Sunday, June 10, 2012


Below are the finishers and their times for the first ever YMCA RAD RUN!  Great job everyone!

Race # Member Name Race Time
203 Bernardy, Cody 21.22 (1st M)
601 Brown Tom 26.13
216 Madsen, Dean  26.56
121 Schnaser, Mark 27.57
225 Wigton, Rudy 28.21
128 Wymer, Greg 28.46
103 Benedict, Jay 28.57
641 Christiens, Travis 29.07
622 Unke, Jamie 29.20
609 Kasper, Zach 29.25
602 Carter, Josh 29.40
113 Kendrick, Cody 29.51
228 Wurster, Eric 29.52
214 Knott, Jeffrey 30.03
512 Galbraith, Michael 30.23
218 Prins, Corey 30.34
124 Vroman, Jill 30.40 (1st F)
318 Moran, Kevin 30.54
604 Deutz, Kenny 31.03
219 Prins, Justin 31.29
325 Schaefer, John 31.32
400 Blowers, John 31.50
507 Determan, Christopher 32.42
227 Wog, Jason 32.59
105 Condon, Corry 33.25
102 Anderson, Matthew 33.58
406 Frederking, Melissa 34.06
416 Langerock, Sonja 34.06
513 Haag, Edward 34.06
506 Claggett, John 34.25
408 Johnson, Derik 34.27
407 Johnson, Angie 34.28
112 Kendrick, Charise 34.34
303 Dyce, Darwin 34.36
626 Sandky, Naomi 34.39
620 Garets, Kate 34.56
205 Boeck, Theresa 35.36
207 East, Kaylee 35.36
213 Knott, Jeanne 35.36
428 Thovson, Nicole 35.47
508 Deutz, Glen 36.01
308 Henriksen, Julie 36.20
516 Kerr, Anthony 36.20
200 Anderson, Jon 36.46
204 Boeck, Brandon 36.51
618 Lundef, Cody 36.52
606 Francis, Kristen 37.00
515 Harris, Jesse 37.12
209 Holm, Ashley 37.14
639 Lamfers, Brent 37.25
122 Schreier, Terrance 37.48
119 Olson, Tim 37.53
123 Singleton, Jeremiah 37.53
126 Werner, Casey 37.54
523 Reiman, Meghan 37.58
607 Hoefer, Matt 38.01
608 Jansen, Kimberly 38.07
210 Kayser, Kevin 38.16
211 Kayser, Sonya 38.17
510 Emerson, Heide 38.18
502 Boe, Gail 38.19
519 Morris, Angela 38.50
621 Trulock, Jeremy 39.01
640 Bayuk, Brittney 39.07
212 Kirkeide, Shanda 39.12
125 Werner, Amber 39.20
208 Fales, Jodi 39.29
110 Hedman, Melinda 39.32
229 Zimmer, Tricia 39.36
319 Moran, Tamela 40.05
511 Fier, Kimberly 40.06
202 Bernardy, Ashley 40.18
221 Rieke, Benjamin 40.21
402 Dubbeldee, Lori 40.30
104 Bjella, Krista 40.39
115 Mckee, Stephanie 40.39
316 Meister, Noah 40.53
127 Wyffels, Renee 40.58
517 Labat, Kimberly 41.13
310 Kuehl , Teresa  41.30
120 Pavek, Lindsey 41.46
107 Doherty, Emilie 41.52
404 Fadness, Leah 41.58
411 Kopfmann, Claire 41.58
422 Pinckney, Jenna 41.58
501 Boe, Casey 42.13
302 Buysse, Sophia 42.19
315 Meister, Karen 42.53
317 Meister, Sydney 42.53
304 Evans, Brenda 43.01
520 Nielsen, Tyler 43.10
114 Kerkaert, Theresa 43.20
206 Coequyt, Nicky 43.56
215 Lozinski, Katie 43.57
617 Kotten, Erica 43.57
223 Traen, Jami 43.58
300 Buysse, Charles 44.06
301 Buysse, Sharon 44.07
505 Carlson, Darcy 44.40
619 Schroepfer, Jo 44.54
401 Burner, Melissa 45.23
326 Tiedeman, Christina 45.44
320 Nielsen, Kasie 45.45
423 Rosa, Brad 45.47
424 Rosa, Taryn 45.47
425 Rosa, Tyson 45.47
312 McChesney, Lacie 45.50
426 Schuch, Alan 46.14
108 Evans , Mary  46.17
109 Evans, Savanna 46.18
106 Cooley, Jodi 46.24
111 Kells , Anne 46.25
526 Voigt, Lindsey 46.34
527 Webb, Jennifer 46.39
328 VanDyke, April 46.43
329 VanDyke, Jenna 46.43
525 VanDyke , Nikki  46.43
116 Merrihew, Derek 47.08
117 Novotny, Cathy 47.12
118 Novotny, Kelly 47.12
521 Pruszynski, Chrise 48.08
500 Anderson, Tammy  48.09
600 Baune, Terrica 48.10
306 Greenwood, Jacquelyn 48.40
307 Greenwood, Melissa 48.57
419 Norstegard, Alyssa 48.58
100 Anderson, Abby 49.05
101 Anderson, Alicia 49.05
509 Dulas, Tammy 49.09
528 Wichmann, Jessie 49.09
421 Pedersen, Shannon 49.10
417 Lebow, Emiline 49.32
420 Norstegard, Krista 49.32
322 Nielsen, Kim 50.00
427 Thovson, Linda 50.19
321 Nielsen, Kaylie 50.24
503 Breitkreutz, Roxanne 50.33
305 Gildner, Kevin 50.47
313 McChesney, Robin 50.47
226 Wilson, Rachel 50.53
418 Mertens, Darik 51.46
201 Babcock, Lynn 52.09
222 Snell, Tamara 52.10
220 Rademacher, Jill 52.16
323 Rorvik, Michelle 53.09
628 davis, emma 55.00
314 McChesney, Amy 55.09
311 McChesney, Chris 55.15
631 Feste, Sarah 55.26
610 Locke, Courtney 57.21
611 Lozinski, Abby 57.21
613 Thomas, David 57.21
504 Buysse, Heidi 58.51
414 Krause, Josh 59.37
405 Frederking, Matt 59.40
403 ebbers, Amber 60.13
412 Krause , Lynn  61.52
429 Westfield, Christina 65.59
627 Gilbertson, Amber 67.53
413 Krause, Joanne 69.09
309 Kock, Teresa 78.15

Friday, June 8, 2012

Rad Run Adventure Race forecast

73 degrees at Star Time with comfortable dewpoint. Its always about 5 to 7 degrees cooler in in the woods, and the wade through the river will feel great... not to mention the water hazard at the end!

Shaping up to be a good day for a trail run!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Rad Run Trail Conditions

I marked the Rad Run Adventure Race Course today (Wednesday). There are 99 stakes with pink paint at the top to indicate the route at trail junctions, and road/river crossings. The entire course should be marked well enough to take a test run.

At trail junctions, a stake on the right side of the trail indicates a right turn, left side equals a left turn. If two stakes are parallel to each other (forming a gate) the trail goes through them to the next indicator. Some crossings have 1 stake each on opposite sides of the crossing for visual cues. I also used stakes for visual cues if the trail seemed overgrown with vegetation.

We will inspect the course Friday afternoon, and add pink paint markings where needed.

The course is in excellent condition for this event with plenty of mud!!! Slopes are firm, but not too hard. The river is safe to cross in both places, and the boy scout trail section was mowed to more clearly show the route. Mark Swenson has done an excellent job preparing the course where needed.

Hope to see you out there this weekend. Saturday morning should be good weather for a run!

3 Days and Counting....

The count-down is on and I am so excited!  There are a hundred things to do but it couldn't be running any more smoothly than it already is.  People have been asking questions, registering, going out and practicing on the course - the excitement is all around.  Again, thank you to all that have helped, either through volunteering or sponsorships!  This first annual race should be a major blast!  We have radio, TV, obstacles, fire trucks, ambulances, rangers, razors, tanker trucks, pumper trucks, air name it - we got it!
So again I say....the count-down is on...have you registered yet?  Don't miss out on some major fun!

Monday, June 4, 2012


Runners lined up at the mark,
Toes on line, eyes a-spark.
Up the hill at frantic pace,
Ducking rope all in your face.
Mud and rocks, sweat and grit,
Grind it out, take a hit.
Find your balance on the trunk,
Drenched in sweat and muddy gunk.
Jump the hay, what the heck,
Duck the branch, hit the deck.
Sprint and leap, run and crash,
Let’s get it on, this dirty dash.
Hit the trail, ford the stream,
Find a path and go full steam.
What you're made of?  Let’s find out.
Clear the mudhole, give a shout.
Grab a log and lug it far,
With the elements, time to spar.
Branches scratch, twigs will crack.
Halfway home, let’s take it back. 
Over the river, through the wood,
But this ain’t your grandma’s neighborhood.
Tiptoe on the hilly trail,
Rumble down into the dale.
Legs are pumping, lungs they gasp,
A personal win within your grasp. 
Blasts of water, adrenaline.
Covered in mud – hey, where you been? 
Tell the stories to those who wait,
Grab a drink and celebrate.
Of wild adventure, oh so fun,

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Rad Run Map and Trail Notes

This post provides information on various sections of the Rad Run Trail for those unfamiliar with running at Garvin County Park. The attached map is an updated version with direction arrows, obstacles, park features, and aid stations noted.

The Rad Run Course is represented by the wide pink line, and includes direction arrows. Other lines on the map include other park trails (light gray), and the Cottonwood River (blue). From the aerial photo, you can see the gravel road through the park, parking areas, some buildings and structures, and the campground areas. Specific park features used as reference points are indicated with yellow markers and labels.

The map has a colorized representation of elevation overlayed on an aerial photo of the park. Dark rusty-brown represents higher elevation, frosty-green is lower. You can especially see this difference on the slopes. Basically, narrower color bands equals steeper slopes, and a greater range of color in succession equals a greater elevation change (up or down). If the trail goes from an area of frosty-green to dark rusty brown... your lungs burn if you're going up, and your knees quiver going down.

Using the elevation colors you should be able to identify three steep hills. 1- just after the start, 2 - at "Merton's Lookout Tower", and 3 - shortly after the boy scout bridge. There is also a long climb that starts about 1/2 mile before the finish. Downhills on the trail are just after the first two steep climbs, and on the way to the finish. There are other hills, but compared to these they're a breeze!


  • There are two river crossings noted on the map. The first one has a deeper channel than the second. If the river is too high, the route will stay on the road for the first crossing, and will use the alternate bridge crossing at the second.
  • The mud hole between the pond and the boy scout bridge is at the bottom of a short ravine. Horses use this trail so it is likely there are deep holes in the mud. The entire trail in the wood between the pond, and the upper campground can be a slick, muddy mess. The river banks, and other wooded sections can also be muddy.
  • The obstacle marked "Brush" about 1/3 into the race is dense with plants and brush on a narrow path.  
  • You also need to keep your wits about you for rocks, broken branches, and fresh evidence of horses - especially on the steep downhills, and through the heavily wooded areas.

The planned obstacles are scattered along the course. Just after the start, you will go under cargo netting that gets closer to the ground as you go up the first hill. Two areas of hay bales are planned; a hay pyramid to climb, and scattered bales to hurdle. If available, the log walk is a balancing act crossing a short span (20 feet). Tires will be placed on a service road for you to dance through, and at the log lug shortly after you will carry a chunk of firewood about 30 yards. Almost to the finish (after your sweaty, muddy adventure) you'll get a quick cool down thanks to the local fire department. Who knows... there might be other surprises along the way.

The arrows on the map are located primarily at trail junctions. The course will be well marked with pink arrows on the ground, and either signs, or volunteers at important trail intersections.

If you have questions about the map, or trail, fell welcome to contact Roger Schroeder by commenting on this post, or via email to

Monday, May 14, 2012

I hope everyone is getting psyched for the inaugural Rad Run!  I’ve been weight training, running and hitting some trails too to help me get in shape – and I’m just helping set up and monitor the event!  Seriously, though, I am going to run the course the Friday before to get a feel for the Mud, Sweat and Cheers we’re all going to experience on Saturday, June 9!
The Rad Run will be a great way to get your summer running kicked off right – with a little extreme mixed in along with the trail, you’ll have a great gauge for where you’re at physically and have a ton of fun in the process.  My summer is swamped with travel through the midpoint, but I’ve got a number of events up ahead and some underfoot already that will make the trips worthwhile! 
My tune ups for the Rad Run are the Avera Marshall 5K on June 2 and the weekend before that, I’m in Erie, PA for a two-week trial, but I managed to find a couple of 5Ks to run there, with one around Presque Isle State Park on Lake Erie on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend.  This upcoming weekend, while in Duluth for a wedding, I hope to run some of the North Shore for the great scenery and the up-and-down trails as well.  These three unique organized and personal challenges should provide me with a good start on the rigors of the Rad Run, in addition to my weekly workout regimen!

If you don’t have local races, you can challenge yourself with a 5K through a hilly area.  For a great simulation of the Rad Run, try running Camden State Park’s trails and doing various calisthenics every so often.  I like to do various push-ups and tricep-dips on stumps, speed-lunges in open areas, and jumping jacks at the top and bottom of each hill.  These added activities will make you push yourself physically, and simulate the additional challenges that the Rad Run will present!
The countdown is on for Rad Run, will you be ready?  I’m sure of it!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

A little dirt....ALOT of Pride!

No speed needed, all you need is a desire for fitness and fun!!  Creating this event from the ground up has been a blast!  The trails are beautiful but yet create a challenge.  I am so excited to share this event with all the potential new Rad Run race fans!  You are sure to have a great time!
The XTC class went out and even ran the trail WITHOUT the obstacles and came back grinning from ear to ear and made me take a group photo.  The pride was beeming from each of their faces!  How fun!  They were wet, dirty, and sporting a few scratches from this new adventure they took on.  They conquered though....the high river (from all the rain) did not stop them either.  I am so proud of that group. 
So ROCK ON future Rad Run Racers....June 9th is just around the corner!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Come Check Out XTC BOOT CAMP!!

Last week: Monday we ran a couple of miles and ran up a hill a few times.  Wednesday we did some burpees, ran on some "tires" and carried some "logs".  This Monday we are going to run some 100's, 200's and 400's.  If you are looking for a fun and challenging time or a way to train for the RAD RUN Adventure Race...come check out XTC BOOT CAMP.  Monday and Wednesday night at 6pm at the Marshall Area YMCA in front of the Exercise Studio on the second floor.

Monday, April 23, 2012

I CAN - Part 1

Today it’s hard to believe that when I was 17, I was a flat-footed, 5’9” kid clocking in at 248 pounds.  At the end of my junior year in high school, I took a look at myself and knew something had to change.  I spent that summer working out every day with a varied program of weightlifting in the basement gym at our local golf club just around the block from my family’s house.  By fall, I had hit a growth spurt and with my weight training, had dropped 33 pounds.  I entered my senior year at 215 pounds. 
In the years that followed, my weight bobbed up and down, from lows in the 180s, to highs back around that 215 mark.  Up until the summer of 2007, I focused solely on weight training and still saw running as only something to do to get away from someone chasing me.  Until one day, after lifting, I thought to myself – “I bet you can’t run a mile.”  A defiant voice inside me shouted back: “I BET I CAN!” 
With that, I was off down the driveway and around the block – which was an even third of a mile. My breath scraped through my lungs and my mouth watered.  My legs kicked hard against the asphalt and the big clunky shoes (not running shoes by ANY stretch) thundered along the pavement as I made my way around the first lap. 
When I reached the halfway point of the second lap, I could feel the tightness in my legs clamp down, but I pushed on through it.  I was gushing sweat in the July heat but focused on my goal.  All the time, my brain was thinking of the doctors, gym teachers and others who all said – “you’ll never be much of a runner because of your flat feet.”  I sneered angrily at the memories of their dismissals (which I had used up to that point as excuses) and found that they were spurring me on to run – RUN! – just this one mile. 
By the time I was a quarter turn from home, I was exhausted.  I’d guess my pace wasn’t far off from a ten-minute-mile at that point, but I rumbled along – defiantly whispering with each wheezing breath – “I CAN.”  As I crossed the imaginary finish line extending out from the driveway, I raised my arms in a V and slowed to a walk.  It took me another turn around the block to catch my breath and another to calm my heartbeat.  I took one more to stretch my legs. 
In my workout notebook, under “Chest & Biceps” I wrote “Ran 1 Mile” and underlined it.  That was the day I became a runner; that was the day that my life and my outlook on fitness changed.  Running was no longer a flight response – but a FIGHT response.  Despite who I was, and what I had been told, by doctors, gym teachers and classmates – I WAS A RUNNER, DAMMIT – and I was going to KEEP RUNNING.  And I did, but that’s another set of stories altogether.   
The Upcoming Rad Run might be a target for you.  It might be a test for you.  It might just be a fun mud-filled rumble through the park trails with friends and family, but whatever it is to you; know that you CAN do this run, and any other one you put your mind to, whether it’s a mile or a marathon.  Now get out there and show the world – and yourself – that YOU CAN!

Friday, April 20, 2012

XTC Classes at the Y

To help prepare for the Rad Run check out the XTC (cross-training challenge) classes, they are both fun and challenging! XTC classes are held on Monday and Wednesday evenings at 6pm at the Y.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Hi, my name is LaVae Anderson and I am the Health and Wellness Director at the Marshall Area YMCA.  We are very excited to be able to offer this type of event for everyone in SW MN, SE SD, and Northern IA!!  There isn't another one in this area, so we planned, dug our heels in and got it all together for YOU!  I am so impressed by and thankful for the people who are helping to make this happen.  The course is beautiful yet challenging and the participants will have a blast.  So if you are ready for something new, fun and challenging, whether you are a beginner to this type of event or professional....sign up today!  You won't be disappointed.  GO RAD RUN!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

We have our route!!!!

First Ever Marshall Area YMCA Rad Run

We are so excited to introduce our first ever Rad Run Adventure Run!!  Can you imagine?  There are so many amazing athletes in Southwest Minnesota who now have the opportunity to compete.  Don't let this opportunity for a challenge and just plain fun pass you by.  The more people who sign up, the better the competition will be.  Bring it on!  Show everyone how amazing you really are!  Sign up before May 28 to receive a tshirt!  Click on the links on the right for full details!