If the current pandemic has taught us anything over the last six months, it’s that our Moms on the Run community rocks! We had 500 participants at our first-ever LIVE national virtual race on Aug. 23.
National Fitness Director, Olympian Carrie Tollefson, started us out with a live warm-up via Facebook, then participants logged onto the Charge app to start the race, get cheered on in real time, listen to our personalized race playlist and view race results as our runners crossed the virtual finish line.
The weather in Duluth, MN, can be unpredictable. Situated on the edge of Lake Superior (the world's largest freshwater lake), the city can be blasted with lake-effect snowstorms and frigid winter and spring temps. So when Covid hit this spring and states mandated shelter-at-home orders, Duluth Moms on the Run head coach Laura Wieck and her family challenged themselves to get outside every day — no matter the weather. After finishing a family 5K, they've continued that challenge all summer, even taking on MOTR's Four on the 4th of July. Read on to learn more of Laura's story and what makes her #MOTRstrong.
Ronda Willsher wanted to set a big goal before she turned 60. So, this self-proclaimed never-runner decided to tackle a 5K. With the encouragement of her sister, MOTR veteran Molly Wellik, Ronda took on the Learn-to-Run program with Burnsville Moms on the Run, ran her first 5K at the MOTR end-of-season race on her milestone birthday — and was hooked. Two years and many 5Ks, 10Ks, a few 10 milers and now a half marathon later, this 62-year-old exemplifies inspiration to her team. "I've heard a few of our members say, 'I want to be like Ronda when I grow up' just as a pure compliment," observed Burnsville/Lakeville Owner Kim Burggraaf. "She really does inspire so many around her." Learn more about Ronda's story and why she is July's Most Inspiring Member.
Ultrarunner, adventurer and author Mirna Valerio will be a special guest for our LIVE virtual post-race celebration event on Aug. 23.
What started as a blog — Fat Girl Running — has gained serious momentum as a movement inspiring people everywhere to be whoever they want and to do whatever makes them happy. A former teacher, Mirna is now the author of a best-selling book and a sought after speaker who has focused her life on spreading health awareness, promoting diversity and inspiring and uplifting others to LIVE LARGE and be in charge of their own happiness!
In light of all the recent events surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, we at Moms on the Run want to share uplifting stories about what our members are doing to stay active, to continue to crush goals, and to remain in community as a team. If you or your team are doing something fun or unique or cool, please email us here. We'd love to share it with our members.
For most people, COVID-19 has meant cancelled events, groups and memberships. But for two former members, the pandemic has created an opportunity to join something they've been missing on their calendars: Moms on the Run.
The pivot to virtual training by Moms on the Run this spring gave both DeNae vanWestrienen of Evergreen, CO, and Lynnae Widen, of San Jose, CA, the opportunity to jump back in and re-join their former MOTR families, Blaine and Fridley. Read on to hear more of their stories.