One year ago, Woodbury Moms on the Run member Andie Christopherson committed to bootcamp in the fall and HIIT training through the cold winter months in Minnesota. She hadn't been as consistent the previous summer and wanted to get on track. She's so glad she did. As the pandemic hit and classes went virtual in the spring, she saw improved gains in her strength, endurance and running —resulting in her ability to train for her first half marathon this spring and 10 mile this fall. Read on to learn more of Andie's story and why she credits her team for helping her through 2020.
As a retired nurse of 41 years, St. Cloud (MN) Moms on the Run member Melanie Neubauer has spent her life helping others. This year has been no exception. Consumed with caring for her in-laws after medical emergencies in Arizona and now in Montana, Melanie has stayed committed to running — and her St. Cloud Moms on the Run team — despite the distance.
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!