Running Ventures

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:

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.

Downtown Run Around - June 4, 2017

Mile in My Shoes is excited to announce it's very own race - the Downtown Run Around 5k. The race will be held on Sunday, June 4, 2017 in Father Hennepin Park along the Mississippi. The 5k route goes over the Stone Arch Bridge and follows the path along W. River Parkway to Bohemian Flats and back. Based in homeless shelters and transitional housing facilities, Mile in My Shoes (MiMS) brings together residents of Minneapolis with diverse backgrounds through the power of running. All net proceeds will benefit Mile in My Shoes, a 501 (c ) (3) organization. Register now!

Midsummer Mile - June 28, 2017

The Richard A Hoska Midsummer Mile takes place on the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. The two lap course makes for great racing and spectating. Run in three waves, all ages and abilities are welcome. Special reduced entry fee for youth under 14. All the fun begins and ends at O'Gara's at the Fair located at Dan Patch and Cosgrove just inside the main gate to the Fair.

Richard A Hoska Midsummer Mile • June 28, 2017


Drumstick Dash Thanksgiving Events - 10K, Pi (3.14 Miles), Mile Minneapolis • November 23, 2017


O'Gara's Irish Run • March 24, 2018