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. Over the years Running Ventures has been involved in many activities including race management, race timing, race publications, organizing and managing running groups, race officiating, and coaching of adults and youth track teams. Each step along the way has gained new insight into the ins, outs, and joys of the running community. Having come full circle, I have decided to return the focus of my time to the running and racing that I love. At the same time, I would like to share the lessons that I have learned and plan to use this forum to provide helpful information for the race organizers and race timers of the future. Running Ventures will continue to offer it's three signature events - with the help of some of those new faces who want to learn the craft. You can count on them to continue to bring you:

As always, we will continue to 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