• yRunner Laura Mercer is Running the Las Vegas Rock'N'Roll Marathon to help support Kendra Kennedy and fh Laura Mercer had a “ah-ha” moment in August when a friend told her before a race “to run for those that can’t”. This was a profound statement to her, and as she was out there achieving her goals, she suddenly realized that she could do even more by running for someone else. That someone else is Kendra Kenendy, a brave & wonderful woman fighting cancer.Read Laura's yRun Story
  • yRunners Atwood are running in support of Baby Caden and the Stanley Family James and Meredith started out training for 70.3 Ironman with no real purpose other than doing it. Now, they are running for so much more. They will compete for Caden, raise awareness about congenital heart defects, and hopefully, in turn, lift up this amazing, faithful family. This is our yRun Story. Read the Atwood yRun Story
  • Amanda Stream ran a marathon for her brother and all of those fighting depression & suicide prevention Meet Amanda Stream & her brother Eric. They grew up in a simple, but loving and supportive home. Many of their family members have struggled with clinical depression, including Eric, whose battle has been significant and recently complicated by the loss of one of his childhood best friends, Pat, to suicide. This fall, Read Amanda's yRun Story
  • slide2 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. Watch this inspirational story, featured on Kare11 NBC News©, and see how a team of yRunners changed the Rittinger Family forever.Watch Team Rittinger yRun Kare11 News Story on Minneapolis, MN NBC AffiliateWatch the yRun Rittinger Family Video
  • slide5 Have you ever wanted to raise awareness and financial support for a cause meaningful to you, but didn't know how? This is how you get started. Submit your story & yRun application online today.yRunner Online Application

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Welcome to yRun...

yRun is an upstart non-profit organization located in the Twin Cities area. The yRun mission is simple; to help support the people who run for those who can't. Whether you want to run a local 5K in honor of a loved one fighting against cancer, or you want to run a marathon in memory of a lost loved one, the goal is the same and the reason is universal.

Thank you for visiting us, and we look forward to helping you learn more about the yRun mission. We value your feedback and your interest. I encourage you to email me personally to share your thoughts.

Duane Birchem Jr.
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2009 yRun Stories

 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 & Kevin Ligtenberg will run the 2009 Grandma's Marathon in memory of Eric...
Read Eric's Story (Coming Soon)
 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...
Read Ben's Story (Coming Soon)