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Say Thanks Day 2016

01-May-2016

Minnesotans’ Military Appreciation Fund


Say Thanks Day

Saturday, September 24, 2016


Race Results



On Saturday, September 24, MMAF hosted it's 12th annual Say Thanks Day Run/Walk, and now it’s our turn to say “thanks!” We would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to everyone who joined us to show their support for local service men and women.

As final preparation for Say Thanks Day took place on Friday afternoon, the Fort Snelling area experienced it's second heavy rainfall in 3 days, dropping over six inches on an already saturated area. This heavy rainfall forced MMAF to cancel the 10K run, due to unsafe trail conditions. Despite the weather, we had a fun morning full of family-friendly activities and were excited to see so many people taking part in the walk and 5K run. 

Congratulations to the top competitors in each age category:

17 and Under:  Luke Mears and McKenna Nelson

18 – 35: Michael McClernon and Sydney Eckert

36 – 50: Matt McCoy and Summer Woodward

51 – 65: Mark Tonnier and Linda Pagenkopf

66 and Over:  Thomas Lovett


Check out the great event photos on our Facebook Gallery! 

Thank you to those who participated in the program, including the University of Minnesota ROTC Drill Team, The Emerson Avenue Band, the Harding High School Jr. ROTC, Maverick from K102, and to the many volunteers who helped make this event possible. And thanks to the Patriot Parachute Team and the Commemorative Air Force for being on stand-by to perform for us. Unfortunately, Mother Nature didn’t allow the parachute jump or the T-6 fly-over in Missing Man formation this year, but they’ll likely be back to perform for us next year. 

We also would be remiss if we didn’t take this opportunity to thank our sponsors, including Sit Investments, Federated Insurance, Atomic Data, iHeartMedia, Wealth Enhancement Group, TDS, Frauenshuh Companies and the Boy Scouts for use of the facility.

And, as always, we would like to thank the individuals for whom this event is held: our Minnesota service members and their families. We greatly appreciate the sacrifices that they have made and continue to make on a daily basis for our country and our freedoms.  

Stay tuned for details about the 2017 Say Thanks Day in coming months!


Thank You to Our Sponsors: Sit Investment Associates, Federated Insurance, Atomic Data, iHeartMedia, TDS, The Wealth Enhancement Group and The Frauenshuh Companies