Local runners show bravado in the face of unspring-like weather before taking the first strides for the April 13 River Falls Marathon. From left: Ed Vlack, Steve Schroeder, Sandy Gerwien, Jenny Marrietta, Mike Kahlow, Danny Cuddihy, Lisa Thompson and (thumbs' up) Bryant Ekstrom. Ekstrom is a River Falls patrol officer who just finished his night shift before running and finishing the April 13 marathon.
RF marathon dedicated to the man who couldn't do Boston's run
The 70-year-old town of Kinnickinnic man could run his fifth straight Boston Marathon or chair the River Falls School District advisory committee that recommends the next superintendent.
Schroeder, an actuary, is a serious lifelong runner. He started 37 years ago and has done marathons for 30 years, running in more than 140.
However, he's also serious about public education.