The 2009 Minnesota Distance Running Association Grand Prix kicks off Monday, January 12 with the Meet of Miles at the University of Minnesota Fieldhouse. Racing begins at 6:15.
Proceeds from the event help support the University of Minnesota Track and Field teams. Event director Tim Zbikowski estimated that the Meet of Miles has raised $6000 to $8000 for the programs during its long history.
The mid-winter miling fixture -- race organizers are unsure how old the event actually is! -- is the first leg of MDRA's thirteen-race Grand Prix series that runs through November. The entry fee for the meet of miles is $5; registration for the year-long Grand Prix costs an additional $5.
"The Grand Prix is a fun way to compete against fellow runners every year," MDRA excutive director Heidi Keller Miler told DtB. "If you complete 10 of the 13 races you get a special prize just for the effort, 19 people managed that this year. If you complete all 13 races you get an even better prize -- we had 3 people manage that this year - John Naslund, Michael Vought, and Don Wright."
Kirk Walztoni and Eileen Moran won the 2008 Grand Prix, earning $100 gift certificates from Run N Fun for their efforts.