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In our 40 years serving the community, we’ve learned that we improve when we move together. From uncertain first strides to bucket list marathons, from meditative miles to fun family runs, each step we take together advances us individually and collectively. 

Who We Are

Our Vision: A community that engages each other through movement, making for a healthier society both socially and physically.

We’re striding into the future with a new look and a new direction. We’re expanding programs, developing new services and continuing to create content that encourages people to move for more.

The aims of our new direction are clear and bold: 

Our Rich Community History

Twin Cities In Motion originated in a grassroots effort to bring the energy and positivity of a community-wide running event to Minneapolis and St. Paul. From the first strides of the inaugural Twin Cities Marathon in 1982 through a rich history that saw the addition of events and programming to serve the community, TCM has inspired and empowered the Twin Cities toward the value and rewards of being in motion. 

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at TCM

We support diversity, equity and inclusion by increasing access to running and movement for all communities. We’re continually working with advocacy partners and community members to improve how we make movement accessible for all. 

Land Acknowledgement

Twin Cities In Motion acknowledges that its events run on the traditional, ancestral, and contemporary homelands of the Dakota People, as well as lands inhabited by the Anishinaabe and other Tribal Nations. 

TCM's Nonprofit Documentation

Meet Our Team

John Acarregui

Event Management Intern

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John is a senior at the Univeristy of Minnesota where he is studying Business and Marketing Eduction. He is thrilled to join the TCM team as the event management intern. Before joining TCM, John worked as a freelance sound designer and audio engineer. You can find him playing in local bands, and recording and mixing music in his project studio. John also enjoys spending time with his dog, Ash.

André Boone

Email & Digital Marketing Manager

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Andre is a Digital Marketer with 8 years experience in event marketing on the international level. In his time as a event marketing coordinator, he has executed the booking, marketing, and day of event management of events in 18 different countries across Europe with sell out events in Germany, France, & Portugal. Beyond events, he enjoys bike riding, pinball, film, and concerts. His greatest source of enthusiasm is entertainment and the love connecting people with the things they enjoy most. Andre is happy to lend his skills to TCM and the broader running community.

Jenny Borgman

Warehouse, Procurement & Event Logistics Coordinator

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Jenny has such a love for the running community that she has found her dream job with Twin Cities In Motion. She has volunteered with Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon and has ran it twice. She's run various other races; mud runs and an Ultra Ragnar - which she says is her craziest running event she's ever done. Jenny spends her time playing and walking their dogs (Rex, Rumble & Reese) and the oh-so fun game of wondering what she will find chewed up when she gets home every day. Now that they have moved out to the country, she enjoys watching the sun come up and getting home and watching the sunset.

Mallory Burns

Social Media & Digital

Engagement Manager

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Originally from Houston, Mallory is excited to call the Twin Cities home after moving from Texas to North Carolina to Ireland and now to Minnesota! After working in college admissions, Mallory transitioned to the nonprofit space and discovered a passion for social media and digital engagement as a tool to advance an organization’s mission. She has worked youth services, education policy, and is thrilled to now apply this passion to TCM alongside so many passionate individuals at TCM, and to work at an organization that encourages people to discover how movement is connected to one’s overall health. Outside of work, you can find her reading, walking, writing, and snuggling with her cat, Cosmo.

Alana Dillinger

Senior Events Coordinator

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After leaving the world of New York finance, Alana started as an intern with Twin Cities In Motion in 2022 and has stayed with the organization as the events coordinator. She graduated from Gonzaga University with an applied math degree and worked as an analyst for a few years before pursuing a career in endurance events and is happy to have found a way to combine her work with her love for running.

 

Alana is a Colorado native and recently moved to the Minnesota in 2021. Growing up in Colorado cultivated her deep passion for the outdoors. She loves running and hiking especially in the mountains and is an advocate for sustainable living. Her interest in running and athletics led Alana to become a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner in 2023. She loves to chat about all things health and nutrition and loves to spend her time in the kitchen cooking delicious food to fuel her running adventures!

Olivia Gadberry

Senior Partnerships & Charities Coordinator

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Originally from Forest Lake, Minnesota, Olivia spent her college years at the University of North Dakota. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and a minor in Leadership and came back to her home state to kick off her career in the events industry. Both her appreciation and personal interest in event planning had her on the lookout for an internship that could teach her the ways of the event organization industry. She spent 4 months as TCM’s Volunteer & Registration Management Intern, until moving to a full-time position on the Partnerships Team. Although Olivia isn’t an endurance runner, the athlete in her knows that she fits right in at Twin Cities In Motion. Her duties include working with TCM’s partners to ensure all entitlements are activated, creating in-kind partnerships, and managing TCM’s Charity Program.

 

Olivia has an energetic, bubbly personality and hates to be bored. When she finally gives herself time to relax between busy social and work lives, she can be found inside, cozied up with her cat, Layla, and a true crime book, or outside laying in the sun (depending on which season it is).

Allison Greenlee

Motion Center Activation Coordinator

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After spending over a decade in Student Affairs at Macalester College and several years with the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition managing events and advocating for safter streets, Allison is excited to bring her experiences to TCM. She has a passion for developing educational and social programs and found the perfect role in coordinating programs at the Motion Center. Her goals are to exemplify TCM's values by planning fun and diverse programming that is welcoming and inclusive to all. Allison is not a stranger to TCM, she completed her first marathon in 2008 and is now a 6 time Twin Cities marathon finisher. Outside of work you'll find Allison biking, running or planning her next adventure with her wife Tanya, and their sweet pup Greta.

Kelli Haapala

Senior Volunteers Manager

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Kelli is a former Twin Cities In Motion intern, volunteer, and participant. She joined the full-time staff in August of 2012 after serving as the Outreach Coordinator at Bolder Options. Her responsibilities at TCM include recruiting and organizing the 5,000 volunteers needed to manage our year-round events.

 

Kelli grew up in Shoreview, MN, graduated from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities with a degree in Sport Management, and now resides in Duluth. Kelli has a passion for running and participated in the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon in 2009 (her first of many) and loves spending time with her favorite people in the world: her husband, Greg, her two daughters, Lyla, and Kinley, and golden retriever, Gracie!

Kasey Herbster

Leadership Team Coordinator & Portfolio Specialist

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Born in Minnesota, raised in South Dakota, Kasey made her way back to the Twin Cities to receive a Bachelors degree in marketing with a minor in design. Choosing to stay in the Twin Cities after graduating was an easy decision for her as she considers Minnesota her one true home. Kasey began working for TCM in March of 2024 as the Leadership Team Coordinator and Portfolio Specialist. Her background in athletics as well as her hyper organization skills made the position feel like a natural next step in life. Although athletics has always been a major part of Kasey's life, distance running has not always been her forte. In the past she participated in soccer, basketball, and short distance track events. Currently she rock climbs, bikes, and reminds herself why she's not great at distance running with short, asthma filled, 2 mile runs. Kasey also enjoys reading, Facetiming her two beautiful/goofy sisters, and over accommodating to her cat Booger (yes that's his legal name).

Alxndr Jones

Senior Graphic Designer

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Alxndr is an illustrator, designer, and okay-dude proudly living in Saint Paul. He has worked for small shops, big agencies, sports teams, breweries, and everything in between. Alxndr found running in the summer of 2021 and has not slowed down since. An avid ultra runner, he has never run "just a marathon" ... always tacking on at least 5 more miles for the "fun" of it.

 

When Alxndr isn't making stuff in his studio, he can be found getting lost on a run while running way too many miles, writing terrible indie rock songs, exploring state parks with his wife, or on a sushi date with daughter.

Mia Litman

Social Media and Marketing Intern

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Mia, a 2023 graduate of the University of Minnesota Hubbard School of Journalism, holds a degree in Strategic Communications, specializing in Advertising and Public Relations. Recently appointed as the 2024 Social Media and Marketing Intern at Twin Cities in Motion, Mia brings experience in digital marketing and journalism.

 

A Twin Cities native and a passionate Golden Gopher fan, Mia's journey in strategic communications began after transferring from Miami University of Ohio. She developed her leadership skills as a Coxswain on Miami's rowing team and has a passion for athletics, including volleyball and softball. Despite not being an avid runner, Mia enjoys long walks, yoga, and Pilates. When not at TCM, Mia can be found working at Anthropologie, volunteering at the Tri County Humane Society, and listening to Taylor Swift's latest hits with her cat, Remi. Ski U Mah!

Celia Magistad

Participant & Member

Services Coordinator

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Celia is a Minnesota native who ran her first TCM event in 2012 - the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon. She's a "back of the pack" runner who enjoys showing up and advocating that pace doesn't define the runner. As a former intern and loyal race participant, Celia knows the ins and outs of TCM, and she brings these skills to the team as Participant and Member Services Coordinator.

 

Celia’s two biggest hobbies are flipping furniture and visiting local breweries. She also enjoys salsa dancing, kayaking, baking, going to movies (especially Marvel movies) and spending time with her family.

Charlie Mahler

Senior Media &

Communications Manager

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Charlie joined TCM after wearing many hats in the running industry. A runner for nearly 50 years, a former college coach and founder of the website Down the Backstretch, Charlie is pleased to work for an organization that has long been important to him.

 

A spectator at the first Twin Cities Marathon in 1982, Charlie won the inaugural Medtronic TC 10 Mile in 1999 and served the organization in various capacities prior to joining the staff in 2012. Charlie enjoys running, reading, cycling, playing the banjo, and being active in the outdoors.

Nichelle Middleton

Senior Registration Coordinator

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Nichelle is the Twin Cities in Motion “Number Nerd” who joined the team in 2022. Her responsibilities include the setup and maintenance of the registration system as well as the resulting data and analytics. On race days, you can find her at the Registration Tent making sure shirts and bibs end up in the right hands. Nichelle is looking forward to putting her enjoyment of event management and logistics to good use.

 

Nichelle is originally from Chicago, IL but has been living in the Twin Cities for almost 20 years. She has a degree in Management Information Systems, from Augsburg College in Minneapolis. Nichelle enjoys bike riding around the many lakes and parkways in Minneapolis. She also has a passion for travel, including a recent trip to Egypt which included a cruise down the Nile River. Currently, she is working on a goal to visit all 50 states, only 7 more left to visit.

Isaac Milkey

Partnerships & Events Manager

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Isaac is a born Wisconsinite, and holds close to his roots with the love for beer and cheese curds. He is an avid trail runner during the warm months, and nordic skier when the snow comes down. When he isn’t out on the trails, you can find him running after his two daughters. Isaac also loves to check out local breweries and ice cream shops, as well as do anything outdoors (hike, bike, camp, skiing - you name it) with his wife, Jessica.

 

Isaac has been within the endurance sports industry, professionally, since 2013. He joined TCM in 2019 after spending 6 years working for other race organizations within the Twin Cities. Isaac is thrilled to work for TCM and bring his relationship building and event operations skills to the team as Partnerships and Events Manager.

Colleen O'Connell

Senior Accounting & HR Manager

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Number crunching is the name of the game for Colleen! Colleen's duties range from managing company budgets to last-minute, emergency snow-clearing on race morning! Colleen joined the team in December 2013, coming to TCM from many years at REI.

An avid runner, Colleen can often be found around the Saint Paul trails with her running group training for one of her marathons or half marathons. When she isn't laced up, she can be found cozied up on the couch with a good show, a good book, and some good wine!

Dean Orton

President

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As a Minnesota native, Dean brings extensive experience in non-profit leadership, including serving broad communities through his public radio and TV background. Dean is proud to join such a dedicated team of board members, staff, volunteers, corporate partners, community leaders and of course the amazing community builders that are our TCM runners. Dean is committed to supporting this collective team to create not only the best in running experiences, but to help align this shared passion for motion in ways that increasingly support an engaged, inclusive and vibrant community.

 

Dean, his wife, Hilarie, and their three children can be found participating in activities that make this such a great state to work and live. From canoeing, running, hiking, fishing, and paddle boarding, to even a game of ice golf, the Orton family is willing to give any MN activity a try

Sam Rush

Events Operations Manager

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Sam joined TCM, in 2014, first as an Association member, then part-time and now full-time. Race day you will likely find him out on the course. He will be working with head course marshals, fluid station captains and public safety to ensure fun and safe event for all participants, volunteers, and staff. On non-race days you will find him designing courses, course site plans or working with local and state agencies and vendors.

In his free time, he also enjoys spending time with his German Shorthair Pointer walking, hiking, scent training or playing at the dog park. The two now participate in canicross, cross country style running while being pulled dog(s). You may catch him also geeking out on the latest Star Wars movie, tv show, book or podcast.

Jessie Sand

Sr. Director of Marketing and

Brand Strategy

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Jessie Sand joined Twin Cities In Motion in August 2017. Jessie’s passion for wellness only comes second to the joy she feels seeing others achieve the goals they set for themselves. With a strong background in the corporate wellness space, Jessie has led strategic communication and product development efforts for companies like Life Time and StayWell (now WebMD Ignite).

 

These days, most of Jessie’s running is done when chasing her two boys from one ice arena or ballfield to another. Besides her two boys, Jessie’s other passions include having a bit of a green thumb, hiking, and all things outdoors. Jessie also has the travel bug having lived in several different parts of the world such as New Zealand and Belgium . She is certainly glad her journey has landed her at Twin Cities In Motion.

Ed Whetham

Director of Event Operations

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Ed, a former Twin Cities In Motion volunteer, joined the full-time staff in August of 2014 after serving as a Race Director with Minnesota Distance Running Association (now Run Minnesota). On any given day, you will find him designing site layouts, working on safety & security plans with government agencies and placing orders for tents, audio equipment, environmental services, portable toilets and traffic safety.

 

Ed grew up in Stillwater, MN, and is a former avid runner with five marathons finished. When he is not busy planning the next TCM event, he can be found keeping up with his family, at a nearby park, local brewery, or finding the next fun outdoor activity for his kids.

Scott Wilson

Director of Development 

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Scott joined TCM after 15 years of working in partnerships and sports sponsorships at the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx, Minnesota Medical Association and Hubbard Broadcasting.

 

An avid runner with ten marathons, including four Twin Cities Marathons under his belt, he was excited to bring his experience and his passion for running and wellness together. When he is not running himself, he can be found going on road trips, hiking or practicing mixed martial arts alongside his wife and two daughters.

Please reach out if you would like to know more about our mission, our programs, or anything else. We're happy to chat! 

Want to learn more?

Whoever you are, wherever you’re headed, and for whatever moves you, we invite you to join us. We believe that experience-level, access, ability, or financial status shouldn’t be barriers to a movement journey. We support all movers because we believe that motion leads to more. 

Level the Start Line 

We support the pursuit of a sustainable pace through thoughtful education, motivation, and connection—on event days, training days, and the recovery days in-between. Motion leads to personal improvement like better physical, mental, and emotional well-being. It also empowers us to improve our communities—from meeting new running friends to inspiring kids to participate, or fundraising for causes we’re passionate about. 

Nurture a Sustainable Pace 

We’re active in our community, working alongside advocates and neighbors to foster more opportunities through motion. Everyone has a place at Twin Cities In Motion, and deserves to shine—whether through the glisten of sweat or the sparkles on an encouraging sign. Our best-in-class events and inclusive programs are where we gather to learn, motivate, and strengthen our connection through movement. 

Grow the Finish Line 

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We’re eager to move together to advance our community, because that’s what it means to Move for More. 

Our Board of Directors

Alyssa Anttila 

Member at Large 

Senior Sales Manager, Lowe's One Roof Media Network (LORMN)

Lindsay Bacher 

Member at Large 

Grants Director,

City of Saint Paul

Darcy Berus 

Member at Large 

Senior Advancement Officer, Foundation Relations, Minneapolis Institute of Arts 

Austin Budlong 

Member at Large 

Vice President of Financial Planning & Analysis, Cold Bore Capital Management

Jason Campana 

Member at Large 

CEO, 

Lifespeak Inc.

Paul Escajadillo 

Member at Large 

Brand Manager, The Clorox Company 

Mary Hendrickson

Member at Large 

Chief Human Resources Officer,

Park State Bank 

Deirdre Hodgson 

Member at Large 

Principal CPA,

CliftonLarsonAllen 

Erin Huppert 

Vice Chair

Vice President of Advocacy, LeadingAge Minnesota 

Christina Ironside 

Member at Large 

Global Portfolio Manager for Scotch™ Tape Business, 3M 

Jenni Ives

Member at Large 

Partner

Viitala Byrn & Ives Law Office

Deb LaMere

Board Chair 

Chief Human Resources Officer, Datasite     

Erika Mayerle

Member at Large 

VP/ Account Director,

Preston Kelly

Kelly McQueen

Member at Large 

SVP, Relationship Manager,

PNC Bank

Amy Rabatin

Member at Large

Physician, Mayo Clinic

Sean Regan

Member at Large

Global Marketing Manager

Mike Russel

Treasurer 

Vice President and CFO,

Latin America, Medtronic

Libby Starling

Secretary

Director of Strategic Operations,

Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

Steve Young 

Chair 

Managing Director,

Manna Tree 

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