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2019 MiMS in numbers…

9 Resident Runners (residents of MiMS partner sites) competed the race

1 Resident Runner set a MiMS course record (1:38:14)

4 Resident Runners were first-time half marathoners

1 Resident Runner completed the race as part of her 20-mile Twin Cities Marathon training run

17 Run Mentors (volunteer runners) helped pace and encourage Resident Runners along the course

1 Resident Runner + Run Mentor team circled back after finishing the race to support a struggling team member

8 Resident Runners, Board of Directors members, and MiMS supporters volunteered by pouring water and unwrapping medals on race day

More than a dozen Resident Runners who did not participate in the race came to cheer on their teammates along multiple points along the course

18 FundRacers who raised more than $14,000 for MiMS

7 FundRacers are current or former MiMS Run Mentors

11 found MiMS through the City of Lakes registration page

1 FundRacer who found MiMS while registering for CoL has become a MiMS superstar Run Mentor

2 additional FundRacers who found MiMS reached out to become Run Mentors following Sunday's race

Run for Mile in My Shoes and get your entry for FREE!!

The Minnesota Distance Running Association and the City of Lakes Half Marathon are excited to announce our official charity partner, Mile in My Shoes! For the first time ever we will be partnering with this Twin Cities-based nonprofit that brings the transformative power of running to people experiencing homelessness and incarceration. Based at shelters and transitional residences, Mile in My Shoes (MiMS) teams are made up of shelter residents as well as local community runners. Running together 2-3 times a week leads not only to dramatic improvements in physical & mental health, but to unique friendships that transform every runner involved. And now, YOU have an opportunity to get involved!

Last year, over twenty Mile in My Shoes Resident Members completed the City of Lakes Half Marathon. This year you can get in on the action - and help even more members get to the City of Lakes finish line - by becoming a Mile in My Shoes FundRacer. What is a FundRacer? FundRacers tap into their circles to raise critical funds for MiMS while training for a race. Because MiMS is a 501(c)3 organization that relies solely on donations, every FundRacer plays a critical role in allowing MiMS to bring running to more people experiencing homelessness. By raising $500 for Mile in My Shoes, you not only get a FREE entry into this year’s City of Lakes Half, but you score tons of goodies - including a 20% discount at Mill City Running and our exclusive MiMS supersoft hoodie - along the way!

To find out more or register to become a FundRacer, follow this link BEFORE registering for City of Lakes. Still need to be convinced? Take it from a few of our Resident Member runners who completed City of Lakes in 2018:

“Because of MiMS I feel like a normal person again.” -  Resident Member

"After 16 years [incarcerated], I came out feeling like I had a scarlet letter on my chest. I honestly didn't believe there were good people in the world. Mile in My Shoes changed all that. After 2 or 3 weeks of runs - and these weird hugs - the wall I'd built around myself had come down. My mom said, 'Wow, I got my son back.’” - Alumni Member

“This is my best day ever, because it’s the start of my new life.” - Resident Member

Want to know more before taking the plunge? Dina, our FundRacing Manager, is happy to answer your questions - reach out to her at