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What would you do if you traveled 1,900 miles for a race only to have it cancelled? A group of Moms on the Run members encountered this scenario — and ran it anyway!
Three weeks ago, the wildfires in northern California were raging, impacting the air quality hundreds of miles away in Monterey Bay, CA. Meanwhile, nine women from White Bear Lake/Shoreview Moms on the Run had traveled to compete in the Monterey 5K and Half Marathon the weekend of Nov. 10-11.
"We were able to run the 5k on Saturday and then on Saturday night we got news that the half marathon had been cancelled due to poor air quality from the wildfires," explained Traci Tapani. "It was disappointing to say the least."
While race organizers were being cautious about the air quality, five of the nine decided to run the race anyway. (The others had asthma and other health issues to consider.) Joann Statsman completed her first half marathon and Becky Collins received a PR in the half. Traci Tapani PR'd in the 5k on Saturday and placed 9th out of 110 in her age group. Bonnie Bjork also placed in the top 10 for her age group in the 5k. The group even made it on the news showing their tenacity. Watch it here.
The group that traveled to Monterey Bay included Becky Collins, Gena Robertson, Bonnie Bjork, Joann Statesman, Patty Nelson, Michele Mozzetti, Christy Matts, Jenny Laing and Tracy Tapani. Becky Collins, Gena Robertson, Bonnie Bjork, Joann Statesman and Traci Tapani completed the "unofficial" half. Congratulations, ladies. We're proud of all of you. Way to #PushThrough!