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THIS ISSUE Contributors Board Member Letter Letters to the Editor Remembrances Toni St. Pierre

Running Briefs News and notes

Training Embrace the Base

Book Reviews Spring Shoe Review On the Run Finding the Time

Race Results Race Calendar Running Insights Running ‘Round the Thunderdome

Race Photos TC Kid’s Fieldhouse Run Valentine’s Day TC 5K

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Minnesota Marathon Medals How these cherished race mementos came into being


ON THE COVER: Runners finish the Valentine’s Day TC 5K. Photo by Wayne Kryduba.


WAYNE GILMAN Wayne Gilman is a superintendent for Crookston Public Schools and a lifelong runner. He was born and raised in the Mankato area. His wife, Jenny, is also a runner. Besides work and running, they both keep busy raising their two daughters. Wayne runs marathons, trail races and is starting to run ultramarathons.


NATHAN LECKBAND Nathan Leckband is a Language Arts teacher at Paideia Academy in Apple Valley. He’s raced four marathons and also enjoys leading pace groups at several races around Minnesota. You can read his blog at


Michael Iserman is the current

Kristy Popp is an endurance coach

President of MDRA and works as the Director of Personal Training for the National Exercise Trainers Association. He has earned a collection of 37 marathon finisher medals and hopes to someday complete a running tour of all Minnesota marathons. He can be reached at

who recently returned to the Minneapolis area. She competed collegiately in cross country and track and field at Valparaiso University and the University of Minnesota. Popp completed her Ph.D. in Kinesiology at Iowa State University in 2009. Popp has since joined activ8, a local health company geared towards developing high performing individuals, teams and cultures.

ALEX KURT Alex Kurt is a graduate student at the University of Minnesota and a 2009 graduate of St. John’s University, where he ran cross-country 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.



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Editor: Heidi Keller Miler

Senior Editor: Mark C. Syring

Art Director: Jason Lehmkuhle

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Photographer: Polar Bear Plunge for Special Olympics

Wayne Kryduba


Dear RunMinnesota Readers, You’ve heard us say many times that MDRA’s mission is “to promote participation and safety in running and to serve as an information resource.” With over 50 years under our belt, we’ve helped build a strong community of runners and contributed to the overall fitness of our state. Rarely does a run around the chain of lakes go by where I don’t see someone in an MDRA shirt or jacket. With this commitment to the running community and overall fitness in mind, a group of your fellow MDRA members took their dedication to a whole new level. On March 2, as the temperature struggled to 20 degrees under a crisp, blue sky, eight hearty runners wearing our signature bright red MDRA singlets, stared into a rather intimidating hole in the ice at Lake Calhoun… and took the Polar Bear Plunge for Special Olympics. Our team raised an impressive $6,335.00 for the amazing athletes of Special Olympics. The fearless eight included Lisa Burger, Kate Bomsta, Anna Aleria, Nathan Campeau, Ryan Albu, Alton Porter, Greg Riebe and myself. It was a great experience and a great way to show our community what the Minnesota Distance Running Association is all about. And speaking of strengthening our commitment to the running community, MDRA training programs continue to grow in numbers and have expanded into all levels of ability and distances from 5K to the full marathon. We continue to train hundreds of runners to help meet their goals at whatever distance and pace through the Half and Full Marathon Training Programs facilitated in the spring and fall.

We’ve also initiated two new free programs just this year: the Track, Trails and Tundra conditioning runs which met on Thursdays last summer as well as the all new Sunday Mass Runs that began in March and will continue through the spring/summer. Both provide a fantastic opportunity to train for your race or just get out for a friendly group run. For more information, visit the Minnesota Distance Running Association website and click on “Programs.” Or better yet, friend us on Facebook and also join the Facebook group by searching for “MDRA Sunday Mass Runs.” Finally, as MDRA continues to build upon its commitment to our community and further strengthen our resources, I am happy to report that a group of your fellow members recently passed the Road Runners Club of America Coaching Certification Course. Congratulations to my fellow classmates (coaches past, present and future): Rochelle Christiansen, Kelly Tabara, Sheila Becker, Jim Delaplain, Denny Jordan and Andrew Plackner. The coursework focused on all aspects of training, including different types of runners, the physiology of running, nutrition, injury prevention and everything in between. MDRA is now even better positioned to train our members for their next goal. As your board of directors looks to the future and continues to improve our service and commitment to you, I would like to extend a thank you for helping us achieve our mission and for being a part of our community. I’ll see you around the lakes…and hopefully you’ll be wearing your MDRA red.

Jack Moran

MDRA Officers: Mike Iserman,President Norm Champ, Vice President Noelle Frost, Secretary Josh Jacobson, Treasurer

MDRA Board Members: Paul Arneberg, Kate Bomsta, Nathan Campeau, Darrell Christensen, Jim Delaplain, Kristin Johnson, Mary Johnson, Heather Kick-Abrahamson, Bill Knight, Michael Nawrocki, Kevin Ross, Eve Stein, Melissa Wieczorek

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FROM YOU Dear RunMinnesota, I just wanted to follow up with the board and everyone that is involved with MDRA. If you could forward my appreciation to everyone on the MDRA Board and at the party, I would appreciate it. As I said at the ceremony on Saturday, I am humbled and honored to get such a prestigious award from a group that I have so much respect for. The drive and determination and pride that your group shows day in and day out for years and years and years is truly amazing. You folks are heroes to guys like me because you walk the walk and talk the talk and inspire so many young men and women to continue in a sport that we all love. Also a huge shout out and thank you to Rick Recker who was my presenter. It could not have been a better person to do this since he is a charter member and a long time supporter and worker in your organization. Thank you again to everyone. I am truly humbled and will display my award with pride!!!! All my best,

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MDRA Mississippi 10 Miler Sunday, May 26, 8 a.m.

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Race Details: $10/15 race day. optional to buy a t-shirt. Very enjoyable, beautiful out and back run south on the East River Road


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A Minnesota Women’s Sports Pioneer One of the legends of Minnesota sports died in early February. Toni St. Pierre was a pioneer of women’s running in the state and the country. She simply wanted to run cross country and nordic ski. She had to sue the Minnesota State High School League to be able to compete on the boys’ teams as there weren’t any girls’ teams at the time. Her coach, Pat Lanin, testified on her behalf, eventually paving the way for federal Title IX legislation to allow equal opportunity for girls and women in all sports. We can all appreciate her efforts in opening the door for girls to compete in high school sports and how that led to many of us enjoying running the way we do today.




News and Notes from the Roads, Trails and Track

MDRA Ron Daws 25K Saturday, April 6, 8:00 a.m. Cross of Glory Baptist Church, Hopkins. Cost is $5.00 or $10.00 race day if space is available. The 25K has been a great race to train for Boston and other spring marathons for the past 35 years.

Fred Kurz Memorial 10 Mile

MDRA Upcoming Races Please see, and check out the races page for more information on the following races. MDRA is pleased to have the spring race series sponsored once again by the Great Harvest Bread Company located in Linden Hills, Maple Grove and Stillwater.

Lake Johanna 4 Mile Saturday, March 23, 11:00 a.m. FREE race for MDRA members. This four mile run starts and finishes at Schmidt Park in Arden Hills. Great prize drawing following the race. MDRA members only race, and free to all MDRA members. You can join or renew your MDRA membership on race day. No pre-registration.

MDRA 7 Mile Saturday, March 30, 9:00 a.m. FREE race for MDRA members. This seven mile race provides a very challenging hill test for the second race of the MDRA spring race series. Starts and ends at the Cross of Glory Baptist Church in Hopkins. MDRA members only race, and free to all MDRA members. You can join or renew your MDRA membership on race day. No pre-registration. Please bring a $1.00 or $2.00 donation for the use of the church facilities.

Beginning Running in White Bear Lake

MDRA Women’s Running Camp in Edina

Wednesdays, April 17 to June 5, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. $75.00. White Bear Lake North Campus. If you are interested in completing a 5K, but aren’t sure how to get started, this running class will help you get there. Be ready for a walk/run workout at the first session. By the final class session, you will be able to run for 30 minutes continuously. Weekly workouts, coaching and training schedules will be provided.

Wednesdays, April 10 to May 29, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Eight sessions for $89. The women’s running camp is for any walker, beginning runner or experienced runner aiming to become fitter, faster and have fun. If you are an experienced runner of any ability level, we can help you gain speed, strength and endurance. This class has a wonderful staff of coaches. In addition to workouts, there are speakers on



Saturday, April 13, first runner at 8:30 a.m. Wayzata Central Middle School. MDRA members $8.00, $15.00 for non-members and $25.00 for all on race day. This unique 10 mile race has been around 50 plus years and never disappoints for a fun race full of camaraderie. The race is handicapped by time with slower runners leaving first and the fastest last with the idea that all the runners converge on the finish line at the same time. Pre-registration encouraged. Check out the race website for more information:

Mom’s Day 5K Sunday, April 21, 10:00 a.m. Quaking Bog of Wirth Park. Four mile race and a quarter and a half mile kid’s race. FREE for MDRA members and MDRA members only. You can sign up for MDRA membership at the race. Bring your kids to run for free. Families are encouraged to share in the fun. The trail is rarely muddy, but there is always hope.

MDRA Mudball Classic Saturday, May 11, 9:00 a.m. East River Flats Park near the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. $2.00 for MDRA moms, varied prices for others up to $8.00. All participants receive a plant for finishing.

MDRA Mississippi 10 Miler Sunday, May 26, 8:00 a.m. Ten miles out and back on East River Road starting at the monument at Summit. Please see for entry information. MDRA members save $2 on the $10 entry fee when registering by May 23. (there isn’t a code)

topics ranging from running shoes to nutrition to core strength training. The camp meets at the Edina Community Center in the second floor cafeteria and will run workouts near the community center and on the track. Please see for more registration information.

Basic Speedwork for Faster Running in White Bear Lake Tuesdays, April 16 - May 21, $59.00. White Bear Lake South

Campus. If you are already a runner, find out what it takes to run faster. Each 60 to 90 minute session will include a speed workout, drills and a discussion of various tools for determining the appropriate training pace for effective workouts. Registration information is available on the MDRA website and at the following link: CommunityServices/index.asp?ID =3166

MDRA Election Results The recent MDRA Board of Director elections had a record turnout of voting participants. This year was the first year that voters were able to utilize an online ballot. Paper ballots were also available for those that preferred that tried and true method. Joining the MDRA board will be Josh Jacobson as the new MDRA treasurer for 2013 to 2014. Kate Bomsta is another new comer who will be joining the board for a two year term. Serving on the board for 2013 will be returning President Michael Iserman, Vice-President Norm Champ, Secretary Noelle Frost, Treasurer Josh Jacobson. Winning two year terms on the board were Kate Bomsta, Jim Delaplain, Mary Johnson, Heather Kick-Abrahamson, Michael Nawrocki and Eve Stein. They will be joined by returning board members Paul Arneberg, Nathan Campeau, Kristin Johnson, Bill Knight, Kevin Ross and Melissa Wieczorek. In the absence of a past president, Darrell Christensen will be filling that one year term. MDRA would like to thank Andrew Plackner for his dedication and service to MDRA during his term on the board and as an MDRA Marathon Training Coach. Andrew did not run for re-election so as to pursue other endeavors.

MDRA Annual Party Recap Pat Lanin Award for Distinguished Service Gary Wilson The Lanin Award for Distinguished Service recipient for 2012 is Gary Wilson. Coach Gary Wilson retired this fall from the University of Minnesota after a prolific 28 year career as the Gopher women’s head cross country coach. The cross country team had been to the NCAA Championship meet 14 times over those 28 years. The Gophers finished ninth at the 2005 meet and had top 12 NCAA finishes during the next four consecutive years. They also won Big Ten titles during that run in 2007 and 2008. Rick Recker, while presenting Wilson’s award, referred to the coach’s team approach (Wilson’s University of Minnesota teams would carry up to 50 runners when only 15 were necessary to fill a team) and having one of the few Division I programs in the country that did not cut runners as part of his unselfishness and wonderful nature.

MDRA Volunteer of the Year Mike Warden Mike Warden, MDRA 7 Mile race director for at least the last 20 years is the 2012 MDRA Volunteer of the Year. Mike has also been a volunteer at MDRA Dome Running since its inception in 1982. This is Mike’s last year as director of the MDRA 7 Mile. A huge thank you goes out to Mike for all of his service for the Minnesota Distance Running Association and to runners throughout the state.

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Embrace the Base Your best performances built from the ground up BY KRISTY POPP


s the waves of the Caribbean sea lapped at my feet, during my escape from the Minnesota winter, I couldn’t help but think of summer races, the first spring runs and, more importantly, the next step in getting there: base building.

When you consider your next training plan, it’s important to understand the two energy systems involved in training: aerobic and anaerobic. While both systems are necessary, unfortunately, you can’t maximize them at the same time. The aerobic system is almost endlessly adaptable and strong, yet often not held in high enough regard. Your anaerobic system is more limited and not the primary system used during endurance racing. Despite this knowledge, many runners have difficulty completing a full aerobic base phase. However, if improving performance is what you’re after, you cannot afford to neglect this phase in your training plan.

Sand castles and your race potential Because I’m not quite ready to let go of my Mexican adventure, I’m going to use a sand castle analogy to talk about the importance of base building; bear with me. When you build a sand castle, the limiting factor of the size and eventual splendor is the amount of sand you gather to build with. From there, the strength and structure of the bottom layer allows you to start to add more layers. You build the walls, add towers, pyramids and eventually sharpen the edges and refine the artistic details.



In running, the base phase is your limiting factor. The more focused attention you give to your base phase, the bigger the foundation you can build from in later phases of training. Threshold runs and fartleks will help build upon the base strength you gained, which can then lead to more race specific workouts to sharpen you for competition. As with the castle, if you don’t spend enough time on each layer as you build towards the end goal, things don’t go well. The base crumbles, walls topple and potential to get to the point of fine tuning is low. In the running fine world, the term “base phase” is often used casually. Everyone talks about it, but what does a true base phase entail? An adequate base phase can last anywhere from four to16 weeks, depending on your training history and your goals. Within this time period nearly all of your time should be spent running easy, building volume, putting in one long run a week and gradually adding in strides. All of these runs should be done in your aerobic heart rate zone. For most adults, this number will fall under 150 beats per minute, but a more accurate estimate can be obtained with a VO2 max test or various field tests. The key is to commit to training only your aerobic system during this time. Don’t surge on the hills, don’t pick it up the last two miles just because you feel good, don’t add in a fartlek because you’re bored. Run easy. You should be able to enter your next phase of training strong, healthy and more efficiently than if you had spent that time training both systems. During this four to 16 week phase, your body will make many physiological changes, including an increased ability to utilize fat for fuel and an

increase in blood plasma volume and in stroke volume. You will experience muscle adaptations that will increase lactate threshold, peak oxygen uptake and improve oxygen transport. These changes are partially due to increased capillary density, allowing more blood to get to working muscles, thus delivering more oxygen. A long, intentional base phase will maximize capillary density to prepare you for harder training to come; ultimately making you more efficient on race day. Conversely, high intensity training, or anaerobic training, leads to a breakdown in capillaries.

For the interval junkie Most elite distance runners tend to spend roughly four months of the year in a base training phase. This doesn’t include the two to four weeks of rest that is also a part of each training year. Many adults who don’t fall into the elite category, but still commit to year round endurance training and racing, spend a very small portion of their year in a base phase or taking time off. Instead, some sort of intense workout is a part of most weeks. If you fall into this category, what does this mean for you? A dwindling ability to reach your potential as an endurance athlete and a greater risk of injury. You are selling yourself short. If the best runners in the world don’t do it, why do you? The more time you spend in a training phase that includes intense intervals, the more base you lose and the lower your capillary density becomes. Until you go back and commit to a full base phase to regain the physiological benefits of aerobic training, you are unlikely to see drastic improvement. Additionally, chronic intense training injuries are not given a chance to calm down and are more likely to occur in the first place: high intensity training increases musculoskeletal strain by two to three times compared to low intensity training.

For the six month on, six month off runner For single season athletes who tend to train hard for about half of the year, a base phase is equally important but for slightly different

reasons. While it can be difficult to improve performance from year to year with too much down time between seasons, the more important issue is injury prevention. We all know that muscles get stronger after starting a new exercise program. Your tendons, ligaments and bones need time to build strength in order to handle higher levels of training stress. Unfortunately, bone strength takes longer to build than muscle strength. Why does this matter? The most common time for stress fractures to occur is within the first three to four weeks of increasing exercise intensity. Bones begin to accumulate damage if they are not given time to adapt. This can lead to a stress fracture if the exercise pattern persists. With a properly structured plan, you can greatly reduce this risk.

Get out of your own way With all of the benefits of a strong aerobic foundation, it is still the most neglected part of endurance training. Why? During the base phase the workouts feel too easy. We’re taught that harder work brings better results. We feel more accomplished after an intense interval session. And despite lower performance potential, interval training produces quick results. Although there is a time and place for interval training in your season, I encourage you to shift your thinking during the early stages. Embrace the base phase. This may be the only area in your life where not working as hard is actually to your advantage. Rest assured, you’re building a stronger body. You’re improving your aerobic efficiency, minimizing injury risk and ultimately improving your potential for a more enjoyable and more successful season. Don’t worry. The suffering will come. So, as you start training for your summer races, or transition between one competitive season to the next, think about what you want on race day, and think about that sand castle. Are you satisfied with single level castle made with upside down sand pails, or do you want to build the waist high fortress complete with battlements and bell towers?




BOOK REVIEWS Showdown at Shepherd’s Bush

I Run, Therefore I Am Still Nuts

By David Davis, 2012

By Bob Schwartz, 2013

Showdown at Shepherd’s Bush captures the events and climate of distance running in the early 1900s. David Davis vividly portrays the thoughts, feelings and habits of top marathon runners of that time. Notes and bibliography in this book show substantiation of the facts he describes wonderfully during these critical years. Details of the Olympics and world events are shown with consistency. Each of the runners described in this book are unveiled in terms of income, discrimination and favor through acquired celebrity status. An interesting picture of running and capitalism are presented to the reader as well. The content of this book is historically significant. It pulls together diverse cultures and introduces us to events in history in the context of the running world. Numerous famous people from the U.S. and global history are included as part of this nonfiction action novel. It was surprising and delightful to read about this handful of elite runners and their connection to famous writers, athletes, world leaders, royalty, composers and entertainers. The locations for the marathons are amazing and critical to marathon history. Quotes and philosophy supporting long distance running and life added to the overall quality of this book. This should be on every runner’s bookshelf. The content and history provided here requires a second reading. This is an excellent book.

Bob Schwartz has compiled another humorous book filled with his perspective on various aspects of running. Intertwined with his wit is solid advice and colorful writing. As a life long runner, I could connect with his insights about the tricks, challenges and other realities of running. Mr. Schwartz humbly reconciles his struggles with injuries and overtraining. Each chapter considers all variety of topics. One part of the book contemplates the running logs of great runners. You will have to read the book to find out his conclusions from these various runners’ notes. Mr. Schwartz discusses the pros and cons of: running with others, running with a dog, running shoes and cross training. Stretching, yoga, aging and self massage are included in his book. Just about every contemporary running topic is covered. He considers and discusses minimal shoes, for example. Minimal shoes or built up shoes may be right for you. We are all an experiment of one. The author presents the artistic side of running. Mr. Schwartz includes a poem called the “The Song of the Ungirt Runners.” This is a great running poem. Bob includes lyrics set to well known melodies about running. This all works well with his keen sense of writing humor. The advice included in this new book will, if followed, saves many runners from injuries, problems and heartaches. It is a comical book and worth reading for any runner.

100 Miles of Thought: Finding Success Through Failure By Ryan M. Chukuske, 2012 For those that have run ultramarathons and for those that aspire to run ultras, this book has something for you. While the book has fewer pages than a 100 mile ultramarathon has miles, it still packs a punch. Mr. Chukuske doesn’t say much about the actual race or the course; instead, he goes into the thoughts and feelings he experienced a mile at a time. Each brief chapter is organized by the mile and includes great quotes. These chapters do a good job of describing the highs and lows of running long distances. Fatigue, hunger, suffering, sleepiness, bodily functions and mental processes are just some of the topics he takes on in each chapter. While this book won’t give you a sense of any specific course, it will give you an idea of what goes on with your mind and body as you attempt the 100 mile ultramarathon. I would recommend this book if you want to vicariously experience the challenge of running a 100 mile race. It inspires, and it will help you prepare for your next ultra.



Run Great When It Counts By Joey Keillor, 2012 I watched vicariously all through high school and college as runners ran and trained with dedication for their cross country team. The CC with an arrow running through it was something I coveted. During these formative years, I was a football player and much too big to be a competitive runner. What I knew about these harriers is that they ran an unbelievable amount of miles at a pace I can only imagine. Thirty years later, with dozens of marathons under my belt, I reflect on this youthful effort and consider this informative book written for these aspiring cross country runners. Keillor writes from experience as he was a National Champion in the Steeplechase during his college career at Mankato State University during the mid 90s. These 31 tips are sound advice. Each tip is contained in a short chapter filled with the rational and thinking of an experienced coach. The first 10 tips relate to running in general. A section is dedicated to building confidence and another just to staying healthy. The last three sections are related to talent, luck and some final comprehensive advice. Every runner should understand these basic concepts. It seems that all runners struggle with injuries and do not always reach their full potential. Achieving excellence means planning and following a training schedule year round. As a school superintendent and runner, I would recommend this book for every Cross Country coach.


2012 Minnesota Marathon Finisher’s Medals A look back at how these cherished race mementos came into being BY MICHAEL ISERMAN

A marathon finisher’s medal is perhaps one of the most cherished and meaningful race mementos. It represents more than just completing the 26.2 miles and crossing the finish line. The marathon finisher’s medal symbolizes the countless hours and miles of training, the commitment, the sacrifice and the dedication required to make it to the starting line adequately prepared for this test of cardiorespiratory endurance and mental toughness. For some, having the finishers medal draped around their neck represents much more, such as honoring a lost loved one, overcoming significant health challenges or perhaps conquering an addiction. Regardless of the meaning it symbolizes, the vast majority of marathoners would likely attest that the finisher’s medal is one of their most prized possessions. I earned my first finisher’s medal at Grandma’s Marathon in 2002. At that time, I was still naive to the significance of my accomplishment and the influence it would have on my life over the upcoming years.


I wish I could say my first marathon was an outstanding experience, but physically, it most certainly was not. I wasn’t instantly hooked on the marathon distance and, frankly, I had serious doubts that I would ever attempt it again. In fact, immediately following the race and for the next couple weeks, I was convinced that running 26.2 miles just once was more than enough for me. Of course I was pleased with the accomplishment and proud of the finisher’s medal I had received, but at the time it did not have as much significance as these race souvenirs would gain over the


years. I wrapped the medal in its red, white, and blue ribbon and placed it in the back of a drawer. As the weeks passed and my legs began to recover, I resumed my running “routine.” Of the many aspects of running that I enjoy and look forward to the most, it is the solitude and the opportunity to process my thoughts that keeps me returning to the trails. I guess sometime during one of those runs following my first marathon, I began to think about the possibility of improving upon my inaugural performance. I can’t recall exactly when I decided to take on the marathon for a second time, but I did. In doing so, I began to learn more about myself, the allure of the marathon and the personal significance of my growing collection of finisher’s medals. Perhaps to my wife’s chagrin, I now proudly display all of my marathon medals. Seeing them on a daily basis provides an important source of inspiration and motivation, not just for training in preparation for the next marathon, but also for inevitable challenges presented by life. I have completed many marathons since 2002, and I am cer-

tainly not alone. According to Running USA’s Annual Marathon Report (2012), there has been a 47 percent increase in the number of finishers among U.S. marathons from the years 2000 to 2011: an estimated 353,000 to 518,000, respectively. Along with the growing participation has been a steady increase in the number of marathons in the United States. Over the last 10 years, the U.S. has seen an average of 26 new marathons each year (USA Running, 2012). Subsequently, as race organizers attempt to attract participants, one of the many strategies has been a trend toward larger, more intricate and creative finisher medal designs. Each year, Marathon & Beyond magazine features an article (typically in the May/June issue) highlighting the best marathon medals for the previous year. I always look forward to seeing the artistic designs. Occasionally, one of the medals I had earned even makes the list (e.g., Grandma’s Marathon, #20 among M&B’s 2009 top 25 finisher medals) (Gentry 2010). Inspired by these articles, I thought it would be interesting to take a look back at the 2012 finisher medals from all of the Minnesota marathons.


Zoom! Yah! Yah! Indoor Marathon, January Minnesota’s first marathon of the calendar year is the Zoom! Yah! Yah! Indoor Marathon held at St. Olaf College in Northfield. The race is run on a 282 meter track which equates to 150 laps for the participants. The finisher’s medal, designed by Tom Daymont, displays a runner with stars circling around his head representing this dizzying course. The runner’s arms are also raised in triumph, or maybe out of desperation. The Zoom! Yah! Yah! finisher medal is the rarest among Minnesota marathons with a maximum of just 44 awarded each year.

Brainerd Jaycees Run for the Lakes, April The Run for the Lakes Marathon starts and finishes near Nisswa, Minnesota. The course tours runners along tree lined country roads through the north woods of the Brainerd Lakes Area. Race Director, Tad Johnson indicates, “Since the medal is the one thing a runner receives and keeps after completing a race, we wanted ours to be impressive enough so a runner sees it and remembers fondly that they finished the Run for the Lakes.” The finisher’s medal incorporates the race’s logo including the national historic Brainerd Water Tower, a section of the trail and a lake in the background representing scenic Clark Lake and Lake Hubert around which portions of the marathon course circle.

Lake Wobegon Trail Marathon, Holdingford to St. Joseph, Minnesota, May The Lake Wobegon Trail Marathon is presented by the St. Cloud River Runners. The race begins in Holdingford and ends in St. Joseph, Minnesota. The mostly rural Lake Wobegon Trail is a former railroad track converted to a paved bike path. The finisher’s medal seeks to represent the trail seen passing by pine trees and its connection to central Minnesota. The Minnesota imagery is also strongly represented on the beautiful medal that will be awarded to finishers in 2013. A must have for every marathoner’s medal collection.

Minneapolis Marathon, June The Minneapolis Marathon celebrates its fifth anniversary in 2013. The 2012 finisher’s medal, similar to that of both 2010 and 2011, is shaped like a quarter circle to fit like a puzzle piece, forming a complete circle or wave design with other Team Ortho finisher medals earned throughout the year. The medal is plated in 24 karat gold and similar to the other medals within the Team Ortho series. It also features a stained glass like inlay, in a blue wave-like pattern representing the Mississippi River along many sections of the course.

Grandma’s Marathon, June Med-City Marathon, Byron to Rochester, Minnesota, May The Med-City Marathon is a point-to-point marathon run each May from Byron to Rochester. The design for the 2012 finisher’s medal evolved as a byproduct of the race’s shirt design. The medal designer, Paul Brandrup, recalls that he wanted to capture an urban look using elements that portrayed Rochester, such as the downtown Rochester skyline, which outlines “Marathon 2012.” To further differentiate the look from previous years, he also decided to use a distressed font type which further draws upon the urban feel.

Grandma’s Marathon is run every June along the beautiful north shore of Lake Superior from Two Harbors to Duluth. Around mile 14, runners catch their first glimpse of the distant aerial lift bridge near the finish line. Zach Hitchcock, designer of Grandma’s 2012 finisher medal states, “This medallion was trying to capture that sighting. It represents fruition and accomplishment. The lines streaming into the sky represent the energy and the celebration happening in our finish area. As thousands of people find their way across the line they take a deep breath and look back on what they just achieved. It is very simple imagery, but for every runner who has crossed the line at Grandma’s Marathon, this first sighting must build up excitement and anticipation.”




the big finish at the top of the hill where you stand on the finish line and look over the expansive view of Walker Bay on Leech Lake. If that doesn’t spell out ‘North Country,’ we don’t know what does.”

Moose Mountain Marathon, September The Moose Mountain Marathon, run primarily on the rugged Superior Hiking Trail, is Minnesota’s most challenging marathon, boasting 11,000 feet of elevation change. According to John Storkamp, it seems fitting that Moose Mountain has the most modest finisher’s medal since, “Just finishing this race is bragging rights in itself.” The medal is actually a simple two sided, two inch wooden nickel. On the back, each finisher writes in some basic information such as the year, finish time and place. Storkamp states, “We believe that the race is about the experience and not the medal, so by design, have kept this aspect pretty modest, and most people think it is pretty cool. After all, when you run the Moose Mountain Marathon, you are surrounded by thousands of acres of forest, so I think a wood medallion makes some sense.”

Walker North Country Marathon, September Last year marked the thirtieth running of the Walker North Country Marathon, which provided the inspiration for the finisher’s medal. As stated by designer Melanie Rice, “We wanted to do something really different with our logo and our slogan. Not wanting a shape that was the traditional circle, the shape of the state of Minnesota seemed appropriate.” Rice explains that the 2012 medal places “more focus on the unique qualities of our race: the quaint town of Walker, the winding trails through the Paul Bunyan and Heartland Trails, and along the shores of Leech Lake, the majestic pines along the way, and finally, celebrating



Mankato Marathon, October

Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon, October Known as “The most beautiful urban marathon in America,” the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon has become one of my favorite annual marathons. As noted by TCM’s Marketing and Media Director, Teresa Fudenberg, “The design of the 2012 Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon finisher medal reflects the energy and personality of the marathon’s theme. “The geometric facets and strong lines have several meanings. The facets are a nod to the urban setting of Minneapolis and St. Paul. The overlapping lines represent the personal paths that each runner takes on their quest to complete the event. When shown in color [as seen on the 2012 finisher’s shirt], the lines and facets layer over each other in rich autumnal hues, creating a vibrant color palette inspired by the beauty of the marathon course. Combined, these signature elements tell the bold story about the powerful experience of finishing a marathon.”

Zoom! Yah! Yah! Indoor Marathon Designed by: Tom Daymont Produced by: Dynabuckle Next Running: January 5, 2014 Brainerd Jaycees Run for the Lakes Designed by: Kim McLellan Produced by: Winner’s Trophy & Engraving Next Running: April 27, 2013 Lake Wobegon Trail Marathon Designed by: Christy Ramler Produced by: Always Advancing Next Running: May 11, 2013 Med-City Marathon Designed by: Paul Brandrup, Superior Screeners (Rochester) Produced by: Medals and Insignia

The Mankato Marathon is one of Minnesota’s newest marathons with the inaugural race held in 2010. The Mankato Marathon logo is perfectly fit for a finisher’s medal. As Event Support Specialist, Paige Schuette indicates, “Not only does the shape and size lend itself well for this medium, we also felt the logo itself was unique, interesting and depicts the features of the Minnesota River Valley in which Mankato is settled.” In writing this article, I became motivated to add each of the Minnesota marathon finisher’s medals to my personal collection. I also wondered, has anyone completed and earned a finisher’s medal for each of the Minnesota’s marathons? How about in a single year? If you enjoy the art and inspiration that a marathon medal provides, you can view additional photos of finisher medals from both U.S. and international marathons at Special thanks to: Dick Daymont (Zoom! Yah! Yah!), Sharon Hobbs (Lake Wobogen Trail Marathon), Wally Arnold (Med-City Marathon), Paul Brandrup (Med-City Marathon), Paige Schuette (Mankato Marathon), John Storkamp (Moose Mountain Marathon), Zach Hitchcock (Grandma’s Marathon), Teresa Fudenberg (Twin Cities in Motion), Melanie Rice (Walker North Country Marathon), Tad Johnson (Brainerd Jaycees Run for the Lake) and John Larson (Team Ortho’s Minneapolis Marathon) for the support and information each provided for this article regarding their respective marathons.

Next Running: May 26, 2013 Minneapolis Marathon Designed by: Jason Lehmkuhle Produced by: Team Ortho Next Running: June 2, 2013 Grandma’s Marathon Designed by: Zach Hitchcock Produced by: Advantage Emblem Next Running: June 22, 2013 Moose Mountain Marathon Designed by: John Storkamp Produced by: Old Time Wooden Nickel Co. Next Running: September 7, 2013

Walker North Country Marathon Designed by: Melanie Rice, Rice Creative Services, LLC (Walker) Produced by: American Solutions Next Running: September 21, 2013 Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon Designed by: Elle Conyers, Orangeseed Design (Minneapolis) Produced by: Maxwell Medals & Awards Next Running: October 6, 2013 Mankato Marathon Designed by: Taymark, Inc. Produced by: Taymark, Inc. Next Running: October 20, 2013


Finding the Time Author remembers how his busy father blended family time with running BY NATHAN LECKBAND

“I’m too busy with work.” “I’d like to run, but I don’t want to sacrifice time with my family.” When I hear people talking about how they’d like to run, but can’t, these are some things I often hear. Besides the excuse, “My knees can’t handle it,” not having enough time is the excuse I hear most frequently. I’ll admit, there are some “valid” excuses for not running, but I was fortunate enough to have a father who did not allow these kind of excuses get in the way of running. He certainly could have used, “I’m too busy with work.” When I was in junior high, dad was the principal of a Lutheran high school in Honolulu. He worked long hours, had a long commute and often brought work home. He still, however, managed to get out several times a week to run on the paved bike path that paralleled Pearl Harbor. He also could have said, “I don’t want to sacrifice time with my family.” As busy as dad was, I never felt like he sacrificed time with our family. Not only did he have a “date” with each of his children every month, where he took us to do something special, he also invited me to run with him. When I was in junior high, I didn’t think it was too “cool” to go run-

ning with my dad, but I do remember a day when I acquiesced to his request, putting my junior high coolness on the line. Risking my already meager reputation in the seventh grade, I went running with him on the Pearl Harbor Bike Path. No one would have accused my dad of being a speed demon, but he knew how to keep a steady pace. Once we ran down to the trail together, I wasn’t content to enjoy a leisurely, steady run along the not-so-beautiful shoreline of Pearl Harbor. Instead of keeping pace with dad, I would run ahead, only to stop when I got too tired. Then, I’d stand next to the trail to rest while looking at the harbor, a canal running under one of the trail’s bridges or the lone rice patty in the sprawl of strip malls and small businesses. Each time I stopped, he caught back up to me. He didn’t chide me for not keeping an even pace; he just kept moving, encouraging me onward. I imagine with his busy schedule, he enjoyed some time moving at a steady pace, taking things as the came rather than having things thrown at him. With his busy schedule, my dad didn’t do much racing when we were in Hawaii. When he did sign up for a race, he didn’t try to drag the family out to watch him run. Though I never got to see him

Nathan Leckband and his father

race, I enjoy hearing him talk about them, now that I can appreciate what a road race is like. One of his races was The Great Aloha Run: an eight mile race that began in downtown Honolulu and finished at Aloha Stadium. I don’t remember him talking much about it, other than saying that my mom had registered him and left out his projected finish time off the application. This put him at the back of the crush of runners, and at the start, he had to spend a while weaving through the walkers and joggers before he could settle into a regular pace. Besides doing The Great Aloha Run a couple of times, he also got to run as part of a 100K relay. He said he was feeling pretty good about his 10K leg until he noticed himself being passed by some runners who were doing the entire 100K solo. In Hawaii, there’s no shortage of military runners looking to push the next barrier (see the origins of the Ironman Triathlon), but my dad was content to improve slowly, stay in shape and run at his own pace. I think back to those times in Hawaii when I’m trudging over some snow packed trail in the win-

ter or suffering through the hills of Eagan on a hot, humid July evening. My dad didn’t have to deal with those kinds of conditions in Hawaii, but he did deal with any excuse I can think of to not go running. When my alarm goes off two hours before sunrise, it’s pretty tempting to sleep for another hour instead of hitting the roads or the gym. When I get home after a long, stressful workday, there are a hundred things I could do besides going for a run. I don’t have any kids of my own, let alone three. Though I sometimes just want to sit in my chair and read, watch television or surf the internet, I know I can make time for a run. While I might not feel like running at the time, I won’t regret it. My dad showed me that even though that first step out the door is sometimes the hardest, it’s worth it to spend a little bit of time at my own pace.






MDRA Meet of Miles JANUARY 14, UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA Overall 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 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 1 43 2 44 45 46 47 3 48 49 4


Charlie Lawrence, 17 4:26 Ryan Larson, 19 4:28 Nick Golebiowski, 17 4:28 Ben Merchant, 32 4:29 Will Burke, 17 4:31 Colin Zanner, 22 4:33 Isaiah Barlow, 17 4:33 Lance Elliott, 42 4:34 Kyle Severson, 20 4:34 Trevor Capra, 17 4:37 Patrick Parish, 27 4:38 Scott Kuidera, 17 4:43 Dan Peters, 21 4:43 Austin Knowlton, 17 4:45 Patrick Russell, 36 4:45 Chandler Klawitter, 16 4:47 Soren Vosbenkowski 4:48 Joe Manders, 17 4:49 Ali Ahmed, 17 4:49 Ken Cooper, 41 4:50 Brian Davenport, 38 4:52 Tom Gatyas, 32 4:53 Brian Petkov, 17 4:55 Michael Sampers, 16 4:56 Steve Stenzel, 31 4:57 Mason Kiffmayer, 14 4:58 Sam Friesen, 18 5:00 Gus Metzdorff, 17 5:05 Pete Kessler, 51 5:08 Jay Nelson, 43 5:10 Rob Class, 52 5:10 Eric Howe, 17 5:10 Ethan Genteman, 22 5:12 Mitch Brown, 17 5:12 Andrew McGillivary, 17 5:13 Doug Schroeder, 27 5:17 John Walker, 17 5:17 Dave Marek, 48 5:18 Ryan Albu, 34 5:19 Jason Larson, 29 5:19 Scott Davis, 42 5:19 Bob Finke, 50 5:20 Claire Bootsma, 25* 5:20 Peter Meinz, 28 5:21 Kristen Kinnear-Ohlmann, 37* 5:21 Jonah Shaw, 16 5:22 Jeremy Reichenberger, 21 5:23 Steve English, 46 5:23 Kirk Crabb, 30 5:24 Mackenzie Schell, 16* 5:25 George Mutuma, 37 5:25 Jeffrey Fuller, 39 5:25 Angie Voight, 36* 5:27

50 51 52 53 54 55 5 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 6 64 65 66 7 8 9 67 10 68 69 11 12 70 13 14 71 72 73 15 74 75 76 16 77 17 78 79 18 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 19 90 91 92 93 94 95 20 96 97


Jake Odom, 16 Bill Langhart, 57 Tim Magle, 16 Adam Pettipece, 35 Yazan Alsharif, 16 Matt Orzehowski, 24 Melissa Gacek, 36* Rick Larsen, 51 Dan Cronen, 49 Bill Dobbs, 54 Gerald Butler, 41 Dan Sparkman, 52 Kirt Goetzke, 52 Bill Atkins, 51 George Fulp, 51 Lydia Novotny, 29* Brendan Byrne, 25 Tom Ruen, 44 Eugene Samuel, 50 Lindsey Wild, 30* Taylor Rambo, 17* Sadie Briggs, 37* Harry Skees, 40 Nycole Schneider, 27* Dale Heinen, 57 Michael Revering, 17 Molly Pennings, 37* Julie Cousins, 34* Sean Pease, 37 Kathi Madden, 55* Nordica Stocker, 27* Jim Graupner, 68 Ben Zhao, 99 John Naslund, 62 Meggan Craft, 37* Ron Byland, 54 Steve Deboer, 58 Jeff Webber, 48 Ann Wasson, 51* Bruce Rodich, 54 Cece Metzdorff, 17* Quinn Whitton, 11 Thom Weddle, 74 Greta Simpson, 31* Arland Braaten-Lee, 63 Larry Thompson, 62 Nathan Mitchell, 38 Dan Kimmel, 61 James Allen, 35 Craig Lippert, 57 Robert Britain, 54 Norm Purrington, 69 Leigh Webber, 63 Stephen Anderson, 59 Marisa Skees, 37* Will Harder, 8 Paul Murray, 67 Don Dornfeld, 69 Greg Gaffaney, 61 Gregory Logajan, 54 Stephen Bullard, 55 Nissa Larson, 34* Patrick Ryan, 64 Rick Recker, 68


5:27 5:28 5:28 5:28 5:30 5:31 5:33 5:34 5:35 5:36 5:38 5:40 5:40 5:41 5:47 5:48 5:49 5:51 5:51 5:52 5:52 5:52 5:53 5:54 5:55 5:56 5:57 6:01 6:01 6:05 6:06 6:10 6:10 6:13 6:17 6:20 6:21 6:22 6:24 6:24 6:28 6:29 6:29 6:41 6:42 6:43 6:44 6:45 6:47 6:51 6:52 6:57 6:58 7:05 7:05 7:06 7:07 7:12 7:19 7:20 7:21 7:24 7:26 7:28

PHOTOS 98 Phil Erickson, 72 99 Gabe Novotny, 33 100 Darrell Christensen, 75 101 Don Wright, 72 102 Perry McCahan, 53 21 Anna Giacomini, 47* 103 Sam Edwards, 8 22 Rachel Matusesk, 16* 23 Emily Severson, 17* Sami Skees, 7* 24 Delma Bartelme, 63* 25 Vivian Gacek, 7* 26 104 James Chase, 53 27 Rosemary Harnly, 66* 28 Skyler Skees, 9* 105 William Rainey, 54 106 Doug Erbeck, 77 * indicates females

7:29 7:32 7:35 7:35 7:40 7:44 7:56 8:08 8:09 8:25 8:27 8:32 8:33 8:39 8:43 8:45 9:25

10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25

Margaret Heinz, 66 Lynn Sosnowski, 44 Jamie Johnson, 33 Madeline Shogren, 17 Emma Cherney, 16 Ann Nepstad, 47 Melissa Klauda, 22 Irene Ferrari, 44 Camille Gosset, 16 Melanie Rudolph, 31 Camille Verzal, 44 Crystal Fenton, 27 Jessica Thomas, 15 Molly Burke, 24 Sharon Bruestle, 64 Melissa Strub, 38

27:13 27:28 27:32 27:39 27:40 27:42 27:43 27:48 27:49 27:58 28:14 28:14 28:20 28:24 28:39 28:40

Men Under 8 115

Wyatt Zimmer, 1


Men 8 - 9 140

Securian Winter Carnival 5K JANUARY 26, ST. PAUL Open Men 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

Aaron Schwietz, 15 Jacob Nieland, 18 Tom Woo, 53 Michael Johnson, 27 Sammy Nielsen, 17 Tony Joyer, 17 Paul Thompson Doug Bertossi, 40 Nicholas Oczak, 14 James Olzeske, 49 Peter Nelson, 54 Jeff Culhane, 33 Mark Huus, 53 Matt Lysne, 42 Tom Hannasch, 53 Ryan Erickson, 33 Warren Harms, 28 Dennis Loperfido, 39 Mike Huray, 41 David Cullen, 17 Richard Bottorff, 58 Chad Vossen, 33 Jim Murphy, 29 Greg Boe, 25 Michael Bailey, 27

20:23 20:36 21:03 21:12 21:44 21:44 22:57 23:46 23:47 24:00 24:27 24:58 24:59 24:59 25:04 25:13 25:16 25:18 25:28 25:30 25:39 25:42 25:53 26:07 26:29

Open Women 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

Molly Peterson, 25 Leah Betcher, 26 Jackie Thelen, 22 Nicole Kesti, 14 Sheryl Weber-Paxton, 54 Angela Schema, 30 Sarah Johnson, 42 Margaret Johnson, 27 Beth Vogl, 47

23:08 25:18 25:54 26:32 26:40 26:46 26:46 26:47 27:09

Locke Rowland, 9


Men 10 - 11 83 134

Cameron Granner, 10 Seyi Afinni, 10

32:33 45:27

Men 12 - 13 45 141 144

John Mantor, 12 Matt Frater, 12 Elliott Hawkins, 13

28:40 47:40 51:25

Men 14 - 15 1 9 73

Aaron Schwietz, 15 Nicholas Oczak, 14 Jack Peterson, 14

20:23 23:47 31:21

Men 16 - 17 5 6 20

Sammy Nielsen, 17 Tony Joyer, 17 David Cullen, 17

21:44 21:44 25:30

Men 18 - 19 2

Jacob Nieland, 18


Men 35 - 39 18 28 54 57 65 90 101 118 121

Dennis Loperfido, 39 Greg Berning, 35 Michael Wrbsky, 38 William Nelson, 35 Josh Hisley, 39 Brian Vrtis, 38 Dave Dutcher, 38 John McDevitt, 37 Patrick Foley, 36

25:18 26:55 29:28 29:57 30:30 33:42 36:20 39:37 40:37

Men 40 - 44 8 14 19 38 39 44 53 64 80 81

Doug Bertossi, 40 Matt Lysne, 42 Mike Huray, 41 Kurt Thompson, 40 Scott Svenningsen, 40 Derek Hudek, 44 Mike Bjorkman, 42 Mark Kesti, 44 John Kelly, 42 Tim Van Slyke, 41

23:46 24:59 25:28 28:13 28:15 28:40 29:18 30:29 32:16 32:22

Men 45 - 49 10

James Olzeske, 49


AT T H E R AC E S 31 36 47 56 75 76 86 88 97

Luther Hagen, 46 Steven Vogl, 47 Steve Misgen, 47 Chip Tangen, 48 Andrei Sivanich, 45 Brian Morris, 45 Tom Mccarthy, 45 Chuck Meyer, 47 Louie Vukich, 46

27:08 27:38 28:42 29:52 31:38 31:38 32:52 33:03 35:28

Men 50 - 54 3 11 13 15 30 34 46 48 49 51

Tom Woo, 53 Peter Nelson, 54 Mark Huus, 53 Tom Hannasch, 53 Michael Reed, 53 Jeff Ek, 54 Tim Quinn, 53 Kirk Hoaglund, 53 John Romig, 50 Joe Rodriguez, 53

21:03 24:27 24:59 25:04 27:07 27:28 28:41 28:49 28:59 29:00

Men 55 - 59 21 35 70 95 102 109 128 146 148

Richard Bottorff, 58 Larry Shelley, 55 Dale Sommers, 57 Jeff Faragher, 55 Charlie Heille, 58 Steven Errante, 55 Chris Heiliger, 58 Ralph Nyquist, 55 James Smith, 56

25:39 27:28 30:58 34:51 36:21 37:32 44:20 54:04 56:14

Men 60 - 64 27 33 37

Rick Johnson, 63 Geoff Kaufmann, 61 Robert Goodloe, 61

26:49 27:10 27:48

43 50 71 78 82 96 103

RESULTS Dennis Johnson, 63 William Voje, 62 Paul Mandell, 60 Tom Couillard, 64 Donald Nelson, 63 Warren Enright, 63 Thomas Pokora, 64

28:38 29:00 31:11 32:08 32:23 34:59 36:30

Men 65 - 69 67 87 105 110 117 127

William Rueber, 66 Bob Stewart, 69 John Herman, 69 Dan Fisher, 65 Bob Aby, 68 Tom Evans, 68

30:53 32:57 37:19 37:44 38:27 43:06

Men 70 - 74 124

Dollard Carey, 72


Women 8 - 9 146

Sarah McDevitt, 8


Women 10 - 11 139 194 211

Ah'janay Yancy, 10 Indigo Rowland, 11 Sahitya Bondalapati, 10

38:52 46:56 52:24

Women 12 - 13 42 53 149 150

Leona Derango, 13 Annika Iverson, 13 Lainey Axell, 12 Britta Iverson, 12

30:49 31:46 39:53 39:53

Women 14 - 15 4 22 172 202

Nicole Kesti, 14 Jessica Thomas, 15 Amy Eldredge, 15 Shawnice Price, 14

26:32 28:20 43:41 49:10

Women 16 - 17 13 14 18 32

Madeline Shogren, 17 Emma Cherney, 16 Camille Gosset, 16 Natalie Kesti, 16

27:39 27:40 27:49 29:59

Women 18 - 19 29 107 203

Sophie May, 18 Amanda Kirk, 19 Lindsey Sullivan, 19

29:48 35:27 49:23

Women 35 - 39 25 27 49 62 63 64 78 89 94 108

Melissa Strub, 38 CariJo Kiffmeyer, 37 Michele Belgea, 35 Jen Granner, 36 Jennifer Tandberg, 35 Kari Elias, 36 Kristi Stryk, 35 Andrea Fluegel, 38 Elizabeth Lo, 36 Jen Garlie, 35

28:40 29:12 31:14 32:42 32:43 32:50 33:39 34:13 34:31 35:34

Women 40 - 44 7 11 17 20 33 45 48 60 68 69

Sarah Johnson, 42 Lynn Sosnowski, 44 Irene Ferrari, 44 Camille Verzal, 44 Gabi May, 44 Barb Baumann, 44 Melissa Doumbia, 41 Kathy Pearson, 44 Carrie Eldridge, 41 Kelli Lyng, 43

26:46 27:28 27:48 28:14 29:59 30:55 30:58 32:23 33:06 33:10

Beth Vogl, 47 Ann Nepstad, 47

27:09 27:42

Beth Anne Sutcliffe, 47 Renee Mccarthy, 45 Karin Vukich, 46 Nora Vernon, 47 Lisa West, 48 Laurel Hofeldt, 49 Leslie Palmer-Ross, 49 Chris Pommerenke, 46

30:23 30:56 33:03 33:20 34:11 34:13 34:25 35:15

Women 50 - 54 5 26 35 38 70 75 84 109 126 142

Sheryl Weber-Paxton, 54 Joan Lee, 54 Mary Lunzer, 53 Debra Stickney, 51 Donna Thomas, 51 Lori Manteufel, 54 Kate Havelin, 52 Laurie Kjelden, 50 Lesley Mundy, 52 Sandra Drenttel, 54

26:40 29:00 30:07 30:32 33:12 33:24 34:02 35:42 38:06 39:30

Women 55 - 59 36 55 57 85 99 123 124 136 137 141

Pat Fridell, 56 Phillips Vicki, 55 Michel Sanders, 59 Carly Schroepfer, 58 Julie Jensen, 55 Brigitte Anderson, 55 Melissa Porter, 57 Barbara Ashley, 57 Rita Mattaini, 59 Kathryn Wipperling, 59

30:20 31:58 32:07 34:04 34:59 37:45 37:46 38:45 38:46 39:28

Women 60 - 64 24

Women 45 - 49 9 15

37 46 67 72 87 90 92 105

Sharon Bruestle, 64


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AT T H E R AC E S 106 116 196 198 204 207

Cathy Skrip, 64 Rebecca Hamilton, 61 Carol Barnhart, 61 Barb Klaman, 60 Nancy Price, 64 Geri Fisher, 64

35:22 36:40 47:09 47:44 49:50 50:21

Women 65 - 69 10 100

Margaret Heinz, 66 Linda Letts, 66

27:13 34:59

Women 75 - 79 179

Alice Tomsche, 77


Securian Winter Carnival 10K JANUARY 26, ST. PAUL Open Men 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

Wayne Dickie, 48 Bobby Paxton, 56 Steve Mann, 38 John McCarthy, 36 Thomas Masterman, 41 Jordan Deckenbach, 31 Aaron Zellhoefer, 33 Ryan Diepenbrock, 31 Carlos Adams, 40 John Vinsel, 57 Nicholas Bishop, 26 Zach Marsh, 30 James Robin, 45 Aaron Wicks, 33 Jesse McCaffrey, 25 Mike Engh, 25 Callen Weispfennig, 26 Mike Shepard, 40 Kevin Baltus, 42 Mike Evans, 38 Nick Feiock, 25 Haugen Derek, 28 Waqar Ahmad, 43 Scott Donaldson, 25 Ryan Pekarek, 26

40:09 40:10 41:21 43:01 43:51 43:59 44:08 44:19 44:43 45:12 45:26 45:59 46:02 46:15 46:23 46:28 46:55 46:59 47:11 47:38 47:50 47:58 48:44 49:20 49:27

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

Emily Mantor, 16 Morcelli Kombo, 18 Leah Janus, 35 Shannon Jones, 43 Crystal Culhane, 33 Kara Rodriguez, 24 Leandra Branch, 22 Gwen Jacobson, 54 Meg Becker, 28 Greta Schmalle, 25 Christine Barry, 38 Jill Hotujec, 31 Callie Summers, 29 Amber Lee, 22 Bridget Gormley, 22 Patty Akers, 45 Britni Blohm, 27 Deborah Fideldy, 44 Lee Ann Iverson, 47 Naomi Alvarez, 15 Amanda Klaman, 29 Rachel Esbjornsson, 29 Kelly Gaspard, 45 Carrie Boyer, 40 Rachel Nicholas, 34

43:34 44:17 48:09 48:21 48:50 49:10 49:10 49:11 49:23 49:41 50:01 50:02 50:40 50:53 51:25 51:42 52:23 52:54 53:02 53:35 54:02 54:11 54:18 54:35 54:49

Men 12 - 13 54


Dylan Sable, 12


Men 14 - 15 26 28

Alex May, 15 Thomas Mantor, 15

Women 14 - 15 49:41 49:56

Men 35 - 39 3 4 20 30 32 33 63 71 82 91

Steve Mann, 38 John McCarthy, 36 Mike Evans, 38 Scot Pekarek, 39 Eric Gonzaga, 39 Ricardo Sandoval, 39 Jamie Halverson, 38 Jasen Hoglund, 35 Mike Sigrist, 36 Dave McGarry, 39

41:21 43:01 47:38 50:09 50:18 50:32 54:29 55:48 57:31 58:31

Men 40 - 44 5 9 18 19 23 41 47 49 53 65

Thomas Masterman, 41 Carlos Adams, 40 Mike Shepard, 40 Kevin Baltus, 42 Waqar Ahmad, 43 Chris Guertin, 41 Fred Snyder, 43 Keith Lillquist, 43 Thomas Brandt, 41 Mark Struthers, 44

43:51 44:43 46:59 47:11 48:44 51:25 51:56 52:07 52:49 54:55

Men 45 - 49 1 13 38 40 42 52 59 61 62 73

Wayne Dickie, 48 James Robin, 45 Michael Cavanaugh, 45 Chris Ramsey, 48 Brett Lehman, 49 Richard Berg, 46 John Hakes, 47 Tim Pratt, 48 Juma Ikangaa, 49 Robert Lundquist, 49

40:09 46:02 50:59 51:14 51:27 52:47 54:11 54:15 54:29 56:17

Men 50 - 54 44 57 69 85 94 107 110 113 129 141

Paul Vinsel, 54 Melvin Alvarez, 52 Kevin Norby, 52 David Petersen, 53 Michael Miller, 50 Theodore Whitehurst, 52 Keith Maurer, 52 Jeff Heurung, 50 Michael Wondra, 54 Dan Stickler, 54

51:35 53:34 55:37 57:55 58:49 1:00:04 1:00:54 1:02:28 1:08:17 1:16:18

Men 55 - 59 2 10 39 56 68 70 83 92 99 111

Bobby Paxton, 56 John Vinsel, 57 Len Sonterre, 59 Louis Ahlstrand, 59 Doug Collison, 56 Dennis Koutsky, 55 John Makowski, 55 David Holtorf, 58 Paul Montain, 58 Butch Kummer, 56

40:10 45:12 51:11 53:27 55:31 55:41 57:49 58:32 59:12 1:01:47

Men 60 - 64 101 121 124 135

Bion Beebe, 62 Jeffrey Gould, 61 Rick Christenson, 62 Garry Zierhut, 60

59:30 1:04:16 1:07:15 1:11:56

Men 65 - 69 143

Eugene Bourland, 69 Michael Ojile, 70 Ron Yezzi, 74 John Adams, 75 Claus Pierach, 78




1 141 172

Emily Mantor, 16 Miranda Carrillo, 16 Jessica Eccles, 17

43:34 1:11:35 1:31:48

Women 18 - 19 2 51 105

Morcelli Kombo, 18 Emily Sylvestre, 18 Alissa Fisher, 19

44:17 58:41 1:05:16

Women 35 - 39 3 11 26 31 36 40 50 64 76 78

Leah Janus, 35 48:09 Christine Barry, 38 50:01 Rachel Hohenstein, 36 54:50 Aubrey Bork, 35 55:31 Jessy Perzel, 37 56:44 Melissa Borths, 36 57:39 Alia Collins, 39 58:30 Nicole Landree, 37 59:36 Jennifer Shindeldecker, 39 1:01:12 Dana Liddle, 36 1:01:18

Women 40 - 44 4 18 24 30 47 48 59 62 63 69

Shannon Jones, 43 Deborah Fideldy, 44 Carrie Boyer, 40 Figen Haugen, 40 Jean Soehn, 42 Amy Larson, 41 Callie Chenault, 41 Kate Lewis, 44 Kari Runyon, 41 Angie Olson, 43

48:21 52:54 54:35 55:29 58:13 58:16 59:29 59:35 59:35 1:00:08

Women 45 - 49 16 19 23 32 35 39 60 83 91 96

Patty Akers, 45 Lee Ann Iverson, 47 Kelly Gaspard, 45 Lesley Nelson, 47 Eve Dieterman, 49 Terri Simonelic, 48 Kelly Davis, 48 Tamera Deno, 47 Rebecca Pohlman, 46 Barb Anderson, 47

51:42 53:02 54:18 55:56 56:17 57:19 59:33 1:01:57 1:03:12 1:03:40

Women 50 - 54 8 27 33 46 54 68 74 90 94 121

Gwen Jacobson, 54 Carla LaVere, 53 Terri Aberg, 54 Sonja Kranz, 50 Anne Sagstetter, 50 Paula Hoover, 53 Kathy Clements, 53 Peggy Noid, 54 Laurie Payton, 54 Ann Kemble, 51

49:11 55:00 56:11 58:09 58:59 1:00:08 1:01:04 1:03:03 1:03:18 1:06:46

Women 55 - 59 81 95 114 118 134

Terri Hoy, 59 Barbara Lawler, 56 Kelly Hover, 55 Kate Readio, 59 Debbie Iverson, 57

1:01:39 1:03:29 1:05:46 1:06:32 1:10:36

75 175 176

Elizabeth Connelly, 62 Lindsay Nauen, 62 Lynn Schwartz, 63


1:18:04 1:35:31

Rosemary Harnly, 66

Securian Winter Carnival Half Marathon JANUARY 26, ST. PAUL Open Men 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

Wynn Davis, 31 1:12:40 Matthew Genrich, 33 1:14:49 Zane Grabau, 24 1:15:36 Brian Sames, 26 1:17:54 Tom Gatyas, 32 1:18:09 Heriberto Vargas Olalde, 301:20:07 Gregg Robertson, 42 1:20:26 Stephen Tapajna, 37 1:20:41 Michael Hartnett, 30 1:21:29 Forrest Tracy, 33 1:21:51 Tom Datwyler, 25 1:22:19 David Hyopponen, 32 1:22:34 Ryan Braun, 29 1:22:40 Larry Hosch, 35 1:23:44 Mike Davis, 52 1:23:51 Mark Weinfurter, 38 1:23:56 Eric Porte, 48 1:24:15 Kyle Cannon, 35 1:24:21 Steve English, 46 1:24:58 Jeffrey Goertz, 27 1:25:05 Ethan Genteman, 22 1:25:46 Devon Palmer, 25 1:25:50 Andy Tate, 35 1:26:13 Ryan Albu, 34 1:26:15 Jason Rezac, 39 1:26:26

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

Melissa Gacek, 36 Julie Mocadlo, 29 Sonya Decker, 46 Pamela Nielsen, 36 Carrie Hinners, 26 Joy Esboldt, 26 Erin Manlove, 27 Diana Hogan, 29 Matea Wasend, 22 Maria Goertz, 25 Annalisa Low, 34 Angie Schmidt, 42 Kaitlin Wiedeman, 29 Lisa Burger, 42 Rachel Polski, 31 Tonya Thompson, 27 Kelsey Dieterman, 23 Corey McClay, 30 Ann Wasson, 51 Heather Lendway, 28 Sara Anderson, 36 Jill Marble, 41 Wanda Lewis, 51 Kimberlee Nuszkowski, 37 Emily Elmore, 25

1:23:56 1:27:37 1:27:40 1:31:27 1:32:47 1:33:15 1:33:52 1:35:27 1:35:33 1:36:51 1:37:32 1:38:46 1:38:53 1:39:21 1:39:43 1:39:48 1:40:00 1:40:56 1:41:10 1:41:18 1:41:28 1:41:48 1:41:52 1:42:08 1:43:37

Men 16 - 17

Women 60 - 64 1:01:07 1:43:26 1:59:08

Women 65 - 69 1:41:45 1:47:21

Men 75 - 79 142 146

Naomi Alvarez, 15

Women 16 - 17


Men 70 - 74 147 148



66 93 217 218 238

Caleb Meyer, 17 Alex Amunrud, 17 Cole Gewerth, 17 Ryan Phillips, 16 Ryan Plath, 17

1:36:09 1:40:04 1:54:20 1:54:20 1:56:50

Men 18 - 19 44 171 192 234

Dan Proulx, 18 Dan Rother, 18 Joe Hiestand, 18 Sam Suek, 19

1:31:47 1:49:27 1:51:37 1:56:13

AT T H E R AC E S Men 35 - 39 8 14 16 18 23 25 29 30 37 42

Stephen Tapajna, 37 Larry Hosch, 35 Mark Weinfurter, 38 Kyle Cannon, 35 Andy Tate, 35 Jason Rezac, 39 Eric Kronback, 38 Robert Raub, 38 Robert Srichai, 39 Matthew Wilson, 37

1:20:41 1:23:44 1:23:56 1:24:21 1:26:13 1:26:26 1:27:01 1:27:21 1:28:58 1:31:08

Men 40 - 44 7 26 27 31 46 53 69 75 84 92

Gregg Robertson, 42 1:20:26 Ed Muniak, 42 1:26:34 John Finn, 42 1:26:37 Jon Webster, 40 1:27:34 Gerald Butler, 41 1:32:03 Alton Porter, 42 1:32:51 Mica Grafenstein-Kinzel, 401:36:25 Andrew Becker, 42 1:37:34 Jeff McGrath, 42 1:38:53 Kevin Sliva, 42 1:40:00

Men 45 - 49 17 19 59 62 63 68 70 78

Eric Porte, 48 Steve English, 46 Kirk Scofield, 49 Joe Sonnek, 48 David Holleran, 48 Peter Wentzel, 45 Mark Jacobson, 48 Brian Durand, 46

1:24:15 1:24:58 1:34:01 1:34:52 1:35:09 1:36:20 1:36:33 1:37:54

80 81

RESULTS Chris Sebald, 47 Brinton Bromley, 45

221 224 247

1:23:51 1:28:17 1:29:10 1:30:12 1:33:41 1:34:07 1:38:44 1:38:59 1:39:26 1:39:51

Men 65 - 69

Men 50 - 54 15 33 38 40 57 60 82 85 88 91

Mike Davis, 52 Rick Larsen, 51 Bill Atkins, 51 Wayne Horsman, 52 Michael Lawler, 51 George Fulp, 51 Mark Kief, 51 Bob Hoaglin, 53 Larry Freund, 52 Rich Graske, 53

Men 55 - 59 77 94 100 108 116 176 177 186 198 207

Dale Heinen, 57 Scott Conley, 55 Robert Weber, 59 Mark LeDuc, 58 Jack Phillips, 55 Craig Lippert, 57 David Coyne, 56 Stephen Lamson, 55 Mark Deters, 59 Jack Wussler, 58

1:37:52 1:40:12 1:41:45 1:42:41 1:43:45 1:49:54 1:49:59 1:51:21 1:52:11 1:53:11

Men 60 - 64 146 151 166 179 188 206

Larry Thompson, 62 Albert Van Der Schans, 61 Cliff Reithel, 64 Gary Porter, 62 Tom Hiendlmayr, 63 David Mesner, 61

Tom Weigt, 61 Michael Schmidt, 62 Steve Maupin, 61

1:38:26 1:38:31

1:46:41 1:47:28 1:49:11 1:50:05 1:51:24 1:52:56

102 131

Jim Graupner, 68 Jim Heebink, 66

1:54:37 1:54:56 1:57:58 1:41:55 1:44:46

Catherine Luo, 15


Women 16 - 17 69 121

Heidi Hujik, 17 Alexis Hasleiet, 17

1:51:27 1:58:23

Women 18 - 19 87 118

Zoe Bowman, 18 Colleen Evon, 19

1:54:20 1:57:32

Women 35 - 39 1 4 21 24 30 32 33 34 48 61

Melissa Gacek, 36 1:23:56 Pamela Nielsen, 36 1:31:27 Sara Anderson, 36 1:41:28 Kimberlee Nuszkowski, 37 1:42:08 Ananda Henly, 38 1:44:22 Tracie Kent, 38 1:44:30 Angela Martin, 37 1:44:45 Jessica Deegan, 36 1:44:48 Chr Engelhardt-Pristash, 351:47:43 Karis Lysne, 39 1:50:12

Women 40 - 44 12 14 22 26

Angie Schmidt, 42 Lisa Burger, 42 Jill Marble, 41 Lisa Himes, 42

Sarah Baude, 42 1:47:25 Kristin Bowe, 41 1:48:30 Tammy Marie Jacobson, 40 1:48:47 Caryn Mohr, 40 1:51:07 Val Svenningsen, 42 1:51:14 Maggie Tacheny, 41 1:52:19

Women 45 - 49

Women 14 - 15 99

47 51 54 64 65 74

1:38:46 1:39:21 1:41:48 1:44:03

3 35 38 41 43 59 68 79 84 96

Sonya Decker, 46 Katy Dickson, 47 Kate Davis, 47 Amy Clark, 48 Shari Stamps, 48 Christine Anderson, 46 Janelle Waslaski, 45 Lisa Lokke, 46 Lynnette Faragher, 47 Eda Mutua, 47

1:27:40 1:44:48 1:44:53 1:45:58 1:46:36 1:50:06 1:51:26 1:52:59 1:53:46 1:55:27

Women 50 - 54 19 23 45 60 73 114

Ann Wasson, 51 Wanda Lewis, 51 Traci Messner, 50 Frances Homans, 50 Karen Schlueter, 50 Diane Stoller, 53

1:41:10 1:41:52 1:47:05 1:50:07 1:52:16 1:57:22

Women 55 - 59 39 90 115

Leila McGrath, 55 Donella Neuhaus, 56 Linda Odden, 55

1:45:28 1:54:37 1:57:24

Women 60 - 64 112

Diane Stoneking, 64




2013 MDRA Grand Prix Series Application



M A R C H 1 9, 2 0 1 3

APRIL 14, 2013

M AY 2 , 2 0 1 3

• MDRA Metrodome Running

• Race for Justice 5K

• 5th Annual Healthy Knight Run

636 Meters per lap 2 1/2 laps equals one mile. Open Running Metrodome, Minneapolis, MN Rick Recker, 612 375-0805

Nicollet Island, Minneapolis Mary Anderson, 651-688-9143

A P R I L 2 0, 2 0 1 3 MARCH 21, 2013 • MDRA Metrodome Running 636 Meters per lap 2 1/2 laps equals one mile. Open Running Metrodome, Minneapolis, MN Rick Recker, 612 375-0805

MARCH 2 3, 2013 • Monticello March Madness 5K Monticello, MN Dave Wik, 763-295-4053

• MDRA 4 Mile Lake Johanna Schmidt Park , Arden Hills James Rath, 763 228 1190

• Earth Day 5K Fun Run/Walk 5K Shager Park, Faribault, MN Beth Kallestad, 507-786-3913

• Scheels Earth Day Half Marathon St. Cloud , MN Brian Sebera, 252-412-4523

• Trail Mix Race Minnesota 50K Ultra (solo), 25K (solo), 50K Team Bloomington, MN Megan Kelzenberg, 763.694.7725

• Fitger's 5K Run & Walk 5K Duluth, MN Scott Keenan, 218-727-0947

APRIL 21, 2013 M A RC H 3 0, 2 0 1 3 • MDRA 7 Mile Hopkins, MN Heidi Miler, 952 927-0983

• Minneapolis Recycle Run 5K & Kid’s Run Minneapolis, MN Arik Rudolph, 612-230-6484

• MDRA Mudball Classic

APRIL 6, 2013 • Chocoholic Frolic 1K, 5K, 10K St. Paul, MN Mark Bongers, 5076649438

A P R I L 7, 2 0 1 3 • Fools Five Road Race 1 Mile and 8K Lewiston, MN Dianne Rislow, 507.523.3484

APRIL 8, 2013 • University of Minnesota Medical Devices Center 5K University of Minnesota, Minneapolis Laura Paulsen, 410-925-4665

APRIL 13, 2013 • MN Timberwolves Runnin’ With the Wolves 5K and Kid's Run Lake Harriet, Minneapolis Mary Anderson, 651-688-9143

• Fred Kurz Memorial Time Handicapped 10 Mile Wayzata, MN Peter Erpenbach, 612-558-4295

• Goldy's Run 10 mile, 5K and 1K Goldy's Gallop University of Minnesota TCF Bank Stadium Marilyn Franzen, 61.747.5019

• Run the Valley 5K, 10K Brookview Community Cen., Golden Valley Jeanne Fackler, 763-512-2345 Cardinal Cruise 10K, 5K, and 1 Rice County Fairgrounds - Faribault, MN Mark Bongers, 507-664-9438

kids: 1/4 - 1/ 2 mile, adult: 4 mile South Wirth Park Forest, Minneapolis, MN Heidi Miler, 952-927-0983

A P R I L 2 7, 2 0 1 3 • Get in Gear 10K, 13.1 Miles, Kids 2K Minneapolis, MN Paulette Odenthal, 612-722-9004

• Falls Duathlon 2 mi Run,14 mi Bike, 3 mi Run Hannah's Bend Park - Cannon Falls, MN Mark Bongers, 5076649438

• Let the Sun Shine Run/Walk for mental health 2.2 mile run .4 mile kids run Cold Spring, MN Kathryn Robbins, 320-685-7443

• N’ Diva Dash and vendors Market 5K Montrose, MN Alexis Routhier, 763-675-3121

• Mankato Zombie Run 5k Mount Kato, Mankato, Minnesota Randy Knutson, 507 382-0452

• Next Steps 5K Saint Paul, MN Julie Borgerding, 651 227 5911

• To Run For Hope - Raising awareness and funds to help fight homelessness 5K Tiffany McGillis, 651-755-7742

APRIL 28, 2013 • Tribute to the Troops 5K Run & 3K Walk Eagan, Minnesota Gwen Olsen, 651 686 6264

• Spring Fling 10K, 5K, and Kids Run (women only) Jefferson Elem. School - Rochester, MN Mark Bongers, 507-664-9438

5k and 1 mile Rosemount, MN Tom Cross, 651-423-8677

M AY 3 , 2 0 1 3 • Twilight Trot 5K Lafayette , MN Andrea Harder, 507-228-8943

M AY 4 , 2 0 1 3 • Roxbury Rural Run & Kids Country Mile 5K Run/Walk, 10K, Kids 1 Mile The Dorf Haus, Roxbury , WI Patrice Luer, 608-643-7226

• Runnin in the Ruff 10K, 2 Mile Walk/Run Milaca MN Cindy Biederman, 320-983-1372

• Wright County LETR Half Marathon & 5K for Special Olympics Sturges Park, Buffalo, MN Alyssa Siech, 612-604-1255

• Ron Erno Memorial Lake Minnewaska Warm-Up Half Marathon/10k/5k Glenwood, MN Steve Hill, 320-239-1331

• Go Green Trail Run 5K, 10K Creek Regional Park, Saint Paul MN Ben Popp, 6519648442

• 7 at 7 7 mile, 5k and 1K kids’ run Seven Mile Creek Park, Mankato, MN Chris Crocker, 507-327-7170

• Randy Bauer Memorial 5K Coon Rapids, MN Dennis Olson, 612-868-1333

• Cinco de Mayo 8K Lake Nokomis, Minneapolis, MN Barb Leininger, 612-644-8185

• Walk For Bladder Cancer 5K Walk East River Flats, Minneapolis, MN Mary Anderson, 651-688-9143

• Chain of Lakes Triathlon 600 yard Swim, 13 Mile Bike, 2.8 Mile Run Alexandria, MN David Molesworth, (605) 670-0537

• Run the Ridge 5k run/walk Pioneer Ridge Middle School, Chaska, MN Megan Williams, 952-261-5769

• Rochester Spring Classic 5K 5K & Kids Mile Rochester, MN Millie Suk, (612) 810-6112

• Above & Beyond 5K, 2K & 1K Becker, MN - Minnesota Josh Stoll, 612-390-0862

• Wells Fargo Lake Minnetonka Half Marathon Half Marathon, 2-person half marathon relay & kids 1/2 mil Wayzata to Excelsior MN Marilyn Franzen, 612.747.5019

• Gunflint Gunflint Trail’s Ham Run Half Marathon & 5k Fun Run Gunflint Trail - Grand Marais, MN Sue Prom, 218-388-2224

• Steps for Hospice 5K Walk/Run Sturges Park, Buffalo, MN Laura Jones, 763-684-1477

• Friends of the Orphans Cinco de Mayo 5K Run/Walk 5K and Kids 1/4 and 1 mile races St. Paul, MN Mackenzie Anderson, 651.482.1703

• Fish Lake 5K Festival Prior Lake, MN Gayelee LaGrange, 952.447.4837

M AY 9, 2 0 1 3 • Medtronic TC 1 Mile Minneapolis, MN Twin Cities In Motion, 651-289-7700

M AY 1 1 , 2 0 1 3 • Lake Wobegon Trail Marathon 26.2 miles St. Joseph, MN Sharon Hobbs, 320 251-4873

• Maple Grove Half Marathon and 5K Maple Grove High School, MN Mary Anderson, 651-688-9143

• Journeys Marathon Full marathon, half marathon, 5K Eagle River, WI Kim Emerson, 800-359-6315

• Mom’s Day 5K Minneapolis, MN Heidi Miler, 952 927-0983

• Brookings Marathon, Half Marathon & Marathon Relay Brookings, SD Matt Bien, (605) 692-2414

• Heartland Relay 200 mile team realy Winterset, IA Paul Vanderheiden, 303.800.5353

• New Prague 10K New Prague, MN Kristy Mach, 952-758-4360

• Team Amy Run 10k, 5k, 1mile walk/talk and 1 mile kid’s run Estherville, IA Jill Gifford, 712-209-0936

• Darren Dash Half Marathon, 5K, 1 Mile Fun Run Austin, MN Dana Kvam, 612-481-2820

M AY 5 , 2 0 1 3

M AY 1 2 , 2 0 1 3

• Arboretum 5K Bud Break Run/Walk 5K

• Susan G. Komen Twin Cities Race for the Cure 5K

MN Landscape Arboretum, Chaska, MN Janet Sinner, 952/443-1454

• Eau Claire Marathon 26.2 ,13.1, Relay, 2 mile fun run Eau Claire Wisconsin Karen Drechsel, 715-552-7899

Mall of America, Bloomington, MN Susan Komen for the Cure, 952-746-1760

• Run With The Housewives 5K & Fun Run Elm Creek Park, MN Mary Anderson, 651-688-9143



MEETING MINUTES Minutes of the Board of Directors Meeting - December 10, 2012

Minutes of the Board of Directors Meeting - January 7, 2013

Members Present: Paul Arneberg, Norm Champ, Darrell Christensen, Jim Delaplain, Noelle Frost, Mike Iserman, Mary Johnson, Bill Knight

Members Present: Paul Arneberg, Nathan Campeau, Norm Champ, Darrell Christensen, Jim Delaplain, Noelle Frost, Mike Iserman, Kristin Johnson, Mary Johnson, Heather Kick-Abrahamson, Bill Knight, Jody Kobbervig, Mike Nawrocki, Andrew Plackner, Kevin Ross, Eve Stein, Melissa Wieczorek

Guest Present: Heidi Miler Members Absent: Andrea Adams, Nathan Campeau, Kristin Johnson, Heather KickAbrahamson, Jody Kobbervig, Mike Nawrocki, Andrew Plackner, Kevin Ross, Eve Stein, Melissa Wieczorek Secretary’s Report: The minutes of the November 12 meeting were approved. Treasurer’s Report: In Jody’s absence, the Treasurer’s report was given by Heidi. Print ad revenue is tracking lower v. last year. MDRA is responding by pursuing new online ad revenue streams for the 2013 race year. All other revenue buckets are as full as they should be. The 2013 budget process is in full swing with the expectation of a final budget ready for board approval January 2013.

Guest Present: Heidi Miler, Josh Jacobson Members Absent: Andrea Adams Secretary’s Report: The minutes of the December 10 meeting were approved. This is the final meeting of the current board of directors. The first meeting of the new board will take place on February 11. Treasurer’s Report: The (almost) final draft of the 2013 budget was discussed at length, resulting in a finalized budget which will be presented for approval by the 2013 board of directors on February 11. Office Manager’s Report:

Office Manager’s Report: Membership:






New Members



New Members





139 (includes 32 two-year renewals)



254 (includes 32 two-year renewals)

Membership Total


2,424 (prior month: 2,454)

Membership Total


2,440 (prior month: 2,424)

Historically MDRA experiences an increase in membership during December and January, and we forecast that trend to continue this year.

December was a strong month for new members, with 143 registering online via Two year registrations continue to grow as well.


RunMinnesota: The January/February issue is on track for publication mid-January. MDRA Annual Calendars are selling well at the running stores and there is a strong demand from lapsed members to renew membership to take advantage of receiving a free calendar.

Club Administration: Board elections are in process with ballots available via the November/December 2012 issue of RunMinnesota or online via invitation email if MDRA. Heidi will add an option to link to an email ballot from the MDRA website. Programs: Polar Bear runs continue to see solid attendance despite the absence of post-run refreshments. In an unprecedented act of philanthropy Polar Bears/MDRA Board members Kevin Ross and Nathan Campeau coordinated with Marathon Sports to host a post-run Shopping Day for MDRA members. MDRA members will receive discounts of 26.2% off shoes, 30% off apparel, and 20% off accessory purchases. Additionally, Marathon Sports will provide Bruegger’s bagels and coffee for everybody post run. Neither Kevin’s nor Nathan’s board terms are expiring this year. Promotions: In 2013 MDRA will again sponsor the statewide running series Explore Minnesota Challenge (presented by Anderson Race Management. Our 2012 sponsorship boosted membership numbers as every participant in the series gets a one year membership to MDRA. There were about 300 participants in the Challenge last year. Other sponsors are Anderson Races and Explore Minnesota Tourism. This series was developed by Anderson Races (title sponsor) and is in its second year. The 2013 goal is to 500 runners. More information can be found at The MDRA Annual Party is Saturday, January 19, 2013 at the ECC. Publications: The 2013 MDRA Annual Calendar will be mailed mid-December, and is rumored to feature unusually photogenic runners from four MDRA 2012 races. Race: Mike Warden, long-time director of the MDRA 7 Mile race, has been nominated Volunteer of the Year. The motion was passed to rename the City of Lakes 25K some iteration of “The Jeff Winter COL, presented by MDRA”. Budgets were accepted for the 2013 race year for the Fred Kurz 10 Mile, the MDRA Mudball and Ron Daws 25K. New Business: No new business Old Business: No old business



COMMITTEE REPORTS Club Administration: No report Publications: No report Promotions: No report Programs: The MDRA Spring Marathon Training Class kicks off with its first run on Saturday, February 23. USATF: USATF board of directors appointments include: Lori Anne Schwiesow, Women’s Long Distance Running Chair, and Brian Mastel, Men’s Long Distance Running Chair. The marathon relay event has been dropped from USATF American records. USATF has planned six mountain ultra races for the 2013 season: Superior 50K; USATF River Bottom Run-Sell Naming Rights; Afton 25K; Endless Summer Series; Autumn Trail Series Race #1; and the Muscle Milk Woodsey. For more information, see Also in 2013 the Afton Trail Run will host the 25 km USATF Minnesota Association Trail Championships on Saturday, July 6 at Afton State Park in Afton, Minnesota. Race information available at New Business: No new business Old Business: No old business


Running ‘Round the Thunderdome Dome running turns 30 BY ALEX KURT

As a first-timer at the Metrodome’s semiweekly Dome running program, I knew only one thing to expect. “Dome running is great for the winter, especially if you want to get in some speedwork and need some intervals that are measured out, but you don’t have a track,” Kurt Decker, my manager at TC Running Company, said when I told him I was going. “But the concrete floor gets hard after a while.”

So, under the refrigerator din and gray empty echo chamber of the Metrodome’s upper concourse, I laced up the heftiest, softest shoes I own. As one of the first five or six people there on this particular Tuesday night, I warily set my bag on the side of the concourse next to a shuttered hot dog stand and set off at a relaxed pace on the outside loop. After a few laps, I realized it’s the same Metrodome concourse I’ve walked through a few dozen times en route to see the Twins, Vikings or Gophers. It’s just emptier and seems a lot smaller when you cover sections 200 to 239 at a running clip. I walked through this very hallway to watch a Randy Moss-equipped Vikings team eviscerate the Cardinals in the 1999 Divisional Round, one week before Gary Anderson missed an infamous field goal and the Falcons went on to the Super Bowl. I saw what turned out to be Kirby Puckett’s last full game in the Major Leagues, September 27, 1995, from the same stands.

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Now, I imagined I felt like our beleaguered placekicker did that January after the wide-right: trotting alone, taking what seemed like forever to get where I was going, the end of one hallway leading indefinitely to another. As I ticked off the reps, making snap evaluations of my form as I saw my reflection in various glass doorways, the crowd thickened. Many were in groups, socializing, others remained solitary and focused. Slower runners stayed in the outside loop, faster runners moved to the inside loop, where the loop is precisely 604 meters. It seemed the demographics were a fair representation of Twin Cities running in general; nearly every age, shape and speed had delegates. Eventually, I moved to the inside lane, designated for “7 minute miles or faster,” I was told, and where runners go in the opposite direction. After seven miles, with some direction switching to mix it up, I came to two conclusions: first, while it isn’t too scenic, Dome running beats the tar out of a treadmill and second, based on how I compared to the other runners present, my own fitness was a lot better than I thought.

Less is more It wasn’t, of course. “Not a lot has changed since Dome running started,” former MDRA President and board member Rick Recker told me afterward. “Except the slow people are slower than they used to be and, mostly, the fast people are slower than they used to be too.” Dome running has seen its share of elite athletes pass through for workouts. “Team USA Minnesota used to come here, but they left,” Recker says. “Sometimes Joe Moore and Mike Reneau and the Twin Cities Track Club will work out here.”


“There are more places to go for elite runners now,” he continues. “There’s better access to treadmills and more information on running outside in the winter. But, I don’t want to run in the dark and the cold, so I understand why a lot of people still run here.” Recker has not only been present at Dome running since its inception 30 years ago; he founded it, and still runs the show. “It started when they built the Metrodome,” Recker says. “Mark Kaplan of the Minneapolis City Council [and a consultant to the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission] approached the MDRA board and told us ‘the facility is public, so it should be used by the public.’” From there, MDRA decided to organize a running program. They asked Recker to direct it. “I lived a block away from the Dome, and I was directing races and measuring courses at the time, so I knew what I was doing,” Recker says. His approach was, and remains, simple. “I figured out the finances and found we could charge $1.00 and still make some money,” Recker says. “I’m a minimalist that way, and runners back then didn’t want anything fancy.” Over the course of 30 years and several races hosted inside, not much has changed about the Tuesday-Thursday night routine. It still costs $1.00 to run from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The setup is still decidedly un-fancy. Many of the front table volunteers have been around for years. And each January, the crowds are bigger than the month before. “We get maybe a 50 percent increase from New Year’s resolutions,” Recker said as he counted 152 attendees by 6:30 p.m. “We’ll be over 200 tonight, easy. I don’t know why they wait until New Years to do it.”


For the past 30 years, Dome running has been a regular fixture on the Minnesota running scene from late November until early March. Accordingly, it attracts its share of regulars. John Naslund, of Minneapolis, claims to have logged 9,000 miles in the Dome over time (“I absolutely believe it,” says Recker). A great run For the past 30 years, Dome running has been a regular fixture on the Minnesota running scene from late November until early March. Accordingly, it attracts its share of regulars. John Naslund, of Minneapolis, claims to have logged 9,000 miles in the Dome over time (“I absolutely believe it,” says Recker). Before Dome running, Annette LeDuc spent winters running in the University of Minnesota Field House before joining the Northern Lights Running Club on Tuesdays in the Dome. “I found that in the Dome I could run free like on a summer day,” LeDuc says. “I did not have to worry about getting cold, icicles forming on my eyelashes and blinding me, nor did I have to watch for cars coming in the dark.” Larry Ludeman has been a standard fixture in the Dome since its first year. “It has been great to be in the Dome running in a t-shirt and shorts, working up a sweat and not having to worry about slipping and breaking an ankle,” he says. “Furthermore, Hubert’s Bar is right across the street and that earned beer or two can be quickly procured. Over the years, I’ve seen many runners come and go from the Dome, and I have also seen many bartenders come and go from Hubert’s.”

Stories like these beg the question, though, of where the regulars will turn to run inside, or if they’ll simply brave the winter conditions more consistently, when the Dome, and with it the venue for Dome running, is demolished to make way for the new Vikings’ stadium. Recker says next winter will be Dome running’s last season. “They’ll probably accommodate us,” Recker says of the new stadium. “But people will go somewhere in the meantime.” “It’s been a great run the last 30 years, and I’m not sure what I’ll do when the Dome comes down,” says Ludeman. “Although I’m quite sure that Hubert’s will still be there!”



TC Kid’s Fieldhouse Fun Run February 2 • Minneapolis PHOTOS COURTESY OF TWIN CITIES IN MOTION





Valentine’s Day TC 5K February 9 • Minneapolis PHOTOS BY WAYNE KRYDUBA




March / April 2013


March / April 2013