Monday, April 30, 2012

Entry Error!

Hey all.. please note the Tuesday Trail run group is meeting at 6pm at the BP in Marion to Caravan to Bill Barnacles Woodland!   (I had mistakenly said meet in Chester.. don't do that.. you would be all alone.. that would be bad..   Instead meet in Marion!)

The original post has been updated as well..

Sunday, April 29, 2012

MIT - Mudders In Training!

I swung out to Oxbow Park today, as I heard Tod had set up a Tough Mudder Training program.... I'm glad I caught them, as these guys got after it!

Be sure to check the entry below for other RED related news...


Wow!  What a great turnout for the 3rd Annual Beefcake, Cheesecake, Cupcake, for Pete's Sake, Pancake Run for JDRF! Several other members who couldn't make the run, did make it to the Den for the food, nice choice given the dreary weather!

 This years Pancake Breakfast raised over $1200 for research! -- the money will roll into the total raised at the May 20th Roll & Stroll for JDRF Type-1. Thanks everyone for such great support

  • Monday 6pm: Monday Maniacs are gathering at the Bears Den in Byron for a 5-6 mile run, of course followed up with some fun!
  • Tuesday 6pm: May Day Frolic. Gather at the BP station in Marion, and caravan to Bill Barnacle Woodland! Mace just loves this place! He says to wear old shoes for this one... plan for about 4-5 miles.
  • Wednesday 5:30pm:  Track night!  Let's get some speed on!   Meet at the track in Byron... we'll warm up, and head into the workout.  (more details on the workout to follow.
  • Thursday 6pm:  Team R.E.D. is back at the Bears Den in Byron!  We've missed this place for a few Thursdays.. going to be nice to be back!   Routes will go up by Wednesday.

Some pictures will follow on the adventures of Chris, Matt, Andy & Don as they enjoyed the Run For the Fun Lakes Marathon and Half Marathons in Nisswa!  -- Way to go guys.. sounds like you had a blast!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Routes Are Up!

Back at Bob's Smoke Stack Ribs for Team R.E.D. tonight!   Bob's is located at 2280 Superior Dr NW in Rochester.   You'll find the routes on the right hand side of the blog... click "view route details" to get a closer look at the maps.   It's a great night for a run or walk!

Also, see the link below for a quick story on the Spring Classic's Melby Kids Mile!   I'm identified as the race director in the story, but the fact is... Joe is the director of the Kids Mile, and Jean & Millie are directors of the 15K & 5K... come on out.. it's Saturday May 5th and sure to be fun!

Roger accepting his award from Millie at the 2011 Spring Classic
Here's a quick peek at the crew from Wednesdays Track Workout..  Was a great night for speed!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Week to the Weekend to the Races!

Here we go.. all the stuff going on this week.. and weekend, that I'm aware of!

Tuesday 6pm:  Join Mason and crew at Chester Woods park for a fantastic night on the trails.  Looks like about a 5 mile jaunt. Meet at the horse trailer parking lot, and go check out the new spring foliage! 
Wednesday 5:30pm:   Track Workout on the track in Byron.  Located behind the middle school, on 4th street.  Come on out and get some speed on!

  • Note:  Starting next week, May 2nd... Team R.E.D. and Tri-Rochester are combining our track workouts.  We'll alternate between Byron & Rochester (with the May 2nd being on the track in Byron). This will give us more opportunity to ensure runners from both clubs have runners in all ability/speed levels to connect with others for a great speed session.   Should be a great partnership!    
Thursday 6pm:   Team R.E.D. gathers at Bob's Smoke Stack Ribs.   They know we're coming, and happy to host us!   Again $6 pitchers of beer.. and the area up top will be reserved at 6pm, so if you want to leave anything at those tables, you are free to do so.  
Saturday 7:15am:  The marathon training RAC run is set for 17 miles.... see the post below for a way to include a portion of this run, yet participate in a fundraiser in Byron!
Saturday 8:50am:   It's the 3rd Annual Beefcake, Cheesecake, Cupcake, for Pete's Sake, Pancake run for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. (JDRF).   See details below, as to how you can run 7 miles and participate or how you might run 14, 16 or even 20!

  • The 3rd Annual Beefcake, Cheesecake, Cupcake, for Pete's sake, Pancake run for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) will depart from the RAC at 8:50 AM this Saturday morning April 28th and finish 7 miles later at the Bears Den in Byron within plenty of time to enjoy the JDRF breakfast. There will be a water stop 1/2 way in between and rides back to the RAC will be provided after the JDRF breakfast.
  • You can make this run 7 miles.. or more! For folks wanting more miles you can run with the RAC group at their normal 7:15 start time to their 1st designated waterstop at Silver Lake and either return directly for a 7 mile loop or lap Silver Lake along with the other RAC runners that day for a 9 mile loop. These RAC loops combined with the run to Byron would give you either a 14 mile or a 16 mile total run.
  • Additionally if you wanted to get a 20 mile run that morning, you can front load 4 miles prior to the RAC run by starting at 6:30 and then hooking up with the RAC runners at their normal start time.
  • What ever is your preference, just join the group at 8:50 for the 7 mile "flat" run to the Bears Den.

Here's a listing of some of the local races coming up!  More details to follow on these are they clip closer. 
May 5th 8am:  Spring Classic 15K, 5K & Melby Kids Run!  
May 12th 9am:  Hayfield Fire Dept Fun Run/Walk 8K, 5K & 1.2 Mile kids run!
May 18th 6:30pm:  Stay Out of the Sun Run 10K & 5K run/walk !
May 20th 1pm:  Roll & Stroll for JDRF.. a non-competitive 3 mile walk, run, bike, roller blade fundraiser!  

Monday, April 23, 2012

Lots of Achievements! PR after PR!

I wasn't able to hit the Saturday morning RAC run, but that's ok, as it gave me a chance to join Lori in her quest for 22 miles... in celebration of 17 years of sobriety!  Great accomplishment that brings her to where she is today!

There was a great turnout for the run... Thanks to Lori for organizing, and Sarah & Jill for providing water/gatorade along the course!  -- This is most of the crew pre-run... Anita took the picture, and Mike S joined us in progress, but he got in the full 22 !

Congrats to the following for earning the  "Longest Run of Their Lives" award:

  • Sam - 15 miles
  • Sue - 20 miles
  • Adam W - 22 miles
  • Dave E - 22 miles
  • Lori - 22 miles
  • Jeremy - 22 miles  **Note:  Jeremy's previous longest run was 12 miles... back in college! 
Here's a shot of much of the crew post run...

From all the chatter regarding SEMYO, it sounds like many R.E.D. members had a good time!  -- some might have gone the wrong way, but hey.. what can you do!   Lori was one of the race directors for this event.. whew, she had a busy weekend! 

Peter got out to the Trail Mix 50K.. Mo's sister Alyssa was asking if anyone was going to be there from R.E.D. but I didn't think so... I was incorrect!   Congrats Peter!   .. and why is Megan so overdressed?

Tuesday 6pm:  Trail run is on!  Chester Woods is the location... Meet at the horse trailer parking lot, and go check out the new spring foliage! 
Wednesday 5:30pm:   Track Workout on the track in Byron.  Located behind the middle school, on 4th street.  Come on out and get some speed on! 
Thursday 6pm:   Team R.E.D. gathers at Bob's Smoke Stack Ribs.   They were great to us the first visit, so we thought we'd give it another go!   More details to follow on this as well. 

Friday, April 20, 2012

Stewie Slides

Hey all.. along with joining Jim Parry in his amazing effort Thursday evening... we welcomed a new member!   Welcome to Randy as he is the latest Free Agent signing!

Randy Joins!  Welcome! 
We received a very nice note from the Fetzer Run to End Hunger race director, Jen... and here it is.. 
  • Thank you so much for your help with the Fetzer Run to End Hunger last Saturday! We really appreciate your support. It was a great day for a run AND to fight hunger…thanks for helping make that happen! Water Stop #1 will never be the same! 

Check out the previous blog entry for the weekend events.. it's loaded!  Always!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

UPDATED: 24 Hours with Jim Parry!

Hey!  Don't forget.. Jim Parry starts his 24 hour run at 8:15am today!  You can join him anytime along the route in Stewartville.    Check out Sunday's posting for Jim's route...  he runs it counter clockwise, so you can drive or run the route clockwise and you'll get connected.

It was a solid night on the track Wednesday, lightly attended, but great efforts by all!  A new face was present, we hope to see Becky again one day!  You're always welcome at R.E.D.!

The track meet was cancelled so the 9pm ish version of RED is also off the hook.. everyone is on for 6pm!

  • Tonight 6pm:  Team R.E.D. is gathering at the DownUnder in Stewie and will connect with Jim along that same route... come on out and support his mission of showing young people the importance of exercise, and helping send the message that you can do anything you set your mind to!  
  • Tonight 9pmish:  If Byron's track meet takes place (it's at risk due to anticipated showers).. but if it takes place, several red members are heading to the DownUnder after the meet, to also run with Jim and have a social!  If you want to double check that plan later, you can call my cell at 507 358 9188 for the latest scoop. 
  • Saturday 7:15am:   Marathon training long run from the RAC.   I haven't seen the route posted yet, but I"m guessing it'll be in the range of 20 miles.   You can check for the route each week at
  • Saturday 8am:   SEMYO 5K Run/Walk... come on out and enjoy a race!  Team R.E.D.'s Lori is the race director and you know that means, wild fun!   Race day registration is available between 7-7:45am.  
  • Sunday 8am:  Come join Lori for part or all of her longest run of her life!  22 Miles (it's a celebration run!).   The run starts at Kodiak Apartments in Byron.. heads west through Kasson and on to Dodge Center, before returning to Byron.  Water / Gatorade available along the route.   ... and a post run celebration with cake and coffee to follow. 
  • Sunday 8am:   If the run with Lori is a little much for you, Off Season Striders are gathering at Dunn Bros North in Rochester.  Join in for a nice run of 5-10 miles, then swing in for a coffee. 

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Track workout!

Tonight! What a great night to be on the track!  Come join us in Byron at 5:30pm... 800M repeats is the current plan of record (it's flexible however)...

Thursday at 6pm, we're planning to meet at the DownUnder located at 115 Main St. in Stewartville.   Adam will get the route talk kicked off and we'll run toward Jim Parry until we find him, then turn and run with Jim!  Of course a social will take place post run/walk!

Thursday at approx 9pm... another group of Team R.E.D. members who are planning to be at a track meet at 6pm, will then travel to stewie post meet!  -- if for any reason you couldn't make it at 6pm, come along at 9ish!   We'll also gather at the DownUnder, then head out on the route to find Jim.   If you're curious to know if we're on track for 9pm, call my cell at 507 358 9188 and I'll let you know!   

I'll try to update this weekend's activity on Thursday.... have fun!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Week Ahead... it's a big one!

The participants and volunteers at Fetzer 20K & 2 Mile Run to End Hunger were fantastic!   Team R.E.D. represented very well!  Take a look at the slideshow below, before getting into the week ahead!

A special Thank You to ServiceMaster of Rochester and Team Refuel with Chocolate Milk!   Their contributions to our Youth Scholarship Fund helped us sponsor kids into the Run to End Hunger!

... and now for the week ahead!

  • Monday 9am:   The Boston Marathon starts rolling at 9am Central time!  I know R.E.D. members, Andy H, Corrine and Trevor are all in!  Looks like a warm one.. stay hydrated and enjoy the experience!   Several other Rochester area runners are treking in Boston as well.. you can search for people at  

  • Monday 6pm:  The Monday Maniacs start moving from Ron's place 1625 S Broadway.    Usually 5-6 miles and a cold soda afterwards.  Don G. is running a 15 miler Monday, and will tie it to the Maniacs.  If you want more miles, drop Don a note, and he'll let you know where and when to meet him.

  • Tuesday 6:30pm:   Quarry Hill Quickie.. it's a slightly later start, so if the start time ever held you back, consider joining this week!   - Below are details from Jim. 

    • Meet at 6:30 in the west parking lot near tennis courts and baseball fields.  Turn east off 11th Ave onto 9th St and go as far east as you can.  You'll run right into the parking lot. 

  • Wednesday 5:30pm:   Track night in Byron... meet at the track behind the middle school.   Turnouts have been getting stronger week after week, let's keep the momentum rolling

  • Thursday 8:15am:  Jim Parry starts his 24 hour endurance run!   He'll run a loop in Stewartville from 8:15am Thursday morning, running all day and through the night, until Friday morning!  If you'd like to join him, all you need to do is drive to Stewartville and connect.   He repeats the following loop, counter clockwise, so if you run clockwise, you'll catch him someplace along the way. 

    • Thursday 6pm:   Team R.E.D. is gathering in Stewartville! Specific location still TBD.   
      •  Let's run with Jim!  Adam W will get us started and we'll find Jim somewhere on the course.  Note:  Jim will be running very slowly, very slowly, so you might want to run with him... then loop around a block now and then, to get a little more tempo in the pace, and reconnect with him again.   Be creative! 
    • Thursday 8:30-9pm timeframe:   Some of us will be at a track meet in Kasson at 6pm, so we plan to hit Stewartville when the meet is over (and we got into our running gear).  I would guess sometime after 8:30pm.    We'll also connect with Jim and then catch a social in Stewie.   

    Friday, April 13, 2012

    Weekend & More!

    Good luck to all of you participating in the Fetzer 20K & 2 Mile Run to End Hunger this weekend!   The race starts at 9am.... and race day registration is available at Bamber Valley School (2001 Bamber Valley Road SW)....  Get signed up!

    If you are not running, but want to volunteer, feel free to join the Team R.E.D. water stop located just south of the intersection of Bamber Valley Rd and Salem Rd... along the bike trail.   Here's the official description of where we are located.   It's just under 1/2 mile from the finish line.  

      • Water Stop 1 (8:30am set up) South side of the foot bridge across the Zumbro, across from the electrical substation on Bamber Valley road, north side of the retention pond. Runners will run by twice at miles 2 and 6. They’ll go by again at about 12 miles, but probably won’t be needing any more water at that point. 

    • Monday 9am:    The Boston Marathon kicks off Wave #1 at 9am central.. and the 2nd wave about 20 minutes later!   I'm sure I'm going to miss some members, but Andy H, Corrine & Trevor are all running.. along with several area runners with names you know!  You can visit to search for people running, I find the city and state are an easy way to narrow down who you're looking for.   Go Team R.E.D.!
    • Monday 6pm:  The Monday Maniacs is back in Rochester, meeting at Ron's place 1625 S Broadway ..  If you're interested in more then the 5-6 miles typically run on Monday's, let me know, and I'll get you connected with Don as he's going 15!
    • Tuesday 6:30pm:   Quarry Hill Quickie (I'm not really sure what that means!)... below is a note from Mason on where to meet.. 
      • Meet at 6:30 in west parking lot near tennis courts and baseball fields. I'm working at the Century Track meet. That's why the later time.   Turn east off 11th ave onto 9th St and go as far east as you can. You'll run right into the parking lot.

    Slideshow from Bob's!

    It was a very fun evening at Bob's Smoke Stacked Ribs... below is as slide show capturing some of the fun!   I'll later update the weekend plan (as it's right around the corner!)

    Thursday, April 12, 2012

    Dang Near Perfect!

    Yesterday and today are dream days for running!   Wow!

    Routes for tonight are on the right hand side of the blog.   Bob's Smoke Stack Ribs is located at 2280 Superior Dr NW, Rochester  (it was the old Catch 22 and before that a pizza place I believe).  Located along Circle drive just a few blocks north of 19th Street...

    It was a great night on the track Wednesday!  Fortunately for those in attendance, I had failed to charge the camera battery, but it will be at full charge tonight!

    Tuesday, April 10, 2012

    Lots Happenin'!

    Here it is!  Things are turning a tad chillier, but certainly still fantastic running, walking, hiking weather!  Check out the next few days, but also, please check out the next 3 races that can use our help!   Volunteering for races is easy, and it's a blast!

    Tuesday 5:30pm:  Trail run at Carley State park... it's a great trail run led by the Trail Guy, Jim M!   Meet at Century High near the ball fields, to form a carpool/caravan out to the park.
    Wednesday 5:30pm:   Track workout in Byron.. the track is fast and flat!  We'll talk about the workout when we arrive...
    Thursday 6pm:  Team R.E.D. is going to Bob's Smoke Stack Ribs for some runnin' and funnin'!   Kelli at Bob's says they'll set up the top party area for us, and have it ready by 6pm (if you want to put any dry clothes there, you are more then welcome to before the run).   We'll head out on the routes, then come back for $6 pitchers of  Amber Bock, Mich Golden Light or Bud!   Additionally, she recommended a 4 pack of ribs with 2 sides for $7.99.  -- Rowdiness is encouraged in the upper deck!

    Volunteers & Racers! 

    Saturday April 14th - Fetzer 20K & 2 Mile to End Hunger.   
    Saturday April 21st 8am:  Semyo 5K Run/Walk
    • Team R.E.D.'s Lori Y is the race director and she is encouraging us all to participate either in a volunteer role or a racer role!   To volunteer contact Lori at
    • If you'd prefer to race the race... you can register at the Rochester Track Club website   Team R.E.D. members have performers in this group South Eastern Minnesota Youth Orchestra... you can list one of them on your entry to support their efforts.  
    Saturday May 5th 8am:   Melby Kids Run and Spring Classic 15K & 5K

    Monday, April 9, 2012


    Wow! Congrats to 4 Team R.E.D. members for achieving their longest run of their lives this past weekend! --- That's a PR to be proud of -- !

    Lori Y, Dave E, Adam W & Mike P all completed 20 milers this past weekend! Each is preparing for their first ever marathon!


    • Tuesday at 5:30pm: Join Jim Mason and the Trail Trotters as they head to Carly State Park! They'll meet at Century HS at 5:30 and caravan out to the park. 4 to 5 beautiful miles around the park. Hopefully the Bluebells will be at their peak.   Meet in the Century parking lot closest to the baseball fields.

    Friday, April 6, 2012

    Have a Great Easter Weekend all!

    Finally... pics from Thursday!  The first one proves, we are a young club!  Thursday was a very well attended evening, and the weather likely had an impact... it's sweet out there!

    There are a couple great options for Saturday morning if you're interested!

    Saturday 7:15am - Marathon & Half Marathon Training Long run from the RAC.  This week's long run is set for 19.6 miles!  Get after it!
    Saturday 10am -  Autumn Ridge Church is hosting a Run/Walk... there is no cost to participate!

    Wednesday, April 4, 2012

    Track Night!

    Going to be a great night on the Track in Byron... little or no wind, and a flat, fast surface!

    About 10 people made it to Oxbow for a fun trail run Tuesday... followed by some fantastic fellowship in the parking lot (didn't take long to feel the post-run chill however!)

    Tuesday, April 3, 2012

    Late Notice!

    • Tonight's trail run is at 6pm at Oxbow Park!  Meet at the 1st bridge (2nd parking lot on your left as you enter the park).... we'll hit the trails.. and tell some tales!
    • Wednesday night track is at 5:30pm at the Byron Track
    • Thursday night R.E.D. is also in Byron.. at the Bears Den 6pm!  (then we'll be spending a few weeks in Rochester after that).. 
    A few shots from Monday Maniacs... was a great night on the trail.  The wind was high, but in the woods, things got calm quickly!   -- WildWood was also very good again.. nice service and great company!

    Monday, April 2, 2012

    6pm tonight!...

    Monday Maniacs roll out of WildWood Bar & Grill at 6pm tonight... be sure to get on board!

    The rest of the weeks schedule will post this evening...