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:
- Two signature events annually
- Richard A Hoska Midsummer Mile Run • July
- Drumstick Dash 10K and Cranberry Cruise One Mile • Thanksgiving Day
- Race management and race timing services
- Road race course measurement and USATF certification
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, working with race sponsors to ensure their runners enjoy a quality event, or measuring a race course so the distance is accurate. 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.
MDRA Spring Training Series
Running Ventures has partnered with Minnesota Distance Running Association (MDRA) to sponsor the Spring Training Race Series. The Series consists of six low key races put on annually by the MDRA during March through May. The goal of the Series is to encourage participation in these smaller events by as many runners as possible. Earn points toward cash and valuable prizes by simply showing up to run! Additional points are awarded for your finish in your age group in each event. Complete details are at Spring SeriesYou can sign up at any time during the spring. You will only score points in races you participate in after registering for the series. Best of all, the Series is free to MDRA Members.
Running Ventures Youth Track Teams
Running Ventures works with the Minneapolis Park Board Youth Track Program to provide opportunities for kids to learn about the sports of running, track and field. Running Ventures provides volunteer coaches, equipment, and uniforms for teams at Kenwood Park and Folwell Park on Minneapolis. The Park Board Youth Track season runs from April through June. All youth are welcome to join in the fun. The Track Team is open to youth ages 9 - 18. Complete details are at Kid's Programs.