 39 3 18 25 42 46 51 77 86

Blake Russell, 36 Nicole Aish, 35 Nicole Hagobian, 36 Melissa Gacek, 35 Kelly Scheller, 35 Becky Youngberg, 36 Sheila Eldred, 37 Tesha Distad, 36

54:44 57:22 58:38 1:02:45 1:03:35 1:05:29 1:08:43 1:09:34

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AT THE RACES: R A C E  R E S U L T S Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon October2,MinneapolistoSt.Paul Open Men

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30

Sammy Malakwen, 33 Joseph Mutinda, 37 Weldon Kirui, 22 Julius Koskei Kibet, 29 Guor Marial, 26 Philip Metto, 36 Fred Tumbo, 33 Pius Nyantika, 24 Jeff Weiss, 25 George Towett, 26 Brian Lyons, 30 Kevin Pool, 28 Berhanu Girma, 25 Stephen Muturi, 36 Robby Young, 26 Jared Abuya, 34 Brad Poore, 33 David Kiplagat, 27 Tibor Vegh, 27 Brad Wick, 30 Tracy Lokken, 46 Emisael Favela, 34 Malcolm Campbell, 40 Zachary Bruns, 25 Jose Chaves, 31 Tony Torres, 42 Frank Therrian, 27 Adam Condit, 28 Dan Greeno, 23 Levi Severson, 31

2:13:11 2:13:24 2:13:31 2:13:38 2:14:32 2:14:35 2:14:59 2:15:50 2:17:22 2:18:19 2:19:18 2:19:34 2:19:45 2:20:16 2:21:29 2:21:45 2:22:05 2:23:51 2:24:35 2:24:40 2:24:44 2:25:48 2:25:58 2:26:34 2:27:07 2:27:08 2:27:11 2:27:20 2:27:59 2:29:18

Open Women 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30

Yeshimebet Bifa, 23 Nadezdha Leonteva, 27 Emily Harrison, 25 Doreen Kitaka, 27 Mary Akor, 35 Truphena Tarus, 26 Erin Vergara, 30 Sheri Piers, 40 Elena Nagovitsyna, 28 Gina Slaby, 30 Kate Koski, 38 Lucinda Smith, 30 Susan Empey, 43 Shannon McHale, 40 Wendy Terris, 42 Tia Accetta, 36 Margaret Lyons, 31 Tere Zacher, 39 Meghan Arbogast, 50 Erin Swain, 29 Meg Grindall, 30 Christina Sheehan, 28 Erica Baron, 40 Kelly Brinkman, 30 Katie Caba, 40 Nikki Leith, 28 Claire Dowdle, 27 Anna Judd, 42 Lori Buratto, 41 Kimberly Mueller, 35

2:28:24 2:32:53 2:32:55 2:33:53 2:37:22 2:37:24 2:37:31 2:37:42 2:38:59 2:39:35 2:42:53 2:43:44 2:45:27 2:45:48 2:48:00 2:48:52 2:49:58 2:51:10 2:52:09 2:52:47 2:52:58 2:53:57 2:54:14 2:54:35 2:54:42 2:56:07 2:56:08 2:56:29 2:57:30 2:57:46

Men 14 - 15 2883 Josiah Kohlmeyer, 15 3322 Micah Roemen, 14

4:25:48 4:37:46

Men 16 - 17 2648 3798 4210 4259

Dylan Jensen, 17 Trevor Squire, 17 Colin Myhro, 17 Thomas Cole, 17

4:19:34 4:52:42 5:10:09 5:12:16

Men 18 - 19 565 710 1527 1534 1579 1591 1875 1906



Jacob Rollmann, 18 Ryan Augustin, 19 Walter Punke, 19 Austin Hackley, 19 Tyler Hinnendael, 19 Jaye Jennings, 19 Brett Sheppard, 19 Griffin Danes, 19


3:23:03 3:28:14 3:51:47 3:51:56 3:53:11 3:53:29 4:00:20 4:01:08

2235 Aaron McCrossan, 19 2301 Brendan Cole, 18

4:08:37 4:10:24

Men 35 - 39 2 6 14 37 40 47 48 58 60 65

Joseph Mutinda, 37 Philip Metto, 36 Stephen Muturi, 36 Hugo Odermatt, 39 Michael Little, 35 Torry Zeller, 35 Jeff Turner, 39 Dan Edstrom, 35 Christopher Grossinger, 37 Tj Varecka, 35

2:13:24 2:14:35 2:20:16 2:34:37 2:34:59 2:37:22 2:37:32 2:40:45 2:40:56 2:42:22

Men 40 - 44 23 26 35 38 39 44 49 64 68 78

Malcolm Campbell, 40 Tony Torres, 42 Jason Doland, 41 Jeff Caba, 41 Jeffrey Renlund, 44 Rob Chenoweth, 42 John Reich, 42 Alvin Bugbee, 42 Dale Kirk, 41 Dan Deuhs, 40

2:25:58 2:27:08 2:33:49 2:34:40 2:34:56 2:36:25 2:37:53 2:42:01 2:42:42 2:45:37

Men 45 - 49 21 41 50 103 106 107 139 141 157 175

Tracy Lokken, 46 James Derick, 46 Tim Meigs, 45 Ernesto Caballero, 46 Doug Kleemeier, 45 John Brabbs, 46 David Marek, 47 Jon Anderson, 47 Eric Busch, 45 Eric Swanson, 49

2:24:44 2:35:40 2:37:53 2:50:14 2:50:30 2:50:46 2:55:17 2:56:05 2:57:23 2:58:53

Men 50 - 54 66 67 79 86 87 121 143 185 192 208

Doug Fernandez, 51 Bob Brennand, 50 Clyde Vancaeyzeele, 54 Chris Spinney, 51 Charlie Hennessey, 51 Cliff Richards, 50 Dennis Wallach, 54 Keith Caruso, 50 Michael Niziolek, 50 Rick Larsen, 50

2:42:29 2:42:30 2:45:37 2:47:29 2:47:42 2:52:38 2:56:14 2:59:33 3:00:18 3:02:26

Men 55 - 59 88 135 152 306 397 431 482 513 514 521

Brent Smith, 55 Joseph Haynes, 57 Pete Kaplan, 55 Allen Zetterlund, 56 Jim Melnyk, 55 Robert Cannava, 58 Steve Shirer, 56 Scott Olson, 58 Dale Heinen, 55 Jocko Vertin, 56

2:47:44 2:54:46 2:57:07 3:10:01 3:15:16 3:17:30 3:19:36 3:20:49 3:20:51 3:21:05

Men 60 - 64 202 342 371 430 604 618 634 648 659 685

Denny Jordan, 60 Dan Harvey, 64 James Wright, 62 Joseph Schieffer, 60 Shoji Fujimatsu, 63 Rick Hlebain, 60 Steve Maupin, 60 Robert Benson, 61 James Jacobsen, 61 Christopher Nemeth, 62

3:02:02 3:12:12 3:13:46 3:17:28 3:24:36 3:25:10 3:25:57 3:26:22 3:26:39 3:27:29

Men 65 - 69 1281 1953 2126 2253 2309 2331 2368 2563 2573 2651

Frank Bright, 68 Leonard Coequyt, 68 Paul McNaughton, 66 Herb Byun, 67 Rod Raabe, 66 Jeffrey Grosscup, 65 David Jones, 67 John Lefevre, 67 Timothy McCoy, 65 Lou Miller, 67

3:44:32 4:01:44 4:05:38 4:09:03 4:10:36 4:11:06 4:12:12 4:17:19 4:17:27 4:19:39

Men 70 - 74 539 755 2094 2220 2478 3021

John Ouweleen, 71 Joseph Burgasser, 73 Darrell Christensen, 74 Dick Westerlund, 74 Mike Rucker, 71 Edward Rousseau, 72

3:21:49 3:29:21 4:04:44 4:08:06 4:15:42 4:29:14

Minnesota Distance Running Association

AT THE RACES: R A C E  R E S U L T S 3559 3561 3687 3967

Robert Gavin, 71 Roger Carlson, 70 Ilhan Bilgutay, 74 Phil Erickson, 71

4:45:28 4:45:35 4:49:24 4:59:17

Men 75 - 79 4639 Stan Bell, 77 4851 Roger Aiken, 78 4858 Ralph Wilson, 77

5:41:36 6:15:33 6:17:38

Men 80 - 84 3773 Jerry Johncock, 83


Women 16 - 17 618 2035 2749 2776

Margaret Weiss, 17 Katelyn Wolter, 17 Mikayla Curtis, 17 Breanna Severin, 16

3:56:35 4:40:39 5:07:42 5:09:03

Women 18 - 19 89 217 332 476 558 755 886 974 987 1145

Marianne Scheitel, 19 Karlee Cox, 19 Kali Johnson, 19 Holly Lammert, 19 Elizabeth Eggert, 19 Anna Krieger, 19 Jacqueline Johnson, 19 Natalie Pitsch, 19 Maria Zimmerman, 19 Jana Wisniewski, 19

3:23:23 3:34:18 3:41:10 3:49:30 3:52:49 4:01:03 4:05:36 4:08:27 4:08:53 4:14:12

Women 35 - 39 5 11 16 18 30 38 48 49 73 76

Mary Akor, 35 Kate Koski, 38 Tia Accetta, 36 Tere Zacher, 39 Kimberly Mueller, 35 Angie Paprocki, 36 Pam Olsen, 38 Stephanie Wagner, 37 Jennifer Pellegrini, 35 Laura Ankrum, 38

2:37:22 2:42:53 2:48:52 2:51:10 2:57:46 3:03:28 3:08:32 3:09:00 3:17:55 3:18:35

Women 40 - 44 8

Sheri Piers, 40


13 14 15 23 25 28 29 40 50

Susan Empey, 43 Shannon McHale, 40 Wendy Terris, 42 Erica Baron, 40 Katie Caba, 40 Anna Judd, 42 Lori Buratto, 41 Donna Philippot, 43 Willie Tibbetts, 40

2:45:27 2:45:48 2:48:00 2:54:14 2:54:42 2:56:29 2:57:30 3:03:41 3:09:33

Women 45 - 49 31 39 41 57 62 67 70 84 87 99

Paula Vicker, 46 Lisa Vaill, 48 Wanda Gau, 49 Laura Sandness, 45 Marilyn Caulfield, 49 Gert August, 47 Jill Varty, 49 Vicki Ostendorf, 46 Anna Helm, 45 Kelly Miller, 45

3:01:13 3:03:29 3:04:35 3:10:45 3:13:02 3:14:17 3:16:54 3:21:57 3:22:58 3:24:53

Women 50 - 54 19 66 74 137 171 185 214 269 313 346

Meghan Arbogast, 50 Mary Hanna, 50 Margaret Sheridan, 51 Patricia Langum, 50 Kristi Larson, 53 Karen Beerman, 54 Angie Major, 50 Carolyn Fletcher, 54 Julie Wieser, 50 Ann Sadler, 50 Miriam Zderic, 56 Linda Jennings, 59 Karen Manske, 56 Andriette Wickstrom, 56 Donella Neuhaus, 55 Jane Lanford, 56 Doris Windsand-Dausman, 55

Kristi Berg, 58

Nancy Willert, 55 Mary Ryan, 56

3:56:20 3:57:29

Women 60 - 64 133 365 677 905 1177 1536 1610 1672 1689 1709

Catherine Wides, 62 Janet Cain, 60 Jan Kasper, 60 Marie Quanbeck, 63 Charlene Barron, 61 Carol Brouillard, 64 Louise Heineck, 62 Ellen Berlin, 61 Candy Patrin, 63 Elaine Devries, 60

3:28:08 3:43:21 3:58:38 4:06:13 4:15:10 4:26:35 4:28:50 4:30:43 4:31:23 4:31:51

1507 2741 3034 3039 3137 3437 3461

Mary Croft, 65 Jeanne Hendrickson, 68 Kathleen Andrews, 66 Judy Ross, 69 Irene Terronez, 67 Miriam(bonnie) Wassin, 67 Kathy Schmidt, 66

Women 70 - 74

3:03:27 3:20:18 3:24:42 3:25:08 3:25:45 3:31:56 3:34:46 3:46:53

Open Men

3391 Jan Rohde, 70

4:25:36 5:06:59 5:19:39 5:19:52 5:25:54 5:44:38 5:47:22 5:41:16

Autumn Woods Classic 5K October8,ElmCreekParkReserve 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

Andrew Blau, 29 Rick Taplin, 49 Dane Johnson, 15 Benjamin Olson, 11 Jake Pederson, 30 Jim Hobbs, 43 Doug Mitchell, 58

8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20

Walter White, 54 Anthony Kaster, 43 Collin Teigen, 13 Jay Hempe, 44 Danil Ebert, 15 Kelly Johnson, 44 Joey Raymo, 19 John Carlson, 9 Jim Dahl, 38 John Hokanson, 55 Wade Beck, 37 Eric Bottelberghe, 28 Tim Wachholz, 39

20:16 20:25 20:43 20:43 20:48 20:58 21:18 21:26 21:34 21:48 21:53 22:03 22:04

Open Women

Women 65 - 69

2:52:09 3:14:01 3:17:57 3:28:20 3:30:53 3:32:02 3:34:12 3:37:55 3:40:28 3:41:47

Women 55 - 59 37 83 98 101 110 182 221 432

613 642

17:32 18:13 18:40 19:18 19:32 19:57 20:02

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20

Olivia Layton, 34 susie kelleher, 44 Rachel Olson, 13 Tracy Gunelson, 28 Lindsie Miller, 25 essyonna peschong, 11 Susan Miller, 52 Kelly Brown, 33 Anastasia Lowman, 29 Brianne Brewster, 9 Terra Eison, 30 Debbie Janey, 59 Kim Plessel, 36 Chris Boortz, 50 Shelley Tschida, 27 Katie Miller, 31 Janine Desplinter, 46 Trisha Coffee, 30 Angela Wenner Leanne Girard, 27

21:11 21:56 23:03 23:05 23:26 23:26 23:43 23:46 24:29 24:38 24:43 24:44 24:52 25:07 25:07 25:10 25:23 25:29 25:39 25:40

Men Under 8 264

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AT THE RACES: R A C E  R E S U L T S 17 30 35 37

Autimn Woods 5K results continued Men 8 - 9 15 55 63 124 146 151 154 176 190 204

John Carlson, 9 Timothy Keran, 9 Nicholas Krolnik, 9 James Peterson, 9 Logan Blanke, 8 Charles Ella, 9 Isaac Hanauska, 9 Jack Steinke, 9 Cameron Nazal, 8 Nick Kjome, 8

21:26 24:33 24:54 28:38 29:22 29:35 29:45 30:44 31:36 32:21

Men 10 - 11 4 40 56 58 84 96 139 184 207 276

Benjamin Olson, 11 Alan Ella, 11 Adam Saetveit, 11 Connor McCallum, 10 Nicholas Friedrichs, 11 Cade Urquhart, 10 Cade Moffitt, 10 Christian Obrien, 11 Braylin Ramseth, 11 Lucas Hahn, 11 Collin Teigen, 13 Caleb Burke, 13 Josh Nordstrom, 12 Jonathon Vouk, 13 Erik Johnson, 13 Cameron Bauer, 13 Andrew Beukelman, 12 Reed Trende, 12 Will Johnson, 12 Zak Frisvold, 12

20:43 22:19 22:27 22:31 22:36 23:33 24:31 24:31 25:08 30:09

Dane Johnson, 15 Danil Ebert, 15 Spencer Schuh, 14 Lakin Ramseth, 14 Luke Onopa, 14 Brady Stanger, 14

18:40 20:48 23:30 23:50 24:12 29:21

Men 16 - 17 47 72 148

Bobby Latvala, 16 Sterling Williams, 17 Garrett Hilde, 17

24:10 25:14 29:26

Men 18 - 19 14 23

Joey Raymo, 19 Matthew Dorland, 18

21:18 22:24

Men 35 - 39 16 18 20 24 27

Jim Dahl, 38 Wade Beck, 37 Tim Wachholz, 39 Jack Boespflug, 39 Brett Hecker, 38

21:34 21:53 22:04 22:26 22:33

Jim Hobbs, 43 Anthony Kaster, 43 Jay Hempe, 44 Kelly Johnson, 44 Scott Ramseth, 41

19:57 20:25 20:43 20:58 22:50

Rick Taplin, 49 David Vouk, 45 David Juda, 49 Brian Prosser, 46 Jim Klancke, 46

18:13 22:42 22:46 23:49 25:35

Walter White, 54 Robert Barthel, 53 Thomas Bohlinger, 53 Tom Daleiden, 53 David Schuh, 52

20:16 22:21 22:59 23:25 24:28


Doug Mitchell, 58

Men 65 - 69 237 246 257

Larry Rolf, 66 Jim Raymo, 65 Dale Melcher, 65


Gene Kalscheuer, 73 John Lokowich, 75 Kira McCallum, 7 Hailey Bargman, 7 Olivia Stockham, 7 Kathryn Smith, 7 Brianne Brewster, 9 Mackenzie Allen, 8 Gabriella Beberg, 8 Simone Lundquist, 9 Maddie Keran, 9

24:38 27:03 29:30 30:59 31:35

Women 10 - 11 6 37 46 78 90

essyonna peschong, 11 Laura Allen, 11 Naomi Brenden, 10 Avery Paulsen, 11 Jasine Brockberg, 10

3 26 69 83 86

Rachel Olson, 13 Taylor Lundquist, 12 Amy Conard, 12 Kaitlyn Benz, 12 Kate Leonard, 13

23:26 26:57 27:41 29:57 30:17 23:03 26:08 29:23 30:09 30:14

Women 14 - 15 138 197 202 291 341

Isabelle Wilson, 14 Abby Rolfs, 14 Margaret Schmitz, 14 Amber Wells, 15 Jessika Cassidy, 14

31:35 33:58 34:15 37:39 39:56

Women 16 - 17 59 63 157 423

Natalie Melcher, 16 Kate McKee, 16 Elsa Ericson, 16 Kate Dahl, 17 Elizabeth Hansen, 19 Sandra Young, 19

13 25 31 43 48

Kim Plessel, 36 Kari Young, 35 Jennifer Miller, 36 Tara Collins, 39 Angela Karn, 37

2 24 30 32 33

susie kelleher, 44 Elena Ebert, 41 Tammy Carlson, 42 Julie Kaiser, 41 Deb Raymon, 41

17 55 58 60 64

Janine Desplinter, 46 Edie Stoen, 46 Lori Burke, 45 Birgit Fink, 46 Layne Weir, 48


7 14


Susan Miller, 52 Chris Boortz, 50

24:44 35:42 36:42 38:38 40:45

Men 10 - 11

Linda Schissel, 62 Linda Chabot, 60 Shirley Parkin, 61 Dawn Grossinger, 61 Cynthia Jordan, 60

30:17 33:03 33:21 33:47 35:14

Men 12 - 13

Suzanne Hedstrom, 68


Men 14 - 15

Marie Peterson, 71


Anoka Grey Ghost 5K

28:17 28:53 32:11 48:46

Open Men

36:17 39:16 24:52 26:06 26:30 27:18 27:48 21:56 26:05 26:27 26:36 26:45 25:23 28:09 28:15 28:21 28:56 23:43 25:07

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20

Joey Keillor, 37 Jack Delehanty, 25 Wes Schwie, 34 Greg Sorensen, 36 Christian Kutina, 17 Dallas Erdahl, 19 Andrew Minier, 32 David Alexander, 17 Rick Taplin, 49 Luke Nelson, 37 Chris Hecker, 16 Brandon Heebink, 27 Ben Olson, 11 Emmett Haberman, 15 Thomas Hagerty, 16 Jay Nelson, 41 Michael Kennedy, 54 Chris Caron, 19 David Dujmovic, 16 Dan Hauck, 44

15:18 16:31 16:51 17:32 17:36 17:38 17:41 17:49 17:50 17:53 18:04 18:11 18:20 18:26 18:29 18:33 18:34 18:44 18:46 18:51

Breck Hickman, 15 Kate Tavakley, 37 Jessica Kociscak, 22 Kirsten Maras, 21 Jill Ellenbecker, 39 Olivia Layton, 35 Joanna Drazkowski, 35 Jaycie Thomsen, 12 Karlee Cox, 19 Ashley Urman, 14 Erin Moening, 12 Sarah Olson, 10 Darci Olson, 40 Dan McLaughlin, 31 Kari Giddings, 25 Vanessa Palomino, 27 Judy Meyer, 51 Shelby White, 17 Sarah Larson, 33 Jessica Bianchi, 18

19:33 19:39 20:01 20:13 20:24 20:30 20:57 20:58 21:03 21:05 21:10 21:58 21:58 22:06 22:10 22:19 22:30 22:38 22:40 22:53

Men Under 8 659 836 838 839 859

Gavin Kelleher, 6 Max Menne, 7 Brennen Williams, 7 Logan Jungling, 6 Alex Leesman, 6

34:22 43:18 43:33 43:33 49:48

Men 8 - 9 61

Cooper Lennox, 9


46 51 64 66 89 14 32 34 58 91 5 8 11 15 19

October29 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20

13 120 170 178 200

Austin Reed, 9 Jackson Danielowski, 9 Drew Thompson, 9 Kaden Amundson, 8 Ben Olson, 11 Robert Chancellor, 11 Jacob Jacott, 11 Jack Munsterteiger, 11 Michael Sauro, 11 Matt Muenchow, 12 Paul Breitbach, 12 Colin Webster, 13 Joseph Coughlin, 12 Hunter Deleon, 13 Emmett Haberman, 15 Andrew Jewell, 15 Jeff Barstow, 15 Connor Callahan, 15 Josh Oak, 15

21:10 26:56 27:09 27:09 18:20 22:39 23:49 23:58 24:25 20:15 20:42 20:58 21:06 21:57 18:26 19:29 19:31 20:54 22:02

Men 16 - 17

Open Women

Women 18 - 19 246 330

Debbie Janey, 59 Beverly Breyer, 57 Jan Traynor, 57 Nancy McDonnell, 55 Debra Eggert, 58

Women 70 - 74 329

36:55 40:17 49:34 55:25

69 325 332 333

Women 60 - 64


Women 8 - 9 10 40 70 113 139

12 231 255 314 358

Women 65 - 69


25:52 26:46 27:47

Women 55 - 59


Women Under 8 262 351 424 430

Denise Sheehan, 51 Cindy Gigler, 51 Lisa Baker, 51

91 174 181 194 223

Men 75 - 79 273

21 34 47

35:13 35:34 37:11

Women 50 - 54

Men 55 - 59 7

26:17 27:13 28:47 30:30 31:59

Women 45 - 49

Men 50 - 54 8 22 33 38 51

Tim Donakowski, 60 Ronald Grossinger, 62 Joe Zakrzewski, 62 Thomas Hoskens, 62 Bruce Tkach, 63

Women 40 - 44

Men 45 - 49 2 29 31 43 81

92 99 129 173 199

Women 35 - 39

Men 40 - 44 6 9 11 13 32

Men 60 - 64

Women 12 - 13

Men 14 - 15 3 12 39 44 48 145

21:48 22:44 23:06 23:22

Men 70 - 74 19:18 23:30 24:37 24:39 25:50 26:56 28:57 31:17 32:32 40:18

Men 12 - 13 10 21 25 26 28 41 53 54 69 164

John Hokanson, 55 Tim Zbikowski, 58 Bill Schwantes, 55 Scott Wieker, 56


Christian Kutina, 17 David Alexander, 17 Chris Hecker, 16 Thomas Hagerty, 16 David Dujmovic, 16

17:36 17:49 18:04 18:29 18:46

Men 18 - 19 6 18 53 104 177

Dallas Erdahl, 19 Chris Caron, 19 Jeff Fiebelkorn, 18 Andrew Megears, 19 Jack Davis, 19

17:38 18:44 20:48 22:21 23:58

Men 35 - 39 1 4 10 22 26

Joey Keillor, 37 Greg Sorensen, 36 Luke Nelson, 37 Jeremy Fink, 35 Shawn Scherr, 36

15:18 17:32 17:53 18:59 19:15

Men 40 - 44 16 20 33 36 48

Jay Nelson, 41 Dan Hauck, 44 Kurt Jewell, 42 Scott Tollefson, 44 David Bjorklund, 44

18:33 18:51 19:30 19:35 20:20

Men 45 - 49 9 63 68 77 78

Rick Taplin, 49 Bud Brasch, 48 Fred Hanson, 47 Peter Bergherr, 47 Robert Telander, 47

17:50 20:57 21:08 21:23 21:25

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Michael Kennedy, 54 Scott Ergen, 50 Jeff Ray, 51 Kevin Domeier, 50 Larry Freund, 51

18:34 19:19 19:36 20:08 20:55

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Mike Setter, 56 Al Mayer, 56 Scott Christensen, 56 Richard Vielguth, 57 Steve Manolleff, 56

19:53 20:41 22:35 22:51 23:09

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Geo. Roes, 60 Gordon Paquette, 60 Jeff Olson, 62 Patrick Ryan, 63 Tom Blankenship, 64

23:03 24:01 24:03 24:42 25:32

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Rick Schuldt, 65 Fran Oldenburg, 65 Myron Nerdahl, 65 Dean Oslund, 67 Leroy Stanislowski, 65

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Rick Kleyman, 71 Lee Stauffacher, 70 Rudy Kohler, 70 Gene Holen, 70 Bob Hoff, 70 Keith Canny, 72

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Gene Kalscheuer, 75 John Lokowich, 76

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Addie Hinkie, 7 Macava Smith, 6 Rebecca Immer, 7 Ella Hinkie, 5 Jenna Valleen, 7 Bryn Anderson, 3 Bayley Anderson, 6

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Paige Anderson, 9 Abby Ellenbecker, 9 Grace Millerbernd, 8 Jessica Immer, 8 Avery Hink, 8 Laura Pacala, 8 Keara Kellher, 8 Campbell Rask, 8 Margaret Jacott, 9 Grace Stauffacher, 9

27:31 31:05 31:06 31:46 32:47 33:37 34:17 34:54 35:54 36:05

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Sarah Olson, 10 Anna Bunn, 11 Hannah Beech, 11 Madison Jung, 11 Kaitlyn Deleon, 11 Kirsten Dagel, 11 Ciara Sullivan, 11 Olivia Ellenbecker, 10 Hailey Landrus, 11 Madison Stalpes, 11

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20:58 21:10 24:52 24:56 25:32 25:39 25:42 26:50 27:00 27:02

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Breck Hickman, 15 Ashley Urman, 14 Haley Beech, 15 Samantha Prouty, 14 Alexandra Jenkins, 14 Grace Mikutowski, 15 Mallory Adams, 15 Madison Staggert, 14 Allie Stalboerger, 14 Heather Burt, 14

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Shelby White, 17 Allie Giddings, 17 Lakin Dammer, 16 Amanda Hedberg, 17 Emma Hohlen, 17 Allison Duwenhoegger, 16 Nicole Stalboerger, 16 Kayleigh Kloncz, 16 Sydney Arens, 16 Claire Lundberg, 16

22:38 25:18 27:26 27:59 28:09 29:12 29:38 30:16 30:16 30:29

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Jessica Bianchi, 18 Melissa Jensen, 18 Mary Pipenhagen, 18 Jessica Johnson, 19 Melanie Mossberg, 18 Sara Vincent, 18 Andrea Bergherr, 19 Maddison Kissner, 19 Heidi Holthus, 18

22:53 24:01 24:10 24:26 25:25 25:28 29:46 29:58 30:11

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Kate Tavakley, 37 Jill Ellenbecker, 39 Olivia Layton, 35 Joanna Drazkowski, 35 Andria Gaudette, 35

19:39 20:24 20:30 20:57 23:06

Women 40 - 44 13 25 32 35 47

Darci Olson, 40 Tammy Domeier, 44 Barb Lass, 41 Kyron Christopherson, 41 Heidi Cox, 42

21:58 23:24 24:00 24:02 24:31

Women 45 - 49 26 30 55 56 65 86 91 93 121 131

Karen Jansen, 48 Kay Daniels, 48 Lisa Schroeder, 46 Colleen Feyo, 46 Tammy Sandy-Lahr, 48 Judy Sauvaqeau-Ronke, 47 Janice Holthaus, 49 Amy Vincent, 46 Karen Gray, 49 Linda Habermann, 46

23:38 23:52 25:28 25:30 25:42 26:24 26:34 26:37 27:22 27:32

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Judy Meyer, 51 Michelle Nietfeld, 54 Kathy Daulton, 52 Sharon Roeske, 50 Stacey Robin, 50 Sue Wurl, 53 Claudia Burkheiser, 50 Karen Strauman, 52 Diana Ostrander, 52 Patricia Dusbabek, 52

22:30 23:23 25:56 25:56 27:24 28:19 28:28 29:13 29:18 29:32

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Maria Berlinerblau, 55 Cindy Boo, 55 Laura Hoffman, 56 Sue McLuen, 58 Karen Halter, 55 Deb Maaske, 57 Marie Torkelson, 56 Paula Foley, 55 Carol Kociscak, 57 Winnie Steffenson, 55

24:06 30:44 30:47 30:50 31:18 31:36 31:41 31:58 32:08 32:15

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November issue. New programs were suggested as well. Todd Kalina is willing to organize trail runs at Lebanon Hills. It was suggested to have Thursdays as our “track and trail night,” where members could choose to do speed work on a track or run trails.

September Board of Directors Meeting September19,2011 Members Present: Paul Arneberg, Kathy Benhardus, Norm Champ, Darrell Christensen, Noelle Frost, Mike Iserman, Mary Johnson, Bill Kullback, Mike Nawrocki, Andrew Plackner Guests Present: None

They are also working on choosing the Grand Prix races for next year. The Winter Carnival half marathon is one new addition, and some thought is being given to replacing the Human Race with either the Lake Johanna 4 mile or the MDRA 7 mile. USATF Report: No report. New Business: None. Old Business: Gloria Jansen is putting together a manual for the marathon training classes. Meeting adjourned.

October Board of Directors Meeting

Secretary’s Report: Mike Iserman moved and Noelle Frost seconded, a motion to approve the August 15 minutes.


Treasurer’s Report: Jody Kobbervig was absent, but submitted her reports to the board. MDRA had a positive cash flow for the year of $22,721 after all income and expenses. We currently have $19,652 in accounts payable at the end of August, due in September. Both revenue and expenses have been running over budget in 2011. The Victory races and City of Lakes made money this year.

Members Present: Paul Arneberg, Kathy Benhardus, Darrell Christensen, Mike Iserman, Kristin Johnson, Heather Kick-Abrahamson, Bill Knight, Jody Kobbervig, Bill Kullback, Mike Nawrocki, Andrew Plackner, Melissa Wieczorek

Committee Reports: Advocacy Committee: No report. Club Administration: Noelle Frost will run for board secretary. She will also work on the revised version of the bylaws for us to vote on at the next meeting. Programs Committee: Andrew Plackner and Mike Nawrocki will head up the Polar Bears group this winter. They intend to appeal to runners of all different abilities, including slower runners. A Google Group will be created for communication purposes. There is a new fall running class in St. Louis Park this year, open to both male and female beginning runners. Promotions Committee: Andrew Plackner has opened a Twitter account to provide information for MDRA members. His goal will be to make it helpful and relevant to runners. He would like to create a short list of Twitter ideas, including publicizing races. Publications Committee: RunMinnesota September/ October issue will be ready in time for the TCM Expo. Race Committee: The Como Relays, directed by John Cramer, broke even this year. Jeff Winter, the City of Lakes director, is willing to give it another go in 2012. Running Room is still interested in sponsorship, but may not give as much money this time. In 2012 City of Lakes will be four weeks before the marathon, which may influence participation.



Publications Committee: The September/October issue of RunMinnesota is out, and the November issue will feature a TCM recap. The annual calendar deadline is coming up soon. Drew has opened a Twitter account at @runmdra. Race Committee: MDRA City of Lakes 25K and the MDRA Victory races will be run again next year. Running Room has first right of refusal for sponsoring again. USATF Report: Melissa reported that there will be an officials clinic this Saturday. Jack’s Run 8K will be held at the University of Minnesota Les Bolstad Golf Course on Saturday, October 22. The USATF Minnesota Open and Masters Cross Country Championships will be held at Valleywood Golf Course in Apple Valley. MDRA did well in the USATF Team Circuit in 2011. We will continue to recruit more members for these teams.


Members Absent: Nathan Campeau, Kristen Johnson, Heather Kick-Abrahamson, Bill Knight, Jody Kobbervig, Kirk Walztoni, Melissa Wieczorek

Office Manager’s Report: Membership numbers continue to be fairly flat. Heidi will have the new membership form ready by November. The volunteers at Victory and City of Lakes were much appreciated, and Heidi will be seeking more volunteers for the TCM Expo.

Promotions Committee: Several good suggestions were offered, including publishing a RunMinnesota article about all of our programs. It would include interviews of the participants and a plan to encourage our outstate members to set up their own classes with help from MDRA. We also discussed creating a video of everything MDRA does, and adding “MDRA” to the names of our races. Since the TCM Expo t-shirt giveaway was so successful, we will also have a booth at the Mankato Marathon Expo. There are 3-4000 runners entered in the various races, so it should be a good venue for us.

New Business: The November meeting will be held on November 7 due to scheduling difficulties. Old Business: Discussion of “tweeting.” Meeting adjourned.


Members Absent: Nathan Campeau, Norm Champ, Noelle Frost, Mary Johnson, Kirk Walztoni Secretary’s Report: Drew Plackner moved, and Bill Kullback seconded, a motion to approve the September 19 minutes. Treasurer’s Report: Jody Kobbervig reported that MDRA had a positive cash flow for the year of $46,000 after all income and expenses. She noted that there were $37,000 in accounts payable which will be paid in October. Our revenue for the year has been $198,000 compared to our YTD budget of $163,000. We did make some money on City of Lakes and the Victory races. Park board and police department fees have really gone up, so it is harder to break even. Office Manager’s Report: Heidi reported that while September was a poor membership month, we did gain a total of 87 new members at the TCM Expo, which will count in October. Committee Reports: Advocacy Committee: No report. Club Administration: We are looking for possible candidates for the MDRA board. Noelle will redo the bylaws with the changes we recommended. Board candidates will answer questions which will appear in the November issue of RunMinnesota. Programs Committee: Our new St. Louis Park running class has about 14 participants. Coach Heather Kick-Abrahamson is currently deciding if a winter running class would be feasible. The MDRA Polar Bear runs start this Saturday under the capable direction of Mike Nawrocki and Drew Plackner. They have created a Facebook group to communicate dates, times, and venues. The MDRA fall marathon training class was very successful. An article about it will appear in the


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been a part of TCM, the 30 year event continues to maintain a reputation for quality among the running community. Both the marathon and the 10 mile race have been the venue for several championships. Moran, and the other individuals who pulled off the inaugural event, found that gimmick and started “The most beautiful urban marathon in America.” *The official name of the marathon changed in 2006 to “Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon” or MTCM. **A group of cities straddling the Mississippi River on the Iowa–Illinois boundary.

Runners make the event One group of athletes, the TCM Charter Club, has run all 30 of the marathons. There were 40 individuals in this elite group at the start of marathon weekend 2011. Here are a few runners who make up this elite group. Jim Baillargeon, of Somerset, Wisconsin, ran five City of Lakes marathons prior to TCM in 1982 where he logged a 2:42. This year’s TCM was his one hundred thirty-first marathon. Although he prefers running in the country, Baillargeon says that there is no urban marathon like TCM. These days he enjoys visiting with people along the marathon route instead of being focused on his time. His favorite TCM memories are the inaugural year and in 2001, when he ran side by side with his brother the entire way. This veteran runner paid a visit to the medical tent this year and stayed overnight in the hospital due to a dehydration issue. Baillargeon is fine and, matter of factly, says that he should have known better after all his years of running. Mary Croft, of Bayport, Minnesota, signed up for TCM after her husband, Dave, told her that he saw something in the paper about a new marathon. Croft went up to Duluth to watch a friend run Grandma’s and decided she would give TCM a try. The inaugural event was Croft’s first marathon experience. Today she has finished a combination of 176 marathons and ultra events. Croft, one of four women in the Charter Club, enjoys the TCM course, the volunteers and spectators. This year she ran a 4:24, a time that earned Croft a first place win in her age group by more than 30 minutes. David Ekstrom, of Stillwater, Minnesota, won the wheelchair division in 1982. It was his only win at TCM, although he has come close a few times. This year, Ekstrom was the oldest wheeler, finishing with a time just four minutes slower than his 1982 win. “My goal is to get from point A to point B in one piece,” says Ekstrom. He enjoys the competition and has finished about 65 marathons during his racing career, the majority of those at TCM and Grandma’s in Duluth. Ekstrom says that TCM puts on a great race, and he looks forward to the event every year, seeing the spectators along the route as well as smelling the coffee and donuts. Jerry Heaps, of Apple Valley, Minnesota, also ran his first marathon at TCM. With close to 200 marathons or ultras, Heaps says he will continue to run TCM as long as he can “show up at the start.” Heaps views TCM as a big social event and an emotional experience at the finish, all the more so after a serious injury in December 2009. Heaps slipped on the ice and had major broken leg issues with compound and spiral fractures. Surgery resulted in titanium plates and 23



screws. His determination prevailed, and Heaps has kept his TCM streak. “The elation on finishing Sunday is unexplainable, as no words can describe the feeling any runner gets as they crest the hill by the Cathedral and see the huge American flag and the finish line,” says Heaps. Eddie Rousseau, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, was another first time marathoner at TCM in 1982, with a time of 3:41. He trained with a neighbor before work and thought that the $6.00 entry fee was a bargain. Rousseau’s best TCM time was 2:57. He enjoys the beautiful TCM course and believes there were a record number of spectators out this year. You never know what will happen during a marathon, and a few years ago at age 70 he wanted to finish in the top three of his age group. With tired legs, Rousseau traded places with another 70-year-old near the end and made his move around mile 25, only to get a huge cramp in his calf shortly after passing the other runner. “I ate a piece of humble reality pie as I limped to the finish line having been bumped to fourth place,” says Rousseau. There are other runners who have a connection with TCM. Here is but a few who have shared their experience. Carol Klitzke, of Maple Grove, Minnesota, ran the inaugural TCM and served on the Board for several years. She had run the City of Lakes Marathon several times and was very involved with the women’s running community. Klitzke prefers the crisp, cool weather in the fall for running and would be very fit at that time of year after suffering through the allergy season. Her TCM PR was a 2:59 in 1987, which she describes as one of her biggest running thrills. Klitzke says, “TCM was in my blood. I never thought I’d be doing anything else on that weekend of the year.” After her last TCM in 1989, Klitzke has continued to run some of the other weekend events. Libby Petit, of St. Paul Minnesota, and a Pillsbury employee in 1982, decided to run the inaugural marathon when a flyer from the ALARC running club came across her desk. Petit registered for TCM even though her longest run had been six miles. She trained with ALARC and was able to finish her first marathon. However, due to a sore knee, Petit walked it in after mile 20 with her 12-year-old daughter at her side. Petit gave up marathons until age 60, when she ran TCM again, as well as Grandma’s. Eventually she qualified for Boston, which she ran in 2009. Rick Recker, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and President of USATF Minnesota, ran TCM in the early years and served on the Board for about 15 years. He served on the TCM race operations committee, taking on the role of course certification for many years. Recker says that the runner involvement in TCM has had a positive influence over the years. He also notes the importance of the cooperation of Jeff Winter, who served as race director of the City of Lakes Marathon, which is now a 25K and serves as a training race for many doing TCM. RM


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so since Dick Beardsley. His 2:15:13 makes him the twentieth fastest qualifier.

Chris Lundstrom

Luke Watson

Originally from Northfield, Minnesota, Lundstrom ran at Stanford University. He finished the last trials in thirty-seventh place in 2:19:21. He qualified for his second trials at the 2009 TCM by a mere two seconds. In addition to the roads, Lundstrom is one of the best trail runners around, having run several ultras. He even helped the U.S. to a silver medal at the 2010 World Mountain Running championships.

Age: 31, PR: 2:15:29, Qualifier: 2:15:29, Twin Cities (’09) Watson, who grew up in Stillwater, Minnesota, made his marathon debut at the 2009 Twin Cities Marathon. He also won the 2010 Steamtown Marathon in a course record time of 2:16:41. He’s a three time Olympic Trials qualifier, having run the Steeplechase and 5,000 meters at previous trials. His 3:57 mile PR shows he also possesses great speed.

Michael Reneau Age: 33, PR: 2:16:45, Qualifier: 2:16:45, New York (’09) Reneau will be making his second trials appearance. At the last trials, he finished thirty-second in 2:18:51. Forty years earlier, his father, Jeff, placed tenth at the 1968 trials. Reneau, who is originally from Hudson, Wisconsin, trained with Hansons-Brooks Distance Project for a while, but is now in the Twin Cities.

Chad Johnson Age: 35, PR: 2:15:03, Qualifier: 2:17:41, Boston (’10) Johnson began his college career at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point before transferring to the University of Minnesota. He is currently with Hansons-Brooks Distance Project, and he’ll also be making his second marathon trials appearance, having finished twentieth in 2:17:58 last trials.

Age: 35, PR: 2:17:34, Qualifier: 2:18:58, Twin Cities (’09)

Mike Torchia Age: 23, PR: N/A, Qualifier: 1:04:47 (half marathon) Torchia is a Rochester, Minnesota, native who ran for the University of Minnesota. He’s currently in his first year of medical school there and will be making his marathon debut at the trials.

Justin Grunewald Age: 25, PR: N/A, Qualifier: 1:04:50 (half marathon) Like Torchia, Grunewald is another former Gopher that will be making his marathon debut at the trials. The third year medical student’s half marathon time of 1:04:50 was just 10 seconds under the qualifying standard. There you have it, my preview of the 2012 U.S. Olympic marathon trials in Houston. With both men’s and women’s races on the same day, January 14, 2012, is sure to be historic when it comes to U.S. marathon history. RM

Donovan Fellows Age: 32, PR: 2:18:05, Qualifier: 2:18:05, Twin Cities (’10) Four years ago, Fellow ran a very solid race at the trials to finish thirtieth in 2:18:45. He’s a former Big Ten champion at 10,000 meters while at Purdue. The Woodbury resident finished fourth at the City of Lakes 25K in a time of 1:26:18.

Chris Erichsen Age: 25, PR: 2:18:24, Qualifier: 2:18:24, Virginia Beach (‘11) The former MIAC athlete of the year while at St. Johns University made his marathon debut at the 2010 Fargo Marathon. Although he won, he missed the qualifying standard of 2:19 by less than a minute. He earned his qualifier at this year’s Virginia Beach Marathon and recently won the City of Lakes 25K in 1:20:38 and placed twelfth at the TC 10 Mile in 48:59.

Matt Hooley Age: 29, PR: 2:18:42, Qualifier: 2:18:42, Eugene (’09) Hooley is a former Division III All-American while at Carleton College. He won the 2009 Eugene Marathon in 2:18:42 and placed ninth at this year’s TCM. He’ll be looking to bounce back after dropping out of the 2008 trials.



MDRA 2012 Grand Prix Application How the Grand Prix works: 1. Grand Prix is open to MDRA membes only. Non-members interested in participating may purchase a 1 yr MDRA membership along with their MDRA Grand Prix Application. Cost is $5 for the entire series. Non-members should include an additional $25 for their 1 yr membership in MDRA. The Grand Prix application fee of $5 is above and beyond the the race entry fees. 2. Scoring will include only GP registrants who are registered finishers of a GP race. No retroactive registration; runners registering after Human Race, for example, will not be counted in Human Race’s GP results even if they ran it. 3. Runners score according to their finish place out of all GP registered finishers in each race. The first GP runner in each race will score 1000 points. All others will score based upon the percentile in which the runners finish such that the middle finisher will always score 500 points. Points are awarded without regard to age or sex. In scoring races we use USATF rules (gun time -not chip time). 4. There are 14 GP races. A runner may compete in as few or as many of the races as they choose; however, results from only 10 races will count. If a runner runs more than 10 races, only their 10 highest scores will count. Anyone running in 10 or fewer races will have all of their scores included. 5. Scores are tallied within age division for each sex. Runners do not change age divisions during the year. A runner’s division is set according to his division on the day of his first GP score. For example, a runner turning 50 on April 1 would be scored all year in the 45-49 bracket if she runs Human Race as a GP registrant, but would score all year in the 50-54 bracket if her first GP score is after April 1. 6. Age groups for both males and females are 0-34, 35-39, 40-44 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85+. In order for an age group to exist, it must have at least two participants, and each participant must complete 2 races. In order for any individual to win an age group, they must run in at least 2 races. 7. There will be awards for each age group winner, which will be presented at the MDRA annual party held in January 2013. A special award will go to anyone who participates in all 14 races. Anyone participating in at least 10 of the races will also get a nice gift.

2012 Grand Prix Races: January 9 • Meet o Miles (Indoor Track) January 28 • Securian Winter Run - Half Marathon March 18 • St. Patrick’s Day Human Race 8K April 28 • Get in Gear 10K May 12 • New Prague Half Marathon May 28 • Brian Kraft 5K June 16 • Grandma’s Marathon

July 26 • Richard A Hoska Rice Street Mile July 28 • Hagen Financial Run for Blood 5K TBD • Rochester Half Marathon September 3 • Victory 10K September 9 • City of Lakes 25K October 7 • Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon November 4 • Rocky’s Run 6K (Cross Country)

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Minnesota Distance Running Association

JOIN US Have more fun running in Minnesota. For $25 you Get... RunMinnesota, an MDRA produced publication filled with news, results, facts and information. RunMinnesota is the magazine for Minnesota running. Running Minnesota Annual, a handbook containing the most complete Minnesota race schedule. It doubles as a personal training diary and sells in stores for $14.95. Members get it free. Free MDRA sponsored races to get you going. These races are quieter, sometimes faster, sometimes slower, but always a lot of fun. Free Annual Party in January when you need a little extra. We have an exciting program, decent food and good friendship. We also announce the winners of our Grand Prix series.

Your membership helps us provide the following services... Our website provides up to date race information, programs, clubs and all you need to know about the local running scene. Dome Running. Turns the Metrodome into the place to be twice a week. Good race management throughout Minnesota. The MDRA provides many important services to Minnesota racing. We publish a magazine for race directors, sponsor training sessions and provide race equipment. And perhaps the most important benefit to us all, a tradition of well run races. Training classes for: Marathon, 5K/10K and Women’s Beginning

If you add it all up, you’ll discover that you get well more than $40 worth of benefits from a $25 membership fee. A one year sustaining membership includes free entry into all official MDRA sponsored races.

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youth under 18 $15 individual $25 family $40 sustaining (1 year) $100 family sustaining (1 year) $125


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Families can include individual member’s names on the name line. If two names are used, list them in the order you want them to appear in our membership directory. Make checks payable to MDRA, 5701 Normandale Rd., Edina, MN 55424

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