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40 miles each day: Minnesotans plan a run across the state to raise money for local food shelves

Two twin cities men, are running 200 miles across Minnesota in five days to raise money for five food shelves along their route.

Mark Yount and Jeff Burmeister started their run Monday in Marietta near the South Dakota border. They are running an average of 40 miles per day along Minnesota Highway 7 and plan to end their run in Afton near the Wisconsin border on June 20.

Yount and Burmeister are collecting monetary donations and have a pledge from Nikola’s bakery in Bloomington to supply 75 cases of freeze, thaw and serve products to the food shelves in Willmar, Lac qui Parle County and McLeod County; Hudson Refrigerated Logistics is donating freight to deliver the products to the three food shelves.

The donations could not have been more timely. Summer is peak season at food shelves and supplies tend to run low during the summer months.

“Children are no longer receiving breakfast and lunch at school which means that families need food for an extra ten meals per child per week,” said Kari Goldschmidt, assistant director at the Willmar Area Food Shelf. “We saw more clients in a week after school was out than we generally see in a month.”

Local runners are invited to join the duo at any point during the run. On Tuesday the runners plan to run from Montevideo to a few miles past Mel’s Corner on Highway 7 and then they plan to stop and rest in Willmar for the night.

To watch their progress and find when and where to join the run follow the live updates on the Twitter handle @VersionSports or watch their Facebook page at

To support their run, checks for the food shelves can be sent to Run for Hunger, C/O Version Sports 1922 West 54th St. Minneapolis, MN, 55419-1513. They can be made out to Lac qui Parle Food Shelf, McLeod County Food Shelf, Kandiyohi County Food Shelf and Chippewa County Food Shelf for the whole check to go to a specific food shelf. Otherwise, the check should be made out to “cash” and it will be split evenly among the four agencies. One hundred percent of the donations will be collected, and presented to the food shelves after the run is complete and total donations have been tallied.