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Woodbury area high schoolers to run SoCal relay for charity

From left, Woodbury’s Nick Wareham and Taylor Voit are among 12 area runners participating in the upcoming 200-mile, 24-hour Ragnar Relay SoCal. (Bulletin file photo)

Twelve high school track and cross country athletes from the area will be competing together in the 2014 Ragnar Relay SoCal on April 4-5 in California. The Minnesota Polar Vortex team includes runners from Woodbury and East Ridge high schools, though it isn’t affiliated with either schools. 

The Minnesota Polar Vortex members are: East Ridge’s Andrew Berg, Marcus Haskins and Collin Sieffert and Woodbury’s Danny Buchmeier, Nathan Org, Quin Klett, Carter Pysher, Joseph Romain, Eric Shumaker, Jeremy Storvick, Taylor Voit and Nick Wareham.

The Ragnar Relay SoCal is a 200-mile, 24-hour relay race starting in Huntington Beach and ending in San Diego. Each team member will run three legs, with distance and difficulty varying per leg, and some runners will total as many as 25.6 miles. The course takes each 12-member team along a coastal route through Orange County, North County, and then down to San Diego, finishing on the beach on Coronado Island.

The race will feature over 600 teams and over 7000 runners. The Minnesota Polar Vortex will be running in the High School Division.

“The boys have been training for the 200 relay race by running together on a daily basis and are looking forward to the challenge,” said Diane Buchmeier, parent of one of the team members. “Working as a team and supporting such a wonderful cause will surely be something they remember for a lifetime.”

The team will be running to support 200 Miles for Monarch, the official charity of the 2014 Ragnar Relay SoCal. 200 Miles for Monarch is sponsored in part by Woodbury law firm, Shumaker & Sieffert, and will benefit the Monarch School, a K-12 school in San Diego County for children impacted by homelessness.

“As a parent, I very much appreciate the opportunity Shumaker & Sieffert has provided to the boys; to support other kids impacted by homelessness by participating in this very challenging fundraiser,” Diane Buchmeier said.

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-Patrick Johnson

Patrick Johnson
Patrick Johnson has been the South Washington County Bulletin’s sports editor since 2008. He reports on and oversees coverage of high school and amateur sports in south Washington County and Woodbury. Prior to joining the Bulletin, Johnson worked for other Twin Cities suburban newspapers. He is a University of Minnesota graduate.
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