MDRA Advocacy in action…

At the heart of MDRA is a desire to support runners.  The following are current opportunities for assistance through MDRA and its partners.


The MDRA Foundation

MDRA Foundation is a 501c3 that was established in 2017.  As MDRA’s philanthropic arm it is focused on promoting participation and safety in running.  Initiatives include the Community Giving Grant, the Stephen Ojalvo Fund and the Minnesota Elite Athlete Development Program.

  • MDRA Foundation Community Giving Grant

The Community Giving Grant program accepts proposals focused on promoting participation and safety in running. There is currently one grant available in the amount of up to $500 which will be given to the organization which demonstrates the highest need.  The next grant cycle opens on March 15th, 2018 and the deadline for applications is April 30, 2018.  More information, past recipients and application information is available here.

  • Minnesota Elite Athlete Development Program

The Minnesota Elite Athlete Development Program (MEADP) is a collaboration of Grandma’s Marathon, Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon and the Minnesota Distance Running Association, and is designed to assist elite Minnesota distance runners who have completed their academic running careers, in reaching their full athletic potential. Each year MEADP will provide grants, in amounts up to $2,000 per recipient, to promising Minnesota elite distance runners. Additionally, funds are made available to aid Minnesota residents who qualify for the Olympic Trials.

The Minnesota Elite Athlete Development Program (MEADP) application deadline has passed for 2018.  Information on the 2019 grant will be available in the fall of 2018.

  • Stephen Ojalvo Fund

The Stephen Ojalvo Fund was created to benefit those who would not otherwise be able to participate in running due to financial constraints or disability and encourage those who would otherwise face obstacles to join our community of runners. The fund was established by MDRA and the Ojalvo Family in memory of MDRA Member, Stephen Ojalvo, who passed away suddenly the morning of January 20, 2018.  Donations can be made to the fund at any Wells Fargo Bank or mailed to “Stephen Ojalvo Outreach Fund” care of MDRA, P.O. Box 6419 Minneapolis, MN 55406.

MDRA Advocacy Committee

The Advocacy Committee works on various tasks thought the year advocating on behalf of runners in Minnesota.  Some of our recent work or promotion of causes: Save the River Bottoms, Dangerous Trail Crossings, Just Drive Day, Letter in support of the Dakota Rail Trail