Brewers Mini Marathon Preview: Race to Feature 11 Very Special Athletes

The second annual Brewers Mini Marathon and 10k is Saturday, beginning and ending at Miller Park.  Last year, the race started out with some thunderstorms and chilly temps, but this year it looks like sunshine, blue skies and temperatures in the 70s (runners, start hydrating now!).

Runners of all types and abilities will be racing on Saturday, but a special group of runners are giving 11 special athletes an opportunity to race.  On Saturday, my TEAM TRIUMPH’s disabled “challenged” athletes will take part in the race.

Racing on this team are over 70 participants including 11 challenged athletes (called “Captains”) guided by one to four able-bodied athletes (called “Angels”) run. The Captains are pushed in a specialized racing chair and for almost all the 11 captains will be the first race they have ever experienced. The team will lead off the event starting a few minutes before racers and will have a dedicated tent located near the start/finish-line.

Bernie Brewer poses with some of the myTEAM TRIUMPH runners at the 2012 Brewers Mini Marathon.

Bernie Brewer poses with some of the myTEAM TRIUMPH runners at the 2012 Brewers Mini Marathon.

The only organization of its kind, myTEAM TRIUMPH enables hundreds of challenged athletes to experience the thrill and character-building benefits of participating in the greatest endurance events throughout the state.  They create opportunities for challenged athletes (disabled individuals of all ages) to take part in races and endurance events like the Brewers Mini. Becoming race finishers and receiving their congratulatory medal, the Captains finally get to experience the thrill, challenges and sense of accomplishment one achieves by participating in events such as a road race or triathlon. For many of the Captains, it is the first time they hear support and cheers from the many fans and spectators along the way.

Members of myTEAM TRIUMPH at the 2012 race.

Members of myTEAM TRIUMPH at the 2012 race.

Through their mission, they hope enrich the health and well-being of people with disabilities by fostering lasting, authentic relationships through the teamwork environment of endurance athletics.  I remember seeing a number of these participants in the race last year and it was very inspiring.  I’m very happy that the group is growing and will be back this year.  If you are participating in the race as a runner or a fan, be sure to give these runners a special cheer or wave as you see them.

In addition to the good that myTEAM TRIUMPH is doing, there are other ways racers can give back to the community through Saturday’s race.  Participants and their supporters are invited to give to the MACC Fund and Brewers Community Foundation through fundraising.  There is still time to raise money for this great organization as you can make donations through Saturday.  More information on the MACC Fund and the fundraising aspect to the race can be found here.

Packet pickup for Saturday’s race begins today from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. at Miller Park on the Club Level and continues tomorrow from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.  Packet Pickup is organized alphabetically by last name, and you must have a photo ID to pick up.  You may pick up a packet for a friend. Please make sure you have a copy of their photo ID.  Remember there WILL BE NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION OR PACKET PICKUP AND there are no transfers or refunds.  After you pick up your race packet, please double-check and make sure that the enclosed information is properly assigned to you.

I am not participating in this year’s race, but Cait is volunteering at the “Back of the Pack.”  If you want to join her, look for her among the volunteers who will be making sure no runner gets left behind.  If you are looking to volunteer, there are still many opportunities to take part.  Your organization, group or company can enjoy team-building while supporting our community. Groups are needed to help with Aid Stations and/or other areas. Please contact us at or 414-902-4628 for more details or to reserve your group’s shift and receive sign up information!

Good luck to everyone participating in the race!


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