Two locals become first inductees into Band of Ten Thousand Aches Hall of Fame

David Wee and Peter Sandberg inducted into Band of Ten Thousand Aches Hall of Fame

Earlier this month Northfield’s Band of Ten Thousand Aches — an aging adult running club founded in 1989 — inducted longtime Northfield residents David Wee (at left in photo) and Peter Sandberg (at right) as the first members of its Hall of Fame.

It all began when Sandberg, assistant vice president for facilities at St. Olaf College, convinced his running friends to form a club/team to compete in the annual Edmund Fitzgerald 100k (62 mile) 8-person-team relay race along the North Shore. For years Sandberg ran the difficult pre-dawn 20k first leg (12 miles), setting the pace for Northfield’s Masters team (over age 40) to regularly finish first or second.

Wee, professor emeritus of English at St. Olaf, raced with the team virtually every year at various distances. Not only is Wee responsible for proposing the group's spot-on name, but he also designed their much-envied t-shirt logo.

BOTTA has expanded its membership and activities over the decades, especially for its regular Saturday and Sunday morning training runs for men and women, and for group travel to marathons all over the country.