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. Over the years Running Ventures has been involved in many activities including race management, race timing, race publications, organizing and managing running groups, race officiating, and coaching of adults and youth track teams. Each step along the way has gained new insight into the ins, outs, and joys of the running community. Having come full circle, I have decided to return the focus of my time to the running and racing that I love. At the same time, I would like to share the lessons that I have learned. I am happy to announce I have a new partner who is ready to roll to assist with all of your race timing needs. I also plan to use this forum to provide helpful information for the race organizers and race timers of the future. Running Ventures will continue to offer it's three signature events - with the help of Nissa Larson. You can count on our team to continue to bring you:

As always, we will continue to 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.

Northeast Beer Mile - August 13, 2017

It's BACK! The 2017 N.E. Beer Mile will take place on Sunday, August 13, 2017. To accommodate Sunday liquor sales, the Beer Exchange Zone has moved next door from Surdyk's to the West Photo parking lot. Same drill- drink a 12 oz can of beer, run a quarter mile, repeat 3 more times. This event is sponsored by the North East Business Association and organized by Mill City Running.

Gustavus Women's Soccer Run for Kicks 5K - October 8, 2017

The 3rd annual Gustavus Women's Soccer Run for Kicks supports the Women's Soccer team with 100% of entry fees going to the program. Complete event details are at Run for Kicks 5K

Downtown Run Around 5K Results

Congratulations to all of the participants in the Downtown Run Around 5k. Results from todays race can be found at Downtown Run Around Results

Richard A Hoska Midsummer Mile • June 28, 2017


Drumstick Dash Thanksgiving Events - 10K, Pi (3.14 Miles), Mile Minneapolis • November 23, 2017


O'Gara's Irish Run • March 24, 2018