Hopkins High School alumni Sarah Klecker was the first female runner to finish the 2018 Medtronic Twin Cities 10 Mile on Sunday, October 7. The race began in downtown Minneapolis and ended at the capitol building in St. Paul.
Klecker’s strategy was to stay relaxed for the first half of the race and to chase people down in the second half. She wanted to run the second half faster than the first. She finished the run in a time of 59:26, giving her average pace of 5:57 per mile.
“It’s fun to have one of those race days where you feel really good and finish feeling like you executed your race strategy well,” Klecker said.
Klecker comes from a family of distance runners who have supported and encouraged her when it comes to competitive running. She ran cross country during her time as a Royal where she learned how to have fun with the sport. She has found that she races best when she stops focusing on her time and instead, enjoys the fun, playful nature of racing and training.
After graduating from Hopkins High School in 2013, Klecker became a Gopher at the University of Minnesota where she studied apparel design and art while she ran competitively on the women’s track and cross country teams. She is currently living in Portland, Ore., where she is pursuing a master’s degree in sports product design from the University of Oregon.