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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — As thousands of runners from across the country take part in this weekend’s 32nd Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon, for one runner, the marathon isn’t as important as the 5K she’s running the day before.
To someone simply passing by, it may look like Niki Ronnan is simply pushing her brother Mike Ewaldt in a wheelchair.
But what you’re actually seeing is a racing team — fueled by Ronnan’s legs and powered by Ewaldt’s heart.
“I never planned on running,” Ronnan said. “And I adamantly said I would never run a marathon.”
And she never thought she’d be here with her brother. Mike was diagnosed with encephalitis when he was just 18 months old. He’s been in a wheelchair ever since.
Ronnan never had an interest in running. That was until three years ago when her mom signed her up for a group called…
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