Tirion Radtke, right, stands next to her mom, Franara, after Franara completed the Galena Sky Trail Race.
Tirion Radtke, right, stands next to her mom, Franara, after Franara completed the Galena Sky Trail Race.

   Tirion Radtke always wanted to be like her dad, Randy.

   So when he was training for a marathon when she was 4 years old, she was right next to him.

   Now, getting ready to enter her junior year at Ripon High School, Tirion hasn’t stopped running.

   She is coming off a season in which she qualified for the WIAA State Cross Country Championships. Now, she is aiming to get back there and improve upon her finish.

   “I kind of idolized my dad and what he was doing and accomplishing running,” Tirion said of her start. “And being daddy’s little girl I wanted to enjoy that and do what he was enjoying so much.”

   “Her and I used to take him water on his long runs,” Tirion’s mom Franara added. “She would get out of the car and want to run with him. So they would run a quarter to a half mile and she’d get back in the car. And we drive a little and meet him again. She and I would go to the track and she would want to run like her dad. She wanted to be like him. She was so young. The joy on his face as his girl ran around the track with him was priceless. It made my heart explode.”

   Tirion ran in her first race when she was 4 when she followed Randy to the Cellcom Marathon in Green Bay and competed in a kids race that was offered.

   She never looked back after that as she ran in countless more kids runs and eventually moved up to running 5k and 10k races, which is her preferred distances.

Read the full story in the Aug. 1, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.