Thursday, December 31, 2015

Have a Safe & Happy New Year!

Enjoy your celebrations tonight... and be safe!  We all became connected through fitness, yet it has grown to much more than that.  We look forward to a bunch more fun in 2016!

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Below are some words shared by Lorelei for you all...

Words can not express how thankful I am for all the support, hugs,flowers and time spent with me over this past week after the death of my dad " Larry ".   I am so happy he got to meet a few of you this Fall at the Med City Run. Some of us went for a run on Christmas Day. One of the spouses had said " Don't these people have families to be with ?"  We all said, Team Red is one of our families" .   I wish all of you happiness and no injuries in the New Year.
                                            Lorelei   

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Announcement - Chesterwoods

I'm excited to announce: Team R.E.D. is taking on ownership of the Chesterwoods Trail Races.  As many of you know, Jim Mason created and directed that race for many years... he has officially resigned as race director and the Track Club has graciously offered Team R.E.D. the opportunity to take the event forward.

Mason, along with the South East Minnesota Trail Runners, are very much part of this team to make sure we maintain the integrity of the Trail Races!  It's going to be a lot of fun!

Mark your calendars as the race is the traditional 1st Saturday of June - June 4th in fact.  Registration will open very soon! Along with that, volunteer opportunities will also be available soon - Distances will remain the same as in the past:  5K, 10 Mile & 50K.   -   Stay tuned for more information.

Wednesday (tonight) 6pm:  Team R.E.D. is at the Bears Den - the streets are clear in Byron and we'll have routes of 3, 4 or 6 miles awaiting us!  Back to the Den for the post run or walk!
Friday 9am:  Secret training run from the RAC.  Join the fun and get some miles to start the year right. The distance is however long it takes to run off the sins of New Years Eve parties!
Saturday 10am:  The Polar Bear 5K Prediction Run - this is a race in which anyone can win and anyone can be disqualified! - The winner is the person who most closely predicts their finish time without running faster than predicted.  The Rochester Track Club hosts the event and will serve a light lunch afterwards! - Join the fun! http://rochestertrackclub.com/main.asp?SectionID=3&SubSectionID=28&ArticleID=818
Sunday 8am:  I anticipate an Off Season Striders group run - check back for details.
Sunday 1pm:  Snowshoe at Oxbow Park! - Meet at the 1st Bridge (2nd parking lot on your left as you enter the park). - Bring something to sip on during the snowshoe.... it'll keep you warmer!
Monday 6pm:  The Monday Maniacs are heading back to Beetles Bar & Grill.  During last weeks alledged snowstorm, only one person showed up... we hope to see increased attendance this week!  Join the fun and go for a downtown run!
Tuesday 6pm: TerraLoco is hosting their weekly 5K along with a great guest speaker. Ruth Brennan Morrey will be there to talk Resolutions!  - Team R.E.D. and some of the other area groups will have a booth, so stop on by!
Tuesday 6:15pm:  The Tuesday Trail Crew is heading to Eastwood Park in Rochester.  This is a fun place to twist and turn the night away!  Bring your snow shoes and enjoy!
Thursday 6pm: Team R.E.D. heads to the Bears Den in Byron for our first Thursday night of the year!  Bring on 2016 and let's have some fitness and fun!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Tonights TerraLoco 5K Postponed

The 5K run at TerraLoco has been postponed.  Be sure to join them next week for the Tuesday run & Resolution Night!   Team R.E.D., along with other groups will have informational tables set up that night... and more importantly, Ruth Brennan Morey will be sharing her motivation for the New Year!

If you are still looking for a chance to get out tonight.. join the trail crew at Whitewater State Park.  Park at the Nature Store and bring a headlamp! - Post workout, whether you run, hike or snowshoe will be at Mauer Bros in Elba.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

What's up through the New Year?

The Annual Christmas Breakfast run with Team R.E.D. and O.S.S. was once again a success.  This time we gathered at 5-West.  Lots of laughs... and a new member! Sort of.... Don joined us several months ago, and he finally received his Team R.E.D. Tee! These pictures are courtesy of Tom Woo... of course, if you're on Facebook, you likely have already seen these.

Following the pics  you'll find the scheduled runs through New Years Eve.   Wendy and I are wishing you all a safe and Merry Christmas, followed by a safe and Happy New Year!

Don is a 'new' member!  Welcome! 

Jill, Marv, Craig, Dave & Shaun

Reggie, Ruth, Jean, Ann, Wendy & Tom


Jennifer, Anna, Dan & Claire

Team Work! 

Tod, Meg & Lorelei

Dave & Elaine

Marv & Jill

Pete, Dani & Gwen

Happy Team! 


  • Friday 10:30am:  Tom, Megan and Dale are getting out for a Christmas day run!  - The more the merrier!  Meet at the RAC and join the crew for some fun miles.   
  • Saturday 7;30am:  The Off Season Striders are cruising from Newts North along Hwy 52.  This is a fun location to run from, and back too! Enjoy the post run/walk social.  
  • Sunday 8am: It's Dunn Bros North for Off Season Striders.  Once again, get your miles in running or walking, then come back to chit chat with a breakfast coffee or treat. 
  • Sunday 9am:  The 507 Trail Running crew is going to Quarry Hill for a group run. All paces welcome and you can plan to grab a treat a Daubes Bakery aftwards!
  • Monay 6pm:  Monday Maniacs are running from Beetles Bar & Grill in Rochester... planning to head down 2nd Street and catch some Christmas lights! 
  • Tuesday 6pm:  The TerraLoco Chairty 5K is for the Salvation Army Red Kettle this week!  Come run a no pressure 5K and bring a $5 (or any size) contribution for the Kettle.  
  • Tuesday 6:15pm:  The Tuesday Trail Crew is hitting Whitewater State Park!  Gather in the parking lot near the Nature Store and prepare for the  trails at night... post run we'll enjoy some time at Mauer Bros in Elba.  
  • Wednesday 6pm:  Special Edition of R.E.D. from the Bears Den in Byron.  Join us to Run or Walk 3, 4 or 6 mles (or any distance you prefer!)  - You guessed it.. we'll come back for a few drinks at the finish!    
  • Thursday New Years Eve!  - There is no officially scheduled Team R.E.D. run that Thursday.  If anyone wants to create a group run and would like me to help communicate it, I'm happy to do so.  Otherwise, everyone have a safe and happy New Years Eve celebration!  

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Another reminder below regarding a couple of upcoming races.... and stay tuned for details on the Chester Woods Races, they are still a go and scheduled for June 4th!  
  • Jan 2nd:  Polar Bear 5K Prediction Run - This event is not won by the fastest, rather by the person who can best predict their finish time.  You are not allowed to wear a watch, or anything that helps you track time.  
  • Jan 9th:  Winter Race Series - the 5K series enters the 2nd race of the three.  It's not too late to join the series as it's a three race series, but your top two times are what count in the scoring.  So even if you missed the first race you can get in the action now!  --   Also, you can run this race as an individual event, and not worry about the entire series!    More info found at http://tritoneventsraces.com/winter-race-series/

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Thoughts & Prayers

Many of us are in a celebratory mood this time of year, while others experience some more somber moments.  Being supportive and finding support is important to all of us.

In the past couple of weeks, three Team R.E.D. members have lost a parent.  Please continue to send thoughts and prayers to the families of Wally Arnold (father), Todd Pike (mother) and Lorelei Hanson (father).

As we approach our Christmas and New Years celebrations, please keep them and their loved ones in your prayers. - And of course, we all need to remember to always cherish our families and friends.



Christmas is upon us... and the group runs continue!

Here's a look at a few runs that have popped onto the radar the past few days! - including two opportunities on Thursday morning.  We'll have no official Team R.E.D. run that evening (Christmas Eve).


  • Thursday 7am:  Byron Elementary School parking lot.  - There is a group that is planning to run regularly in the mornings in Byron and I'll try to share times/locations here!  (typically it would be a much earlier start, but with the Christmas holiday they have slid it back a bit for this Thursday).  
    • The group run is planned for 3 miles, but a couple are meeting at 6:30am to preload a few and then join the 7am crew.  Join us!
  • Thursday 8am:  Renee is in town! - She's with a group running from the Canadian Honker and coming back for breakfast.  As is typical, Renee is offering a fine bribe in the form of cookies! 
  • Friday 10:30am:  Tom, Megan and Dale are getting out for a Christmas day run!  - The more the merrier!  Meet at the RAC and join the crew for some fun miles.   
  • Saturday 7;30am:  The Off Season Striders are cruising from Newts North along Hwy 52.  This is a fun location to run from, and back too! Enjoy the post run/walk social.  
  • Sunday 8am: It's Dunn Bros North for Off Season Striders.  Once again, get your miles in running or walking, then come back to chit chat with a breakfast coffee or treat. 
  • Sunday 9am:  The 507 Trail Running crew is going to Quarry Hill for a group run. The plan is to celebrate the fitness at Daubes Bakery.
Note:  Next week we are not planning an official Thursday night Team R.E.D. run due to New Years Eve.  We'll hold our Team R.E.D. run on Wednesday at 6pm instead.   

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Another reminder below regarding a couple of upcoming races.... and stay tuned for details on the Chester Woods Races, they are still a go and scheduled for June 4th!  


  • Jan 2nd:  Polar Bear 5K Prediction Run - This event is not won by the fastest, rather by the person who can best predict their finish time.  You are not allowed to wear a watch, or anything that helps you track time.  
  • Jan 9th:  Winter Race Series - the 5K series enters the 2nd race of the three.  It's not too late to join the series as it's a three race series, but your top two times are what count in the scoring.  So even if you missed the first race you can get in the action now!  --   Also, you can run this race as an individual event, and not worry about the entire series!    More info found at http://tritoneventsraces.com/winter-race-series/

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Moving Fast!

Time is flying by... and there are so many fun opportunities ahead!  -- There is not a scheduled Team R.E.D. Run for Thursday Dec 24th.  - If anyone is planning a run, just let me know and I'll share it... but otherwise, we wish you a very Merry Christmas!

Saturday provided a whole lot of Team R.E.D. time!  We started with a great turnout at the Annual Team R.E.D. / OSS Christmas Run and Breakfast -- Followed that up with a bunch of R.E.D. members attending a wonderful surprise party for Adam at Forager -- Followed that up with so many R.E.D. members hitting the North Star bar to continue the celebration and see Kasey perform with Nite Shift!  What a fun day with great a great team!  -- there are pictures from the day floating on Facebook.. I will try to post some at some point!

Note:  If you didn't know about the surprise party, it means I don't have a valid email address for you.  Please let me know and I'll be sure to update your email.  


New Facebook Groups to Check Out

We have a new runner moving to Byron this week... her name is Emily, and she's started a Facebook page for Morning Runs in Byron! -  If you're interested in connecting, check it out at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1723458954554515/1723827324517678/?notif_t=group_activity

David has been part of Team R.E.D. from the beginning, and he's started a Sunday Morning trail group.  If you want to be in the know with the plans of that group, check it out at https://www.facebook.com/groups/884572344973734/

I will also try to communicate the group runs from these two... as long as I am in the loop.

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Monday 6pm:  Monday Maniacs are heading to Cowboy Jacks on South Broadway in Rochester.  Join us for a few miles of running or walking, and head back for peanuts, beverage and food if you like!  The social is always fun!
Tuesday 6:15pm:  The Tuesday Trail Crew is heading to Carley State Park.  This park is a great gem in our neighborhood.  Log some miles while allegedly hunting for Santa's Reindeer!  Plan to join the post trail social as well!

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There are a couple of fun races coming up! -


  • Jan 2nd:  Polar Bear 5K Prediction Run - This event is not won by the fastest, rather by the person who can best predict their finish time.  You are not allowed to wear a watch, or anything that helps you track time.  
  • Jan 9th:  Winter Race Series - the 5K series enters the 2nd race of the three.  It's not too late to join the series as it's a three race series, but your top two times are what count in the scoring.  So even if you missed the first race you can get in the action now!  --   Also, you can run this race as an individual event, and not worry about the entire series!    More info found at http://tritoneventsraces.com/winter-race-series/

Thursday, December 17, 2015

One Step at a Time!

It's a big weekend ahead... but don't forget to swing over to the Bears Den tonight for a fun run or walk.. followed by a great social!   6pm at the Bears Den tonight! - 3, 4 or 6 miles (or really whatever you want!)

  • Saturday's Team R.E.D. / OSS Holiday Run/Walk is on!  -   7:30am is the official start time from 5-West in Rochester.. however.. if you're looking for additional miles, there is a group starting from 5-West at 6am!  Join them and get the long run in!  
    • 6am: Preload additional Miles - Be Merry! 
    • 7:30am:  Normal people run or walk - Be Merry! 
    • 8:30am:  Eat / Drink / Be Merry ! 
  • Saturday Night:   Let's party with Nite Shift at the Northstar!  Team R.E.D.s Kasey Kuker  will be rockin' with her guys!   -- 50 cent beers until the band starts!  
** One of many things I love about this group ***

I was chatting with the very recently retired Tom Woo... I told him he can now be lazy.  He replied.... "I got up and ran speed work with Roger at 5am... retired people get up early to do speed work."  

That's a testament to working hard... and enjoying the fact we have the gift to be fit!   

Monday, December 14, 2015

Saturday's Festivities!

Saturday the 19th is a big day... check it out!

The Annual Team R.E.D. / Off Season Striders Christmas Run/Walk/Breakfast is on again! - it's this Saturday, Dec 19th at 5-West in Rochester. Run/Walk starts at 7:30am...and we'll plan to start the dining about 8:30am. -- this is different from years past. We'll each be ordering off the menu, opposed to a buffet as we have previously.
I'm excited to anticipate a great turnout, and enjoy a bit of time together during this wonderful time of year! Remember to dress festively!



Nite Shift is playing at the Northstar!  Team R.E.D.'s very own Kasey Kuker will be there with her 80's hair band stuff!   - Join the fun and let's Rock 'n Roll All Night!  - click the link and enjoy!  (you might have to hit play too).  

http://theniteshiftbandrochestermn.bandcamp.com/track/ball-room-blitz

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Week Ahead!

What great pics we saw via Facebook from the Santas on the Run!  It sure looks like everyone had a great time!  Peg & Wally do a great job of putting on events!  Additionally, they were able to make a very nice donation to the Ronald McDonald House!
Looking forward to hearing about this race! - Several Team R.E.D. members were spotted here! 



That's a whole lot of R.E.D. lined up with Ronald! 


Please welcome our newestest members... Brian Hunn and Tracey Adams both joined us recently!   They both seem to be a great fit, as fitness and fun is right up their alley!

Team R.E.D. welcomes Brian!  
Team R.E.D. Welcomes Tracey!  
Monday 6pm:  Monday Maniacs are heading to the Taphouse in Rochester.  What a fun, downtown location! - we can go just about any direction as long as we find our way back for the social!
Tuesday 6pm:  TerraLoco continues the Toys for Tots drive and the Marines will be represented, ready to pick up these generous gifts!  Please consider joining the 5K and bring a gift of money along with a toy! - each person who brings a toy will receive a free pair of socks! -- Note: there's also an opportunity to demo some Saucony shoes.  
Tuesday 6:15pm:  The Tuesday Trail Crew hits Oxbow park for a fun run in the dark!   Gather at the 1st Bridge (which is the 2nd parking lot as you enter the park).  Oxbow is great anytime, but to run or hike it in December is pretty special!  
Thursday 6pm:  Team R.E.D. is at the Bears Den!  Let's celebrate the lovely weather with a run or walk together!  - We'll have routes of 3, 4, or 6 miles and away we'll go! 
Saturday Dec 19th:  We're planning another great holiday run and breakfast with Off Season Striders!  Some of the details are still being worked out.  Check back and join the fun!   
Saturday Dec 19th:  Nite Shift is appearing at the North Star!  Several Team R.E.D. members are planning to rock the night away with Kasey and her band!  More details will follow on this one as well.  

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Looking ahead just a bit.. Jan 2nd is a great race! Predict your time at the Polar Bear 5K!   You can get all your details here.. but trust when I say, anyone can win this race, and anyone can get DQ'd!  

http://rochestertrackclub.com/main.asp?SectionID=3&SubSectionID=28&ArticleID=818

Looking a little further ahead.. some Team R.E.D. nurses are considering a trip out west in March!  This race is with Helene - the woman who ran the perimeter of the USA - and brought that run right through Rochester and Byron!  We ran with her!    Check out the link below!  
https://www.facebook.com/helene.neville/posts/10153790578224044


Friday, December 11, 2015

Successful Caroling!

Nice job Team R.E.D.!  It was a fun and successful evening of caroling on the run!  So many laughs.... so many smiles... and we only made one kid cry (that we know of).  

We also had a new member join us last night!  We love new members!

Pictures of the caroling and our newest member will post later....

Saturday 8am:  Santas on the Run! - You can still register for this fun event from 4-8pm this evening at A Child's Kingdom in Rochester... and you can register between 6:45-7:45am Saturday morning.  Get out and have some fun in a Santa Suit!
Saturday 7am:  Off Season Striders are meeting at Dunn Bros on Elton Hills.  (if you're not racing with the Santas, this is another chance to get some miles and, of course, gather for the post workout social.
Sunday 8am:  The Off Season Striders meet at Brothers Bar & Grill on South Broadway.  Another great chance to get active this weekend!  Park behind brothers and depending on the weather, either gather in the parking lot, or inside the back door.
Monday 6pm:  Monday Maniacs are heading to the Taphouse in Rochester.  What a fun, downtown location! - we can go just about any direction as long as we find our way back for the social!

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Caroling on the Run & Men's Night!

Thursday 6pm:  Our Annual Caroling night is upon us!  We'll meet at the Viking Lounge, located at the Clarion Inn at 1630 South Broadway.  We'll do a brief rehearsal and hit the road!  - We have 3 stops planned, with runners running approx 4.5 miles and walkers walking approx 2.5 miles.

Dress Festive..  be ready to belt out your voice - consider arriving early if you need liquid courage!

Our songs are Jingle Bells as we enter... and We Wish You A Merry Christmas as we exit.

Our route will bring us back to Viking Lounge where we can settle in for some social time and some Minnesota Vikings! - or you can participate in the caroling with us, and then head over to TerraLoco for Men's Shopping Night - see below.  

Thursday 7pm:   TerraLoco is hosting Men's Night!  This is a great, discounted shopping night, where you can shop for your ladies and enjoy pretzels and beer!   Have fun at our locally owned fitness store!

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Great Night!

We had a small, but enthusiastic crew at the Underwear One-Mile on Friday night!  - Thanks for our wonderful financial sponsors in the Bears Den and Byron MarketPlace, we are able to donate 100% of the entry fees and contributions we received!   Join the Journey is our charity of choice for this event!

Also many thanks to our prize sponsors in TerraLoco. Needs' Carwash, Santa's on the Run, Med City Marathon, Donut Run and Beer Mile! - thanks to these sponsors, many participants received some wonderful prizes!

And finally.. many thanks to all of our Team R.E.D. sponsors as without them, we couldn't do any of this!  Be sure to thank them, and visit their businesses!   - you'll find links to their websites on the right hand side of the blog - Thank you!

Appliance Village
TerraLoco
ServiceMaster of Rochester
Bears Den
Need's Car Wash
Med City Marathon
Byron MarketPlace Liquor
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Thanks to everyone who participated and volunteered!

That stroller was decked out with Christmas Lights! 

Janelle was our starter, and when she said "On your runners... this happened." - she claims she said "Undie Runners"
Cal led the race from start to finish!  - Claire was the first woman to finish!  



Four Baby Bumps

Dan back to defend his Golden Undie Title!  

Wendy and Marilee attack the course... Marilee seems out of uniform.  

Some of our wonderful volunteers pictured here.. Jill, Lance, Shannon are pictured, yet thanks also to Katie, Cory, Tom W, Sarah, Aaron, Janelle and Wendy for helping out!  

Claire wins the woman's race with a time of 6:19!  - She also wins a a complimentary renewal (and free Team R.E.D. shirt)!

Cal's first event with Team R.E.D. and he wins the race!  Time of 5:43!  - Cal wins a complimentary membership with Team R.E.D. - he also get's the shirt! - One more thing, he has already be held to the Just/Only rule and did 10 pushups!  

Claire wins again!  - This time Best Undies!  - The judges felt she committed to the spirit of the event at the highest level! 

Dan wins his 2nd title as Golden Undie winner - during the award presentation he was heard saying "Tom, my eyes are up here!"  



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  • Sunday 8am:  Off Season Striders are rolling out from Panera South.  The group will hit the Mayowood trail and have some fun!  Come back for coffee and chatter!  
  • Monday 6pm:  Monday Maniacs are heading to Wildwood for a great evening of running or walking!  Join us, and come back for the social! - Wildwood is a nice location to hit some of the bike trail system. 
  • Tuesday 6pm:  TerraLoco is hosting their charity 5K.. bring your $5 entry and a toy for Toys for Tots!    In fact, this entire month you can donate to Toys for Tots at TerraLoco!  - the first 150 people to bring a toy we receive some great technical socks!  
  • Tuesday 6:15pm:  The Tuesday Trail Crew is heading to Indian Hills in Rochester.  This spot is a fun spot.. yet it's tucked away. Visit the following link to see a map that will lead you there. (it's just a bit west of Broadway and a bit south of Elton Hills Drive).   - there's a great over-look of Rochester from this location - especially fun at night!  Address is 1800 Terracewood Drive NW   http://foih.org/documents/FOIH_Brochure_April2015.pdf
  • Thursday 6pm:  Team R.E.D. is going Christmas Caroling on the Run or Walk!   What does that mean?   It means we're doing good things! - See a bunch of notes below... we'll continue to add more details as we figure it out - as you know, some of our Team R.E.D. incredible'ness happens on the fly!  
    • We'll gather at 6pm at the Viking Lounge at 1630 South Broadway in Rochester and quickly review our Christmas Carols  - We have two songs max (sometimes, if the crowd doesn't seem interested, we might stop at one!) - you can start practicing... Jingle Bells and We Wish You A Merry Christmas. 
    • We ask that you bring a cash contribution of any amount -- $10, $20, $100, $1000 are all welcome (any amount is appreciated!)... and Team R.E.D. will make a contribution too.   This creates our pool of cash to do good things.
    • We have running and walking routes that take us to a couple of area restaurants.  The routes are designed to have the walkers and runners all arrive approx the same time.  We'll wait for everyone to arrive before we go in the restaurant. 
    • We enter the restaurant - sing our hit list - and then leave cash to pay for meals for some of the people dining.   - we will do this until we're out of money!  
    • Out of money?  Then we head back to the Viking Lounge and hope they don't also need money! 
    • We have reservations at the Vikings Lounge at 7pm.   
    • With the stops and a 7pm reservation.. I would anticipate the most miles will be approx 4.5 miles.   - if you want more miles... please consider pre-loading or running a bit more after we have finished our good works!   
    • Wear something festive!  - Santa hats!  Jingle Bells!  Ugly Sweaters! Pretty Sweaters! Whatever makes you feel festive!  
    • The Minnesota Vikings play at 7:30pm that night.. consider that a bonus! 
  • Thursday 7pm:  TerraLoco is hosting a Men's Shopping Night.  Beer, Pretzels and free gift wrapping! - Ladies, your job is to register, so your men know what to buy for you! https://www.facebook.com/events/1636188949982262/
  • Saturday 8am:  Santas On the Run! - Join this fun event... run in a santa suit, and then you get to keep that suit! Peg & Wally shared a free entry for this event at our Underwear Mile, very nice of them to share an entry to this fun!    http://rochestertrackclub.com/main.asp?SectionID=3&SubSectionID=28&ArticleID=797





Friday, November 27, 2015

Here we go!

Be sure to register for the Team R.E.D. Underwear One Mile!  You can do so by visiting https://form.jotform.com/53147709703962  --  Each participant will receive a pink ribbon bandana and know you've helped support Join the Journey and their mission with Breast Cancer patients on their journey.

All you need to do is put on some fun undies and run a mile!  - More importantly, register so the donation is available for Join the Journey.






We have great sponsors for this event.   Thank you to Byron MarketPlace & Bears Den for their financial support! - Their financial support makes it possible to donate ALL of the proceeds to the charity!

Thank you for the prize donations from TerraLoco, Needs Car Wash, Med City Marathon and Santas On the Run.

Group runs on the horizon... you do not need to be a member of Team R.E.D., Rochester Track Club, Off Season Striders, SE MN Trail Runners, PETA, NRA, Tea Party, or any other group to attend any of these group runs/walks.... simply join us for a workout and social!

Saturday 7:30am:   Off Season Striders (OSS) are getting together at Brothers Bar & Grill in Rochester. As always at Brothers, meet at the back door (park in the back too).  This holds the prime, front door parking for peeople who are coming to Brothers, and actually staying!  - We'll come back for a bit of coffee, breakfast and chit chats!
Sunday 8am:  OSS rolls out of Dunn Bros North for another jaunt around town.  Distances are always flexible, and the pace within the group varies based on who is attending on a given day.
Monday 6pm:  Monday Maniacs are heading to Douglas for a great night on the Douglas Trail, and inside the always classy Douglas Saloon and Social Club.  - We anticipate Paul Thomford may join us this night!
Tuesday 6pm: TerraLoco hosts the RED Kettle Night for the Salvation Army.  Bring at least a $5 donation and you'll get to head out for a run, knowing you've helped some people!
Tuesday 6:15pm:  The Tuesday Trail Crew is heading to Quarry Hill.  This is a fun place to run and enjoy the evening.  Meet at the parking lot near the end of 9th Street NE near the playground and ball diamonds.
Wednesday: Nothing is currently scheduled, if you have an idea for a group workout and you're willing to lead it, let me know and I'll share it.
Thursdays 6pm:  Team R.E.D. heads to the Bears Den for an evening of walking and running.  - of course some great socializing afterwards!  Plan on routes of 3, 4 or 6 miles.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Quick Update

The self-proclaimed Meteorologist Matt Goens shared these pics while 5 of our teamates are traveling to the Route 66 Marathon.  They are in Iowa... let's get some of that weather here, and let the snow shoeing begin!

Best wishes to our crew at Route 66!  Go Tom, Gwen, Matt, Kasey and Meagan.   - drive safe, run fast - that's a direct quote from Brock.



This one is not weather related.. they just realized Gwen was driving so they got everyone else off the road! 

The Weekend and Beyond!

Be sure to check out the poll on the right side of the blog.. in the past we've done Christmas Caroling on the Run. When we do this, we ask that you bring a cash donation, and we'll run in to a few restaurants, sing a song and buy some meals for some good people! It's a total surprise to the recipients - we set a couple of routes that allows runners to run and walkers to walk and we can all get there pretty close to each other.  Please vote on the poll.

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We had a great turnout at Billotti's for the Thursday Night Team R.E.D.  The wind was strong but the team was stronger!  - We all need to remember, once you get started, most times the weather isn't as tough as it first appears.  I did wear my shoe hoodies to help shield the wind. - this product was invented by Team R.E.D. members Steve & Jean Knutson.  




We had a chance to learn a bit about Brian and Angela's Las Vegas get-a-way for the Rock 'n Roll Marathon.  This was Angela's first and she ran very strong!  Brian says she's got the bug and is looking forward to Twin Cities Marathon in 2016!   - Way to go Angela... Congratulations!  

Brian & Angela - Run Minnesota! 

... and they finished!  -  Congrats to both! - For Brian it's old hat... for Angela Marathon #1 is in the books!  Sweet!
Thanks to a connection with Gwen...    Brian and Angela also had a chance to meet Helene in Las Vegas... if you recall Helene ran through Rochester and Byron during her trek around the perimeter of the country!  - Team R.E.D. had a chance to meet up with her and log some miles, she was very grateful to have us join her.  

She is planning to have her journey around the United States, and her journey with cancer, made into a movie and she says the sea of R.E.D. running down Hwy 14 when she was about half way across the northern stretch is something that will definitely be part of the movie... my only request is that Sylvester Stallone play the role of Tom O'Leary.    


Angelas brother Josh and his wife Stacey, with Helene, Angela and Brian


Helene's route... all the way around!




Here's a look at what's coming up!

Saturday 7:30am:  Off Season Striders are gathering at Charlies on 2nd (just west of St Marys) - we actually meet in the lobby of Brentwood Motel, which is connected to Charlies (or Charlies is connected to the Brentwood).   - Join us for nearly any distance at nearly any pace! - come back to Charlies for some breakfast, coffee and social! 
Sunday 8am:  Off Season Striders meet at Panera North.  From there we'll likely hop onto the Douglas trail and log some miles with smiles!  - Of course, come back for the social! 
Sunday 1pm:  Hike at Oxbow Park - Meet at the first bridge, we'll hit the woods and be home in our Lazy Boys in plenty of time for Kick-off between the Vikings and Packers!  
Monday 6pm:  Monday Maniacs are heading to LTS Brewery.  This is a fun location, with some great beer to be had post run.  LTS doesn't serve food, but they have great popcorn! - also you can order food in or bring something to munch on.  LTS is located at 2001 32nd Ave NW Rochester.  
Tuesday 6:15pm:   The Tuesday Trail crew is heading to Millville - meet at the ballfield on cty 2.  This provides a nice out and back route so no matter your pace, or distance join us! The post social is likely to be at Whiskey Richards in Downtown Millville.  

Thursday is Thanksgiving Day - There is no 6pm Team R.E.D. group run/walk on Thanksgiving, however there are a lot of opportunities!   

Thanksgiving 8am:  Paul & Annette are hosting a group run/walk from their home.  It's a chance to get out with friends and possibly meet some of your Team R.E.D. teammates while starting your Thanksgiving off right!   -- Paul & Annette can be found at 6005 10th St. SW, Rochester - that street would also be known as cty road 104 as it's in the country and we like it that way.  
Thanksgiving 8:30am:   Mom's on the Run host the Gobble Wobble from Autumn Ridge Church.  It's a 5K for the whole family benefiting the Salvation Army.  This is a well run event with lots of participants.   More information at http://rochestertrackclub.com/main.asp?SectionID=3&SubSectionID=28&ArticleID=805
Thanksgiving 9am:  Grace Church in Stewartville hosts a very successful Turkey Trot for runners, walkers, trotters... join the fun!  More details at http://www.grace-free.org/thanksgiving-day-5k/index.html


Looking further ahead... 

Dec 4th - Underwear Mile in Byron!   This event benefits Join the Journey and their mission helping breast cancer patients along their journey.  Register at https://form.jotform.com/53147709703962
Dec 5th - Winter 5K Series begins!  Triton Events is hosting a series of three 5Ks, all run on the same course.  You'll take your top two finish times and that will determine how you placed within the series.  One race in December, one in January and one the February.  What fun!  More details at  http://tritoneventsraces.com/winter-race-series/
Dec 12th - Santas on the Run!  This event is headed up by the wonderful Peg & Wally team!  Get out and enjoy the season, in a Santa Suit to boot!  More details at http://rochestertrackclub.com/main.asp?SectionID=3&SubSectionID=28&ArticleID=797
Jan 2nd - The Polar Bear Prediction 5K is on again! - Team R.E.D. Sonja is leading this fun event.  The prediction run is one that anyone can win, regardless of speed.  Whoever predicts their finish time the closest without running faster than predicted... Wins!  - No watches, music or other methods of tracking time allowed on the course.  http://rochestertrackclub.com/main.asp?SectionID=3&SubSectionID=28&ArticleID=818


Sunday, November 15, 2015

Lots of Fun Stuff Happening!

Congrats to all of you who participated in the Nigh Crawler.  Sounds like it was a very fun event!  Also, it was great to see many of you at the Hash Run on Saturday afternoon!

Be sure to check the previous post to see details on the Underwear Mile, Santas on the Run and the Winter Race Series!

Looking ahead to this week...

Monday 6pm:  Monday Maniacs are heading to Beetles Bar & Grill on 2nd Street in Rochester.  Get your headlamps and reflective clothing ready and enjoy the run, followed by a great social!
Tuesday 6pm:  TerraLoco is hosting a charity 5K for Channel One Food Bank.  Bring $5 and a canned good for the cause!  - this is the last charity run for November, but have no fear, the charity series will continue.
Tuesday 6:15pm:  The Tuesday Trail crew is heading to Eastwood trails for a twisty trot through the woods!  Eastwood is located at 3230 Hwy 14 East, Rochester.   - Following the trails, the crew is heading to the Wicked Moose for $5.99 all-you-can-eat tacos and stuff.
Thursday 6pm:  Team R.E.D. is gathering at Billoti's on Civic Center Drive in Rochester.  We'll hit the trails and be back for food and drink!

Friday, November 13, 2015

Hash House Party on Saturday!

There are a few things going on this weekend, hopefully you can get out and about to some of the group opportunities!

Saturday 7:30am:  Off Season Striders are gathering at Five West (along 19th St and Circle Drive, near Costco).   - There are a few great options along the trail system from this location.
Sunday 8am:  Off Season Striders is heading to the People's Food Coop downtown.  This is another great spot to get some miles, and come back for the social.

Hash House Party!  On! On! 

Saturday 1pm:  - Join us at the home of the O'Leary's at 805 1st Ave NW in Byron.  Beer, Wine, Soup & Appetizers provided!  - and there's an opportunity to participate in a Hash!

What's a hash?  - well, it's something created by the Hash House Harriers, the original drinking club with a running problem.   We'll go over the rules of a Hash before we hit the course, but in general during a hash...

  • Participants will run or walk on a course marked by flour
  • Some of the markings are true... some are false leads
  • When you come to an intersection you will have to decide which markings to follow, and if you discover you're on the correct route, you yell "On! On!" so others know to follow you.  - if you are on the wrong route, hustle back and get on the right course!  
  • The course will run approx 4 miles in length.
  • Have fun! 
  • Enjoy a beverage or two, along with food and great conversation.   
  • You are all invited whether you're an official Team R.E.D. member, or someone who has been following the blog, and thinking about becoming a member.  Come one, come all.. On! On! 
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Underwear Mile supporting 
Join the Journey! 

The Underwear Mile is set for Dec 4th at 6:30pm from the Bears Den!  This is a fundraiser as part of Byron's BrrrrFest celebration!  We'll have some fun, raise some money and enjoy the Ice Bar at the Den!  There are prizes as well!  

First 50 registered receive a race day gift!  Registration is now open at https://form.jotform.com/53147709703962  

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Santas On the Run
December 12th!

Peg and Wally are at it again with Santas on the Run!  This can be a great family event.. or one just for the adults!  Each registered participant get's a santa suit, and a gift card to A Childs Kingdom!   Get more info and register at  http://rochestertrackclub.com/main.asp?SectionID=3&SubSectionID=28&ArticleID=797

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Winter Race Series 
Starts December 5th! 

Several Team R.E.D. members took part in this series last year and really enjoyed it! - It's a series of 3 5Ks over 3 months.  You can run one race, two races or all three! - Your score is comprised of your top 2 races over the course of the series.    More information is available at http://tritoneventsraces.com/winter-race-series/








Monday, November 9, 2015

Rest of the Week!

Hope you had a chance to enjoy the great day outside today!  What a Fall Season we've had.. what a November we're currently having!  Amazing really.. amazing...

Tuesday 6pm:  TerraLoco is hosting their weekly Charity Run.. this one is for the Washburn Games, a youth fitness driven charity.  Byron Run Club - a middle school group we have running -  is getting on board in support of this mission and we hope to see some of you there!    It's just $5 to participate and that entire 5 dollar bill goes to the charity.  Love the work TerraLoco does on this front.
Tuesday 6:15pm:  The Tuesday Trail crew is hitting the trails of Whitewater State Park.  What a great place to run!  They'll get around the park and see it's spectacular views before settling in to Mauer Bros in Elba.  -- Gather at the Nature Store parking lot.
Wednesday:  TBD
Thursday 6pm:  Team R.E.D. is at the Bears Den in Byron.  We'll have routes of 3, 4 or 6 miles planned and then, as per the routine, we'll settle into the Den for the social!

Saturday 6am:  Bus ride to the Nearly Naked Run! -  Registration is still open and there is still room on the bus!  If you register, be sure to let me know so we can plan on you!  Details of the bus departure times, locations and return times will be published in the next couple of days.

You can register at http://www.runwalk.events/EventInformation.asp?eID=13695

Not sure you want to run the Nearly Naked, but want to ride the bus for the party?  Drop me an email, we have room... byron.teamred@gmail.com

Friday, November 6, 2015

Monday Maniacs

Crazy, fun weekend for me, as we prepare one of our runners to compete at the State Cross Country meet at St Olaf on Saturday.  Our team has our awards banquet on Sunday... then the pace should balance out a bit more..    With that said, before time runs away on us.. here's a quick note so you know where to be Monday!    

Monday 6pm:  Monday Maniacs heads out from Whistle Binkies North.  It'll be a blast from this great location.  Join us for a run or walk!  Get that reflective clothing on, and of course, wear a headlamp if you have one.  -- then join the fun!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

This Weekend!

The Off Season Striders continue their Saturday and Sunday morning offerings!   Check it out below..

Saturday 7:30am:  The OSS group meets at Dunn Bros at Elton Hills Drive.  From there we'll head to toward Quarry Hill and have a chance to check out an extended portion of the trail!  Of course, coffee, breakfast and conversation are post workout.
Sunday 8am:  OSS is at it again! This time from Brothers Bar & Grill on Broadway.  This is a great location to hit the trails and come back for the social piece!

Monday, November 2, 2015

Winter Series is Back!

The Triton Events Winter Series is back.. check out the details below. Several Team R.E.D. members participated last year, and we had a lot of fun!


5k Winter Race Series
This is a series of 3 5k races on Dec 5Jan 9 & Feb 6.  We take your best 2 out of 3 races and combine them into one time.  Lots of cool prizes and craft beer after each run can be expected

You can find more information and register at http://tritoneventsraces.com/winter-race-series/

Sunday, November 1, 2015

NYC! Go Team R.E.D.!

What fun to see the pics of Team R.E.D. members in NYC for the marathon!  They are taking it in, and enjoying each other.. here's Team R.E.D. dining together and Team R.E.D. on the cover of Sports Illustrated!  - pics lifted from Woo and Nepstad Facebook pages -

We wish them all well on the race course... and we're looking forward to the stories they bring home!

No matter where you were this weekend.. NYC, Monster Dashing, Trail Racing, Trick or Treating... I hope it was wonderful!

Awesome Carb Loading!

Love it! 

The weather is looking fantastic for the upcoming week!  Let's get together often and enjoy it!  *Note: it does get darker much earlier now... wear your headlamps and reflective gear for every evening run!


  • Monday 6pm:  Monday Maniacs are heading to Pappy's Place located on frontage road at 1635 Hwy 52.  Join us for a run or walk, and some post workout fun!  
  • Tuesday 6:15pm:  The Tuesday Trail crew is having a Root River Ramble -This is a fun tucked away location and worth the visit!  plan on a couple of loops in the park and head to the post run social.   The location is 4012 80th St SE, Rochester.  
  • Wednesday - there is not a scheduled track workout.  As darkness is now much earlier, there is talk of adding a hill workout under street lamps on Wednesdays.  Stay tuned.  
  • Thursday 6pm:  Team R.E.D. is at the Bears Den in Byron. Expect routes of 3, 4 or 6 miles.  This will be a great night, as I bet we'll hear some NYC stories!  


Sunday, October 25, 2015

New Members and a Look at the Week Ahead!

Please welcome our new members Sean, Julie and Greg!  They have all been around Team R.E.D. for awhile now, but finally received their official welcome!   

Watch out for Sean, he has an alias on Facebook! 

Julie & Greg sporting the shirts and shades! 

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Note:  For most of the group runs, it's now getting dark before we finish.  Be sure to wear reflective gear, and headlamps!  Make sure you can see and be seen!

Monday 6pm:  The Monday Maniacs are heading to LTS Brewing Company located at 2001 32nd Ave NW Rochester.  With their own beer and some of best popcorn in town, this is a great place for a run or walk!  Join us!   http://www.ltsbrewing.com/
Tuesday 6pm:  TerraLoco continues their 5K charity series. With a $5 donation you get to run, and help others!  Stop in and visit them, as they are also a great Team R.E.D. sponsor!   http://www.runterraloco.com/?page_id=674
Tuesday 6:15pm:  The Tuesday Trail Crew is at it again!  This time it's Chester Woods, gather at the parking lot near the beach house.  Sounds like the post workout may land at the Wicked Moose!
Wedensday 5:45pm:   Speed work on the track in Byron.  Due to the earlier darkness we've been shifting the start time of the speed work, and we've done so again.  This time, we'll start the speed session at 5:45pm so if you need to warm up, please try to arrive a bit earlier.   The track is located behind the Middle School at 601 4th St NW Byron.
Thursday 6pm:  Team R.E.D. heads to Broadway Pizza at 4144 Hwy 52 in Rochester.  This location gives us great access to the trails, and away we go!  Plan on a route of 3, 4 or 6 miles and come back for the fun!  

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Get on the Bus Gus and set yourself Free!

Nearly Naked 5K and Bus trip!   - The finisher robe and swag is only guaranteed to those registered by the end of this month. 

Details of the bus and all below..  you do not need to be a member of Team R.E.D. to join us, however, you do need to register for the event under Team RED and send me an email at byron.teamred@gmail.com to reserve your spot on the bus.   

*Note: this event is in place of Living History Farms as many of you have requested a new bus destination... and Wendy found this!  -- We'll give it a go this year, and see what people think!

The Nearly Naked 5K is a race in which you will wear layers of clothing, and take some off at each mile marker, ending Nearly Naked! - but not worries, they will get you quickly covered in a plush robe at the finish line!   What a great way to help support a clothing drive. 


  • Visit http://www.runwalk.events/EventInformation.asp?eID=13695 to register for the Nov 14th Nearly Naked 5K.   
  • Use the Team Red discount code to save $5 -  the code is Team Red (spelled just like that)   
  • When you register look for Team R.E.D., we just set up the team tonight, so if you don't see it on the drop down list, then Type it in the Box as Team R.E.D. (spelled just like that).  
  • Once you've registered, send me an email stating "I registered and I want on the bus!"


Cost:  Approx 70-75 bucks for race and bus ride if you register by 10/15 (then it goes up $5).
Bus Leaves/Returns When?:  It's a 12-hour trip.   We'll depart Byron at 6am ... make a stop for more people in Rochester then head east!  - if we get any takers from the Winona area, we'll pick them up along I-90... the more the merrier!  We should return at 6pm. 
Free Beer?   Yes! Team R.E.D. will provide the beer! 

Friday, October 16, 2015

Another Week... Another Set of Opportunities!

Let's roll with this fabulous Fall Weather! - Temps are nearly perfect for outdoor fitness!

Saturday 7:30am:  Off Season Striders gathers at the back door of Brothers Bar & Grill on South Broadway in Rochester.
Sunday 8am:  Off Season Striders is at it again, this time from Charlies Eatery & Pub on 2nd St SW Rochester (just west of St Mary's).
Monday 6pm:  The Monday Maniacs roll out from Grand Rounds located at 4 3rd St Sw, Rochester.  Plan to log 5-6 miles and come back to enjoy each other!
Tuesday 6pm:  The TerraLoco charity run is on!  I struggle to keep track of which charity is benefiting week to week but I know it's goodness!
Tuesday 6:15pm:  The Tuesday Trail crew is hitting up Carly State Park to get a workout in, while enjoying the fall colors!   Join the fun!
Wednesday 5:45pm:  The track workout is in Byron at the Middle School - located at 601 4th St NW.  Arrive by 5:45 to warm up.. workout kicks off at 5:55pm to complete before darkness covers the track.   Music provided at no charge.
Thursday 6pm:  This is a 5 Thursday month... so we're heading back to the Bears Den this week... and into Rochester the following.

There are pics from this past Thursday that we still need to upload and post... we welcomed some new members!   New members are awesome.... as our the rest of us, we are awesome!

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Speaking of Awesome.. don't miss this fun trip!  The bus ride is what most people enjoy, yet we're doing some good for a clothing drive!   Get Nearly Naked and join us!  (well, join us with clothes on, then get Nearly Naked!)

The details below have been posted, and now re-posted.  Sign up whether you're a Team R.E.D. member or not, and then zip me an email so we hold you a spot on the bus!

Details of the bus and all below..  you do not need to be a member of Team R.E.D. to join us, however, you do need to register for the event under Team RED and send me an email atbyron.teamred@gmail.com to reserve your spot on the bus.   

The Nearly Naked 5K Registration is ready and the Charter Bus is booked!  *Note: this event is in place of Living History Farms as many of you have requested a new bus destination... and Wendy found this!  -- We'll give it a go this year, and see what people think!

The Nearly Naked 5K is a race in which you will wear layers of clothing, and take some off at each mile marker, ending Nearly Naked! - but not worries, they will get you quickly covered in a plush robe at the finish line!   What a great way to help support a clothing drive. 


  • Visit http://www.runwalk.events/EventInformation.asp?eID=13695 to register for the Nov 14th Nearly Naked 5K.   
  • Use the Team Red discount code to save $5 -  the code is Team Red (spelled just like that)   
  • When you register look for Team R.E.D., we just set up the team tonight, so if you don't see it on the drop down list, then Type it in the Box as Team R.E.D. (spelled just like that).  
  • Once you've registered, send me an email stating "I registered and I want on the bus!"


Cost:  Approx 70-75 bucks for race and bus ride if you register by 10/15 (then it goes up $5).
Bus Leaves/Returns When?:  It's a 12-hour trip.   We'll depart Byron at 6am ... make a stop for more people in Rochester then head east!  - if we get any takers from the Winona area, we'll pick them up along I-90... the more the merrier!  We should return at 6pm. 
Free Beer?   Yes! Team R.E.D. will provide the beer!