Saturday, February 17, 2018

The Week Ahead.... and St Pats!

This morning marked the first day of Full & Half Marathon training long runs from the RAC! - I hope everyone enjoyed the chance to get out with that big group, and get focused for the race season approaching!
  • Sunday 8am:  Roosters Too! near Fleet Farm, is the site of Off Season Striders.  Join the crew for a fun run, and stick around for a post workout social! 
  • Monday 6pm:  Monday Maniacs are gathering at the Frieght Yard on Civic Center Drive.  We'll log some miles, and come back to this fun bar for the social! 
  • Tuesday 6:15pm: Tuesday Trail Crew is running or snowshoeing the Bronk Plowline. Long loops and short loops available for this fun location. - Parking is limited so the team is meeting at Mandy's place at 6420 Woodland Blvd, Minnesota City. - and don't forget about the fun Afters! 
  • Tuesday 9pm:  The Night Owls are enjoying the location and social from Glynners, and with that said... Glynners it is! Join the crew for the fitness and stay for the social! 
  • Thursday 6pm:  Team R.E.D. is breaking pattern on the rotation this week, by request of a Birthday girl. Wendy O' has requested the Bears Den - and that's where we'll be! Join the route of 3, 4 or 6 miles and come back for some rock, paper scissors!   
Many of you have had a chance to ride the St Patrick's celebration bus in the past, and if you been on board, you know it's fun! - If you haven't, now is your chance! Typically we've ridden in conjunction with St Pauls Lucky Palooza celebration, but this year we'll ride on St Patrick's day, as March 17 falls on a Saturday,

Check out the details from Paul & Annette below.. 

It's that time of year again!  Time to get your green on for another bus trip up to St. Paul to celebrate St. Patrick's Day which falls on a Saturday this year!  We'll go pub hopping on Saturday, March 17.  For some odd reason they're doing the Lucky Palooza party on 7th St. the week before, but we're going for the real deal on the 17th.  We have a motor coach reserved for the first 45 people to sign up.  

This year we're going to try a BYOB and lower the bus cost to $20 per person.  So team up on coolers or we'll have cooler space and ice if people want to go the communal cooler route.

We'll hit some of our old favorites like Sweeney's, Billy's, O'Gara's, The Liffey, etc..

We'll leave from Somerby (new location) around noon and be back before 9. 
Help us get the word out and invite your friends and relatives.  All are welcome.
Please respond asap and let us know how many spots you'd like to reserve.  You can make your checks out to either one of us. 
Let us know if you have any questions.
We're looking forward to another fun day!!
-Paul and Annette O'Chmielewski (paul's cell: 226-7546)

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Two Events w/Registration Open

In the previous post I referenced multiple events hosted by Team R.E.D.   Of those events.. two are currently accepting registrations. The rest will open in the coming weeks...

June 2nd - Mason Run @ Chesterwoods - Register at

July 14/15 - Minnesota Nut House Challenge - Register at

Wednesday, February 14, 2018


I'm excited to announce Team R.E.D. is officially the new host of the Minnesota Nut House Challenge.  With that said, we'll be seeking people who want to volunteer and take on small race day roles, or larger roles to help shape Team R.E.D.

With this transition, we have acquired the TritonEvents Website, and I'm seeking a webmaster. Do you have skills AND time to help us update and maintain a website?  If you do, please email me at 

You'll see a list of races we currently support from a Race Directing standpoint. If you're interested in learning to race direct, and willing to volunteer, please email me at

We are now Directing all of the following events - and it's awesome! With that said, it takes a lot of volunteers, so if you want to be part of any one of these events, please email me with your availability!  -

  • June 2nd - Mason Run @ Chesterwoods - 5K, 10 Mile, 50K 
  • July 14/15 - Minnesota Nut House Challenge - 1 Mile, 5K, 10K, Half Marathon 
  • July 19 - Beer Mile - 1 Mile / 4 Beers  - We plan to meet International Rules in 2018
  • July 22 - Free Kids Mile - Byron Good Neighbor Days Parade
  • Nov 30 - Underwear Mile - Adults Only
  • Dec 1 - Pajama Mile - Family Friendly 

Along with these races, we are big supporters at many local events!  Our volunteer time makes a difference, as does our participation rate! So please keep on supporting all local races!

Speaking of volunteers...

We're seeking a key volunteer for the Med City Marathon Weekend. Team R.E.D. hosts a booth at the Expo, and I'd love to name a volunteer coordinator to track that we have our booth fully supported as I come an go throughout the weekend.  *we do some work there by checking ID's and banding people for the post race party, so we are a pretty busy booth!  If you can coordinate our staffing, that would be awesome, please email me at 

Saturday, February 10, 2018

The week ahead!

Here's a quick look at the upcoming week... and please consider voting on the poll on the right hand side of the blog.  We want all of us to have a great experience in the group gatherings!
  • Sunday 8am:  The off Season Striders are at it again, this time from Dunn Bros North. Same plan, different day! Join the fun!
  • Monday 6pm:  Monday Maniacs are crusing 2nd Street by gathering at Beetles Bar & Grill at 230 20th Ave SW Rochester.  Join the fun and swing back for the social!
  • Tuesday 6:15pm:  The Tuesday Trail Crew hits up Gamehaven. This is a great spot on the edge of Rochester, and of course, the Afters are always fun at Roosters Too!   Gather at the parking lot at 45th St. SE 
  • Tuesday 9pm:  The Night Owls never back down. Join the group run from Glynners in Rochester, and head back to Glynners for the great social time! 
  • Thursday 6pm:  Team R.E.D. is back in Byron for a run or walk from the Bears Den.  We'll plan on routes of any distance, however you'll typically find options of 3, 4 or 6 miles.  We're bringing back the Rock Paper Scissors challenges too! A chance for a gift card! 

Friday, February 9, 2018

The winner is...

I want to thank everyone who submitted an entry into the It's so cold.... contest!  Our entry numbers were strong, our votes were weak.... so, without further ado .. 

The Winner is Sonja!  - Congrats Sonja... you have won a $20 gift card to the Bears Den! 

Also, here is a peek at a few pics from Thursdays fun on the run! 

Social Ice Creatures of R.E.D.
Gwen, Cindy, Tom, Sarah, Don, Chad, Mike, Shane & Brian 

Dancing downtown!

Here's a look at the weekend.. 

Saturday 7:30am:  The Off Season Striders hit the road from Charlies, located in Hillcrest Shopping Center.  The route get's chatted just before take-off.. you can always choose your distance, and  your pace!  - Come back for the social!
Sunday 8am:  The off Season Striders are at it again, this time from Dunn Bros North. Same plan, different day! Join the fun!

Reminder: The Marathon & Half Marathon Training long runs start Saturday 2/17.  You do not need to be a member of any running club to join these runs. Just bring $1 to help support the aid stations.  This is another group that covers all the paces, do not be afraid to join the crew! 

Saturday, February 3, 2018

The Week Ahead!

Here's a look at the upcoming week... it's going to be a fun week!  **Also, remember to vote on the poll on the right hand side of the blog. Voting closes at 4pm Sunday. 

  • Sunday 8am:  The Off Season Striders step out from Brothers Bar & Grill - Please park in back, and meet just inside the back door for the route talk. You will be home in plenty of time for a nap and a Super Bowl party!
  • Monday 6pm: The Monday Maniacs are heading to Dooley's.  This is a fun location to cruise around downtown, and of course come back for the social!  Remember, if you order Chocolate Milk and Beer here, you want to specify two glasses (unless your intent is to mix them!)
  • Tuesday 6:15pm:  Bill Barnacle State Woodlands is the site for the Tuesday Trail Crew. You can meet at the Minnoco in Marion to caravan to the parking lot.  (it's a tucked away spot!).  Always fun, and afters will be at Roosters too! or Thirsty Belgium - game time decision. 
  • Tuesday 9pm:  The Night Owls are enjoying the routes from Glynners Pub in Rochester. Join the late crew and have some fun logging miles! Of course, a social to follow! 
  • Thursday 6pm:  Grand Rounds is the host of Team R.E.D. this night.  We'll cover all of downtown by foot, and enjoy the social after!  Grand Rounds is a major sponsor of the Nut House Challenge as well. 
Last Thursday we rejuvenated our Rock Paper Scissors tourney and the winner was a relative Newcomer as Lindsey took down Elaine in the finals... congrats!

Don and Kasey try to learn some skills from Elaine and Lindsey in the Championship!

Contest.. It's so cold!

Check out the poll on the right hand side of the blog.  One of the entries seen there will win a $20 gift card to the Bears Den! Please vote....

Saturday 7:30am:  The Off Season Striders keep it rolling from Charlies at Hillcrest Shopping Center in Rochester.  The Saturday's at Charlies continue this week and next.. then the Saturday runs transition to the RAC for the Marathon and Half Marathon training runs.
Sunday 8am:  The Off Season Striders step out from Brothers Bar & Grill - Please park in back, and meet just inside the back door for the route talk. When the Marathon / Half Marathon training starts, these Sunday runs typically continue.

We'll get you a look at Monday through Thursday yet this weekend!  Enjoy the great outdoors and don't forget to tune in for the Super Bowl Commercials - well, the game too!

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Congrats are in order!

Congratulations to several Team R.E.D. members for being recognized for their contributions!  All very much deserved!

The Rochester Track Club honored Gwen Jacobson with the Runner of the Year Award! - As you may know, Gwen is pursing her goal of Marathons in all 50 States, but that's not all, she's tackling them at sub-four hours as well!  In addition, Gwen volunteers and supports some many others within the running community.

Gwen "Runner of the Year!" with  last years winner, Steve DeBoer

Here we have a pic of three deserving ladies.  Ruth wins the Service Award, Gwen with the Runner of the Year Award, and Sonja takes home the Dwight Pierson Award!  These awards represent the tireless service they all give to the community!  Nice work all!

Ruth, Gwen & Sonja with the hardware! 

Also, during the Minnesota State High School League Track & Field Coaches Banquet, Eric Klein was recognized as Class-A Coach of the Year! 

Eric and his St Charles Coaching Staff

Here's a look at the week ahead...

Monday 6pm:  Monday Maniacs are cruising out of Kinney Creek Brewery in Rochester.  Come out for a run or walk, and come back for some beverages and a mean game of  Hammerslagen!
Tuesday 6:15pm:  The Tuesday Trail Crew gets off their Asphalt at Whitewater State Park.  You can run, snowshoe, hike.. whatever you like! Afters are at Mauer Bros.
Tuesday 9pm: The Night Owls hit up Glynners Pub in Rochester.  Several people find this later opportunity very nice! Get out and  connect on the run... come back for a social!
Thursday 6pm:  Team R.E.D. runs from the Bears Den in Byron. We'll have our customary routes in the range of 3, 4 or 6 miles, but as always, do what's right for you! Don't forget to come back for the social!

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Stories To Tell!

Several Team R.E.D. members have been jet setting all around the states, and globe for that matter! I'm looking forward to the stories they will have to share!

Many of you were able to check in, and help Travis and Monika while they were in Rochester for Travis' surgery. That's so awesome that people were able and willing to help the friends of a friend. Nice work all!

The snow did not hold on for the Sunday Snowshoe, but possibly Monday will bring us a pile to play in.  Here's a look at the week ahead. Remember, for all the group opportunities, you can Run. Walk. Hike. or skip all that and simply Eat. Drink!

  • Monday 6pm: The Monday Maniacs are heading downtown, gathering and finishing at the Tap House in Rochester.  Join the crew and log some miles, before coming back for the social!
  • Tuesday 6:15pm: The Tuesday Trail crew hits up Chester Woods Park. You may log your miles in running shoes, or possibly snowshoes! El Carambas is the spot for Afters. 
  • Tuesday 9pm: The Night Owls are heading to Glynners Pub again this week. What a great chance to get some miles, especially if it's difficult for you to be ready by 6pm each night. Join for the miles, and hit up the post run social! 
  • Thursday 6pm:  Team RE.D. is rolling from Broadway Pizza in Rochester. We'll scour the northern side of town, before coming back to have a great social.  

Thursday, January 18, 2018

It's the weekend!

Here's a look at the weekend... it includes a possible Snowshoe, but, we do not really know the snow conditions just yet, and it may warm up enough to muck up what we have!  Join us either way, as we'll either snowshoe, or hike!

Saturday 730am:  Off Season Striders get rolling from Charlies Pub & Eatery at Hillcrest Shopping Center in Rochester.  People run quite a variety of distances, and re-unite back at Charlies for a social!
Saturday 9am: Winterfest Frigid 5K in St Charles. See link below with upcoming events for more details.  The event is organized by Team R.E.D. member Eric Kline.
Sunday 8am:  Off Season Striders are sure to be out, but I have not yet seen the location. Check back for details or request to be added to Jean's OSS Distribution list. 
Sunday 1pm:  Team R.E.D. Snowshoe??  Maybe! Meet at the 1st bridge of Oxbow Park, just north of Byron.  The 1st bridge lot is the 2nd lot on your left as you enter the park via the gravel Cty Rd 105. If snow permits we'll snowshoe, if not, let's hike! - this early afternoon start will ensure great temps, and plenty of time to get home for the 5:40pm NFC Championship game! - AFC game kicks off at 2:05pm.

Updates for next week will be posted on Sunday.   Upcoming events are listed below...

Whitewater WinterFest Frigid 5K
Jan. 20  9am
St. Charles 

Annual RTC Banquet
Saturday, Jan. 27 
Canadian Honker Events at Kahler Apache
Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Mike Joyner

Rochester Winterfest XV -Optimist Club
Feb. 4th

2018 Spring Season Marathon/Distance Training
Feb. 17th
Rochester Athletic Club

Friday, January 12, 2018

Please Note: Off Season Striders Update

5 Team R.E.D. members dared to step outside on Thursday night, and by all reports, it was very do-able! - Mileage ranged from 3 to 5 to 10 miles!  Wendy brought our group total to 6 when she stopped in for a glass of red wine. Seems wise!

The weekend is here and that typically means, Off Season Striders! Due to the sub zero temps, Saturday's regularly scheduled run is cancelled, and they hope to get some miles on Sunday.

Saturday - OSS Cancelled
Sunday 8am - OSS is running from the New Panera along 16th St SW in Rochester.
Monday 6pm - Monday Maniacs head to the Freight Yard on Civic Center Drive in Rochester.  Join the crew and log some miles, come back to the Yard for a great selection of beverages and food if you like! - Remember the social is a piece of what helps us make stronger connections!
Tuesday 6:15pm - Tuesday Trail crew heads to Quarry Hill in Rochester. The trail are fun this time of year! We gather at the parking lot at the end of 9th Street NE, by the snow covered tennis courts. Location for the social is a game time decision.
Tuesday 9pm - The Night Owls have a new kick off spot this week! - Join the crew at Glynners Pub. What a great chance to get out and log some miles! - Don't forget to have a post workout social with the team!
Thursday 6pm - Team R.E.D. rolls into and out of the Bears Den in Byron. Take your choice of distance, just be sure to come back to the Den!  See you soon!

Below are a few of the upcoming events in the area! - the information is stolen directly from Jean and her OSS email. 

Whitewater WinterFest Frigid 5K
Jan. 20  9am
St. Charles 

Annual RTC Banquet
Saturday, Jan. 27 
Canadian Honker Events at Kahler Apache
Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Mike Joyner

Rochester Winterfest XV -Optimist Club
Feb. 4th

2018 Spring Season Marathon/Distance Training
Feb. 17th
Rochester Athletic Club

Monday, January 8, 2018

New Race! - Whitewater Winterfest Frigid 5K!

This Frigid 5K is organized by Team R.E.D. member Eric Kline.  Join the fun on Jan 20th! Registration is a mere 15 bucks if pre-registered, and $20 on race day.  You can register online at

The race starts at The Garage @ 361 West 5th Street in St Charles.

You know Woo's secret to racing faster... "Run more 5K!"

Friday, January 5, 2018

Here comes the sun... !

According to the worlds #1, top of the line, superstar, meteorologist Cindy Morgan... it's going to get warmer. Really, it is!


Please read the message below from Team R.E.D. member Alyssa Hogan (I know many of you know the wonderful Hogan family). - and as a side note, Alyssa has moved a bit closer, now residing in Eau Claire!
She has wonderful trail running friends from Wyoming, currently in Rochester, seeking medical treatment. She is reaching out to see if we can get together a Meal Support for them while they spend time getting healthy in Rochester Minnesota.
If anyone can help with a meal and if someone smarter then me could help create a schedule, sign up page. That would be totally amazing. A great way to share our support for others. If you can help, please reply to the post in Team R.E.D. Facebook or email me at if you can offer some help. Thanks so much for considering!
See Alyssa Hogan Larsen message below.
When we left Jackson Hole, we left the running club (Teton Trail Runners) in the hands of these two amazing friends... Unfortunately, Travis is facing some serious health issues and he and Monika are on their way to Mayo in Rochester, MN. Give them a boost if you can... and if you're one of my Team R.E.D. running peeps, let me know if you'd like to help with a meal while they're in Rochester! 😘 🏃🏻 🏃‍♀️ #runtribe


A handful got out for some miles from the Bears Den last night.. with the wind as light as it was, the evening was actually a pretty nice night for some miles!

Mike, Brian, Wendy, Sonja, Don, Adam, Sarah and Kasey staying warm!
I really encourage you to get to Saturday's Polar Bear Prediction 5K. It's super fun... you predict your time and the person closest to their prediction, without finishing too fast, wins! In fact, the 10 people closest to their predictions win!  The awards are hand carved Bears, provided by Roger!

You can win this event as a super fast runner, a medium runner, a slow runner or as a walker for that matter. 

You can register online at at or on Race Day at Gloria Dei church in Rochester. Please park on the street to keep room for church goers, as the church is also performing a funeral service Saturday morning.

Registration is just $10 for Track Club members, and $15 for non members.  All registrants receive a warm hat, and a nice lunch is provided by the Rochester Track Club after the run.

Here's a look at the next few days.

  • Saturday 9:30am:  Polar Bear Prediction Run Gloria Dei Church. Predict your time, and take off your watch! - no cheating!
  • Sunday 8am:  Off Season Striders get rolling for 5-West along Circle Drive in Rochester. This may be the warmest it's been in weeks! 
  • Monday 6pm:  Monday Maniacs are heading to Grand Rounds in Rochester. This is a great spot to get us around the city, and back for the social! 
  • Tuesday 6pm:  TerraLoco is hosting a Resolution Night! - It starts with a group run at 6pm.  Various organization will have information tables set up for you to visit if you like (Team R.E.D. and SE MN Trail Runners will both be represented).  
    • At 7pm, there is a panel of guest speakers lined up to share some great stories of motivation, perseverance and the like...
  • Tuesday 6:15pm:  Carely State park is the host site for the Tuesday Trail Crew. This is a fun park to run and a favorite of many! Meet at the first parking lot. 
  • Tuesday 9pm: The Night Owls are burning the midnight oil (well, the mid evening oil anyway).  Join the crew at Beetles Bar & Grill on 2nd Street in Rochester. 
  • Thursday 6pm:  Team R.E.D. is gathering at Brothers Bar & Grill and heading down the path to happiness (or to Silver Lake!).  When we meet at Brothers, please park in the back, and we'll do the route talk just inside the back doors. 

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

2018... and we're off and running!

Happy New Year to all! - The temps are a bit chilly, yet that doesn't need to prevent us from getting outdoors for fresh air, fitness and fun, be sure to dress in layers and join the fun!

Tuesday 6:15pm:  The Tuesday Trail crew hits Eastwood Park at 3330 Hwy 14 East, Rochester. This is a fun, winding trail.  The trail runs close to the parking lot, so in the event you've had enough, it's easy to cut things short! Location for "afters" will be determined during the run.
Tuesday 9pm:  The Night Owls bring in the new year from Beetles Bar & Grill on 2nd street. This is the winter location, and it's a great one, keeping us under the street lamps and near the beer!
Thursday 6pm:  Team R.E.D. is at the Bears Den in Byron. You can walk or run the bike paths throughout town and then come back to the den for the social! - plan on 3, 4 or 6 miles.

Team R.E.D. Bowling was a hit! - Many thanks to Jill & Adam for setting it up, and to all of you who were able to join the party! Pictures to follow Wednesday evening, along with updates on upcoming races in the area!

Saturday, December 30, 2017

OSS Cancelled!

This weekends Off Season Striders groups runs have been cancelled due to the temperatures.

Below is a copy of the email from Jean..

Happy New Years! 
Unfortunately,  it's looking decidedly un-happy for outdoor running for the entire Eve weekend.    Due to bitterly cold temps and windchill, OSS suggests everyone exercise other socialized running options, such as:         
the indoor tracks (DAHLC (downtown is closed Monday), RAC, RAFY, RCTC Field House), to the mall, a blender, a vacuum, after kids, at the mouth, sentences,  just plain `away`.... 

If you  run out of things to do,  be sure to get some online registrations done this weekend,  to take advantage of early-bird specials! 
Use promo code FSIHOLIDAY  to get $15 off RTC's 2018Healthy Human Race   and many other Final Stretch events.    Deal ends on January 2nd!