Saturday, December 3, 2016

It's the weekend - Have some fun!




We had a great time at the Undie Mile tonight! - Congrats to one of our newest members Joachim as he won the Fastest Male Title in a time of 5:31 under the cover of darkness.   Congrats are also in order for Cassy as she defended her 2014 championship by finishing in 6:09!

Cassy trying to be a bit taller... no worries about your height Cassy, you can run when you're cold! 

Joachim & Cassy... Champions! 

In addition to declaring fastest cold weather runners, we had a competition for Best Undies! - We found an impartial set of judges and after our contestants made the rounds the judges gave great thought and selected the skimpiest! Winners are pictured below along with the judges who are all guilty of judging! How dare they!


Best Undies Award Winners and Judges - left to right, Rox, Joachim, Paula, Claire, Todd & Jerry - oh, Jerry has some stories! 
Everything we did tonight was fun! Yet there are more opportunities.. check out the rest of the weekend below, and look for updates on next week Monday - Thursday being posted soon!

Dec 3rd 7:15am:  Off Season Striders are hitting the road from the Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center.  This is a great group that can connect you with others while getting miles through the winter!

Dec 3rd 10am:  Pajama Mile! Run one mile in your Jammies during Byron's BrrrFest! Cost is just $10 + a Food Item or Clothing Item for the Food & Clothing Drive ($25 Family Max cost!).  You can register race day starting at 9am! 


Dec 4th 8am:  Off Season Striders are heading to a great spot to catch the trail system and that's Panera South.  Often a great coffee social post run! 

Dec 10th 8am:  Santas On the Run takes place at A Childs Kingdom! - This is a fun event that many Team R.E.D. members participated in the past. Get your santa costume and have a blast! For more information follow this link.  http://www.medcityevents.com/santas-on-the-run.html




Dec 10th 7-10pm:  Team R.E.D. Ugly Christmas Sweater Bowling Championship - held at Sandbaggers in Byron - 501 Frontage Rd NE  -- Details from the Facebook posted shared below - if you are not on Facebook and want to RSVP, please send us an email at byron.teamred@gmail.com 


  • It's that time again for a little bowling & beer! 
  • Put on that ugly Christmas sweater and get ready to challenge for the Best TEAM RED BOWLER!
  • A nice little prize for the Champion Bowler will be awarded.
  • COST WILL BE $10.00 AT THE DOOR!!!
  • The set-up will be just a bit different this year as Sandbaggers is still in the construction phase with the kitchen. The cost this year is just for the bowling at $10. All beer, wine, mixed drinks, soda and frozen pizzas will be available for you to purchase. We may also bring in some small snacks, chips, etc. (no drinks) since their kitchen is not complete. If you plan on bringing some snacks etc, please provide any plates, bowls and utensils too for your snack. 
  • We will draw for lane assignments and winners will keep advancing to a final 4 and one wild card....Winner take all!
Dec 19th 6pm:  Caroling on the Run! This is a Monday Night event and a highlight for many members! 
  • We ask that you bring a cash donation of any amount you are comfortable with.  In the past most donations have been in the range of 10-30 dollars.  
  • Do not worry about how much you can donate... it's a general pot, we are not asking for a minimum donation, nor are we tracking what any one individual contributed.  Your generosity and spirit of giving already shows by putting yourself into such a unique situation... singing to strangers and doing something nice! 
  • We''ll run to 2-3 restaurants, surprise the customers and staff with 2 songs and then before we leave, we'll buy some meals for some of the customers in the restaurant.  - super fun... then off to the next stop! 
  • Do not worry about how fast you are... we make sure we all arrive before we go in.  Walkers take an alternate route from runners, and we all arrive roughly the same time and go in as a team. 

Friday, November 25, 2016

Thankful!

I hope this Thanksgiving holiday gave everyone a chance to reflect on the things we're all most thankful for.. I know that opportunity existed in our household, and we feel very blessed.

Here's a look at what's going on...

Saturday 7:15am: Off Season Striders are heading out from the Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center. This is a diverse group of runners of many paces.  Join the fun!
Sunday 8am: Off Season Striders are at it again, this time from Dunn Bros North on Elton Hills Drive. Join the run and come back for a beverage and chat!
Monday 6pm:  Monday Maniacs is set to run from the Tap House in downtown Rochester.  What a great place to hit the paths and streets with an opportunity to enjoy one of many beverage choices during the social!
Tuesday 6:15pm:  The Tuesday Trail Crew heads to Carley State Park as last weeks venture was cancelled due to weather. The park is located about 2 miles south of Plainview and offers a great chance to be outside during this fantastic fall weather! http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/carley/index.html
Tuesday 9:30pm:  The Night Owls head to the scene of the evening workouts... meet at the Douglas Trailhead parking lot off Valley High next to IBM.
Wednesday: I'll update this space when I hear the plan for speed! - There is a crew that is adding some sessions, and details will be updated here.
Thursday 6pm:  Team R.E.D. heads to the Bears Den - We'll have routes of 3, 4 or 6 miles and of course, come back for a social in the Home of Team R.E.D. - The Den!

  • Note: The Bears Den is the location for the following two fun events hosted by Team R.E.D. - if you'd like to participate, you'll find registration links below.  If you'd like to volunteer just drop me an email at byron.teamred@gmail.com - note, these are both low key events, so we do not have a lot of volunteer work needed, but we can use a few hands.  


Dec 2nd 6:30pm:  Underwear Mile!  Run one mile in your Undies during Byron's BrrrFest!  Cost is $10 + a Food Item or Clothing Item for the Food & Clothing Drive.  You can register at the following link - https://raceroster.com/events/2016/10854/underwear-mile-dec-2nd-630pm  





  • If you can't make it to the Undie Mile, but still want to contribute, you can bring a donation to Thursday's Team R.E.D. at the Bears Den
Dec 3rd 10am:  Pajama Mile! Run one mile in your Jammies during Byron's BrrrFest! Cost is just $10 + a Food Item or Clothing Item for the Food & Clothing Drive ($25 Family Max cost!).  You can register at the following link - https://raceroster.com/events/2016/10855/pajama-mile-dec-3rd-10am



  • If you can't make it to the Pajama Mile, but still want to contribute, you can bring a donation to Thursday's Team R.E.D.  at the Bears Den

Dec 10th 8am:  Santas On the Run takes place at A Childs Kingdom! - This is a fun event that many Team R.E.D. members participated in the past. Get your santa costume and have a blast! For more information follow this link.  http://www.medcityevents.com/santas-on-the-run.html




Dec 10th 7-10pm:  Team R.E.D. Ugly Christmas Sweater Bowling Championship - held at Sandbaggers in Byron - 501 Frontage Rd NE  -- Details from the Facebook posted shared below - if you are not on Facebook and want to RSVP, please send us an email at byron.teamred@gmail.com 


  • It's that time again for a little bowling & beer! 
  • Put on that ugly Christmas sweater and get ready to challenge for the Best TEAM RED BOWLER!
  • A nice little prize for the Champion Bowler will be awarded.
  • COST WILL BE $10.00 AT THE DOOR!!!
  • The set-up will be just a bit different this year as Sandbaggers is still in the construction phase with the kitchen. The cost this year is just for the bowling at $10. All beer, wine, mixed drinks, soda and frozen pizzas will be available for you to purchase. We may also bring in some small snacks, chips, etc. (no drinks) since their kitchen is not complete. If you plan on bringing some snacks etc, please provide any plates, bowls and utensils too for your snack. 
  • We will draw for lane assignments and winners will keep advancing to a final 4 and one wild card....Winner take all!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Bowling & Ugly Sweaters!

Thursday Morning Run from the O'Leary's has been updated to include an address!

Wednesday:  There is no speed session scheduled for this week. 
Thursday 8am:  The O'Leary's are hosting a Thanksgiving Morning Run/Walk from their home at 805 1st Ave NW Byron....    simply a chance to join each other, appreciate each other before we all go onto our own Thanksgiving gatherings.  Light snacks, coffee, and a few adult breakfast beverages will be provided. 
Thursday Gobble Wobbles .. you can join any Gobble Wobble and have fun... here's one led by Mom's On the Run      http://rochestertrackclub.com/main.asp?SectionID=3&SubSectionID=28&ArticleID=904
Thursday Team R.E.D. - there is no official Team R.E.D. run the evening of Thanksgiving night.. I hope you all enjoy the day with friends and family... and of course.. we'll see you soon!

Dec 10th 7-10pm:  Team R.E.D. Ugly Christmas Sweater Bowling Championship - held at Sandbaggers in Byron - 501 Frontage Rd NE  -- Details from the Facebook posted shared below - if you are not on Facebook and want to RSVP, please send us an email at byron.teamred@gmail.com 

  • It's that time again for a little bowling & beer! 
  • Put on that ugly Christmas sweater and get ready to challenge for the Best TEAM RED BOWLER!
  • A nice little prize for the Champion Bowler will be awarded.
  • COST WILL BE $10.00 AT THE DOOR!!!
  • The set-up will be just a bit different this year as Sandbaggers is still in the construction phase with the kitchen. The cost this year is just for the bowling at $10. All beer, wine, mixed drinks, soda and frozen pizzas will be available for you to purchase. We may also bring in some small snacks, chips, etc. (no drinks) since their kitchen is not complete. If you plan on bringing some snacks etc, please provide any plates, bowls and utensils too for your snack. 
  • We will draw for lane assignments and winners will keep advancing to a final 4 and one wild card....Winner take all!

Friday, November 18, 2016

The weekend has arrived!

Here we go...

Saturday 7:15am:  Off Season Striders step out from the DAHLC - this seems to have settled in as a nice Saturday morning starting location!
Saturday 7:30pm: The Night Crawler Run takes place as Essex Park! Check out the details at http://robinevents.com/all-events#n18 as they are planning for bonfires, s'mores, beer and more!
Sunday 8am:  Off Season Striders head to 5-West... this is another great location to run, walk and come back for the social!
Monday 6pm:  Monday Maniacs are going to Buffalo Wild Wings. This gives us a new starting location with new places to run...  and that is always fun!  - 10% of proceeds are being donated to a local broomball team - let's do it!
Tuesday 6:15pm:  The Tuesday Trail Crew is heading to Carley State Park.  This is a fun place to celebrate the outdoors .. park at the main entrance parking lot.  Afters are typically held in plainview.
Wednesday 6pm:  This week is an off week, but there has been a movement of speed sessions on Wednesdays, simply not on the track - I'll try to include these workouts as I'm aware.
Thursday 8am:  The O'Leary's are hosting a Thanksgiving Morning Run/Walk... simply a chance to join each other, appreciate each other before we all go onto our own Thanksgiving gatherings.  Light snacks, coffee, and a few adult breakfast beverages will be provided.
Thursday Gobble Wobbles .. you can join any Gobble Wobble and have fun... here's one led by Mom's On the Run      http://rochestertrackclub.com/main.asp?SectionID=3&SubSectionID=28&ArticleID=904

Thursday Team R.E.D. - there is no official Team R.E.D. run the evening of Thanksgiving night.. I hope you all enjoy the day with friends and family... and of course.. we'll see you soon!

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Chester Woods Registration Now Open!

Today we opened the Mason Run @ Chester Woods registration.. I want you to note, without increasing the final price tag we have added some sweet price breaks for early registration, especially nice these next couple of weeks!  - Get registered at https://raceroster.com/events/2017/10771/chester-woods-trail-races

Please help spread the word about all the price breaks, but especially the 5K prices, and encourage neighbors and friends who might otherwise shy away - 10 bucks for a 5K right now! - I'd love to see more kids at this event, and the 5K is a perfect way for them to fall in love with running and trails.

***** What's Next?  *******

Clothing Drive:  Byron's BrrrrFest Dec 2nd/3rd.  Team R.E.D. has always been behind fundraising, community impacting events, and we'd like to see that continue with your help for a clothing drive!  Note there are two events coming up soon, one with the adults in mind, and another with families in mind. - Whether you participate in the races or not, please consider bring clothing for this drive. Let's make an impact! -- Online registration for each of these events will be available by Nov 13th. 
    • Friday Dec 2nd - 6:30pm - Adult only Underwear Mile
      • Free Team R.E.D. membership or renewal for fastest Undie Miler Male and Female. 
      • Additional prizes offered for most favored undies! - judges are random people selected at the Bears Den on event night. 
    • Saturday Dec 3rd - 10am - Family Friendly Pajama Mile on Dec 3rd 
      • We call it a 1-Mile but it is in 1/4 mile loops, so even little ones can get it done! - Run 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 or the full mile - it's all for goodness!
      • We'll have ribbons for all participants.  

*** Now to the more immediate ***
  • Sunday 8am: The Off Season Striders are checking out the new location for Charlies (previously Charlies Pub & Eatery on 2nd Street) but is  now located at north end of the Hillcrest Plaza - same plaza as God Fathers Pizza. 
  • Sunday 10am:  There's a walk to support Veterans at Soldiers Field Memorial in Rochester. This is a great way to say "Thank you!" - Dress in Red-White-Blue and grab a flag!  Then go on a 1 to 2 mile walk - they will have a few sandbags if you want to get a feel for what a soldier may carry.  
  • Monday 6pm:  Monday Maniacs are heading to WildWood Bar and Grill in Rochester.  Get a great run on the area trails - the weather sure seems to be in our favor this season! - come back for a wonderful social - Monday fitness/social - what better way to start your week! 
  • Tuesday 6:15pm:  The Tuesday Trail Crew is heading to Whitewater State Park to Howl at the Supermoon! - Meet at the Nature Store parking lot, enjoy the park and head to Mauer Bros for the post run social! 
  • Tuesday 9:30pm: The Night Owls figure it doesn't actually get any darker as the night goes on, so they'll run! - Meet at the trail head parking lot for Douglas Trail - located at Valley High Drive near IBM.   Enjoy the peaceful weather we've had this fall! 
  • Thursday 6pm:  Team R.E.D. is heading to the Bears Den in Byron.  Come join us at our official Home! we'll have routes of 3, 4 or 6 miles and of course come back for the social of smiles! 

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Tonight it's Brothers and then we head to the weekend!

  • Thursday 6pm:  Brothers Bar & Grill in Rochester for the run/walk - and of course the social! - Please park in the back - we'll likely do the route talk just inside the back door - as always, try to keep the pathway open for customers who are coming and going. 
  • Saturday 7:15am:  The Off Season Striders are running from the Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center. 
  • Sunday 8am: The Off Season Striders are checking out the new location for Charlies (previously Charlies Pub & Eatery on 2nd Street) but is  now located at north end of the Hillcrest Plaza - same plaza as God Fathers Pizza. 
  • Sunday 10am:  There's a walk to support Veterans at Soldiers Field Memorial in Rochester. This is a great way to say "Thank you!" - Dress in Red-White-Blue and grab a flag!  Then go on a 1 to 2 mile walk - they will have a few sandbags if you want to get a feel for what a soldier may carry.  

Thursday Brothers!

Here we go... I thought after cross country season I would be more ahead of this!

Thursday 6pm:  Brothers Bar & Grill in Rochester for the run/walk - and of course the social! - Please park in the back, as that way we don't take up prime spaces and immediately leave for 45-60 minutes! -  I'll be sure to get the details for the weekend posted in the next day...

Tom O'

Monday, November 7, 2016

Holy Cats! We have more group runs!


Happy Election Day to you! - vote your conscious and then join a group run!  
  • Tuesday 6:15PM: The Tuesday Trail Crew - SE MN Trail Runners are heading to Bill Barnicale Woodlands.  If you're not familiar with this hide-away you can meet the group and caravan to the space... details below.. Plan for a social in a warm cozy location nearby.  
    • We'll run the old stagecoach trail thru Bill Barnacle Woodlands. If you're feeling adventurous feel free to run some of the single track mountian bike trails. Meet at the old BP gas station (now Minnoco) near the Rochester KOA on Highway 52 south of I-90 to caravan out to the site.
  • Tuesday 9:30pm:  The Night Owls continue the fun along the Douglas Trail... meet at the trail head located on Valley High Drive near IBM.  It's a great group... dedicated to not running into any trees! - It's safe to say, "no trees have been harmed in a Night Owl run"
  • Wednesdays - the track is pretty dang dark by the time most people get off work.  Watch the Facebook page for Wednesdays updates - if you want some sort of speed or tempo, you will learn about it there. 

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Next Couple of Days


  • Sunday 8am:  Off Season Striders are gathering at the People's Co-op in Rochester. What a great downtown location to scoot around, and come back to enjoy a snack, beverage and social! 
  • Monday 6pm:  Monday Maniacs are heading to Grand Rounds Brewpub located on the corner of Broadway and 3rd St SW in Rochester.  - Another great downtown location and great location for a social! 

Sunday, October 30, 2016

The Week Ahead!

The Monster Dash seemed to be full of Team R.E.D. types, as does the Marine Corp Marathon! - Nice work everyone!

Rose & Bob either looking for a Taxi or saying Hi to the SE MN Trail Runners!

Peter looking very touristy but ready to rock!

Jim, Scott, Kirsten, Sonja, Gwen, Lorelei and Shaun sight-seeing before the race!


Monday 6pm: LTS is the scene for Monday Maniacs.  We'll get our run rolling and come back for the social.  It is Halloween, so consider a costume for the evening!  
Tuesday 6:15pm:  The Root River County Park is the spot for the Tuesday Trail Crew.  This is a pretty small park, so you pick, two loops? three loops?  Bring a beverage for the parking 'afters'.  The park is located at 4012 80th St SE, Rochester, MN, 55904  - I'm not sure why, but the SE MN Trail Runners seem fascinated with Porta Potty's to the point Lonna made a cake!

Tuesday 9:30pm: The Night Owls will get together once again at the trail head of Douglas Trail - the trailhead is located along Valley High in Rochester (near IBM). 
Wednesday:  With much of the racing done, I'm not planning to set up any official track workouts, unless people tell me "but that's what we want!" If you know you're going to execute a speed session, and you want joiners, please let me know and I'll post it.  - the Track in Byron is open most evenings this time of year. 
Thursday 6pm:  We'll head to the Bears Den in Byron to get out for a run or walk.  This is a great location for anyone who has considered coming, but has been nervous.  Join us! We'll have routes of 3, 4 or 6 miles, but as with any group event, run or walk whatever distance is right for you, and join the social to meet others! 


** Living History Farms slots still remain**  

We had another Team R.E.D. join the pack a week or so ago.. but there's room for more!  Register at https://secure.getmeregistered.com/get_information.php?event_id=125122  and note, the price increases next Sunday.  

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Team R.E.D. @ Brothers!


  • Thursday 6pm: Brothers Bar & Grill along Broadway in Rochester is the scene for Thursdays Team R.E.D. gathering.  While downtown, and much of the trails are lit, it is certainly headlamp time of year... Join us for a run or walk, and stop into the bar for a post workout social! 
    • As always, at Brothers, please park in the back - if the weather is nice, we'll do the route talk in the parking lot, if it's cruddy, step inside the back door of Brothers and we'll chat there.  See you soon! 
  • Saturday 7:15am: Off Season Striders are gathering at the Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center for a group run.  This gets you downtown for the fun! 
  • Saturday 9am/9:30am:  The Spirit Run is on again from Holy Spirit Church in Rochester. This is a family fun event with courses from 1K to 5K to 10K!  Get in costume if you dare!
  • Sunday 8am:  Five West is the scene for Off Season Striders.  After a workout, join for a great breakfast and chatter!  

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 https://secure.getmeregistered.com/get_information.php?event_id=125122




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!