Sunday, October 30, 2016

The Week Ahead!

The Monster Dash seemed to be full of Team R.E.D. types, as does the Marine Corp Marathon! - Nice work everyone!

Rose & Bob either looking for a Taxi or saying Hi to the SE MN Trail Runners!

Peter looking very touristy but ready to rock!

Jim, Scott, Kirsten, Sonja, Gwen, Lorelei and Shaun sight-seeing before the race!

Monday 6pm: LTS is the scene for Monday Maniacs.  We'll get our run rolling and come back for the social.  It is Halloween, so consider a costume for the evening!  
Tuesday 6:15pm:  The Root River County Park is the spot for the Tuesday Trail Crew.  This is a pretty small park, so you pick, two loops? three loops?  Bring a beverage for the parking 'afters'.  The park is located at 4012 80th St SE, Rochester, MN, 55904  - I'm not sure why, but the SE MN Trail Runners seem fascinated with Porta Potty's to the point Lonna made a cake!

Tuesday 9:30pm: The Night Owls will get together once again at the trail head of Douglas Trail - the trailhead is located along Valley High in Rochester (near IBM). 
Wednesday:  With much of the racing done, I'm not planning to set up any official track workouts, unless people tell me "but that's what we want!" If you know you're going to execute a speed session, and you want joiners, please let me know and I'll post it.  - the Track in Byron is open most evenings this time of year. 
Thursday 6pm:  We'll head to the Bears Den in Byron to get out for a run or walk.  This is a great location for anyone who has considered coming, but has been nervous.  Join us! We'll have routes of 3, 4 or 6 miles, but as with any group event, run or walk whatever distance is right for you, and join the social to meet others! 

** Living History Farms slots still remain**  

We had another Team R.E.D. join the pack a week or so ago.. but there's room for more!  Register at  and note, the price increases next Sunday.  

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Team R.E.D. @ Brothers!

  • Thursday 6pm: Brothers Bar & Grill along Broadway in Rochester is the scene for Thursdays Team R.E.D. gathering.  While downtown, and much of the trails are lit, it is certainly headlamp time of year... Join us for a run or walk, and stop into the bar for a post workout social! 
    • As always, at Brothers, please park in the back - if the weather is nice, we'll do the route talk in the parking lot, if it's cruddy, step inside the back door of Brothers and we'll chat there.  See you soon! 
  • Saturday 7:15am: Off Season Striders are gathering at the Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center for a group run.  This gets you downtown for the fun! 
  • Saturday 9am/9:30am:  The Spirit Run is on again from Holy Spirit Church in Rochester. This is a family fun event with courses from 1K to 5K to 10K!  Get in costume if you dare!
  • Sunday 8am:  Five West is the scene for Off Season Striders.  After a workout, join for a great breakfast and chatter!  

Friday, October 21, 2016

Walk. Run. Eat. Drink. Dance.

Here's a look at the next group opportunities!  - By the way -- Living History Farms Off Road Race registration is still open! Register as part of the Team R.E.D. team and drop me an email so you can join us on the journey!  This is a blast of an event! You can register at

Saturday 7:15am:  The Off Season Striders are going out for a run from the Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center.  Join this fun bunch, and log some miles!
Sunday 8am: Off Season Striders are back to back.. this time from Panera South. Be sure to stick around after the run and enjoy a nice social with great people!
Monday 6pm: Monday Maniacs heads to Dooley's in downtown Rochester. This is a fun location to hit some bike trails or city streets.. of course, back for the social!
Tuesday 6:15pm: Millville is the scene for the Tuesday Trail Crew.. this is another fun location for an easy out and back along the Zumbro - you can pick your distance, the long crew will be about 6 miles.   Park by the ball fields marked with the red X in the picture below.

Tuesday 9:30pm:  The Night Owls continue the fun on the Douglas Trail. Meet at the trail head in Rochester, along Valley High Road near IBM.  The parking lot is the site of the social!

Monday, October 17, 2016

A few more updates!

Tuesday 6:15pm - The Tuesday Trail Crew is exploring the fall colors of Chester Woods park.  Park near the beach house and since the sun is going down earlier, we'll not only see the colors, but a sunset as well!. - Always a social post trail run!
Tuesday 9:30pm - The Night Owls will hit the Douglas Trail - starting at the parking lot near IBM along Valley High Rd.   This is a fun way to explore the night life!
Wednesday 6pm - Speed work on the track in Byron... this is how we all can get faster! We start right at 6pm, so if you need some warm-up time, arrive accordingly.  The track is located behind the Middle School at 601 4th St NW.
Thursday 6pm - Team R.E.D. is getting together at the Bears Den.  We'll get out for runs or walks of 3, 4 or 6 miles.  Pick your pace, pick your distance and come back for the social!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Keep on Moving! - a couple quick updates below....

Here we go!  There were a lot of great results, along with some struggles at Whistlestop on Saturday, and it looks like some other members found success along the Superior Trails near Duluth!

Best wishes for everyone taking part in Mankato on Sunday!

Sunday 8am:  Off Season Striders are getting the run on from Brothers Bar & Grill.  Park in back and gather near the back door (if weather in poor, head inside the back door!).
Monday 6pm:  Monday Maniacs are heading to Cowboy Jacks...  join for the fun and come back for more fun!  Peanuts in a shell... yum!

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Fall is upon us - and it's wonderful!

Great races in the Twin Cities as well as in Witchita!  Nice work Team R.E.D.!

  • Monday 6pm:  The Monday Maniacs are heading to TerraLoco for the $5 Charity 5K. - Bring at least a $5 donation and you are in! - Remember, you don't have to be limited to a 5K distance, if you want more miles, keep it rolling.   
    • This weeks charity is one that near to the O'Leary family, and in fact, is near to 1 in 4 families - the funds raised go to NAMI - National Alliance on Mental Illness.  Consider joining the run and the fun!
    • Post workout social at WildWood Bar & Grill.  
  • Tuesday 6:15pm: The Tuesday Trail crew is heading to Lost Creek Trail - Groen Park in Chatfield. This is a great trail to run and always fun with the South East Minnesota Trail Runners!  The park is marked with the Red X in the pic below.. 

  • Tuesday 9:30pm:  The Night Owls continue with a run along the Douglas Trail. Meet at the trailhead located on Valley High Driver, near IBM. It's a fun crew! 
  • Wednesday 6pm:  Speed work on the track in Byron ... the track is located at 601 4th St NW in Byron. We sometimes have a post workout social, and sometimes we run and are done!   
  • Thursday 6pm:  The Bears Den in Byron is the sight of Team R.E.D. - Plan on routes of 3, 4 and 6 miles.. then back to the original home of Team R.E.D. for the social! 

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Keep on running.. Keep on walking.. Keep on dancing... Let's go Team R.E.D.!

  • Monday 6pm: Monday Maniacs are heading to LTS - a great spot for a great forecast! - It sure appears like a beautiful night is head, and the company you'll have on your workout is even better!  LTS is located at 2001 32nd Ave NW Rochester. 
  • Monday 6pm:  TerraLoco continues the 5K charity series.  This week benefits the Women's Shelter.  A $5 contribution gets you in the race!  Join the fun! 
  • Tuesday 6:15pm:  The Tuesday Trail crew is heading to Winona to celebrate Lonna's Birthday at Holzinger - Meet at the parking lot adjacent to the lodge, located at 925 W Lake Blvd.  Bring your headlamps or flashlights.  Afters  are TBD.  
  • Tuesday 9:30pm:  It's the Night Owls at it again.  Bring your headlamps for this one too! - Meet at the Douglas Trail Head parking lot along Valley High Drive.  (near IBM).  This crew is consistent and fun too!
  • Wednesday 6pm:  The track work continues on the Track at Byron Middle School (601 4th St NW Byron).   The workout gets determined as we arrive, and of course, everyone has the ability to improvise.  The key is to be with people working hard, and follow that lead! 
    • We had two new members join Team R.E.D. last week at the Track Workout - picture to come! 
  • Thursday 6pm:  Team R.E.D. heads to the Bears Den in Byron. Routes are 3, 4 or 6 miles and loaded with fun! - Come back for the social at the Den! 
Best wishes to everyone racing this upcoming weekend! Be fast, have fun and win at all costs!

When your register for the Living History Farms Off-Road race, be sure to email me at so we can make sure we have enough people to secure the bus! - This is one of the most fun races you'll ever take part in, with 7000 runners, almost 100% in costume! - We haven't yet selected the Team R.E.D. theme, but once we have our team registered, we'll chat that up!

Select that you're part of a team - Team R.E.D. - and our group is co-ed/any age.

We've been Pirates, Pilots/Stewardess, Hillbillies, Underwear, Morph Suits.. what's next?!

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Saturday / Sunday!

Registration is open for the Living History Farms Off-Road Race! - When you register, consider registering as part of a team, then choose Team R.E.D. and co-ed (any age).   Let me know when you register, and if you have interest in a charter bus.. we've had a lot of fun bus rides to this event in the past, one more sounds good to me!

You can register at
and if you are completely unfamiliar with Living History Farms race, it's a charity run with a theme of fun, lots of costumes! - Team R.E.D. has participated as Pirates, Pilots/Stewardesses, Rednecks, Morph suits, Super hero undies...... what's this years theme? - Well that's to be determined, and those who want to go, will have a voice in the choice!

You can see the infancy journey of Team R.E.D. at this link...  we evolved since this day, which was a great day in 2009!
  • Saturday 7am:  The marathon training long run - last of the year, but have no fear! - Off Season Striders is here! - Seriously, when the long runs end from the RAC... OSS picks up a Saturday run, that's very fun! 
  • Saturday 8am:  The Brian Staska Firefighter Cancer Support Network 5K is at Oxbow Park.  Registration starts at 8am.  - Competitive run at 8:30am - Fun Run/Hike at 9am. 
  • Saturday 9am: It's been around 10 years as a fundraising walk, but now there's also a 5K/10K race!  Consider joining Brains Together For A Cure and help!
  • Sunday 8am:  Off Season Striders rolls from Panera South. Always a great location for access to the trails and for some good chatter post run!