Kristen Genet, coach for Blaine and Lino Lakes Moms on the Run, calls the North Shore of Minnesota her happy place. Overlooking Lake Superior, the North Shore is home to the Superior Hiking Trail, a 310-mile trail that traverses the Sawtooth Mountain Range from Duluth, MN to the U.S.-Canadian border. For 16 hours, two minutes and thirty seconds, Kristen experienced the highs and lows — 25,000 feet of elevation changes — of those forest trails to complete her biggest challenge to date: the Superior 50 Mile Trail Race. “There was not one moment in the 50 miles I did not enjoy,” Kristen raves. She is a big inspiration to those who know her, and for that, she is our October Inspiring Member of the Month.
Jacksonville, Fla. Moms on the Run member Cory Schaefer has endured a few stressors in the last several years: a job relocation from Wisconsin to Florida, a craniectomy on her 3-month-old to correct a birth defect, her mom diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this past March, and a job loss in May. Because of Moms on the Run, she has not only endured those trials, but thrived — losing 70 pounds in the process.
*This is a change to our previously announced speaker, but you're going to love her!
High performance coach, speaker, trainer and author Dr. Cindra Kamphoff motivates elite athletes, championship teams and business leaders to live and perform to their potential. She has even worked with the Minnesota Vikings and our originally announced speaker, Gabe Grunewald. (Watch Gabe's personal introduction message about Cindra here.) We are excited she will share her passion, energy and expertise in performance psychology with us as our 2018 Celebration Banquet keynote speaker. Cindra will help us master our mindset to become our best.
In life, sports, and business, we experience adversity and challenges daily. Often what’s holding us back is not our talent or our skills, but our mind. With Cindra’s keynotes and trainings, entrepreneurs, athletes, corporate leaders, and high achievers (that’s you, mother runners!) learn more about how to overcome the odds, live with purpose, and play bigger to reach their ultimate best.
Traci Tapani is used to breaking stereotypes. In her 20s, she became co-owner with her sister of a precision sheet metal fabrication company — one of the few women-owned businesses in a heavily male-dominated industry. She has been invited to speak before Congress and the White House regarding women in manufacturing.
Raising two daughters as a single mom, Tapani was searching for a way to get back into running and make new friends when she decided to join White Bear Lake/Shoreview Moms on the Run. But she didn’t do that the traditional way, either. In fact, she is one of the few members to initially join Moms on the Run during Polar Club — hitting the snow-covered trails in Minnesota in frigid January.
Grab a cup of coffee, protein shake or bottle of water and read on for more of our conversation with this inspiring woman.
**UPDATE 7/10/18** Gabe is no longer able to headline our 2018 Celebration Banquet however we look forward to scheduling another event with her soon.
We are excited to announce Gabriele “Gabe” Grunewald, a professional American middle-distance runner and lifelong Minnesotan, as keynote speaker for the Moms on the Run 2018 Celebration Banquet on Aug. 25 in the Twin Cities. Gabriele's story will inspire you as she shares not only about her running journey, but her ability to beat the odds as a multiple cancer survivor.