About MDRA


The mission of MDRA is

“To promote participation and safety in running and to serve as an information resource.”

One of the most visible ways MDRA carries out this mission is by providing a variety of training programs led by certified and experienced coaches.
The Minnesota Road Runners Club first organized on March 12, 1961, following a five mile road race at the Columbia Golf Course.  Nine runners toed the line in ankle deep snow that day; seven finished. Our club’s original harriers then met in the parking lot and huddled around together to make a plan.  After year one, the club grew to 9 members, 14 organized races and and annual budget of $28.50.

Today the group is known as the Minnesota Distance Running Association and is still running strong. Now with over 2,200 members, we host 14 races a year, offer training classes for distances 5K to the marathon, publish a bi-monthly magazine, RunMinnesota, produce an annual Minnesota running calendar and log book, and operate on an annual budget of nearly $200,000. While much has changed, the mission of the MDRA remains the same: to promote participation and safety in running and to serve as in information resource.

In addition to the great benefits we provide our members, no other running organization is as dedicated to maintaining affordable access to races and classes for all runners! Join the MDRA today and help support your fellow runner!