I’ve been very active throughout my life; however, I didn’t start endurance running until I was in graduate school. My first marathon was the Twin Cities Marathon in 2011. It was quite the experience, and I remember every step of the last six miles being so painful. I told myself, “never again”. That stance was short-lived and I registered for another marathon only a few days later. I haven’t slowed down much since then.
Prior to Mainly Marathons, I worked in the mental health field for over ten years as a licensed mental health therapist and addiction counselor. I enjoyed working in the mental health field, but I jumped at the opportunity to put on races for such an amazing community of runners. I’m humbled by the opportunity to be surrounded so many accomplished runners and the wonderful spirit that they bring to the course.
Marathon Maniac #13842
Half Fanatic #16367
Double Agent #2997
I am from Central Minnesota and have lived in the land of 10,000 lakes my entire life. In 2009 I started running for enjoyment and not just for the purpose as punishment for other sports, i.e. killers, wind sprints, etc. Running was a healthy outlet from my job in the chemical dependency field in which I worked for nearly 15 years before transitioning to this new opportunity. I ran my first three marathons in the span of four weeks. Looking back that does not seem like such a crazy feat, but at that time I had a different mindset. Even now with having run several series with Mainly Marathons, I am truly amazed at the running accomplishments of this group. I realize this is my running home, where “loonacy” seems normal.
Family has always been a top priority for me and I am grateful that Mainly Marathons allows me to work alongside my brother and with my wife Katie. Although Katie retains a career as an RN, she is very supportive in this new adventure and hopefully you will get a chance to see her at some of the series cheering on all of the runners.
Marathon Maniac #13850
Half Fanatic #16300
Double Agent #2966
George is kind of the “Guy Friday” of the group: in addition to his official job Mainly Marathons’ Marketing Director, he is in charge of taking photos, recording and reviewing videos, and taking care of runners–and anything else that comes up! You can also find him out on the course completing his own races as time allows. Here are his “racing stats”:
Marathon Maniac #9756 (reached Titanium in 2015)
Half Fanatic #15233 (reached Sun in 2016)
Double Agent #2559 (Aconcagua)
Road to 50 Roadie #1
First marathon: 2010
Completed marathons/ultras: 111, 50 states once in 2015
Completed half marathons: 36
Mainly Marathons races: 101 (received Catrina in 2016)
Clint and Hanne Burleson
The founders and original race directors of Mainly Marathons, Clint and Hanne now act as consultants at our events. Clint can also often be found out on the course, completing his own running goals!
Vicki Williamson (crew emeritus)
Vicki, Clint’s sister, worked with Mainly Marathons from its inception through 2014. She has now retired and spends most of her time with family in Kansas, but she still joins us from time to time to help out and see old friends.