Minnesota Elite Athlete Development Program

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2018 MEADP Grant Guidelines and Application

The Minnesota Elite Athlete Development Program (MEADP) is a collaboration of Grandma’s Marathon, Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon and the Minnesota Distance Running Association, and is designed to assist elite Minnesota distance runners who have completed their academic running careers in reaching their full athletic potential. In 2018, MEADP will provide grants, in amounts up to $2,000 per recipient, to promising Minnesota elite distance runners, to assist them in reaching their full athletic potential.

The Minnesota Elite Athlete Development Program (MEADP), now in its nineteenth year, is accepting applications for its 2018 grants until November 30, 2017.


MEADP grants will be given to selected Minnesota athletes engaged in open division long distance running competition. In selecting grantees, the MEADP committee will focus, in addition to the above qualifications, on the following criteria:

  • The athlete’s current state of athletic accomplishment
  • The athlete’s potential for further athletic accomplishment
  • The extent to which a grant will assist the athlete in reaching his or her full athletic potential

The selection process is, by its very nature a subjective one, and is based to a large degree on an assessment of the athlete’s potential development as a competitive long distance runner. MEADP, in other words, is a development program, not an awards program. An athlete with slower current race performances may be selected if, in the judgment of the MEADP committee, that athlete has a greater potential for improvement, and if a grant to that athlete will be more likely to assist him or her in reaching that potential. Awards may be given to previous recipients, if the athlete continues to progress to his/her full athletic potential.

To apply for a 2018 MEADP grant, please fill out the application form, and submit it to Neil Franz, P.O. Box 307, St. Cloud, MN 56302, no later than November 30, 2017. In doing so, please read the application carefully to identify the information requested, and to provide as much information as possible in response to every question. All other things being equal, an athlete submitting a more complete application is more likely to receive a grant.

Thank you for your interest in the Minnesota Elite Athlete Development Program, and best wishes for your training and racing.