Lakeville/Burnsville (MN) Moms on the Run members all live a bit vicariously through fellow teammate Karen McKinley's adventures in running. From Disney races with festive costumes to rugged trail running adventures to smaller scale unique hometown races across the country, Karen is always up for the next adventure.
Not even a pandemic could stop her. "Covid cancellations made planning her adventures a bit more challenging in 2020," said Lakeville/Burnsville Moms on the Run franchise owner Kim Burggraaf, "but somehow Karen managed to still find a few racing opportunities. We joked a bit that if anyone would find a race open in 2020, it would be Karen, and she sure did!"
Kim added: "Karen is always up for an adventure and comes to every meetup with the best positive outlook and cheery smile, encouraging all around her in the process. Her passion for seeking out running adventures, enthusiasm for life, and dedication and grit to staying the course and finishing her miles is such an inspiration to us all!"
Learn more about Karen's story and why she's our inspiring member of the month.
Bobbi Farley of Eau Claire (WI) Moms on the Run was adamant she would never run a marathon. Running seven years with Moms on the Run and completing 13 half marathons, she was certain 13.1 was her body's max. Her team, however, inspired her to think differently. Bobbi decided to register and train for her first marathon in the spring of 2019. Two weeks before race day, unfortunately, her goal was cut short when she received crushing news: She had colon cancer.
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.
At Moms on the Run, we're passionate about our belief that "healthy moms make healthy families." Jacksonville (FL) Moms on the Run member Andrea Benitez, who is training for her first marathon, recently shared this inspiring message regarding a conversation she had with her young daughter. Kudos to all of you who are modeling fitness and self care to your families and friends.
"My daughter rode her bike alongside me while I ran today. She asked me if I always knew I wanted to be a teacher and a runner. (She called me a runner! Like it’s just who I am and was always meant to be!) She also asked me if tomorrow is a “running day.” Even though she grumbles because I may not be there when she wakes up, I know I am teaching her an important lesson in self care, not selflessness. All too often women and mothers are encouraged to give up themselves to serve others, especially their children. What a gift we give them when they see us breaking that cycle. Moms on the Run plays such an important role in opening that world up to so many of us. Thank you."