Friday, September 28, 2012

Living History Registration.. starts NOW!

10pm Friday -- get registered.. and if you want to join the chartered bus, drop me an email at

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Tonight & the next few...

Tonight's Trail run is at Bill Barnacle woodlands.  Details on are on the previous post.  Check it out, should be a beautiful night to be out!

  • Wednesday 5:30pm:  Track work at the Byron Track, located behind the middle school in Byron.  Get your speed on to ready for the rest of the fall races!
  • Thursday 6pm:  Team R.E.D. heads to Rochester!  Gather at WildWood Bar & Grill to hop on the trail for 3, 4 or 6 miles.. and come back for the fun social!  It's just not Thursday without Team R.E.D.!

  • Saturday 7am:  Marathon Training long run kicks off at the  RAC.. It's roughly a 14 miler... and it's the last of the fall marathon long runs.  You can check out the route at  -- Keep an eye on Off Season Striders to pick up some weekend group runs over the remainder of fall, and winter.
  • Saturday 9am: Erin's 5K Fun Run & Family Run/Walk near Slatterly Park in Rochester..  Team R.E.D. is sponsoring two families into this event!   This is an inspiring benefit for a 30 year old woman and her family.  More details available at
Be sure to get out and join us at a Team R.E.D. event!  --  You can run or walk... on occassion, we've had people get on their bikes, and come back for the social.  Really, come do something, and meet others!

Renee came home!  - Fun to see her again!
You haven't walked, if you haven't walked with these hotties!

Hitting the bike trail!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Quick Reminder

Monday Maniacs are at the WildWood Bar & Grill in Rochester tonight at 6pm!   WildWood always treats the group nice, with some great discount pitchers!
Tuesday's Trail run is at Bill Barnacle Woodland... this is a favorite of the trail blazers.  We'll meet at the Marion BP at 5:30pm and caravan out to Bill Barnacle. This is a great place to run trails. A lot of single track with many twists and turns.

- More on the upcoming week, coming this evening.

Congrats to all you racers out there this past weeked!  Below are a couple pictures I lifted from facebook....
Chelsie & Jill - Women Run The Cities 10 Mile
Sarah (center) - 1st Marathon - Boston Qualifier!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Fun Stuff Approaching!

A few things to keep in mind as we approach the Fall...

Trail runners, be sure to check out Mason's new Facebook page for SE MN Trail Runners!/pages/SE-Mn-Trail-Runners/388799291193002  Each Tuesday night the group get's out and about.. finding fun trails all over the area!

Tonight!  - Come on out to the Bears Den at 6pm to walk or run 3, 4 or 6 miles!   We have a few guests joining us tonight, so that'll be fun too!
  • A few first time marathoners, currently taking a learn to marathon class at the Running Room.  We'll be sure to fire them up for their upcoming event.
  • We'll also be joined by Brock from the new active lifestyle store in Rochester, TerraLoco.  I know a few members have paid a visit there already, it will be nice to learn what they have cooking. By the way, Team R.E.D. members received 15% off at TerraLoco!
This weekend.. races and long runs! 
  • Saturday 7am:  Marathon training long run from the Rochester Atheletic Club.  This week's route is set for 15 miles.  
  • Saturday 8am:  Purple Stride is taking place as part of the fight against Pancreatic Cancer.  There is a timed 10K along with a 5K awareness walk.  Team R.E.D. is sponsoring youth into this event.. nice work all! - Learn more or register at
  • Saturday 9am:  Recovery is Happening - This 5K run/walk is directed by Team R.E.D.'s Lori!  Come out and support the effort, post race there are kids activities and door prizes!  Team R.E.D. is sponsoring youth into this event as well!  -- Once again nice work R.E.D.!  - More information and registration available at
  • Saturday 9am:  Lift Up Their Hearts is taking place in Eagan. Proceeds from this event will go to our school being built in Butare, Rwanda.  You can register and get more information by visiting

Other big things approaching... !
  • Sept 28th - Registration for the Living History Farms Off Road Race.  Mark your calendars as you don't want to miss this.  Register at  Team R.E.D. has a bus chartered for this event... once you register, zip me a note saying "I want on the bus!"  and we'll save you a seat.  See notes below, we have some great sponsor support for this road trip!
  • October 7th - Twin Cities Marathon and 10 Miler.  Drop me an email at if you're running one of these two great races, so we can make sure Team R.E.D. get's connected at the start and finish!
  • Nov 10th - Gamehaven True Cross Country Run takes place at the boy scout camp just south of Rochester.  This is a great event, Team R.E.D.'s Jim Mason is a major player in the planning of this fun 5 miler, complete with creek crossings, a run through a castle and great food post race.  We'll need to have a Team R.E.D. theme again this year to help crank up the fun.
  • Nov 17th - Living History Farms Off Road Race.  We have a bus chartered again!  -- Be sure to regisiter as soon as registration opens on Sept 28th, this race filled within a couple days last year. 
    • Special thanks to two of our sponsors who are picking up much of the tab for the cost of the bus... 
      • K&S is covering $500 toward the fun!
      • Bears Den is chipping in $200 for the 3rd  year in a row! 

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Lift Up Their Hearts

Along with the great races in Rochester this weekend, Chris has shared one in Eagan... If you're in the Cities this weekend, surely consider joining the cause, as they are raising funds to help end the cycle of poverty in Rwanda.  You can learn more about the mission, and the race at the following link

Lift up Their Hearts 5K Run/Walk
September 22, 2012 9:00AM
7:30 am to 8:45 am: packet pickup/race day registration
9:00 AM Race start
Northview Park
980 Northview Park
Eagan MN 55123


Check out yesterday's post for information on the rest of this week, and a couple of Rochester races this weekend.
.. and check out below for some more pics from Warrior Dash!

Monday, September 17, 2012

The week ahead... !

What a great time at Dave & Elaines for 50 Shades of R.E.D.!  The food was wonderful, but one of those deserts seemed a little questionable!  Thanks for hosting you two!  Below are a couple pics from the evening..

Pre-Run & Fun
Adam with his Shades of RED shining

Monday 6pm:  The maniacs run from WildWood Bar & Grill in Rochester.  Join this fun bunch for a run! The route gets chatted amongst the group, and off you go!
Tuesday 6pm:  Trail run with Mason is a preview of the Gamehaven True Cross Country race to be held in Novemeber.  The group will trounce around Gamehaven Boy Scout camp.  Join the fun!  The camp is located at 5015 Simpson RD SE Rochester (it's about 3.5 miles from Mayo High School on Cty 1 (11th Ave SE)  
Wednesday 5:30pm:  Speed work on the track in Byron!  It's been awhile, but this Wednesday night works for speed!
Thursday 6pm:  Team R.E.D. is at the Bears Den in Byron.  Get ready to enjoy another great run and social!
Saturday:  Two area races at which Team R.E.D. is sponsoring some youth entires!   Additionally, and I'll have to grab the details.  Chris mentioned a run in the cities for a great cause (I'll get those details and add them). 

  • Recovery is Happening - This race is directed by Team R.E.D.'s Lori!  She's been on board with the race for a couple years now and is doing a great job!
  • Purple Stride is taking place as part of the fight against Pancreatic Cancer.  

You can find more details on each of the races by visiting

Thursday, September 13, 2012

50 Shades of R.E.D.!

6pm tonight it's time for you to unleash your shades of RED! 
The Eides are hosting us at their home... we'll head out for a run or walk at 6pm, then back to the homested for some fun social time.  I know your minds are flowing on the 50 shades, but I would caution, if you bring a special someone to the party, please plan to go home with that same special someone, just saying...
I'm reposting the details below...
  • ◦Be prepared to show your true colors. Red tie required. We will have 50 shades of fun! Eides will provided pulled pork sandwiches, water and pop. Feel free to bring a dish to pass and your beverage of choice. Bring a lawn chair. The address is 27116 675th St, Kasson. Call 259 4261 if you need directions.
6:20pm tonight... the Mayo Open 5K takes place at Eastwood Golf Course in Rochester.  This is a free event, and part of the Rochester Track Club's grand prix series.  The start time is approximate as it takes place after the completion of the High School Cross Country meet.   Best of luck to those of you racing this event... post race, slip on a RED tie and head to the Eide's for some fun!
Saturday 7am:  Join Mason and company as they romp around Chesterwoods park for a fall 50K!  Even if 50K isn't your cup of tea, join them for any distance you like.. this is a very casual event.  See the following link fo rmore details.
Saturday 7am:  The marathon training long run heads out from the RAC in Rochester.  This run is supported by volunteers with water/gatorade, and a great way to click away those long distances.  This weekend is scheduled for a 20 Miler.. you can find the route at the following link
Saturday 3:30pm:  It's time for wine!  Meet at Fleet Farm parking lot for a trip to the Four Daughters Winery.  If you're interested in joining the party, contact Teri so they don't leave you behind.
The Team R.E.D. Youth Scholarship has been a success to date.   We have made offers to sponsor 12 more young people in the month of September.  I'm not sure if I shared this email from a previous recipient, so just in case, I've pasted it below.   Nice work Team R.E.D.! 

Dear Team R.E.D.,

I am writing to thank you for the youth scholarship you gave to my daughter, Laurel. That was her first race and she loved it! Amazingly before this race the longest she had ever run was 2 mi, but she decided to take on the 10k. We ran together and finished in 59.35! She was one of only two 11 y/o to run the longer race.

Thank you again for your generosity,

Julie Woodrum

**Note: if you'd like to make a contribution to keep the Scholarship Fund flowing, please direct the funds to Wendy O'Leary.  She will make sure the funds go to the correct account.


As you know, Team RED member Erin, has been very involved with Blankets of Hope.  Please see details of an upcoming Bake Sale / Garage Sale in support of their efforts.  Thanks Erin!

October 6, 2012 7:30 AM TO 3 PM
  •  Accepting baked goods, jams, jellies, etc
  • New or gently used, clean items in working order
  • Cash donations happily accepted. Patriotic print, handmade, fleece blankets happily accepted (no sew, 2yard, backed).
  • Cannot accept large appliances, computers/printers/tvs or weights/home gym sets
  • Drop off sites: Tues (10/2), Wed (10/3), Fri(10/5), 4:30pm to 7pm , Barlow Plaza parking lot, look for black trailer. Baked goods to be dropped on Fri at above location or Sat AM at American Legion Post 92.
All proceeds will buy material needed to make blankets for our wounded Soldiers in the war zone on their journey home.
Contact for info: Louann Anderson 507-254-6328
Erin Hemenway Cindy Andrist Kristin Anderson

Monday, September 10, 2012

Wow! So Much Happenin'!

The Warrior Dash.
The Harvest Classic.
The Hormel Nature Center.
The Chain of Lakes 25K.
Wisconsin IronMan.

Wow!  I hope I didn't miss any, but you all are busy!  -- I'll try to get some pics out from these events.  But in the meantime, below are a couple shots of Warrior Dash.

 Roger made the Jumbo Tron with his 2nd place finish in his age group! Awesome Roger!

Here's a look at what's ahead........

  • Monday 6pm:  The maniacs are running from WildWood Bar & Grill in Rochester.  Typically 4-6 miles... that'll get determined during the route talk. (of course, you can go longer or shorter if you like!)
  • Tuesday 6pm:  Open 2 mile cross country race at Byron High School.  This event is free of charge, and takes place at the conclusion of Byron's Cross Country meet.
  • Tuesday 6pm: The trail runners are heading to Carly State park.  Meet at Century High School near the baseball fields, and carpool/caravan from there.  Expect about 4 miles of trail fun!
  • Thursday 6pm: Team R.E.D. is home hosted by the Eides.  The theme?  50 Shades of RED!  See the note from Elaine below.
    • Be prepared to show your true colors. Red tie required.  We will have 50 shades of fun!  Eides will provided pulled pork sandwiches, water and pop.  Feel free to bring a dish to pass and your beverage of choice.  Bring a lawn chair.   The address is 27116 675th St, Kasson.   Call 259 4261 if you need directions.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Tonight & More!

Tonight's Team R.E.D. is at the Bears Den in Byron. Gather at 6pm for the run and come on back to the Den for some fun. Links to the routes are posted below. Note, they take us past our Adopted park, so please swing on into the park, and pick up any trash you may find. Thanks for all you do!

6 miler
4 miler
3 miler

Saturday 7am: The marathon training long run heads out from the Rochester Athletic Club. This is a fantastic group to get those long miles in with. The route is staffed with volunteers providing water, gatorade and sometimes other treats.
Saturday 8:30am:  The Harvest Classic 10K, 5K and 1 mile runs for the 26th year!  This event is put on by Mayo Medical Students and supports the Channel One Food Bank.   More details can be found at

Again.. details of the Warrior Dash on on the post below.  If you're interested in joining us for the fun, drop me an email at and we'll get you hooked up!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Are you a Warrior?

Better yet... are you a Team R.E.D. Cowboy Warrior?   See the note from Dan below.. (thanks to Dan and Adam for working out the lodging!)

Along with the information below..I know of at least one bib that could be transferred..

Warrior Dash MN 2 is this weekend, September 8 and Team R.E.D. is in the 12:30pm wave.  There are still late spots left if you still need to register and in the past they have allowed people to run in any wave if groups get split up.  Campers:  Adam Walters is the contact if you have questions and the group camp site is at the William O’Brien State Park for both Friday night and Saturday night.  Hotel persons will be at the Hampton Inn Minneapolis St Paul North which is in Shoreview, MN (a short drive of 15-20 minutes to the Warrior Dash or the campsite) and Dan Mesenburg is the contact.

Theme for this year’s Warrior Dash is COWBOY R.E.D!  Wear anything cowboy and your Team R.E.D. shirt.  Any of the party stores are good spots to pick up some cost effective cowboy items.

We plan to meet no later than 11am at the Warrior Dash… plan time for parking, bus ride or walking to the Dash area.  Team Cowboy R.E.D. will meet in the center of the staging area as we did last year.  After we run and refuel with some refreshments we will head out to the campsite for some afternoon fun.  So we have an idea of who is a Warrior this year, drop Dan a quick email at Dan@svmrochester.comso we can build a list of our group.

Tonight's Trail!

Wow... several women of R.E.D. had a great time (and great results) at the Women Rock in the Twin Cities this weekend.  I wonder if the half naked firemen had anything to do with it?  Here's Annette with 'her guy'

Tuesday 6pm at Essex Park (located along 55th NW and West River Parkway). Meet in the parking lot at 6pm and head out for about 4 miles of trail running.
Wednesday Track is off for this week...
Thursday 6pm: Team R.E.D. hits the Bears Den in Byron once again! Come on out and join the fun... routes will be 3, 4 and 6 miles.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Another opportunity!

Mason has pulled together a Sunday trail run at Oxbow.  Get on out to the park... lots of fun on those trails.   See the note from Jim below.

  • Meet at 1PM at the Main Picnic area at Oxbow Park (Sunday September 2, 2012). Since I can't run on Tuesday nights anymore I thought I would try to get something going on Sunday afternoons. Please feel free to invite a friend.

Quick update

Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!   Several Team R.E.D. members are off to a good start in the cities with half naked fireman this weekend.. good luck with that!

Sunday 7:30am:  The Off Season Striders (OSS) will gather at Panera South for a run, and settle in for some coffee and social time.  Routes are very flexible on OSS days.

Note:  Monday Maniacs is officially taking this week off due to the Labor Day holiday.  However that doesn't mean you can't go for a run... or even swing by WildWood at 6pm to see if anyone else elected to go despite the 'day off'

Below are some pictures from Thursdays adventure of Team R.E.D.  It was a small group, but very lively!  We met a couple of new people as well, Jay and Kristie!  Hope to see them back real soon!