Friday, October 21, 2016

Walk. Run. Eat. Drink. Dance.

Here's a look at the next group opportunities!  - By the way -- Living History Farms Off Road Race registration is still open! Register as part of the Team R.E.D. team and drop me an email so you can join us on the journey!  This is a blast of an event! You can register at

Saturday 7:15am:  The Off Season Striders are going out for a run from the Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center.  Join this fun bunch, and log some miles!
Sunday 8am: Off Season Striders are back to back.. this time from Panera South. Be sure to stick around after the run and enjoy a nice social with great people!
Monday 6pm: Monday Maniacs heads to Dooley's in downtown Rochester. This is a fun location to hit some bike trails or city streets.. of course, back for the social!
Tuesday 6:15pm: Millville is the scene for the Tuesday Trail Crew.. this is another fun location for an easy out and back along the Zumbro - you can pick your distance, the long crew will be about 6 miles.   Park by the ball fields marked with the red X in the picture below.

Tuesday 9:30pm:  The Night Owls continue the fun on the Douglas Trail. Meet at the trail head in Rochester, along Valley High Road near IBM.  The parking lot is the site of the social!

Monday, October 17, 2016

A few more updates!

Tuesday 6:15pm - The Tuesday Trail Crew is exploring the fall colors of Chester Woods park.  Park near the beach house and since the sun is going down earlier, we'll not only see the colors, but a sunset as well!. - Always a social post trail run!
Tuesday 9:30pm - The Night Owls will hit the Douglas Trail - starting at the parking lot near IBM along Valley High Rd.   This is a fun way to explore the night life!
Wednesday 6pm - Speed work on the track in Byron... this is how we all can get faster! We start right at 6pm, so if you need some warm-up time, arrive accordingly.  The track is located behind the Middle School at 601 4th St NW.
Thursday 6pm - Team R.E.D. is getting together at the Bears Den.  We'll get out for runs or walks of 3, 4 or 6 miles.  Pick your pace, pick your distance and come back for the social!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Keep on Moving! - a couple quick updates below....

Here we go!  There were a lot of great results, along with some struggles at Whistlestop on Saturday, and it looks like some other members found success along the Superior Trails near Duluth!

Best wishes for everyone taking part in Mankato on Sunday!

Sunday 8am:  Off Season Striders are getting the run on from Brothers Bar & Grill.  Park in back and gather near the back door (if weather in poor, head inside the back door!).
Monday 6pm:  Monday Maniacs are heading to Cowboy Jacks...  join for the fun and come back for more fun!  Peanuts in a shell... yum!

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Fall is upon us - and it's wonderful!

Great races in the Twin Cities as well as in Witchita!  Nice work Team R.E.D.!

  • Monday 6pm:  The Monday Maniacs are heading to TerraLoco for the $5 Charity 5K. - Bring at least a $5 donation and you are in! - Remember, you don't have to be limited to a 5K distance, if you want more miles, keep it rolling.   
    • This weeks charity is one that near to the O'Leary family, and in fact, is near to 1 in 4 families - the funds raised go to NAMI - National Alliance on Mental Illness.  Consider joining the run and the fun!
    • Post workout social at WildWood Bar & Grill.  
  • Tuesday 6:15pm: The Tuesday Trail crew is heading to Lost Creek Trail - Groen Park in Chatfield. This is a great trail to run and always fun with the South East Minnesota Trail Runners!  The park is marked with the Red X in the pic below.. 

  • Tuesday 9:30pm:  The Night Owls continue with a run along the Douglas Trail. Meet at the trailhead located on Valley High Driver, near IBM. It's a fun crew! 
  • Wednesday 6pm:  Speed work on the track in Byron ... the track is located at 601 4th St NW in Byron. We sometimes have a post workout social, and sometimes we run and are done!   
  • Thursday 6pm:  The Bears Den in Byron is the sight of Team R.E.D. - Plan on routes of 3, 4 and 6 miles.. then back to the original home of Team R.E.D. for the social! 

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Keep on running.. Keep on walking.. Keep on dancing... Let's go Team R.E.D.!

  • Monday 6pm: Monday Maniacs are heading to LTS - a great spot for a great forecast! - It sure appears like a beautiful night is head, and the company you'll have on your workout is even better!  LTS is located at 2001 32nd Ave NW Rochester. 
  • Monday 6pm:  TerraLoco continues the 5K charity series.  This week benefits the Women's Shelter.  A $5 contribution gets you in the race!  Join the fun! 
  • Tuesday 6:15pm:  The Tuesday Trail crew is heading to Winona to celebrate Lonna's Birthday at Holzinger - Meet at the parking lot adjacent to the lodge, located at 925 W Lake Blvd.  Bring your headlamps or flashlights.  Afters  are TBD.  
  • Tuesday 9:30pm:  It's the Night Owls at it again.  Bring your headlamps for this one too! - Meet at the Douglas Trail Head parking lot along Valley High Drive.  (near IBM).  This crew is consistent and fun too!
  • Wednesday 6pm:  The track work continues on the Track at Byron Middle School (601 4th St NW Byron).   The workout gets determined as we arrive, and of course, everyone has the ability to improvise.  The key is to be with people working hard, and follow that lead! 
    • We had two new members join Team R.E.D. last week at the Track Workout - picture to come! 
  • Thursday 6pm:  Team R.E.D. heads to the Bears Den in Byron. Routes are 3, 4 or 6 miles and loaded with fun! - Come back for the social at the Den! 
Best wishes to everyone racing this upcoming weekend! Be fast, have fun and win at all costs!

When your register for the Living History Farms Off-Road race, be sure to email me at so we can make sure we have enough people to secure the bus! - This is one of the most fun races you'll ever take part in, with 7000 runners, almost 100% in costume! - We haven't yet selected the Team R.E.D. theme, but once we have our team registered, we'll chat that up!

Select that you're part of a team - Team R.E.D. - and our group is co-ed/any age.

We've been Pirates, Pilots/Stewardess, Hillbillies, Underwear, Morph Suits.. what's next?!

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Saturday / Sunday!

Registration is open for the Living History Farms Off-Road Race! - When you register, consider registering as part of a team, then choose Team R.E.D. and co-ed (any age).   Let me know when you register, and if you have interest in a charter bus.. we've had a lot of fun bus rides to this event in the past, one more sounds good to me!

You can register at
and if you are completely unfamiliar with Living History Farms race, it's a charity run with a theme of fun, lots of costumes! - Team R.E.D. has participated as Pirates, Pilots/Stewardesses, Rednecks, Morph suits, Super hero undies...... what's this years theme? - Well that's to be determined, and those who want to go, will have a voice in the choice!

You can see the infancy journey of Team R.E.D. at this link...  we evolved since this day, which was a great day in 2009!
  • Saturday 7am:  The marathon training long run - last of the year, but have no fear! - Off Season Striders is here! - Seriously, when the long runs end from the RAC... OSS picks up a Saturday run, that's very fun! 
  • Saturday 8am:  The Brian Staska Firefighter Cancer Support Network 5K is at Oxbow Park.  Registration starts at 8am.  - Competitive run at 8:30am - Fun Run/Hike at 9am. 
  • Saturday 9am: It's been around 10 years as a fundraising walk, but now there's also a 5K/10K race!  Consider joining Brains Together For A Cure and help!
  • Sunday 8am:  Off Season Striders rolls from Panera South. Always a great location for access to the trails and for some good chatter post run! 

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Wednesday / Thursday!

  • Wednesday 6pm - get your speed on at the Byron Track! - The track is located behind the middle school at 601 1st Ave NW in Byron.  - remember, it's not about how fast you are today, it's about how fast you want to be tomorrow! Let's work on it!
  • Thursday 6pm - Team R.E.D. has another wonderful home host! Thanks to the Eides for having us. Our hosts are providing Pulled Pork Sandwhiches, chips and water.  BYOB and something to share if you would like.  
    • The Eides are located at 27116 - 675th Street, Kasson.   - From Byron on Hwy 14 go West about 3 miles and turn left (south) onto 270th Ave and go about 3-1/2 miles and take a left on 675th Street.  Thye are the 3rd mailbox on the left, if lost, call 507-259-4261.  

Friday, September 23, 2016

The weekend and a bit beyond!

Here we go.. there's a lot going on!

  • Saturday 7am:  The Marathon & Half Marathon training runs are down to 2-to-go! - This week the Longer run is 15ish miles, based on being two weeks from Twin Cities and Chicago marathons.  For those running a marathon a week or two later, you are encouraged to pre-load 5-6 miles and make it your last 20+ run of your training! 
  • Saturday 1pm:  The NAMI Walk is on! - Join us at RCTC with an 11:30am registration - and walk begins at 1pm.  - If you can't join us but want to donate, please consider joining the O'Leary team called O'Nami - you can do so at
  • Saturday 5pm: Med City Fall 5K - all part of the fall half marathon events! - You can register at packet pickup from 10am-4:45pm at Scheels.  
  • Sunday Morning - the Med City Half and 10K... and Post Race party with Nite Shift!   - Volunteers are still need to check id's and pour beer for the post race. Also, volunteers are still needed on the course, check the following link to see where you can still help!!1557387/false/false
  • Monday 6pm:  Monday Maniacs are heading to Pappy's, located along the Hwy 52 frontage road, just south of 19th St.  Monday's are great nights to get out, log a few miles, and meet some people! 
  • Monday 6pm: TerraLoco continues the 5K $5 Charity series.  Join to support a local charity each week and come back for a chance to socialize, and maybe even with some prizes! 
    • Note:  On Monday, October 10th - Monday Maniacs has elected TerraLoco as the location of their run. The charity that evening is NAMI!  - please join us! 
  • Tuesday 6:15pm:  Quarry Hill is the scene for the Tuesday Trail Crew!  It's time to start wearing those headlamps!  Meet at end of 19th street in the parking lot near the tennis courts.  The location is depicted in this map, park by the red X

Tuesday 9:30pm:  The Night Owls are running from the Douglas Trail head in Rochester. The trailhead is located on Valleyhigh Drive near IBM.  This group is a lot of fun! - I'd advise headlamps for this one too!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

It's a Brand New Week!

Many Thanks to all of you who were able to join us for the Pancake Breakfast! - It was a succes, and we had fun raising money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). -   Many thanks also go to the Bears Den for hosting! Very generous of them to support these two great causes!

Kim, Chris, Jim, Cathy

If you are interested in getting involved with NAMI, there is another chance next weekend, as Sept 24th is the Annual NAMIWalks event held at RCTC.  I'm happy to answer any questions as I am the walk manager.  If you can't make it, and want to contribute none the less, you can do so by joining the O'Nami team (that's my team) by visiting...



  • Monday 6pm:  Monday Maniacs are heading to Beetles Bar & Grill in Rochester. - This is always a fun location, and we haven't been there in awhile.  Join us for the run and the fun!  The route is typically 5-6 miles on Monday evenings. - Let's go! 
  • Monday 6pm: TerraLoco continues it's $5 5K charity run.  Non competitive event, with lots of fun! Join the crew!
  • Tuesday 6:15pm:  The Tuesday Trail Crew is heading to Gamehaven for a Wooley Bear hunt! Apparently, depending how many Wooley Bear you find, you can figure out how much snow to expect this year!  
  • Wednesday 6pm:  TerraLoco would love to have Team R.E.D. join their workout as they have a rep doing a demo/sample night from UCAN.    - I'm planning to check it out, and run a bit of an up tempo run that night along the trails.  Consider skipping the track workout, and picking them up and putting them down at TerraLoco! 
    • If you're not familiar with UCAN, it's a nutrition supplement not only for runners, but for anyone with a specialized diet. It contains SuperStarch, a natural, slow-releasing carbohydrate that delivers steady energy. Check out their website here:  It was originally developed for children with life-threatening hypoglycemia and now Meb K uses it to power his marathons.
  • Thursday 6pm:   Don and Sharon Gabrielson are home hosting at 2323 Wilshire Lane NE.  We'll have a couple of route options for you to run or walk, and of course, we'll circle back for the social. 
    •  Our hosts will provide hamburgers, hot dogs, chips water and after dinner cigars.  Bring your own beverage and an optional dish to share.  
    • Theme: Wear your favorite sports team apparel. Note that there will be a separate serving line for Packer's fans.  
Volunteers!  - Team R.E.D. could use some volunteers to help us check id's and pour beer at the post race party for the Med City Fall Half Marathon.  The party runs from roughly 9am-1pm - if you can help for any piece of that please let me know by emailing me at   - Remember, Kasey and Nite Shift are the band, it should be a very fun post race celebration! 

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Pancakes & More!

Here's a look at the weekend!

  • Saturday 7am:  The Marathon & Half Marathon training long run from the Rochester Athletic Club.  Get your miles in with this group run... long route is 21ish miles and there are aid stations along the way. 
    • Note: This route includes an option to run to Byron, and get shuttled back to Rochester. The reason to run to Byron is the next bullet as you can have a chance to have breakfast while supporting two charities. 
  • Saturday 8am-10:30am - All-You-Can-Eat Pancake breakfast at the Bears Den! - This event is supporting the National Alliance on Mental Illness and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.  Two great causes, one great breakfast!
    • Special thank you to the Bears Den for the generosity in hosting the event
  • Sunday 8am:  The Off Season Striders are gathering at Panera South for a group run.  Distance can be whatever you like with OSS... join the fun, and stay for the social!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Home Host is a Special Theme!

  • Thursday 6pm:  Home Host with a special theme.  It's "Melby Night" -- if at all possible, don't miss this night. Details below... 
    • Jill & Adam Walter are hosting at 1286 Brookfield Ct NE in Byron, 55920
    • The Theme is Melby Night.  We know there are many Team R.E.D. members with great memories of our great friend Paul Melby, and there are many who never met him.  On Thursday,  if you know Paul, please come and share some stories, if you never met this man, please, please, please come and hear the stories!  He was incredible. 
    • During our routes of 3 or 5+ miles we'll visit the Melby Park - adopted by Team R.E.D. At this location we'll clean up any trash, we'll share some stories, and have a cold beverage, Hamms was his choice, so Hamms in your choice! 
    • We'll finish our routes and enjoy a great night at the home of Jill & Adam Walters..
    • For the theme, please consider wearing your "Melby T-shirt" if you have one, otherwise a Team RED shirt, or anything red.   Let's have some fun, and recognize a meaningful person in so many lives.   - If you never met Paul, but are open to hear his story, you will feel his impact through others. 
    • Our hosts are providing a Pesto Pasta Feed, Gatorade & Water.. and Hamms beer! Please bring a dish to pass if you like, an outdoor chair, and of course if you're not sure about Hamms (shame on you).. bring our beverage of choice! 

Sunday, September 11, 2016

A new week.. new fun!

  • Monday 6pm:  Monday Maniacs are gathering at a favorite hangout, LTS!  Plan on a run of 5-6 miles and come back for a social. LTS is located at 2001 32nd Ave NW in Rochester. 
  • Monday 6pm: TerraLoco continues to drive positive forward with their $5 5K charity runs.  It's a non-pressure event and helps someone every week! 
  • Tuesday 6;15pm:  The Tuesday Trail Crew is heading to Eagle Bluff Environmental Center.. I've been there with our Cross country team, and there are some great trails to explore!  Meet at the Star Deck parking lot and enjoy!
    • If you have interest in seeing a high school cross country meet before you go to Eagle Bluff, the Byron Bears are hosting on Tuesday starting at 4:30pm for the Jr High athletes.  We would love some love! Go Bears! 
  • Tuesday 9:30pm:  The Night Owls are out!  Meet at the parking lot of the Douglas Trail - trail-head on Valley High (near IBM).. it's a great chance to connect and not worry about how you look!  - this group is consistently fun! 
  • Wednesday 6pm:  Get your speed on the track in Byron! - The track is located behind the Byron Middle School at 601 4th St NW.   
  • Thursday 6pm:  Home Hosted by the Walters family at 286 Brookfield Ct NE Byron. They are working on a theme, and details of the evening are forthcoming.. although I can assure you we will get out for a run or walk - your choice!

Saturday, September 10, 2016

The Weekend!

  • Saturday 7am:  The RAC runs are rolling! You do not need to be a member of the Rochester Athleteic Club, or any club for that matter to participated.  The long course is 19ish Miles and the 1/2 Marathoner course is about 8 miles.  Looks to be great running weather! - Be sure to bring $1 to contribute to the support we have along the way!
  • Saturday 6:45pm:  The Night Beat 5K is in it's 7th year.. it takes place at Rochester's Soldiers Field. This is a great fundraiser to help build a memorial for Fallen Officers in SE Minnesota.  More details found at
  • Sunday 8am:  Newts North is the location for the Off Season Striders.  Jump in with the crew and come back for coffee, breakfast or a cold one! 

Monday, September 5, 2016


Two recent updates / clarifying points..

Tonight 6pm: Bears Den in Byron for however many miles you like!
Tuesday 9:30pm:  The Night Owls are rolling from the Douglas Trail trail head at Valley High Drive (next to IBM and the Postal Center).

The complete look at the week is in the Sept 2nd post.

See you all soon.. enjoy a safe holiday!