Saturday, July 28, 2018

Check out the calendar!

As a reminder, we are transitioning to a Website format.  Here is a direct link to the calendar page.

There are good things you can do with this calendar, such as using search terms like race, group, trail ... or look for the date you want to do something, and hover over the entry with your cursor for a quick view of the details! - of course, you can also click the entry to get to the details too. 

Click around the website to learn more about it, and please provide inputs, if you know of races in our area, you can send the details to me at and we'll add them to the calendar.

The home page of our website is

Friday, July 20, 2018

Please visit

Our new website and calendar at  hosts our updates with the upcoming week's schedule of group runs!  Don't forget, the Beer Mile is now scheduled for Saturday at 2pm at the Bears Den in Byron!  Join us!

Please visit for information in the future!  If you have any questions about the website, please email me at    Thank you!

Tom O'Leary

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Team R.E.D. tonight at Bears Den

No beer mile tonight, but Team R.E.D. can still gather for a group run or walk! - Please join us!

Please see the previous post below for details about the rescheduled beer mile.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Beer Mile Moves to New Date / Time!

Due to the high likelihood of storms during our regularly scheduled time, The Beer Mile event date and time have changed! For those already registered, we appreciate your contribution to the Byron Lions Club and hope you can still join us on Saturday! 
Race Day Registration 
Begins at 12:30pm - July 21, 2018
Race starts at 2pm! 
at the Bears Den in Byron!  See you there! 
Join us for the 6th Annual Beer Mile to support a great charity.  We'll have a lot of fun while running or walking one mile!  In turn, we're supporting the Byron Lions and their Accessible Park Project.  This is an amazing project! Come join us for Fitness, Fundraising and Fun! 
Many thanks to our great sponsors in Needs Car Wash, Byron MarketPlace, Bears Den, ServiceMaster of Rochester, Byron MarketPlace Liquor, Somerby Golf Club, TerraLoco and Schotts Distributing.  Their support of this event and the Byron Lions is amazing!  Thanks so much! 

Monday, July 16, 2018

Beer Mile Week!

I'd like to start by saying Many Thanks to all the volunteers and participants at this past weekends Nut House Challenge! We've received a lot of positive feedback, and suggestions to make things even better!  - I've got a bit of a full schedule today, but will get pictures posted as soon as possible!

The fun doesn't end with the Nut House - in fact, it keeps ramping up as we have a full week of Fitness & Fun wrapping with the Beer Mile this Thursday!

Monday 6pm: Monday Maniacs are heading to LTS for a great group run, or walk if you prefer.  This location offers some great route options, and of course, a wonderful patio with tasty post run beverages!
Tuesday 6:15pm:  Tuesday Trail Crew is at Eastwood in Rochester. They are teaming with TerraLoco this week with a chance to Demo Soloman and Hoka! Eastwood offers some great loops, so you can try a pair, circle back and try out another! - Prizes and social post run.
Tuesday 9pm: The Night Owls enjoy the later evening run and especially with the weather we've been having, it sure seems like a great idea!  Join the crew at West Silver Lake Park. Bring your favorite recovery beverage or food.
Wednesday 6pm: Two of our sponsors are teaming for a group run. Active PT is joining TerraLoco for an active warmup and 3 mile run.  It all kicks off from TerraLoco.
Thursday 6pmThe Team R.E.D. Beer Mile! - The Championship Division meets the international rules of Beer  Mile, while the Open Division will be just as you recall, using tap beer! Don't forget the Zero point Zero Spectator Pass! Register now at

Here's a look at area races approaching the remainder of July!

Sunday, July 8, 2018


We can use a whole lot of volunteers for next weeks Nut House Challenge! Check out the slots and please take one, two or more! Volunteer Here!  and Thank You for making Team R.E.D. so awesome!

Here's a look at the week ahead... keep in mind, the updates below are also going on the Team R.E.D. calendar - visit as we'll be sun-setting this blog July 15th.

Monday 6pm: Monday Maniacs are heading to Cowboy Jacks for some miles, followed by smiles! Join the crew, and remember, you can walk or run!
Tuesday 6:15pm:  Tuesday's Trail crew heads to Millville to help some recover from Afton, and others prepare for Devil's lake, and provide others a place to go! Meet at the baseball diamond on the south edge of town along cty rd 2.  - Bring a post workout beverage (or we may end up in a bar!)
Tuesday 9pm: The Night Owls are running under the lights of the city! Join the crew at West Silver Lake Park. Bring your favorite recovery beverage or food.
Thursday 6pm:  Team R.E.D. heads to Brothers Bar & Grill. This get's us great access to the bike paths, and away we go!  Remember, park in back of Brothers, and we'll do the route talk there, saving prime parking for the customers who are actually going in at that time!

Local races this month.. and there are plenty!

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Monday Maniacs! - Cowboy Jacks!

Just a quick update to make you aware the Monday Maniacs are running or walking from Cowboy Jacks at 6pm Monday!

The rest of the week will get updated on Sunday.  See you all soon!

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Please visit

We are planning to sunset the blog over the next couple of weeks.  You'll be able to find all the information you typically see here, and more.  Without doubt you'll find things in a more orderly fashion, by visiting

Please take some time to click around the website and let us know what is good, and what could use some work.  The latest addition is a new calendar that you can check out in a full monthly view, or a list by day (agenda) -- and you can also search by group, trail or race! - we can add search tags as needed.

Many thanks go to Aspen Payton and Mike Schmitt for their work on that page!

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Independence Day (week) Updates!

Make sure you check out the previous post for a list of many July races! - The additional July 4th tem is Off Season Striders, so if you're not racing, there is still group run opportunities.

July 4th 7am:  Off Season Striders will get out and about from Charlies in Hillcrest Plaza.  Always fun to run from Charlies and enjoy a bit of social afterwards!

Save $$$$ - and Race! - Promo Codes

 Check out the following promo codes good through July 7th - it will save you the following! - Register by visiting our NEW TEAM R.E.D. WEBSITE!  - we are updating the calendar to make it more complete, and we think you'll enjoy the navigation when it's complete!

JULY4ALL - $15 Off Totally Nuts at the July 14/15 event at Soldiers Field!
JULY4HALF - $10 Off Half Cracked or Half Marathon at the July 14/15 event at Solders Field!
JULY4ONE - $5 Off the 5K or 10K at the July 14/15 event at Soldiers Field!
JULY4BEER - $5 Off The Team R.E.D. Beer Mile July 19th at the Bears Den in Byron!
JULY4GND - $5 Off Byron Good Neighbor Days 5K July 21st at the Byron Middle School!

Saturday, June 30, 2018


The 4th of July is approaching.... I hope you all have time to celebrate with friends and family! You can kick things off by joining any of the group runs, walks or hikes!

Sunday 7:30am: The Off Season Striders get their steps from Dunn Bros. on Elton Hills. Easy access to the trail system, and great chatter over coffee afterwards!
Monday 6pm:  The Monday Maniacs are getting off their asphalt and heading to Oxbow Park. Meet at the 1st Bridge parking lot (2nd lot on your left as you enter the park). Remember, you can run or hike at Oxbow! Bring your favorite post workout drink or food!
Tuesday 6:15pm:  The Tuesday Trail Crew has it going on at Whitewater State Park. Meet at the Beach Parking lot along Hwy 74 - bring  your recovery beverage and food, there will be a bonfire upon complete of the run or hike!
Tuesday 9pm:  The Night Owls are keeping their feet moving at West Silver Lake Park. A great location to relax after the  miles as well. Bring your own recovery fuel!
Thursday 6pm:  Team R.E.D. is at the Bears Den in Byron.  According to Cindy, it's likely to be 70 and Sunny! Let's get out for a group run or walk, and share our July 4th stories!


 Here's a look at the upcoming races for July... it includes a brand new July 4th event!

  • July 4th: The Freedom 5K makes it's debut in the race scene in Byron. The event is hosted by Anytime Fitness and is sure to be super fun!  You cn register and get more details by visting
  • July 4th: The Summerfest Race takes place in Stewartville. Always a great event hosted by our Sheriff Kevin Torgerson. There's a 3 & 5 Mile run and they are spaced 1 hour apart, so you can indeed do both!
  • July 7th: Go For The Gold 5K & 3K at Silver Lake Pool - this great event benefits Bright Tomorrows and has leaders that you know, Jessica & Dan Feda, along with Kasey Kucker and others I'm sure! You can register or donate at or register race day morning starting at 7:30am. 
  • July 14th / 15th:  The Minnesota Nut House Challenge.  You can run either 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, or nearly any combination!  The schedule is as follows, and you can register at using Promo Code: RADIO to receive 10% Off!   (the combination of 5K / 10K is the Half Cracked - and doing all three races is Totally Nuts!)
    • July 14th 8am - 10K
    • July 14th 6pm -  5K
    • July 15th 8am - Half Marathon
  • July 19th:  The Team R.E.D. Beer Mile! - The Championship Division meets the international rules of Beer  Mile, while the Open Division will be just as you recall, using tap beer! Don't forget the Zero.Zero Spectator Pass! Register now and use Promo Code: RADIO for 10% Off!
  • July 21st:  Byron Good Neighbor Days 5K & 2.5K remains a staple of the Good Neighbor Days celebration.  Join the fun on this fast course through the streets of Byron!
  • July 21st:  The Rochester Women's Race is a great 4 Miler for the ladies.  Great prizes, refreshments and awards. Join the fun! Your online registration is free of fees! - $15 for track club members, $20 for non-members.
  • July 22nd:  The FREE Kids Mile in Byron! - This s part of the Byron Good Neighbor Day weekend and takes place  along the parade route.  The event is 100% Free - and every kid will receive an AWESOME medal.. like, really, it's a cheap "medal", but it says AWESOME! or NICE WORK!  Register race day at the Middle School - race starts at 2:30pm and regstration opens at 2pm.  Post race party (kids and adults alike, at the O'Leary's home!) 
  • July 28th: It's the Wabasha Days River Run - Several of our members who love the river, find themselves at this event!

Sunday, June 24, 2018

The week ahead.. and a list of local races - we can find competitiveness, charity and fun!

Here we go again... a look at the week ahead...

  • Monday 6pm: Monday Maniacs are heading to Roosters Bar(n) & Grill along West Circle Drive in Rochester. A great location to get some steps in, and come back for a social! 
  • Tuesday 6:15pm:  The Tuesday Trail crew hits Essex Park in Rochester. Last time out, there was ice, we are banking on better footing this time around! Meet at the main parking lot, address is 5455 West River Road. 
  • Tuesday 9pm: The Night Owls keep it moving in the dark! This crew gathers at West Silver Lake and logs the miles! Bring your favorite post run beverage to enjoy. 
  • Wednesday 6pm: The Byron Track is open... but due to construction, the power has been turned off, so sorry, no music! Yet you can get your speed on the track! 
  • Thursday: Home Host!  Jayde Brokken and Gwen Jacobson- at 2027 Woodcrest LN SW, Rochester MN. Mayowood Trail with multiple route options. How hosts will provide Burgers & brats with all the fixings, chips and water. BYOB and something to share. Campfire and s’mores for desert. 
    • 5:45pm:  Team B.E.D. is at it again, bring your bike and ride! 
    • 6pm:  Team R.E.D. is also on again, bring your shoes and walk or run! 

Here's a look at several of the area races approaching in July! - Remember to use discount code RADIO when registering for the Nut House Challenge or the Beer Mile! 

Beer Mile
Beer Mile - see, there is running involved!

That Keg looks about done! 

Friday, June 22, 2018

TC 10 Mile - guaranteed entry

Thursday Crew from the Bears Den

  • Saturday 7am: The Marathon & Half Marathon training long runs from the RAC.  You do not need to be a member of the RAC or any local running club to participate.  Simply bring $1 to contribute toward the aid we receive on this supported long run! 
  • Saturday 9am: The Get Your Rear In Gear 5K is at Silver Lake Park East. - This supports the Colon Cancer Coalition.  
  • Saturday 9am: The Solstice Stomp 5K rolls out of Christ Lutheran Church in Byron. This is a fun event, with music, medals and t-shirts! 
  • Saturday 1:50pm - Approx:  The Camp Olson YMCA 1 Mile - this is a Rochester Track Club Grand Prix event and a fundraiser for a great camp! Registration begins at noon at the Running Room - and the race start time is dependent on the flow of the parade, so approx 1:50 is the start time. 
  • Sunday 7:30am:  The Off Season Striders take off from Brothers Bar & Grill to get some miles. Meet in the back, as this preserves the prime parking spaces for customers who are not going to 'run away!"
Our next post will include links to several races coming up in July! - Look for Summerfest, Go for the Gold! Beer Mile, Nut House Challenge, Byron Good Neighbor Days and many more! 

Additionally, our next post will have details on Thursdays upcoming home host!  Thanks Gwen and Jayde for hosting us! 


TC 10 - Guaranteed Entry! 

The promo code for guaranteed entry for the TC 10 is available from now through July 5th.  Get registered for this fun part of the Team Circuit!  Since Team R.E.D. is a USATF Club, any member who is also an individual member of USATF and associates themselves with Team R.E.D. can receive guaranteed entry (not free entry, but you do not have to enter the lottery).

Registration for the Medtronic TC 10 Mile guaranteed entries for Team Circuit club members is open NOW through JULY 5 at 11:59 PM. Following are instructions:

Here is the information to give to the teams to register with the Team Circuit discount and place themselves on the team.

Invitation Code:  1810TEAMCIRCUIT

Details:  This code is valid for Team Circuit members to register with a guaranteed non-complimentary entry into the Medtronic TC 10 Mile until July 5 at 11:59 p.m.  This code will also give a $3 discount off of the registration fee.

Directions:  Click on the hyperlinked Invitation Code above.  You will see a highlighted in red registration type for USATF Team Circuit.  Choose this registration type and complete the form.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

All Sorts!

There are a lot of Team R.E.D. members in Duluth for Grandmas Marathon weekend, and a lot at home looking for some miles!  Best wishes to those racing this weekend! - For the others, here's what I know about this weekend.

  • Saturday 7am:  The Marathon / Half Marathon training long runs have begun!  Yes, it's time to start training for the fall! - Meet at the RAC, and please bring a $1 donation to help support the aid that is provided along the route.  Additionally, if you'd like to volunteer, please be sure to reach out to Lin Gentling at  we all know it takes a lot of people to make these runs so awesome!  Thanks for considering! 
  • Sunday 7:30am:  The Off Season Striders head to Five-West. This is a great location to get connected with others for not only the run or walk, but also the social! Off season striders is a welcoming group with all participants at a variety of paces. 
  • Monday 6pm:  Monday Maniacs are cruising out of the Tap House.  We love the options out of downtown to run or walk, and we also enjoy the thought on sitting on a roof top for the social!  Join the fun!
  • Tuesday 6:15pm: The Tuesday Trail crew is celebrating the Almost Summer Solstice by running at Forestville State Park. The plan is a great one, meet at the picnic shelter, go for a run, and start the bonfire, as the Scandinavians would do, and burn the winter witch! 
  • Tuesday 9pm:  The Night Owls are keeping it rolling from West Silver Lake Park.  A great spot to run on well lit spaces, and come back for a wonderful social. If 6pm is too early for you, consider this a great option! 
  • Wednesday  6pm:  The Byron Track remains open this summer, if you're looking to build some speed, do not hesitate to join this group! - No matter how fast or how slow you think you are, you are never more than 200 Meters away from the others when you do track work. 
  • Thursday 6pm:  Team R.E.D. hits the Bears Den for a great night of running, walking, and probably a bit of talking.  This could be a great time to catch up on results of your teammates races! Let's go 3, 4 or 6 miles and come back for the social! 

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Let's be active!

Monday 6pm:  The Monday Maniacs are looking forward to seeing you at LTS for a run and social! - Log the miles and circle back to LTS (located at 2001 32nd Ave NW). 
Tuesday 6:20pm:  The Tuesday Trail crew is enjoying some of the great trails offered in Winona. Plan on the 5 Mile loop at the Holzinger Lodge, and note, shorter options are avalable.  The Lodge is located at 925 W. Lake Blvd.  - Main Parking lot.  Afters are in Lonna's back yard! 
Tuesday 9pm:  The Night Owls are rolling from the West Silver Lake park. This location provides good lighting, great paths, and of course, some seating for post workout socializing! - Bring your favorite beverage or snack for after. 
Thursday 5:45pm:  Team B.E.D. - Bike. Eat. Drink get's the wheels on the road for a great ride starting at Beetles on 2nd Street. Join for the ride, and come back to meet or make friends with the running/walking crew! 
Thursday 6pm:  Team R.E.D. - Run. Eat. Drink. is complete with runners and walkers.  We'll also depart from Beetles on 2nd Street. Of course, we'll come back to meet or make friends with the biking crew!