You never know what you’re going to find when you’re plogging! If you haven’t heard of plogging, it is a combination of running, jogging and picking up garbage. In honor of Earth Day, Lakeville/Burnsville Moms on the Run chose to plog during their morning run — and they were literally rewarded with a surprise! Franchise Owner Kim Burggraaf found a $100 bill in the woods as her MOTR group was picking up garbage. They plan to donate to a local environmental group. What a fun full circle moment!
Woodbury's Mindi Dupont was a true Moms on the Run ambassador: A member for 10 years, she loved to run and she loved her team.
Mindi's journey the last seven years was not an easy one. In October 2015, Mindi was diagnosed with breast cancer. Exactly one year later, she finished her first marathon – crossing the finish line of the Twin Cities Marathon — cancer free. That same month, we featured her as our Inspiring Member. (Read that article here.)
In Fall 2020, Mindi's breast cancer returned, and on Feb. 25, she crossed life's finish line. Her life is marked by her profound optimism, love of life, God and her family, willingness to bring someone their favorite baked treat, and for being an avid runner and ultimate teammate — making her "MOTR girls" (as she would refer to them) an extension of her family.
In honor of Black History Month, we want to celebrate a few Black female athletes that helped pave the way for all of us. We introduce you to Wilma Rudolph, who, despite being told as a child she would never walk again, overcame the odds to become the first American woman to win three gold medals in track and field in a single Olympics (1960). She broke three world records and became known as the "fastest woman in the world."
As a child, however, she endured scarlet fever and polio, resulting in paralysis in her left leg at the age of 5. She was told she would never walk again, but by 11 her mother discovered her playing basketball outside. From that time on, she quickly turned to sports. After a chance meeting with a college coach, she turned to track and field.
In honor of Black History Month, we want to celebrate a few Black female athletes who helped pave the way for all of us. Today, we introduce you to Alice Coachman, who was the first Black woman to win an Olympic gold medal. She competed and won the high jump in the 1948 Summer Olympics in London — her first global competition.
Growing up, Coachman not only was unable to participate in organized sports because of the color of her skin, but also because she was female. According to her biography, she learned how to run barefoot and eventually worked her way onto her high school track team. She was offered a scholarship by the Tuskagee (AL) Preparatory School, where she competed in the Amateur Athletic Union's (AAU) women's national track and field championships. There, she broke college and national records in the 50- and 100-meter races, the 400-meter relay and high jump. She eventually earned degrees from both Tuskagee Institute and Albany College in Georgia.
The Star Tribune published a great article featuring Moms on the Run National Fitness Director, Olympian Carrie Tollefson.
Fifty years into Title IX — federal legislation that banned discrimination based on gender and propelled the girls-in-sports movement — Minnesota has inducted a special class of eight women into its Sports Hall of Fame. Read the full article here.