Saturday, August 20, 2016

Catching up!

A great morning for the Healthy Human Race today! - Shane and I were getting a long run in and we were able to see many of you competing or volunteering!  Awesome work all!

Let's get right after the schedule, since I'm so far behind with my posts!

Sunday 8am:  Off Season Striders are heading out from Five West along circle drive near Costco.  This is a great location to hit some trails, or neighborhoods and of course come back for some social time with a yummy breakfast!
Monday 6pm:  Monday Maniacs hit a location we haven't got to for awhile, it's Whistle Binkies North.  Excellent to run in another area of the city! - Also, a wonderful patio experience post run or walk!
Monday 6pm: TerraLoco $5 5K charity series rolls all summer!  Meet at TerraLoco and support this weeks charity.  Often door prizes, always fun!
Tuesday 6:15pm:  Ho Ho Ho it's off to Oxbow we go! Many know the joys of running or hiking the trails of Oxbow, but do you know the joys of doing it with the Southeast Minnesota Trail Runners?!  Join the fun! Meet at the 1st bridge (main picnic area) Bring a beverage and/or something for munching, as the shelters provide a great spot to re-hydrate.
Tuesday 9:30pm:  The Night Crew is hitting the Douglas Trail again... they are gathering at the Trailhead along Valley High Drive near IBM. - It's a great out and back after the sun has set! Typically a parking lot social, as long as they don't get caught!
Wednesday 6pm: Speed on the track in Byron!  The track is located behind the middle school at 601 4th St NW.  Do not be intimidated from joining a track session, this is a place to make yourself a better runner and no matter what your pace, we all finish when we hit the finish line on the 400M track!
Thursday 6pm:  Team R.E.D. has a special night planned... and the O'Leary's are the home hosts.  Join us at 805 1st Ave NW in Byron.  The O'Leary's are providing Chicken Wings, Brats, Beer, Water and an acoholic slussee.  If you would like something else to drink, please bring your own, and bring a dish to share.  Also we're planning some yard games with some great trophies, so you would be wise to bring a lawn chair and a competitive spirit!

We're excited to host this night, as we're also celebrating with a Going Away Party for Janelle!  Team R.E.D., Byron Cross Country & Track will all miss her but fine city of Boston and her man Jake get to have her back now!   Come help us send Janelle off with a fun celebration!

Here are Emily and Janelle 'working' with Byron Cross Country....
How can she leave when she already had the greatest job in the land! Coaching!  - photo courtesy of Coach Woo



Friday, August 12, 2016

Great Turnout!

An excellent turnout for the Peterson's home host night - Thanks so much for having us!  The weather held off and provided a great night for a walk or run, along with some back deck fun!


The Healthy Human Race is just 8 days way! - There's still time to register and/or volunteer!  It takes a lot of people to put on a quality race, and any help you can provide is very much appreciated!



Here's a look at the weekend and into next week...

Saturday 7am:  The long run from the RAC is climbing in mileage!  This week it's a 19 mile route for marathoners and about 9 miles for half marathoners.  This is a great way to get your miles, with volunteer support along the way! - Bring $1 to help offset cost of aid station supplies.
Saturday 8am:  It's Western Days in Chatfield.  Join the 10K at 8am and/or the 2 mile at 9:30am!  More details at http://rochestertrackclub.com/main.asp?SectionID=3&SubSectionID=28&ArticleID=885
Saturday 8am:  Kasson holds it's annual Festival in the Park - Join the 5K or 1 Mile Fun run and enjoy the day!  More details at http://rochestertrackclub.com/main.asp?SectionID=3&SubSectionID=28&ArticleID=880
Sunday 8am: The Off Season Striders will find themselves out and about.  I haven't seen the location yet, but will update when I do.
Monday 6pm:  Monday Maniacs are heading to Cowboy Jacks.  Nothing says fun run like peanuts in a shell post run!  There are a lot of paces among the group, come join us!
Monday 6pm:  TerraLoco continues it's $5 5K charity series.  I can't stress enough what a good thing this is for the community! They make impact each week, and give people a place to come together.
Tuesday 6:15pm:  The Tuesday Trail crew heads to Chester Woods... home of the famous Mason Run @ Chester Woods!  Gather at the parking lot near the Beach House.  Come out for a run or hike on the great trails and then we'll settle into a picnic area for a fire and beverages (bring your own fire - Dan will supply the fire).
Wednesday 6pm:  It's time for speed! Get on the track in Byron and go! No matter what your current pace, this workout will make you stronger and faster. The track is located behind the Byron Middle School at 601 4th St NW.
Thursday 6pm:  Team R.E.D. heads to the Bears Den in Byron.  Come out for a run or walk at the original home of Team R.E.D. - well, it would be the original home, but the Den did move.  At any rate, join us for routes of 3,4 or 6 miles and come back for the social.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Home Hosts Rock!

Thursday 6pm:  Team R.E.D. has another fantastic Home Host!  Mike and Sarah Peterson are located at 708 4th St NE in Byron and they are ready for you!  They are providing something yummy like Burgers or Chicken... and if you'd like to bring something to share that's always welcome!  Bring your beverage of choice and a lawn chair too.. it's bound to be another beautiful night to be outside!

I'll provide the update to get us through the weekend later this afternoon! 

Friday, August 5, 2016

All the fun... and we get to run!

Here's a quick post for the weekend and beyond....

And first...  I wanted to let you know we received a very nice card from the Rochester Flyers for our contribution of $1845.  Knowing the effort that teams puts forth is a great reminder for all of us, that getting to the start line is often tougher then getting to the finish.  You've already accomplished so much by committing to do it! Keep on doing it!

Tonight 5pm-9pm:  TerraLoco is hosting an Olympic Opening Ceremonies Party at Kathy's Pub!  Should be a lot of fun.. if you participated in their Olympic Village Challenge you'll receive some free food and free drink!  - Non-participants could probably come hang out and enjoy for cash!
Saturday 7am:  The half and full marathon training runs from the RAC continue.. they always do!  15 miles for the full marathoners, 8 miles for the half marathoners! - Bring $1 to help support the aid stations. ---  Also, consider volunteering to host an aid station on occasion as the aid stations make these runs the best long runs!
Saturday 8am:  The Douglas Trail 11 Mile Race - this is a Rochester Track Club event and RTC members will receive a $5 discount. Race day registration is available at the start area located in Douglas at the parking lot along the Douglas Trail.   - Watch for Byron Cross Country along the course, providing the best water you've had that morning!
Sunday 8am:  Off Season Striders are gathering at Panera South for a group run. Typically 4-8 miles (whatever you like really).  Conversational pace, and conversation post run too over a cup of joe...
Monday 6pm:  The Monday Maniacs are always out there - and heading to a favorite location- that's LTS - located at 2001 32nd Ave NW, Rochester.  - Great location to hit the pavement, and follow with quality beverages! - Oh, and they have a patio!
Tuesday 6:15pm:  The Tuesday Trail Crew heads to Root River Park for a Ramble around! - It's a fun place as you can loop the space (about 2 miles per loop) and choose your mileage without breaking away from the crowd.  Here's a link with more info about the park...  https://www.co.olmsted.mn.us/pw/parks/rootriverpark/Pages/default.aspx
Tuesday 9:30pm:  The Tuesday Night Owls are heading to Douglas.  Remember, this is the community of Douglas & the Douglas trail... so show up at the parking lot in Douglas along 75th Street to join the fun! Bring a beverage if you wish!
Wednesday 6pm:  Speed on the track in Byron! - Last week was super warm and the turnout was fantastic! - If you're new to a track workout, you can always modify it to what fits your current ability and readiness...  you'll never be more than 200 Meters from a teammate!   Come join the fun.
Thursday 6pm:  Team R.E.D. has another fantastic Home Host!  Mike and Sarah Peterson are located at 708 4th St NE in Byron and they are ready for you!  They are providing something yummy like Burgers or Chicken... and if you'd like to bring something to share that's always welcome!  Bring your beverage of choice and a lawn chair too.. it's bound to be another beautiful night to be outside!



Saturday, July 30, 2016

... into next week!

Here's a quick post to get you up to date on the group run opportunities quickly approaching!

Sunday 8am: Dunn Bros North is the site of the Off Season Striders group run! This is a nice location, with some tasty treats available for after the workout.  Join us!  - Also, if you need additional miles, a couple of people are planning to pre-load starting at 6:30am.  You are welcome to join that group too!
Monday 6pm:  Monday Maniacs is heading to Douglas for some miles on the trail.  Meet in the town of Douglas at the trail parking lot.  Bring a beverage for post workout if you like, or if the weather dictates, we can always head into the local Social Club - cash only!
Tuesday 6:15pm:  The Tuesday Trail Crew is heading to incredible Holzinger Bluff trails that overlook Winona. - the doors to Wenonah Brewing will be open for the post workout social! It sounds like a few people are arranging a carpool / caravan from Rochester,  - you may want to visit the SE MN Trail Runners Facebook page to get into that conversation.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/829830250409870/
Tuesday 9:30pm:  The Tuesday Night Owls are starting at a new location this week. Join them at Claires place and she has a couple of ideas for routes... join the crew at the Gates of Rochester, 2015 41st St NW (near Fareway Foods and Best Buy).  Here are the directions for parking that she provided from her previous home host. Turn right at the leasing office, right at the T intersection in the back, right into the first parking lot, and park next to the sand volleyball courts.
Wednesday 6pm:  Team R.E.D. cranks the speed on the track in Byron. Join us know matter how fast you are... this is a chance for everyone to get faster and while many will do one workout, there are always options to do what you feel is best for you. - yet remember, it's ok to be outside of your comfort zone. 
Thusday 6pm:  Team R.E.D. is at the Bears Den in Byron and we'll hits the streets for routes of 3, 4 or 6 miles.  Of course, circle back to the Den for the post workout social! 

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Through the weekend we go!

If you're interested in a Bus trip this November, please be sure to vote on the poll along the right hand side of the blog.  - it's always a blast to travel together! 

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For the ladies... Wendy has designed a new ladies cut tee and she's taking pre-orders to ensure people get the right size.  Please check out her Facebook post copied below.  

Hello ladies of Team RED. I am putting in an order for women's cut performance t-shirts. See image below. Here is a link to the exact shirt we are ordering. The size information is in the Product Measurements tab.   http://www.sanmar.com/sanmar-servlets/CatalogBrowser…

Please let me know the size you would like by email at wtoleary@hotmail.com subject line womens tee. You can also tell me in person at Team RED on Thursday. I do not have an exact cost until I know how many we are ordering, but I expect about $20. Deadline is August 12. I am sure you are wondering, but Tom says he has a plan for the singlets!

Ladies Cut performance tee - email sizes to Wendy at wtoleary@hotmail.com

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I sure do like the cloud cover and cooler temps today!  Hope to see many of you tonight at the Schmitt's Home Host!  
  • Tonight 6pm:  Thanks to the Schmitt family for inviting us to their home at 3440 Lachencrest Lane NW Rochester (Yellow house with 2 white garage doors). 
    • The routes are planned at distances of approx 3, 4 and 6 miles.  
    • Our hosts are providing lawn games, food and beer to celebrate summer at #cascade  
    • Please bring lawn chairs, a dish to pass, or anything else you may want to drink. 
    • Please note that parking is very limited in front of the house, so you may want to park on Lake Street or Interlachen Lane.  Please be cognizant of the No Parking signs.  
  • Saturday 7am:  The marathon & half marathon training runs continue, and the miles are climbing! - This week the marathoners go 18ish while the half go 8 miles.  Gather at the RAC for the route talk and away we go! 
  • Saturday races: 
  • Sunday 8am:  Off Season Striders will find their way around Rochester! - I haven't yet seen the start location, but will update when I do!  Please check back!

Additional Upcoming races!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Thursdays Home Host Info !


  • Wednesday 6pm:  Speed on the track in Byron! - Join us as we push each other around the track located behind the middle school at 601 4th St NW. 
  • Thursday 6pm:  Thanks to the Schmitt family for inviting us to their home at 3440 Lachencrest Lane NW Rochester (Yellow house with 2 white garage doors). 
    • The routes are planned at distances of approx 3, 4 and 6 miles.  
    • Our hosts are providing lawn games, food and beer to celebrate summer at #cascade  
    • Please bring lawn chairs, a dish to pass, or anything else you may want to drink. 
    • Please note that parking is very limited in front of the house, so you may want to park on Lake Street or Interlachen Lane.  Please be cognizant of the No Parking signs.  




Saturday, July 23, 2016

More good stuff!

Wow... you all are amazing!  Thursday night, Amy and I had the privilege of presenting a check in the amount of $1845 to the Rochester Flyers - Special Olympics Track Team!

This check represents good works by you all! 

A portion of the team is accepting the check.. we were met with great enthusiasm. 
As I reflect back on the year, we have made some positive impact for a number of organizations,  You are such a giving Team!  - Including 3 more kids running for FREE in a race last weekend... we will continue to gift kids entries, thanks to the Scholarship Fund, which we as team members fund.

It should also be said, we couldn't do this without our great sponsors! Be sure to thank them and support them!   Links to all their websites are on the right hand side of the blog.  Amazing group that has stuck with us for a long time!


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Below, I'm carrying the schedule out a bit further...

Sunday 8am:  Off Season Striders are gathering at Panera South to get out for a run - forecast indicates Sunday will be much more pleasant! Enjoy a walk or run, and stop back for coffee and chatter!
Sunday Anytime after 1pm:  The Melby's are moving and we're having a party!....  Join us in celebration of Shelly, Anna, Madison and Carson Melby's move to Alexandria. The celebration takes place at the Carpenter & Hakes home at 1017 8th Ave NW Byron. Bring the whole family! - Bring beverages and lawn chairs. Bring snacks to pass if you would like. Hope to see you Sunday. Kim & Gail.
Monday 6pm:  Monday Maniacs are hitting one of their favorite locations.  Join us at LTS because Life's Too Short.  - If Sunday is currently looking good, Monday is looking even better!  You can run or walk, and come back for a beverage and talk! LTS is located at 2001 32nd Ave NW Rochester. 
Tuesday 6:15pm: The Trail Crew is heading to Oxbow Park.  This is always fun location to connect.  Bring something to drink as a parking lot party could break out... if the weather doesn't permit, the Den is just a short drive away! 
Tuesday 9:30pm:  The Night Crew is at it again.  Same location - meet at the trailhead of the Douglas Trail along Valley High Drive in Rochester (between IBM and the Postal Facility).   This group is enjoying some cooler night air, and the post run fun! 
Wednesday 6pm:  Let's hit the track again in Byron.  - This is a workout designed to get us all faster! - The track is located behind the Middle School at 601 4th St NW Byron.  


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Upcoming local(ish) races:  The Rochester Track Club has a nice calendar to keep you up to date where the races are locally.. check it out at http://rochestertrackclub.com/

To simplify I pulled a few race links from that calendar...  and one that  a member shared. Always remember, one of our great sponsors, TerraLoco has a weekly 5K and you can see all of their updates via Facebook - a new charity every week! - What a great option - check out their link!   https://www.facebook.com/terralocomn5K/?fref=ts








Friday, July 22, 2016

Hot enough for ya?

I hope everyone is staying active and staying hydrated!

Team R.E.D. was strong at the Torchlight 5K.. .and strong on the track in Byron this week! Nice work everyone!

Celebrating the 5K Team R.E.D. Style! 

Dan, Jill, Marv, Janelle and Jeremy hit the track for some speed in the heat! 
A quick look at whats ahead the next few days....

Saturday 7am: The Marathon & Half Marathon training long runs continue.  This week the routes are 15 miles and 8 miles respectively. There are 3 aid stations along the long route.  You can see the route by visiting the following link http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6914201   You can also see Jim's updates weekly by visiting the Rochester-MN Running facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/841313812611321/
Saturday 8am:  The Rochester Women's Race - this is a favorite race for many of the ladies.  The 4 mile race is held at East Silver Lake park.  You can find more information at http://rochestertrackclub.com/main.asp?SectionID=3&SubSectionID=28&ArticleID=882
Sunday 8am:  Off Season Striders are gathering at Panera South to get out for a run - forecast indicates Sunday will be much more pleasant! Enjoy a walk or run, and stop back for coffee and chatter!
Sunday Anytime after 1pm:  The Melby's are moving and we're having a party!....  Join us in celebration of Shelly, Anna, Madison and Carson Melby's move to Alexandria. The celebration takes place at the Carpenter & Hakes home at 1017 8th Ave NW Byron. Bring the whole family! - Bring beverages and lawn chairs. Bring snacks to pass if you would like. Hope to see you Sunday. Kim & Gail.
Monday 6pm:  Monday Maniacs are hitting one of their favorite locations.  Join us at LTS because Life's Too Short.  - You can run or walk, and come back for a beverage and talk! LTS is located at 2001 32nd Ave NW Rochester.


Sunday, July 17, 2016

Let's Keep on Hoppin'!

What a great weekend so far! - The Beer Mile was a great success!  Here's a link to the KTTC coverage of the vent.  http://www.kttc.com/story/32451174/2016/07/14/beer-mile-championship-raises-money-for-special-olympics#

 I'll post pictures from the Beer Mile in our next post as we're scrambling right now to get ready for this afternoons Kids Mile and Parade! - Quickly I'd like to get some info out regarding the next few days so you know where to go!

The fun continues today with a Team R.E.D. Sponsored FREE Kids 1-Mile along the parade route in Byron!


  • Sunday 2:30pm:  Kids Mile - bring your kids and let them run along the parade route! This is absolutely free - but an adult must sign a waiver for the young one to receive a bib #.  
    • Volunteers for this event should plan to arrive at the Historical Center at 1:45pm today to get ready.  
  • Sunday 3pm:  Team R.E.D. Marches in the Byron Good Neighbor Days parade which starts at the Middle School at 601 4th St NW.   We are the 13th unit, so if you plan to march, please arrive by 2:45pm and line up! - Those volunteering at the Beer Mile will join as soon as we can! 



  • Monday 6pm - The Monday Maniacs are heading to the Tap House.  What a great location for some downtown and bike path running, followed by a chance to get up on the Roof Top! - Join in the fun! 
  • Monday 6pm:  TerraLoco continues their $5 charity 5k series! This is such a great service to the community!  All you need to do is show up at TerraLoco and donate $5 to the current week's charity! Then run your 5K and meet others like you! 
  • Tuesday 6:15pm - The Tuesday Trail crew is heading to Lost Creek Trail for some fun! See the details below provided by Dan & Lonna.  
    • We'll do the point to point (about 6 miles) Lost Creek trail near Chatfield. Come run with us and wish Rose well on her new adventures in life! Meet at Groen park (turn right off of 52 if coming from Rochester at the only stoplight in Chatfield and watch for the park on your left) and we'll caravan/carpool out to the trailhead. Also a great preview forhttp://www.zapevent.com/reg/event/10963 coming up August 13th!
  • Tuesday 9:30pm: I have every reason to believe theirs a night time run taking place from the trail-head of the Douglas trail.  (located along Valley High Dr between IBM and the Postal center. - Bring a headlamp for this one! 
  • Wednesday 4:30pm:  Details are still being worked out regarding travel.  Approx 10 members are going to the Torchlight 5K - it's a great race and still time for others to join!  But you have to register! - I will send those members an email about the travel plans late Monday afternoon. 
  • Wednesday 6pm:  Hop on the track in Byron for some speed! The tack is located at the Middle School at 601 4th St NW.  I'm not planning to make it this week, because I'm going to Torchlight, which means you will have to make your own music on the track!  
  • Thursday 6pm:  Team R.E.D. is at the Bears Den! - Home of the highly successful beer mile!  Join us for a route of 3, 4 or 6 miles and come back for the social!  

Let's Keep on Hoppin'!

What a great weekend so far! - The Beer Mile was a great success!  Here's a link to the KTTC coverage of the vent.  http://www.kttc.com/story/32451174/2016/07/14/beer-mile-championship-raises-money-for-special-olympics#

 I'll post pictures from the Beer Mile in our next post as we're scrambling right now to get ready for this afternoons Kids Mile and Parade! - Quickly I'd like to get some info out regarding the next few days so you know where to go!

The fun continues today with a Team R.E.D. Sponsored FREE Kids 1-Mile along the parade route in Byron!


  • Sunday 2:30pm:  Kids Mile - bring your kids and let them run along the parade route! This is absolutely free - but an adult must sign a waiver for the young one to receive a bib #.  
    • Volunteers for this event should plan to arrive at the Historical Center at 1:45pm today to get ready.  
  • Sunday 3pm:  Team R.E.D. Marches in the Byron Good Neighbor Days parade which starts at the Middle School at 601 4th St NW.   We are the 13th unit, so if you plan to march, please arrive by 2:45pm and line up! - Those volunteering at the Beer Mile will join as soon as we can! 



  • Monday 6pm - The Monday Maniacs are heading to the Tap House.  What a great location for some downtown and bike path running, followed by a chance to get up on the Roof Top! - Join in the fun! 
  • Monday 6pm:  TerraLoco continues their $5 charity 5k series! This is such a great service to the community!  All you need to do is show up at TerraLoco and donate $5 to the current week's charity! Then run your 5K and meet others like you! 
  • Tuesday 6:15pm - The Tuesday Trail crew is heading to Lost Creek Trail for some fun! See the details below provided by Dan & Lonna.  
    • We'll do the point to point (about 6 miles) Lost Creek trail near Chatfield. Come run with us and wish Rose well on her new adventures in life! Meet at Groen park (turn right off of 52 if coming from Rochester at the only stoplight in Chatfield and watch for the park on your left) and we'll caravan/carpool out to the trailhead. Also a great preview forhttp://www.zapevent.com/reg/event/10963 coming up August 13th!
  • Tuesday 9:30pm: I have every reason to believe theirs a night time run taking place from the trail-head of the Douglas trail.  (located along Valley High Dr between IBM and the Postal center. - Bring a headlamp for this one! 
  • Wednesday 6pm:  Hope on the track in Byron for some speed! The tack is located at the Middle School at 601 4th St NW.  I'm planning to make it this week, which means we'll get the benefit some some music from the stadium sound system!  
  • Thursday 6pm:  Team R.E.D. is at the Bears Den! - Home of the highly successful beer mile!  Join us for a route of 3, 4 or 6 miles and come back for the social!  

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Lots of Stuff!

Team R.E.D. Membership and Renewal Drive kicks off at the Beer Mile on Thursday Evening!  The renewal drive will run through the end of August  - Remember, if you became a member in 2016 you are not due for renewal until next year, however, if your membership began in 2015 or earlier, you are due to renew! 
  • New members pay just $20 and receive a Team R.E.D. Tee, along with a Team R.E.D. Duffel Bag! 
  • Renewing members pay just $10 and receive a Team R.E.D. Duffel Bag!
  • You can register or renew online at http://form.jotformpro.com/form/41986407849976  or in person. However, if you pay with cash, always pay Wendy not Tom! - Wendy is the smarter O'Leary.
Yours with renewal! Great for race day! 

Claire excited about what she can buy new to put in her duffel! 
Shane is saving his money so he can renew and score one of these great duffels! 


Team R.E.D. related events during Good Neighbor Days Weekend

  • Thursday 7pm - Beer Mile at the Bears Den! Please consider participating or signing up as a spectator so your dollars can still support the Rochester Flyers Track team! - Special Olympians! 
    • Race Day registration is available starting at 5:30pm but If you know you're coming, it helps us a lot of you pre-register.   https://raceroster.com/events/2016/8947/beer-mile  
    • Online Registration closes at Midnight on Wednesday 7/13 - register now! 
  • Saturday 8am - Byron Good Neighbor Days 5K & 2.5K - This is another great race in support of high school athletes!  - The race takes place at the Byron Middle School, 601 4th St NW. 
  • Sunday 2:30pm - FREE Kids mile - Team R.E.D. hosts a 1 mile race along the parade route during Byron Good Neighbor Days!  It's lots of fun, we can use more kids running and volunteers!
    • A sign-in table will be set up near the Historical Society on 4th Street (just two blocks east of Country Road 5).  
    • A parent signature is required on the waiver before a child will be given a Bib #
  • Sunday 3pm: Team R.E.D. Marches in the parade! Lorelei Hanson even wrote an all ages appropriate chant for us to sing! 
    • Meet at the Middle School parking lot after the Kids Mile. 
  • Sunday Post Parade: You're all invited to the O'Leary's back yard at 805 1st Ave NW in Byron for a post parade party complete with Beer & Brats!
Other events going on 

Wednesday 6pm:  Get your speed on the track in Byron! The session provides a chance to get faster, and test yourself - we typically discuss a workout during the warmup and then get after it.  If you don't like the workout that was selected, you can always do your own thing.  
Saturday 7am:  The long run from the RAC is always a great option.  The run is supported with Aid stations and they simply ask for $1 per week to help stock the stations. This weeks routes are 15.5 nd 7.5 miles respectively.  Also, please consider volunteering at an aid station from time to time, it's pretty fun and gets you out of a long run! 
Sunday 8am:  Off Season Striders are heading to Dunn Bros North for a great morning of running, chatting and coffee'ing! This is a great group and everyone is able to pick their own mileage, often it's in the range of 5-8 miles.  
Wednesday July 20th: Torchlight 5K - This is a fun, fast course! - Starts at the Bascillica, runs along the Torchlight parade route and finishes crossing the fantastic Stone Arch bridge near the Guthrie Theatre.  At the finish line, Live Music and Free Beer! 
  • USATF Minnesota 5k Championship- Torchlight 5k
    • Race Registration is $30 until race day. (A discount of $10-$15 adult pricing.)
    • https://register.chronotrack.com/r/17647
    • No discount code necessary, register for the USATF 5K Championship in order to be scored and timed in that category - MUST have a USATF membership # and associate with Team R.E.D.
    • Receive a preferred start!
    • If 25 people register and chip in $25 each - we can charter a bus!  If 30 register the cost drops to $20 a head! 

I forgot to post this previously, so better late then never, right?  A couple of great cakes have shown up at the Team R.E.D. home host nights! - This one showed up at the Paradise home! I hope i'm right on this, but I think Bob is the creative one who brought it!

A special thanks goes out to all of our Home Hosts! Those are always great nights! 


Friday, July 8, 2016

More Updates!

I know you were all worried about the Spotted Cow being returned to it's rightful owner, I think you for that concern!  I mostly want our Avocado back! - the owner has been located and the exchange of cool coolers is scheduled...

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Group runs updated below...

Go For The Gold July 9th - This event offers a 5K, 3K and kids races! - It's a great fundraiser for the Brighter Tomorrow's group which is dedicated to supporting families impacted by Childhood Cancer. You can get your registration details at the following link.   http://rochestertrackclub.com/main.asp?SectionID=3&SubSectionID=28&ArticleID=864

The Nut House Challenge has 3 events... Friday (tonight) - Saturday  - Sunday! You can find something you'll enjoy in this mix, or do it all! Details are at http://rochestertrackclub.com/main.asp?SectionID=3&SubSectionID=28&ArticleID=883

Saturday 7am:  The Marathon and Half Marathon training runs are rockin'... 7 miles for half marathoners, and 13.5 for Full marathoners.  Gather at the Rochester Athletic Club and bring one dollar to help support the aid provided along the way. 
Sunday 8am:  The Off Season Striders are heading to Panera South for a group of fun running!  Followed, of course, with some coffee and social time! 
Monday 6pm:  Monday Maniacs are heading to WildWood Bar and Grill.  It's been a bit since we visited this location, and there is great access to many trails from there! 
Monday 6pm:  TerraLoco continues the 5K charity Runs and it's always fun! Just $5 gets you in, and you help a local charity! 
Tuesday 6pm Volunteer Opportunity:   The All-Comers meets continue at John Marshall - All kids are welcome to compete in a variety of events! If you're available to volunteer for this wonderful event please contact Gwen gwenjacobson@charter.net
Tuesday 6:15pm:  The Tuesday Trail Crew is heading to Bill Barnacle Woodlands! - People love this location and it's added some single track running!  This is an out and back sort of route, so it makes it great for hikers too!   Come one, come all!  
Tuesday 9:30pm:  The night time runs continue from the Douglas Trailhead in Rochester.  Meet at the trailhead along Valley High drive and find out what this new craze is all about!  
Wednesday 6pm:  The Wednesday night speed work returns!   Meet at the track in Byron (located behind the Middle School at 601 4th St NW, Byron).   We'll get some wheels moving! 
Thursday night! - Beer Mile!  This is a great event and we're raising money for the Special Olympics - Rochester Flyers track team.  Even if you can't make it Thursday, please consider clicking the following link and registering for the zero point zero spectator pass! - Either way you're supporting a great organization! https://raceroster.com/events/2016/8947/beer-mile

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Here's the weekend!

A great night at the Paradise home... thanks much for hosting! All severe weather held off and the route was as advertised, downhill!

Wendy and I brought this really cool cooler with us, but we think we came home with someone elses cool cooler which looks just like ours... for the record, the someone else took ours first, so I have this one as our negotiation tool.  By the way.. it's Zipperless!

Zipper-less according to the label












If it's actually zipperless, what is that below the zipperless label?


Contents untouched for now... make an offer Spotted Cow!
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This weekend we have some options!

The Nut House Challenge has 3 events... Friday - Saturday  - Sunday! You can find something you'll enjoy in this mix, or do it all! Details are at http://rochestertrackclub.com/main.asp?SectionID=3&SubSectionID=28&ArticleID=883

Saturday 7am:  The Marathon and Half Marathon training runs are rockin'... 7 miles for half marathoners, and 13.5 for Full marathoners.  Gather at the Rochester Athletic Club and bring one dollar to help support the aid provided along the way.
Sunday 8am:  The Off Season Striders will undoubtedly be out and about.  I simply haven't yet heard where.  Check back for an update on that.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Discounts and More!

I hope you all enjoyed a safe and happy Independance Day celebration today (and the weekend!)   To keep the celebration going, here are a couple of discounts for some great local races! - Get signed up before they expire (1 day from now!)  
  • Scheels Healthy Human Race promo for all events (half marathon, half relay, 5K) starting July 3 and ending July 5. This will be the best promo we will offer throughout the registration period from now until August 19. Sign up between July 3 - 5 and receive 25% off the registration fee!!! Do it now and don’t delay (or forget). After July 5th, all reg fees will go back to their normal price. Please go to www.healthyhumanrace.com and enter the promo code: 4THOFF

  • Scheels  Med City Fall Events Save 25% on your entry fee when you register for any Scheels Med City Fall event, which takes place in September - register between July 3 and July 5 using code 4THOFF! medcityevents.com  
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Volunteer Opportunity! - The Rochester Track Club All-Comers Meets continue on Tuesday at John Marshall High School track.  Gwen & Ann do great work with this event, but they can use more help! If you'd like to volunteer, please email Gwen at gwenjacobson@charter.net  - Things get underway at 6pm, but of course, we'd love for you to arrive a little early to get your job assignment! 

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Here's what we have going on the next few days - 

  • Tuesday 6:15pm:  The Tuesday Trail crew is heading to Quarry Hill to log 5 miles or so, while dodging the ghosts of days gone by!  Meet at the parking lot near the tennis courts at the end of 9th St NE - a map below may help you find the parking.   There will be some parking lot grilling post workout, bring something for the grill if you like!  

  • Tuesday 10pm:  The Tuesday Night Night crew is at it again! If you're up for some fun in the dark, meet at the Douglas Trail Head along Valley High Road in Rochester.  Bring a headlamp, or run in the dark if you dare! 
  • Wednesday 6pm:  TerraLoco is hosting a $5 charity 5K for the Special Olympics - Rochester Flyers Track Team! - This is an organization Team R.E.D. is supporting through this years Beer Mile as well, so I suggest in lieu of a track workout, we head to TerraLoco and crank a 5K!   - This is also the kick-off for their Olympic Challenge - of which Team R.E.D. is considered an Olympic Village Partner. 
    • If you're not familiar with the challenge - essentially, you'll track your mileage, or time spent working out, and log points.  Below is a chart that shows how the points work - and you may need to click on it to enlarge it and read it! 
    • For anyone who would still prefer a track workout - the track in Byron is available. 



  • Thursday 6pm:  Team R.E.D. has a home host! - Thanks to the Paradise family for inviting us to their place at 355 Carlisle Lane NW, Rochester.   Our hosts are providing Burgers, Brats & Beer - Bring a dish to pass and anything else you may want to drink.  Bring a swimsuit as well!   Also, the good news is.. every run is downhill from their house! 
    • We're aware this is a 1st Thursday and typically we'd be at the Bears Den, but fear not, we'll be at the Bears Den the next two Thursdays! - Including the Beer Mile!