05 Jun '17, 3pm

A humble farmer with big dreams passed away while running across Minnesota

A humble farmer with big dreams passed away while running across Minnesota

This was Oeltjen’s idea of celebrating being 65-years-old. The had been planning the trip for a year. He couldn’t qualify for Boston, even in his age group with a time of 4:10, so he thought: why not run across my home state? “He thought it was pretty cool that he ran and he was old,” Droessler told Runner’s World over the phone. “He wanted to do something special for 65 so he dreamed up running across the state just to do it.” Around 5:45 a.m., it was getting late. The two had to tackle their treks: 13 miles running for Oeltjen and 24 miles biking for Droessler. This was a sitch compared to the past 10 days, as the the two had covered 162.1 miles of a planned 288-mile mission. Droessler was the one who had gotten Oeltjen into running 15 years earlier. She needed a partner and her dad was the obvious choice. The two ran their first race together in Peoria, Illinois. Oeltje...

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