Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Rock for Broc - Tonight!!

Come out tonight and support a great cause, the Rock for Broc is to support Cindy Brochman and her fight against cancer.

Minnesota runners, triathletes, skiers and friends of Cindy are invited to the Rock for Broc fun run to help raise money for Cindy Brochman and her fight against cancer. The event is Tuesday, June 30th at Macalester College in St Paul, MN. The Rock for Broc Run is a one mile event with different time and age categories.

What: Rock for Broc 1-Mile Run
When: Tuesday, June 30th at 6pm
Where: Macalester College, Saint Paul, MN
Race entry is donation-based with a $10 minimum.
Preregistration is suggested and appreciated. For information on registration please visit:


Tuesday, June 23, 2009

MDRA Fall Marathon Training starts tonight!

Join MDRA for Fall Marathon Training starting Tuesday, June 23, 2009.

We DO have TCM entries available. To find out more come to orientation at 7:00 p.m. at the Edina Community Center room 351.

For more info check out the website: www.runmdra.org

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Great Speaker line-up at Grandma's Marathon

Running Experts, Olympians, Gold Medalist to Speak at Grandma’s Marathon

(Duluth, Minn.) Athletes and running enthusiasts will have an opportunity to hear running tips and stories from some of the sport’s top experts during Grandma’s Marathon weekend. In conjunction with Austin-Jarrow, Grandma’s Marathon’s offers a series of guest speaking presentations on Friday, June 19, beginning at 1 p.m. in Edmund Fitzgerald Hall at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC). The presentations are free and open to the public.

Grandma’s Marathon Guest Speaker Presentations - Friday, June 19

1 p.m. - Scott Douglas, writer for Running Times Magazine
Scott Douglas is Web editor for Running Times. He is the co-author of four books on running, including Advanced Marathoning, and has published articles on running in publications as diverse as Runner's World, Weekly Reader, Slate and the Washington Post. Scott has logged more than 90,000 miles since he started running in 1979. He lives in South Portland, Maine.

2 p.m. - Carrie Tollefson, 1500-meter Olympian, 2004
Carrie Tollefson is recognized as one of the best runners ever to come out of Minnesota. She grew up in Dawson, Minnesota, and won 13 Minnesota high school championships in cross country and track. While at Villanova University, she won 5 NCAA championships individually and was a member of the 1999 NCAA Cross Country Championships team. Carrie joined Team USA Minnesota in 2001 and since then has been a three-time national champion (1500 meters, 3000 meters and 4k cross country) and a member of three U.S. World teams. She specializes in the 1500 and 5000 meter distances, and earned a spot on the 2004 U.S. Olympic team for the 1500. In addition to being a professional runner, Carrie is also a television broadcaster and has provided commentary for many racing events throughout the nation. She will be part of the on-course radio broadcast team covering the 2009 Grandma’s Marathon women’s field.

3 p.m. - Joan Benoit Samuelson, 1984 Olympic Marathon Gold Medalist
According to Runner's World Magazine, Joan Benoit Samuelson is "the greatest American marathoner in history." Joan will forever be remembered for her dominating performance against an all-star field in the inaugural Olympic women's marathon in 1984. She is the only American woman to date to win an Olympic gold medal in the marathon. Her resume also includes numerous national records (10K, 12K, 15K, 10 miles, Half-Marathon, 25K) and victories at the Boston Marathon (1979 and 1983). A Nike consultant and a clinician, Samuelson is a frequent speaker at running, health, and fitness clinics and does sports commentating. In 1998 she founded the popular Beach to Beacon 10K in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. She is the author of an autobiography Running Tide (Knopf, 1987), and Joan Samuelson's Running for Women (Rodale Press, 1995).

4 p.m. - Dick Beardsley, Grandma's Marathon course record holder
Dick Beardsley is known as one of the best marathon runners in U.S. history. Winner of Grandma’s Marathon in 1981 and 1982, Dick holds the course record with a time of 2:09:37. His most famous race, however, took place at the 1982 Boston Marathon where he crossed the finish line in 2 hours, 8 minutes, 54 seconds, just two seconds behind Alberto Salazar. This personal best is still ranked the 10th fastest U.S. men's marathon time in history. After a series of accidents, injuries and life-altering events, Dick remains a prominent figure in the running community and travels around the world to share his amazing story.

For more information on the 2009 schedule of events for Grandma’s Marathon weekend, visit www.GrandmasMarathon.com.


Monday, June 8, 2009

Friends and Family running Grandma's this year?

Verizon Wireless to Offer Runner Tracking at Grandma’s Marathon
Registration Runs June 8-19 Online for Family and Friends of Race Participants

(Duluth, Minn.) If you’re looking to keep an eye on the progress of your favorite runners during Grandma’s Marathon weekend, Verizon Wireless has the perfect solution.

A tracking system will enable race fans to receive periodic runner updates through a text message or an e-mail. These updates, made possible by Verizon Wireless, will be accessible for all participants running in the 2009 Grandma’s Marathon and Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon, both on June 20.

Beginning June 8, family members and friends can log onto GrandmasMarathon.com and simply enter the name(s) of the runner(s) they want to track. They will be able to choose whether they want to receive the information through text message or e-mail by entering a valid wireless phone number or email address.

The signup period for 2009 runs through 6 p.m. on Friday, June 19 by logging onto the Grandma's Marathon web site or by stopping by the Verizon Wireless booth at the SMDC Health System Health and Fitness Expo on Thursday and Friday, June 18-19.

“By extending the signup period through June 19, we expect even more family and friends to track runners via text messaging this year,” said Nancy B. Clark, president-Verizon Wireless Great Plains Region. “As a 17-year sponsor of Grandma’s Marathon weekend, we are pleased to provide new data communications services to enhance the race weekend for all participants and their fans.”

This marks the second year that major sponsor Verizon Wireless is sponsoring runner tracking via text messaging and e-mail. Last year, the service proved popular with more than 4,000 spectators signing up and more than 9,000 e-mails and nearly 28,000 text messages delivered during the half marathon and marathon.

"The runner tracking technology was a wonderful addition to our event last year and we are excited to showcase this unique program again in 2009," said Laura Bergen, director of event and program development for Grandma's Marathon. "Having access to runner updates in virtual real-time is a great way check the progress of a family member or friend on the course.”

This enhanced tracking technology is a joint effort between Grandma’s Marathon, Verizon Wireless, ChampionChip Minnesota and MarathonGuide.com.

In all, nearly 17,000 runners and 50,000 race fans from around the world will participate in the 33rd annual Grandma's Marathon weekend, which is presented by Target, Toyota and Wells Fargo Bank Duluth.
For more information, visit www.GrandmasMarathon.com or call (218) 727-0947.


Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Twin Cities Marathon adds 10K to Saturday events

Inaugural TC 10K offers further opportunity to take part in Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon weekend, October 2-4

(Minneapolis, MN) As part of National Running Day, Twin Cities Marathon, Inc. announces the addition of a new 10K running event, which will headline races on Saturday of Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon weekend (October 3-4). The TC 10K will start the day, known as “A Day of Fun for the Whole Family”, as an opportunity for those who’d like a challenge to the 5K distance that has been part of race weekend for more than 20 years.

“We recognize participants of marathon weekend continue to challenge their endurance and increase their distances, so we are hoping the addition of this new 10K will offer runners a bridge between the 5K and the popular Medtronic TC 10 Mile, which takes place on marathon Sunday (October 4),” said Twin Cities Marathon, Inc. executive director Virginia Brophy Achman. “An addition to race weekend is something we know we’ve got space for on Saturday and the continued strength of this sport in Minnesota, and on marathon weekend, means we have the chance to include even more participants in this annual fall marathon weekend tradition.”

Registration for the TC 10K is online at www.mtcmarathon.org and via paper registration, as well as day of opportunities to register. Cost for the inaugural 10K is $25.00. The race starts at 7:30 a.m. in front of the State Capitol in St. Paul (MN), ahead of the TC 5K, Diana Pierce Family Mile, Half Mile, Toddler Trot, Diaper Dash and Mascot Invitational.

About Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon WeekendThe Most Beautiful Urban Marathon in America® is recognized as one of the top marathons and great road races of our time and registration is currently underway. Join us as the tradition continues October 2-4. The three-day weekend celebration of fitness includes a 5K run/walk, children's fun runs, pasta dinner, health and fitness expo and Medtronic TC 10 Mile, in addition to the marathon. Medtronic is the title sponsor of marathon race weekend events. New this year, the “Best Seat in the House” contest will award one marathon participant the opportunity to experience their run the same was a professional runner in our Championship races. Visit mtcmarathon.org for more information.

Monday, June 1, 2009

City of Lakes 25K registration now open!

Time to start thinking about that fall marathon tune-up and this is the perfect race to get you to that p.r. time. Registration is now open! New wrinkle this year is MDRA members get a $2 discount off the already super reasonable entry free! And if you are a USATF member chop another $2 off.....