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.

N.E. Beer Run Coming June 28, 2015

We are excited to announce we will be working with NEBA - the North East Minneapolis Business Association, to produce the N.E. Beer Mile. The race will be on Sunday, June 28. Participants will compete in waves of 20 - 25 that will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is an officially chip timed, one-mile run in which the participants begin the race by drinking an entire can of 3.2% beer, run a quarter mile, drink another can of beer, run the second quarter mile, drink another can of beer, run the third quarter mile, and finally drink the fourth can of beer and run the final quarter mile. The winner will receive a-yet-to-be determined and well-deserved prize. The entry fee for the event is $30 and includes the cost of the beer.

The route will begin in Surdyk’s parking lot, exit left along E. Hennepin, left on 4th Street NE, left on 1st Avenue NE and left on University Avenue and back into Surdyk’s parking lot where all of the beer will be consumed in the transition zone set up in the lot. Open field is limited to 300 runners. Register soon to reserve your spot.

Spring Series Results Through MDRA Mudball

The standings for the MDRA Spring Training Series after the Mudball Race are now posted. Spring Series Please submit any corrections to

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