BLOG: Crossing the state for a cause

BLOG: Crossing the state for a cause

rebecca darling


On Sunday, August 4, the Minnesota Northwoods will be full of teal as the 2nd Annual Northland Teal Run takes to the paths of the Northland Arboretum in Brainerd. One runner shares the story of why she drives more than 100 miles to lace up for the race.

I was recently asked why I run the Northland Teal Run. My first thought was: why wouldn’t I run it! I have had a passion for running since 2009. What started out as just a way to lose some weight has turned into a love of running and racing.

I enjoy the camaraderie of a race. People from all walks of life with one similar interest, something that can instantly bond you with people you meet on the trails or paths. So, when I learned that there was a 5k walk/run taking place in the Brainerd area to support the Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance, I knew it was something that I had to be a part of. Better yet, something my family had to be a part of.

Why would someone living in Moorhead, Minn. be so interested in a 5k race in Brainerd some 140 miles away? First, there is nothing better than a destination race and a weekend getaway with the family. I hope my sons will look back on their childhood and remember the weekend in August running the Northland Teal Run.

Second, the event raises funds for MOCA. Ovarian cancer awareness and fundraising is something that is dear to my heart. Ovarian cancer took my mother’s life. So for the last 25 years I have been a “motherless daughter” and for the last 13 years a “motherless mother.” Ovarian cancer takes the lives of too many women. I support MOCA so they can use the funds to raise awareness and aid in research for an early detection test, better treatment and hopefully one day, a cure.

I urge everyone to register for the Northland Teal Run.  It is a fun event, a great way to meet people and an awesome way to support MOCA. Looking forward to seeing you there!