We say this a lot – our core is community; it was the motivation behind starting WeRunMPLS, is the foundation for our meet ups and is what guides all our decisions. Since community is so important to us, we’ve started a monthly series called “WeRunMPLSer of the Month” to introduce the faces that make WeRunMPLS so special.

Meet Linnea. Linnea is a friend of Kaitlyn’s from high school choir. Linnea lives a life of adventure, not only in the activities she chooses to engage in, but also in the locations she decides to live! Linnea recently moved back from living in Costa Rica and quickly became an integral part of our group, rarely missing a chance to run with us. Read on below to here a little bit about her story, and make sure to join us for a run to get to know her better!

Tell us your name + how you found out about WeRunMPLS.

My name is Linnea and I found out about WeRunMPLS last year about this time. I was thinking about moving back to Minnesota from Costa Rica and was hoping to connect with a running group when I noticed posts on Kaitlyn’s Facebook page about WeRunMPLS and asked her about it. And… here we are!

Where is your favorite place to run?

Love running near water and cross country. Favorites have been trail runs and getting lost in the jungle or forest and out in the rolling hills or corn fields. In the Twin Cities, around the lakes, of course.

What’s been your favorite night of WeRunMPLS (so far!)?

The one-year anniversary run and ending at Bauhaus; seeing everyone who came out to support. But really there hasn’t been a bad one!

Tell us your top 5 interests.

I pretty much like everything, so this is not a fair question. Really, mainly, connecting with people and learning what it means to live out faith—in all of the twists and turns that takes. For instance:

  • Travel and markets. This includes MN. Who wouldn’t love it?
  • Good food and drink. All kinds. All days.
  • Learning. I am a nerd and wholeheartedly believe in education.
  • Exploration/being active. Mountains, bikes, soccer . . . let’s do it.
  • Music. I mostly just dabble now but can get caught up pretty easily.

What’s your favorite thing about WeRunMPLS?

Essentially what the group is: Running and hanging out with other people around MPLS. It was a great connection point to the Cities upon moving back.

Favorite running quote?

Mindset towards life: “Does it help me run?”

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. –T.S. Elliot

Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. –Hebrews

One random fact everyone should know about you.

I’m left handed, and it never ceases to surprise and amaze people.

Also–It’s my birthday this Saturday, September 19. To celebrate, I’ll be running 26.2 miles for those 26 years at the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon in October. I signed my brother up to run with me too, so . . . come run with us!

Check out our next run to meet Linnea and other core members of WeRunMPLS. We’ll be chatting about upcoming group activities AND how we can support and cheer on our members who are also running Twin Cities this year. Find our group chats on Facebook.