Pederson Benefit Run

October 22, 2010

During the recent floods in southeastern Minnesota,  Larry & Colleen suffered a tremendous amount of damage to their home.

Who are Larry & Colleen?

They are the race director’s for the  Zumbro 100, Superior Sawtooth 100, Superior 50 Mile, Moose Mountain Marathon, and In Yan Teopa 10 Mile trail runs. They helped found the Upper Midwest Trail Runners club, the Minnesota Trail Run Race Series, the Fab Five Fifties ultra running series, and the Gnarly Bandit ultra running series just to name a few. Many of the trophies awarded at these events are coveted works of wooden art, hand crafted by Larry in his wood shop. They are tireless volunteers who show up to help at most of the other trail runs in the area when they aren’t directing one of their own. In other words, if there is something involving trail running in Minnesota or western Wisconsin, the Pederson’s have been there to lend a hand.

Many of the local trail runners turned out to help with the clean up in Zumbro Falls and saw the devastating damage first hand. We wondered, what more could we do to help?  That’s when the idea of the Pederson Benefit Run was born.

When: November 27, 2010
Run starts at 7 or 9 am – your choice
Potluck and silent auction start at 1 pm

What: Trail run to benefit the Pederson’s clean up effort starting at 7 or 9 am depending on how far you want to go. The course will follow the Afton 25K trail race map. Distance is anywhere from Zero K to whatever you want. Potluck and silent auction start at 1 pm in the visitor center.

Where: Afton State Park – the start/finish area is near the visitor center.

Who: You! Whether you’re a seasoned trail runner or just want to give it a try, here’s a perfect opportunity to share the trail with awesome people and help raise money for a great cause at the same time. You can run as little or as much as you like. You can skip the running and just show up for the potluck. If you can’t make it to the event, you still have an opportunity to donate to the cause.

For more info about how to register or make a donation, check out the blog or the Facebook page.