Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Very Sad News...

As you know, we have been tracking Reggie's progress across the state of Minnesota in his Border to Border Journey , with his daughter, Natalie as a support crew.

Sadly, I share the post Natalie made on Reggie's Blog today..


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

It is with a very sad heart that I am letting everyone know that my dad passed away peacefully in his sleep last night. We don't know the cause yet but I can say that his runs were going really well and he seemed to be feeling great when he went to bed. If you were reading his blog you already know that he was having a fantastic time!  He was as happy as he could have been.

While this is unexpected and very difficult for us, it probably couldn't have been a better way to pass. Services will be at Zion Luthern in Stewartville likely next Tuesday and Wednesday. I'll let everyone know as plans are solidified.


Reggie was a wonderful supporter of Team R.E.D., and as mentioned previously, he was a lifetime member. He received that designation as Lifetime member after making a contribution to Team R.E.D. on behalf of Roger Heil, to make Roger a Lifetime member. -  a kind man, thinking of others.

If you have not been following the border to border blog and want to read more about his journey, you can do so at

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Tracking Reggie & Home Hosting!

Reggie continues his journey from the border of South Dakota to the border of Wisconsin..  during his planning for this trip he navigated the route, and talked to people along the route, to see if they would allow him to park his RV in their yard for a night..   well, last night, I received a message from Wendy's aunt, and she said "Reggie Oeltjen is parked on our farm!" - she discovered the connection when she visited his blog... and you can follow his journey on his blog as well at    It is further proof that good people find good people!

Pictured here: Natalie (daughter and support crew of Reggie's)... hosts Mike & Aunt Nancy and in the back, Reggie! 
The Summer Home Host Season is upon us! Please see the information provided by Dan Mesenburg, as he so kindly volunteered to coordinate this years home host schedule! Thanks Dan!


Hello Team R.E.D.!!! It's Home Host Time!
I will be coordinating the home host schedule for this summer. We will be at the Bears Den on the 1st and 3rd Thursday (and a 5th if there is one once in a while). And on all other Thursdays June - Sept we hope to have a home host. 
As a home host you provide something (like burgers, beer, etc.), you tell everyone else to bring something (like whatever you want them too which might include beer), and you set the theme for the evening. Routes of 4 - 6 miles for runners and walkers. And I will be able to answer any questions. It's that easy! I will update this post as names get assigned to the dates:

June 8
June 22
July 13
July 27 - Morgan's
Aug 10
Aug 24
Sept 14
Sept 28
IM me on FB or email me at if you have a date you want!


Here we go for another week of fun!

Monday 6pm:  Monday Maniacs are heading to Wildwood Bar & Grill... this is a fun location to hit the trail system and enjoy some great company while out for a Walk or Run! - Don't forget to stay for the social... that's where the really good stuff happens! 
Tuesday 6:15pm:  The Tuesday Trail crew is on their way to something new! - Forestville State Park is the scene for the fun!  Meet at the park office at 21071 Cty Rd 118. Join the adventure with our teammates of the SE MN Trail Runners! 
Tuesday 9pm:  The Night Owls are heading back to the Douglas Saloon... meet at the parking lot in Douglas along the Douglas Trail.. get your out and back run and hit up the Saloon for the social!  They went here a couple of weeks ago, and reported it as a fun stop! 
Wednesday 6pm:  Speed work on the track in Byron!  This is something that scares people a bit, but it doesn't need to.  Everyone does what they can... and we all get a little bit better!  Join us! 
Thursday 6pm:  Team R.E.D. is getting our steps from Brothers Bar & Grill.  Please be sure to park in the back, and we'll do the route talk there.  We'll get out for 5-6 miles or any distance you you like, and come back for the fun!

What's up this coming weekend?  The Med City Marathon of course!  I'll get out a bunch of details regarding this weekend, and Team R.E.D.'s involvement in the next post.

Team R.E.D. can still use volunteers at our Expo Booth... email Tom at to let him know if you're avalable!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

The Weekend has Arrived!

Here we wishes to those of you we know are out and about on adventures.  Some are in Fargo, while others are at Madeline Island!  - Have fun and run well!

Also.. let's hear it for Reggie Oeltjen as he is running Border to Border at 65 Years Old!  That's South Dakota to Wisconsin! -  For those who don't know Reggie, one thing I can tell you is he is caring and full of life! - He's an amazing volunteer, and here's a little known fact, he's one of two Life-Time Members of Team R.E.D.   ----   Now, over these next weeks, he's giving himself a challenge and sharing it with us... Go Reggie!

 His daughter Natalie is his primary support. If any of us are able to run a leg with him it would be awesome! - he has planned his run to try to get through our region during the Med City Marathon.. that'll be fun!  - If you're available to try to group run with Reggie near the marathon weekend, he'll be nearby... let me know at and I'll make sure our group is connected!

Check out Reggie's Blog and don't be afraid to comment..I'm sure he'll love the support! In this blog he shares a lot about the run, and about the 'why' and 'what's happening out there" ...  

He has also asked Cindy Morgan to give him less head-wind.. I'm not sure if he's suggesting she's talking too much, but if that's the case, once he's past Austin, it'll be tail wind!  ... kidding Cindy, just kidding! 

Saturday 7:15am:  The marathon and half marathon training is winding down... as many spring/summer marathons are now  upon us! - Join this weekends run from the Rochester Athletic Club before a short break and prep for the fall season begins!
Sunday 8am:  The Off Season Striders are heading to Charlies Pub and Eatery at Hillcrest.  This is a fun place to gather and puts us in a new territory to explore!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Keep on Movin'!

Just a heads up with some dates you may want to save on your calendar!

Med City Marathon weekend is less than two weeks away!  And we also have two great races that are approaching a deadline for t-shirts.  If you want to race at Chester Woods or participate in the Donut Run, you'll want to register this week as we're placing the order for t-shirts by Friday!

Along with the races below.. don't forget to save Aug 13th as Nite Shift is opening for The Guess Who at Down By The Riverside!

  • Med City Marathon May 27th-29th -  You can register at    We can use volunteers for the Team R.E.D. booth at the expo on Saturday May 27th.  If interested in volunteering please email Tom at 
  • Mason Run @ Chester Woods June 3rd - T-shirt deadline May 19th.  You can register at   This is a fun race with options of 5K, 10 Mile and 50K - Live music at the post race party! - We can use volunteers at a water stop, as well as finish line!If interested in volunteering please email Tom at  
  • Donut Run June 4th - T-shirt deadline May 19th.  You can register at  This is a race with fun for the entire family! - The 2.5 Mile course has two donut stations.. for every donut you consume, you deduct time from your finish! - check out the affordable registration rates and get involved! 
  • Go for the Gold July 8th - You can register at  Proceeds of this fast, fun race go to Brighter Tomorrows and their mission to support families impacted by Childhood Cancer.  
  • Nut House Challenge July 15-16 - You can register at   Be part of this exciting two day challenge consisting of 5K , 10K and 1/2 Marathon! You can mix and match   your distances, or select your favorite race. There's also a kids challenge!  
  • Beer Mile July 20th - You can register at  Have a few beers, run 1-mile and help support the Lions with an Accessible Park Project! 
  • Good Neighbor Days Races July 22nd - You can register at    Come race the streets of Byron with the 5K and 2.5K courses. Lots of prizes and fun! 
  • Rochester Eco Tri July 29th - You can register at  Be a part of the Rochester Eco Tri and Trail Races on Saturday, July 29th. 5K and 10K trail races.  All proceeds benefit the Camp Victory scholarship fund.

Here's a peek at the week!  For all the group runs/walks you can go whatever distance and pace you like. - For most people, it's typical to go for 45-60 minutes.

Monday 6pm:  The Monday Maniacs are looking for some patio time! Meet at Cowboy Jacks on South Broadway and we'll get out for a walk or run, and back for some fun and sun!
Tuesday 6:15pm:  The Tuesday Trail Crew is heading to the always enjoyable Gamehaven! See the website in here for info about the park and how to get there. Meet at the main parking lot off 45th St. NE.
Tuesday 9pm: The Tuesday Night Owls are hitting the Douglas Trail. Meet at the trailhead located on Valley High next to IBM.  This is an out and back route... so no matter what your pace you'll never been too far from the others!
Wednesday 6pm:  Speed work at the track in Byron! This is another chance to get faster... we'll discuss the workout while on the track and then get after it..  The track is located behind the Byron Middle School at 601 4th St NW.
Thursday 6pm:  Team R.E.D. is heading to the Bears Den in Byron. The Original home of Team R.E.D. and still a great location for us to loop the town and have a great social.  This week's route will include a trip to our adopted park for a quick sweep of trash before continuing on our way.

Friday, May 12, 2017

What a week!

We not only saw wonderful weather.. we saw great turnouts too!  Thursday night was hopping from the Freight Yard with Team R.E.D. and the TriRochester crew socializing in the same space..

The next link you see is a 100%  plug / request / plea for you to please consider registering or donating to the Donut Run!  It's being held on a Sunday afternoon, June 4th 1pm, and the weather is sure to be perfect!

As many of you know, this run supports the Byron Cross Country training training trip that I like to keep at such an affordable rate that every athlete can afford it! Our athletes workout 2-3 times a day, set their team goals, set their personal goals, and run a time trial... new this year, that time trial is held on Madeline Island!  -- more importantly, they start the season with a full understanding of each other, and sense of team.  

Whether or not you can attend the event, there is a "donate" button... !

Here's what's coming up this weekend...

Saturday 7:15am:  The Marathon Training long run get's it rolling from the Rochester Athletic Club.  This is by far the best option for a long run! - supported with volunteers and run with friends.
Sunday 8am:  The Off Season Striders are heading to 5-West for a Mothers Day run!  Get your run on, enjoy a social and celebrate the day!

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Wow! Perfect weather for running and walking!

I know I'm not the first to say it, but man, it's nice outside!

Saturday 7:15am:  The Marathon and Half Marathon long runs are rolling from the RAC.  Bring $1 to help support the aide stations.  We're closing in on those spring races!
Sunday 8am:  The Off Season Striders are hitting the streets and paths from Panera South.  This is a fun way to start your Sunday morning! - Run and then in for a social.
Monday 6pm:  Monday Maniacs are hitting LTS - because Life's Too Short! - Join this group for some miles and of course, back for some great beer and chit chat time!
Tuesday 6:15pm:  The Tuesday Trail Crew is heading back to Carley State Park - it was so much fun last week, it's already time to hit a couple more loops of running or hiking - The bluebells are sure to be even more spectacular, as is the weather!
Tuesday 9pm: The Night Owls are changing things up a bit and starting in Douglas, which means we can hit up the Douglas Saloon post workout! - What a fun location for a social!
Wednesday 6pm:  Speed work on the track in Byron.  So far, only a few have taken this opportunity to get the wheels moving quickly. We'd love to see more!
Thursday 6pm:  Team R.E.D. heads back to the Frieght Yard.  They've really done a nice job with this place in the change-over from Billotti's.  Join us for a walk or run.. and back for the fun!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

It's a brand new week!

Some great racing took place in Las Vegas this weekend!  - Nice job all!

Monday 6pm:  The Monday Maniacs are heading to Newts at Crossroads - Voted Best Burgers in Town a million years in a row!  -- Of course before settling in for some food and drink, we'll get out and run! Join the fun!
Tuesday 6:15pm:  The Tuesday Trail crews is hitting Carley State Park to run through the Bluebells.  After a couple loops within the park, the crew will have 'afters' in the picnic area, with a bonfire! Sounds fun already! Gather at the 1st parking lot on the right after the visitor kiosk.
Tuesday 9pm:  The Night Owls are at it again... get your headlamps out and meet at the parking lot of the Douglas Trail Trail-head. - this is located along Valley High, next to IBM. This is a dedicated group who enjoy the peaceful evenings!
Wednesday 6pm:  Speed work it is... and the track is ready for you!  Meet on the track in Byron (located behind the Middle School at 601 4th St NW).  We'll discuss the workout and get to it!
Thursday 6pm:  Team R.E.D. hits the Bears Den in Byron.  It was 8 years ago this month when Team R.E.D. stepped out on our maiden voyage from the old Bears Den location.. and now, we're still going strong!

Friday, April 28, 2017

Spring Weather is Awesome!

Day after day, warm or cool,  we are fortunate to be out there doing what we enjoy.. running and walking!

Here's a look at what's happening this weekend. -  Several Team R.E.D. members are in Vegas!  - Run and have fun!

Saturday 7:15am:  The group runs from the Rochester Athletic Club continue to be a big part of our training. Get there, and get it done... super fun to have such a big group and volunteer support!  Bring $1 to contribute to the aid stations.
Saturday 9am:  Color Me Now! in Byron - This is a 5K or 1 Mile run with color being tossed at you.. super fun! The event takes place at the Middle School located at 601 4th St NW Byron. Online registration closes at 10pm tonight  - Event day registration is available starting at 8am Saturday.
Saturday 6:30pm:  The Byron Community Foundation, along with Tim Penny, are doing a check presentation for Team R.E.D.'s $10,000 Grant..  I'm not sure if I have a speaking part, but I'm planning to accept the check and smile!  - If you want to be there for the presentation, please join us.. there's an evening activities starting with a silent auction from 5-7pm, live auction at 7pm.. beer and wine tasting from 6-8pm.. and a live band from 8-11pm.
Sunday 8am:  Off Season Striders are heading to Brothers Bar & Grill.  Join for fun, and come back for breakfast, coffee or beverage of your choice.  Remember, at Brothers we like to park in back, as the prime parking in front is very limited.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Here comes another great week!

Monday 6pm:  The Monday Maniacs are heading to Dooley's in downtown Rochester.  A great place to both start and finish a run.. just be careful...  if you order Chocolate Milk and a Beer you'll want to specify they should be in two separate glasses!
Tuesday 6:15pm: The Tuesday Trail crew is on their way to Indian Hieghts in Rochester. The run provides a great overlook of the city.  The parking lot for Indian Heights is a little tucked away and located at 1800 Terracewood Dr NW Rochester.
Tuesday 9pm:  The Night Owls continue to burn the not quite midnight oil - Gather at the Douglas Trailhead located along Valley High next to IBM.  Bring a beverage for post run in the parking lot.  One night I'm going to make it, I'm sure of it.
Wednesday 6pm:  The Byron track is the place for speed! The track is located behind the Middle School at 601 4th St NE.  The Middle School track is open to the public most evenings if you want to get out there and run!
Thursday 6pm:  Team R.E.D. is heading to the Freight Yard at 821 Civic Center Drive. This is a location that has seen some change-over, most recently it was Billoti's  - a fun location to hit the trails and come back for a variety of beverage choices!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Boston Marathon Rocks!

Another Boston Marathon is upon us!  - Have fun everyone, enjoy the journey! You can live stream the event on NBC Sports - We look forward to hearing stories of the 2017 Boston Marathon!

Here's how the week shapes up...

Monday (tonight) 6pm .- the Monday Maniacs are heading out fro Kinney Creek Brewery located at 1016 7th St NW in Rochester. Join the fun run and fun fun! 
Tuesday 6:15pm - Tuesday Trail crew is heading for some miles of trail at Lost Creek Trail in Chatfield. This is a fun route to run, and always fun afters!
Tuesday 9pm:  The Night Owls are heading to the Douglas Trail Trailhead located along Valley High next to IBM.  Join the fun on the trail and in the parking lot post run! 
Wednesday 6pm - speed session on the track in Byron, located behind the middle school at 601 4th St NW Byron.. I'm hoping to make it and ensure we have music this week! 
Thursday 6pm - routes of 3, 4 or 6 miles starting / finishing at the Bears Den in byron, located at 845 High Point Place NE Byron - Join us as spring has sprung! 

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Here comes the weekend - and the Boston Marathon!

Saturday 7:15am: The Marathon and Half Marathon training runs are ramping up! - Join the group from the Rochester Athletic Club, and get your miles with a great crew... there's also the bonus of aid stations along the route! 16 miles is the target for the full marathoners, and approx 10 miles for the half.
Sunday 8am:  The Off Season Striders are heading to Charlies Eatery and Pub for an Easter morning run and post workout social!  Join the fun at Charlies, located at Hillcrest Mall.
Monday 6pm:  The Monday Maniacs are heading to Kinney Creek Brewery in Rochester.  Lots of fun to be had on the run, and afterwards as well!  Join in!

Speaking of Monday - It's the Boston Marathon!   Lots of Team R.E.D. members are heading that way and are sure to be well prepared!   You can search the entry list at the following link -  and here's the sights and sounds from Wellesley College Scream Tunnel!

Saturday, April 8, 2017

What's Next?

Best wishes to everyone taking part in the Zumbro Endurance Races! - Have fun, and don't get lost!  Those of you in Mankato, same message, Have fun and don't get lost - although I do think it's less likely to get lost in Mankato!

Little Tid-Bit - Mankato was originally named Ma-Kato with a Dakotah meaning of Blue Earth due to the clay along the riverbank.  Of course, it then makes sense, Mankato is located in Blue Earth County.  

Group runs are listed below... no matter what pace you like to run or walk... any of these group opportunities create a great chance to get moving, while meeting new people and developing greater relationships with those you already know!

Sunday 8am:  Off Season Striders are heading to Dunn Bros North, located on Elton Hills Drive. Join for a run and come back for some coffee and chat!
Sunday 9:30 - 10amish - If you're available, you can help us load Claire's Uhaul as she prepares to jet off to the Twin Cities! Contact me to get an address - I can be reached at
Monday 6pm: Monday Maniacs are gathering at the Freight Yard,previously Billotti's, at 821 Civic Center Drive in Rochester. Join the group for a walk or run, and come back for lots of fun!
Tuesday 6:15pm:  The Tuesday Trail crew find their way to Millville for a relatively flat out and back along the Zumbro River.  Bring your favorite beverages, if the weather cooperates, Afters will be in the parking lot.  Gather at the ball field parking lot.
Tuesday 9pm:  The Night Owls love the cover of darkness.  Meet at the trailhead of the Douglas Trail along Valley High (near IBM).  It's an out and back course, so you can make it as long as you like!
Wednesday 6pm:   It's speedwork on the track in Byron.  We'll turn on some music, and get our wheels cruising.  The speed portion of the evening starts at 6pm, so if you want some time to warm up, please try to arrive earlier.   We can try Byron's newest nigh spot for the social, Sandbaggers.
Thursday 6pm:  Team R.E.D. is heading to Beetles located on 2nd Street in Rochester.  We'll plan on routes of 3, 4 or 6 miles and tour the city! Of course, we'll be back for a social!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Here comes another week!

People have been asking about the availability of the track in Byron... it is available to the public most evenings after 5pm or so...

  • Monday 6pm:  The Monday Maniacs are heading to LTS for a run and fun! We'll get out on a trail one direction or another, and come back for a great social at Life's Too Short Brewing!  
  • Tuesday 6:15pm:  The Tuesday Trail crew is about to have a tour of the Root River County park at 4012 80th St SE.  It's a fun place to run and the loop is about 1.9 miles, so choose, once, twice, three times or more! 
  • Tuesday 9pm:  The Night Owls are loving the warmer weather and gathering at the Douglas Trail trailhead located along Valley High (next to IBM). Why are they so excited about the warmer weather?  Because it means a parking lot party! 
  • Thursday 6pm:  Team R.E.D. is back at the Bears Den for the 1st Thursday of the month.  We'll roll 3, 4  or 6 miles (your choice). Of course, we'll all gather back at the Den for the social!  

Friday, March 24, 2017

Weekend and beyond...

Here's what's up for the next few days - hope to see you soon!

Saturday 7:15am:  The Marathon and Half Marathon Training Long Runs continue from the RAC on 19th street. This week's long route is about 16.4 miles... the half route, is about half of that! - Join this run as it's supported with wonderful volunteers!   You can see the route at
Sunday 8am:  Off Season Striders are heading out from Charlie's Eatery & Pub at Hillcrest Plaza (along Hwy 52 frontage road off the 19th St Exit).  This is always a fun group to run with... get it done and come back for the social!
Monday 6pm:  Monday Maniacs are heading downtown for a run and fun. Join us at the Tap House, located at 10 3rd St SW Rochester.  We can get some miles and come back for brew and smiles! Monday's are a great night to meet some people!
Tuesday 6:15pm:  The Tuesday Trail Crew is heading to the twist and turns of Eastwood!  Meet at the main parking lot along Hwy 14.  These are some fun trails to run, and Afters will be at the Wicked Moose for taco night - the record is 14 tacos, can you beat it?
Tuesday 9pm:  The Night Owls head to the Trail Head of the Douglas Trail for a evening of fun! Join the crew at the parking lot along Valley High next to IBM.  Bring a beverage for some chat time post run!
Wednesday:  Stay tuned as some members have been running tempo on Wednesday... and it sounds like a 'hill' workout from Byron to Rochester is in the works for this coming week. Details to follow.
Thursday 6pm:  Team R.E.D. heads to the Bears Den in Byron.  We'll hit some great routes of 3, 4 or 6 miles and circle back to the Den for the Social.