Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

You are all such great inspirations and role models... Thank you for making Team R.E.D. so fun!

Here's a look at the upcoming schedule - Note: There is not an evening Team R.E.D. gathering on Thanksgiving Day.

Tuesday 6:15pm:  The Tuesday Trail Crew hits Gamehaven for 5 miles of fun trails! Meet at the parking lot along 45th St SE Rochester. Afters will be either at Fat Willies or Whistle Binkies on the Lake - either way will be fun!
Tuesday 9pm:  The Night Owls have shifted to their winter location of Beetles on 2nd St in Rochester. This is another great group to run with, and of course, share a social with!
Thursday - Thanksgiving Day 9am- Mom's On the Run Gobble Wobble in support of the Salvation Army. Come be part of something good, before enjoying your day with family, football and food! BYOB and look for Team R.E.D. members for a tailgate party post run or walk!
Thursday - Thanksgiving Day 9am - Grace Church is Stewartville hosts a Thanksgiving Day 5K. Several members have run this one in the past and report it's a lot of fun!
Friday 7:30am - Off Season Striders are jumping in with a Friday run from Newts North along Hwy 52 in Rochester. Great group to connect with for sure.
Saturday 7:30am - Off Season Striders hit one of the favorite locations in Charlies Pub at Hillcrest Shopping Center just off Hwy 52 in Rochester.
Sunday 8am - Off Season Striders is still at it! - This time from 5-West along West Circle Drive in Rochester.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Monday Maniacs!

Monday 6pm: A fun evening is ahead for Monday Maniacs! We'll gather at Carlos OKelleys along the frontage road of Hwy 52 in Rochester.  Let's get some miles, and come back for a great social!

I'll update the plans for remainder of the week this evening.. please check back.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Ready for a warm-up? It's coming!

This upcoming week should offer some more comfortable temperatures and it will be welcome!  Yet, as we discussed Thursday night, it won't be long before we start to get excited about 20 degree temps!

We were on the road yesterday, and I missed a chance to list this mornings Off Season Striders Run.  But please be aware, every Saturday 7:30am is hosted by OSS at Charlies Pub in Hillcrest Mall.


  • Sunday 8am:  Off Season Striders are out and about from Five West in Rochester.  Sundays are typically in the range of 4-8 miles, and everyone comes back for coffee or a full out breakfast!
  • Monday 6pm: Monday Maniacs are getting together at Wild Wood Bar & Grill.  This is a fun spot with many options such as catching trails into the woods, or make your way downtown, or run the base of the big old hill! Of course, come back to the bar for the social!
  • Tuesday 6:15pm:  The Tuesday Trail crew is heading to Whitewater for a good 5 miles of great trails.  Gather at the parking lot nearest the Nature Store. After hopping around the trails, we'll hop over to Mauer Bros for the afters!
  • Tuesday 9pm:  The Night Owls have a new location this week.  Join the fun at Beetles Bar on 2nd Street in Rochester.  This gives the group some well let options and of course, a place to gather post run! 
  • Thursday 6pm: Team R.E.D. is back at the Bears Den in Byron. It's been a lot of fun to hit the streets of Byron - if you've never joined us before, consider this Thursday! - Routes are 3, 4 or 6 miles... and we'll all come back together at the Den! 


Upcoming Races - if you have other races you want added, please email me details - I hope to get better at this piece of the blog! 


  • Thursday Nov 23rd - Mom's On the Run Gobble Wobble in support of the Salvation Army. Come be part of something good, before enjoying your day with family, football and food! You can get more details and register at https://runsignup.com/Race/MN/Rochester/MomsontheRun5KFamilyGobbleWobble  Note:  Online registration closes on Nov 19th. 
  • Friday Dec 1st  6:30pm - Team R.E.D. hosts the ever popular Underwear Mile! That's right - 1 Mile in your undies! - This event is for adults only. There are prizes for the best undies and fastest milers.  
    • Cost is just $10 plus a canned good donation for the food shelf.  You can register at https://raceroster.com/events/2017/13877/underwear-mile-dec-1st-630pm   - Please consider registering online as it helps us prepare.  
  • Saturday Dec 2nd 9am - Team R.E.D. hosts the 2nd Annual Pajama Mile - 1 mile in your jammies!This one is for the whole family and super affordable. 
    • Just $5 each, or $15 for the entire family. For this one we also ask that you bring a canned good donation for the food shelf.  You can register at https://raceroster.com/events/2017/13878/pajama-mile-dec-2nd-9am   - also for this one registering online helps us prepare for you!

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Keep on Moving!

An extra hour of sleep tonight, woot woot! .... or you could get an extra hour long hike in the woods or run around the block... you can choose how to handle it!

Sunday 8am:  The Off Season Striders are out for 4-8 miles starting from Roosters Too! on Maine Ave SE in Rochester.  A fun location to get out and run and come back for a great social.
Monday 6pm:  Monday Maniacs are heading to the Douglas Saloon for a great run or walk down the Douglas Trail! - Of course, we'll come back to the Social Club for a fun social.  The giant jenga is a lot of fun!




Tuesday 6:15pm:  Tuesdays Trail Crew hits a fun location at Bill Barnacle State woodlands. You can meet at the Minnenoco located in Marion along Hwy 52 (across from the KOA) to caravan to the parking lot. Afters at the Thirsty Belgian.
Tuesday 9pm: The Night Owls are logging the miles after dark! - A fun group takes the out and back along the Douglas Trail.  Meet at the trailhead parking lot along Valley High (next to IBM).
Thursday 6pm:  Team R.E.D. is heading to Broadway Pizza located at 4144 Hwy 52 frontage road in Rochester.  This puts us in another area of town to explore! Of course, we'll re-group for a great social!

Saturday, October 28, 2017

What's Next?

Sunday 8am:  The Off Season Striders are heading to Dunn Bros on Elton Hills Dr in Rochester. This crew typically runs 4-8 miles and has a coffee social post run- join the fun!
Monday 6pm: Monday Maniacs hit the downtown area while gathering at Grand Rounds at the corner of Broadway and 3rd St in Rochester.
Tuesday 6:15pm:  The Tuesday Trail Crew is heading to Quarry Hill on Halloween... mwoh hah hah hahhhh... Meet at the west side of the park in the parking lot at the "Dead" end of 9th St SE. Those who survive the journey will gather at Glynners Pub for the afters.
Tuesday 9pm: The Night Owls will chase a few spooky creatures as well! Join the crew on the Douglas Trail, starting at the trail head along Valley High in Rochester (next to IBM).
Thursday 6pm:  Team R.E.D. is at the Bears Den in Byron.  Join us for routes of 3, 4 or 6 miles - really any distance you want to go! Then come back for a great social, maybe we can tell some more true stories about Woo!

A little M.J. as Halloween approaches.... enjoy and be safe, there are a lot of crazy clowns around!


Saturday, October 21, 2017

Go Go Go!

Congratulations go to Oliver as he's the proud papa of a new baby boy! Little Jack received a Team R.E.D. tee... but he's not pictured here, that's me standing in for the boy.


Here's a look at the next few days! - remember for your evening runs (and early morning for that matter), we are at that time of year where Reflective clothing and Head Lamps are a must! Make sure you're being safe and being seen!


  • Sunday 8am:  Off Season Striders are at Roosters, along West Circle Drive. Plan on any where from 4-8 miles, it's always up to you!  Come back for coffee and/or breakfast and a social!
  • Monday 6pm: The Monday Maniacs are getting it rolling from Newts at Cross Roads. This is typically a 5-6 mile group with a variety of paces.  It's in the heart of Rochester... and a another great gathering place for the post workout social!
  • Tuesday 6:15pm:  The Tuesday Trail crew heads to Carley State Park for 4-6 miles of trails. You can run or hike! The social will be fireside, weather permitting, otherwise a quick trip in to Plainview to enjoy each other!
  • Tuesday 9pm:  The Night Owls keep rolling along the Douglas Trail! - If you can't make those 6pm workouts, here's an opportunity to get connected! Meet at the trailhead along Valley High and enjoy the out and back (pick your turn around time, based on how far you want to go!).
  • Thursday 6pm:  Team R.E.D. is Rochester bound!  Join us at Beetles Bar & Grill on 2nd Street.  This is a great location to get either a run down town, or around the base of the big old hill, without going up it!  Of course, a social at Beetles is also fun! 
    • If you have time to roll out to Northern Hills Golf Course on Thursday prior to R.E.D., you can check out the Section 1A Cross Country Championships!  Byron and all the area small schools compete this day.  It's super fun to watch these high school athletes chase for a spot in the Minnesota Sate Cross Country Championship, held Nov 4th. 
    • Boys compete at 3:50pm and Girls at 4:45pm - if you stop out, swing by the Byron Tent and say hi! 
    • The event is supported by the Rochester Track Club 

I've been really bad at updating upcoming races.. but we'll try to get back to that.

Here's one..  Essex Park on Oct 21st - Just $5 for the 7K event! - proceeds go to maintenance of the trails. This is a no frills event, if you're in it for the joy of running it's for you!

Best wishes to all  of you racing this weekend!  Have fun and run fast!




Monday, October 16, 2017

Tuesday and beyond!

Woot Woot.... keep the week rolling!

Tuesday 6:15pm:  Eastwood Park in Rochester is the location for the Tuesday Trail Crew! What a fun spot with some winding single track trails, along with other fun challenges.  Park in the lot near the ball fields, just off hwy 14.  - Afters is a game time decision. 
Tuesday 9pm:  The Night Owls are continuing to find their way on the Douglas Trail. Join the fun from the trailhead along Valley High (next to IBM).  All you need is a desire to have fun on the run, and probably a headlamp!
Thursday 6pm:  Team R.E.D. is at the Bears Den - Original home of R.E.D.!  We'll have routes of 3,4 or 6 miles, and I'll be there with renewal stuff, and t-shirts! - Would love to see some of our newer followers join us! 
Saturday 7:30am:  Off Season Striders head to Charlies Pub and Eatery, at Hillcrest Mall in Rochester. This is the standard location for Saturdays, and they'll continue to adjust the Sunday locations. Join us!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Here comes the weekend and Monday!

Saturday 7:30am: The Off Season Striders are in full action through the fall and winter. They have selected Charlies Pub & Eatery as their go-to place on Saturday mornings.  It's a great location to give you some choices on routes, and of course, come back for a wonderful social.  You can run or walk any distance you like, but for many who join, Saturdays are aimed a bit longer, like, 8+ miles.
Sunday 8am:  Off Season Striders head to Brothers Bar & Grill.  Distance will be any place from 4-8 miles, but as always, do what is right for you!  Come back to brothers to join the social! 
Monday 6pm:  Monday Maniacs will have some serious fun  running from Kinney Creek in Rochester.  Get out for a run, or walk if you prefer, and come back for some hammerslagen (speelling is certainly wrong).. but dang, it means hitting a nail with the wrong end of the hammer!  

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Thursday 6pm!

I messed up.. there is not a home host this Thursday! - No wonder I couldn't find the details!

Thursday 6pm:  We'll gather at Brothers Bar & Grill in Rochester. Brothers can always handle a group, even on short notice, and of course, the access to the great Rochester Trail system is right there! Don't forget, at Brothers, we park in back and have the route talk there... so as to not take up the limited prime parking in front.  See you soon!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

More fun for the week!

These cooler temperatures are awesome for the group running, walking or hiking!

Tuesday 6:15pm: The Tuesday Trail crew is heading to Forestville to enjoy the Big Spring Trail.  Check out the fall colors along Canfield Creek! Afters include a bon fire near the parking lot - note, you must enter the park from the West Entrance, as the bridge on East side is closed.
Tuesday 9pm:  The Night Owls hit the Douglas trail for more fun on this well maintained out and back route.  Bring those headlamps and be ready for some fun!
Thursday 6pm:  Pretty sure it's a home hosted evening, I'm seeking the details today, and will add them as they become available!
Saturday 7:30am: The Off Season Striders are in full action through the fall and winter. They have selected Charlies Pub & Eatery as their go-to place on Saturday mornings.  It's a great location to give you some choices on routes, and of course, come back for a wonderful social.  You can run or walk any distance you like, but for many who join, Saturdays are 8-10 miles while Sundays are 5-6 mile range. 

Monday, October 9, 2017

Celebration!

Congratulations to Team R.E.D. members Laura (Mesenburg) and Austin Zett as they entered into marriage this past weekend! - It was a great ceremony, presided by another Team R.E.D. member, with Randy Fett leading the ceremony with his passion. 

Dan walking Laura to the alter!

Jan, Aaron and Mike look on (and I think you can see a little bit of Ann peeking over too!)

This looks like a big moment! Laura and Austin exchange vows with Amy and Dan looking on. 
As should be.. .Amy is all smiles! 

Monday 6pm: Monday Maniacs are heading to the Freight Yard tonight!  The Freight Yard is located on Civic Center drive (old beer bellies) Join the fun of the run! It should be a great night to be out... and the Freight Yard is a fun place to social too! Remember, 2 out of 3 ain't bad!

I'll update the rest of the week later today - check back, as I think we also have a home host this Thursday! 


Monday, October 2, 2017

Many members celebrated great race results yesterday! - Nice work!

Monday 6pm:  Monday Maniacs are gathering at Glynners Pub in Rochester.  Planning to get out for a great run or walk along the great trail system of the city.  And, then planning to reunite at Glynners for a great social!
Tuesday 6:15pm:  The Tuesday Trail crew is heading to one of the favorite spots, Lost Creek Trail of Chatfield! Meet at Groen Park, and bring a headlamp or handheld  light.  Be on time, as it'll be getting dark quickly by the time the trail run is complete! - it's a 6.2 mile route, but shorter options are also available.  We'll toast Lonna's birthday during the afters!
Tuesday 9pm:  The Night Owls are a committed crew along the Douglas Trail.  Join us and celebrate Brian's 30 minute PR!   You can run or walk any distance you like as it's an Out and Back!
Thursday 6pm:  Team R.E.D. rolls into the Bears Den in Byron! We'll have routes of 3, 4 or 6 miles and have some fun with a walk or run! Come back for the social!

Here are a few shots lifted from Woo - mostly the TC Marathon (woo is racing the 10 mile)...

Brian PR's! 

From the land of Mis-Fit toys

Claire PR's

Nick Cruises to the finish! 

Woo makes the TC 10 look easy! wait.. that looks hard! 



Sunday, September 24, 2017

Let's bring on another Week.... and another Home Host!

Monday 6pm:  It'll certainly be a great night to get out for a run or walk with the crew at Cowboy Jacks on South Broadway.  There are several options of routes from this location, and always a wonderful social, including peanuts in a shell upon return!
Tuesday 6:15pm:   The Tuesday Trail crew has been a super active one!   Join the fun at Willow Creek Reservoir located at 1343 Lone Pine Dr Rochester. It's a nice short loop of 1.8 Miles, you can run as many loops as you like! - Planning for afters in the parking lot, unless the weather is not good, then it's off to Fat Willies!
Tuesday 9pm: The Night Owls are never afraid of the dark! Join the crew on the Douglas trail for a great out and back.  We meet at the trail-head parking lot along Valley High and next to IBM.
Wednesday:  -  I have not heard from anyone about dong a track workout, so for now, no official workout is planned.  If you want one posted, let me know where you'll be, and I'll get it posted.
Thursday 6pm:  We are all invited to the Eide residence for a home hosted night! Join the run or walk, and stick around for the post workout fun!

  • Dave & Elaine are located at 27116 675th Street, Kasson. Highway 14 ----  go about 3 miles West past Byron and turn left on County road 15 (270th Avenue) and go about 3-1/2 miles and turn left on 675th Street. We are the third mailbox on the left. We will provide pulled pork sandwiches, munchies and water. BYOB, a lawn chair, and a dish to share if you wish! 

Monday, September 18, 2017

... and it's Monday again!

Here we go.. a great week ahead!


  • Monday 6pm - Monday Maniacs are heading to LTS.  This is one of the favorite spots for the Maniacs, and so, we're back!  Plan to run any distance you like and return for the social! LTS is located at 2001 32nd Ave NW Rochester. 
  • Tuesday 6:15pm - Tuesday Trail Crew hits Julius's farm! There is a loop that crosses over itself at one point, so the distance options are nearly limitless.  The full loop is about 2.2 Miles. Bring a beverage and join the backyard social afterwards.  Julius is located at 46601 180th Ave Zumbrota - but due to some construction you'll want to follow the directions below. 
    • Due to the overpass construction people coming from the south should turn off on 480 Street before you get to the Mazeppa exit and that road intersects 180 ave just south of us. If that is too confusing you can just take the 2nd Zumbrota exit (hwy 60) and then go back to the hwy 58 exit and let Google lead you to the address . A note we are just .5 miles past McDonald's on 180 ave and you can't see the house when you turn in the driveway just drive up the hill and it is there
  • Tuesday 9pm - The Night Owls roll along the Douglas Trail, starting at the trail head located along Valley High Drive near IBM.  Break out the headlamp and join the fun on this great out and back location! 
  • Wednesday 6pm - Speed work moves back to the track in Byron. We'll crank up the sound and run around! The track is located behind the Middle School at 601 4th St NW Byron
  • Thursday 6pm - Team R.E.D. heads to the Bears Den! We'd love to see a big crew there for some routes of 3, 4 or 6 miles! - remember, walking and running are both options!- Eating and Drinking is too!