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.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Very Sad News...

As you know, we have been tracking Reggie's progress across the state of Minnesota in his Border to Border Journey , with his daughter, Natalie as a support crew.

Sadly, I share the post Natalie made on Reggie's Blog today..

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

It is with a very sad heart that I am letting everyone know that my dad passed away peacefully in his sleep last night. We don't know the cause yet but I can say that his runs were going really well and he seemed to be feeling great when he went to bed. If you were reading his blog you already know that he was having a fantastic time!  He was as happy as he could have been.

While this is unexpected and very difficult for us, it probably couldn't have been a better way to pass. Services will be at Zion Luthern in Stewartville likely next Tuesday and Wednesday. I'll let everyone know as plans are solidified.

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Reggie was a wonderful supporter of Team R.E.D., and as mentioned previously, he was a lifetime member. He received that designation as Lifetime member after making a contribution to Team R.E.D. on behalf of Roger Heil, to make Roger a Lifetime member. -  a kind man, thinking of others.

If you have not been following the border to border blog and want to read more about his journey, you can do so at http://b2bat65.blogspot.com/

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Tracking Reggie & Home Hosting!

Reggie continues his journey from the border of South Dakota to the border of Wisconsin..  during his planning for this trip he navigated the route, and talked to people along the route, to see if they would allow him to park his RV in their yard for a night..   well, last night, I received a message from Wendy's aunt, and she said "Reggie Oeltjen is parked on our farm!" - she discovered the connection when she visited his blog... and you can follow his journey on his blog as well at  http://b2bat65.blogspot.com/    It is further proof that good people find good people!

Pictured here: Natalie (daughter and support crew of Reggie's)... hosts Mike & Aunt Nancy and in the back, Reggie! 
The Summer Home Host Season is upon us! Please see the information provided by Dan Mesenburg, as he so kindly volunteered to coordinate this years home host schedule! Thanks Dan!

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Hello Team R.E.D.!!! It's Home Host Time!
I will be coordinating the home host schedule for this summer. We will be at the Bears Den on the 1st and 3rd Thursday (and a 5th if there is one once in a while). And on all other Thursdays June - Sept we hope to have a home host. 
As a home host you provide something (like burgers, beer, etc.), you tell everyone else to bring something (like whatever you want them too which might include beer), and you set the theme for the evening. Routes of 4 - 6 miles for runners and walkers. And I will be able to answer any questions. It's that easy! I will update this post as names get assigned to the dates:

June 8
June 22
July 13
July 27 - Morgan's
Aug 10
Aug 24
Sept 14
Sept 28
IM me on FB or email me at dan@svmrochester.com if you have a date you want!

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Here we go for another week of fun!

Monday 6pm:  Monday Maniacs are heading to Wildwood Bar & Grill... this is a fun location to hit the trail system and enjoy some great company while out for a Walk or Run! - Don't forget to stay for the social... that's where the really good stuff happens! 
Tuesday 6:15pm:  The Tuesday Trail crew is on their way to something new! - Forestville State Park is the scene for the fun!  Meet at the park office at 21071 Cty Rd 118. Join the adventure with our teammates of the SE MN Trail Runners! 
Tuesday 9pm:  The Night Owls are heading back to the Douglas Saloon... meet at the parking lot in Douglas along the Douglas Trail.. get your out and back run and hit up the Saloon for the social!  They went here a couple of weeks ago, and reported it as a fun stop! 
Wednesday 6pm:  Speed work on the track in Byron!  This is something that scares people a bit, but it doesn't need to.  Everyone does what they can... and we all get a little bit better!  Join us! 
Thursday 6pm:  Team R.E.D. is getting our steps from Brothers Bar & Grill.  Please be sure to park in the back, and we'll do the route talk there.  We'll get out for 5-6 miles or any distance you you like, and come back for the fun!

What's up this coming weekend?  The Med City Marathon of course!  I'll get out a bunch of details regarding this weekend, and Team R.E.D.'s involvement in the next post.

Team R.E.D. can still use volunteers at our Expo Booth... email Tom at byron.teamred@gmail.com to let him know if you're avalable!


Saturday, May 20, 2017

The Weekend has Arrived!

Here we go...best wishes to those of you we know are out and about on adventures.  Some are in Fargo, while others are at Madeline Island!  - Have fun and run well!

Also.. let's hear it for Reggie Oeltjen as he is running Border to Border at 65 Years Old!  That's South Dakota to Wisconsin! -  For those who don't know Reggie, one thing I can tell you is he is caring and full of life! - He's an amazing volunteer, and here's a little known fact, he's one of two Life-Time Members of Team R.E.D.   ----   Now, over these next weeks, he's giving himself a challenge and sharing it with us... Go Reggie!



 His daughter Natalie is his primary support. If any of us are able to run a leg with him it would be awesome! - he has planned his run to try to get through our region during the Med City Marathon.. that'll be fun!  - If you're available to try to group run with Reggie near the marathon weekend, he'll be nearby... let me know at byron.teamred@gmail.com and I'll make sure our group is connected!

Check out Reggie's Blog and don't be afraid to comment..I'm sure he'll love the support! In this blog he shares a lot about the run, and about the 'why' and 'what's happening out there" ...   http://b2bat65.blogspot.com/  

He has also asked Cindy Morgan to give him less head-wind.. I'm not sure if he's suggesting she's talking too much, but if that's the case, once he's past Austin, it'll be tail wind!  ... kidding Cindy, just kidding! 

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Saturday 7:15am:  The marathon and half marathon training is winding down... as many spring/summer marathons are now  upon us! - Join this weekends run from the Rochester Athletic Club before a short break and prep for the fall season begins!
Sunday 8am:  The Off Season Striders are heading to Charlies Pub and Eatery at Hillcrest.  This is a fun place to gather and puts us in a new territory to explore!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Keep on Movin'!

Just a heads up with some dates you may want to save on your calendar!

Med City Marathon weekend is less than two weeks away!  And we also have two great races that are approaching a deadline for t-shirts.  If you want to race at Chester Woods or participate in the Donut Run, you'll want to register this week as we're placing the order for t-shirts by Friday!

Along with the races below.. don't forget to save Aug 13th as Nite Shift is opening for The Guess Who at Down By The Riverside!   http://content.govdelivery.com/bulletins/gd/MNROCH-1984523

  • Med City Marathon May 27th-29th -  You can register at   http://medcitymarathon.com/    We can use volunteers for the Team R.E.D. booth at the expo on Saturday May 27th.  If interested in volunteering please email Tom at byron.teamred@gmail.com 
  • Mason Run @ Chester Woods June 3rd - T-shirt deadline May 19th.  You can register at https://raceroster.com/events/2017/10771/chester-woods-trail-races   This is a fun race with options of 5K, 10 Mile and 50K - Live music at the post race party! - We can use volunteers at a water stop, as well as finish line!If interested in volunteering please email Tom at byron.teamred@gmail.com  
  • Donut Run June 4th - T-shirt deadline May 19th.  You can register at https://raceroster.com/events/2017/12931/donut-run  This is a race with fun for the entire family! - The 2.5 Mile course has two donut stations.. for every donut you consume, you deduct time from your finish! - check out the affordable registration rates and get involved! 
  • Go for the Gold July 8th - You can register at https://www.events.runningroom.com/site/?raceId=14287  Proceeds of this fast, fun race go to Brighter Tomorrows and their mission to support families impacted by Childhood Cancer.  
  • Nut House Challenge July 15-16 - You can register at http://tritoneventsraces.com/nuthouse/   Be part of this exciting two day challenge consisting of 5K , 10K and 1/2 Marathon! You can mix and match   your distances, or select your favorite race. There's also a kids challenge!  
  • Beer Mile July 20th - You can register at https://raceroster.com/events/2017/12943/beer-mile-5th-annual  Have a few beers, run 1-mile and help support the Lions with an Accessible Park Project! 
  • Good Neighbor Days Races July 22nd - You can register at https://raceroster.com/events/2017/12942/byron-good-neighbor-days-races    Come race the streets of Byron with the 5K and 2.5K courses. Lots of prizes and fun! 
  • Rochester Eco Tri July 29th - You can register at http://www.rochesterecotri.com/  Be a part of the Rochester Eco Tri and Trail Races on Saturday, July 29th. 5K and 10K trail races.  All proceeds benefit the Camp Victory scholarship fund.



Here's a peek at the week!  For all the group runs/walks you can go whatever distance and pace you like. - For most people, it's typical to go for 45-60 minutes.

Monday 6pm:  The Monday Maniacs are looking for some patio time! Meet at Cowboy Jacks on South Broadway and we'll get out for a walk or run, and back for some fun and sun!
Tuesday 6:15pm:  The Tuesday Trail Crew is heading to the always enjoyable Gamehaven! See the website in here http://rochesteractivesportsclub.wildapricot.org/Resources/Documents/Gamhaven%20Master%20Plan.%20%20blown%20up%20.pdf for info about the park and how to get there. Meet at the main parking lot off 45th St. NE.
Tuesday 9pm: The Tuesday Night Owls are hitting the Douglas Trail. Meet at the trailhead located on Valley High next to IBM.  This is an out and back route... so no matter what your pace you'll never been too far from the others!
Wednesday 6pm:  Speed work at the track in Byron! This is another chance to get faster... we'll discuss the workout while on the track and then get after it..  The track is located behind the Byron Middle School at 601 4th St NW.
Thursday 6pm:  Team R.E.D. is heading to the Bears Den in Byron. The Original home of Team R.E.D. and still a great location for us to loop the town and have a great social.  This week's route will include a trip to our adopted park for a quick sweep of trash before continuing on our way.

Friday, May 12, 2017

What a week!

We not only saw wonderful weather.. we saw great turnouts too!  Thursday night was hopping from the Freight Yard with Team R.E.D. and the TriRochester crew socializing in the same space..

The next link you see is a 100%  plug / request / plea for you to please consider registering or donating to the Donut Run!  It's being held on a Sunday afternoon, June 4th 1pm, and the weather is sure to be perfect!

As many of you know, this run supports the Byron Cross Country training training trip that I like to keep at such an affordable rate that every athlete can afford it! Our athletes workout 2-3 times a day, set their team goals, set their personal goals, and run a time trial... new this year, that time trial is held on Madeline Island!  -- more importantly, they start the season with a full understanding of each other, and sense of team.  

Whether or not you can attend the event, there is a "donate" button... !

https://raceroster.com/events/2017/12931/donut-run


Here's what's coming up this weekend...

Saturday 7:15am:  The Marathon Training long run get's it rolling from the Rochester Athletic Club.  This is by far the best option for a long run! - supported with volunteers and run with friends.
Sunday 8am:  The Off Season Striders are heading to 5-West for a Mothers Day run!  Get your run on, enjoy a social and celebrate the day!


Saturday, May 6, 2017

Wow! Perfect weather for running and walking!

I know I'm not the first to say it, but man, it's nice outside!

Saturday 7:15am:  The Marathon and Half Marathon long runs are rolling from the RAC.  Bring $1 to help support the aide stations.  We're closing in on those spring races!
Sunday 8am:  The Off Season Striders are hitting the streets and paths from Panera South.  This is a fun way to start your Sunday morning! - Run and then in for a social.
Monday 6pm:  Monday Maniacs are hitting LTS - because Life's Too Short! - Join this group for some miles and of course, back for some great beer and chit chat time!
Tuesday 6:15pm:  The Tuesday Trail Crew is heading back to Carley State Park - it was so much fun last week, it's already time to hit a couple more loops of running or hiking - The bluebells are sure to be even more spectacular, as is the weather!
Tuesday 9pm: The Night Owls are changing things up a bit and starting in Douglas, which means we can hit up the Douglas Saloon post workout! - What a fun location for a social!
Wednesday 6pm:  Speed work on the track in Byron.  So far, only a few have taken this opportunity to get the wheels moving quickly. We'd love to see more!
Thursday 6pm:  Team R.E.D. heads back to the Frieght Yard.  They've really done a nice job with this place in the change-over from Billotti's.  Join us for a walk or run.. and back for the fun!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

It's a brand new week!

Some great racing took place in Las Vegas this weekend!  - Nice job all!

Monday 6pm:  The Monday Maniacs are heading to Newts at Crossroads - Voted Best Burgers in Town a million years in a row!  -- Of course before settling in for some food and drink, we'll get out and run! Join the fun!
Tuesday 6:15pm:  The Tuesday Trail crews is hitting Carley State Park to run through the Bluebells.  After a couple loops within the park, the crew will have 'afters' in the picnic area, with a bonfire! Sounds fun already! Gather at the 1st parking lot on the right after the visitor kiosk.
Tuesday 9pm:  The Night Owls are at it again... get your headlamps out and meet at the parking lot of the Douglas Trail Trail-head. - this is located along Valley High, next to IBM. This is a dedicated group who enjoy the peaceful evenings!
Wednesday 6pm:  Speed work it is... and the track is ready for you!  Meet on the track in Byron (located behind the Middle School at 601 4th St NW).  We'll discuss the workout and get to it!
Thursday 6pm:  Team R.E.D. hits the Bears Den in Byron.  It was 8 years ago this month when Team R.E.D. stepped out on our maiden voyage from the old Bears Den location.. and now, we're still going strong!

Friday, April 28, 2017

Spring Weather is Awesome!

Day after day, warm or cool,  we are fortunate to be out there doing what we enjoy.. running and walking!

Here's a look at what's happening this weekend. -  Several Team R.E.D. members are in Vegas!  - Run and have fun!

Saturday 7:15am:  The group runs from the Rochester Athletic Club continue to be a big part of our training. Get there, and get it done... super fun to have such a big group and volunteer support!  Bring $1 to contribute to the aid stations.
Saturday 9am:  Color Me Now! in Byron - This is a 5K or 1 Mile run with color being tossed at you.. super fun! The event takes place at the Middle School located at 601 4th St NW Byron. Online registration closes at 10pm tonight  https://raceroster.com/events/2017/11204/color-me-now-runwalk.  - Event day registration is available starting at 8am Saturday.
Saturday 6:30pm:  The Byron Community Foundation, along with Tim Penny, are doing a check presentation for Team R.E.D.'s $10,000 Grant..  I'm not sure if I have a speaking part, but I'm planning to accept the check and smile!  - If you want to be there for the presentation, please join us.. there's an evening activities starting with a silent auction from 5-7pm, live auction at 7pm.. beer and wine tasting from 6-8pm.. and a live band from 8-11pm.
Sunday 8am:  Off Season Striders are heading to Brothers Bar & Grill.  Join for fun, and come back for breakfast, coffee or beverage of your choice.  Remember, at Brothers we like to park in back, as the prime parking in front is very limited.


Sunday, April 23, 2017

Here comes another great week!

Monday 6pm:  The Monday Maniacs are heading to Dooley's in downtown Rochester.  A great place to both start and finish a run.. just be careful...  if you order Chocolate Milk and a Beer you'll want to specify they should be in two separate glasses!
Tuesday 6:15pm: The Tuesday Trail crew is on their way to Indian Hieghts in Rochester. The run provides a great overlook of the city.  The parking lot for Indian Heights is a little tucked away and located at 1800 Terracewood Dr NW Rochester.
Tuesday 9pm:  The Night Owls continue to burn the not quite midnight oil - Gather at the Douglas Trailhead located along Valley High next to IBM.  Bring a beverage for post run in the parking lot.  One night I'm going to make it, I'm sure of it.
Wednesday 6pm:  The Byron track is the place for speed! The track is located behind the Middle School at 601 4th St NE.  The Middle School track is open to the public most evenings if you want to get out there and run!
Thursday 6pm:  Team R.E.D. is heading to the Freight Yard at 821 Civic Center Drive. This is a location that has seen some change-over, most recently it was Billoti's  - a fun location to hit the trails and come back for a variety of beverage choices!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Boston Marathon Rocks!

Another Boston Marathon is upon us!  - Have fun everyone, enjoy the journey! You can live stream the event on NBC Sports - We look forward to hearing stories of the 2017 Boston Marathon!

Here's how the week shapes up...

Monday (tonight) 6pm .- the Monday Maniacs are heading out fro Kinney Creek Brewery located at 1016 7th St NW in Rochester. Join the fun run and fun fun! 
Tuesday 6:15pm - Tuesday Trail crew is heading for some miles of trail at Lost Creek Trail in Chatfield. This is a fun route to run, and always fun afters!
Tuesday 9pm:  The Night Owls are heading to the Douglas Trail Trailhead located along Valley High next to IBM.  Join the fun on the trail and in the parking lot post run! 
Wednesday 6pm - speed session on the track in Byron, located behind the middle school at 601 4th St NW Byron.. I'm hoping to make it and ensure we have music this week! 
Thursday 6pm - routes of 3, 4 or 6 miles starting / finishing at the Bears Den in byron, located at 845 High Point Place NE Byron - Join us as spring has sprung! 

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Here comes the weekend - and the Boston Marathon!

Saturday 7:15am: The Marathon and Half Marathon training runs are ramping up! - Join the group from the Rochester Athletic Club, and get your miles with a great crew... there's also the bonus of aid stations along the route! 16 miles is the target for the full marathoners, and approx 10 miles for the half.
Sunday 8am:  The Off Season Striders are heading to Charlies Eatery and Pub for an Easter morning run and post workout social!  Join the fun at Charlies, located at Hillcrest Mall.
Monday 6pm:  The Monday Maniacs are heading to Kinney Creek Brewery in Rochester.  Lots of fun to be had on the run, and afterwards as well!  Join in!

Speaking of Monday - It's the Boston Marathon!   Lots of Team R.E.D. members are heading that way and are sure to be well prepared!   You can search the entry list at the following link   http://www.baa.org/races/boston-marathon/participant-information/entrants.aspx -  and here's the sights and sounds from Wellesley College Scream Tunnel!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gss2i7xFaHg


Saturday, April 8, 2017

What's Next?

Best wishes to everyone taking part in the Zumbro Endurance Races! - Have fun, and don't get lost!  Those of you in Mankato, same message, Have fun and don't get lost - although I do think it's less likely to get lost in Mankato!

Little Tid-Bit - Mankato was originally named Ma-Kato with a Dakotah meaning of Blue Earth due to the clay along the riverbank.  Of course, it then makes sense, Mankato is located in Blue Earth County.  

Group runs are listed below... no matter what pace you like to run or walk... any of these group opportunities create a great chance to get moving, while meeting new people and developing greater relationships with those you already know!

Sunday 8am:  Off Season Striders are heading to Dunn Bros North, located on Elton Hills Drive. Join for a run and come back for some coffee and chat!
Sunday 9:30 - 10amish - If you're available, you can help us load Claire's Uhaul as she prepares to jet off to the Twin Cities! Contact me to get an address - I can be reached at byron.teamred@gmail.com
Monday 6pm: Monday Maniacs are gathering at the Freight Yard,previously Billotti's, at 821 Civic Center Drive in Rochester. Join the group for a walk or run, and come back for lots of fun!
Tuesday 6:15pm:  The Tuesday Trail crew find their way to Millville for a relatively flat out and back along the Zumbro River.  Bring your favorite beverages, if the weather cooperates, Afters will be in the parking lot.  Gather at the ball field parking lot.
Tuesday 9pm:  The Night Owls love the cover of darkness.  Meet at the trailhead of the Douglas Trail along Valley High (near IBM).  It's an out and back course, so you can make it as long as you like!
Wednesday 6pm:   It's speedwork on the track in Byron.  We'll turn on some music, and get our wheels cruising.  The speed portion of the evening starts at 6pm, so if you want some time to warm up, please try to arrive earlier.   We can try Byron's newest nigh spot for the social, Sandbaggers.
Thursday 6pm:  Team R.E.D. is heading to Beetles located on 2nd Street in Rochester.  We'll plan on routes of 3, 4 or 6 miles and tour the city! Of course, we'll be back for a social!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Here comes another week!

People have been asking about the availability of the track in Byron... it is available to the public most evenings after 5pm or so...


  • Monday 6pm:  The Monday Maniacs are heading to LTS for a run and fun! We'll get out on a trail one direction or another, and come back for a great social at Life's Too Short Brewing!  
  • Tuesday 6:15pm:  The Tuesday Trail crew is about to have a tour of the Root River County park at 4012 80th St SE.  It's a fun place to run and the loop is about 1.9 miles, so choose, once, twice, three times or more! 
  • Tuesday 9pm:  The Night Owls are loving the warmer weather and gathering at the Douglas Trail trailhead located along Valley High (next to IBM). Why are they so excited about the warmer weather?  Because it means a parking lot party! 
  • Thursday 6pm:  Team R.E.D. is back at the Bears Den for the 1st Thursday of the month.  We'll roll 3, 4  or 6 miles (your choice). Of course, we'll all gather back at the Den for the social!  

Friday, March 24, 2017

Weekend and beyond...

Here's what's up for the next few days - hope to see you soon!

Saturday 7:15am:  The Marathon and Half Marathon Training Long Runs continue from the RAC on 19th street. This week's long route is about 16.4 miles... the half route, is about half of that! - Join this run as it's supported with wonderful volunteers!   You can see the route at http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=7038806
Sunday 8am:  Off Season Striders are heading out from Charlie's Eatery & Pub at Hillcrest Plaza (along Hwy 52 frontage road off the 19th St Exit).  This is always a fun group to run with... get it done and come back for the social!
Monday 6pm:  Monday Maniacs are heading downtown for a run and fun. Join us at the Tap House, located at 10 3rd St SW Rochester.  We can get some miles and come back for brew and smiles! Monday's are a great night to meet some people!
Tuesday 6:15pm:  The Tuesday Trail Crew is heading to the twist and turns of Eastwood!  Meet at the main parking lot along Hwy 14.  These are some fun trails to run, and Afters will be at the Wicked Moose for taco night - the record is 14 tacos, can you beat it?
Tuesday 9pm:  The Night Owls head to the Trail Head of the Douglas Trail for a evening of fun! Join the crew at the parking lot along Valley High next to IBM.  Bring a beverage for some chat time post run!
Wednesday:  Stay tuned as some members have been running tempo on Wednesday... and it sounds like a 'hill' workout from Byron to Rochester is in the works for this coming week. Details to follow.
Thursday 6pm:  Team R.E.D. heads to the Bears Den in Byron.  We'll hit some great routes of 3, 4 or 6 miles and circle back to the Den for the Social. 

Sunday, March 19, 2017

It's a brand new week!

Here we go again...

Monday 6pm:  The Monday Maniacs are running from Newts at Crossroads Plaza along Broadway in Rochester.  This part of town offers a variety of choices for the run..and of course, come back to Newts for the social!
Tuesday 6:15pm:  The Tuesday Trail Crew is heading to the Bill Barnacle State Woodlands. This is a fun location of wide trails and a nice creek.  There is a chance the low ground will be a bit wet, so be sure to bring dry shoes and socks to change into.  The location for the Afters is TBD...
Tuesday 9pm:  The Night Owls are out and about with a starting location of Beetles Bar & Grill in Rochester.  Join the fun on the run and the fun when we're done!  Stop in for a drink and chat post workout!
Thursday 6pm:  Team R.E.D. is heading to Brothers Bar & Grill on South Broadway in Rochester. As always at Brothers, please park in the back lot so as to not take up the prime parking in front. We'll hit the trail system and enjoy the sunshine on the run! - Again, back to Brothers for the social!

Save the date:  April 9th, 10am

As many of you know, Claire will be relocating to the Cities soon.  If you're available and would like to help load the Uhaul, please join us! We're packing her up at 10am on Sunday April 9th.  Please email me at bryon.teamred@gmail.com for her address, and so we know how many helping hands will be there...   We'll miss having Claire around, but something tells me we'll still see her even after she moves!

Claire roaming at the Beer Mile

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Great turnout! - More ahead!

There was a great turnout at Team R.E.D. tonight... it's so nice to run an evening run without headlamps!

Here's a look at the weekend...

Saturday 7:15am:  The full and half marathon training runs continue from the RAC.  Remember to bring a $1 donation to help offset the cost of providing bananas and Gatorade at aid stations along the route. The routes are roughly 16 miles for full marathoners, and 7 miles for those working toward a Half.
Sunday 8am:  Five West is the scene for Off Season Striders.  After a great group run, including runners ranging in different paces,comeback for a great social. Breakfast is yummy at Five West!

Interested in participating in a Mayo Clinic Study about running cadence?  As a coach, I'm always fascinated with different cadences, and trying to find that optimal space. See the details below from Becca.  some of you may have met her, she's a Orthopedic Physical Therapy Resident at Mayo Clinic and she helped us course marshal the runners during our Undie Mile!



Mayo Clinic Running Study
Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine is seeking participants for a running cadence study. As part of the study you would be assigned to one of two groups:
·        Group 1: Run at a step rate per minute > 10% of your preferred step rate
·        Group 2: Run at your preferred step rate per minute
To participate you must:
·        Be injury free
·        Be currently running  a minimum of 15 miles/week
·        Be willing to attend two to three 1 hour long sessions at Mayo Clinic
·        Keep a running log for 6 weeks
Participants will be compensated $15 for each session located at: Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center at the Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center
Interested individuals should contact: mayorunningproject@mayo.edu

Sunday, March 12, 2017

The upcoming week!

It was a great trip to the cities for Lucky Palooza!  It would seem the event took a toll on some of the young guns!

Adam getting some love from Annette

Andy (hope I'm right on the name, we just met) & Christina with a leprechaun photo bomb 

Jerry, Annette and Paul share a laugh!

Jill and Wendy with their matching shirts... and Jerry the stalker in the back! 

Many smiles and lots of noise on the bus! 


Ethan & Ashley all tuckered out.... 

Monday 6pm:  The Monday Maniacs are also in a St Patrick's sort of mood as the crew heads to Dooley's in Rochester.  It's a wonderful downtown location providing many options for the run or walk, and of course, come back to celebrate the Irish!
Tuesday 6:15pm:  Whitewater State park is the place to be with the Tuesday Trail Crew. The plan is Trout Creek Valley, the meadow and a climb to the ridge.  Mauer Bros for the afters! Meet at the parking lot near the Nature Store along Hwy 74.
Tuesday 9pm:  The Night Owls are gathering at Beetles Bar & Grill on 2nd St in Rochester. Join the night crew as they meander the streets and trails! Of course, the social will follow!
Thursday 6pm: The Bears Den in Byron is our location for 3,4 or 6 miles or running, walking or skipping. We'll make it a St Patricks Day theme, be sure to break out the green and stick around for the social!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

A couple of weekend opportunities!

Saturday 7:15am: The Marathon & Half Marathon long runs are going strong from the Rochester Athletic Club!  This time it's 15 miles for the Marathoners and 7 miles for the half marathoners.   The 15 mile route can be found at the following link... the 7 mile route would run to aide station #1 and return to get the 7 miles in.  Have fun all!  http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=7035485
Sunday 8am:  The Off-Season Stiders are heading to People's Food Coop in Rochester.  Make sure you moved your clock! or you might be late, might be early, might be on time... I suppose your result will depend on what you do with your clock!

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Lots of racing going on... and coming up!

If anyone has interest in joining the Team R.E.D. USA Track & Field race team, please let me know by sending an email to byron.teamred@gmail.com  and I'll let you know how to get on the team.  

You do not need to be speedy to join our race team, we are in it for the fun!  It's great fun to travel together to races, and see how we do!   The Team Circuit consists of races ranging in distance from 1 mile to the Marathon.... you join the races that fit your schedule and your training, easy peasy!  The first race in the series is March 25th - O'Gara's Irish Run 8K (rougly 5 miles).

Here's a look at the week ahead... this week could be the last for headlamps in the evening (expect for those pesky Night Owls!)  Let's roll into another great week... oh before that.. click the link below to see Gwen & Kasey make the news in Myrtle Beach!  http://wpde.com/news/local/local-businesses-cheer-on-crowds-for-myrtle-beach-marathon

  • Monday 6pm: The Monday Maniacs are hitting a favorite of many, LTS Brewery is this weeks start/finish and social!  Check it out, there are a variety of paces each Monday, it's a great chance to connect with others!
  • Tuesday 6:15pm:  The Tuesday Trail Crew heads to Quarry Hill for 5 or so miles. Once again, you can expect quite a variety of paces, and this group often stops periodically to get people re-grouped.  Plan on Glynners for the after social! Meet on the west side of the park, near the tennis courts at the end of 9th St NE Rochester.
  • Tuesday 9pm:  The Night Owls at on the Douglas Trail this week.  Meet at the trail-head on Valley High, next to IBM.  This is a fun place for an out and back under the moonlight!  Enjoy the strides, and celebrate with a parking lot social!  
  • Thursday 6pm:  Team R.E.D. is heading to Chalies Eatery & Pub for a great run or walk. There are two entrances to Charlies, so be sure to meet by the Pub entrance.  Chalies is located in the Hillcrest Shopping Center at 1654 Hwy 52 North Rochester.  Don't forget to swing back in for the social!  

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Change in the 9am Long Run - RAC instead of Den

Saturday 7:15am:  The Saturday Long Run from the RAC is a 10 and a half'ish distance.  This group creates one of the best environments for the long run.  Many abilities, paces and great aide stations!  Check out Team R.E.D's Bubbles serving up the fun - there's actually a lot of Team RED members in the pic below, I spy.....

ahhh the smiles of the long run!  
Full week ahead posted below with the update.

Sunday 8am: Off Season Striders is heading to Panera South. This is a great location to hit the trails if they're clear, or find the mean streets if they are not! - lots of options, of course, coffee and/or breakfast after!
Sunday 9am:  Several R.E.D. members are planning a long run from the RAC. The plan is 16 miles or so... meet at the front doors and log the miles!
Sunday 1pm: Let's keep this snow around and hit Oxbow Park for a snowshoe adventure!  I advise staying off the river however.  Meet at the first bridge of Oxbow (2nd parking lot on the left as you enter the park).  If you don't have snowshoes, come anyway, we often have extras available, and the park office rents them for $3!
Monday 6pm:  The feb-BREW-ary cycle continues! This time we'll meet at Forager for a great run, and come back for some great fun!  Monday's are always fun... join !
Tuesday 6:15pm:  It's Fat Tuesday and the Tuesday Trail crew is rocking - this week we'll head to Gamehaven for about 5 miles of fun.. then Whistle Binkies on the Lake, and keep in mind, the celebration is a great one with the Turkey River All Stars laying down a Dixie Land sound!
Tuesday 9pm:  The Night Owls are heading back to Beetles, given a few inches of snow have covered the trail and a parking lot party is chilly willy! - Plan to hit the mean streets of Rochester and come back for a social with friends!
Thursday 6pm:  Team R.E.D. is at the Bears Den in Byron.  Our streets were plowed before I got out of bed today, and I anticipate the trails will be cleared soon as well! Let's get after it with routes of 3, 4 or 6 miles and come back for the social!

Friday, February 24, 2017

A busy Sunday ahead!

Cindy Morgan was right (again)! - We got a snowstorm! The Douglas Saloon was a great place for the social, with music, Giant Jenga and Grant teaching O'Leary how to play pool!

Chris, Dana, Claire, Randy, Adam, Shane, Mike, Brian & Grant


Careful decision making

The celebration!

March 11th - The St Patricks Day bus is filling up... about 6-8 spots remain!  If you want to spend a day with Team R.E.D. at the Lucky Palooza St Patricks Day Celebration -  drop an email to the Chms at paulchm99@yahoo.com   You do not need to be a Team R.E.D. member to attend, and there is NO RUNNING INVOLVED!   St Paul does a great job celebrating this holiday, get your green on and join the fun!




Saturday 7:15am:  The Saturday Long Run from the RAC is a 10 and a half'ish distance.  This group creates one of the best environments for the long run.  Many abilities, paces and great aide stations!  Check out Team R.E.D's Bubbles serving up the fun - there's actually a lot of Team RED members in the pic below, I spy.....

ahhh the smiles of the long run!  


Sunday 8am: Off Season Striders is heading to Panera South. This is a great location to hit the trails if they're clear, or find the mean streets if they are not! - lots of options, of course, coffee and/or breakfast after!
Sunday 9am:  Several R.E.D. members are planning a long run from the Bears Den in Byron. The plan is 16 miles with loops of 5-6 miles to stop for nutrition at your car.  You can run 1-2-3-4 or as many loops as you want.  Stop in the Den after for coffee, breakfast, breakfast-beer or whatever you choose!
Sunday 1pm: Let's keep this snow around and hit Oxbow Park for a snowshoe adventure!  I advise staying off the river however.  Meet at the first bridge of Oxbow (2nd parking lot on the left as you enter the park).  If you don't have snowshoes, come anyway, we often have extras available, and the park office rents them for $3!
Monday 6pm:  The feb-BREW-ary cycle continues! This time we'll meet at Forager for a great run, and come back for some great fun!  Monday's are always fun... join !
Tuesday 6:15pm:  It's Fat Tuesday and the Tuesday Trail crew is rocking - this week we'll head to Gamehaven for about 5 miles of fun.. then Whistle Binkies on the Lake, and keep in mind, the celebration is a great one with the Turkey River All Stars laying down a Dixie Land sound!
Tuesday 9pm:  The Night Owls are heading back to Beetles, given a few inches of snow have covered the trail and a parking lot party is chilly willy! - Plan to hit the mean streets of Rochester and come back for a social with friends!
Thursday 6pm:  Team R.E.D. is at the Bears Den in Byron.  Our streets were plowed before I got out of bed today, and I anticipate the trails will be cleared soon as well! Let's get after it with routes of 3, 4 or 6 miles and come back for the social!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

The week ahead!

Monday 6pm: feb-BREW-ary continues with Monday Maniacs heading to Grand Rounds on Broadway in Rochester. What a fun downtown location to run, walk order eat, drink from!  Join the crew, get some excercise and stay for the social!
Tuesday 6:15: the Tuesday Trail crew heads to Chester woods park for some running and/ or hiking.  Gather by the beach house at sunset and hit the trails! Join the fun!
Tuesday 9pm: the Night Owls are hitting the Douglas Trail for an evening run. Meet at the parking lot at the trailhead along Valley High and enjoy the clear trail and wonderful night air!
Thursday 6pm: Douglas Saloon is the site! Park in the lot along the trail in Douglas. We'll sun north on the trail, so certainly different territory compared to the night owls section. Bring cash for the social as the Saloon & Social Club is cash only!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Long Runs and 10-Grand!

Big News! Like $10,000 Big! 

For those of you who are not on Team R.E.D.s Facebook page, or are simply haven't heard this yet - I'd like to share a piece of great news with you. 

Team R.E.D. has been selected to receive a $10,000 grant for a fitness initiative!  The Byron Community Foundation and Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation are the funders of the dollars - we are so grateful to receive this award and apply it toward a mission of fitness for all! 

More details as to the fitness initiative will be shared after we physically receive the funds!  I will be seeking volunteers for various roles within this initiative... stay tuned and dance! 





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  • Saturday 7:15am: Here we go for... just in time for your long run training for spring Half or Full Marathons! - the longs runs start and finish at the RAC (Rochester Athletic Club).  This weeks run is set for 8ish miles.  Half Marathoners will have a shorter run.  
    • Keep in mind, Saturday's RAC runs are supported with volunteers providing water, gatorade, bananas and what-not.  If you're ever interested in volunteering please contact Lin Gentling at lsgentling@charter.net
  • Sunday 8am:  Off Season Striders are running from Five West (near Costco).  There are a lot of options as far as how far or how fast you'd like to run.  Then be sure to come back for coffee and/or breakfast! 
  • Monday 6pm: Monday Maniacs continue feb-BREW-ary! Check back this weekend for details as to which pub is the spot! 
Check back later this weekend for information on the entire week ahead...