“WeRunMPLSer of the Month” is a series we write to introduce the faces that make WeRunMPLS so special. Our core is community; it was the motivation behind starting WeRunMPLS, is the foundation for every time we meet and is what guides all our decisions. Hope you enjoy!

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

Dana Miller. A Google search led me to WeRunMPLS. I first joined the group on a Halloween-themed run. I threw together an 80s girl costume before arriving at Lakes & Legends Brewing. Once inside, I found a group of runners in various costumes! Upon first sighting, I knew this was a fun running club and the right one for me.

Where is your favorite place to run?

Any place that isn’t an icy sidewalk! 

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

I like all Thursday night runs but Saturday morning long runs followed by a potluck brunch have been my favorite! We have so many good cooks in the group! I was impressed by our buffet.

Tell us your top 5 interests.

In no particular order:

  1. Stories. I love a good story whether it’s in a book, told by a friend, passed down from family, or something I heard on a podcast. Everyone’s got a story to tell and I’m genuinely delighted by one’s willingness to share.

  2. Music. I have an eclectic taste in music. I love going to concerts and shows.

  3. Running, of course!

  4. Art. I deeply appreciate all forms of art (performance, visual, and literary). I can’t imagine a life where I’m not being creative and running. I need both to survive!

  5. Food. Who doesn’t like to indulge? Happiness is good food with good company.

What’s your favorite thing about WeRunMPLS?

WeRunMPLS is a friendly community and each run I can count on a few miles of good conversation. I always look forward to the “question of the week” before each run and the breweries we end up at after.

Favorite running quote?

This quote really resonates with me because running is so much about our surroundings: “We have nothing to lose and a world to see”.

One random fact everyone should know about you.

I ran across Iowa twice (from Sioux City to Dubuque) – during the summer of 2016 and again in 2018. I was competing in Relay Iowa (https://relayia.org/), an adventure relay in which your team of up to 12 runners takes turns running nonstop over the course of 3 days and 2 nights. The event supports Restoring Hope International and several local charities in Iowa towns along the route. The experience was incredible – equal parts challenging and enlightening. I still laugh at shenanigans that went on inside my team van and so far it’s been the most epic road trip I’ve ever been on!