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Minnesota State Mankato takes on State Rival in Treadmill-A-Thon

Minnesota State Mankato goes against rival St. Cloud State.

Amanda Dyslin, Mankato Free Press, 4-19-2012

With just a mile’s lead over the competition at about noon Wednesday, Kate DeLong was just the woman needed to step up to the plate, or the treadmill, as it were.

Running at a steady 7 mph, DeLong easily carried on a con­versation, barely breaking a sweat.

“I run every day,” she said, cranking the speed up to 8 mph. Jen Myers, fitness coordinator in campus recreation at Minnesota State University, appreciated DeLong’s enthusi­asm. After all, there was a lot at stake.

For the third time, Myers was in the midst of coordinating the cut-throat “ Treadmill-A-Thon,” a competition between MSU and St. Cloud State to see which school could wrack up the most treadmill miles between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The first two competitions held in April and November last year were split, with each school securing a win. St. Cloud won by less than a mile in November.

So Wednesday’s tie-breaker event was oh-so important. And sadly, MSU lost by just .14 mile. The final tally was MSU with 31.95 miles and St. Cloud with 32.09.

“We’re good sports, and we congratulate those Huskies on working hard,” Myers said. “But we’re Mavericks. ... We will be back with fire next year.”

Myers did all she could to try to make sure MSU would come out on top Wednesday. She had a couple of interns, Sam Courtright and Katie Grebner, standing by to fill in the gaps when no MSU students were either signed up to run or close enough in Otto Recreation Center to coerce into running.

“That was the fastest I’ve run in a long time,” Courtright said after a 10minute run, sweat on his brow.

Myers stood near the treadmill most of the time, challenging them to keep up their speed during the course of 10-minute running segments, some a bit longer. Most ran at speeds 6-10 mph.

Representatives from both schools were texting back and forth, keeping track of the results as the event unfolded. St. Cloud was declared the victor moments after the competition ended.

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