Run MDI with Team Brave Like Gabe

Do something even greater than simply finishing MDI: Run with Team Brave Like Gabe in support of rare cancer research and empowering cancer survivors through physical activity.

Donations made to the Brave Like Gabe Foundation will benefit rare cancer research centers including Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

>>> The top Brave Like Gabe fundraiser by September 10th will be issued bib #1405, which was Gabe’s favorite number.

Brave Like Gabe Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity and donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. No goods or services were provided for this gift. Their federal tax ID number is 82-5528605.

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Join The Team

Are you signing up to Run MDI as a NEW registrant?

If so, click HERE to sign up to Run MDI, then come back to this exact page and follow instructions 'Are you already signed up to run?' (see directly below) for step by step directions to set-up your personal Team Brave Like Gabe fundraising page.

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Are you already signed up to Run MDI?

If yes, click HERE to Join MDI Team Brave Like Gabe 2019! (You will be redirected to the crowdrise.com website.) You can verify that you are registered to Run MDI HERE.

Note: If you are looking to switch to an at-capacity race, like our half-marathon, please see the Charity Bib program for more information.

  • from mobile...

    • scroll down and select the “Join” button.

    • follow the onscreen instructions to set-up your fundraising page (according to Crowdrise this should take you 42 seconds from start to finish!)

  • from desktop...

    • select the “Join” button (located below the running tally of funds raised)

    • follow the onscreen instructions to set-up your fundraising page (according to Crowdrise this should take you 42 seconds from start to finish!)

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Are you applying to Run MDI as part of the Charity Bib program?

If so, click HERE for more information.
The Charity Bib program is for those that would like to participate in the sold out half-marathon. (Note: This is the ONLY way to get a half-marathon bib, or to switch from the full-marathon to the half-marathon.)


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About the Brave Like Gabe Foundation

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Gabriele “Gabe” Grunewald (née Anderson) was a professional American middle-distance runner and lifelong Minnesotan, born and raised in Perham, MN (population 2,985). 

She won a single track & field state title in the 800-meters competing for Perham High School. Gabriele walked-on to the University of Minnesota cross country and track & field teams in 2004, where she was a part of several Big Ten Championship squads and eventually became an NCAA track & field All-American with a runner-up finish in the 1500-meters in 2010, her final collegiate race. Her career highlights include a 4th-place finish in the 2012 USA Olympic Trials and a USA Championship title in the indoor 3000-meters in 2014. Her personal best in the 1500-meters is 4:01.48, making her the 11th fastest performer in USA history.

Gabriele survived multiple bouts with cancer. Initially diagnosed with a rare salivary gland cancer, adenoid cystic carcinoma, in 2009, and thyroid cancer in 2010. She experienced recurrences of adenoid cystic carcinoma in 2016 and 2017. "Brave Like Gabe” started as a hashtag of support and the foundation was formed in 2018 as a way for Gabriele to continue to share her story, connect with patients, and make a difference in the cancer community. She experienced firsthand the many challenges faced by rare cancer patients and the need for dedicated research funding. Gabriele also credited running and physical activity during all phases of her survivorship for helping her get through her cancer journey. She was passionate about sharing that experience with others in similar situations. The mission of the Brave Like Gabe Foundation is to support rare cancer research and empower cancer survivors through physical activity.

Gabriele had every intention of returning to elite competition and ultimately had her sights set on the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. “I’m open to miracles. I’m open to the possibility. If I get a chance to run, I’ll 100 percent take it.”

Gabriele ran professionally for Brooks from 2010 until her death in 2019.

“Let me be clear, Gabe did not lose. And cancer did not win. Cancer had to come back four times to get Gabe. That’s not winning. That’s one for four. She whooped cancer’s ass three times.” - Ben Blair, Photographer

“Let me be clear, Gabe did not lose. And cancer did not win. Cancer had to come back four times to get Gabe. That’s not winning. That’s one for four. She whooped cancer’s ass three times.” -Ben Blair, Photographer


A letter from Justin Grunewald

A letter Justin Grunewald wrote to his wife after one of many cancer recurrences:

Dear Gabriele,
First, thank you. Thank you so much for showing me what it's like to be and feel alive. It's easy to pass through life day to day and punch a time card wishing away the hours. Currently although I don't always show it, I cherish every second. Whether we are out running, binging on a new Netflix series, or just lying in bed being lazy. Nothing beats the feeling I get when I see your smiling face.

I know life is scary and I know we have won the lottery of uncertainty, and it's not fair, but I still choose our life of uncertainly and at times fear, over any alternative option I could think of. I have so much fun with you and have learned more from having you as my best friend and wife than I learned in the rest of my life combined.

I know you have been given the heaviest of tasks in life. The task of being brave despite feeling enormous amounts of fear. The task of smiling when your throat wells up with pain and eyes want to fill with tears, but I don't think you were chosen by random chance, and again I know that's not fair but you are so amazing at being you and that's why I feel bravelikegabe is so special. Because there isn't a word in the dictionary for what you do or who you are. Brave flails in comparison to what you are to me and to so many people out there facing the simplest and silliest of struggles in day to day life.

At the end of the day people won't remember the PRs run or the teams qualified for but they will remember that hard period in their life where they were losing hope but they found inspiration in a young lady who refuses to give up.

I love you
❤️
#bravelikegabe #runningonhope

“The sun is shining on us, even on our darkest days.”  -Gabriele Grunewald (photo by Ivan Maramis)

“The sun is shining on us, even on our darkest days.”
-Gabriele Grunewald (photo by Ivan Maramis)