Welcome to Running Ventures
Running Ventures was formally established by Barb Leininger in June, 2000. A life long runner who began racing in 1977, Barb decided to devote full time to the many facets of her running world.
Today Running Ventures offers:
- Three signature events annually
- O'Gara's Irish Run 8K and 5K • March
- Richard A Hoska Midsummer Mile Run • July
- Drumstick Dash Thanksgiving Day Events • Thanksgiving Day
- Race management and race timing services
We do our best to ensure that runners enjoy a quality experience. This philosophy carries through all that we do - whether it is putting on a race you will want to come back to or working with race sponsors to ensure their runners enjoy a quality event. We also believe running and racing should be fun. That is what keeps us running and we hope our services help keep your running fun too.
Running Ventures is also dedicated to providing opportunities to youth to participate in track and running activities. The Minneapolis Park Board Youth Track Program is a low key, excellent opportunity for youth to get an introduction to running and track. Running Ventures sponsors the Park Board Youth Track program and provides volunteer coaching to teams each season. In addition, a portion of the proceeds from Running Ventures events - Richard A Hoska Midsummer Mile, Drumstick Dash 10K, and Cranberry Cruise One Mile, are donated to the Park Board Youth Track program.
O'Gara's Irish Run Adds Beer Dash • March 21, 2015
O'Gara's Irish Run will feature an all new Beer Dash in addition to the 8K and 5K races on Saturday, March 21, 2015. The Beer Dash will be held in O'Gara's parking lot. Participants will start on one side, run to the other side, drink a 2 oz beer chaser, run back, drink a chaser, run across, drink a chaser, run back drink a chaser at the finish. Four legs, 4 beer chasers. Fastest time in each heat will move to the finals. Registration is limited to 25 entrants and the cost is $10. Details and registration at O'Gara's Irish Run.
2015 MDRA Spring Training Series is Set
The MDRA Spring Training Series sponsored by Running Ventures is a great way to get ready for your 2015 racing season, have fun, meet new friends and even win some cash! The Series is open to all MDRA Members and will cost $10 to join in 2015. There are 5 MDRA races in the Series, beginning with the Lake Johanna 4 Mile on March 14th. Three of the 5 races are FREE for MDRA members. All participants receive $10 off their entry fee to the MDRA Vistory races so it's definitely a win win. Participants earn points based on how they place in their age group in each race. Points are awarded for places 1-10. These are small races - you will be amazed at how easy it is to earn points. Back by popular demand we will also have Team Scoring this year with $100 going to the top Team. Complete details on how the Series works can be found at Spring Series. Registration is online at Online Registration or by mail using the Mail in Form.