Saturday, June 30, 2012

Monday Funday!

Just a quick post regarding Monday... the rest of the week and pics from Save A Horse night are coming on Sunday evening!

  • Monday 5pm:  Some of the ladies of R.E.D. are meeting at the Green Mill for a little food and drink before heading out to see "Magic Mike"!  For some reason they seemed to think this would be a fun way to spend the evening... all are welcome! 
  • Monday 6pm:  Monday Maniacs are meeting at Applebees North (by Target) for a run or walk.. then back for $5 pitchers, $5 burgers, $5 wings!  For some reason they seemed to think this would be a fun way to spend the evening... all are welcome! 

Thursday, June 28, 2012


Hey! Not sure what's up with the white background, highlight on yesterday's post... tonight's plan is much more easy to read if you look at Tuesday's post.

Come on out and enjoy a great night at Adam & Jill's tonight!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012


You know it's hot .. when this happens...

Despite the heat.. you are all rockin'!  

  • Tuesday's trail run was a hit by all reports.   Special thanks to Dan & Linda for hosting! 
  • Wednesday morning progressive run had Tom O, Adam W, Alan E, Shane N and Ann N. out with some great cross wind.  
  • Wednesday evenings track run had Tom W., Ann N, Dan M, Jill, Marv, Mike N, Lori and Tom O'.  Lots of hydration.   Thanks Charro for unlocking the track for us ! (this track is typically open, but still in the final touches of a resurface project). 

Here's some things going on ...

  • Thursday 6pm:  It's time to bring out your inner cowboy or cowgirl!  It's a Western theme of Save A Horse! Dress appropriately for the theme and come on out to Jill & Adam's home at 1286 Brookfield Ct NE in Byron.   Our hosts are providing routes to run or walk, along with hot dogs/brats on the grill, baked beans, salad, chips and salsa, Sangria, Healthy Margarita & Water.  You can bring a desert, or a dish to pass if you like.  Also, BYOB if you'd like something else to drink. 
  • Saturday 7am:   Marathon Training runs are up and at 'em for the fall season.   This week's dash is 10'ish miles and you'll find the route at the following link.
  • Sunday 7:30am:   Off Season Striders are heading out for some fun from Dunn Brothers North in Rochester, expect between 6-10 miles (varies based on what people say they want to run that morning.)

Upcoming Races

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Save a Horse... and much more!

Was a great night for a run at Monday Maniacs... the beer really was just $5 a pticher, and the $5 burgers and wings were real too!  We'll be back at Applebees next week to validate our success!

Below is how the rest of the week is looking so far.. Note, there are two workouts scheduled for Wednesday, and that's not a misprint, one is 5:30am!

Tuesday 6pm:   Tuesday Trail is hitting the ups and downs of Quarry Hill!  This run starts at the home of Dan & Linda, 1504 7th St NE Rochester. They've also invited us back post run for a few cold ones on the deck... Thanks for hosting!
Wednesday 5:30am:  Progressive Run!  This is a workout we used to do regularly, but had let it slip a bit.   It's a controlled 7 mile run... with our target pace increasing each mile.  Come on our and give it a shot.  We'll start at my place, 805 1st Ave NW in Byron.
Wednesday 5:30pm:  Speed work on the track in Byron.. this is always fun. Arrive about 5:30pm and get a comfortable warm up in, before we ramp up with a track workout.  The track is located behind the Middle school along 4th street in Byron.
Thursday 6pm:   Team R.E.D. meets at the home of Adam & Jill, located at 1286 Brookfield Ct NE in Byron.  
  • The theme is a Western one.. Save a Horse!  Get in the spirit and let's have some fun!  
  • Our hosts,  are providing Hot Dogs and Brats on the grill, along with chips, salsa, salad and baked beans (provided by Annette & Paul).   Bring a desert or dish to pass if you wish.
  • They are also providing Water, along with Sangria and a "healthy" Margarita!   If you'd like something else to drink, please BYOB... oh, and bring a camp/lawn chair if you can. 
  • A Frisbee yard game will be set up, and possibly a fire will roar.  Kids are welcome to join in the fun.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Monday Maniacs!

Hey hey... here we are at Monday again.  The Maniacs are meeting at Applebees tonight! See the note from Chris regarding the plan.
  • Monday 6:00pm run with Maniacs.  Monday 7:00pm drink with Maniacs.  Applebee's by Target north.  That's Today!! Ya $5 pitchers! $5 burgers!  $5 wings.  Life is good!!
More details (such as addresses) to come this evening on each of the following...
  • Tuesday Trail will be from Lovik's place, and we'll run over to Quarry Hill!
  • Wednesday Track work is back in Byron on a newly resurfaced track!
  • Thursday's Team R.E.D has a western theme... Save a Horse night will be at Adam & Jills.


Sunday, June 24, 2012

A productive Team R.E.D. day!

I'd like to thank all the volunteers from Team R.E.D. today!  It was awesome to see many of you at the Team Sports & Fitness expo at the Civic Center today, as well as so many of you at the All-Comers Meet in Byron, either in roles of volunteers or parents encouraging your kids in the events... very fun, very rewarding!

I have a few pics below from the expo.. unfortunately, I didn't get any at the track meet, shucks!

Please welcome our newest member.. Pattie!   She has run with us on the track before, and also is a member of Tri-Rochester.  We're looking forward to seeing her on a Team R.E.D. Thursday soon!
Pattie Joins Team R.E.D.!   
Below Team R.E.D. member (and also President of Rochester Track Club) Jim Mason introduces the Olympians.   From left to right.  1976 sprinter Mark Lutz, (mason with the ball cap), 1972 Wrestler Gary Neist, and 2012 Olympic trials qualifier, Nick Severson.   All these guys had stories to tell!

The All-Comers meet in Byron was a success with about 11 Team R.E.D. members volunteering, and  others playing the perfect role of supporting their kids to participate.  Great fun to watch, I especially love the long jump, what fun to watch!

Again, sorry for no pics from the all-comers meet, but below are a few from the expo...

Saturday, June 23, 2012

If you missed...

If you missed Thursday Nights Team R.E.D. you missed some serious competition!  Leg Wrestling was on tap... with several members taking the challenge!  In the picture below... O'Leary is handling Woo, Adam is getting smacked down by someone.. and Paul is picking on Wendy!  Congrats to Alan.. our champion of this one of a kind, single elimination tournament!

Also congrats to Lorelei for 'winning' free entry into the Stewartville Summerfest run courtesy of Gwen!  Thanks for contributing the entry Gwen.. and have a speedy recovery!

There are a ton of opportunities ahead...  check it out!

Saturday 12:30pm:  Hike at Oxbow Park.  Meet at the Middle bridge, hike for an hour and come back for the Team R.E.D. picnic!
Saturday 1:30pm:  Team R.E.D. picnic!  Come on out to Oxbow Park and meet your fellow members for a day in the sun (or whatever the weather may bring).   We'll gather at the Middle bridge.  BYOB, and something to grill...  grills will be provided, and some yard games are all lined up.  We'll makeshift some additional fun, I'm sure!
Sunday 7:30am:  Off Season Striders run from Panera.  This is a great group to join .. finish off the run with a roll and coffee... super fun!
Sunday 9am: Come to the Mayo Civic Center, and help Team R.E.D. support the 1 mile fun walk/run!  We can use some hands to make sure all participants have a great time!  Looking for volunteer commitments from about 9am to 11am.
Sunday 5:45pm: Come to the Middle School in Byron and support the All-Comers track meet!  We'll staff the long jump, high jump, shot putt and the track.  So fun to watch the kids enjoy the night.. and when they're done, we can try some stuff!  So be sure to wear running gear!
Monday 6pm:   Monday Maniacs are running from the Applebee Restuarnt near the Target North complex in Rochester (just south of 41st Street).   On Monday,  Applebees has $5 pitchers, $5 Burgers, $5 Wings!   
Tuesday 6pm:   Dan & Linda Lovik are hosting the trail run.  Meet at their home, 1504 7th St NE in Rochester... then head out for a fun run through Quarry Hill!   The Loviks are having us back at their place for refreshments on the deck, post run! 
Wednesday 5:30am:   The return of the Progressive Run.   We're gathering at the O'Leary's home at 805 1st Ave NW in Byron to get this run underway.  If you're not familiar with a Progressive workout, here is how it will play out.. DO NOT BE INTIMIDATED by the paces, as everyone can set their own pace at the appropriate time.   Yet.. here is the plan of minutes per mile (remember, this is fun!)

  • 1st Mile - 10:00 Pace
  • 2nd Mile - 9:30 Pace
  • 3rd Mile - 9:00 Pace
  • 4th Mile - 8:30 Pace
  • 5th Mile - 8:00 Pace
  • 6th Mile - 7:30 Pace
  • 7th Mile - 7:00 Pace

Wednesday 5:30pm:   Track workout at the Byron track.   Check back to see what the planned workout is, but it'll be fast stuff. ! 
Thursday 6pm:  "Save A Horse" night at Adam and Jill's place in Byron at 1286 Brookfield Ct NE.  Think Cowboy/Cowgirl for theme and be prepared to have a lot of fun as Lorelei has some songs to teach us! 

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Tonight's R.E.D.

Tonight at 6pm... Gather at the Bears Den in Byron for a fun run or walk about town!  Route options are 3, 4 or 6 miles... as always, fitness & fun is the plan!

Saturday 12:30pm...   Hike at Oxbow Park.  This is the precursor to the excess calorie intake you may have at the Team R.E.D. picnic!
Saturday 1:30pm...  Picnic! This is at Oxbow park in the main picnic area; take the campground/zoo drive and go all the way to the picnic area, by Middle bridge.   Just like last month's picnic, it's BYOB, snacks, and grilling food.  Kids are welcome to attend!  Bring the family...   we'll have yard games available as well.  For anyone considering camping, remember Oxbow is first come first serve, so get there early!

Sunday - 9-4pm.... be sure to stop by the Mayo Civic center and visit Team R.E.D.'s booth!   Bring the family and participate in the fun, while meeting some former Olympic Athletes!  
  • 9:30am - 1 mile stroller-a-thon (hosted by )
  • 10am - 1 mile fun walk/run (hosted by Team R.E.D.)

Here are some upcoming races to consider....
  • July 4th - Stewartville Summerfest runs.  This annual event offers a 3 Mile & 5 Mile race.
  • July 4th - Memorial Run for Jason Stevens at Cook Park in Rochester.  This is a low key event, with the entry fee being a non-perishable food item for Channel One 
  • July 21st - Byron Good Neighbor Days race.  Always a good time, with lots of friendly faces!

We're still accepting volunteers for a couple opportunities this weekend!  Please drop me an email at if you're available to assist...

  • Sunday 10am-11am - Team R.E.D. hosts a 1 mile fun run / walk at the Mayo Civic Center as part of Olympic Day at the Team Sports & Fitness Expo.  
  • Sunday 5:45pm - Team R.E.D. volunteers will hand out ribbons and measure jumps for kids at the Byron All-Comers track meet.   Post kids events, we'll be able to try our hand at some of the events!
Tune into the noon news on KTTC today to catch Tom O' chatting about this weekends Olympic Day.  Then tune in again to KTTC news at 5pm to see Tom O' & Jim M touting Olympic Day once again!  

Monday, June 18, 2012

Big Weekend!

Wow.. with a quick look online, you'll find lots of Team R.E.D. members conquering Grandmas Marathon, Half marathon and 5K.   Also find others kicked butt at the RochesterFest Tri!

And before I forget..

  • Monday 6pm:   The Maniacs are connecting for 5-6 miles at Dooley's in Rochester at 6pm!
  • Tuesday 5:30pm:  The All-Comers 1 mile.   This is a free event put on by the Rochester Track Club at Soldiers Field in Rochester, it's part of the Grand Prix series. There are 3 heats based on projected mile finish.  Come on out and test yourself!   
  • Tuesday 6pm:  The trail runners are rolling from Glynners Pub in Roch, and tackling Indian Heights for appox 5 miles of bliss!
  • Wednesday 6pm:  20 Minute Challenge at the Running Room in Rochester. Registration is free.. and you'll receive a running room hat for participating!  Register at
  • Thursday 6pm:  Team R.E.D. runs and walks from the Bears Den in Byron.  3, 4 & 6 mile routes are on the agenda. 

Here's who I found in some of the weekends events..  please let me know if I'm missing someone.. I know there were several members in the spectator role as well, and that's fantastic to show that support!  Sadly, some are spectating due to injury, so here's to a speedy recovery for all, we miss you on the run!

Grandmas Weekend - Congrats to Sue on her first full marathon!  

  • 5K...  Kelly and Jen
  • Half...  Andy H, Tom W, Jill M, Erin, Monica, Lori, Adam W, Chris
  • Full...  Cathy T, Peter, Andy B, Teri, Marv, Bri, Rick (NEW MEMBER!), Roger, Gwen, Randy F and Sue... ahhh.. Sue's first full marathon!

RochesterFest Triathlon

  • Paul C, Joe, Trevor, Amber & Adam A

Also, with Rochester Fest...   Congrats to Team Chm in the weekend's bed race.. it was a water bed for sure!

This past Thursday at Team R.E.D. we landed two new Free Agents!   Please welcome Shane & Ben... hoping to see them both around a lot this summer, before they head off to college in the fall! -- it was hard to believe how nice it was during the shirt presentation, only to be followed by some serious wind and downpour!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Team R.E.D.!

Hey all!  Tonight is a home hosted event at the O'Leary's at 6pm!  Come on out to 805 1st Ave NW in Byron and enjoy a run or walk... along with the provided post workout Taco's and Beer!    (Thanks Jean K for the contribution of beverages!)

Additionally, the much anticipated Team R.E.D. headbands are in... they'll be available for pick up tonight at the O'leary's.  If you pre-ordered, bring your 10 bucks and pickup the goods!   There are a few extra, so if you still want one, swing on out and get it! 

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Another Week Upon Us!

Congrats to all of you who took part in the Go For The Gold 5K and Trinona this weekend!   Lots of friendly faces are popping up in Facebook photos... Nice work all!

It's shaping up to be another great week of fitness & fun!   Check it all out below!

  • Monday 6pm:  The Monday Maniacs are heading out for a jaunt, starting and finishing at the Bears Den in Byron.  
  • Tuesday 5:45pm:  Fun on the bluffs of Whitewater State Park!   Meeting at the Century HS east parking lot at 5:45PM and carpooling to Whitewater for some bluff climbing fun
  • Wednesday 5:30pm:   Speed work on the track at Soldiers Field in Rochester.   
  • Thursday 6pm:   Team R.E.D. is being home hosted by Wendy & Tom O'Leary at 805 1st Ave NW in Byron... this is the first of the home hosts for the summer... and there's a theme! 
    • We're having a Mexican Fiesta!  
    • Consider dressing in some fashion that represents such a Fiesta!  (I said Fiesta, not Siesta.. so no sleeping bags!) -- rumor has it there may be some Karaoke taking place.. 
    • O'Leary's will provide Taco's and Beer... if you'd like to bring a dish to share or something else to drink... feel free! 
    • If you're running at Grandmas Marathon this weekend... come on out for a 2 mile, shake the legs out run or walk... and join in the party before you head north!   Other route options will be in the area of 4 and 6 miles. 
      • If you're interested in home hosting please contact Dan at with your availability.  He'll let you know if your choice of weeks is available.   Remember, we're trying to fill the 2nd & 4th Thursday's of each week home hosts, or other ideas. 
  • Friday Night / Saturday Morning... Best of luck to all of you participating at Grandmas Marathon Weekend!   -- Should be a ton of fun... be sure to enjoy it all! 
Here's another great opportunity for Team R.E.D. to travel to an event together... some members have been looking at the Sprit of the Lakes Run  -- we've also been invited to Mike Masons for a post party... After the race we could go to his house for hanging out by the pool, boat rides, and he does have a nice bar in his basement.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Good Times!

It was a great night on the patio at the Bears Den Thursday night... complete with new members, giveaways and lots of laughter!

We were lucky enough to land a couple new free agents for Team R.E.D.... meet Shane & Karlene! 

Welcome Shane! 

Welcome Karlene! 

Congrats to Roger!  Here he is receiving a Team R.E.D. tee for his newly born grandchild! 
Great look for the little one! 

Below Jim receives a check for 3 entries into the Chester Woods Trail Run.   Team R.E.D. has now sponsored 10 young people into area races!  Nice work everyone! 

Race Director Mace collecting Team R.E.D.'s contribution
 Hats, shirts, waterbottles, gift cards, free race entries... all that was given away on the patio!  Below you'll see KP & Rachel with their entries into Run for the Gold 5K!   Also, the rock paper scissors champions received gift cards to the Bears Den.. nice work Peter, Ann & Jim!

KP & Rachel... Winners! 
Peter, Ann & Jim.. Winners! 

Thursday, June 7, 2012

See you tonight!

We're at the Bears Den in Byron tonight and heading out to the country roads!  The routes are posted on the right hand side of the blog... make sure you're staying hydrated, as it's been a toasty week so far!


Team R.E.D. is putting on a 1 mile fun run on the morning of  June 24th.  This is part of Olympic Day at the Mayo Civic Center.  Additionally we have a booth at the Olympic Day expo that same day!   Please drop me a note at  if you'd like to volunteer at the fun run, or at the expo.

Here are a few pics from Tuesday's trail run at oxbow....  if you're available on Tuesday evenings, I highly recommend joining the trail running crew.  Lots of fun!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Tuesday Update!

Tuesday Trail run starts at 6pm from the first bridge at Oxbow Park (just north of Byron on Cty 5)..  oh, and post run sodas will be served at Tod & Megs's post workout...   a caravan will show you the way.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Great Things!

This is a long post!  So if you want to know what's happening tomorrow, it's near the end of the post, but please, check it all out, as we have some fun things on the horizon, including a night on the river & another dance with the Warrior Dash!

Remember, if you'd like to home host, drop an email to Dan at to get on the summer schedule.

Save The Date:  August 11th is Team R.E.D. on the River!   We'll head to the Mighty Mississippi for some boating, tubing, and a night on the beach!  Something tells me it's going to be a blast! - more details will flow as we arrange car pools, and figure out which boats will be available for this extravaganza...

Take Action:  It's time to register now for the Warrior Dash... Team R.E.D. is going Sept 8th in the 12:30pm wave.

  • Here's the link to Warriror Dash Hugo, MN page, check it out.      
  • While overnight lodging is not required, it sure is fun as a post race party is in order!  I've pasted below some additional information from Dan.  
    • Team RED it is that time again... are you a WARRIOR?
    • We are signing up for the 12:30 wave on Saturday, Sept 8th in Hugo, MN
    • We have a couple lodging options available, each are about a 20 minute commute from Warrior Dash (hotel lodging is tight due to one of the largest car shows in the state that weekend). 
    • We have a group campsite reserved at William O'Brien State Park just east of the Warrior Dash... Adam Walters is your contact for camping, drop him an email at if you want in the group site.  (you can camp Friday and/or Saturday night as we have the site for both of them). 
    • We have several hotel rooms reserved just south of the Warrior Dash... Dan Mesenburg is your contact to secure a room, drop him an email at
    • Cost of the Warrior Dash is $65 per person.. camping and hotel rates to be determined.  
    • Mark your calendars!   Sept 8th at 12:30pm!  Let's go warriors!

Weekend Races:  We're looking forward to hearing stories from peoples races this weekend!
  • Chester Woods 50K, 10 Mile and 5K had great numbers turnout!   
    • Team R.E.D. offered scholarships to 3 young people for Chester Woods.  Nice work, helping some kids get the opportunity to race! 
  • Minneapolis Marathon, Half and Relay's are this weekend.  A handful of members are taking at shot at those races right about now! 
Here are a few pics from the Tailgate party at the Honkers game.  Looked like a nice crew and a lot of blue jeans, so they lived up to 2 out of 3 ain't bad!

Here's a look at what's up this coming week... some details will fill in as we learn more.

  • Monday 6pm: The Monday Maniacs are running from Dooley's in Rochester. This is a nice gathering place to explore downtown and enjoy some good post run company. 
  • Tuesday 6pm: I anticipate a trail run led by Mr. Mason, but I have not yet seen any details. I will update you as soon as we know! 
  • Wednesday 5:30pm: Speed work is once again on the track at Soldiers Field. - The track in Byron is undertaking a makeover and should be ready in early July. 
  • Thursday 6pm: Team R.E.D. is at the Bears Den in Byron. Here's hoping to some great weather for some fine outdoor seating!