Friday, December 12, 2014

Racing, Bowling and a bit of Christmas Caroling!

What a great turnout at Wildwood for Thursday's Team R.E.D.!  Wildwood appreciates our business and when we choose them as our destination, they have agreed to extend their happy hour until 7:30pm for our group! That ensures we can get our full workout in, and still enjoy a 2-for-1 post race beverages!

Saturday 7:30am:  If you'd like to run with Off Season Striders, gather at Brothers Bar & Grill at 7:30.  You can do this as your lone workout, or add the 5K at 9:30!
Saturday 9:30am:  The 2nd of three Winter Series 5K's takes place at Soldiers Field.  You can still compete in this series even if you missed the first one.  To place in the series you take your top two finishes, so there is a race Saturday and a race on New Years Eve (day!)

  • Note: Twigs is the location for the post race prizes and announcements.  This weekend Twigs will actually be open!  They are opening for business at 10:30am.  
Saturday 5pm:  The Belrichards are hosting a pre-bowling party at their home -  8431 14th Street, NW  Byron.  They are located about 1/2 mile north of Hwy 14 on Cty Road 3.  Our hosts are providing beer and wine... Thanks so much for hosting! 
Saturday 7pm:  Ugly Christmas Sweater Bowling at Byron Lanes... if you have not RSVP'd don't worry, just show up!  The Bowling Alley has agreed to let us bring in food, so consider bring something to share (there is Bar Pizza also available if you'd like to order at the alley).  
Sunday 8am:  The Off Season Striders are heading to Charlies Eatery & Pub on 2nd Street.  Another great chance to run with others and enjoy some social time post run! 
Monday 6pm: Team R.E.D. heads to the Douglas Saloon! Welcome Home Team R.E.D.!  - the warmer temps and some possible rain should clear the trail nicely for potentially one of our last runs from Douglas until spring! Get out and experience what is the best Saloon & Social Club in the area! 

Tuesday 6pm: Team R.E.D. heads to TerraLoco for customer appreciation night!  We'll be able to get out for a run and/or walk, but also do some good for Toys For Tots! - The first 100 people to donate a toy and $5, will receive a free pair of socks!  - Additionally, TerraLoco is giving out over $2,000 in prizes on that evening and providing some snacks and drinks - the drink options do include the type some of you adults might desire post run! 
Wednesday 5:30pm:  The Hill crew continues to dominate and get stronger!  Meet at Edina Reality near TJ Maxx and make yourself a better runner! This is a great chance to meet other runners, while getting a solid workout in. 
Thursday 6am:  The speed crew has a similar mission... let's get better!  Meet at RCTC indoor track and get a strong workout in dry conditions!  Always remember to bring dry shoes to change into when you enter the track, as outdoor shoes are not allowed. 
Thursday 6pm:  Team R.E.D. hits the Bears Den!  There is always an atmosphere of fun at the Den! Let's get our workout in, and settle in with each other for some social time! 

Christmas Caroling! 

This club is about so much more than running.. this I know.  Your community spirit is incredible!  Check out last years Post Bulletin story if you need a reminder of how successful Christmas Caroling was!

Let's do it again!  

Monday 12/22 at 6pm:  We'll gather at Cowboy Jacks on Broadway in Rochester. Please bring a financial donation of any amount and we'll go caroling and doing good things for others.  If you can contribute the cost of what you would spend on a pitcher or two of beer... and we combine our efforts, we can make some people surprisingly happy!  Let's do it! 


The PB story of our Christmas Caroling brought me to reflect on some of the great things we've done together this past year! - Just think about the many things we've accomplished in just 12 months...  let alone the full 5 years of great service to our community!  -- I'm going to miss a bunch of things so please feel free to email me with what I miss, and we'll add it to this list of great accomplishments!

  • We Christmas caroled at restaurants and paid for the dinner of nine tables! 
  • We were featured on KTTC multiple times.... and once on the Today Show! Proof?  Here's the link
  • We were featured in Post Bulletin and Byron Review... all good!  
  • We paid for 27 young people to run in area races in 2014! Over 200 total since the inception of the Youth Scholarship Fund! 
  • We volunteered at Multiple Events! Supporting the Rochester Track Club, Med City Marathon, Byron Cross Country, Lace Up Against Breast Cancer, Mayo Clinic Healthy Human Race.. and so many others! 
  • We supported JDRF with an annual Run for the Pancake and the Roll & Stroll! 
  • We raised $940 for Join the Journey without hardly breaking a sweat! Because we were cold in our Undies! 
  • We supported the Donut Run! providing funds to allow athletes to take part in a 3 day training trip! 
  • We raised money for the Team R.E.D. general fund with the fantastic Beer Mile!
  • We ran and walked personal best in distance and times!  
  • We 1-Miled, 5K'd , 10K'd, Half Marathon'd, Full Marathon'd, Ultra'd, Goofied, Dopied! 
  • We traveled! We Bus'd we Trolley'd! 
  • We qualified for Boston & NYC! 
  • We've met so many new people.. new friends! 

** A few other upcoming events to keep in mind include.... 

  • Dec 20th:  Team R.E.D. / Off Season Striders Annual Christmas Breakfast Run & Breakfast! Cousin Eddie has been working the details and I believe this event is nearly full!  First 60 RSVP's got in! 
  • Dec 24th:  A Christmas Eve morning run with brunch, and special guest Renee Saxman!  Jean is hosting and additional details will come.  Be sure to check back. 
  • Dec 31st 4pm:  The 3rd of the Winter Series 5Ks!  Again at Soldiers Field, with an award ceremony and open bar at Twigs to follow. 
  • Jan 3rd - The Rochester Track Club's annual Prediction Run and Lunch at Gloria Dei Church in Rochester. This is a race that anyone can win!  The person predicting the closest t their actual finish time wins, so you do not need to be the fastest for this one! 
  • Jan 31st - The Wilder Foot Race - a 20 mile unsupported gravel road race starting in Spring Valley.  Several Team R.E.D. members are planning on this one, let's make a winter party of it!  To register you just need to send an email to Dustin at and let him know you'd like to enter the race (there is no charge!)  Tell him you'd like to run as part of Team R.E.D.'s team.  You can see pictures of past years by visiting
  • By Jan 31st  - Register for Return of the Robin 5K, 10K or Half Marathon by Jan 31st and receive Free Entry to the Music Festival which includes Hair Ball!  The races and music fest are on March 28th. 

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