Andrew Shimota Collage

Meet another member of the American Heart Association’s Minnesota Run with Heart team: Andrew Shimota!


Andrew Shimota



Hometown/Current City


Number of Marathons


Favorite Race Completed

Dave Ryan 5K & Warrior Dash

Favorite Location To Train

Mississippi River Trails and Cedar Lake Trail.

Favorite Running Pump-Up Song

Music tastes are all over the board. I’ll occasionally listen to talk radio or stream sports game broadcasts as well.

My Running Secret

A nice big sub sandwich earlier in the day is a favorite source of fuel of mine for the longer runs.

Biggest Motivation for Long Runs

Set new personal bests and to accomplish something with more ease than I previously could.

How has heart disease touched you?

I have lost a grandfather to a heart attack and understand the risks heart disease can present within a family. It’s sad to lose a relative to heart disease. Any way to contribute to the advancements of heart disease treatment and prevention is great!

Why is running important to you?

I enjoy running as a way to stay healthy, but also as a way to relax. As strange as it sounds, I find it relaxing after a long or stressful day to get the chance to just zone out and run. It also satisfies a desire to be competitive and reach new performance goals, even if I am just competing against myself.

Motivated? Inspired? Please support Andrew‘s goal with a donation to the AHA!