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, 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.

Drumstick Dash 10K • Cranberry Cruise One Mile


It's not too soon to start thinking about your Thanksgiving Day run. Fees increase August 1 for the Drumstick Dash 10K. Not up for 10K? The Cranberry Cruise One Mile has something for everyone - you choose whether you want a timed mile or a fun run. New this year is the Cranberry Kid's Half Mile - for youth 15 and under. Complete details can be found at Drumstick Dash.

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