Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Tuesday - Wednesday - Thursday!

Here we go!

Tuesday 6:15pm:  The Tuesday Trail Crew is heading to Chester Woods Park for about 5 miles along the trails, a bonfire and social! - Bring your favorite beverage, or better yet, a craft or homebrewed beer to share! - Dan is bringing some tasting glassware.
Tuesday 9pm:  The Night Owls are logging the miles along Douglas Trail - Join this fun group on an out and back in the evening hours.  Meet at the parking lot of Douglas Trail along Valley High (Next to IBM).  This group always has fun, and can keep you motivated!
Wednesday 6pm:  Get your speed rolling at the track in Byron.  The track is located behind the Middle School.  We get rolling at 6pm - so if you need some time to warm-up, plan to arrive a little earlier!
Thursday 6pm:  Team R.E.D. is home hosted by the Paradise Family! - It's always fun to run from here, as soon as you leave the driveway you get to look forward to a wonderful downhill! Mike & Diane are located at 355 Carlisle Lane NW Rochester.

After your Thursday evening walk or run, our hosts are providing Hamburgers, Potato Salad and Bottled Water... bring your own adult beverage and a dish to share if you'd like to. They do have a great pool that is quite refreshing after you workout, so bring your suit if you care to take a dip! - Football season is upon us, wear your favorite teams jersey/shirt to kick off the season!

Monday, August 21, 2017

Tonight!

It's Monday and that means it's time for Monday Maniacs!

Monday 6pm - The Monday Maniacs are hitting up the Frieght Yard at 821 Civic Center Driver in Rochester. This is a great place to get a walk or run in from... and the service is wonderful for the post workout social! Join the Fun!

We have another home host this Thursday!  Thanks to the Paradise family!  Details of the home host, and the rest of the group runs will be posted tonight!


Friday, August 11, 2017

The Weekend is Here! - And it's loaded!

Saturday 7am:  The Marathon & Half Marathon training long run are on... go get that 20 miles! - or 10-11 for the Half marathoners! Meet at the Rochester athletic Club for the long run!
Saturday 8am:  Festival In the Park 5K and 1 Mile in Kasson! - this is a fun event.. stuff going on all day, so great for families!  You can get more information regarding all the weekends events at https://www.kassonfestivalinthepark.com/festival-week-schedule  
Saturday 9:30pm:  is a 21 and over celebration at the Fire Hall in Kasson! - A great fundraiser and lots of fun with Lost Highway!  - Details are also in the link above.
Sunday 4am-4pm! - There's still time to sign up for a leg of the Border to Border Completion Run for Reggie! - There will be a Happy Hour celebration with snacks, water, pop, beer at the Windom Park in Winona after the run is complete! - sign up at the link below

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0a4caca62aa31-reggies

Sunday 7am:  The Off Season Striders are running from Roosters Too - Located at 4756 Maine Ave SE - OSS is a super fun group!  Join the fun and social.
Sunday 7pm! - Get to the Down By the Riverside celebration to see Kasey performing with Nite Shift! Look for the crew of familiar faces!  

You can do all of the Sunday things... Reggies Run, OSS and Down by the Riverside!    Get in on the fun! 


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Trials / Owls / Track / Hills / Home Host!

Just on time updates!

Tuesday (Tonight) 6:15pm: The Tuesday Trail crew is heading to Chatfield for a run or hike along the Lost Creek Trail for a fun preview of the Western Days course.  Meet at Groen Park in Chatfield. Don't forget to bring a beverage of choice for the post workout social!  
Tuesday (Tonight) 9pm: The Night Owls get out on the Douglas Trail.  You can take this route as fast or as slow as you wish, because, eventually, due to the out and back nature, we'll run into each other again! Meet at the parking lot along Valley High (next to IBM). 
Wednesday 6pm:  Hill work at Somerby in Byron.  Sounds like a group would like to hit hills for a couple of weeks, and this is week number one! Meet in the parking lot of Somerby as Dan has the route planned.  Stick around afterwards for some Beer & Wine - first round or so is on the Mesenburgs!
Wednesday 6pm:  Speed work on the track in Byron.  The track is located behind the Middle School at 601 4th St NW.  Go fast, recover, go fast again! - We discuss the workout before we get rolling, so if you need to warm up, try to arrive early.  Get after it and then head to Somerby Members Grill to join the hill crew for the social starting at 7pm. 
Thursday 6pm:  We have home hosts again! - Many thanks to Mike & Jessica Schmitt for hosting this week!   Join us at this Party by the Lake located at 3440 Lanchencrest Lane NW in Rochester. Routes aof 3, 4 and 6 miles await!  The Schmitts are providing a main dish and some beer.  Please bring a side dish, and your beverage of choice. (always good to have a lawn chair in your car for events like this too! - I think mine are at the Morgans!)

Sunday 4am-4pm! - There's still time to sign up for a leg of the Border to Border Completion Run for Reggie! - There will be a Happy Hour celebration with snacks, water, pop, beer at the Windom Park in Winona after the run is complete! - sign up at the link below

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0a4caca62aa31-reggies

Sunday 7pm! - for those that take pat in Reggie's Run, there will also be time for the Rochester area people to get back to Mayo park for Down by the Riverside with Nite Shift! 

Friday, August 4, 2017

Reggie Oeltjen Douglas Trail Race! & More...

Saturday Aug 5th is the Reggie Oeltjen Douglas Trail 11 Mile. Join the fun - there is race day registration, but arrive early to get that done! - Race starts at 8am in the parking lot located in Douglas.




Saturday Aug 5th the marathon and half marathon training group is kicking it up. The long run is 19 miles! - remember, they always have great volunteers along the way providing water, gatorade and bananas.  This all gets underway at 7am.

Saturday Aug 5th is the TerraLoco Endless Summer Celebration at Ironwood Springs.  Events start at 4:30pm and the celebration awards are at 7pm.

Sunday Aug 6th 7am - Off Season Striders are going to Panera South

Monday Aug 7th 6pm - Monday Maniacs are heading to Oxbow Park! - Meet at the 1st Bridge (which is the 2nd parking lot on your left as you enter).  This is a rare trail night for the maniac crew.  Join to run or hike - Plan to spend about an hour on the trails and come back for a parking lot party! Bring your own beverage.

For anyone participating in the Finish Reggie's Run event on Aug 13th, please let me know if you need help understanding where your start and finish locations are.  I'm going to be taking pictures of the intersections to go along with the description in the sign up genius, and that link is added below.

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0a4caca62aa31-reggies


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Complete Reggie's Run!

Natalie & Reggie - Ready to Rock! 

Please take a minute of your time to reflect...  I am not trying to preach, rather remind.  As you already know, we are so lucky to be able to lead active lifestyles, whether it be walking, running, biking, hiking, whatever it might be.. we are very lucky.

As you know.. Reggie Oeltjen was lucky too... and he was letting his actions show how much he appreciated being able to run... then, sadly, he passed away just over half way through his Journey from the Border of South Dakota to the Border of Wisconsin.

His family was incredibly supportive of his efforts, and now we have a great opportunity to support them!

Please consider helping us to finish Reggie's Border to Border Run! - You can sign up for as many legs as you like... and if you are unable to run or walk a leg, but have some time on Aug 13th, please consider emailing me your availability, as you may be able to run a support vehicle during your window of time. - You do not need to be a member of Team R.E.D. or the Rochester Track Club to participate...  please help reach the goal!

There will be a celebration of completion in Winona at approx 4pm on Sunday Aug 13th - I know many of us want to get back to Rochester to see Niteshift down by the Riverside, and we can indeed do both!  Let's make that whole day special!

Please sign up at the link below...

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0a4caca62aa31-reggies

Monday, July 31, 2017

Where to Go!

Here we are... a look at this weeks group run and/or walk opportunities!

Monday (tonight) 6pm:  The Monday Maniacs are at LTS - come get a great run in! and come back for a fantastic social! - LTS offers a nice variety of refreshments including sodas!
Tuesday 6:15pm:  The Tuesday Trail Crew is heading to Gamehaven - man I miss the race Mason & KC created out there! It's a fun place to run or hike.. join us at at the parking lot located along 45th St SE (also known as Cty Rd 101).  It's National Night out.. get out!
Tuesday 9pm:  The Night Owls keep the feet turning on a great out and back course along the Douglas Trail. Gather at the parking lot of the Trail Head along Valley High Drive (next to IBM).  Toss your favorite refreshment in your cooler for post run!   Did I mention?  It's National Night Out.. get out!
Wednesday 6pm:  Get your speed on at the track in Byron.  This is a great chance to work on getting faster.  Many people worry they are not fast enough for a speed workout, but the truth is, the speed workout is what gets you there!   No matter your pace, you are always within 200M of another runner.  We pump some music over the stadium sound system, and away we go.  Workout details get discussed at the start line.
Thursday 6pm:  Team R.E.D. hits the Bears Den in Byron for some walk, run and fun!  Join us for routes of 3, 4 or 6 miles...  enjoy the night - it looks like temps are cooling, making for a great night to get out, be active and enjoy!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Welcome to so many new members!

The Beer Mile was a huge success! - We raised $2750 for the Byron Lions and their Accessible Park Project!  The Free Kids Mile was super fun... 41 kids ran 1-mile along the parade route!  Lots of smiles!

We received great press on both of those events through KAAL TV - see the links below!

Beer Mile featuring Prince!  http://www.kaaltv.com/news/byron-good-neighbor-days-beer-mile/4548648/

Kids Mile featuring Aiden!  (hope I spelled that right)...     http://www.kaaltv.com/news/byron-celebrating-good-neighbor-days/4550594/

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And they're off! 

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New Course Record set by Joachim - 5:30! 
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New Women's Record set by Brandy! 7:42! 
We have several new members to welcome! - Corrine, who has been running with us regularly, joined during the Beer Mile and we snapped a pic, but I'm not sure who has that on their camera!- We'll get you Corrine, yes we will!  Additionally, Robert joined and we'll be sure to get his pic on here! 

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Darren & Karla Join Team R.E.D. at the Beer Mile! - These two are ready to get involved!

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JD joins Team R.E.D. during the Beer Mile!  He's been around for some time.. now he's a member! 

Cristobal has joined Team R.E.D. - additionally, he is heading to Chile soon, and is proud to share Team R.E.D. colors when he arrives!


Many thanks to Cindy & Brian for hosting Team R.E.D. on Thursday!  It was a great turnout, wonderful weather, and along with the mileage, provided lots of laughs! Super fun night!  - the Pics below are of the always fascinating route talk! 





Sunday 7am - Off Season Striders are Charlies Pub & Eatery at the Hillcrest Shopping Center.  Always fun to connect with this Sunday morning crew!

The week ahead post will be up on Sunday evening...


Sunday, July 23, 2017

Weekend of Fun & a New Week Ahead

Many thanks to Dan for leading another great event at the Beer Mile! So many of you were fantastic volunteers and of course, super talented participants! 

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  • 2017 Beer Mile was our largest turnout
  • New Women's course record:  7:42 - Brandy Brown
  • New Men's course record: 5:30 - Joachim Marjon
  • We welcomed 5 new Team R.E.D. Members! (pictures to follow in our next post)
I'll add some more pics of the Beer Mile in a future post, and at that time we should have our final tally and announce how much we were able to raise for the Byron Lions Accessible Park Project!  

The weekend of fun continued as many took part in the Saturday morning long run, while others jumped into the Women's Race in Rochester or the Good Neighbor Days race in Byron.  - and today, there's a chance to support a Kids Mile - it's a FREE 1 mile race along the parade route in Byron. - then Team R.E.D. is marching in the parade, and finally a post parade gathering at the O'Leary's home.  Details are listed below. 

Sunday, July 23rd 
  • 1:30pm: We can use volunteers at the Middle School for the Kids Mile - Race starts at 2:25pm and we'll open registration about 1:45pm. 
  • 2:25pm: Free Kids Mile along the parade route! Bring your kids, and tell your friends to bring theirs! 
  • 3pm:  Team R.E.D. is marching in the parade - we line up as the 2nd unit, just behind the fire trucks, the mayor ect... 
  • 4pm (approx): Join us at 805 1st Ave NW in Byron for a post parade social.  We're providing Tacos, Beer, Root Beer Floats & Water. - Bring the whole family! 
Here's our group run schedule for the week!

Monday 6pm:  Monday Maniacs are heading to Cowboy Jacks on South Broadway.  This location is a great one to run from, and a fun place to socialize complete with peanuts in a shell! 
Tuesday 6:15pm: The Tuesday Trail crew is heading to Bill Barnacles - a great little park just south of Rochester.  Gather at the Jeffs Minnoco Station along Hwy 52 in Marion. - enjoy a couple of great loops and the parking lot party!
Tuesday 9pm:  The Night Owls hit Douglas Trail for a great out and back.  Meet at the trailhead along Valley High (next to IBM).  This crew is a fun group and with the course being out and back, no matter how fast or how slow, you're always near each other! 
Wednesday 6pm:  Speed work on the track in Byron.  We start the workout at 6pm, so if you need some time to warm up, try to arrive a bit earlier.  We'll discuss the workout at the track - join the fun and work on that speed! 
Thursday 6pm:  Team R.E.D. has another great Home Host! Thanks to the Brian & Cindy Morgan for inviting us to their place at 5018 51st St NW, Rochester.  There are several great places to walk or run from their neighborhood.  The theme is College Night - wear college gear, bring your favorite college beer or a side if you wish! The Morgans are providing a Taco Bar and enough beer to get things moving! 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Prayers for Brock & Family

Please send your thoughts and prayers to Brock Quimby and his family as he lost his mother last week. Brock is a very family based man and he can use our support, love and prayers.  His mother, Bonnie, wanted a small, private ceremony... and that is how is shall be.


Saturday, July 15, 2017

The latest!

Congrats to everyone who is getting after it at the Nut House Challenge!  Several Team R.E.D. members were out there today for the morning 10K and the evening 5K - Sunday, it's the Half Marathoners taking the stage!

Here's a look at the week ahead...

  • July 16, Sunday 7am:  Off Season Striders roll out of Newts North along Hwy 52.  Join the crew and log some morning miles!
  • July 16, Sunday 8am:  The Nut House Half Marathon at Soldiers Field! - If you're not registered, stop down and cheer on some teammates!
  • July 17, Monday 6pm:  Monday Maniacs are heading to Dooley's in Downtown Rochester.  Also a fun location to explore, and of course, the post run is fun too!
  • July 18, Tuesday 6pm:  All comers meet on the track at Soldiers Field.  - Get the kids out there.. and Gwen would love to have more volunteers!  See volunteer opportunities in the section following the schedule.
  • July 18, Tuesday 6:15pm:  The Tuesday Trail crew is hitting up the beautiful overlooks of Great River Bluff State Park.  Join the group, get some miles and enjoy the sights of this great park!
  • July 18, Tuesday 9pm: The Night Owls continue to tear up the Douglas Trail.  Gather at the parking lot of the trailhead along Valley High (next to IBM).
  • July 19, Wednesday 5:30pm: If you want to have a speed session on the Byron Track, you'll need to start early! There's an All comers meet this week, so we would need to be off the track about 6:15/6:20 timeframe.
  • July 19, Wednesday 6:30pm:  All Comers Meet on the Byron Track. - Bring your kids, nieces and nephews!
  • July 20, Thursday 7pm:  The Beer Mile!  This is the 5th Annual and we're celebrating with an 80's Theme!  Get yourself geared up for the fun!
    • If you're not sure about running the event, remember, you can volunteer, or participate in the 0.0 Beer Mile - that consists of free beer, zero miles, a 0.0 sticker for your car, and a bottle opener medal!  And to top it off.... you're still donating to the cause!  
    • Race day registration is available starting at 5:30pm at the Bears Den, but please consider pre-registering, that helps us alot! - you can register at https://raceroster.com/events/2017/12943/beer-mile-5th-annual



4 Beers + 4 Quarter Miles = Success for the Lions Club Accessible Park Project! 

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  • July 22, Saturday 7am: The Marathon and Half Marathon training runs from the Rochester Athletic Club. This run is supported with aid stations and wonderful volunteers!  If you need some miles, this is a great time to get them! 
  • July 22, Saturday 8am:  Byron Good Neighbor Days 5K and 2.5K at the Middle School in Byron.  Race day registration starts at 7am, but again, please consider pre-registering at https://raceroster.com/events/2017/12942/byron-good-neighbor-days-races
  • July 22, Saturday 8am:  The Rochester Track Club Women's 4 Mile Run/Walk.  You can get more information, or register by visiting http://rochestertrackclub.com/main.asp?SectionID=3&SubSectionID=28&ArticleID=969
  • July 23, Sunday 2:25pm:  FREE Kids 1 Mile!  Team R.E.D. Sponsors this event, providing Free Entry for all kids! - They'll run along the parade route and receive a medal at the finish!  Bring your kids, or consider volunteering! 
  • July 23, Sunday 3pm:  Team R.E.D. is marching in the Parade for Byron Good Neighbor Days! - The more the merrier and the parade will be followed by a social in the O'Leary's back yard - Beer & Water provided - more details to come.  

Volunteers Needed!  

July 18, Tuesday - All-Comers Meet at Soldiers Field.  Events start at 6pm - If you can volunteer drop her an email at gwenjacobson@charter.net
July 19, Wednesday - All-Comers Meet at the Byron Track.  Events start at 6:30, so we'd like to see you by 6:15pm - so if you'd like to volunteer, please email me at byron.teamred@gmail.com
July 23, Sunday - Free Kids 1 Mile - we can use some people at the turn around point and also some to help hand out medals!


Monday, July 10, 2017

There's a Home Host Thursday!

E-I-E-I-E-I-Ohhhhhh..... Lorelei has graciously signed up to host Team R.E.D. this Thursday evening at 6pm. We'll get out for a great run or walk in the wide open spaces, and come back for even more fun!  Our Hosts are providing Sandwiches, Salad and snacks... - Bring Your Own Beverage and a dish to pass if you wish.  - and a lawn chair is a great idea...

Lorelei hurrying home to prepare for Home Hosting!  


You'll find us at 5951 Cty Rd 3 NW, Oronoco...   pop that in your GPS.    - For the GPS challenged, you can get there from Valley High Rd (cty rd 4) - take it until you find Cty Rd 3 and go North for approx 1 mile - they are the 2nd place on the left.  You can also find it from 65th St off Hwy 52 North.  Take 65th Street to the west, find Cty Rd 3 and go South. From that direction they are the 2nd house on the right! 

  • Monday 6pm:  The Monday Maniacs are hitting up the wonderful patio at Whistle Binkies North - there are many routes to take from there, a  nice hill climb is followed by a great downhill!  Get your miles, and stick around for the social! 
  • Tuesday 6:15pm:  The Tuesday Trail crew keeps it rolling... this time with a home host from Jim & Deb! - Thanks for the invite! - They are located at 4801 Cty Rd 24 NE, Eyota MN.   
    • We'll do some miles on the private trails at Jim & Deb's. There may even be a river crossing of the North Branch of the Whitewater very near it's source. After the run we will gather in Deb's yard for social time. There probably will be a bon fire in the back yard. Bring something to grill just in case!
  • Tuesday 9pm:  The Night Owls are changing up the starting point. Join us at the trail head located in Douglas, and after the run, the fun moves to the Douglas Saloon and Social Club!
  • Wednesday 6pm:  It's speed night on the track in Byron.  Last week, a small but strong group ran 400M repeats with 200M recovery.  - We discuss the workout each Wednesday night.. if the plan fits for you, join in, if not, you can certainly do your own thing.  
  • Thursday 6pm:  Team R.E.D. hosted by the Hansons! - See details above....   woot woot!








Sunday, July 9, 2017

Reggie Oeltjen Douglas Trail 11 Mile

The Rochester Track club has renamed The Douglas Trail race in Memory of Reggie Oeltjen.  Very Nice... please see details about the race, and find registration information at the following link.

http://rochestertrackclub.com/main.asp?SectionID=3&subsectionID=28&articleID=963

Also, Reggie's daughter Natalie has great interest in finishing her fathers journey across Minnesota... This week, I'll be attending the Rochester Track Club board meeting to discuss dates that might work for Team R.E.D. and RTC to support Natalie in this effort.  I sure hope many of you can join us in a Relay fashion to help her see the journey to completion!  If you can add any miles to the cause, it'll be wonderful!  - Check back for details.



Friday, July 7, 2017

Congrats to Dana & Vegas!

Dana found herself sealing the deal! Congrats on her marriage to Vegas! Several Team R.E.D. members were able to bear witness to the wonderful event... Congrats!

Here's to many years of happiness! 
Dana looking amazing surrounded by people seeking free food! - Left to Right front - Beth, Dana, Janelle, Claire  - Left to right back - Cindy, Brian, Shane

Nice job on the run last night... I think I'm still sweating! Here's a look at the weekend and into next week.

  • Saturday 7am:  Marathon and Half Marathon Training is ramping up! - This week's routes from the Rochester Athletic Club are 15 for the full, and 7 for the half.  There are 3 aid stations on the 15 miler.  You can check out the route posted by Jim Li at http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=7098885   
    • Many thanks to the volunteers who work the aid stations... it's awesome! If you are interested in volunteering you can contact Lin Gentling at lsgentling@charter.net
  • Saturday is also the Go For the Gold 5K & 3K - this is a very well run event, and it raises great funds for Brighter Tomorrows! - http://rochestertrackclub.com/main.asp?SectionID=3&SubSectionID=28&ArticleID=977&TM=41100.64
  • Sunday 7am: The Off Season Striders are heading to Charlies Pub located in the Hillcrest Shopping Center at 1654 Hwy 52 North frontage road.  Join the run and stay for the morning social! 
  • Monday 6pm:  The Monday Maniacs are hitting up the wonderful patio at Whistle Binkies North - there are many routes to take from there, a  nice hill climb is followed by a great downhill!  Get your miles, and stick around for the social! 
  • Tuesday 6:15pm:  The Tuesday Trail crew keeps it rolling... this time with a home host from Jim & Deb! - Thanks for the invite! - They are located at 4801 Cty Rd 24 NE, Eyota MN.   
    • We'll do some miles on the private trails at Jim & Deb's. There may even be a river crossing of the North Branch of the Whitewater very near it's source. After the run we will gather in Deb's yard for social time. There probably will be a bon fire in the back yard. Bring something to grill just in case!
  • Tuesday 9pm:  The Night Owls are changing up the starting point. Join us at the trail head located in Douglas, and after the run, the fun moves to the Douglas Saloon and Social Club!
  • Wednesday 6pm:  It's speed night on the track in Byron.  Last week, a small but strong group ran 400M repeats with 200M recovery.  - We discuss the workout each Wednesday night.. if the plan fits for you, join in, if not, you can certainly do your own thing.  
  • Thursday 6pm:  Team R.E.D. has an open Home Host Date this Thursday 7/13.  If you're interested in hosting please let us know... it's a fun way to get casual with the social! - because everything else we do is so formal!   - I'll update the plan for Thursday by the end of the weekend, if no home host, no worries - we'll find a fun place to gather!    
Here's a great story shared to us by Jean Murray... it's a story of Travis Birr, Team R.E.D. of the Northland.  Travis has taken on the challenge of raising awareness about the alarming arate of suicide among our Veterans. Very nice work Travis!  - click the link to see the full story.  








Wednesday, July 5, 2017

TC 10 Mile!

Registration for The TC 10 Mile - Shortcut to the Capitol is at critical mass!  You can get in either via the Lottery (which opens this Friday) - Or by registering by end day July 6th as a USA Track & Field Member.

Details of both methods are listed below...

Guaranteed Entry for TC 10 Mile

USATF Minnesota Team Circuit Registration Directions
By following these directions you will be entered in the USATF Minnesota Team Circuit and receive $3 off your registration fee. The Team Circuit automatically get's you into corral #1 as well. 

Invitation Code: 1710TeamCircuitX

Registration Dates:  May 2, 2017 through Thursday, July 6.

1.               Click on the Invitation Code above to get to the registration page.
 2.               A Registration Type will appear highlighted in red:

USTAF Team Circuit  Choose this registration type and click “Continue.”

 3.      It is mandatory that you fill in your ten digit 2017 USATF number.
 4.      You will need to select your USATF MN Team Name from the dropdown menu.
 5.      Complete the registration and payment information.
 6.      You will receive a receipt from imATHLETE to the email address indicated on your registration confirming your registration.
 7.      You will receive a separate Econfirmation with information about the race.

If you're not a member of USATF and want gaurenteed entry, you'll need to register at the following link.  Associate yourself with Team R.E.D. (club #0435) http://usatfmn.org/membership


Lottery for TC 10 Mile
The drawing for the hottest ticket in Twin Cities running is about to open! Don't miss your chance for a spot on the start line of the 2017 Medtronic TC 10 Mile!

Medtronic TC 10 Mile participants receive a special participant gift, a Brooks® technical long-sleeve shirt, and a finisher's medal!

Click for details on how to get your name in the registration drawing for one of the 12,500 entries into the Medtronic TC 10 Mile, The Shortcut to the Capitol®. The registration drawing opens at 10:00 a.m. CDT on Friday, July 7 and closes at 10:00 p.m. CDT on Monday, July 17. Runners will learn their entry status beginning Wednesday, July 19.

When you register for the drawing you may create a group and link up to ten registrants together by using the same group name. With this feature, either the entire group will be selected or the entire group will not be selected. Your chance of being chosen in the drawing is unaffected by either registering individually or with a group. For more information on how group registration works, click here.
Debit card users, remember that entering the drawing will place a hold for $80 until the drawing is conducted. Afterward, if you are selected as a participant, the full amount will be withdrawn from your account. NEW IN 2017: If you are unsuccessful in the drawing, you will be charged nothing.

If you are not selected, you will be automatically entered into our tracking system, which assures your entry in the race if you miss out in the drawing two years in a row. Find out more about registration drawing tracking on our website.

Don't miss your chance to run the 2017 Medtronic TC 10 Mile! For more information, visit tcmevents.org.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Long weekend for many!

Hope everyone is doing great and enjoying the opportunity to stay active!  Here's a look at the weekend, the upcoming weekend and the TerraLoco Summer Challenge!

2017 TerraLoco Summer Challenge starts Tomorrow! Only $30 to sign up. Includes limited edition baseball tee, custom medal for those who earn 100 points, prize opportunities each week, and age group prizes! Fun & friendly competition is a fundraiser for Operation Welcome Home. Five-week competition starts July 1st! SIGN UP TODAY!
www.runterraloco.com/summer-challenge
#runterraloco #tlsummerchallenge #runnersgiveback


  • Saturday 7am:  The Marathon & Half Marathon training runs continue from the Rochester Athletic Club.  Join the crew as they offer routes of 13 and 7 miles this week, of course, supported by wonderful volunteers staffing aid stations! 
  • Sunday 7am:  The Off Season Striders are getting some miles from Brothers Bar & Grill.  Gather near the back entrance of the joint and let's go! 
  • Monday 6pm:  Monday Maniacs are heading to a favorite for many - Join us at LTS for some great miles, and a bit of time socializing! 
  • Tuesday 8am:  The Summerfest Races in Stewartville.  There's a 3 mile and 5 mile (and you can do both if you like!) More information at http://rochestertrackclub.com/main.asp?SectionID=3&SubSectionID=28&ArticleID=978&TM=41100.64
  • Tuesday 6:15pm:  The Trail Crew is heading to Quarry Hill for about 5 miles of fun, followed by a parking lot party, and if you're interested in Fireworks, it should be a great location to watch the Silver Lake Display.  
  • Wednesday 6pm:  Speed work on the track in Byron.  Be ready to go fast at 6pm, so if you need some time to warm up, allow yourself that time with an early arrival.  
  • Wednesday 9pm:  The Night Owls are offering a Wednesday night special due to the 4th of July holiday.  Meet at the trail head of Douglas Trail - located along Valley High in Rochester (next to IBM). 
  • Thursday 6pm:  Team R.E.D. hits the Bears Den once again for a run/walk/social!  Join us and let's have a great time getting some miles and getting to know each other even better! 
Saturday July 8th is the Go For the Gold 5K & 3K - this is a very well run event, and it raises great funds for Brighter Tomorrows! - http://rochestertrackclub.com/main.asp?SectionID=3&SubSectionID=28&ArticleID=977&TM=41100.64


Friday, June 23, 2017

It's the weekend!

The Gabrielsons rolled out the red carpet for Team R.E.D. on Thursday night! - Great to hear everyone had a great night!

Here's the plan for the next several days...


  • Saturday 7am: The marathon and half marathon training runs are stepping up to week two from the Rochester Athletic Club - The long route is 10 miles with aid stations at 3 & 8 miles.  The shorter route is a 5 miler.  Bring $1 to contribute to the aid station goodies.
  • Saturday 2pm:  The Rochesterfest One Mile in support of YMCA Camp Olson! - This event is also part of the Rochester Track Club Grand Prix series.  
    • The Race Director, Shaun Palmer, is a member of both the Rochester Track Club and Team R.E.D.  The race takes place at 2pm, just prior to the start of the Rochesterfest parade.  It's a Certified, Flat course and Team R.E.D. members get a $15 discount - making the race just a $10 bill!  - It's also great training for the Beer Mile! 
  • Sunday 7am:  Off Season Striders have a plan.. and I can't find it! - If you send it to me, I'll update for others... 
  • Monday 6pm: Monday Maniacs is taking part in TerraLoco's $5 5K... this week's cause is important to Sarah and it supports Brains Together For a Cure. -  Join us! Bring a $5 donation, or any amount.. and participate in a non-competitive 5K. TerraLoco always has great post run celebration too, with prizes and all.  Team R.E.D. will provide the beer for anyone who is interested in taking part! 
  • Tuesday 6:15pm:  Tuesday's Trail Crew is hitting Oxbow Park. Meet at the 1st Bridge (2nd parking lot on your left as you enter the park).  We'll get around the trails while running or hiking, whatever fits your style.. then we'll spend a social together! 
  • Tuesday 9pm: The Night Owls are heading to the Douglas Trail! - Meet us at the trail head along Valley High Rd near IBM and let's have some fun!
  • Wednesday 5:30pm:  Speed work has to be earlier if you want to get it in at the track in Byron.  The kids take the track for the all-comers meet at 6:30pm. 
  • Wednesday 6:30pm:  All-comers meet for the kids.. bring them! It's a free event and they get to try out so many great things!
  • Wednesday 6:30pm:  Volunteers needed for the Byron All-Comers Meet.  We'll volunteer to hand out ribbons, measure stuff and cheer on kids! - Then after the event, you'll have a chance to try out some events such as Shot Put, Long Jump and even Pole Vault! 
  • Thursday 6pm:  Team R.E.D. is at the Bears Den in Byron this week... we'll get out for 3, 4 or 6 miles and come back for some fun at the Den! - Join us! 


  • July 8th - Go for the Gold 5K, 3K and kids race!  This race is annually a great one and has strong support in the planning from Team R.E.D. members Jess & Dan Feda.. the event supports Brighter Tomorrow's mission to support families dealing with childhood cancer.
  • July 15-16 - The Minnesota Nut House Challenge led by our great friend Brock!  The event consists of a 5K, 10K and Half Marathon! You can participate in 1, 2 or 3!  This year Brock is offering far more prizes compared to the past, and several ways to earn a discount code!  Check out the ways below... and note, all of these discounts are of equal value, and can not be combined.  There's an honor system here..  so let's honor that! - If you meet any of the categories below, email Brock at brock@stateofrun.com to let hi know which category you fit and he'll send you a discount code! 
  • July 19th - All-Comers meet in Byron.  - Kids can come for free and enjoy themselves in multiple events!  
  • July 19th - The Torchlight 5K has been a great tradition of Team R.E.D. - we've bused, carpooled, caravan-ed and even rode the Rochester Trolley to this one.  If you're interested in a bus, we need at least 15-20 people willing to pay $20-$25 before we can consider. 
    • Please email me at byron.teamred@gmail.com if you are willing to commit to the event. I will arrange the transportation if we hit a number that makes sense.  
    • Let's keep the Mo-Jo Go-Going!  
  • July 20th - Team R.E.D. Beer Mile!  A great, annual fundraiser, where all you need to do is have fun and we'll send the money to goodness!  This years recipient is the Byron Lions Club in support of their mission of an Accessible Park. 
  • July 22nd - Byron Good Neighbor Days 5K and 2.5K - this is a wonderful race filled with lots of prizes!  
  • July 22nd - The Rochester Track Club's Women's 4 Mile.  This is a great race aimed at women, and the prizes are geared that way too. 
  • July 23rd - Team R.E.D. FREE Kids Mile along the parade route.  More details will follow regarding this event.. but the fact is it's free! - Also, Team R.E.D. will march in the parade and toss out some goodies! -- we'll make sure we have a party to celebrate as well.  
  • Aug 5th - The Douglas Trail Run - this race will be in memory of and renamed in Honor of Reggie Oeltjen.  Join the fun! We'll enjoy the Douglas Trail, run and have some watermelon!


Monday, June 19, 2017

Home Host Thursday!

Thursday 6pm:  The details are available for this Thursday's Home Hosted Team R.E.D!  Thanks to Don and Sharon Gabrielson for hosting us! Their home is located at 2323 Wilshire Lane NE in Rochester.  Join us for a downhill run or walk and come back for a great backyard social.

Our hosts are providing Crock Pot Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches and Hamburgers, along with Chips and Water... BYOB and an optional dish to share if you wish.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

The Week....

Looking forward to the stories of the action at Grandmas Marathon and from the Mayors Marathon!

Monday 6pm:  Monday Maniacs are heading to the Thirsty Belgian located at 2650 South Broadway #600.  Join this great crew for some miles and lots of smiles! - see what I did there?
Tuesday 6:15pm:  Tuesdays Trail crew is celebrating the Almost Summer Solstice at the Lost Creek Trail in Chatfield. Meet at Groen Park and then caravan to the start of the trail - it's a point to point run for fun!
Tuesday 9pm:  The Night Owls are also Almost Solsticing! They're at the Douglas Trail, trailhead located along Valley High Rd near IBM. Join the crew for an out and back and some laughs along the way!
Wednesday 6pm:  Speedwork at the Track in Byron, located behind the middle school at 601 4th St NW.  I will not be there for the music, but the track is open!  Get out and go fast!
Thursday 6pm:  --  TBD ---

Friday, June 16, 2017

Here comes the fun! - Wait.. it's always fun!

We had a nice crew at the Thursday run and walk in Byron - Nice seeing so many smiling faces and good job picking up trash at the park.  I'm still surprised that we found 4 bags of dog doo, near the trash cans.  Somebody found it important enough to bag the goods, but not important enough put them in the trash can... seems odd to me (maybe there's more to the story).

Here's to wishing everyone the best this weekend, as several of our Teammates are venturing to Alaska to marathon, while others tackle Grandmas Marathon!  Go get 'em! - and enjoy your trips!

For those staying closer to home...

  • Saturday 7am: The marathon and half marathon training runs get started this weekend! - The Marathon route is 8 miles, with an aid station at Silver Lake, half marathoners would skip the loop around the lake. Please bring $1 to help off set the cost of Gatorade / Bananas.  
  • Saturday All Day: Paul Melby Memorial Volleyball Tournament.  They would love to see some engagement from Team R.E.D. whether it be putting together a volleyball team, buying raffle tickets, bidding on silent auction items, donating.. or overall participating!  For more information visit the facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MelbyMemorialVolleyball/
  • Sunday 7am: The Off Season Striders have no off season! - They'll be running Sunday morning from Panera South in Rochester.  Join the fun, and stay for the social!  

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Upcoming Races, Events & Discounts!

Here are several upcoming events... there is plenty more going on too, if you want something specific included, please send me the details.

  • June 17th - Paul Melby Memorial Volleyball Tournament.  They would love to see some engagement from Team R.E.D. whether it be putting together a volleyball team, buying raffle tickets, bidding on silent auction items, donating.. or overall participating!  For more information visit the facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MelbyMemorialVolleyball/
  • June 20th - The Solstice Stomp 5K is set for June 20, starting at 7 p.m., from 1887 Second Avenue NW, Byron.  You can register at https://www.events.runningroom.com/site/?raceId=1408
    • The race is only $25 with T-shirts and online sign-up before 06/06, $15 without T-shirt now till day of event! Post race treats, music, timing and age group and overall winner medals!! The race benefits the 2017 youth mission trip from Christ Lutheran Church.
  • June 24th - The Rochesterfest One Mile put on in support of YMCA Camp Olson.   The Race Director, Shaun Palmer, is a member of both the Rochester Track Club and Team R.E.D.  The race takes place at 2pm, just prior to the start of the Rochesterfest parade.  It's a Certified, Flat course and Team R.E.D. members get a $15 discount - making the race just a $10 bill!  - It's also great training for the Beer Mile! 
  • July 8th - Go for the Gold 5K, 3K and kids race!  This race is annually a great one and has strong support in the planning from Team R.E.D. members Jess & Dan Feda.. the event supports Brighter Tomorrow's mission to support families dealing with childhood cancer.
  • July 15-16 - The Minnesota Nut House Challenge led by our great friend Brock!  The event consists of a 5K, 10K and Half Marathon! You can participate in 1, 2 or 3!  This year Brock is offering far more prizes compared to the past, and several ways to earn a discount code!  Check out the ways below... and note, all of these discounts are of equal value, and can not be combined.  There's an honor system here..  so let's honor that! - If you meet any of the categories below, email Brock at brock@stateofrun.com to let hi know which category you fit and he'll send you a discount code! 
  • July 19th - The Torchlight 5K has been a great tradition of Team R.E.D. - we've bused, carpooled, caravan-ed and even rode the Rochester Trolley to this one.  If you're interested in a bus, we need at least 15-20 people willing to pay $20-$25 before we can consider. 
    • Please email me at byron.teamred@gmail.com if you are willing to commit to the event. I will arrange the transportation if we hit a number that makes sense.  
    • Let's keep the Mo-Jo Go-Going!  
  • July 20th - Team R.E.D. Beer Mile!  A great, annual fundraiser, where all you need to do is have fun and we'll send the money to goodness!  This years recipient is the Byron Lions Club in support of their mission of an Accessible Park. 
  • July 22nd - Byron Good Neighbor Days 5K and 2.5K - this is a wonderful race filled with lots of prizes!  
  • July 22nd - The Rochester Track Club's Women's 4 Mile.  This is a great race aimed at women, and the prizes are geared that way too. 
  • July 23rd - Team R.E.D. FREE Kids Mile along the parade route.  More details will follow regarding this event.. but the fact is it's free! - Also, Team R.E.D. will march in the parade and toss out some goodies! -- we'll make sure we have a party to celebrate as well.  
  • Aug 5th - The Douglas Trail Run - this race will be in memory of and renamed in Honor of Reggie Oeltjen.  Join the fun! We'll enjoy the Douglas Trail, run and have some watermelon!






Here comes a new week!

There are several races approaching, with great discounts! I'll dedicate a separate post to that later tonight, but for now, I want to give you a peek at the upcoming week.

I've been seeing a lot of fun pictures on Facebook of the crew cruising around Iowa via Relay Iowa... looks like fun!  I've posted a couple of finisher pics below...


I spy three Team R.E.D. members in this picture with Tina, Kristine and Ron! 
Seven of this team are Team R.E.D. members in Shane, Mike, Claire, Beth, Brian, Brian and Sean!  Way to go with 339 Miles of fun! 

Congrats to everyone taking part in, or volunteering at Trinona this weekend!  The place was hopping!

Byron Track & Field had some fantastic performances at the State Track Meet, including an 800M runner who ran the fastest time of the tournament with a 2:13.35 during prelims.  She finished 2nd place in finals for both the 1600M and 800M... I'd call that a great state meet! Five other strong, point scoring performances came from 3 Pole Vaulters & and 2 Shot Put'ers!  We also had another teammate make it to State in three events!

Here we go looking ahead..

Monday 6pm:  Monday Maniacs are heading to Wild Bills for a fun evening of running or walking, followed by a great social! Monday's happen to be $5.99 Burger & Fries night too!  -- Note: For some reason, a few people mix up Wild Bills with WildWood or Cowboy Jacks - They are all different... Wild Bills is located at 300 17th Ave NW Rochester.
Tuesday 6:20pm: Tuesday Trail crew are venturing to Winona for the Holzinger at 925 West Lake Blvd. Enjoy a 5 mile loop past the Quarry.  Afters at Lonna's with a fire and fun! - Bring a lawn chair if you can... directions to Lonna's place provided after the run.
Tuesday 9pm:  The Night Owls keep it rolling from the parking lot of the Douglas trailhead located along Valley High Road next to IBM.  This is a great group! - and if you have trouble getting our right after work, this is another great option! Join the fun..
Wednesday 6pm:  Get your speed on at the track in Byron. We'll crank up some music and we'll run a whole bunch of 300's!  We can also discuss other options for the workout, as everyone should gear their speed session to what they want to achieve.
Thursday 6pm:  Team R.E.D. is at the Bears Den in Byron... we'll get the route rolling past the Melby park so we can fulfill our duties as caretakers! - This is our adopted park.  Join us for a run or walk, and come back for the social!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Change for Tonight!

Important Note:  Due to a combination of Volleyball and Bean Bags, the Freight Yard is not able to host Team R.E.D. - we are moving tonight's location to the Bears Den in Byron starting at 6pm.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Rest of the Week

We've got a bunch of Mason Run Limericks that have flown in... super fun to see them all!  - The entry deadline has indeed passed, but if you have one, you can still share it! - The current entries are being judged by Middle School Students, we'll share the winners by the end of the week!


  • Tuesday 6:15pm:  The Tuesday Trail crew is hitting the trails of Whitewater. Meet at the Beach Parcking Lot **NOTE** this is a different location from the past, the Beach Parking lot.  Plan for 4-6 miles and bring along some food to grill, and your favorite beverages.
  • Tuesday 9pm:  The Night Owls will meander down the Douglas Trail and back! - Meet at the parking lot along Valley High and join the fun! - Bring a beverage for the parking lot afters too!
  • Wednesday 6pm:  Let's get our speed on the track in Byron - located behind the Middle School at 601 4th St SW.   Remember, when you're on the track, you are never too far away from anyone in the group! - Push the pace that suits you!
  • Thursday 6pm: Team R.E.D. is finding our way to the Freight Yard in Rochester. This is a nice location to hit some or Rochester trail system for 4-6 miles... and come back forthe social.  Bonus: the service has been very nice at Freight Yard. 
  • Saturday 7am:  Off Season Striders are meeting at 5-West along West Circle Drive in Rochester. Stick around for coffee and/or breakfast after as it's fun! 
  • Sunday 7am:  Off Season Striders are gathering at Charlies at Hillcrest Shopping Plaza. This is also another great place for a bite and social post run! 



Monday, June 5, 2017

Monday at LTS - 6pm!

Real quick update for tonight...

Tonight 6pm:  Monday Maniacs are heading to LTS Brewing Company for a run and social! Join the fun!

The weekend flew by and the races were fun, lots of pictures to share, and updates to make regarding our locations this week, check back for more!

Monday, May 29, 2017

Great Work at the Med City Marathon!

All of the runners seemed to enjoy themselves andwhile they started with a tail wind aiding the runners out of Byron, the Sun exposure took a toll on some.  One thing undisputed, the weather was perfect for a fun post race party with Nite Shift!

Another great piece of event was seeing so many Team R.E.D. members supporting Reggie's daughter Natalie.  Team R.E.D. had plans to circle up with Natlalie at the 2 hour pacer sign.. but we got into the corral a bit late.  It all worked out pretty nicely, as many found each other along the course!   

The Oeltjen family was out in force, as were many of their friends.  Along the course, KAAL TV captured a surprise visit from some of her friends! She the following link for the story....   http://www.KAALtv.com/sports/med-city-marathon-extra-special-for-woman-who-lost-her-father/4498027/

Dave, Jeremy, Natalie, Paul, Sarah, Kristine, Angela, and Oliver rolling down the hill! 

Arrangements for Reggie are as follows... Team R.E.D. has sent flowers.

Visitation:  4-8pm Tuesday at Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville
Funeral:  11am Wednesday at Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville

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We had two new members added to Team R.E.D. during the expo.. and a handful of renewals! - The official renewal process starts during the Beer Mile on July 20th.  - speaking of the Beer Mile - register now and use discount code MEDCITYMARATHON to receive 10% off your registration!  https://raceroster.com/events/2017/12943/beer-mile-5th-annual

Here's a look at your new teammates!  Welcome Jen and Mark!  Jen is also a member of the Chatty Chicks.. and I was able to spot Mark along the Med City course on Saturday... Welcome to both of you!




Here's a look at what's happening this upcoming week.  It includes a Team R.E.D. Hosted race and a Byron Cross Country Hosted race! Remember for all group 'runs' - walkers are always welcome!

Tuesday 6:15pm:  It's a preview of the Mason Run @ Chester Woods!  Meet at the parking lot near the beachhouse. Get some miles in.. and bring along your favorite beverage to stick around for a bonfire and social!  - June 3 is race day... 5K, 10 Mile and 50K are all still open for registration!
Tuesday 9pm:  The Night Owls continue to roll along the Douglas Trail! - Join the fun crew at the trailhead parking lot near IBM.  This group takes it out and back and welcomes newcomers to the scene!
Wednesday 6pm:  It's speed work on the track in Byron.  Join us behind the Middle School at 601 4th St SW in Byron.  Don't be intimidated by the word "speed"... as everyone will have their own pace for the workout.. and everyone will be getting faster!
Thursday 6pm:  Team R.E.D. returns to the Bears Den in Byron.  This original home of R.E.D. is always ready to make sure our post walk or run is set for fun! - Join us!
Friday 4-6:30pm:  Packet Pickup for the Mason Run at TerraLoco - you can still register online, and if you use promo code MEDCITYMARATHON you'll receive 10% off! - You can also register at Terraloco and/or 1 hour prior to the race on race day.   https://raceroster.com/events/2017/10771/chester-woods-trail-races

  • Saturday 6am:  50K Mason Run @ Chester Woods! 
  • Saturday 8am:  5K Mason Run @ Chester Woods!
  • Saturday 8:15am:  10 Mile Mason Run @ Chester Woods!
Sunday 8am:  I anticipate an Off Season Striders run... but haven't seen the location yet. We'll update when we know. 
Sunday 1pm:  The Donut Run in support of Byron Cross Country. For every donut you eat along the course, you get a discount off your finish time!  Fun stuff!    Funds raised here help us take a 4 day training trip, and keep it totally affordable to make sure 100% of the athletes can go! - Please consider registering or making at donation at the following link.  https://raceroster.com/events/2017/12931/donut-run





Saturday, May 27, 2017

Med City Marathon weekend!

Join us at the expo today!  Lots of vendors, mascot races, kids race, and a 5k! Stop at the Team R.E.D booth at the mayo civic center!

The schedule for next week will post later tonight.