Hundreds will take to the trails and streets around Owatonna Saturday, May 5 for the 10th anniversary From the Heart Run. The community effort will raise thousands of dollars to support five local families in their journey with cancer.

The event begins with a spaghetti supper, silent and live auction, and bake sale Friday at the Owatonna Middle School from 4:30 - 8 pm. Advance tickets are available at Kottke Jewelers, Washington Elementary and Profinium Financial. They will also be purchased at the door. The cost is $7 in advance and $8 at the door.

Meet the benefiting families on Friday. Tanya Powell has worked as a Steele County social worker for about 15 years. Jim Gleason was most recently the Steele County Free Fair Secretary after spending many years as a sales person for KRFO radio. Brian Wencl is a former Owatonna hockey player whose son is currently a senior at OHS. Heidi Smith coached baseball, softball and basketball for many years in Owatonna. Joe Wagoner is the fifth individual receiving support.

A live auction Friday night at the middle school will feature several items including tickets to Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw/Faith Hill concerts and Vikings' tickets.

Registration remains open for all the events. Sign up online or Saturday morning at Lake Kohlmier in Owatonna.

Saturday's schedule:

  • 6 - 8 am: packet pickup at Lake Kohlmier
  • 7 am: shuttle service begins from Federated Insurance lot at 1929 S Cedar
  • 7:50 am: National Anthem
  • 8 am: half marathon and half marathon relay
  • 8:10 am: kids 1/2 mile fun run
  • 8:20 am: 10K
  • 8:30 am: 5K
  • 10:30 am: awards ceremony

Owatonna comes together to support Corey Casperson at a benefit fundraiser that packs the Elks Club.


  • Brad Fischer, Townsquare Media (2016)
    Brad Fischer, Townsquare Media (2016)

    Support 5 Great Families

    These five families don't fight alone when the community steps up to assist in their journey.

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    Spaghetti Supper & Auction

    Raise money, meet the families, pick up your race packet and enjoy a great meal Friday at Owatonna Middle School 4:30 - 8 pm.

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    Ride the Shuttle on Saturday

    Parking is limited at Lake Kohlmier. Ride the shuttle from the Federated Insurance parking lot at 1929 South Cedar. Service runs 7 am - 12 pm.

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    Great Weather

    Temperatures will start the day in the low 50's. It should be a great day for a run or a walk.

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    There's Still Time to Register

    Race day sign up is available for all the running and walking events.

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