John Brunstad Memorial Walk/Run

Event Date

Sat, Jul 12, 2014


Menomonie, WI

About This Activity

The family and friends of John Brunstad invite you to join them for the 3rd Annual John Brunstad Memorial run on Saturday, July  12, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.  along the beautiful Red Cedar State Trail in Menomonie, WI.

John was an avid runner whose runs often included part of the Red Cedar Trail. He took up running in his twenties because he knew it would benefit him in many ways.  One of the most important was to better manage his Type 1 Diabetes.

John was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) in 1980 at the age of 14.  He chose to control the disease and not let the it control him.  He took good care of himself managing his T1D very well for over 30 years.  This care included testing his blood glucose multiple times a day, using an insulin pump, eating well and exercising regularly.  However, it was this disease that caused his life here with us to be too short.  John passed away in his sleep on April 6, 2011 due to severe hypoglycemia.  Hypoglycemia is the sudden drop of glucose in a person’s blood because too much insulin is present in the body.  When glucose is too low for too long the brain cannot function.

John was a wonderful, loving husband to Beth and father to Rachel, Becca, Nick, Abbie and Phil, son to Loyd & Fern and brother to Barb, Debi, Sandi, Tammy, Jim & Laura.  He had a great sense of humor, loved running, gardening and spending time with family and friends.  He is dearly loved and deeply missed by many.

Proceeds from this year’s event will be donated to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) of Western Wisconsin, Greater Menomonie Area Free Clinic and the Boys and Girls Club of Menomonie.

The John Brunstad Memorial Run fund has been established at the Community Foundation of Dunn County, Inc. (the Foundation) a 501(c)(3) Wisconsin non-profit corporation. The fund is owned and controlled exclusively by the  Foundation and all gifts to the fund will be distributed from the John Brunstad Memorial Run Fund in accordance with policies and procedures established by the Foundation by its Board of Directors.

Event schedule and times

  • Packet Pickup and same day registration opens at 4:00 p.m. at Riverside Park (next to the Red Cedar State Trail).
  • Parking available at Riverside Park and U.W. Stout Lot #17 (corner of Hwy 29 & 2nd St. W...1/2 mile from the park) with a shuttle service.
  • Restrooms available at Riverside Park
  • 10K begins at 6:00 p.m., 2M begins at 6:10 p.m. Kids Dash at approximately 7:00 p.m.  Awards at 7:20 p.m.
  • Water/Gatorade available near 2 mile marker for 10K, Water/Gatorade and other refreshments at finish.

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