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#30DaysofRunning was inspired by a social movement based out of Minneapolis, Minn.: The biggest difference is that this one uses your feet, rather than two wheels. Make a healthy lifestyle change. #30DaysofRunning works for all levels. Join our running family and support each other on our journey to healthier living using our own two feet.  Read on for why a few of us run and then commit to run with us in June.

Why We Run

DeAnn Burckhard
Mother of Two | Creative Spirit | Running Lover

Exhilaration. Go further. Take a deep breath. One more song. One more minute. One more lap.

These are often the thoughts flooding my mind as my feet hit the track or pound the pavement. Each time I try to push myself a little further. Some runs are better than others. Every time I feel an overwhelming sense of pride when I’m done. I started running in May 2012 to support a friend. Soon, I fell in love with the way my feet hit the ground. I was hooked.  At first it wasn’t easy. I’d run a minute and walk five. After about a month, I finally reached my goal: I ran 30 minutes without stopping. I couldn’t believe it. Success!  That fall, I ran my first 5K in a little town in North Dakota. The next weekend, I ran my first 10K. I no longer look at it as effort, or even exercise. It’s become a lifestyle.  I look forward to it. No equipment needed. Feet, shoes, ground. I used to say that you’d never catch me running unless I was running away from something. Now I run for myself. I run for my daughters.  I run for a healthier for us. Join the movement with us. Be part of #30DaysofRunning.  


Annie Berge
Grand Forks Native | Happy Wife | Runner-in-Training

Ok folks, first things first I have to admit that I have yet to run over 2.5 miles.  I have not earned the title of ‘runner’ but I’d like to get there. As we’ve worked to get #30DaysofRunning off the ground, I’ve been lucky to meet people who are ‘runners’ and they’re passion for the sport is contagious. I used to think that my limit was capped at 2 miles. I would tell myself  and others that I couldn’t run. I have bad knees from dance. My stomach gets upset. My hip pops out of place. Then a few months ago on a snowy Sunday I ran 2.5 miles on the track at Choice Health & Fitness. At first I thought “where the heck did that come from? That was a one time miracle.” But instead, I made the decision that it wasn’t. My goal at the end of 30 Days of Running is to do a 5k. If that is the farthest I get I’ll be truly proud of myself. Though my goal is seemingly small compared to the marathoners, half marathoners, etc., to me it is monumental. I hope that on the morning of the 4th of July, when I run in my first 5k, I will get my official invite into the runner’s club. Wish me luck. Better yet, join me! 


Jessica Butler
Competitive Soul | Animal lover | Chef-in-training

Anyone who knows me knows I’m a competitive person. As a former hurdler/sprinter for UND, I naturally crave competition. There’s nothing comparable to the feeling of waiting for the gun in the starting blocks. As my four years of college track came to an end, I had accomplished everything I set out to do. But what was next?

Flash-forward two years. I still have the same competitive spirit, but I’m no longer leaping over hurdles at full-speed. I’ve been working on getting acquainted with my new friend: long-distance running. Even though I’m a former trackster, I don’t exactly consider myself a runner. I was accustomed to sprinting only 100 meters. I’ve got to be honest; the transition to long-distance running has been an uphill battle, literally. My muscles are hard-wired to understand fast movements. I’ve had to learn how to pace myself. It’s been a struggle. But like I said, I’m a competitor, and I’m not giving up anytime soon. Last summer, I ran in my first 5k at the Wild Hog Half Marathon. Although the race was tough, pushing myself to pass other runners brought me back to my years at UND. It made me realize why I run. I run to push myself beyond my own boundaries. There are no limits. 

I’m still working on becoming a runner. But I know I’m on the right track with #30DaysofRunning. You have to start somewhere, right? Regardless of your level of competiveness or experience with running, I encourage you to join the fun. Get out and run! 


Rachel Hellyer

Mother/Wife | Foodie | Running Evangelist

Steve Prefontaine – “To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.”

This running legend summarizes how I feel about running. Running has become a gift that I can give myself daily – a healthy happy hour, I call it! My husband and kids would attest: if I am in a bad mood, it is probably because I have not had a run yet. It is amazing what a couple miles on the Greenway, bike trails, or trails at TurtleRiverState Park do for my mental health!

I love to run & socialize with others…I adore the friends I have made through our local running club, the Red River Runners. Almost any pace is fine with me! I started running in my mid-20s to lose some weight acquired from having a baby and four years of studying Accounting at UND. When I take on a new challenge, I am “all in”…within the first year of running, I had done a couple half marathons. Now, since the summer of 2011, I am proud to say I have done five marathons, two of them being the Boston Marathon.

Confession: I also run to eat…anyone who knows me knows I love food and am willing to try almost anything. I do love eating healthy foods, but cannot pass up a good cheesecake or dish of ice cream. And, is there anything better than a post-run beer with running friends?

The Wild Hog Half Marathon and Dewey Duathlon are two events I help plan. These are great ways I can give back to a sport that has made such a big difference in my life. I am excited to share my passion for running with others during #30DaysofRunning!

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