MDRA Board of Directors Description

The Minnesota Distance Running Association (MDRA) is a voluntary nonprofit organization serving runners of all ages and abilities in Minnesota and the surrounding communities. MDRA is governed by an all-volunteer board of dedicated people (not all are runners!) committed to serving the local running community. The affairs of the MDRA are controlled and administered by the board and operate according to the established Articles of Incorporation and the Bylaws. There are 14 board members, 5 of them Officers (President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary and Past President) and 9 Directors.  3 officers and 5 board members are up for election yearly. Meetings are held the 2nd Monday of every month at the Edina Community Center.

Our mission: The Minnesota Distance Running Association connects the Minnesota running community and supports runners of all ages and abilities through education, programs and advocacy. Whether you run socially, recreationally, or competitively, MDRA can help you achieve your running goals.

Our Programs

  • Indoor Stadium Running
  • Marathon and Half Marathon Training
  • Trail Running Class
  • Women’s Running Camp
  • MDRA Grand Prix
  • Track Thursdays
  • MDRA Polar Bears
  • Team MDRA
  • Race Directors Roundtable

Our Publications

  • RunMinnesota Magazine
  • Running Minnesota - Annual Calendar, Race Listing and Training Log
  • MDRA Times Digital Newsletter 

Primary Duties:

 Represent and advocate on behalf of MDRA’s mission. 

  • Understand, follow and help strengthen the MDRA’s mission, policies, programs and services.
  • Enhance MDRA’s public standing -- participate in community activities and act as a representative of MDRA, regularly communicating the work and value of the MDRA across the community.  
  • Gather opinions from within the community, other organizations and education professionals to enhance the MDRA’s programs and initiatives.

 Actively serve on the MDRA Board and a committee to provide expertise and oversight. Prepare for and participate actively in monthly board meetings, our annual member party, MDRA Races and public events, at an average of 5-10 hours per month depending on events and activities.

  • Review agenda and supporting material prior to board and committee meetings.
  • Attend at least 2/3 of all monthly board meetings annually.
  • Stay informed about MDRA goals, operations and needs.  Exercise good judgment and oversight to ensure that MDRA is financially and programmatically sound and always operating in the best interest of its members.
  • Be creative, offer ideas and develop new ways to inspire others to get involved with the MDRA.

The MDRA Board values diversity among its members, including diversity in background and personal and professional skills and experience.  We are looking for Board Members who will be engaged and who have the time and commitment to be effective stewards of MDRA’s programs, resources, and mission.  Our specific needs in terms of skills and experience change from time to time depending on current Board composition. 

 If you would like to run for a seat on the MDRA board please fill out the 2019 Board of Directors Election Application. All candidate application materials must be submitted by October 15, 2018. Voting is open Nov 1, 2018 - Jan 18, 2019. For questions please contact Operations Manager, Sarah at [email protected].

Questions on the form:

  • Full Name, email, phone and address
  • Position of interest (President, Vice President, Treasurer or Open Board seat)
  • Tell us about yourself!
  • Briefly outline your relevant skills and experience.
  • Please tell us about your specific area of interest or focus if elected to the MDRA board. There are currently five committees that oversee the various activities of MDRA (Advocacy, Race, Outreach, Publications, Programs), plus many outside committees (such as Twin Cities and USATF MN) that require representation from the Board. How would you like to devote your time as a board member? Are there specific changes or new opportunities you’d like to spearhead during your tenure?