Inspirational Stories

Inspirational Photos-Nicole Peterson

Nicole Peterson

Healing from Loss

Nicole and her future husband Tim ran the 2000 Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon as part of an extended first date. Sadly in the fall of 2016, Nicole lost Tim to a sudden heart attack. As a means of remembering and healing, Nicole returned to the marathon in 2017, cheered on by friends and family, including her children. Before the race, Nicole shared the story of her journey in this episode of Move. Together., Twin Cities In Motion's podcast.

Inspirational Stories-Craig and Brad Henkel

Craig & Brad Henkel

Overcoming Tough Odds

Craig Henkel was in a horrific auto accident in September 2015 that left him with numerous long-term complications. Less than a year later, his older Brad learned he had a cancerous brain tumor. Still, the two ran and finished together at the 2017 Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon because they felt “blessed to have the opportunity to complete a physical obstacle like a marathon, when many others do not.”

Inspirational Stories-Dorothy Marden

Dorothy Marden

Inspiring a Family Legacy

Dorothy Marden is the 80-year-old mother of a family that had three generations of women running at the 2017 Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon Weekend. Dorothy, a long-time marathoner, ran the 10 mile. One daughter, Juliana Sayner, ran the marathon while another, Hilary Marden-Resnik, ran the 10 mile. Granddaughter Emma Sayner finished her first marathon at the race, while her sister Hannah ran the 10 mile.

Inspirational Stories-Brent Silkey

Brent Silkey

Starting a Movement

For Brent Silkey, finishing the 2014 Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon was only the start of a 78.6 mile day of activity designed to raise funds to build clean-water drinking wells in sub-Saharan Africa. Brent ran the marathon, then covered another 26.2 miles on an elliptical machine followed by 26.2 more on an exercise bike. His family raised $10,000 for World Serve International and the youth group he led raised another $70,000! 

What is he up to now? On his 30th birthday, he started a movement: he ran 30 miles, raised money, and launched 30 for Freedom.


Stephanie Garrett

Choosing a New Lifestyle

Stephanie Garrett started her career as a runner by getting up from her couch. In 2011, she made “learn to run” her New Year’s resolution and started a “couch to 5K” training program with her husband Chad. Since an initial, painful 30-second treadmill run and more than 80 pounds of lost weight, she has become a marathoner!

What is she up to now? Stephanie is a four-time Medtronic Twin Cities Marathoner and signed up for 2017's event!

Inspirational Stories-Dave Baker

Dave Baker

Fighting Huntington's and Homelessness

At the start line of the 2015 Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon, Dave Baker faced the challenge common to his fellow marathoners: the 26.2 miles between downtown Minneapolis and the State Capitol in St. Paul. Beforehand, Baker faced the additional challenges of being homeless and suffering from Huntington’s disease. Baker, a member of the Mile in My Shoes running program for the homeless, prevailed in the race, finishing marathon in 4:16:50.

What is he up to now? Dave is a beloved member of many community wellness groups such as Mile in My Shoes and November Project!

What's Your Story?

Throughout each year we ask runners to share their stories of inspiration, dedication, and transformation. We in turn share the stories with local and national media, on our website and blog, and through social media. 

If you, or someone you know, are running one of our events and have a story to tell, we'd love to hear about it! Email Charlie Mahler, Media and Communications Manager, at

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