Sunday, December 10, 2017

The Good Stuff Never Ends!

Team R.E.D.s Mason Run @ Chester Woods is now open for registration.  We price this very nicely, but I can promise you, the nicest pricing is right now!  Check it out and register, or buy a gift registration for a friend!   https://raceroster.com/events/2018/15523/chester-woods-trail-races-mason-run

It's the Wilderness! 

It's the Wilderness!


If your Team R.E.D. membership is current at time of your registration for Chester Woods AND you register or Volunteer to help at Chester Woods before January 31st.  You will be entered to win a $50 Bears Den Gift Card!  Not a member?  You can register for Team R.E.D. or renew at http://form.jotformpro.com/form/41986407849976

Here's a look at this week... I love December, there is so much going on, which means we see so much of each other!

Monday 6pm:  Monday Maniacs are heading to Legends! This is located at 11 4th St SE Rochester.  It's right along the river trail and offers a great place for a social after fitness!
Tuesday 6:15pm:  Tuesday Trail Crew is heading to a favorite of many. The Root River County park with afters at Roosters Too!
Tuesday 9pm:  The Night Owls are getting after it week after week.  Meet at Beetles Bar & Grill to get some miles with people who love to smile!
Thursday 6pm:  Team R.E.D. is heading to Brothers Bar & Grill. We'll hop on the trail and head toward Silver Lake! - It'll give us a well let path, and everyone a chance to decide how far to go.  Remember, when we meet at Brothers we park in the back.  (route talk is outside in good weather, and inside the back door if it's not so good).


I'll keep posting these upcoming events with each post.. these are things you want to be at if at all possible!  - Also, they are so much fun,  and low key (as are most of our group runs) these are great opportunites for those who have not yet joined us, to join us!

  • Dec 18th - Team R.E.D. Caroling on the Run! We'll get rolling at 6pm and travel from bar to restaurant/bar... stop, sing and spread cheer, pay for some meals... and roll to the next location!  There will be two routes, one for runners, one for walkers - set to make sure we all arrive at each location together! 
    • The routes are still being worked out, so we'll post more details soon.
    • How do we pay for meals?  - Each participant is asked to bring a cash donation of any amount. Team R.E.D. will add a contribution from our general funds, and buy the first round for carolers when we return to our host location! 
    • I can't make it but want to help! - you can make a cash donation ahead of time if you like.  Just make sure you give that to Wendy, so Tom doesn't buy a pitcher of beer with it!  We have already collected one donation from a member who can't join us. 
  • Dec 23rd 7:30am - Team R.E.D. & OSS combine for our Annual Christmas Breakfast Fun! We are gathering at Charlies Pub for this event.  We'll get into our festive holiday gear, and go for a run or walk then come back for a wonderful breakfast. 
    • Breakfast is served Buffet Style - breakfast, non-alcoholic beverage, taxes and tip come to $13 a head - half price for kids.  We will have an evite to RSVP set up soon, and we'll share that as well. 
    • You do not need to be a member of Team R.E.D. or the Rochester Track Club to attend... all are welcome! 
  • Dec 30th - Team R.E.D. hosts an Ugly Sweater bowling night!  This will take place at Sandbaggers in Byron and our start time is still being set up. 
  • Jan 6th 9:30am - The Polar Bear Prediction Run takes place at Gloria Dei church in Rochester.  A light lunch is provided afterwards by the Rochester Track Club. 
    • If you're not familiar with this race, you should get familiar as it's really fun! You'll predict your 5K time - then you'll try to run as close to that time without finishing too fast (or you'll be DQ'd) - No watches or timekeeping devices are allowed.
    • Do not pace off me... I stink at this! 
  • Jan 9th 6pm - TerraLoco hosts their resolution night with a run at 6pm, and a panel of guest speakers at 7pm.  Several area resources will be represented with tables set up for you to visit. Team R.E.D. is planning to be there! 

Saturday, December 9, 2017

The Weekend!

If you're not already a member of Team R.E.D. but would like to be, you can join us during any event, or you can join online! - You can renew your membership at this same link!

Check it out and join us!  http://form.jotformpro.com/form/41986407849976

Here's a quick look at Saturday / Sunday opportunities!  - Next week's schedule will be updated Sunday afternoon

  • Saturday 7:30am:  Off Season Striders are at Charlies Pub at Hillcrest Shopping Center in Rochester. After the miles, come back for a social filled with stories!
  • Sunday 8am:  Off Season Striders hits Roosters Too, located at 4576 Main Ave, Rochester (by Lowes).  Again, join the post run fun! 
Below is a pic from Thursday's Check presentation to the Byron Lions- Shar accepted the check, and she said "This is really great! It's a wonderful boost to our fundraising!" The Lions are building a very incredible park, one that is not only Handicap Accessible, but actually functional, as in a person in a wheelchair can connect to the swing set - and swing! 

Peter, Mike, Tom, Wendy, Shar, Dan, Dale, Corinne, Jess, Wendy, Don, Andrea, Sarah
Important Note: I sent this picture to Santa, and Jess is now officially on the Naughty List for putting bunny ears on me! 

Check below for some of the dates you may want to save... 
  • Dec 18th - Team R.E.D. Caroling on the Run! We'll get rolling at 6pm and travel from bar to restaurant/bar... stop, sing and spread cheer, pay for some meals... and roll to the next location!  There will be two routes, one for runners, one for walkers - set to make sure we all arrive at each location together! 
    • The routes are still being worked out, so we'll post more details soon.
    • How do we pay for meals?  - Each participant is asked to bring a cash donation of any amount. Team R.E.D. will add a contribution from our general funds, and buy the first round for carolers when we return to our host location! 
    • I can't make it but want to help! - you can make a cash donation ahead of time if you like.  Just make sure you give that to Wendy, so Tom doesn't buy a pitcher of beer with it!  We have already collected one donation from a member who can't join us. 
  • Dec 23rd 7:30am - Team R.E.D. & OSS combine for our Annual Christmas Breakfast Fun! We are gathering at Charlies Pub for this event.  We'll get into our festive holiday gear, and go for a run or walk then come back for a wonderful breakfast. 
    • Breakfast is served Buffet Style - breakfast, non-alcoholic beverage, taxes and tip come to $13 a head - half price for kids.  We will have an evite to RSVP set up soon, and we'll share that as well. 
    • You do not need to be a member of Team R.E.D. or the Rochester Track Club to attend... all are welcome! 
  • Dec 30th - Team R.E.D. hosts an Ugly Sweater bowling night!  This will take place at Sandbaggers in Byron and our start time is still being set up. 
  • Jan 6th 9:30am - The Polar Bear Prediction Run takes place at Gloria Dei church in Rochester.  A light lunch is provided afterwards by the Rochester Track Club. 
    • If you're not familiar with this race, you should get familiar as it's really fun! You'll predict your 5K time - then you'll try to run as close to that time without finishing too fast (or you'll be DQ'd) - No watches or timekeeping devices are allowed.
    • Do not pace off me... I stink at this! 
  • Jan 9th 6pm - TerraLoco hosts their resolution night with a run at 6pm, and a panel of guest speakers at 7pm.  Several area resources will be represented with tables set up for you to visit. Team R.E.D. is planning to be there! 

Monday, December 4, 2017

Congrats to Mike!

Mike Schmitt is the newly crowned winner of the Runner's Give Back Challenge.  As many of you know, Mike has been with Team R.E.D. for a long time.  He also served on the Rochester Track Club board previously as well. He's active and engaging. During the presentation, Tiffany mentioned how much of a driver he is for the awesome TerraLoco Pace Team!  - In fact, she said, they couldn't do it without him.  Congrats Mike! 

Below are a couple of pics from the celebration at the North Star.

Mike sporting the goods for a Runner Make-Over from TerraLoco! 


Kasey Rockin'! 

Lorelei found an unidentified Team R.E.D. Member! Great dancing! 


Lots of dates to save!

We're hoping you're all kicking off your December in fine fashion!  We've got quite a few things going on in addition to our daily group run/walks! - Please read this entire post as there is sure to be something you'd like to be part of!

We had a lot of fun at the Underwear Mile and the Pajama Mile - together we raised $245 and a bunch of food goods for the food shelf! - Nice Work!  - If you still want to contribute food or dollars, you can this week and we'll make the donation next... Thank you!

Small but mighty crew in the Undies! 

Nathan - Fastest Male and Best Undies Male

Stevie - Best Undies Female

Christina, Corinne and Mark race to the finish! 

Brandy - Fastest Female (and Beer Mile champion too!) 
Wonderful day for Jammie fun! 

This girl won best Female Jammies! 

Jonah was fastest Male! 

Megan was fastest Female! 

Makena in front represents part of best Family jammies! - but the team right behind her, was a very close 2nd, with Momma, Pappa, and Baby Bears! 


Week ahead
Monday 6pm: Monday Maniacs are trying  a new location at Market Grill (New Hy-Vee along West Circle Drive).  This gives us a new area to explore.  Join us for the run, and come back for a great social with the Monday crew!
Monday 6pm:  TerraLoco is having a Charity 5K in support of Toys for Tots.  Entry is a $5 donation and an unwrapped toy! - what goodness! Also at TerraLoco, the Byron Cross Country team is selling Custom Made License plate signs. You likely have seen them on Facebook - they are pretty cool!
Tuesday 6:15pm:  Millville is the destination for the Tuesday Trail Crew! - Meet at the softball field along Cty Rd 2 as you enter town.  We'll log some miles then head to Whiskey Richards for the afters! 
Tuesday 9pm: The Night Owls keep it rolling from Beetles Bar & Grill on 2nd St in Rochester. Beetles is the winter home of the owls! - Join the crew for some City Miles and come back for a social!
Thursday 6pm:  Team R.E.D. is at the Bears Den in Byron. We'll have some great routes of 3, 4 or 6 miles and, as you might have guessed, we'll come back for some fun at the Den! 

The Following Dates are pretty big ones! 
.... and some of the details are being worked out, so we'll have more information as the events approach. 

Dec 7th - We'd love to have a big turnout of members as Team R.E.D. makes our check presentation to the Byron Lions in support of their great community work!  Join us at the Bears Den at 6pm for a walk or run - the check presentation will take place approx 7:15-7:30pm.
Dec 18th - Team R.E.D. Caroling on the Run! We'll get rolling at 6pm and travel from bar to restaurant/bar... stop, sing and spread cheer, pay for some meals... and roll to the next location!  There will be two routes, one for runners, one for walkers - set to make sure we all arrive at each location together! -- The routes are still being worked out, so we'll post more details soon.
Dec 23rd - Team R.E.D. & OSS combine for our Annual Christmas Breakfast Fun! We'll get into our festive holiday gear, and go for a run or walk then come back for a wonderful breakfast.  We are working out the details - so be sure to keep an eye on this one!
Dec 30th - Team R.E.D. hosts an Ugly Sweater bowling night!  This will take place at Sandbaggers in Byron and our start time is still being set up. 

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Don't forget Saturday Night!

Saturday Night is set for fun! Join us at the North Star as TerraLoco and Bolder Options celebrate how Runners Give Back.  Super wonderful of them to celebrate such a thing!

Kasey and Nite Shift are performing from 9pm-Midnight - (take a nap during the day if you need it!)

Thursday 6pm:  Team R.E.D. is at the Bears Den - if you are planning to come Thursday to walk or run, please consider bringing a Canned Good donation for the Food Shelf.  - Even if you want to show up for Eat. Drink.  You can bring a donation! 
Friday 6:30pm: The Team R.E.D. Underwear Mile! - That's right.. 1 mile in your undies!  Prizes for fastest mile and also for best undies!  The entry fee is just $10 plus a canned good donation for the Food Shelf!  You can register online at https://raceroster.com/events/2017/13877/underwear-mile-dec-1st-630pm   or Thursday at the Bears Den during Team R.E.D. or race day starting at 5:30pm
Saturday 9am:  The Team R.E.D. Pajama Mile! - That's right... 1 mile in your jammies! This is a family friendly event, and we'll have door prize drawings post run! Entry fee is just $5 per person with a $15 family max! Come out for the fun, and bring a canned good donation for the Food Shelf! You can register online at https://raceroster.com/events/2017/13878/pajama-mile-dec-2nd-9am or Thursday at the Bears Den during Team R.E.D. or race day starting at 8am.

Monday, November 27, 2017

A New Week is Upon Us!

... and it looks to be a great one, from weather to fitness & fun!


  • Monday 6pm:  Monday Maniacs are heading to Whistle Binkies North.  I thought maybe this location for the patio, but Sarah says it's more for the hills!  Join the group for a run or walk if you like, then back for a social!
  • Tuesday 6:15pm: The Tuesday Trail crew is heading to Chester Woods... home of the Mason Run! Meet at the parking lot near the beach house, and get ready for some fun trails!  Then join the group at Newts South for the afters!
  • Tuesday 9pm:  The Night Owls are at Beetles Bar & Grill on 2nd St in Rochester. Like all the group runs, all are welcome! Get some miles and come back to Beetles to get to know each other at little better at the social!
  • Thursday 6pm:  Team R.E.D. is heading to the Bears Den in Byron.  Consider bringing a donation of canned good(s) for the Food Shelf, as Team R.E.D. is collecting through the weekend.   We'll have routes of 3, 4 or 6 miles.. and you guessed it, come back for a social!
    • Note: Next week, Dec 7th, Team R.E.D. presents our check to the Byron Lions for their Park Project! That's possible thanks to all the great work you all did at the Beer Mile! 


Two Fun Events for the Food Shelf!  
The Undie Mile is for Adults Only - more details below
The Jammie Mile is Family Friendly - more details below

These both take place at the Bears Den as part of Byron's BrrrrFest.  - There's nothing to fear... well.. unless these pics scare you a little!









Friday 6:30pm: The Team R.E.D. Underwear Mile! - That's right.. 1 mile in your undies!  Prizes for fastest mile and also for best undies!  The entry fee is just $10 plus a canned good donation for the Food Shelf!  You can register online at https://raceroster.com/events/2017/13877/underwear-mile-dec-1st-630pm   or Thursday at the Bears Den during Team R.E.D. or race day starting at 5:30pm
Saturday 9am:  The Team R.E.D. Pajama Mile! - That's right... 1 mile in your jammies! This is a family friendly event, and we'll have door prize drawings post run! Entry fee is just $5 per person with a $15 family max! Come out for the fun, and bring a canned good donation for the Food Shelf! You can register online at https://raceroster.com/events/2017/13878/pajama-mile-dec-2nd-9am or Thursday at the Bears Den during Team R.E.D. or race day starting at 8am.








Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

You are all such great inspirations and role models... Thank you for making Team R.E.D. so fun!

Here's a look at the upcoming schedule - Note: There is not an evening Team R.E.D. gathering on Thanksgiving Day.

Tuesday 6:15pm:  The Tuesday Trail Crew hits Gamehaven for 5 miles of fun trails! Meet at the parking lot along 45th St SE Rochester. Afters will be either at Fat Willies or Whistle Binkies on the Lake - either way will be fun!
Tuesday 9pm:  The Night Owls have shifted to their winter location of Beetles on 2nd St in Rochester. This is another great group to run with, and of course, share a social with!
Thursday - Thanksgiving Day 9am- Mom's On the Run Gobble Wobble in support of the Salvation Army. Come be part of something good, before enjoying your day with family, football and food! BYOB and look for Team R.E.D. members for a tailgate party post run or walk!
Thursday - Thanksgiving Day 9am - Grace Church is Stewartville hosts a Thanksgiving Day 5K. Several members have run this one in the past and report it's a lot of fun!
Friday 7:30am - Off Season Striders are jumping in with a Friday run from Newts North along Hwy 52 in Rochester. Great group to connect with for sure.
Saturday 7:30am - Off Season Striders hit one of the favorite locations in Charlies Pub at Hillcrest Shopping Center just off Hwy 52 in Rochester.
Sunday 8am - Off Season Striders is still at it! - This time from 5-West along West Circle Drive in Rochester.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Monday Maniacs!

Monday 6pm: A fun evening is ahead for Monday Maniacs! We'll gather at Carlos OKelleys along the frontage road of Hwy 52 in Rochester.  Let's get some miles, and come back for a great social!

I'll update the plans for remainder of the week this evening.. please check back.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Ready for a warm-up? It's coming!

This upcoming week should offer some more comfortable temperatures and it will be welcome!  Yet, as we discussed Thursday night, it won't be long before we start to get excited about 20 degree temps!

We were on the road yesterday, and I missed a chance to list this mornings Off Season Striders Run.  But please be aware, every Saturday 7:30am is hosted by OSS at Charlies Pub in Hillcrest Mall.


  • Sunday 8am:  Off Season Striders are out and about from Five West in Rochester.  Sundays are typically in the range of 4-8 miles, and everyone comes back for coffee or a full out breakfast!
  • Monday 6pm: Monday Maniacs are getting together at Wild Wood Bar & Grill.  This is a fun spot with many options such as catching trails into the woods, or make your way downtown, or run the base of the big old hill! Of course, come back to the bar for the social!
  • Tuesday 6:15pm:  The Tuesday Trail crew is heading to Whitewater for a good 5 miles of great trails.  Gather at the parking lot nearest the Nature Store. After hopping around the trails, we'll hop over to Mauer Bros for the afters!
  • Tuesday 9pm:  The Night Owls have a new location this week.  Join the fun at Beetles Bar on 2nd Street in Rochester.  This gives the group some well let options and of course, a place to gather post run! 
  • Thursday 6pm: Team R.E.D. is back at the Bears Den in Byron. It's been a lot of fun to hit the streets of Byron - if you've never joined us before, consider this Thursday! - Routes are 3, 4 or 6 miles... and we'll all come back together at the Den! 


Upcoming Races - if you have other races you want added, please email me details - I hope to get better at this piece of the blog! 


  • Thursday Nov 23rd - Mom's On the Run Gobble Wobble in support of the Salvation Army. Come be part of something good, before enjoying your day with family, football and food! You can get more details and register at https://runsignup.com/Race/MN/Rochester/MomsontheRun5KFamilyGobbleWobble  Note:  Online registration closes on Nov 19th. 
  • Friday Dec 1st  6:30pm - Team R.E.D. hosts the ever popular Underwear Mile! That's right - 1 Mile in your undies! - This event is for adults only. There are prizes for the best undies and fastest milers.  
    • Cost is just $10 plus a canned good donation for the food shelf.  You can register at https://raceroster.com/events/2017/13877/underwear-mile-dec-1st-630pm   - Please consider registering online as it helps us prepare.  
  • Saturday Dec 2nd 9am - Team R.E.D. hosts the 2nd Annual Pajama Mile - 1 mile in your jammies!This one is for the whole family and super affordable. 
    • Just $5 each, or $15 for the entire family. For this one we also ask that you bring a canned good donation for the food shelf.  You can register at https://raceroster.com/events/2017/13878/pajama-mile-dec-2nd-9am   - also for this one registering online helps us prepare for you!

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Keep on Moving!

An extra hour of sleep tonight, woot woot! .... or you could get an extra hour long hike in the woods or run around the block... you can choose how to handle it!

Sunday 8am:  The Off Season Striders are out for 4-8 miles starting from Roosters Too! on Maine Ave SE in Rochester.  A fun location to get out and run and come back for a great social.
Monday 6pm:  Monday Maniacs are heading to the Douglas Saloon for a great run or walk down the Douglas Trail! - Of course, we'll come back to the Social Club for a fun social.  The giant jenga is a lot of fun!




Tuesday 6:15pm:  Tuesdays Trail Crew hits a fun location at Bill Barnacle State woodlands. You can meet at the Minnenoco located in Marion along Hwy 52 (across from the KOA) to caravan to the parking lot. Afters at the Thirsty Belgian.
Tuesday 9pm: The Night Owls are logging the miles after dark! - A fun group takes the out and back along the Douglas Trail.  Meet at the trailhead parking lot along Valley High (next to IBM).
Thursday 6pm:  Team R.E.D. is heading to Broadway Pizza located at 4144 Hwy 52 frontage road in Rochester.  This puts us in another area of town to explore! Of course, we'll re-group for a great social!

Saturday, October 28, 2017

What's Next?

Sunday 8am:  The Off Season Striders are heading to Dunn Bros on Elton Hills Dr in Rochester. This crew typically runs 4-8 miles and has a coffee social post run- join the fun!
Monday 6pm: Monday Maniacs hit the downtown area while gathering at Grand Rounds at the corner of Broadway and 3rd St in Rochester.
Tuesday 6:15pm:  The Tuesday Trail Crew is heading to Quarry Hill on Halloween... mwoh hah hah hahhhh... Meet at the west side of the park in the parking lot at the "Dead" end of 9th St SE. Those who survive the journey will gather at Glynners Pub for the afters.
Tuesday 9pm: The Night Owls will chase a few spooky creatures as well! Join the crew on the Douglas Trail, starting at the trail head along Valley High in Rochester (next to IBM).
Thursday 6pm:  Team R.E.D. is at the Bears Den in Byron.  Join us for routes of 3, 4 or 6 miles - really any distance you want to go! Then come back for a great social, maybe we can tell some more true stories about Woo!

A little M.J. as Halloween approaches.... enjoy and be safe, there are a lot of crazy clowns around!


Saturday, October 21, 2017

Go Go Go!

Congratulations go to Oliver as he's the proud papa of a new baby boy! Little Jack received a Team R.E.D. tee... but he's not pictured here, that's me standing in for the boy.


Here's a look at the next few days! - remember for your evening runs (and early morning for that matter), we are at that time of year where Reflective clothing and Head Lamps are a must! Make sure you're being safe and being seen!


  • Sunday 8am:  Off Season Striders are at Roosters, along West Circle Drive. Plan on any where from 4-8 miles, it's always up to you!  Come back for coffee and/or breakfast and a social!
  • Monday 6pm: The Monday Maniacs are getting it rolling from Newts at Cross Roads. This is typically a 5-6 mile group with a variety of paces.  It's in the heart of Rochester... and a another great gathering place for the post workout social!
  • Tuesday 6:15pm:  The Tuesday Trail crew heads to Carley State Park for 4-6 miles of trails. You can run or hike! The social will be fireside, weather permitting, otherwise a quick trip in to Plainview to enjoy each other!
  • Tuesday 9pm:  The Night Owls keep rolling along the Douglas Trail! - If you can't make those 6pm workouts, here's an opportunity to get connected! Meet at the trailhead along Valley High and enjoy the out and back (pick your turn around time, based on how far you want to go!).
  • Thursday 6pm:  Team R.E.D. is Rochester bound!  Join us at Beetles Bar & Grill on 2nd Street.  This is a great location to get either a run down town, or around the base of the big old hill, without going up it!  Of course, a social at Beetles is also fun! 
    • If you have time to roll out to Northern Hills Golf Course on Thursday prior to R.E.D., you can check out the Section 1A Cross Country Championships!  Byron and all the area small schools compete this day.  It's super fun to watch these high school athletes chase for a spot in the Minnesota Sate Cross Country Championship, held Nov 4th. 
    • Boys compete at 3:50pm and Girls at 4:45pm - if you stop out, swing by the Byron Tent and say hi! 
    • The event is supported by the Rochester Track Club 

I've been really bad at updating upcoming races.. but we'll try to get back to that.

Here's one..  Essex Park on Oct 21st - Just $5 for the 7K event! - proceeds go to maintenance of the trails. This is a no frills event, if you're in it for the joy of running it's for you!

Best wishes to all  of you racing this weekend!  Have fun and run fast!




Monday, October 16, 2017

Tuesday and beyond!

Woot Woot.... keep the week rolling!

Tuesday 6:15pm:  Eastwood Park in Rochester is the location for the Tuesday Trail Crew! What a fun spot with some winding single track trails, along with other fun challenges.  Park in the lot near the ball fields, just off hwy 14.  - Afters is a game time decision. 
Tuesday 9pm:  The Night Owls are continuing to find their way on the Douglas Trail. Join the fun from the trailhead along Valley High (next to IBM).  All you need is a desire to have fun on the run, and probably a headlamp!
Thursday 6pm:  Team R.E.D. is at the Bears Den - Original home of R.E.D.!  We'll have routes of 3,4 or 6 miles, and I'll be there with renewal stuff, and t-shirts! - Would love to see some of our newer followers join us! 
Saturday 7:30am:  Off Season Striders head to Charlies Pub and Eatery, at Hillcrest Mall in Rochester. This is the standard location for Saturdays, and they'll continue to adjust the Sunday locations. Join us!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Here comes the weekend and Monday!

Saturday 7:30am: The Off Season Striders are in full action through the fall and winter. They have selected Charlies Pub & Eatery as their go-to place on Saturday mornings.  It's a great location to give you some choices on routes, and of course, come back for a wonderful social.  You can run or walk any distance you like, but for many who join, Saturdays are aimed a bit longer, like, 8+ miles.
Sunday 8am:  Off Season Striders head to Brothers Bar & Grill.  Distance will be any place from 4-8 miles, but as always, do what is right for you!  Come back to brothers to join the social! 
Monday 6pm:  Monday Maniacs will have some serious fun  running from Kinney Creek in Rochester.  Get out for a run, or walk if you prefer, and come back for some hammerslagen (speelling is certainly wrong).. but dang, it means hitting a nail with the wrong end of the hammer!  

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Thursday 6pm!

I messed up.. there is not a home host this Thursday! - No wonder I couldn't find the details!

Thursday 6pm:  We'll gather at Brothers Bar & Grill in Rochester. Brothers can always handle a group, even on short notice, and of course, the access to the great Rochester Trail system is right there! Don't forget, at Brothers, we park in back and have the route talk there... so as to not take up the limited prime parking in front.  See you soon!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

More fun for the week!

These cooler temperatures are awesome for the group running, walking or hiking!

Tuesday 6:15pm: The Tuesday Trail crew is heading to Forestville to enjoy the Big Spring Trail.  Check out the fall colors along Canfield Creek! Afters include a bon fire near the parking lot - note, you must enter the park from the West Entrance, as the bridge on East side is closed.
Tuesday 9pm:  The Night Owls hit the Douglas trail for more fun on this well maintained out and back route.  Bring those headlamps and be ready for some fun!
Thursday 6pm:  Pretty sure it's a home hosted evening, I'm seeking the details today, and will add them as they become available!
Saturday 7:30am: The Off Season Striders are in full action through the fall and winter. They have selected Charlies Pub & Eatery as their go-to place on Saturday mornings.  It's a great location to give you some choices on routes, and of course, come back for a wonderful social.  You can run or walk any distance you like, but for many who join, Saturdays are 8-10 miles while Sundays are 5-6 mile range. 

Monday, October 9, 2017

Celebration!

Congratulations to Team R.E.D. members Laura (Mesenburg) and Austin Zett as they entered into marriage this past weekend! - It was a great ceremony, presided by another Team R.E.D. member, with Randy Fett leading the ceremony with his passion. 

Dan walking Laura to the alter!

Jan, Aaron and Mike look on (and I think you can see a little bit of Ann peeking over too!)

This looks like a big moment! Laura and Austin exchange vows with Amy and Dan looking on. 
As should be.. .Amy is all smiles! 

Monday 6pm: Monday Maniacs are heading to the Freight Yard tonight!  The Freight Yard is located on Civic Center drive (old beer bellies) Join the fun of the run! It should be a great night to be out... and the Freight Yard is a fun place to social too! Remember, 2 out of 3 ain't bad!

I'll update the rest of the week later today - check back, as I think we also have a home host this Thursday! 


Monday, October 2, 2017

Many members celebrated great race results yesterday! - Nice work!

Monday 6pm:  Monday Maniacs are gathering at Glynners Pub in Rochester.  Planning to get out for a great run or walk along the great trail system of the city.  And, then planning to reunite at Glynners for a great social!
Tuesday 6:15pm:  The Tuesday Trail crew is heading to one of the favorite spots, Lost Creek Trail of Chatfield! Meet at Groen Park, and bring a headlamp or handheld  light.  Be on time, as it'll be getting dark quickly by the time the trail run is complete! - it's a 6.2 mile route, but shorter options are also available.  We'll toast Lonna's birthday during the afters!
Tuesday 9pm:  The Night Owls are a committed crew along the Douglas Trail.  Join us and celebrate Brian's 30 minute PR!   You can run or walk any distance you like as it's an Out and Back!
Thursday 6pm:  Team R.E.D. rolls into the Bears Den in Byron! We'll have routes of 3, 4 or 6 miles and have some fun with a walk or run! Come back for the social!

Here are a few shots lifted from Woo - mostly the TC Marathon (woo is racing the 10 mile)...

Brian PR's! 

From the land of Mis-Fit toys

Claire PR's

Nick Cruises to the finish! 

Woo makes the TC 10 look easy! wait.. that looks hard! 



Sunday, September 24, 2017

Let's bring on another Week.... and another Home Host!

Monday 6pm:  It'll certainly be a great night to get out for a run or walk with the crew at Cowboy Jacks on South Broadway.  There are several options of routes from this location, and always a wonderful social, including peanuts in a shell upon return!
Tuesday 6:15pm:   The Tuesday Trail crew has been a super active one!   Join the fun at Willow Creek Reservoir located at 1343 Lone Pine Dr Rochester. It's a nice short loop of 1.8 Miles, you can run as many loops as you like! - Planning for afters in the parking lot, unless the weather is not good, then it's off to Fat Willies!
Tuesday 9pm: The Night Owls are never afraid of the dark! Join the crew on the Douglas trail for a great out and back.  We meet at the trail-head parking lot along Valley High and next to IBM.
Wednesday:  -  I have not heard from anyone about dong a track workout, so for now, no official workout is planned.  If you want one posted, let me know where you'll be, and I'll get it posted.
Thursday 6pm:  We are all invited to the Eide residence for a home hosted night! Join the run or walk, and stick around for the post workout fun!

  • Dave & Elaine are located at 27116 675th Street, Kasson. Highway 14 ----  go about 3 miles West past Byron and turn left on County road 15 (270th Avenue) and go about 3-1/2 miles and turn left on 675th Street. We are the third mailbox on the left. We will provide pulled pork sandwiches, munchies and water. BYOB, a lawn chair, and a dish to share if you wish! 

Monday, September 18, 2017

... and it's Monday again!

Here we go.. a great week ahead!


  • Monday 6pm - Monday Maniacs are heading to LTS.  This is one of the favorite spots for the Maniacs, and so, we're back!  Plan to run any distance you like and return for the social! LTS is located at 2001 32nd Ave NW Rochester. 
  • Tuesday 6:15pm - Tuesday Trail Crew hits Julius's farm! There is a loop that crosses over itself at one point, so the distance options are nearly limitless.  The full loop is about 2.2 Miles. Bring a beverage and join the backyard social afterwards.  Julius is located at 46601 180th Ave Zumbrota - but due to some construction you'll want to follow the directions below. 
    • Due to the overpass construction people coming from the south should turn off on 480 Street before you get to the Mazeppa exit and that road intersects 180 ave just south of us. If that is too confusing you can just take the 2nd Zumbrota exit (hwy 60) and then go back to the hwy 58 exit and let Google lead you to the address . A note we are just .5 miles past McDonald's on 180 ave and you can't see the house when you turn in the driveway just drive up the hill and it is there
  • Tuesday 9pm - The Night Owls roll along the Douglas Trail, starting at the trail head located along Valley High Drive near IBM.  Break out the headlamp and join the fun on this great out and back location! 
  • Wednesday 6pm - Speed work moves back to the track in Byron. We'll crank up the sound and run around! The track is located behind the Middle School at 601 4th St NW Byron
  • Thursday 6pm - Team R.E.D. heads to the Bears Den! We'd love to see a big crew there for some routes of 3, 4 or 6 miles! - remember, walking and running are both options!- Eating and Drinking is too! 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Home Host Thursday!

Thursday 6pm - It's a home host!  We've all been invited to join Heidi at her place for a run or walk, and of course, come back for some great social time!  

Heidi is providing Sloppy Joe's, Chips & Veggies... she will have water and some beer. - Please bring a dish to share, and any other drinks you may want.  Our hostess is located at 715 2nd Ave NE in the charming community of Plainview.   See you there! 

 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Fun Fun Fun!

Tuesday 6:15pm - Tuesday Trail Crew!   Join us at Eagle Bluff near Lanesboro tonight at 6:15pm!  It's always fun, and sometimes even more fun!
Tuesday 9pm - The Night Owls run the Douglas Trail from the trail head along Valley High near IBM.  It's always fun, and sometimes even more fun!
Wednesday 6pm - Speed work on the track at Soldiers Field.  It's fast, it's furious and it's all about getting better! - Did I mention it's always fun, and sometimes even more fun?  Well, it is!
Thursday 6pm - Home hosted by Heidi !  Home hosted nights are my favorite, and I'll get you all the details after tonight's cross country meet in Byron!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Tonight is the Tap House!

6pm Monday! - Tap House is the place to be for a Monday Maniac Run and of course a great social afterwards.  Sarah said she would be there if she didn't die, and I have seen photographic evidence that she is indeed still alive!

During the Vikings drubbing of the New Orleans Saints, I'll update the rest of the week... which includes a wonderful Home Hosted Thursday Night!  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptcOESy_4pY


Saturday, September 9, 2017

Sunday!

Congrats to all of you busting your tail at Superior and the Revel Marathon!  - You are all doing amazing things!

Here's a quick look at what's up Sunday - then tomorrow, I'll update the week ahead!

Sunday 7:30am - Off Season Striders are heading to 5 West. This is a great location to log some miles, and the breakfast social is yummy!
Sunday 4:30-7:30pm - The Rochester Track Club is hosting their annual picnic.  This is a good time to get to know some of your fellow RTC members.  The location is Eastwood park picnic shelter.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Keep it going!

Saturday 7am:  The marathon / half marathon training long runs are hitting a sweet spot! 19.4 miles from the Rochester Athletic Club this weekend, with the half marathon group hitting roughly 10. The route is supported with 4 aids stations, please bring $1 to donate for stocking the aids stations.
Sunday 7:30am: The Off Season Striders hit Roosters Too at 4576 Maine Ave SE Rochester. Join the fun, and stick around for the social side of things.
Monday 7:30am:  The Off Season Striders have a special holiday run, and that kicks off at Dunn Bros on Elton Hills Drive in Rochester.  Don't forget to join for a coffee post workout.
Monday - Note: Monday Maniacs are taking the day off.  
Tuesday 6:15pm:  The Tuesday Trail crew hits the Root River County Park located at 4012 80th St SE. This is a grass trail with a 1.9 mile loop, and you can run or hike as many or as few of the loops as you like.  Join the parking lot party, and bring a beer to share if you like!
Wednesday 6pm:  Speed work on the track at Soldiers Field in Rochester again this week. Someday we'll be able to get back to the Byron track and enjoy that new sound system, but for this week, Soldiers Field is the spot.  If you need to warmup, and we all do, arrive a bit early so we can get into the workout at 6pm.
Thursday 6pm:  Team R.E.D. heads back to the Bears Den for a walk, run and some fun! Join the crew, meet some people and enjoy the original home of Team R.E.D. - routes are typically 3, 4 or 6 miles, but as always, go as far or as short as you want!

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Prayers for Texas

I'd like to pause a moment to be thankful for the weather we have in Minnesota this week, and send prayers to all those in the track of such devastation throughout Texas. Prayers are extended to all of you who have family, friends or co-workers in the path of this storm. Very scary.

With that said.. we are very lucky this week, and we'll have some great group opportunities to continue to become better runners, walkers and overall, more fit!

Monday 6pm:  Monday Maniacs are gathering at WildWood Bar & Grill.  Join the fun, as this location provides great access to paved trails in the network of Rochester great system. Don't forget to stop back in to Wildwood for the social time!
Tuesday 6:20pm: The Tuesday Trail Crew is heading to Bronks Plowline near Winona.. it's an easy drive, and provides a fun space to get active!  You can hike, you can run.. but you for sure want to stay for the fun.  Bring your favorite beverage to share, others will do the same!
Tuesday 9pm:  The Night Owls love howling at the moon! Join the crew at the trailhead parking lot of Douglas Trail - located along Valley High, next to IBM - this bunch is always fun, and the parking lot party never has to stop, unless it has to stop.
Wednesday 6pm:  The Speed session continues but this week it moves to Soldiers Field in Rochester.  Join the quick turnover, and work on making yourself faster! - There is no minimum speed to start, each athlete does what they can! - Arrive early to warmup, as the session starts at 6pm promptly.
Thursday 6pm:  Team R.E.D. is back at our original host... The Bears Den in Byron is the site!  We'll get out for routes of 3, 4 or 6 miles - really, with all group opportunities you can choose to run or walk, and you can choose any distance! - We simply suggest distances to get everyone back to the social! - Meeting others is a great part of being involved!

Below are a couple of pics I lifted from Woo's Facebook so you can see what good so many of our members are doing.. The TerraLoco Pace team is fantastic and they work many events!  - this is not the entire pace team, but man.. they are a dedicated bunch!





And here.. see the daughter of Brian & Angela getting after her first Solo 5K!  Go Megan!









Saturday, August 26, 2017

Sunday Update!

Sunday 7am:  Off Season Striders are heading to Brothers Bar & Grill - Remember, at Brothers we park in back to keep the limited parking spaces in front available. It's just bad form to take the best parking spots, then leave for an hour long run!   - That's something we should be keeping in mind at every location..

Next weeks' schedule will be out soon!


Friday, August 25, 2017

Saturday / Sunday!

This Saturday is the Healthy Human Race weekend! - Get out there and run, or support others!

All of your details can be found here!  http://www.healthyhumanrace.com/

Sunday 7am:  I'm sure there's an off Season group, I just haven't seen the email yet,  check back Saturday and if there's not, I'll start one, as I can use a few miles as well!

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...