Sunday, September 29, 2013

So Much To Update!

I have just a bit of time.. so I will have to circle back on some great race results with Team R.E.D. members, but for now... here's what's happening this week!
  • Monday 6pm:  Monday Maniacs gather at Brothers Bar & Grill in Rochester.  (this is located in the strip mall across from soldiers field park).  Please park in back so we don't make the place look packed, and then we all take off for an hour run or walk...   Route talk will take place in back.. so park there  --- plus, anytime a bar has a back door, that's the best way in and out!
  • Tuesday 5:30pm:  Speed work on the track at Soldiers Field.   Woo knows how to go fast, and he will help you do the same!  Turning over the feet is the key, and this is a great chance to get it done!
  • Tuesday 6:15pm:  50 Shades of Autumn...   Meet at Chester Woods park for a fantastic trail run!  Mason puts on a top notch run week after week... join in!
  • Thursday 6pm:   Team R.E.D. is at the Bears Den in Byron!  One of our favorite locations to gather.  Come for 3, 4 or 6 miles of walking or running.   Then stay for the post workout social! 

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Sunday Opportunties!

  • Sunday 8am:  The Off Season Striders are heading out for 4-8 miles (pick your distance).  They will gather at Charlie's Pub & Eatery on 2nd Street SW (just west of St Mary's).  
  • Sunday 9:30am:  A trail running crew is heading to Winona to celebrate Garret's 47th trip around the sun!  If you'd like to carpool, meet in the parking lot of Hy Vee South at 9:30am. 
Speaking of Garret.... his business, Mandala Tea, is offering discounts to TEAm RED members (see that trick little there where the word TEA is all caps within the word team.  tricky tricky).   Stop into the shop and mention you're a TEAm RED member to receive a 10% discount on all teas and tea thermoses! 

Mandala Tea is located at 119 North Broadway in Rochester... they are open Mon. to Fri. 11am-6pm and 10am-3pm Saturdays.


If you haven't registered for the Living History Farms Off Road Race and are planning to... now is the time!  There are less than 1100 spots left at the time of this posting.  Once you've registered, drop me an email if you'd like a spot on the bus!  

Our sponsors are already stepping in to take the pain out of the cost of the bus!   Thanks so much!  Be sure to visit our sponsors businesses' and websites.  They are all listed on the right hand side of the blog.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Tonight is R.E.D!

Tonight 6pm:  Be sure to come out this evening for a fun run or walk from the home of Jim Li!   Food and drink is provided, you may want to bring a lawn chair.... and if you'd like to bring something to share that is welcome too.  

Jim's home is located at Hidden Hills Ln NE is off Viola Rd NE, about 1.5 Miles from E. Circle Drive intersection. If you turn in Hidden Hills, it is the second house on the left.

The Tuesday Trail crew continues to impress with great numbers, and lots of fun stories!   Here are a couple pics stolen from Facebook.   -- Note:  It's headlamp time again, bust 'em out, check the batteries and run into the darkness!
Gettin' ready!

Gettin' somethin'  - Garrett, Mike and Andy
Getting dark...
  • Friday 7:30pm - Stop by the O'Leary's at 805 1st Ave NW in Byron for a Living History Farms Registration party!    If you don't have facebook, or are not on the Team R.E.D. page to accept the facebook event invite, you can simply drop me an email at to let us know you're coming!  (if you forget to rsvp, just show up anyway!)   
  • Friday 10pm:  No matter where you are, stop what you're doing and get registered for the Living History Farms Off Road Race!     - We have a charter bus ready to get us to Urbandale and back safely!  It's going to be a fun ride!
  • Saturday 7am:  The Marathon training long run is in taper mode for most.  14 miles is the scheduled jaunt starting and finishing at the RAC in Rochester.   Join the fun!
  • Saturday Races and Fundraisers:  There are several events taking place. You can find more information about by clicking the track club links below.
1st Annual Fall Harvest Run Sept 28th
Saint Joachim's Catholic Church in Plainview, Minnesota

Start- 9:00 AM
NAMI Walk 5k Sept 28th, 2013
RCTC Fieldhouse

Check in starts at 11:30 AM

Walk starts at 1:00 PM
New Leash on Life 5k Sept 28th 2013
East pavillion Silver Lake Park

9:30 Am Start
Loop De Loop Sept 28th 2013
Decorah Ia

Decorah HS Baseball Field
lupus Walk For Hope And 5k Run Sept 28th 2013
Essex Park Rochester Mn

Hormel Nature Center 8k Trail Run Sept 28th, 2013

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

More details....

Be sure to check the previous post for the entire week's worth of opportunities!   This post contains some more details regarding Thursday's Team R.E.D. at 6pm at the home of Jim Li.    See comments from Jim below.
  • We will supply pizza (or hamburger), toss salad. beer/wine and snacks. Of course you are always welcome to bring your favorite beverage or a dish to pass. Also, if possible, please bring a lawn chair.   
  • Here is our address: 2805 Hidden Hills Ln NE, Rochester 55906. Hidden Hills Ln NE is off Viola Rd NE, about 1.5 Miles from E. Circle Drive intersection. If you turn in Hidden Hills, it is the second house on the left. 

Also, if you can't make it to the registration party for Living History Farms, it's ok (but you're going to miss a fun time!).   If you can't make it, be sure to get registered!  Registration opens at 10pm on Friday - and closes very fast!  The 7500 limit is typically reached in about 1 day!   You can register at the following link  

The Team R.E.D. facebook page has 'an event' for Friday's registration party, so if  you're planning to attend, please click 'joining' or 'attending' or whatever it says.  If you're not a facebook user, and you plan to attend the registration party, you can RSVP via email at  (or, if it's a last minute decision for you, just show up!)

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Another Full Week Ahead!

The biggest event in my eye is....   Teri got married to a wonderful guy!  Eric has run with us a few times... he is simply afraid to join (actually, I don't think he's afraid to join... he just hasn't gotten around to it!).    I'll share some more pics, when they are cleared....   of course, Teri is an awesome member, and the wedding was reported as wonderful... I know the reception was fantastic, with dancing and all!

Here's a quick peek at the happy couple!  So awesome! 

Eric and Teri... hitched!

Here's a low down of what I saw of race results this weekend... it's a lot of stuff!  If you raced, and I missed you.. please drop me an email!  I like to capture everyone if possible... but you all are so active!  

  • Three Team R.E.D. members had fantastic marathons today!   Congrats to Andy, Marilee and Bri for strong performances at Quad Cities.   Marilee grabbed hardware for 1st place in her age group!   For results, check out the following link
Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!

  • The Hogan's were in force at the Birkie Trail Run... with Team R.E.D. members Alyssa and Diana having great races... and sister Grace looking wonderful as well!   For results check the following link.
  • The In Yan Teopa Trail Run drew some more members, with Peter, Mase and Lana all having fun on the trails... great results here as well!  For results check the following link
  • Mike Nepstad ran the Kickoff to Football 5K yesterday.  He reported it as an event Team R.E.D. would love!   Roger Craig was one of the celebrities present... he has taken up distance running after his NFL career.  Along with recording your race time, they record your last 40 yards... so you can compare yourself with the NFL 40 yard dash times...  Mike beat Roger Craig in that category!  
  • Millie pulled off a Duathlon!   Bike/Run... and she had fun.   Said something like, "I think I like Duatholons as there is no swimming involved."   I put quotes on that, but it's merely a paraphrase.   I haven't seen official results from the Treadman... so if you ran it, let me know!  (or if you have the results, please share them!).

Monday 6pm:   Come join us at Wildwood Sportsbar and Grill for some fitness and fun! The plan is about the same as usual; we run or walk and then we have a few laughs! There may be a surprise during the run but you will have to show up to get the details!
Tuesday 6pm:  Bill Barnacle State Woodland trail run.   Meet at the BP station in Marion at 6:00 PM and we'll caravan/carpool out to Bill Barnacle. The fall colors are just starting to show up and BB is a favorite place to see them. Plan for about 4 miles of fun. If you have a headlamp you may need it towards the end of the run.  It's a lot drier than it was in May. Running through water is optional :)
Wednesday 5:30pm:   Speed session on the Douglas trail starting at the trail head in Rochester.  The trailhead is located on Valley High, near the back side of IBM.  
Thursday 6pm:  Team R.E.D. has another fantastic home host!  Jim Li has invited us to his home in Rochester for a run or walk, and of course, a social post exercise.  Details, such as address are coming soon.   
Friday 7:30pm:   The O'Leary's are hosting a Living History Farms Registration Party! 
  • Join us at our home at 805 1st Ave NW in Byron. 
  • Beer, Wine and Snacks are provided.
  • Bring your ipad, laptop or whatever you like to use to connect to the world wide web, and then at 10pm we'll all get registered for the Living History Farms Off Road Race. 
  • The Charter bus has been booked, now we just need to know who is getting on it!  -- bus holds about 50 people and 6-12 coolers!
  • Living History Farms race takes place Nov 23rd at 9am... our bus will depart from the Bears Den in Byron at 4am... and we'll return to Byron at 4pm.   This is a fun ride!

Monday, September 16, 2013


Wow.. the things Team R.E.D. members are doing is amazing!   Several of you ran all or part of the 50K or whatever, hosted by Mason.  

Congrats go to KP for completing his 1st 50K!   I don't think it was his plan when he started, but it was his accomplishment when he finished! 

More congratulations are in order for Ramsey... he PR'd in a half marathon a week ago, and now again this week!  Back to back PR's.. and they were like 4-5 minute improvements each time!  

Also Amazing... Team R.E.D. is sponsoring 3 youth participants into the Purple Stride this year!  Check out below to find a link to the event if you'd like to participate. 

There are so many people achieving great things.. it's awesome to see!  Let me know if you know a member who has run a new distance, or achieved a PR... I am simply going by what I either know first hand, or learn via some form of communication.. like talking to each other!   or.. more simple forms of communication, like Facebook.     Kidding, kidding, I'd rather talk to each other!


Here's a look at this week's schedule...

  • Monday Maniacs start in about 45 minutes!  If you're reading this before 6pm on Monday, head to the Douglas Trail parking lot in Douglas.... if you're reading this after 6pm on Monday, head directly to the Douglas Saloon! 
  • Tuesday 6:00pm:  The trail run is heading to Whitewater... see masons' note below.  Should be fun (I would suggest a headlamp, it's getting to be that time of year!)
    • People near Rochester Meet at the parking lot in front of the RCTC fieldhouse.We will leave for Whitewater by 6:00.
    • If you want to go directly to Whitewater we will arrive at the Nature store ( west side of park) by 6:30 We'll have to start right away. We are losing daylight. I'd like to do a quick loop around the Coyote Point trail and, if there is time, climb the Elba Fire tower
  • Tuesday 6:00pm:  TerraLoco is at it again, continuing the Tuesday Night Fun Run.. while benefiting local charities.  See details below.
    • Join us for the Super Hero 5K on Tuesday September 17, 2013 at 6:00pm. Just by ...throwing down $5.00, you'll be contributing to the Ronald McDonald House of Rochester, which makes you a Super Hero regardless.
      A special thank you to A Child's Kingdom for loaning TerraLoco a few running capes (first come, first served)! Allegedly you run faster in a cape...
  • Wednesday 5:30pm:  The speed session will start at the trail head of douglas trail (in Rochester, along valley high road).   Intervals are the plan... get out and go!
  • Thursday 6pm:  Team R.E.D. is at the Bears Den in Byron... Always fun to get out to the Den as they do such a great job taking care of us post workout!   Join us for a 3, 4 or 6 mile run or walk!
  • Saturday 9am - Purple Stride 5K and 1 Mile.. more details and information on registration and donating at
  • Saturday 9am  - 2nd Annual Erin's 5K Fun Run/Walk... this is another great opportunity to support a local fundraising event. Details can be found at

Friday, September 13, 2013

Great night at the Eide's

A big thank you to the Eide's for hosting Thursday night's Team R.E.D.!    It was a wonderful night for running and walking!   We hit the country roads, very light traffic, it was super nice out there!   Of course, we settled in for some refreshments and a nice fire as the temps dropped after sundown. 

As is typical, several Team R.E.D. members joined for Eat. Drink. Only! 

The run walk crew... a couple late comers missed the pic!
Coco has a new best friend in Esme! 


  • Saturday 7am:  Marathon training long run from the Rochester Athletic Club has routes of 18.5 ... 20.5... or 22 miles!   There are 4 aid stations planned along the route... Thanks to all these volunteers who make these long runs work so well!
  • Saturday 8am:  Mason is putting on his annual 50K or whatever trail run at Chester woods.   Meet at the beach house, and get out and run... any distance is ok. It's an untimed event, but every 3 miles you'll find a self serve aid station!   

2012 50K or Whatever Crew

  • Saturday 9am:  The Bolder Dash at Bear Creek Park 5K and 1 mile.   The event benefits Bolder Options.   The park is located at 1237 Marion Road SE  You can find more information at
  • Sunday 8am:  The Off Season Striders will get out for 5-8 miles.  Gather at Panera South (next to Hy Vee south).   I'm planning on making this my long run, so if anyone wants to join me at 6am... please do!   
  • Sunday 9am:  The 9th Annual Ten Mile Breast Cancer Awareness Walk takes place at Mayo High School.  
  • Monday 6pm:  The Monday Maniacs are heading out of the Douglas trail for 3-6 miles.   Gather at the parking lot in Douglas - and be prepared to stop into the Douglas Saloon post run/walk for a great time with friends!
A couple of events out ahead of us...
The Living History Farms Off Road Race registration opens on Sept 27th.   This event fast.. like 1 day!  With that said.... Wendy O is hosting a 'registration party!'   We'll provide some beverages, have lots of fun... and at 10pm, we'll all get on our electronic devices logged on and Get Registered! 
For anyone unfamiliar, Team R.E.D. will charter a bus to the event.   You must be a registered participant to ride the bus.  So get it done!
The race is a fantastically fun one and takes place in Urbandale IA on Nov 23rd!  The bus ride is even more fun!   Team R.E.D.'s theme for the event is "Pirate"... and our bus leaves Byron at 4am on Nov 23rd... and returns to Byron at 4pm!  - That's a full day of celebration with friends and 7 miles in the middle!  
Bri & Jen made good hillbillies at the 2012 Living History Farms race... they'll likely be some great pirates too! 

The Mayo Clinic Heritage 5K run/ walk is Sept 29th.... but if you register by Monday at 5pm, you'll get a t-shirt!   See details below..

This event is open to all Mayo Clinic and Mayo Clinic Health System employees, students, retirees, volunteers and their families. Runners and walkers of all abilities and ages are welcome to participate. T-shirts will be given to all paid participants (ages 5 and older) who register by 5 p.m. on Monday, September 16.
Going the Extra 3.1 Miles for Health and Patients
Some of us need a little extra motivation to exercise and be physically active. It can also be helpful to have a little friendly competition. Perhaps there is motivation in numbers. At least a couple of groups on the Rochester Campus are organizing teams to participate in the Heritage Classic—a 5K (3.1 mile) fun walk/run, which kicks off Mayo Clinic Heritage Days at 4 p.m., Sunday, September 29 at Soldiers Memorial Field in Rochester.
“We looked at this event as a way to increase physical activity, support Mayo Clinic and another means to demonstrate support for our patients,” says Aileen Seoane.
Seoane is a member of Somos (Spanish for “we are”) Latinos, the Hispanic and Latino Mayo Employees Resource Group (MERG), and is recruiting fellow staff to participate as a team in the Heritage Classic. “I had a blast last year at the ‘Classic,’” Seoane says. “It was great to do something active, it inspires a sense of community and it is a way to help Mayo Clinic patients.”
Proceeds from the run/walk go to support the 150th Patient Care Fund, an enterprise-wide charitable effort to assist patients and families in need. You might just find that the physical activity will benefit you. Plus, more than a dozen Mayo Clinic departments will have exhibits with information and activities.
You can register for the Heritage Classic at Heritage Days intranet site or by calling Leisure & Lifestyle Activities at 507-284-4480. If you still need another incentive, if you register before 5 p.m., Monday, September 16 you also receive a t-shirt. 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Wednesday Speed Session!

  • Wednesday 5:30pm:   The speed is on... and it will be led by our always speedy Tom W. on the Douglas Trail.   Plan to get started at 5:30pm.... gather at the trail head located on ValleyHigh Dr NW (next to the backside of IBM).   Turning the legs always feels good!
  • Thursday 6pm:   Team R.E.D. is hosted by Elaine and Dave at their home located at 27116 675th Street, Kasson.  Plan on 3-6 miles of running or walking, and follow that up with Pizza!   BYOB and some munchies to share if you like. 
  • Thursday approx. 6:15pm:  The Mayo Open 5K cross country run takes place at Eastwood Golf course in Rocheseter.  There is no entry fee for this event, and it's a Rochester Track Club Grand Prix event!   The start time is listed as Appox 6:15 because the event will

Monday, September 9, 2013

More Congrats In Order!

Congratulations to Team R.E.D.'s Judy W!    Judy hammered Ironman Wisconsin in 15:49:26 ... that's rockin'!   This is not Judy's first Ironman.. but it is a PR! 

For anyone who missed the Post Bulletin story featuring Judy, you can read it here...
Judy at swim practice.  All smiles! 

Congrats are in order!

Congratulations to Anne B for finishing her first marathon!  Just weeks after her daughter Hillary completed her first half, Anne went to Sioux Falls and conquered a full!  It's a fantastic achievement!

Well earned!

Strong to the finish!
Several other R.E.D. members had great performances as well! 
  • Congrats to Gwen for a PR in the marathon, and 1st place in her age group!   
  • Congrats to Woo on another Boston Qualifier! 
  • Congrats to Jim and Roger on strong marathons in the heat! 
  • Congrats to Jen for smoking another Boston Qualifier!
  • Congrats to Becker for burying his last half marathon result! 
  • Congrats to Ramsey for a huge PR in the half!  
  • Congrats to Teri for rockin the 5K, enjoying the day and coming to the aid of a runner in need of help!
  • Congrats to the Team R.E.D. relay for taking 2nd place out of 20 teams!  Sarah, Mike, Diane and Mase made up the highly competitive team!
Pictured below, Teri jumping in to the rescue of a distressed runner.  Very nice work Teri! 

Teri in the background with the runner in need of help.


  • Monday 6pm:  The Monday Maniacs are heading to Broadway Pizza in Rochester.  It' located just north of 41st Street along Hwy 52.   Routes will be in the ranges of 3, 4 or 6 miles.. and the fun will follow! 
  • Tuesday 6pm:  TerraLoco is having their 2nd Tuesday Fun Run... cost is just $5 and proceeds benefit Paws & Claws. This week's run is themed... Football!
  • Tuesday 6:15pm:   The trail crew hits Essex park for about 4 miles of trail running funning!  The good news is it should be cooling down a little by Tuesday!
  • Wednesday 5:30pm:  Speed session is TBD - check back!
  • Thursday 6pm:   Team R.E.D. is home hosted by the Eide's!   The theme of the evening is "wear your favorite race shirt"!  Their home is located at 27116 675th Street, Kasson.   They are providing Pizza for post run/walk.   Please BYOB and any munchies you'd like to share.   Should be fun running some country roads.
  • Thursday approx. 6:15pm:  The Mayo Open 5K cross country run takes place at Eastwood Golf course in Rocheseter.  There is no entry fee for this event, and it's a Rochester Track Club Grand Prix event!   The start time is listed as Appox 6:15 because the event will start at the conclusion of the high school cross country meet that is taking place that same day.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Quick note

Monday Maniacs are meeting at Broadway Pizza at 6pm Monday!  For sure a good run and good fun will follow!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Workin' for the Weekend!

Keep it rolling!  --  Here's to great running for those of you heading to Sioux Falls this weekend!  We are looking forward to seeing some great results!

For those of you not traveling to South Dakota.. there are a bunch of local opportunities listed below.. get out, be active and have fun!

Friday 4pm-11pm:    Please see the note from R.E.D. member Dan Lovik.    Come out and support the efforts for this cause we all know to well.
  •  Hello Friends, On Friday September 6th, The Rochester Scuba Club will be sponsoring a cancer benefit. The event will be hosted by The Rochester Eagles Club. There will be a silent auction starting at 4pm and The Smokin Coyotes band will play from 7p-11p. How can you help, come bid and enjoy the evening .
Saturday 7am:   The marathon training long run reaches 18.5 miles this weekend!  Gather at the RAC, and bring just $1 to help contribute to the aid provided along the way, banana's, Gatorade, water served by wonderful volunteers!
Saturday 8:30am:  Harvest Classic 5K & 10K (along with a kids 1 mile).  It all takes place at the East Pavilion of Silver Lake.
Saturday 8:30am:   Mantorville hosts the Annual Stagecoach 5K as part of Marigold Days. Race day registration begins at 7:30am and the cost is just $15.
Saturday 9am:  Recovery is Happening 5K starts and finishes at the YMCA. Race day registration is available starting at 8am.

Saturday 9:30am:  The Watermelon Crawl offers at 3K and 5K in Kellog.  Proceeds will provide scholarships for extra-curricular activities at Wabasha-Kellogg School
Saturday 10am:  The Walk To End Alzhiemers at the University Center Rochester Campus at 851 30th Ave SE.   Registration begins at 9am.
Sunday 8am:  The Off Season Striders are gathering at Dunn Brothers on Elton Hills Drive.  This group typically goes anywhere from 4-8 miles (you can choose!).   Of course, then it's coffee and chat time post run.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Nothing but Fitness & Fun!

Lots of goodness on Tuesday... as the trail runners scooted at Carly, and several others joined TerraLoco with their newly formed Tuesday Night Fun run.  

Join us tonight at the track in Byron (located behind the middle school at 601 4th St NW in Byron).    Also, join again tomorrow as we meet at the Bears Den in Byron.

Tuesday Trail Crew!
Brock explaining the course.. and the mission of fundraising

Strollers, bikes, runners, walkers, pets... all are welcome to Tuesday Fun Runs.

Monday, September 2, 2013

What a nice change in the temps!

This week's schedule is a bit off due to the holiday... but certainly plenty going on!

  • No Monday Maniacs tonight.
  • Tuesday 6pm: Tuesday Trail runners gather in the parking lot at the RCTC Fieldhouse at 6:00 PM and caravan out to Carly State Park for a great night on the trails.  We'll start our run at 6:30.  Plan on 4ish miles of fun:) The water was very high in the spring. We won't be going through water Tuesday.
  • Tuesday 6pm:   TerraLoco is about to celebrate its 1 Year Anniversary! An absolute joy the last year has been and we look forward to improving! We believe this is a great time to introduce our $5 Dollar-"themed" 5K's taking place on most Tuesday evenings beginning this next Tuesday, September 3rd! All proceeds will always go to the local charity of choice for that week. We will have lots of raffle prizes Tuesday night along with some birthday cake. The run will begin at 6:00pm sharp, and we will have a fun marked course. We hope you're able to join us!
  • Wednesday 5:30pm:  Speed session on the Byron track (I know a number of you are heading to Souix Falls so you will likely want to pass on this workout), but for those of you not racing this weekend, it's a great chance to turn the wheels! 
  • Thursday 6pm:   Team R.E.D. is at the Bears Den in Byron. Come out for routes of 3, 4 or 6 miles (we'll head down to our adopted park on the run, to take a walk through for trash pickup, then continue on our run).  
  • Friday 4pm-11pm:    Please see the note from R.E.D. member Dan Lovik.    Come out and support the efforts for this cause we all know to well.
    •  Hello Friends, On Friday September 6th, The Rochester Scuba Club will be sponsoring a cancer benefit. The event will be hosted by The Rochester Eagles Club. There will be a silent auction starting at 4pm and The Smokin Coyotes band will play from 7p-11p. How can you help, come bid and enjoy the evening .

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Monday Morning

There is no scheduled Monday Maniacs for this holiday week, but there is an Off Season Striders group heading out.

Meet at Panera South at 8am if you'd like to join.   Always fun to join this group, with a nice post run coffee for all.