Saturday, March 30, 2013

Great Thursday Turnout!

Wow... spring is in the air, finally!  We had a great turnout at the Eagles Club on Thursday night.   We officially welcomed Ken & Meagan, both of whom have been to a Team R.E.D. event or two in their day... also we saw some new faces for the first time, in Allison and JoDene... welcome to all!
The crew gettin' ready!

New Comers JoDene & Allison

Puddle Hoppin'

Carrie & Tohnia (going the wrong way!)

Jessica, Dan & Andy lead the pack

Joe, Mike, Jen & Adam clipping along

Ken Joins Team R.E.D. with his sponsors... Lori & Joe!

Meagan Joins Team R.E.D.

Mike posing as a billbaord for our sponsors! - Welcome Appliance Village to the team!
Bears Den, Pro Image, Need's Car Wash, ServiceMaster, K&S, Appliance Village!

  • Monday 6pm:  The Monday Maniacs are back at WildWood in Rochester!  The trails should be clear of snow (and hopefully clear of ice!).   WildWood is located on the backside of the Ramada, near the TJ Maxx Plaza.
  • Tuesday 6:30pm:  Tuesday's Trail crew is hitting the bike trail... the Great River Ridge Bike Trail starting in Viola at Town Hall and heading out and back! (it'll be mostly downhill on the way back!).  6 miles is the long plan, if you want to go shorter, turn around earlier!
  • Wednesday 5:30pm:   The indoor track at RCTC is still the place to be if you want to work speed!  Bring a dry pair of shoes to change into once indoors.
  • Thursday 6pm:  Team R.E.D. is at the Bears Den in Byron.  If the country roads are dry, we'll head out of town! If not, we'll stick to the bike trails.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The snow is going away! ---------------- Let's have a Sale!

The snowshoe crew may have finally had a last hurrah on Tuesday!  While shoeing was fun, I think it's time.. time to clear the trails and roads for runners, bikers and hikers!

Looking great! 

A part of me will miss this... 

Wednesday night had a hoppin night on the track!  Good to hear people are still getting after it... soon, these track workouts can move outdoors! Fingers crossed!

The Snow Is Going Away... 
Blow-Out Sale! 
  • All Long Sleeve tees are on sale for just $10 each!  These are Sport Tek Brand, and were previously 20 bucks.  We have limited qty's of various sizes.   I'm not planning to re-order long sleeve until we approach the fall season.  If you want to purchase, you can email me at or hit me up at Team R.E.D. on Thursday!  
  • All Singlets are on sale for $10 each!   These are also typically a 20 dollar bill, however, with our new design contest, we'd like to move the current inventory.  We have limited qty's  in various sizes of both men's and women's cuts. 
    • If you were not aware of the design contest, and would like to enter, drop me an email at  and I'll get you the details.   You do have to be a member of Team R.E.D. to enter the contest. 
The pictures below might be a little wrinkly... and what you're buying might be too!

What's next?  

Thursday 6pm:  Join us at the Eagles Club located at 917 15th Ave SE Rochester (next to Cub Foods).  We'll have the typical 3, 4 or 6 mile routes, and post run/walk we can enjoy an All You Can eat burger/brats and beer for $8!   Food 'till 8pm.. beer 'till 9pm.  (additional menu items are also available from the kitchen). 
Saturday 7:15am:   The marathon training long run heads out from the RAC.  The route can be found at 
Monday 6pm:  The Monday Maniacs are heading back to the wonderful WildWood Bar & Grill located on the backside of the Ramada (near TJ Maxx Plaza).   Come on out to enjoy some post run popcorn! 

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Great Job! Great Week Ahead!

The USATF Team Circuit officially got underway on Sunday, and Team R.E.D. fared very well in the Blue Division (Blue is for the cool clubs like us, Red division is the larger, highly competitive clubs). 

We fared well in all categories, most notably taking 1st Place in the Men's Masters category!  Congrats!   Team circuit results are posted here.  Additionally, the full set of runner results can be found here

Here's the team post race... they look pretty intimidating!

Team R.E.D. at Irish Run 2013!


We had a strong night at Monday Maniacs!  Bunches of members hit the roads of Byron!  In fact, we got a new member as Dan  joined!   (picture will have to follow as we didn't take one!)  

Let's keep it rolling with a look at what's up this week... note Thursday is a new location, and sure looks like it could be a lot of fun!  

  • Tonight 6pm: Mason and the trail crew are at it again!  OMG!! We're Still Snowshoeing "Whitewater Edition"
    • Meet at the Century High School parking lot, near the baseball fields at 6pm, and we'll carpool, caravan from there.
  • Wednesday 5:30pm: The RCTC track is the place to get the speed rolling for the race season!  Come on out and run!
  • Thursday 6pm:   Erin has landed us a location with one heck of a post race meal/beverage plan!  Join us at the Eagles Club located at 917 15th Ave Se, Rochester (next to Cub Foods).  We'll have the typical 3, 4 or 6 mile routes, and post run/walk, we can enjoy an All you can eat burger/brats and beer for $8 food till 8pm and beer till 9pm (additional menu items are also available from the kitchen).


A couple interesting races are coming up this summer.. check them out below, thanks to Kelle and Marv for sharing the details!

Hammer Race
The Hammer Race is an obstacle/terrain race in Southern MN. Part adventure race and part obstacle race, the Hammer Race is as much of a mental challenge as it is a physical one. On top of the mud,
obstacles, and rugged terrain, participants in the Hammer Race must carry a minimum 8lb sledge hammer throughout the entire course. You must cross the finish line with a Hammer to be considered a finisher, and may even need it to do so. So make sure you get to know your Hammer companion, and do not neglect it. Talk to it. Sleep with it. Keep it well groomed. Work to strengthen the bond, for you will need it to stay close and have no reason to wander off.

Web site is:

Tortoise vs Hare
Using a formula that factors in a runners age, gender, height, and weight, a graded start time is given to each runner. Individuals who have been blessed with a "runner's body" and are in their prime running years will receive little to no time advantage. All others will be give a head start.!__rba5k

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Race Day!

It looks like a few Team R.E.D. members made it to the Return of the Robin 5K!   I lifted this picture from Chelsie's facebook (sorry chels!)... Here we have members Chelsie, Corrine and Sylvia, along with their friend Desirae'.   I do have one question for Chelsie, why is Desirae' not yet a member of Team R.E.D.?  

Chelsie, Corrine, Sylvia & Desirae'

Thanks to Facebook stalking, I also saw Steve D ran a strong 5K at Return of the Robin.   I haven't seen the results yet, so there very well may have been more of you participating.  I'll keep my eyes open for those results.

Here's what's just ahead of us:
  • Sunday 1:20pm:   It's looking like 3 car loads of Team R.E.D. are heading to St Paul for the Irish Run, which is the first race is the USATF Club competition series!  Go Team R.E.D.!  
  • Monday 6pm:  The Monday Maniacs are changing things up this week, by starting at the Bears Den in Byron!   We'll have a couple routes to choose from... come out and enjoy a Monday with friends! 
  • Tuesday 6pm:  Mason has the best titles for his trail gatherings, this one does not disappoint,  join us for the OMG!! We're Still Snowshoeing "Whitewater Edition" 
    •  If you plan to join this crew, meet at the Century High School parking lot, near the baseball fields at 6pm, and we'll carpool, caravan from there.
  • Wednesday 5:30pm:  The RCTC track is still the place to be!  Get your speed on with some repeats on the indoor track.  One day, way out in the future, the snow will melt and we can take this workout outdoors!
  • Thursday 6pm:  Team R.E.D. heads to Rochester!   Location still TBD, but trust there will be 3 route options, in the ranges of 3, 4 and 6 miles.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

What's Up? Volunteers are up!

Right now Team R.E.D. members are wrapping up another night on the indoor track.  Way to go!

  • Thursday 6pm:  Team R.E.D. gathers at the Bears Den in Byron.   Routes are being set in the ranges of 3, 4 and 6 miles.  Come on out and have some fun!
  • Saturday 7:15am:  The marathon training long run takes off from the RAC in Rochester for a route scheduled at 16 miles!   Come log some miles with many familiar faces! 
  • Sunday 1:20pm:  Several Team R.E.D. members are racing at the Irish Run 8K in St Paul!  If you're interested in getting connected with a car pool crew, contact me at

Volunteers are needed!!   

  • Thursday March 21st - Byron is hosting an indoor track meet at RCTC and we could use about 4-5 volunteers to arrive about 4:45pm.  On arrival find Tom O'Leary or Charro Coleman, and we'll get you where you need to be.   Please email me at if you are available to help!
  • Saturday April 20th:  Team R.E.D. is once again hosting a waterstop at the Fetzer 20K & 2 Mile Run to End Hunger!   All proceeds go to Channel One.. Awesome!   Drop me an email at if you can help!  -- Also, if you'd like to race in the race (which is great fun).. you can register at   Discounts apply until March 22nd. 

Friday, March 15, 2013

Saturday Long Run!

I think there is always a lot going on!  See below.. and you'll know it's true!

But first... Thanks to KP & Rachel for providing a special bonus on Thursday's Team R.E.D. event.. they provided some fermented beverages late in the run!  Nice!

KP Serving it up growler style!

Susan, Cassandra, Jim and Sarah take part!

  • Saturday 7:15am: is time for a long run!  The Marathon Training group takes off from the RAC for a 15 miler.   You can find the route map here
  • Saturday 9am:  Lucky Green 5K gets underway from A Childs Kingdom in Rochester!  This is a new course this year, and should provide a great early season opportunity to race! 
  • Saturday 10am:  The Bears Den is open for some pre-St Pats festivity, and  we still have a few spots left on the bus, that departs at 11am for St Paul!   If you want to get on the bus for a day of celebration, bring $25 and some festive attitude... join us! 
  • Sunday 8:00am:  The Off Season Striders are getting the miles as a 'recovery' run.  Does that mean recovery from the marathon long run? or from the bus?   Meet at Panera South and have some fun!
  • Sunday 2pm:  Snow Shoeing at Oxbow Park.. hey.. if it's going to stay winter, we may as well enjoy it! Meet at the 1st bridge (2nd parking lot on your left as you enter the park).
  • Monday 6pm:   The Maniacs are at it again, heading out from Dooley's Pub!   (If you're a walker, come on out, as Wendy is looking to walk inside!). 
  • Tuesday 6pm:  More snowhoe'in!   Indain Heights Park is the scene....  Meet at the parking lot at the end of Terracewood Dr NW (see map) We had a really good time here last time. The trails are in a pretty deep woods so there should be snow yet. 
    • Map to Indian Hights Park Parking Lot
  • Wednesday 5:30pm:  No explanation required for Wednesdays.. just run! We meet at the indoor track of RCTC and get some speedwork in!  
  • Thursday 6pm:  Team R.E.D. is back in Byron at the Bears Den!  Should be a great night to get out and hit the roads, and settle in for a social post run/walk! 

... and some more fun pics from Thursday night...  there were a bunch of new faces which is awesome! 

KP & Mike lead the crew

Megan & Sarah

Peter & Cathy

Erin & Haley

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

20 slots left!

Don't forget to get on the track at 5:30pm this evening at RCTC indoor track!  But before you do that, you should register for the Lake Wobegone Trail Marathon !  See the note below from Sharon.

 If you have been trying to decide whether to run Lake Wobegon Trail Marathon this year, it's decision time now. We have about 20 spaces left and I expect that we will fill the race within the next few days. We won't be able to expand beyond that because we have already added 50 spaces beyond the 350 originally planned.

Please join us!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Location Change for Tuesday!

Note;  The Tuesday snowshoe has moved to Essex park.  Same start time, 6:15pm.   See note from Jim below.
  • I hate to do this again but, Lets change this to Essex Park. I checked Bill Barnacle out and it's flooded by the creek and the parking lots are unplowed. We will for sure do a run at BB when the snow disappears

Monday, March 11, 2013

More.... Always More!

Was a great night at Wildwood for Monday Maniacs!  The group was able to stick together for the entire run and get an update on the DAHLC project with a run-by.   Thanks Dave for sharing the inside scoop!

Don't forget there's a local race this weekend!  Starting at 9am this Saturday is the Lucky Green 5K...  See the message from Wally below....
For those not heading to the cities for a race next weekend- Lucky Green 5 k in Rochester! Packet pick up and registration on Friday 5-8 pm at Terra Loco. Saturday morning packet pick up and registration 8- 8:45 am, race 9am at A Childs Kingdom 1621 N Broadway! See you there- time to kick off the racing season!

As a friendly reminder... last year we were on the outdoor track at this time of year, in shorts, tee's and tanks!  These pictures are from an outdoor track workout the week of March 16th, 2012.

The Irish Bus! 

Speaking of March 16th!   I want to let you know there's still room for about 10 people on the March 16th St Patricks Day bus to the cities!   The O'Chmielewski's have done a great job organizing this, (this year and last year!).... come on out and have some fun!

If you're not currently scheduled on board, get on board!  If you are on board, bring some friends!  (make sure you drop an email to Paul & Annette at  to reserve your space!

The cost $25 per person, and includes the ride, beer/pop/water/snacks on the bus and of course some great entertainment. Maybe Annette will dance the Irish Jig!!
The schedule will be something like the following but maybe we'll swap in a different pub:
10:00AM Preloading... come to the Bears Den for a tune up!  
11:00AM Board the bus at Byron MP/Bear's Den
12:30PM Arrive St. Paul Liffey Irish Pub
Walk 1 block to Patrick McGovern's
2:30PM Bus leaves McGovern's for Billy's
4:00PM Bus leaves Billy's for O'Gara's
6:30PM Bus leaves O'Gara's for Byron
8:00PM Bus arrives back in Byron


Tuesday 6:15pm:  Snowshoe!  Possibly the last one of the winter!   Meet at the BP in Marion and caravan out to Bill Barnacle's park for some fantastic snowshoeing in the daylight.   If you've never heard of Bill Barnacle, check this one out it is truly a beautiful place.

Here's what it looks like in the summer... and it appears to offer a workout! 

Wednesday 5:30pm:  The speed sessions continue, and with race season upon us, IT'S TIME PEOPLE!    Let's get out to the track and turn the speed on!  Meet at the RCTC indoor track.  Please wear one pair of shoes in, and change into your running shoes once inside.   As you can see below, you often find the hotties on the track! 

Thursday 6pm:  Team R.E.D. returns to Brothers Bar & Grill!  It was a well attended night last time (and there's a purple house nearby that might have beer available).      Please park in back of the bar, as that keeps the prime-time parking available for people who might otherwise think the bar is full at 6pm... yet it's not, as we're off on a run.   A couple of distances will be offered, in the areas of 3, 4 or 6 miles.  

The Byron Bears are taking on the PEM Bulldogs for a chance to advance to State in boys basketball!  If you attend the game, be sure to join us at Brothers Post game!  -- we have members from PEM and Byron.. so the fun can continue!  

See the pic below for half the view of last time at Brothers...  


Sunday, March 10, 2013

Welcome to our newest sponsor!

I'm thrilled to announce Appliance Village is joining our list of great sponsors!  Tod & Meg have always been wonderful members of Team R.E.D. and now they have brought Appliance Village on board with a sponsorship as well!   Please be sure to say Thank You!  ... and don't forget to visit Appliance Village when you are in the market for appliances or service! 

Also remember, all our sponsors have web links on the right hand side of the blog.  Be sure to visit their sites, and thank them for all they do for Team R.E.D.!    Here they all are... alphabetically:


Seeking Volunteers! 

With the Track season upon us... and home hosting about to kick off, I'm seeking a couple of volunteers for a couple of roles.

But before we get to that... is it just me? or did the Bears Den Bear get too excited about all the attention he got from the ladies, and Steve?

Home Host Schedule Volunteer:   In the past, it's been a blast and very much appreciated to be invited to members homes for a run/walk and social on non-bears den nights.

I'm seeking someone to help coordinate the scheduling of home hosts.   The bullets below sort of outline what I think you'd be signing up for if you choose to volunteer for this role.
  • Be the point of contact for people who are interested in home hosting. Members will be pointed to your email address if they are interested in home hosting.
  • Track which 2nd, 4th and sometimes 5th Thursdays are already booked by a home host, and which are still available.
  • Communicate with home hosts on details such as address, routes, and what Team members bring, i.e. is it a pot luck?  are beverages provided or byob?  should we bring lawn chairs?  that sort of stuff. 
  • Communicate with Tom to get the details onto the blog the weekend prior to a home host night.
Route Talker:   Track season is one of my favorite times of year!  However, it does mean I'll miss a certain amount of Thursday Team R.E.D. nights (not all, but several).  We're seeking someone who feels they can be at many of the Spring time Team R.E.D. Thursdays (over the next 2 1/2 months). The bullets below outline what I think you'd be signing up for if you choose to volunteer for this role.
  • Come up with potential routes of 3, 4 or 6 miles for a Thursday night run/walk. 
  • Arrive on time to deliver the route talk (that's one of my greatest weaknesses!)
  • If not available to give a route talk on a Thursday, seek out someone who can. 
 Thanks for considering!  Drop me (Tom O) an email at if you're interested in either of these roles!  

Friday, March 8, 2013

Nice work.. today and always! - Updates for the weekend, and Monday in this post as well.

Way to go Team R.E.D.!   So many of you are taking part in Jim Parry's 16 hour treadmill run for the YMCA!  He's a great role model for many young people, and he's raising funds for the Y!  His goal is $5,000!  You can help by going to here and clicking Donate Now!

On another great note... Team R.E.D. received a fantastic Thank You card from our member Jean, who has run into a tough medical spot.  Many of us have seen Jean lately, and she's looking great!  There's more work ahead for her, so please keep sending prayers and good wishes...  Thanks to all of you for your generousity and thoughtfulness in giving her a gift certificate to Waiter Express.

If you are like me and can't read little print.. click on the card below, and you'll be able to read the card.  I, personally, am looking forward to the party! 


  • Saturday 6am:  The front loading crew will meet at the RAC in Rochester to put some miles into before the official Marathon Training run.  We'll be back to the RAC in time to connect with the rest of the group.
  • Saturday 7:15am:  The Marathon Training long run has route options of 13 and 15 miles.. this is a supported training run, you'll find gatorade and water, as well as some snacks from time to time! 
  • Sunday 8:30am:  With Daylight savings time upon us, the Off Season Striders are splitting the difference and starting at 8:30am!  Meet at Panera South and get some fun miles in with the group.
  • Monday 6pm:  It's Wildwood Baby!  ... and that's a quote!  Monday Maniacs head back to Wildwood and have surefire plans for run during and after the run!

This past Thursday night was well attended... and we celebrated Steve's new pair of shoes courtesy of TerrraLoco!    We celebrated with a round of Harvey Wallbangers!  What a fun drink to pronounce out loud.   Congrats on the shoes Steve... and thanks for the round!

Also note, with daylight savings time upon us, we can soon toss the headlamps!  Sweet!

Steve has an announcement!
"I won new shoes and I'm buying Harvey Wallbangers!"

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Bears Den tonight!

Tonight 6pm: The weather is once again fantastic... and the company is even better!   Looking forward to seeing many of you on the trails and streets of Byron tonight!  

We heard great reports from Monday - a small but fun crew! Great reports from Tuesdays snowhsoe... Team RED members were on the trails shoeing and even met some potential new members!   Also great reports from Wednesday, with lots of speed on the track... and lots of snow on the shoes at oxbow!

Saturday 7:15am:  The marathon training long run takes off from the RAC.  Routes are 13 or 15 miles, and supported by volunteers.  You can see the route at
Saturday 6am:  For those of you who need more miles for an earlier marathon i.e. Boston! - you can join the frontloading group at 6am at the RAC.  You'll log some miles and be back to join the rest of the bunch at 7:15am.


We havent' had a chance to say it yet... but Thank You!  Thank you for help us raise $1394 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation!   That's fantastic and you all make it so much fun!

Frank & Lorelei host a waterstop on Pancake day... Andy is the 1st to arrive!

Team R.E.D. members and others enjoying breakfast at the Den!
  • Thank You to everyone who participated in the Pancake Feed for JDRF!  
  • Thank You to everyone who wished us well!
  • Thank You to all the volunteers!
  • Thank You to all the runners!
  • Thank You to Randy for his coordination of a key water station! 
  • Thank You to Frank & Lorelei for staffing another key water station, and transporting supplies to Randy! 
  • Thank You to Laura for showing up in her Princess style and sharing the Butterhead!
  • Thank You to the Bears Den for hosting this event.. and giving ALL the proceeds to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation!  


We've been very slow at getting Team R.E.D. t-shirts to some of our new members... and I'm happy to announce Ryan has finally received his!   Ryan has been active with R.E.D. during the track workouts, long runs, and this past Sunday he had his first snowshoe workout!    So, with that said, Welcome Ryan! 

Ryan is getting faster by the minute!
Below is a list of USA Track & Field Team Circuit races for the 2013 season.   This is a fun chance for Team R.E.D. to compete against other clubs from around the state.   Particiapation in this circuit is in no way required.  But if you're so inclined, it's a lot of fun!

The team circuit scores clubs in 3 categories with both men and women competing seperately.
  • Open:  Top 5 finishers from each club score points
  • Masters: Top 3 finishers over 40 years old from each club score points
  • Grand Masters:  Top 3 finishers over 50 years old from each club score points.
A runner can score in multiple categories.  For example, if Woo is in the top 3 over 50, and top 3 over 40.. and top 5 overall from Team R.E.D. -- he'll score in each category!

If you'd like to register for USATF and join us on Team R.E.D. (club #0435) you can do so at the following link.

USATF Minnesota named Irish Run St Paul 8K to its Tram Circuit once again for 2013. The event, formerly called the St Patrick's Day Human Race, will be held on Summit Avenue in St Paul on Sunday, March 24. Team members will be competeing for $1,000 in team prizes.
Below is a list of the events comprising the USATF Minnesota Team Circuit for 2013:

Sunday March 24
Irish Run St. Paul 8k – St. Paul
USATF Minnesota 8k Championship
Saturday April 27
Get in Gear 10k - Minneapolis
USATF Minnesota 10k Championship
Thursday May 9
Medtronic TC 1 Mile - Minneapolis
USATF Minnesota 1 Mile Championship
Saturday May 11
New Prague Half Marathon – New Prague
USATF Minnesota Half Marathon Championship
Monday May 27
Brian Kraft Memorial 5k - Minneapolis
Saturday June 22
Grandma’s Marathon – Duluth
USATF Minnesota Marathon Championship
Wednesday July 17
Life Time Fitness Torchlight 5k - Minneapolis
USATF Minnesota 5k Championship
Sunday August 11
MDRA 15k - Edina
USATF Minnesota 15k Championship
Sunday September 8
MDRA City of Lakes 25k – Minneapolis
USATF Minnesota 25k Championship

Sunday October 6
Medtronic TC 10 Mile – Minneapolis
USATF Minnesota 10 Mile Championship

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Get on the bus!

See the invite from teh O'Chm's ! 
It's time to get your green on for another bus trip up to St. Paul for a pub crawl to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. This year we will go on Saturday, March 16. We have a motor coach reserved for the first 44 people to sign up. The cost is the same as last year, $25 per person, and includes the ride, beer/pop/water/snacks on the bus and of course some great entertainment. Maybe Annette will dance the Irish Jig!!
The schedule will be something like the following but maybe we'll swap in a different pub:
11:00AM Leave Byron MP/Bear's Den
12:30PM Arrive St. Paul Liffey Irish Pub
Walk 1 block to Patrick McGovern's
2:30PM Bus leaves McGovern's for Billy's
4:00PM Bus leaves Billy's for O'Gara's
6:30PM Bus leaves O'Gara's for Byron
8:00PM Bus arrives back in Byron
 We're a bit late with planning this year, so please respond by email to   asap and let us know how many spots you'd like to reserve. You can make your checks out to either one of us.
We're looking forward to another fun day!!
-Paul and Annette Chmielewski

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

What's up?

A whole lotta stuff is up! 

Don't forget about Jim Parry's 16 hour treadmill run this Friday!  There are still many time slots available to run along side Jim (gives you a great chance to chat and figure out what drives him!).   If you can't make it, please consider a contribution... the man is 16 hours on a treadmill, a handful of dollars will help him reach his fundraising goal of $5000!   More information is in the bullet below.
  • 16 hour treadmill run to benefit the Rochester Area Family Y's Annual Support Campaign will be live-streamed at this Friday from 5am-9pm. Call 287.2260 to reserve a time to run or walk with me for a bit. Donations can be made by phone, in person, or at

Wednesday 5:30pm:   The Speed work continues!   If you want to race fast this spring, this is seriously the one workout you need to try to fit in!   You'll be glad you did.   Join the group at the RCTC indoor track, located in the fieldhouse.
Wednesday 6pm:  Some fantastic snow has fallen... and the snowshoes are callin'!   Meet at the 1st Bridge of Oxbow Park (where headlamps if you got em).   The last few days have provided an awesome base for fun!
Thursday 6pm:  Team R.E.D. is at the Bears Den in Byron!  It's one of my favorite places... let's get there, get a run/walk and have some fun!  
Friday 5am-9pm:  Jim Parry continues his drive to help the Y!  The notes above demonstrate how you can help!  -- I've signed up to run with him bright and early, and will see if I can slip a 2nd run in that day.   -- check your schedule and see if you can too!  

Gotta Love the Snow!

Tuesday 6pm:  Based on the anticipated Road Conditions... Jim has moved Tuesday's snow shoe event, to Eastwood park in Rochester.  See  his comments below.
  • OK, I'll make a decision now so everybody has a chance to make plans. I think the roads will be really hard to get around on so we're moving this to Eastwood.     Eastwood has some great trails that are lit up with trail lights so no headlamps will be needed. Afterwards we'll hit up the Wicked Moose for refreshments.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Great night at Brothers!

Brothers Bar & Grill was host of a strong turnout for Team R.E.D. on Thursday.  

Even a Chelsie and Matt sighting! One of the two (chelsie) even stopped drinking long enough to put on her running shoes and bring a couple of her friends out for a run.  Nice work!

Congratulations to Lana as she accepted her winning certificate good for a pair of Brooks shoes from TerraLoco!  Luckly I got the certificate back from this shady character!

Roger tried to steal the prize! 
Jim presents the certificate to Lana.

The run and walk were great.. a pretty speedy pace out there, spring must be in the air!

Getting ready!
Have to watch for ceiling fans when taking a picture from this angle.  Trust me, my pointer finger can prove it to you!

  • Saturday morning offers many running options and pancakes!  -  Please scroll to the post below to catch all the details regarding Saturday... and have fun! 
  • Sunday 8am: Off Season Striders are heading out from Dunn Bros on Elton Hills Drive.   Always a fun group, and they settle into Dunns for some warm me ups post run. 
  • Sunday 2pm:  The Snowshoe Crew is heading to Oxbow park!   Meet at the zoo parking lot, and we'll head over at the 2nd bridge.  NOTE: this is different from our normal meeting place, so, zoo parking lot! 
  • Monday 6pm:  The Monday Maniacs are heading over to Beettles for the run and fun!  Plan on 4-6 miles and a few refreshements!
  • Tuesday 6:00pm:  The Tuesday Trail Snowshoers are heading to Bill Barnacles.  See the note from Jim so you know where to go! 
    • We'll meet at the BP station in Marion and caravan out to BB. Plan for a few miles of beautiful Snow Shoe'n through some pristine woods
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  • Wednesday 5:30pm:  Speed work at the indoor track at RCTC!   This is a great chance to get ready for those 5Ks, 10Ks this season.... and speed is also important to your marathon goals.  If you can run these workouts, you'll have speed and conditioning for those long events!
  • Thursday 6pm:  We're back at the Bears Den in Byron!   This may be our last headlamp run with the time change coming soon!   
    •  Be sure to wear reflective clothing (front and back!).  We did get a message from a friendly motorist, telling us she didn't see a couple of us as we snaked through Somerby a week ago.  So those reflections are critical on your back as well as your front.