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.

2015 MDRA Running Minnesota Annual Race Calendar

Attention Race Directors! Work has begun on the 2015 MDRA Annual race calendar. All events receive a free listing in this classic race calendar and training log. This print calendar and log is used by over 3000 runners all year long. Race data is collected via Survey Monkey. The 2015 survey link has been sent to all race directors on file as of August 20. 2015 event information must be submitted by September 30.

If you did not receive the survey or if you have additional events to submit, please go to MDRA Race Survey

Confirm your race submission and date:Confirm Race Date. Please send any corrections directly to List was last updated September 29, 2014 at 9:00 a.m.

Drumstick Dash Adds New Pi Run


The Drumstick Dash has a new event for those who prefer one lap to two around Lake Harriet! Our new Pi Run - named for it's distance of approximately 3.1415926 . . . miles is perfect for those looking for a 5K plus a little extra to get you ready for Thanksgiving Day treats. The Pi Run will have the same start line, start time, and finish line as the Drumstick Dash 10K. The only difference is one lap instead of two. The Cranberry Cruise One Mile and Cranberry Kid's Half Mile complete the Thanksgiving Day lineup - a distance for everyone in the family. Complete details can be found at Drumstick Dash.

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