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Rick Recker

1959-present Competitive athlete: Track, Road, Cross-country, Trail, Ultra 1961-present Charter member of the Minnesota Distance Running Association (Road Runners club of Minnesota) (MDRA) 1978-present MDRA Board member 30 years, President 3 years Created Lanin Award for Distinguished Service One of five people honored for contribution…


Sarah Stangl

Sarah began running in 2011 as a way to get back into shape after graduating college. As a 3rd generation marathon runner, Sarah grew up attending Grandma’s Marathon each year to cheer on her father and grandfather. After reaping the benefits from running and realizing it…


Dave Marek

While being active in sports most of his life Dave took up running seriously just after turning 40 years old. Since then he has run 12 marathons (including 4 Boston marathons), 27 half-marathons, and over 30 other races of varying distances. Dave truly enjoys running…


Norm Champ

Norm is a lifelong Minneapolis resident, ex-runner and retired after 40 years working for a local non-profit (Tree Trust). During retirement Norm’s silly goal of reading 100 pages per day has settled into 250 per week, his home projects continue to stare him in the…


Kathy Larsen

Kathy has been running since 1980, completing 19 marathons and too many races to count. Only four years ago she ran her first marathon training program with the MDRA, after years of solitary runs. During the Spring Marathon Training Program she became hooked on the…


Rochelle Christensen

Rochelle joined the MDRA in 2002 and trained for her 2nd marathon with the MDRA marathon program. Since then Rochelle has participated in every MDRA marathon training program and completed 27 marathons, 2 Ironmans and one 50 mile ultra race. Rochelle has been a team…