Join us for an evening of inspiration and education from elite runners!  We have an awesome line-up of speakers that will be sure to provide you with entertainment, motivation, and information to help you achieve more in athletics and in life.  All runners, their parents, coaches, and health/fitness professionals are welcome.  We are thrilled to bring you the inaugural Runners’ Symposium!

Event Info


Thursday, May 16th, 2019





Inspired Athletx Performance Center

2155 Niagara Ln N, Suite 102

Plymouth, MN 55447 (map)



Early bird registration (ends 5/2/19):  $10

Regular registration (ends 5/14/19):  $15

At the door:  $20*

*must pre-register to guarantee seat

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Keynote Speakers

Dr. Hilary Patzer

Dr. Patzer is driven by empowerment through, growth, health and movement. Her number one goal is to support athletes in achieving their highest level of competition. Hilary is a Doctor of Chinese Medicine, licensed acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist in Minnesota. Her tools of the trade also include being a Level lll Fascial Stretch Specialist and certified in Cranial Sacral Therapy and Neurokinetic Therapy. She has recently completed her Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in order to deepen her comprehension and mastery for her patients benefit.

Hilary was a two-time NCAA Division 1 All American Nordic Ski Racer. She raced with the U.S. Ski Team for 3 years. As a competitive skier, Hilary overtrained and acupuncture was the one thing that brought her back to a whole, healthy person and athlete. She continues to train and compete in ski races, marathons, and triathlons. She competed in the Ironman World Championship and the Boston Marathon. Her competitive experience provides her with unique understanding of what pushing the body to its limit means and how acupuncture can aid the athlete’s body.  She is currently training for the 2019 Boston Marathon.

Tyler & Katy Jermann

Tyler and Katy Jermann are elite level distance-runners with experience in the triumphs and failures of sport.

Tyler and Katy met at Iowa State University as they began their collegiate running career where Katy won two Big 12 Championships, received three All-American honors. Since joining Team USA Minnesota in July 2015, Katy found success on the roads, qualifying for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials as well as several top 10 USATF finishes. Katy just recently qualified for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon in her debut marathon in a time of 2:33.

Tyler on the other hand had his difficulties with injuries during his collegiate career and was never able to match his performances with what he thought he was capable of. Despite the lack of success in college competition, Tyler continued to pursue running after college, moving to Flagstaff Arizona to train with some of the nations and worlds best distance runners. Watching those around him, he was able to learn an approach to training where he could not only stay injury-free, but train effectively and improve substantially.  

He found his niche in the Marathon and over the span of  2015-2017 he ran eight marathons, qualifying for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon. He also won the U.S. 50k Championships in the spring of 2017. He has already qualified for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon with a time of 2:13. that he posted at Houston in January 2019.

Featured Speakers

Dr. Grant Norland, DPT, CSCS

Grant Norland is the founder and CEO of Inspired Athletx.  He earned a Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Iowa and an undergraduate degree in Exercise Science from Truman State University (MO), where he also played quarterback on the football team.  Dr. Grant is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA as well as a Certified Golf Fitness and Medical Professional through the Titleist Performance Institute.

Grant specializes in manual physical therapy, sport performance, 3-D motion analysis, and corrective exercise.  He has trained and rehabilitated hundreds of area athletes at the high school, collegiate and professional level including, football, lacrosse, basketball, baseball, hockey athletes as well as golfers, runners and a variety of other athletes.  

Dr. Grant is also the founder and director of The Quarterback Institute, which brings a unique blend of sport science, training, and coaching to the quarterback development process, while pioneering research in quarterback passing mechanics.  Grant has helped to develop many collegiate quarterbacks, has prepared QBs for the NFL combine, and appeared on the emmy-nominated NFL Network docuseries Undrafted in 2015. 

Dr. Alexandra Wagener, Ph.D, LP

Alexandra Wagener, Ph.D., LP. is a Licensed Psychologist with a specialization in sport and performance psychology. She aims to create mindful awareness, focus, and openness with athletes to fully engage in sport and in life to help them achieve their optimal potential consistently.

Dr. Wagener is from Minneapolis, MN and obtained her undergraduate degree in Psychology (B.A.) from the University of Tampa. She went on to earn her Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Clinical Psychology from Wichita State University. Dr. Wagener has worked in the athletic department at the University of Oklahoma at the Psychological Resources for OU Student-Athletes (PROS), with the athletic department at Wichita State University, and at Mental Health Care Inc., University of Kansas Medical School, Good Shepherd psychiatric hospital, Harold Hamm Diabetes Center, University of Oklahoma Children’s Physicians Hospital, community mental health centers, and Head Start Programs.

Dr. Wagener was a four-sport athlete (tennis, soccer, gymnastics, track) at a large Minneapolis high school. She played soccer in the Olympic Development Program in MN and went on to play collegiate soccer at the University of Tampa. Dr. Wagener was also a tennis and soccer coach in Minneapolis and group fitness instructor in Wichita, KS. Dr. Wagener is an active runner and uses her mental training techniques to help her complete her goals as a marathon and half-marathon runner.

Kristina Swanson, RDN, LDN

Kristina is a registered dietitian with a passion for wellness and sports nutrition. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition, where she was a nutrition intern with Gopher Football, and completed her dietetic internship at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City. During her internship she had the opportunity to gain valuable experience in the clinical setting, teaching a cooking camp for kids, working with eating disorders and WIC, and learning from sports dietitians at EXOS.

Kristina works part-time at Hy-Vee where she hosts grocery store tours, provides nutrition education and counseling services, teaches cooking classes, and helps customers find healthy foods to incorporate into their everyday lives.  Kristina also has a passion for working with athletes as she believes that food truly is fuel for the body and she loves watching athletes reach their nutrition and performance goals.

Kristina athletic resume includes two years on the University of Minnesota rowing team, a marathon, and several half marathons.  She is currently training for Grandma’s Marathon 2019.

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