Daniel and Jesse had been on the race committee for this event the previous couple years and Jesse had a third place finish in 2013 with a PR of 2:52:41. Daniel decided to race the course, one that he had completed many 20+ mile training runs on over the past couple years. Daniel thought that his increase in training and practice running the trail would have resulted in a PR; however, the head-wind, warm weather, and potty breaks played a role in falling short of goal. Despite being the disappointed by the slower (than hoped) time, Daniel enjoyed a nice run on a beautiful day!
Rather than run in the warm weather, Jesse (smartly) chose to enjoy a day on the lake.
The race that Daniel started in 2016 returned for its second year. The new race director did an excellent job continuing this event for a wonderful cause. Daniel won the race, but more importantly, he was able to connect with so many wonderful people that have overcome some very difficult obstacles!
Avery ran the Blend Fit 1K and didn't even break a sweat!
Daniel ran the Earth Day 1/2 Marathon as part of his training for the Lake Wobegon Trail Marathon. Despite living in St. Cloud for 8 years, this was Daniel's first time running this event. It was a beautiful day and actually became a little warm for an April race. Daniel finished in 8th place with a time of 1:24:16. Samantha and her brother Kyle also ran the 1/2 marathon. Both did very well, but Kyle gets an extra cheer for completing his first 1/2 marathon. Way to go Kyle!
Daniel and Jesse McCann returned for yet another Las Vegas Marathon (Daniel's 5th, McCann's 3rd). McCann displayed the importance of training, which allowed him to scorch the course; whereas, Daniel...um, finished. It was another great trip!
We'll look forward to the rest of the crew joining in on the 2017 edition of the Las Vegas Marathon!
Daniel ran the Eugene Curnow Marathon from Duluth to Carlton, along a challenging yet fun course. Daniel enjoyed the scenic course so much that he decided to extend the race by a handful of minutes by relaxing (also known as napping) on a bench near a raging waterfall. This is definitely a race to be ran again!
Daniel and Samantha returned to Grandma's for the second year in a row and making this the first race post-baby for Samantha. 23 days after giving birth to Lincoln Goldberg Rueckert, Samantha ran Grandma's Marathon!! Daniel helped pace Samantha, along with carrying a backpack full of running supplies like gels, snacks, and of course the necessary breast pump. As far as a few Google searches show, Samantha could very well be a record holder for soonest marathon completion after giving birth. We're still waiting to hear back from Guinness.
Daniel ran a short, yet challenging course in the scenic Maplewood State Park with the Running Wild Trail Run. The race was a 7K that went up and down many hills on a singletrack trail. Daniel was cheered on by an amazing crew consisting of Mom, Allie, and Saraya - much appreciated!
After an extended hiatus, we once again join the crazy circus known as Mainly Marathons for their Independence Series. We were joined by two spectacular supporters, Mom and Katie. We were able to reconnect with many familiar faces, along with meeting a whole new cast of crazy characters! We were able to check-off five more states in our quest of running all 50 states, including Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York. In addition to the running, we were able to enjoy a kangaroo burger, sightsee on Daniel Boone's homestead, and see a few State Parks!
Daniel directed his first race, which was a fundraiser for the SCSU Recovery Community. The race hosted about 140 registered runners/walkers and raised over $7,500! Jesse came in 3rd place with a time of 19:49. Many of our friends and family members were in attendance including the Hendrickson's (Kerri, Christian, and Allie), Rueckert's (Mom, Dad, Katie, Doug, and Bonita), Monroe's (Randy, Claire, Cullen, Patch, and CJ), Tishy, and McCann (2nd place with 18:46)!
Daniel, Samantha, and Saraya ran the St. Cloud YMCA's Wishbone 5K. This was Saraya's first plain ol' 5K, as she's a veteran of obstacle courses and mud runs. It was one of the the first cold days of the fall, temperatures dropped to below freezing and the wind chill made it seem even colder. Daniel and the girls persevered and enjoyed the nice family event. Avery and Brynnlee also joined in on the festivities with Avery blazing through the kid's 1K and Brynnlee cheering on all the runners!
Daniel and Jesse Rueckert have been brothers ever since birth! Now they run, travel, and go on adventures together. This site is designed to document their adventures for the entire world to see (or just friends and family that have nothing better to do with their free time). Enjoy!