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.

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.

Y Run 5K and 10K • April 18, 2015

The Y Run 5K is part of the MDRA Grand Prix. The event which takes place at Thomas Beach, Lake Calhoun, also includes a USATF certified 10K and a Youth One Mile. The 5K and 10K both feature chip timing. It looks like Saturday will be a beautiful day. Come out for a great run and support the Y!

Spring Series Results Through Fred Kurz

The standings for the MDRA Spring Training Series after the Fred Kurz 10 Mile are now posted. Spring Series Please submit any corrections to

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