Meet Brenda & Renata
Brenda Bland has completed numerous ultramarathons, running her first ultra in 2003 at age 44. She is a “senior endurance athlete,” yogi, and Grandma.
Renata Martini Poetzl is a runner and a mother looking to reach new milestones and make a difference through running.
The two met after Renata organized a 24-hour hike on a local trail running Facebook Group. They were the only two hikers to complete the event and thus built a friendship. Since then, they have run many miles, set a Fastest Known Time (FKT), and completed a solo 100-mile event. They love challenges and are very excited to complete “Six for Addiction,” a consecutive run of at least 50k a day for six days, culminating in the last 50K taking place at the annual Ice Age Trail race set in LaGrange, WI.
In addition to our love of challenges, we have both known people who were or are affected by the challenge of addiction. It is rampant in our communities, and the more we shared our stories of how we are affected, the more we realized almost everyone has a story of a loved one affected by this national crisis. We want to use this as an opportunity to raise money and awareness for SAFE Project, who is working to fight addiction on many fronts, as this is a multi-faceted disease.”
“Six For Addiction” Schedule
Monday, May 8th
Ice Age National Scenic trail run originating at Butler Lake in the Northern Kettle Moraine State Forest.
Tuesday, May 9th
Blue Mound State Park
Wednesday, May 10th
Rock Cut State Park
Thursday, May 11th
From the Scuppernong Trailhead in the Southern Kettle Moraine State Forest, consisting of Ice Age National Scenic trail, snowmobile trails, and local Scuppernong trails.
Friday, May 12th
Lapham Peak State Park
Saturday, May 13th
Nordic Trailhead in the Southern Kettle Moraine State Forest, to be run on the Ice Age National Scenic trail and the local Nordic trail as part of the annual Ice Age Trail 50, a local trail race.