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.

O'Gara's Irish Run • March 21, 2015

Running Ventures and O'Gara's Bar & Grill are teaming up to bring you the O'Gara's Irish Run 8K and 5K on Saturday, March 21, 2015. This new event will start and finish at O'Gara's in St. Paul. What better way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day than with O'Gara's! Mark your calendars and watch O'Gara's Irish Run for more information on the races and how to register.

MDRA Race Director's Conference • January 17, 2015

The MDRA Race Director's Conference is a don't miss opportunity to network with other race directors - gathered from all sizes of races with a variety of experience. In addition there will be speakers addressing key issues that all race directors must deal with - from social media to race refund policies to the million dollar question - what kind of shirt! Mark your calendars and watch MDRA for more details on how to register.

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