Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Routes are up!

Thursday night we'll be at the Bears Den!  The long route of 6 miles, is shown as an out and back... if the gravel road at 20th street is dry, we might change that to a big loop.. either way, it's a hilly route!

REMINDER:  (Thanks Joe for mentioning this).   If you want to register for USA Track & Field as a member of Team R.E.D.  be sure to check the boxes closely, as there is another club called Minnesota RED and that's not us!   Here's a link to the USATF membership page.   Team R.E.D. club # is 0435

  • Membership in USATF is not a requirement tied to being a member of Team R.E.D., but it is a requirement if you want to Race on the club circuit (and gain guaranteed entry into the TC 10 Mile, which is otherwise Lottery only)   
  • If this is the first time you've heard of USATF and wonder "what is he talking about?"  Feel free to ask questions!  
  • The Human Race 8K on March 18th is part of the USATF Minnesota club race circuit.    

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Another Week of Fun Ahead!

Take a peek below at all the fun we have ahead.... after checking out the week ahead, please take a look at the next contest for Team R.E.D. to enter (Thanks to Mike & Shay for forwarding this contest - it's certainly in the Team R.E.D. wheelhouse!)

 --  Let's get creative and have some fun!  Do we have any videographers in our bunch?  someone with strong editing skills?... if you have any of those skills, or any production ideas, please send them to   

  • Monday 6pm:  Monday Maniacs are heading out for a run from Dooleys in Rochester (255 1st Ave SW).   Come on our and run! 
  • Tuesday 5:30pm:  Track work at the RCTC Indoor track located in the fieldhouse.   Come work on your turnover, with either an indoor tempo run (that's Woo's plan).. or 400 or 800M repeats.   The options are endless and the track is flat and dry! 
  • Thursday 6pm:  Team R.E.D. meets at the Bears Den in Byron for another night of fun!  Expect the route options to be in the range of 3, 4 & 6 miles.  (and if you're late "chelsie" - there will be routes on the blog so you can come find the gang!)
Now onto the contest!  -- HealthFlix 2012 is seeking videos in the range of 30-60 seconds.  They are looking for videos that send one or more of the following messages (in a G-rated format!)

 Be active
 Eat healthy
 Live tobacco-free
 Know your health numbers (blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, and weight)
 Live well with heart disease (for those with heart disease) 
They are awarding $250 to three winners in areas of Most Motivating, Most Humorous, and Most Original - along with the cash prize, winners will be featured on the Health Living Rochester website and Facebook page. 

Start thinking --- it has to be original work, but below is a youtube video that will have you thinking how I'm thinking!  -- it's been posted here before, and I'm sure it'll show up again one day!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

More to come

Along with the Saturday opportunities in the previous post.. there's also a chance to run with Off Season Striders on Sunday at 8am!

They'll be gathering at Dunn Brothers North ... and will plan approx 10 miles.   -- People always discuss, and some may change it up for shorter (or longer).

Here's a slide show from Thursday night at Wild Wood Bar & Grill... and in case you've missed it, I've attached a link to the KTTC story on Chia Seeds -- Andy, Jay and Chelsie did a great job representing R.E.D. on this topic!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Routes for tonight - and a little more!

Nothing is posted, but have no fear, we have routes!   3.5 & 6 miles!   See you at WildWood at 6pm... it's Mardi Gras!  -- there are no maps.. Randy will give us directions upon arrival!

Also.. for you ladies out there (if you can't make the run tonight)...   Active PT is hosting a Women's Night out, starting at 4pm at the RAC.   See details below.

Saturday 7:15am:   The RAC full & half marathon training runs will take off at 7:15am with the marathoners going 11.75 miles (I'm guessing the half marathoners will be roughly half that!).   Note:  Some R.E.D. members are gathering at 6:30pm to add a few miles, so if you need a few extra, drop in early!
Saturday Noon:  There's a race in Kenyon this Saturday at high noon!   A 5K.. Run for the Roses!   ---
Check out all the details at the following link.    Wow.. there's a petting zoo, pony rides.. this is a party of animal nature!

Quick Hit!

For anyone who didn't spot it (link below)... the Olmsted County Journal had a front page story on Paul Melby, his runner of the year status, and his impact on our community!  -- oh.. and Team R.E.D's Rachel Hammer is the journalist! - the photo used is one of Renee's.. and a favorite of many... 

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Thursday WildWood!

Hey.. sorry for such a late post as to tomorrow's gathering spot.    At 6pm Thursday, we're back at WildWood Bar & Grill located at 1517 16th St SW in Rochester.  (located on the back side of the Ramada - you can not walk through the Ramada entrance to get into wildwood, drive to the other side).   -- I'll work on some routes this evening.  

Warning:  When you get there at 6pm, you might find the place is packed... they have a party of 50 at 5pm.. but they assure me they can handle us at 6:45pm.  -- that's about when you speedsters start returning!

Speaking of Mardi Gras.. follow the link below to see a special menu of Mardi Gras foods -- yummy!--  Also, get a discount coupon $5 off a purchase of 30 bucks -- if you find yourself just under 30 bucks, buy me a drink!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Track Tuesday & More!

Hey... a fantastic handful of Team's s showed up to Monday Maniacs, and they were a really hot handful!  probably the hottest we have!  (of course, aside from the fact, Wendy wasn't there, she's my favorite)... but the rest were hot!   -- if you're not familiar with Monday Maniacs, you'll have to join them sometime, I know I had a blast!

Next couple things...

  • Tuesday Track workout:  5:30pm at the RCTC indoor track... if the ground is wet please wear one pair in, change to dry shoes, and get that workout done! -- want to arrive early?  Do it!  want to arrive late?  Do it!  -- Just get the speed work in!
  • Thursday Team R.E.D.... 6pm... We have calls into a couple of Rochester locations (making sure they can be ready for us!)... Update should come Tuesday....

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Another great night!

Thursday made for another great night at the Bears Den!  Weather was fantastic, and smiles were all around!

Next Thursday we'll be in Rochester, but in the meantime, the Monday Maniacs will  be at the Bears Den again this Monday at 6pm!  -- Come on out and join the fun... they will discuss the route as they gather.

Sam & Friend
The Team!
Wendy & Heidi
Byron at night!
Tom & Joe win!
Rachel & KP (doesn't look like running gear!)
Paul goes on the Bears Den Wall!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Last minute

We have a special presentation taking place tonight.. if you can make it (even post run).  Please stop by the Bears Den.

Also, note the poll on the right hand side. Traditionally, Off Season Striders stop the weekend runs, when the Marathon Training runs from the RAC start.   They are considering a Sunday option (it could serve as a recovery run, or, if you were unable to attend on Saturday, another opportunity to log some miles in a group).  Please vote!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Routes & Trail Fundraiser!

The routes are posted on the right side of the blog... they came out a little funky this time (not sure what is making the blog act a little differently lately,but if you click on view details .. you'll see the route.


I'd like to thank Renee for sharing the information below relating to the Rochester Active Sports Club and their mission to raise funds for a couple of local trail systems...   There are fliers, that I'll send out to the Team R.E.D. distribution... but if you're not on that distribution, and would like to get a flier, please drop me an email request at    If you're looking for a place to dine out this weekend, Victorias seems like a great place to consider!

RASC Trail Fundraiser – Sunday Feb 19th
As we continue our goal of a large fundraiser every other is our way of filling in the cracks...
We are currently working toward raising $10,000 for a matching grant that we have received from the DNR for the purpose of maintaining and replacing grooming and mowing equipment for the Essex Park and Quarry Hill trail systems. For those of you who are not aware, the club grooms and clears the trails throughout the year, not only for the use of our ski team members, but for the community at large.  We hope that you are proud to be a part of an organization whose focus not only benefits its own members, but also benefits the general population of the greaterRochester area as well!
To this end, here is our request:
1.  Print the flyer
2.  Bring the flyer with you to Victoria's Restaurant on Sunday, February 19 between 4:00-9:00 pm.  Victoria's will donate 25% of your meal back to the club. You can Dine In or Carry Out. This is about as painless a way as we could think of to help you support all the work that goes into maintaining the trail systems at Quarry Hill and Essex Park..
3.  Tell all of your friends about this opportunity!
4.  Donations for grooming and mowing equipment are always welcome!  Click the RASC Donors button at the left to see how you can donate!

RASC Socks and Buffs
RASC has a number of socks and neck warmers still available that need to go to a good home.  Several people have expressed an interest in purchasing more socks than they originally ordered and will be the first to pick through the options but be sure to get in line for the remaining few pairs. If you have interest in stocking up on these great socks contact Henry Walker (  Likewise we have a number of great buffs (neck warmers) that need to go.  They are bright and very effective at warding off the cold (cold weather will return again – right?).  Socks are $7.25/pr and neck warmers are $10 each. 
For RNST skiers, we will bring socks and neck warmers to the RNST practices over the next few days to make it easy to pick up items your interested in.  If you have pre-ordered socks and haven’t picked them up please do so early next week.

Minnesota Power Pull – March 4th
The Minnesota Power Pull will be held on March 4th at the Mayo Civic center. It is a standard race on the Concept 2 rowing machine of 2,000 meters. They will have categories for juniors, lightweights, collegiate, open and masters. One entry fee allows you as many races as your body can handle. At the end of the day, they’ll have races for parents, relay-races of teams of 4, and anything else that they can come up with. People can email John Bartucz [] for more information, or sign up directly at RegattaCentral:

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentines Day !

I realize not everyone feels the same way about Valentines day... so I've provided two videos below.. hopefully one of them will be applicable to how you view this holiday.  (the first one has sub titles, as English is not often described as the language of love)

A few notes before you view... I'm still working on uploading pictures to this blog, having some trouble of late.   Hopefully it's resolved shortly.  

Wednesday 5:30pm... Track workout at the indoor track at RCTC. Can't make it right at 5:30? come when you can!
Thursday 6pm... Team R.E.D. gathers at the Bears Den in Byron We'll have some routes up by Wednesday, and go have some fun!
Saturday 7:15am... the Full & Half Marathon training long runs get started! You do not need to be a member of the Rochester track club or any other club to participate. They follow a plan designed for first time half/full marathoners, and they target Grandmas and Med City marathons as dates to be prepared for. If you want to run, please bring $1 (each week) to help offset the expense of Gatorade, banana's ans whatnot. -- with volunteers along the route, It's a great way to get your long runs in! --
April 21st.... Lori is directing the Semyo 5K.. she's seeking volunteers & runners alike!  If you want to volunteer, please drop a note to Lori at    If you'd like to run in the race.. you will find everything you need at

Enjoy your day!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Girl Scout Cookies!

Gotta love Girl Scout Cookies! Below are a list of Team R.E.D. members who have girls selling cookies.... drop them a note, if you're interested in scoring some of the goods!

I believe this is a complete list of which cookies are hitting the market, let me know if I'm missing any!

  • Lemon
  • Trefoils
  • Do-Si-Dos
  • Samoas
  • DulceDeLeche
  • Berry Munch
  • Tagalongs
  • Thin Mints

Great Night!

What great fun!   

Congrats to Jim Mason as he is the new President of the Rochester Track Club!   Very exciting, and well deserved!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

We have routes for tonight!

I'd like to thank Randy & Chris for work on routes ---   we're not using both guys efforts.. but sure appreciate the time to look at options!   -- also thanks to the many who sent in ideas of where to gather!   

Our  routes are 5.7, 4.2 and 3.3 miles.....  ... we'll discuss them before we hit the pavement.....  I hope no one physically hits the pavement, that's a typical Woo move, but he won't be there, so maybe we'll be OK. 

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Thursday WildWood!

This Thursday we're at WildWood Bar & Grill at the Ramada 1517 16th St NW...   for you old people, this is the old Rookies in the old Best Western Apache.... and as Randy added, for you really, really old people, this is the old Hoffman House in the old Motor Lodge....     yee haww!  

*Park in back, as you can not get into WildWood through the Ramada entrance

We have reserved seating for 30 in the high top table area (we can flex that if we get more or less in attendance)... WildWood is ready for R.E.D.!

  • Saturday 7:30am- There's an Off Season group run from the Crown Restaurant, typically followed by some fun social time inside the restaurant post run. --- don't worry about pace or distance... if you're around, join this fun group!
  • Sunday Morning - Lace Up Against Breast Cancer Half Marathon & 5K.    You'll find details and online registration at the following link.   It's a great cause... run if you can!
  • Sunday Morning - 9:30am.. if you're not racing, come join the Team R.E.D. water stop located near 4th St SE & 6th Ave SE... we're located by the Gazebo, right next to the footbridge that leads to the back side of the Civic Center.  
    • -- Stop on out, it's a great viewing location as you'll see the Half Marathon Runners 3 times!   (race starts at 10am, but we'll be setting up and decorating starting at 9:30)  --- Tropical is the theme.. leis and straw hats provided!     -- drop me an email at  if you want to join us!   The more the merrier!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Maniac Monday! Tuesday Track!

Hey.. a new opportunity... a great way to start the week...

Maniac Mondays -  Starting at 5:45pm from the Bears Den in Byron.   Dan Mesenburg is our fearless leader for this one!  Routes will be discussed as people arrive.. and vary week to week to fit the group that shows up!    When I first saw Dan's note about Maniac Mondays I thought I read Manic Monday.       The Bangles!

Tuesday Track - Gathering at 5:30pm at the indoor track located in the field house at RCTC.   You can come early and give yourself an extended warmup.. or join late due to schedule, yet still jump in when you get there!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Frozen Goose!

Today's Frozen Goose run to raise funds for Childhood Cancer research was a hit!  It's organized by the Optimist club.   They had their largest ever amount of runners (I'm guessing weather came into play!)... and they raised over $8,000 !  So awesome!

Lots of R.E.D. members were present from both an active running level to a volunteer level... the race doesn't take place without both of those categories being filled..  it truly demonstrates the impact we all have on area events!  Nice Work Team R.E.D.!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Fog or Not the Fog!

You all rock... what a great foggy night to run!  There are a few new faces in the slide-show below... what fun to see new people!

There are a few things going on this weekend... so get out and about!

Saturday 7:30am... the last official Off Season Striders run of the of season (the Marathon training runs fill the Saturday slot starting next week)..  the Crown Restaurant is the location!  -- What a great place to wrap it up, as Charlie and staff are always so good to us!
Saturday 1pm -- Frozen Goose Run.. this is the 10th Annual run to support Childhood Cancer Research. This is a 10K or 5K... starting/finishing at University Center Rochester Atrium, 851 30th Ave SE. You'll find more details at the following link...
Sunday 8am:   Ok so above, we said "last official Off Season Striders" run.. well that isn't entirely true... come to Panera South and run another with the group!  --- OSS is typically 6-10 miles (I make up those miles each time I post as I don't know exactly.. but hey.. do what you want to do!)