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About Surf the Murph

Les and his wife Cindy started Surf the Murph in Savage, MN in 2008 as a fun race for their friends. It had steadily grown over the years to become one of the most fun and challenging races in the metro area. 

About the Race Directors

Les Martisko, Ph.D., Lakeville, MN
Les has been an Ultra Runner since 1986, with more than 381 finishes. His dedication and pursuit for the sport has taken him all around the world. His Favorite part of being an ultra-runner is the trails and the challenge of enduring. If you are an experienced ultra-runner, chances are you have seen him a time or two.
 
Cindy Martisko, Hilo, HI
Cindy was exposed to Ultra Running in 1997. She crewed for Les at races throughout the country and was exposed to many "ultra runners." When she decided to do her first run, it was the Pikes Peak Ascent, because she didn't know any better! She enjoys the ultra running community and appreciates the opportunity to give back.

Molly Cochran, Lakeville, MN
Molly is a self-proclaimed adventure addict who participates in a number of sports, including ultra-running, mountain biking, orienteering, kayaking, snowshoeing, triathlon, Nordic skiing and adventure racing. In the running world, she has completed numerous races at distances between 100 meters and 100 miles. Some of her highlights include two Minnesota High School State Championships in the 1600 meter (1991, 1992) and Division I NCAA National Championship qualifier in the indoor mile (1998, 4:47 – PR). More recently, she was the female half of the two-person coed 2011 Checkpoint Tracker Adventure Racing National Championship team, a 30-hour race. Currently, she directs the Lakeville Track & Field Association, a program with 440 athletes and 70 coaches which services Lakeville athletes in grades K–5.
 
Bonnie Riley, Minneapolis, MN
At 48 years old, Bonnie ran her first marathon, Grandma's, in 2000.  In 2001, she ran her first trail ultra, Trail Mix 50K. From that race on, she continued to work towards her longest distance, 100 miles. She has finished seven 100-mile races along, with 50 other marathons and ultras in the last 13 years. In 2002, Bonnie decided to give back to the racing community by volunteering for trail marking and sweeping courses. Over the past 11 years, she has joyfully volunteered with many different trail races in Minnesota. In 2010, she was asked by the race directors of Surf the Murph to be a part of the trail marking and sweeping team. This is Bonnie’s third year as one of the Surf the Murph race directors.  “I love the trails and all the beauty and rugged terrain it has to give to the runners and all of the volunteers involved,” said Bonnie. “My motto has always been: Stay Strong...”
 


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