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 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.