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Monster Race Series E-mail

2017 is here and now is the time to get your running events on your calendar!  We can help you do that with our Monster Race Series.   You get great SWAG when you join the series.  All series participants get a jacket.  Series jackets will be mailed.

While you will get a medal for each race you complete, you'll also get a series medal upon completion of your Monster Race Series 2017.

Sign up on our website:  If you want to be a series member you will register for five of our eight races.  You don't have to register for all races at one time, however, the more you register for and the earlier you do it, the more money you will save.  Prices will go up on individual races during the series sign-up period.

2017 Series in Minnesota -- Click here to register for the Race Series in Minnesota

  • Polar Dash, January 1, 2017
  • Get Lucky, March 11, 2017
  • Tiki Run, July 15, 2017
  • Minnesota Duathlon, July 30, 2017
  • Minnesota Triathlon, August 12, 2017
  • Women ROCK, August 26, 2017
  • Monster Dash, October 28, 2017
  • Turkey Trot, November 23, 2017


2017 Series in Chicago -- Click here to register for the Race Series in Chicago

  • Polar Dash, January 7, 2017
  • Get Lucky, March 11, 2017
  • Tiki Run, June 18, 2017
  • Women ROCK, September 2, 2017
  • Monster Dash, October 21, 2017

If you are a series member, you can always do the Away Option.  Click here to download the Away Option Form


News on Team Ortho Events E-mail

The Polar Dash on 1-1-11 was chilly--what else can you expect from a New Year's Day race in Minnesota?  Here's what some local bloggers are saying about the race.

Polar Dash 1-1-11 Recap!

Team Ortho 5K Race Report

Photos and Results from the Team Ortho Polar Dash

Join the Monster Marathon Series 2011


Online Video Coverage of 2010 Mpls Duathlon E-mail

On August 29, 2010 we held the Minneapolis Duathlon.  Olympic Runner Carrie Tollefson came to our event to interview a bunch of our participants and highlight the elements of the race.  Overall the piece shows you how fun this event is and why it is for EVERY BODY!


Minneapolis Marathoner set to Break 50-State Record Sunday E-mail

Four years ago, at the mere age of 20, Laura Skladzinski (pronounced Skwa-JIN- skee) strapped on her running shoes for the first time.  The self-proclaimed "worst student in her grade school gym classes", made that decision and it changed her life.  Now at the age of 24, she is poised to become the youngest person to ever complete a marathon in all 50 states!  And what's better, she chose Team Ortho Foundation's Minneapolis Marathon to be the race to get her final state -- Minnesota! 

Laura said her love for running began when she was interning in Florida and struggling to get settled.  So she chose to do two things: learn to cook and learn to run.  She said the cooking was easy, but the running was hard.  In a few months she did a 5K and by mid-2008 she she finished her first marathon -- and has been doing it ever since!

To meet her goal, Laura has been flying to destinations to run on the weekends, all while holding down a full time job.  She's even run two marathons in one weekend.  "The first was [last] summer," Laura recalled, "...where I got to visit Salt Lake City and run one on Founder's Day (a state holiday there). I then flew us back to New York on a redeye flight and then connected up to Saginaw, Michigan, where I managed to run even ten minutes faster than in Salt Lake! The second “double” marathon I did was much easier on the travel: the first was in New Hampshire, and then I drove a few hours to Portland, ME to do one there the next day."

Life will be a little easier when she comes to Minneapolis on June 6th, when she's only doing the Team Ortho Foundation event.  Her selection of our event was pretty strategic on her part, "I wanted to choose a race that was big, but not so big I'd get lost in the shuffle. I wanted it to be in a city that made travel easy, so my friends and family could come. Most of all, I wanted a race that had gotten good reviews, and all my friends who ran the inaugural said it was fantastic!"  Laura said.  "My initial marathon training was mostly done along the Hudson River in New York City and the Charles River in Boston, so now I really love running by a river. I'm excited about getting to experience that in new city."