Carrie interviews Twin Cities in Motion Executive Director, Virginia Brophy Achman! Virginia shares the most rewarding aspects of her job, her favorite parts of the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon course, and offers words of encouragement for first time participants.
Recorded August 14, 2018
Virginia Brophy Achman
Virginia Brophy Achman is executive director of Twin Cities in Motion (TCM), the organizer of the region’s premier running events, including the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon, a Top 10 U.S. Marathon and a year-round calendar of events. She joined TCM in 2000 as Race Operations Manager and served as Race Director before becoming Executive Director in 2004. During her leadership, TCM has evolved into a mission-driven organization that promotes healthy lifestyles through running events and community outreach and contributes a portion of every race dollar to local youth and professional athletes, raising more than $1.4 million annually with its charity partners. Virginia is active in the running industry and served as Chair of Women’s Long Distance Running for USA Track & Field (2008-2012) and President of Running USA (2009-2012). Currently Virginia is a 25 year volunteer, serving as Chair of Registration for Race for the Cure–Susan G. Komen Twin Cities. Virginia is also serving a two year term on the Running USA Board of Directors and is a founding member and serving on the Marathon Safety and Security Summit Steering committee at the National Center for Spectators Sports Safety and Security (NCS4). A runner herself, Virginia has completed ten marathons. Virginia’s passion for getting the Twin Cities moving is reflected through the many programs TCM offers including corporate wellness and youth running. Through its year round running events, TCM is able to inspire and support individuals and families efforts to achieve a healthy lifestyle.