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yRunners© Complete Twin Cities Marathon Events

Watch Team Rittinger yRun Kare11 News Story on Minneapolis, MN NBC AffiliateyRun & all of the yRunners are proud to have been apart the weekend of the events for the 2009 Twin Cities Marathon weekend. Our goal has always been simple, to run for those who can't, and provide a way for people to run for a cause or person close to them, and that is exactly what our yRunners did. In particular, the entire yRun Rittinger Team would like to say thanks to everyone who supported, donated, & participated in the Rittinger Story. After an anonymous donation, we are proud to announce that we have reached our goal of $13,000.00 for a companion/service dog.

We would like to give a special thanks to the folks at Kare11 who spent time covering & presenting the Rittingers family yRun story. You can view the Kare11 Extra Story by clicking the video to your left, or visiting the Kare11 website.

UPDATE: Rittinger Famiy returns home with service / companion Dog (Watch Kare11 Video)

yRun Story Featured in Newspaper

yRunner Duane Birchem raises money for suicide awareness at Grandma's MarathonThursday, July 23rd, 2009 (Jordan, MN) - yRun was recently featured in the Jordan Independent. The article provides a glimpse into the start of the yRun foundation as well as an overview of recent yRun stories. Read the yRun Article...

yRun is proud to announce that we have over 25 runners for this years Twin Cities marathon. In the coming week we will feature the various stories / causes our runners will be running for. Stay tuned to our web site for exciting news & updates. If you would like to submit your story & cause, simply complete our online yRunner Application.

2009-10 yRun Stories: Past & Present

Tom Corey and Amanda Piersak

In Honor of Tom Corey

On January 9th & 10th Amanda Pieresak will be running the Disney World Goof Challenge in honor of her brother in law, Tom Corey. Back in August of 2005 Tom was diagnosed with an atypical Menigioma. Since then he has gone through numerous surgeries and hospital stays. He has lost some of his physical strength, but his mental strength continues on. He has maintained such a positive attitude and continues to fight this battle. Tom is an amazing husband, father, son, brother, and friend. Please help us support Tom & his family by supporting Amanda's yRun Story.

Gina & Jack Rittinger with their Family | Make a Difference Today & DonateThe Rittinger Family

Gina & Jack Rittinger are the proud parents of 3 beautiful, young children; Twins Jacob & Meghan (7 years old) and Justin (9 years old). Jacob and Justin are both autistic, and Megan is an insulin dependent diabetic. This fall, learn how the Minnesota Masonic yRun Team will run a variety of Twin Cities Marathon Events in honor of the Rittinger family to raise awareness & funds for a family service dog. This truly inspirational story offers the ability to change the lives of the Rittinger family. Read about each yRunner's story and why they are running in honor of the Rittinger Family.

 In Honor of Ben Lyons and Suicide Awareness Voices of Education

Benjamin L. Lyons

Benjamin "Big Daddy" Lyons is great young man who passed away much too soon. Ben fought a courageous fight against mental illness, and this year Duane Birchem Jr. will run the 2009 Grandma's Marathon in memory of Big Daddy...

Nora Berens Will Run In Honor of Alzheimer's and her families fight against it

Francis Berens

Nora Berens will be running the Twin Cities 10 Miler on October 4th, 2009 in honor of her grandmother who is battling Alzheimer's. Nora is raising awareness & money for the Alzheimer's Association to help fund research, find a cure, and treat Alzheimer's. Read more about Nora's yRun mission and learn how you can help...

 In Honor of Eric B. Middlecamp & Ulman Cancer Fund

Eric B. Middlecamp

Patience. Respect. Love. Those were the three words Eric wanted to be remembered by. Learn about Eric's battle with Glioblastoma, and the legacy Eric leaves behind. Charlie Ligtenberg will run the 2009 Grandma's Marathon in memory of Eric...

In Honor of Diane Ligtenberg and American Diabetes Association

Diane Ligtenberg

She courageously fought diabetes for 23 years. Kevin Ligtenberg's mother endured years of hospitalization, blindness, kidney failure, & several strokes, that eventually took her life on August 30, 1996.  However, through it all, she had a spirit and fight that has been unmatched to anyone he has ever met..

Walking In Honor of Tim Wachter | Cheryl Bernstein, Sister of Tim

Tim Wachter

On September 26th, 2009 Cheryl Bernstein will walk in honor of her brother to help raise money for the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Cheryl's brother, Tim Wachter, courageously battled the ravages of mental illness for the last 25 years of his life. Read about Cheryl & Tim's quest to raise awareness & help to fight against this chronic illness through yRun & NAMI.

In Honor of the Livestrong Foundation

The LIVESTRONG Foundation© mission is to empower cancer survivors to live life on their own terms and to raise awareness and funds for the fight against cancer.  yRun shares the same beliefs, and on July 11th, 2009 Deb Brose will run the Lifetime Fitness Triathlon (Olympic Distance) in honor of the Livestrong foundation.