M4M Kids Fun Run Series is happening this summer!!!

We have 4 runs this summer!!! Whoop Whoop!!! Willmar Fest with ReYou June 20th, Stingers Invitational June 21st, Rock’in Robins July 16th and Kandiyohi County Fair August 10th. I am so excited to do this for the kids in our community. Kids 12 and under can participate. It’s been a crazy last few weeks trying to secure these races, but all could see the benefit to having a fun run added to their community event. In the process of getting sponsors, I have a grant application submitted and keeping my figures crossed there. Would like to have a finishers arch for the kids to run under. Medals for those that participate in all races, excluding the Stingers invitational.

For the Stingers race we are inviting 50 kids 3rd to 5th grade and their families to a Stingers game and M4M Fun Run. Each child will get a new pair of Nike running shoes, thanks to the partnership with TC Running Company. A meet and greet the mascots and players, a run around the ball field, a picnic and then enjoy a baseball game. This is for the kids that could really use an opportunity like this. Child guides are helping us find those kids that could greatly benefit from this experience. I want to give a big thank you to Marc and Ryan with the Stingers and Nicolas Marcus for sponsoring this event!

My intention for these races was to have them all part of a community event. So that the families of the children running and the kids of course would be able to take part in these festivals and community events. Making for more inclusion of our community. The Willmar community is very diverse in ethnic backgrounds, from Latino, Somali and Karen to Caucasian. Many do not take part in the local community events and festivals. This is a way of inviting kids and their families to take part in what we enjoy so much here in our community. Building bridges and strengthening our community.

I can’t wait to see how things come together! This is the first steps to getting a mentor program here in the Willmar area. We so need a solid mentoring program for our young girls and boys. It should be priority that kids mental and physical health become our main concern, as they are our future. With so many one parent families now, it’s difficult to raise a child and give them all the experiences many take for granted. Kids need our help and it’s up to us, as responsible adults, to give them every chance in life. Because sometimes the parents just can’t and some just won’t. Make a difference and think about mentoring. It can change your life and the life of a young child!

I want to say thank you to all of you that have made this happen. Fair board, Rock’in Robins, Amber and her team at ReYou, and Marc and Ryan with the Willmar Stingers. You all ROCK!


Yes the Journey begins

Last week I started my training for IM Wisconsin! Whoo hoo! It’s going to be a journey for sure! I’ve been wanting to do an IM since I was 14. Now is a better time than ever. Thank you to Griffin Jaworski for being my coach through this endeavor. Have logged more miles thus far than I have in awhile. I pray that I will stay healthy and confident. Come along for the journey. I’ll keep you posted!

It’s been awhile…

Ya know, I’m not sure how many people read this, or if anyone has ever read one of my blogs, but it just feels good to write. I don’t type very fast at all and that may have some thing to do with it. I should employ voice to text and it would be much easier to do more often. At age 54 I don’t think this is going to get too much better.

Some things that are happening… Still doing miles. Though its been more swimming and biking on the trainer than anything else. I have a lingering pain on the top of my left foot that doesn’t seem to want to go away so running has been but on hiatus.  Had an x-ray that didn’t show a stress fracture but sure feels like it. My have to have an MRI. I do need to get that look at by a specialist.

I’m excited to be in for the Escape from Alcatraz Tri and apprehensive for the Wisconsin IM. Just need to find a good coach for cheap or a plan that will guide me. I just hope the foot is nothing. I’ll probably run the Turkey Leg if we stay in town.

Having a board meeting the 14th of Nov and will brainstorm what next year looks like. Want to make an impact, just not sure where, or what it will look like. One idea is to buy shoes for all Heart n Sole participants next year. That’s about 50 pair. Hoping Brooks may give me some help. Have put in for their grant. Give to the Max day is coming up. But M4M is not on the map yet so not sure how that will work.

I am going to try and get some recognition before then and get the word out, Goal is the raise $20,000.00 next year. Big goal but that’s what this is all about. Reaching for the sky to help kids.


A “BIG” year coming up in 2019

This coming year I am competing in two of my bucket list events. Yesterday I found out I was chosen by lottery to compete in the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon. I’ve been putting in for this for almost 10 years now. The event happens to fall on my wife Renee and I’s anniversary. What a day that will be. I called her and asked if she wanted to go to San Francisco for our anniversary. Her reply “Well ya”. In which I replied “oh, and by the way, I’m going to do a triathlon”. This will be so much fun. Can’t imagine swimming from Alcatraz Island to San Fran. Going to be a highlight for sure.

Second is the IronMan Wisconsin in Madison September 8th. I have wanted to do a full IM since I was 14. I guess it’s never too late.

Needless to say there will be a lot of long training days and I’m hoping that I can stay healthy the whole time. With knee problems, it always seems just a wrong turn or twist away from a major set back. I will be doing some strength training this off season to offset this and hoping that I will be in top notch form come this summer.

So what’s this mean for M4M? Well I’m going to be tracking miles and asking businesses and individuals to give for my efforts. In turn hoping to raise funds for mentoring through sports. Giving kids an opportunity to participate in sports is a way of mentoring. More than 1 in 6 children in SW Minnesota are poor. But sports participation is high in SW Minnesota, and especially in poorer districts, compared to the national. I’m hoping to connect with service organizations and schools to help identify the need. I think if Miles4Mentors can be a resource for helping the kids who need it and make a difference in lives of kids and communities.


You can help Miles4Mentors by sponsoring Paul

Earlier this month I ran the Moose Mountain Marathon as part of the Superior Fall Trail Races. It was a great experience and I finished well ahead of my planned time. By 52 minutes. 6:08 was my time and I was hoping to go under 7. I have been getting a lot of feedback as to what Miles4Mentors is all about. Many people liked the idea of sponsoring a runner and giving a certain amount per mile that they run. I think this will be a topic at the next board meeting. I should have done that for this event. And as I look towards upcoming events, I have a big one come next year; IRONMAN Wisconsin. It’s been on my bucket list for years, and I’m not getting any younger. This will be a great opportunity to fund raise for M4M and help mentoring in our local Willmar area. Young kids need opportunities to participate in sports and activities, not to be limited by if they can afford it or not. Sports teaches our kids many life lessons, and it’s my vision to help disadvantaged kids to be able to experience playing in a sport they love, not to be denied because the fees are too expensive. So this year I will be swimming, biking and running… A lot!

So please consider helping me help the kids. Thank you