After "retiring" the fundraising event in 2017, Mama Marla's Hike it or Bike it - Rejuvenated! is back for another round in 2018! Marla Schnell, Mama Marla herself, posted on Facebook saying,

Yes, I thought it was going to be done in 2017 but...a core group of supporters had a different idea! So, it will go on to the 17th year!!

The event started back in 2001 as a way to help friends train for Grandma's Marathon in Duluth. The runners ran a half marathon from Long Prairie, to Marla's home in Clotho with the assistance of her daughter and a friend, a snack, water, and some kind words of encouragement along the way! After completing the full marathon in Duluth, the runners had the idea to turn Marla's event into a fundraiser. The money raised from this event helps buy Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in Todd County. It's all about the kids!

In 2017 there were over 150 marked participants for the event, which is incredible (especially since the weather wasn't ideal!). There are a few different event options to choose from:

- 5K (3.1 miles) or 10K (6.2 miles) Run/Walk
- 15.5 mile bike ride
- Duathlon (added in 2012) - 2 mile run, 15.5 mile bike ride, 1 mile run

The best part is that when you are done with your event, you get fed spaghetti! And it is the best spaghetti ever. Trust me. You can register to do Mama Marla's Hike It or Bike It here! make sure you RSVP to the event on Facebook as well to see last minute updates! See you May 19th at the Clotho Methodist Church starting line!

Getting ready to do Mama Marla's in 2016!

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