LTE: Glow run aims to honor memories of local teens

To the editor,
We are quickly approaching the 2nd annual Miles of Smiles – Alexis Kretsch 5K run. It’s hard to think about this year’s race without thinking back to the color run in 2016! There were over 450 runners, braving the cold and wind, but everyone left with a smile!

The event for 2017 will take place on May 13 at the Carver County Fairgrounds. The color run has been replaced with a glow run, which will start about 8:45 p.m. The event will start around 6:30 p.m., with a band, food trucks, face painting, inflatables for the kids, and a wacky hair booth. If you have not yet registered for the 5K, you can at, and we welcome everyone, walkers, runners, families and kids.

The Glow Run for 2017 looks to a be a great success but would not have been possible without support from some major corporate sponsors. In addition, we will have over 115 volunteers providing support to the race and ensuring safety to all participants.

The Alexia Kretsch Foundation was established in 2016 in memory of Lexi Kretsch, who was killed in a car crash in July 2015. My daughter took on this project for a school project in 2016, focusing on distracted driving. However, it has blossomed to so much more. Over the last few years, Waconia High School has lost many young individuals that were taken from us way too early. We continue to dedicate the race and event to those young people that have left a lasting impression on the town of Waconia and the surrounding communities. Many of them leave a lasting memory that touches each of us. With Lexi, it was her smile, a smile that showed dedication, commitment and a passion for success.

So, on Saturday, May 13, we hope that if you are able to join us – come walk, run and celebrate those young individuals that have had their lives cut short way to soon. Come enjoy Miles of Smiles Glow Run 5K 2017!

Ross Schochenmaier