Running team arrives for milestone moments

  • Like to travel: members of the St Cloud River Runners, from Minnesota, after a club run during the summer. Twenty-two from the club will be competing in the Bermuda Marathon Weekend (Photograph supplied)

    Like to travel: members of the St Cloud River Runners, from Minnesota, after a club run during the summer. Twenty-two from the club will be competing in the Bermuda Marathon Weekend (Photograph supplied)


A team of 22 from Minnesota’s St Cloud River Runners will be competing this weekend — and among the bunch are two runners notching up a marathon in their 50th and 25th country, respectively, and a woman completing her 100th marathon.

Those key milestones were part of the reason the team from the city of St Cloud picked Bermuda as the destination for its latest running adventure.

Jodi Johnson, a member of the St Cloud River Runners, said: “We began looking for an international location for a marathon when we realised that three of us were getting close to milestone marathons.

“Jay Johnson, my husband, will be running a marathon in his 50th country, and our friend Cindy Lewandowski will be running her 100th marathon. I will be running a marathon in my 25th country.”

She said there were two reasons why they have chosen to visit Bermuda. “It is an easy country to travel to from the US, and we are all more than happy to escape the cold Minnesota winter for a weekend in January!”

The group travels together frequently to marathons within the US, and occasionally further afield.

“In August 2016, eleven of us travelled to Reykjavik, Iceland, for a marathon. Other international locations for group trips have been Ireland, Greece, and Slovenia.”

This weekend the travelling team members will be tackling different distances, with some in the 10k, some in the half-marathon, and others in the marathon.

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Published Jan 19, 2019 at 7:57 am (Updated Jan 19, 2019 at 8:02 am)

Running team arrives for milestone moments

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