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  --  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.


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
Thanksgiving 9am:  Grace Church in Stewartville hosts a very successful Turkey Trot for runners, walkers, trotters... join the fun!  More details at

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
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
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
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.

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! 
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  

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

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

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

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...

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

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!