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... 






Sunday, February 12, 2017

Night Owls!

Sunday (tonight) 9pm:  The Night Owls have added a Sunday Night Run on the Douglas Trail. - taking full advantage of the warm weather and now clear trails! Meet at the trailhead parking lot along Valleyhigh Road in Rochester (next to IBM).
Tuesday 9pm: The Night Owls will be out again from Beetles Bar & Grill in Rochester.  That's located on 2nd Street and gives many options of downtown, cascade lake or the base around 'the hill'.

Details for the rest of the week are provided in the post below...

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Always more!

If you haven't seen the Facebook News ... here it is... two members received great honors of late.

Aaron Nepstad is Volunteer of the Year for the State of Minnesota Track and Field.. the entire state!  This picture below is Aaron with Coach Coleman (also a R.E.D. member), Coleman nominated Aaron for the award.


Gwen Jacobsen is Minnesotas Runner of the Year for her age group... the entire state! The picture below captures Gwen announcing awards for others at the RTC banquet... she's a gracious winner, and a coach/cheer'er for us all.


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Saturday 7:15am:  OSS runs from the Health Living Center.  This is a standard starting point for the weekend crew!
Sunday 8am:  Off Season Striders are gathering at the People's Food Co-op.  This is a great downtown starting and finishing spot! - Join the fun!
Monday 6pm:  feb-BREW-ary continues... this time with a stop at Kinney Creek Brewery at 1016 7th St SW in Rochester.  - Mondays are a great night to meet people and enjoy some fitness!
Tuesday 6:15pm:  It's Valentines day, and Dan Valentine says "nothing says love like Willow Creek!" - well truth is he didn't say that out loud... but.. Willow creek is the site -- meet at the end of Lone Pine Drive SW off of 11th Ave SW
Tuesday 9pm: The Night Owls are on as always! Head to Beetles Bar & Grill on 2nd street.. have some fun on the run, and of course, social post run!
Thursday 6pm:  Team R.E.D. is at the Bears Den in Byron.  Let's get out and walk or run! Weather is dang near spring like, let's spring our steps! - routes of 3, 4 or 6 miles - yet, no matter what, go as far or short as you want!

Monday, February 6, 2017

feb-BREW-ary!

Tonight 6pm: Monday Maniacs are heading to LTS! The plan is for all the runs in feb-BREW-ary to be from brew pubs! Join the fun, it's really a nice evening tonight, and you'll be in great company!
Tuesday 6:15pm: Carley State Park is the location for this week's Trail Crew! - You can hike, run or snowshoe - whatever works for you!  It's also Larry's birthday, so you won't want to miss out as we've all been invited to his home for the 'afters!'
Tuesday 9pm: The Night Owls are at it again from Beetles Bar & Grill on 2nd Street. Great location to scoot about, and socialize after! Join the fun!
Thursday 6pm: Team R.E.D. heads to Brothers Bar & Grill on South Broadway.  Park in the back lot, and get ready for a great run or walk on the lighted trail system!
Thursday 7-9pm:  TerraLoco is hosting Southern MN Triathlon night.  Professional Triathlete Matt Hansen (two time Ironman champion!) will be there along with Rochester's own Ruth Brennan Morrey! - Questions and answers from two of the best!

Below is a shot from the snowshoe crew on Superbowl Sunday - Great turnout! Lots of fun!





Sunday, February 5, 2017

Superbowl Sunday!

Sunday 8am:  Off Season Striders are heading to Panera South.  This is a wonderful starting location as it gives you access to trails or streets depending on the weather. Also, Panera is a great location for a social. 

Sunday 1:30pm: Anyone up for another snowshoe experience?  minus falling in the water? 1:30 pm Sunday  at Oxbow park 1st bridge... might have some Apple Pie for a warmup... not the kind you eat with a fork. Look forward to another big group and we will be back in time for the Super Duper Bowl.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

St Patrick's Bus!

The O'Chm's are at it again! - check out the details for a super fun bus trip to St Paul on March 11th!  - First 50 get on board! 

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O'Friends,
It's that time of year again!  Time to get your green on for another bus trip up to St. Paul to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.  This year we will go on Saturday, March 11.  That's the day of the big Lucky Palooza party on 7th St. with the tents and bands (http://www.visitsaintpaul.com/things-to-do/st.-patricks-day/luckypalooza-on-west-7th/#/gallery/recent).  We have a motor coach reserved for the first 50 people to sign up.  The cost is the same as previous years, $25 per person, and includes the ride, beer/mike's/pop/water/snacks on the bus and of course some great entertainment.  Annette will once again take all challengers for Hammerschlagen.

With all the activity on 7th, we're debating whether to make multiple stops or just spend the day on 7th which has several bars/restaurants to choose from (Liffy, Patrick McGovern's, Burger Moe's, Cossetta's, Tom Reid's, etc.).  If you have an opinion please let us know.  One option might be to start out at someplace like O'Gara's and then head to Lucky Palooza for the remainder of the day.

We'll leave from the Bear's Den around noon and be back around 9.
 
Help us get the word out and invite your friends and relatives.  All are welcome.
 
Please respond asap and let us know how many spots you'd like to reserve.  You can make your checks out to either one of us. 
 
Let us know if you have any questions.
 
We're looking forward to another fun day!!
 
-Paul and Annette O'Chmielewski (paul's cell: 226-7546)

Nut House Challenge Discount!

Brock is offering Team R.E.D. a great discount for the Nut House Challenge! - You can cash in on the discount while participating in a single event or by taking part in the Half Cracked Challenge or th Totally Nuts Challenge held on July 15th / 16th!

If you register by the end of February you'll not only receive 15% off the registration fee, but you'll also receive a gift card for use at TerraLoco!  This discount makes this race series very affordable! Use the discount code CDEGVAGQ in the month of February and receive the deals below!

*Note:  Kids registration will receive a $10 gift card to ABC & Toy Zone, but are not eligible for the discounted price.

Race registration can be found at http://tritoneventsraces.com/nuthouse/

Race
Reg Price
Team R.E.D price
Gift Card
Net Result
5K
$30
$25
$10
$15
10K
$40
$34
$10
$24
Half Marathon
$55
$46
$20
$26
Half Cracked
$60
$51
$20
$31
Totally Nuts
$115
$97
$20
$77
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Monday, January 30, 2017

Rest of the week!

Whew... it's been a fast moving weekend, time to look at the rest of this week!

Monday 6pm:  Tonight the Maniacs are meeting at Brothers Bar & Grill.  Be sure to park in the back lot, as that's where you'll find the others!  Come back for the social after your run or walk - the social is the best!
Tuesday 6:15pm: Chatfield's Lost Creek Trail is the scene of the Tuesday Trail Crew. This has become one of the favorite spots! Come enjoy, and stay for the afters!
Tuesday 9pm:  The Night Owls have found a wonderful home in Beetles Bar & Grill.  This location gives them great options for the run, and the post run fun! Join the crew!
Thursday 6pm:  Team R.E.D. brings the show to Byron.  Join us at the Bears Den for routes of 3, 4 or 6 miles and let's hang out after! - Remember, with all events you can run or walk!  We're all starting and finishing at the same space.


This past Sunday's Snow Shoe gathering was a lot of fun.  about 1 hr 45 minutes of traversing the landscape of Oxbow! One thing I would caution is this:  Just because your friend are walking on the ice, doesn't mean you have too!  -- if the snow sticks around, we'll plan another outing on Superbowl Sunday!



The crew getting ready.. and one young one being lazy! 

Justin.. making his first Team R.E.D. appearance since joining us at the Beer Mile! 

Dave finding his way 'off trail' - which of course is very fun! 

Mike reminding us it's nearly spring based on his winter gear! 

Emily giggling at the banter of the ladies behind her! 

Diane, Meg, Wendy and Elaine always have it going on! 


Meagan and Gregg coming on strong over he hill. 


Lorelei showing Brain how it's done - this was Brians first day ever on snowshoes! 


Brian and Megan making sure the snow is cold enough to walk on! 

a time to climb... 


a time to take a break.. 


Steve, Mike, Don, Dan, Mike all seem to enjoy breaks! 



As do Meagan, Brian, Elaine, Gregg, Meg and Dave!



 And the much talked about River Crossing - it was going so well until those last couple of strides...

Almost there!
Oh $%&* ! 








Monday!

Monday 6pm:  Monday Maniacs are at Brothers Bar & Grill! - remember at this location, we park in the back to save that prime parking for people who aren't planning to leave for an hour or so! - Join the fun and back for the social!

All the rest of the week's details will follow...

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Snow Shoe Sunday!

We've added an group event for Sunday.  It's a Snow Shoe day at Oxbow park!

Sunday 1:30pm - 1st Bridge of Oxbow. The first bridge is the 2nd parking lot on your left as you enter the park area.  Never tried snowshoeing?  Here's a chance! - It's a lot like walking, and a heck of a good workout - oh, and it's fun! - Don't have snowshoes? Some members have extras, consider posting something on Facebook saying "anyone have a pair of snowshoes I can borrow".. or visit he Oxbow park office, they rent quality snowshoes for a fair price, I believe it's $5.

Veterans of the SnowShoe Crew know to bring a flask of their favorite beverage, whether that be hot cocoa, coffee or something stronger...   often members wrap up the snow shoe with a trip to the Bears Den - that can be a group discussion on Sunday.





Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Thursdays Plan - and some great opportunities!

Thursday 6pm: Beetles Bar & Grill is the sight of Team R.E.D. - we'll either find some plowed trails around Cascade Lake, or head downtown to where we know it's clear! - Either way, we'll get some miles running or walking and come back for a great social!
Saturday 7:15am:  Off Season Striders is sure to be out, and I fully suspect the location is from the Dan Abrahams Healthy Living Center.  If you want an early start to get a few more miles, some are starting between the times of 6:19-6:22am.
Saturday 6:30pm:  The Rochester Track Club holds their Annual Banquet.  We have several cross over members who participate in both the RTC and Team R.E.D.  - a couple of those members that support both clubs are likely in the running for Runner of the Year!  - Check it out if you have a chance, there's always a great speaker, along with your dinner.
Sunday 8am: Off Season Striders is certain to be out again - I'll update the location when I see it.
Sunday 1:30pm:  Snow Shoe at Oxbow Park - Meet at the first bridge parking lot (2nd parking on your left as you enter the park).  Snowshoeing is a fun way to get fit in the snow and see the park in a whole new way as you are not restricted to the trails, you can go anyplace! Join us for the fun!

Opportunities! 

Have you ever consider coaching?  Byron Community Education is seeking coaches for a Girls on the Run Program! - This is a national program with great results for young ladies.  Please see the details from Community Ed gem Jennifer Dole - If you're interested in being part of something great, let me know and I'll get you in touch with Jen! 
  • It really targets girls and increasing their self-confidence and health.  There would be two practices a week after school for about 10 weeks.  It ends with the girls completing a 5K up in the Twin Cities this spring.  The coach doesn't have to be a runner at all, they just have to love kids and want to work towards health living, both physically and emotionally.
USA Track & Field Team Circuit races have been released! - It would be fun to field a Team R.E.D. Team more consistently.  I'll commit to getting those dang racing singlets done and you commit to joining USATF and taking part in as many of these races as you can... if you can do 2-3 that's great, if you can do more, even greater! - We often car pool to the events and it's always fun! 

The O'Gara's Irish Run kicks it off, we'll have our singlets for that one!  You get discounts for several of the races.  The discounts codes that are currently available are listed below. (more will come as the races approach).  These codes will get you $5 off each race but they do require you are a USATF member.  

Code: USATF17

Code: USATF

Also, the TC 10 Mile and TC 1 Mile are typically tough to get into, but as USATF Members connected to a USATF Club, you will receive Guaranteed entry! 

Here is the 2017 Race Schedule - in these races we are scored as individuals and scored as a team, competing against other clubs from around the state.  


Saturday, March 25 - O'Gara's Irish Run 8K - USATF Minnesota Championship 
 Saturday, April 29 - Get In Gear 10K - USATF Minnesota Championship (Spring)
 Thursday, May 11  - Medtronic TC 1 Mile - USATF Minnesota Championship
 Monday, May 29 - Brian Kraft Memorial 5 km - USATF Minnesota Championship
 Saturday, June 17 - Grandma's Marathon - USATF Minnesota Championship
 Sunday, July TBD - Raspberry Festival 1 Mile
 Sunday, August 6 - MDRA 15K - USATF Minnesota Championship 
Monday, September 4 - Victory Labor Day Races 10K - USATF Minnesota Championship (Fall)
 Sunday, September 10 - Jeff Winter City of Lakes Half Marathon - USATF Minnesota Championship
 Sunday, October 1 - Medtronic TC 10 Mile - USATF Minnesota Championship
To register visit the following link... http://usatfmn.org/membership   and as you register, associate yourself with an existing club - #0435 Team R.E.D. (be careful not to select Minnesota RED, unless your intention is to join Minnesota RED, I'm sure they are great people too!)   



Friday, January 20, 2017

Ice Ice Go Away - hey... I think it is going away!

We've had some lighter turnouts on group runs and I think a piece of that has been the ice... now, it's going away! I hope...

Here's a look at what's coming up the next few day for group opportunity...

  • Saturday 7:15am: Off Season Striders running from the Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center.  Connect with this weekend group, it's fun! 
    • Saturday 6:19-6:21am:  There are a few people planning to preload some miles prior to the OSS Run.  If you need/want more miles, here's a chance! - same location - just earlier!
  • Sunday 8am:  Off Season Striders do it again. This time from Panera South... get out for the run and come back for a coffee and chatter!
  • Monday 6pm:  Monday Maniacs are once again giving Newts at Crossroads a shot! The weather diced things up last time they hit this location, so this time, it'll be the Real Deal! - Join the Monday group and come back for the social! 
  • Tuesday 6:15pm: Root River County Park is the home for this week's Tuesday Trail Crew! The worse thing that might happen to you here, is you have a party in the porta-potty!  - Don't understand that comment? Well, I guess you need to join a Tuesday Trail run! 
  • Tuesday 9pm:  The Night Owls continue the momentum with a run from Beetles Bar & Grill on 2nd St.  What do you do after the run?  Social, of course!