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


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! 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Home Host Thursday!

Thursday 6pm - It's a home host!  We've all been invited to join Heidi at her place for a run or walk, and of course, come back for some great social time!  

Heidi is providing Sloppy Joe's, Chips & Veggies... she will have water and some beer. - Please bring a dish to share, and any other drinks you may want.  Our hostess is located at 715 2nd Ave NE in the charming community of Plainview.   See you there! 


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Fun Fun Fun!

Tuesday 6:15pm - Tuesday Trail Crew!   Join us at Eagle Bluff near Lanesboro tonight at 6:15pm!  It's always fun, and sometimes even more fun!
Tuesday 9pm - The Night Owls run the Douglas Trail from the trail head along Valley High near IBM.  It's always fun, and sometimes even more fun!
Wednesday 6pm - Speed work on the track at Soldiers Field.  It's fast, it's furious and it's all about getting better! - Did I mention it's always fun, and sometimes even more fun?  Well, it is!
Thursday 6pm - Home hosted by Heidi !  Home hosted nights are my favorite, and I'll get you all the details after tonight's cross country meet in Byron!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Tonight is the Tap House!

6pm Monday! - Tap House is the place to be for a Monday Maniac Run and of course a great social afterwards.  Sarah said she would be there if she didn't die, and I have seen photographic evidence that she is indeed still alive!

During the Vikings drubbing of the New Orleans Saints, I'll update the rest of the week... which includes a wonderful Home Hosted Thursday Night!

Saturday, September 9, 2017


Congrats to all of you busting your tail at Superior and the Revel Marathon!  - You are all doing amazing things!

Here's a quick look at what's up Sunday - then tomorrow, I'll update the week ahead!

Sunday 7:30am - Off Season Striders are heading to 5 West. This is a great location to log some miles, and the breakfast social is yummy!
Sunday 4:30-7:30pm - The Rochester Track Club is hosting their annual picnic.  This is a good time to get to know some of your fellow RTC members.  The location is Eastwood park picnic shelter.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Keep it going!

Saturday 7am:  The marathon / half marathon training long runs are hitting a sweet spot! 19.4 miles from the Rochester Athletic Club this weekend, with the half marathon group hitting roughly 10. The route is supported with 4 aids stations, please bring $1 to donate for stocking the aids stations.
Sunday 7:30am: The Off Season Striders hit Roosters Too at 4576 Maine Ave SE Rochester. Join the fun, and stick around for the social side of things.
Monday 7:30am:  The Off Season Striders have a special holiday run, and that kicks off at Dunn Bros on Elton Hills Drive in Rochester.  Don't forget to join for a coffee post workout.
Monday - Note: Monday Maniacs are taking the day off.  
Tuesday 6:15pm:  The Tuesday Trail crew hits the Root River County Park located at 4012 80th St SE. This is a grass trail with a 1.9 mile loop, and you can run or hike as many or as few of the loops as you like.  Join the parking lot party, and bring a beer to share if you like!
Wednesday 6pm:  Speed work on the track at Soldiers Field in Rochester again this week. Someday we'll be able to get back to the Byron track and enjoy that new sound system, but for this week, Soldiers Field is the spot.  If you need to warmup, and we all do, arrive a bit early so we can get into the workout at 6pm.
Thursday 6pm:  Team R.E.D. heads back to the Bears Den for a walk, run and some fun! Join the crew, meet some people and enjoy the original home of Team R.E.D. - routes are typically 3, 4 or 6 miles, but as always, go as far or as short as you want!