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Athlete Support

Minnesota Distance Elite provides the following to selected athletes:  Coaching, monthly stipend, indoor and outdoor training facilities, strength training facilities, assistance in finding a part-time job with a flexible work schedule (if possible in a career field), access to a designated medical team that specializes in runners, assistance with locating housing, travel and lodging support for competitions, among other resources.  Athletes are also able to arrange their own shoe company contracts.

The training center can accommodate up to 15 athletes, both male and female, who have the talent, drive, and determination to be national, international, and Olympic-caliber distance runners.  Post-collegiate athletes are selected through an application and review process.  To request an application, complete the contact form.


Minnesota Distance Elite relies on the generosity and support of individual contributors.  We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization - operated by a 14-member, volunteer-based Board of Directors - whose purpose is to improve and enhance American distance running.

With your help, Minnesota Distance Elite provides 10-12 selected athletes with stipends and travel expenses as they train to compete in national, international, and Olympic competitions.


Individuals can contribute through a variety of platforms including:

Zelle - (through your checking account)

Venmo - @MNDistanceElite

PayPal - @MNDistanceElite

GiveMN (Give to the Max day)


Finally, some employers offer donation matching and if you have any questions about navigating those platforms such as FrontDoor (Cybergrants) or Benevity, just reach out to us at and we'll gladly help out.


Sponsorships &

Minnesota Distance Elite relies on the generosity and support of its sponsors. Sponsors have the opportunity to leverage sponsorship arrangements through three distinct levels: Gold, Silver, and Bronze. 

Gold Sponsors
Support Crew

To make an individual contribution, please contact:

a Sponsor

For more information, contact Minnesota Distance Elite via email at

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