2020 Award Announcement

MDRA Recognizes two individuals for their impact on the MN Running Community Minneapolis, Minn. – The Minnesota Distance Running Association annually recognizes achievements for the Pat Lanin Distinguished Service Award and MDRA Volunteer of the Year. Dennis Barker, Minnesota Coach and Author, is the 2020 recipient of the Pat Lanin Distinguished Service Award. The Minnesota […]

Community Giving through the MDRA Foundation

MDRA Foundation Community Giving Grants in 2020 By Tim Pratt For most runners getting your first pair of running shoes was a life changing moment. A rite of passage. A confirmation that we were making a commitment to our love of running. As we know running is a committed community. And MDRA members are serving […]

Nominations open for Pat Lanin Distinguished Service Award

Since 1982, the MDRA has presented the Pat Lanin Distinguished Service Award annually to recognize individuals who have made a significant contribution to the running community in Minnesota.  Pat Lanin founded MDRA in 1961. Who is eligible to be nominated? • Any individual who has made a significant contribution to the running community in Minnesota. […]

4th Annual Community Giving Grants Awarded

Minneapolis, Minn. – MDRA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Minnesota Distance Running Association is pleased to announce the 2020 Community Giving Grant Awardees. Mile in My Shoes, the Patrick Henry High School Cross Country Team and the Trinity First School Cross Country team have each been awarded a $1,000 grant. These applicants were chosen […]

Diversity & Inclusion Plan

The Minnesota Distance Running Association (MDRA) mission is to support and connect the Minnesota running community.  A blanket invitation to all does not equate to people from all racial backgrounds feeling welcome, heard, included, or safe within the running community.  MDRA is committed to intentional actions towards ensuring that all people have access to running; […]

MDRA Community Giving Grant

The 4th Annual Community Giving grant cycle opens June 22, 2020. The MDRA Foundation Community Giving Grant is awarded each year to help Minnesota organizations promote youth participation; provide training and education to runners; and to support the running community.   During this uncertain, unsettled time, the MDRA Foundation is looking to support entities that: have […]

Give to the Max for MDRA!

You could turn $10 into $10,000 for the MDRA Foundation! Schedule your Give to the Max donation today! Your donation provides grants to the community to support running programs for kids and adults, and scholarships for MDRA running programs so people who might not have the means to do so can participate in our classes. […]

MEADP Solicits Applicants for 2020 Grants

  The Minnesota Elite Athlete Development Program (MEADP) is accepting applications for its 2020 grants. MEADP provides grants to promising Minnesota elite distance runners who have completed their academic running careers to assist them in reaching their full athletic potential. MEADP is funded by a collaboration of Grandma’s Marathon and the Minnesota Distance Running Association […]

Grant gives girls a running start

News Release  For Immediate Release Contact: Sarah McInerney Minnesota Distance Running Association hello@runmdra.org Minneapolis, Minn. – Lucy Laney Running Club, based out of the Lucy Craft Laney Community School in Minneapolis, is the 2019 Community Giving Grant Recipient through the Minnesota Distance Running Association Foundation (MDRA). Sarah Hodges, a MDRA member and Lucy Laney school […]