Off to the Races! Time to Start Training for the Brewers Mini!

This summer, we’ve offered you a plethora of opportunities to run in, around and through Miller Park.

From the Brewers Community Foundation’s Famous Racing Sausages 5k Run/Walk which was held earlier this month to the Brewers Mini-Marathon +10K in September, there’s something for athletes of every level.

And, speaking of the Brewers Mini-Marathon + 10K, you have until this Friday (July 31) to sign up and save on the registration fee.

And, if you’re on the fence and concerned you won’t be ready in time, don’t fear. Thanks to Performance Running Outfitters (PRO), our official training partner of the Brewers Mini-Marathon + 10K, we’ve got training programs designed to help you hit your stride.

Performance Running Outfitters is locally owned by Trae and Jessica Hoepner, who together we have over 20 years of coaching and 30 years of running expertise. Once again, PRO is offering two different training programs, one to help you train for the Brewers Mini-Marathon (13.1) miles and another to help you tackle the 10K distance.

While the Brewers Mini training program is already underway, you still have until this Saturday (August 1) to sign up for the Brewers 10K Training Program, which begin at PRO’s locations in Brookfield and Shorewood.

A Brewers Mini-Marathon poster hangs proudly in Performance Running Outfitters' Brookfield location. PRO is the official training partner of the Brewers Mini + 10K.

A Brewers Mini-Marathon poster hangs proudly in Performance Running Outfitters’ Brookfield location. PRO is the official training partner of the Brewers Mini + 10K.

Here’s what that entails:

Brewers 10K Training Program

The Get Fit 10k program is geared towards the moderately fit runner, former runner, or beginning runner who has already finished a 5k and wants more of a challenge with weekly motivation. This is a progressive course which will focus on completing a longer distance each week.  Performance Running Outfitters will provide a training program, weekly emails with motivation and necessary information for runners.

It is recommended that you can run a 5k before beginning this program and have an “ok” from a medical professional with a clean bill of health. The program will begin on Monday, August 3 (Shorewood) or Tuesday, August 4 (Brookfield) and meet for 8 weeks. Runners looking for additional group support are encouraged to attend PRO’s Thursday fun runs.

For a $75 fee (which does not include race registration), program participants will receive:

  • Tech Tee and Running Socks
  • Weekly emails with advice from coach
  • PRO Coupon – 20% OFF
  • Video gait analysis with footwear recommendation
  • Seminars on cadence & speed, nutrition & hydration, etc.

This year’s training program is also supported by Turbana. They are providing training tips relating to hydration and nutrition in weekly newsletters as well as coupons for runners to save on bananas at their local Sendik’s store. 

“It’s all about getting knowledge and information to help you become a smart and healthy runner,” said Micaela, one of PRO’s friendly folks who helps run the program.

“Most people are more successful in a group setting. It’s all about camaraderie and having fun while you’re out there. Training by yourself can become mundane, especially in the summer when it’s hot out. Here, we have new topics every week. We cover everything from hydration and nutrition to proper running form to good shoes, etc., so the goal in the end is to prepare them to run the race, so they also have a good mindset of what they’re getting into.”

Michaela says the folks who participate in the program run the gamut from beginners to people who participate every year because they like the camaraderie and accountability.

For more information, or to register for this program, click here. You can also register in person at one of the PRO locations.

Speaking of training… you can now pick up these special “in training” shirts,, along with official Brewers Mini +10k hoodies, new ½ zips and other merchandise at BrewersMini.com.  Items may also be available at packet pick-up on September 24 and 25, while supplies last.

In Training Shirts

Running not your thing? Don’t forget we’ve got our “Hitting 4 the Cycle” Bike to Miller Park event coming up in less than two weeks!

Good luck!

-Cait

@CMoyer

 

“Hitting 4 the Cycle” Biking Event Just Two Weeks Away

Brewers Community Foundation (BCF)’s “Hitting 4 the Cycle” bike to the ballpark event is less than two weeks away!

On Saturday, August 8, BCF will host this inaugural event that will allow allow bike-lovers and Brewers fans to combine their two favorite activities.  Fans will be able to select one of four bike routes of various lengths that will all culminate with a fun-filled tailgate party and that night’s Brewers game vs. the St. Louis Cardinals.

Participants will have the option to select 100, 83, 44 or 22 mile routes. The 100 and 88 mile routes will start at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison and end at Miller Park, while the 44 and 22 mile routes will start and end at Miller Park.

Full route maps are now available on the race website.

The cost to register is $50, with a $150 mandatory fundraising minimum. The money that is raised through the event will go to four organizations – the Urban Ecology Center, Dream Bikes, Penfield Children’s Center and the Miracle League of Milwaukee. Each registered rider will receive a commemorative T-shirt, a game ticket for the Brewers vs. Cardinals game that night and a invitation to a celebratory tailgate party prior to the game.

Also, just announced: Packet Pick-Up is confirmed for Tuesday, August 4 from 11am-2pm or 4-7p, at 88Nine Radio in downtown Milwaukee (220 E. Pittsburgh Avenue). You may also pick up your packet day of ride.

Learn more and sign up now at brewers.com/bcf.

 

-Cait

@CMoyer

LAST CHANCE TO SAVE ON REGISTRATION FOR BREWERS MINI-MARATHON AND 10K PRESENTED BY SENDIK’S

The fourth annual Brewers Mini-Marathon and 10K, presented by Sendik’s is just around the corner on Saturday, September 26, and runners who register prior to July 31 can save on the registration fee.

During the first three years of the Brewers Mini-Marathon and 10K, race participants have helped to raise over $190,000 with all fundraising proceeds benefiting the MACC Fund (Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer, Inc.) and childhood cancer research in Wisconsin.  Fundraising for the MACC Fund is supported by Brewers Community Foundation and runners. Participants can create their own fundraising page at BrewersMini.com and submit online donations.  Individual fundraisers will have their name entered in a raffle for with the chance to win great prizes.  The top three fundraising groups will win a special prize.

The Brewers and the MACC Fund are excited to announce another exclusive fundraising incentive this year.  Registered runners who raise at least $40 for the MACC Fund will receive a limited edition Brewers Mini-Marathon and 10K running cap.  The navy blue performance cap features the Brewers Mini and 10K logo on the front and the MACC Fund logo on the side.  Runners who qualify for the cap will be notified in September and will be able to pick up their running caps at Packet Pick-Up on Thursday or Friday, September 24 and 25, in the Miller Park SKYY Lounge.

Last year a combined 7,200 runners, representing 39 states and six countries, participated in the Mini-Marathon (13.1 miles) and the 10K race (6.214 miles). The races both begin and end at beautiful Miller Park with unique courses that take participants past Milwaukee landmarks including the Miller Valley and the Mitchell Park Conservatory (The Domes). It also gives participants the opportunity to run inside Miller Park on the field warning track.

All participants will receive a free Brewers ticket voucher good for select games at Miller Park in April or May of 2016, a participant medal and a “tech” shirt.  A post-race tailgate party at Miller Park with live music will also take place. Prizes for the top finishers will be awarded.

The cost for the Mini-Marathon and 10K, respectively, is $75/$55 for those registering before next Friday, July 31, $85/$65 for those registering between August 1 – September 20 and $100/$80 for those registering on packet pick-up day (if space is available).

Complete race details, a course map and other information can all be found at BrewersMini.com and Brewers.com.

NO-FEE FRIDAY RETURNS TO BREWERS.COM

Today we announced the return of the popular one-day promotion, “No Fee Friday.” To show our appreciation for our fans, tomorrow, the Brewers will cover the cost of all ticket transaction fees for online and phone orders placed between 9 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. CT.

The one-day promotion is valid for any remaining 2015 regular season games at Miller Park.

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There are 32 home games remaining on the Brewers’ regular season schedule, and fans can purchase tickets to any of them without having to pay transaction fees. The offer is only valid this Friday, between 9 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. For instance, if a fan purchases two tickets for the game on Saturday, September 19 against the Cincinnati Reds, the fees associated with those tickets would be covered by the Brewers – as long as they are purchased this Friday.

Several great matchups remain on the Brewers schedule. Tickets are still available for popular promotions including Free-Shirt Fridays, six All-Fan Giveaways, the last instalment of the Brewers Postgame Concert Series presented by Miller Lite featuring the Goo Goo Dolls and weekend matchups against division rivals the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals.

Tickets can be purchased to any remaining Brewers home games by calling (414) 902-4000, online at Brewers.com or by visiting the Miller Park ticket windows. All tickets are subject to availability and no refunds/exchanges will be awarded. The “No Fee Friday” promotion cannot be combined with any discounted or special offers.

 

Brewers Community Achievers: Tammy Conforti

The Brewers Community Achievers Program recognizes residents throughout the state of Wisconsin each month during the season for displaying extraordinary efforts in their community.

This month’s honoree is Tammy Conforti. Tammy was recognized on the field prior to tonight’s Brewers vs. Indians game at Miller Park and also threw out a first pitch.

Tammy is the founder and President of The Kenosha Dream Playground Project. Tammy has worked as a teaching assistant for children with special needs in the Kenosha Unified School District for the past 16 years. She became inspired to start this project after seeing a handicap-accessible swing while on vacation in South Dakota. Upon her return from that vacation, she started on her quest  with a mere $300 of her own funds from her craft sales that she was saving for a trip to Hawaii.

Tammy has been advocating and educating for a fully inclusive and handicap-accessible playground in Kenosha for the past three years. She regularly speaks at meetings of the Kenosha Parks Commission and Common Council to share her vision. She formed a committee of area residents to help her spread the word on the need for an accessible inclusive play area and organized a public/private partnership with the City of Kenosha and the Kenosha Achievement Center. Tammy has presented her vision at numerous schools, churches and community service organizations in Southeastern Wisconsin. In just under three years, Tammy has raised over one million dollars and her dream will become a reality this September as the Kenosha Dream Playground will be built by volunteers in a community build.

Thank you, Tammy for your perseverance and hard work in the community!

Do you know someone who is a Community Achiever?

Perhaps they started a neighborhood clean-up program, volunteered to prepare meals for their elderly neighbors or even performed some feat of heroism. Nominate them today by clicking here.

All adults and school-aged children throughout the state of Wisconsin are eligible to participate in the Community Achievers Award program.

-Cait

@CMOYER

Jonathan Lucroy Wins Milwaukee Brewers Heart & Hustle Award 

The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA) is pleased to announce Jonathan Lucroy as the Milwaukee Brewers 2015 Heart and Hustle Award winner. This esteemed award honors active players who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit and tradition of the game. The Heart and Hustle Award is also the only award in Major League Baseball that is voted on by former players.

“[Jonathan] represents his team well as a dedicated, hardworking player,” said John Shelby, member of the Milwaukee Brewers coaching staff. “He cares about his team and respects the game.”

The MLBPAA formed 30 committees, comprised of Alumni players with established relationships to each team. One player from each Major League team is chosen by the committees based on their passion, desire and work ethic demonstrated both on and off the field. These players will be recognized prior to an upcoming home game. As the season draws to a close, fans, all Alumni and active players will vote to select the final winner from the 30 team winners. The previous overall winners are David Eckstein (2005), Craig Biggio (2006, 2007), Grady Sizemore (2008), Albert Pujols (2009), Roy Halladay (2010), Torii Hunter (2011), Mike Trout (2012), Dustin Pedroia (2013) and Josh Harrison (2014).

The final winner will be announced on November 10,2015 at the 16th Annual Legends for Youth Dinner in New York City. This event is the primary fundraiser for the series of free Legends for Youth Baseball Clinics. These clinics impact more than 15,000 children each year at 120 clinics, allowing them the unique opportunity to interact with and learn from players who have left a lasting impact on the game of baseball.

Fans Search High and Low for Matt Garza Gnomes During the #GarzaGnomeHunt

Today, the Brewers marketing staff was all over the city hiding Count Garza Gnomes as part of the #GarzaGnomeHunt, a fun social media scavenger hunt.

Over the weekend, we teased the promotion, giving away very little by way of clues, other than the gnomes would not be at Miller Park, where we have had some promotions in the past, such as our #WheresPolish promotion in 2013 and #SpringMadness414 balloon event last season:

After the plotting and planning, tomorrow's the day! #GarzaGnomeHunt #MattGarza #Brewers

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Then, early this morning, we released information across all of our social media sites in regard to the general locations of each of the sites, as well as the times we’d be there:

There were two signed Matt Garza Gnomes at each location. Each gnome was accompanied by a pair of tickets to the Count Garza All-Fan Giveaway date (Sunday, August 2 vs. Cubs). For those who showed up just a little too late, we also had some items on hand as consolation prizes.

Since this was designed to be a social media scavenger hunt, clues were given via Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.

Here’s a recap:

9 a.m. DOWNTOWN…Cathedral Square Park

We showed up in Cathedral Square Park for our first location, hiding one gnome in a bush and one on the playground. We weren’t sure what to expect with this being the first time we’ve executed a promotion quite like this, but both were found within minutes, after we posted just one clue to Twitter:

11 a.m. WAUWATOSA…Hart Park

At 11 a.m., we moved over to Hart Park in Wauwatosa, where we hid one gnome in a flower bed and one near a bridge. It took just two clues and 12 minutes for both to be discovered:

1 p.m. SHOREWOOD…Atwater Park

At 1 p.m. we hid two gnomes at Atwater Park, one near a rock and one on a pier, and both were found in under 10 minutes, after just one clue.

Congrats to James & Lara who found the Count Garza gnomes at Atwater Park in Shorewood! #GarzaGnomeHunt

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Then, it was time for our final stop.

3 p.m. GREENDALE… Post Office and Baseball Diamond

Avoiding a park this time to throw folks off the scent, we spread out in the Village of Greendale, hiding gnomes near the Post Office and on the pitcher’s mound of a baseball field.

The final 2 Count Garza Gnomes have been claimed! Congrats Dylan & Dave! #GarzaGnomeHunt

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We had a fun time hiding the gnomes and interacting with the fans today; we hope you had a fun time playing along. And hey, if you didn’t locate a Garza Gnome today, don’t sweat it. All fans in attendance at the Brewers vs. Cubs game on Sunday, August 2 will get to take home their very own Count Garza Gnome:

-Cait

@CMoyer

Fans Have a Ball at the Brewers Bowl-A-Thon

Tonight, fans joined Matt Garza and his fellow teammates for the Brewers Bowl-A-Thon, a unique opportunity to pal around on the pins with Brewers players, all while helping raise money for the Sojourner Family Peace Center, a safe haven for abused women and children.

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The event took place at JB’s on 41 and in addition to Matt Garza, the host of the event, among those in attendance were: Scooter Gennett, Shane Peterson, Hernan Perez, Khris Davis, Adam Lind, Kyle Lohse, Mike Fiers, Jimmy Nelson, Taylor Jungmann, Tyler Cravy, Jeremy Jeffress, Corey Knebel and Michael Blazek.

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Tyler Cravy had the high score among the Brewers players and Kyle Lohse had the lowest score.

In addition, there were many items included in a silent auction to raise additional money for the Sojourner Family Peace Center, including a special batting practice experience, a Ryan Braun autographed jersey, a Klement’s Famous Racing Sausage package, a Bernie’s Slide Experience and more.

The goal of the Sojourner Family Peace Center is to ensure the safety of victims of domestic violence and provide a pathway out of violence for victims and abusers, by making positive and lasting changes.  The Center is the largest nonprofit provider of domestic violence prevention and intervention in Wisconsin, serving over 9,500 clients each year.

-Cait

@CMoyer

Brewers Host Negro Leagues Tribute Game vs. Pirates

Tonight, we are hosting the franchise’s 10th annual Negro Leagues Tribute Game at Miller Park.  The Club is honoring the significance of the Negro Leagues and their impact on the game by donning Milwaukee Bears uniforms, the city’s 1923 Negro Leagues representative. The Pirates are also honoring the Negro Leagues by wearing uniforms from the “Pittsburgh Crawfords,” the team that represented the Steel City from 1931 to 1938.

Jeremy Jeffress and coaches Shelby & Guerrero, wearing the Milwaukee Bears uniforms during the national anthem. PHOTO: Scott Paulus/Milwaukee Brewers

Jeremy Jeffress and coaches Shelby & Guerrero, wearing the Milwaukee Bears uniforms during the national anthem.
PHOTO: Scott Paulus/Milwaukee Brewers

In addition, we honored former players and baseball contributors Gilbert Hernandez Black and James Beckum during a tailgate reception at Helfaer Field this afternoon, along with a special pre-game ceremony.

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Tonight's honorees James Beckum and Gilbert Hernandez Black throw out ceremonial first pitches. PHOTO: Scott Paulus/Milwaukee Brewers

Tonight’s honorees James Beckum and Gilbert Hernandez Black throw out ceremonial first pitches.
PHOTO: Scott Paulus/Milwaukee Brewers

In honor of the event, Brewers Community Foundation made a donation to both the Negro Leagues Museum and Yesterday’s Negro League Baseball Players Foundation.

In addition, both honorees signed autographs during the first 45 minutes of the game on the Field Level Concourse near home plate.

Gilbert Hernandez Black, known as “Gil,” was born in 1934 in Manhattan, New York. He grew up several blocks away from the famous Polo Grounds and learned to love the game by watching the New York Giants practice.  He moved to Stanford in 1950 and played ball for several prominent African-American teams, including the West Palm Beach Indians, a Florida State League affiliate of the Milwaukee Braves and the Indianapolis Clowns. Though he was gifted in many positions, he predominantly pitched in his career.

Gilbert Hernandez Black

James Beckum was born in Baltimore, Maryland but has called Milwaukee his home for nearly a half a century. He started his career in the Negro Leagues in 1950, but it was interrupted when he joined the military. Beckum eventually returned and played for the East St. Louis Giants. In 1966 he organized a youth baseball league in Milwaukee called the Beckum-Stapleton Little League. The league is the longest-running inner-city baseball program in the country. There are approximately 350 children who participate in the program and the league fields 25 teams.

James Beckum

Tomorrow, Hernandez Black and Beckum will be inducted into the Yesterday’s Negro League Hall of Fame at the Mother Kathryn Daniels Center (MKDC) located at 3500 W. Mother Daniels Way on the grounds of Milwaukee’s Holy Redeemer Church (COGIC), beginning at 1:45 p.m. The Brewers are once again partnering with the MKDC and the Church as a sponsor of the annual induction ceremonies and other initiatives. This event is open to the public.

In previous years, we’ve honored pitcher/outfielder Ted Toles Jr. and outfielder Nathan “Sonny” Weston (2014); outfielders George Altman and Lonnie Harris (2013); pitcher/utility player Mamie “Peanut” Johnson and outfielder Porter Reed (2012); pitchers Charlie “Whip” Davis and Johnny Washington (2011); pitcher Ollie Brantley and first baseman/outfielder Clinton “Butch” McCord (2010); infielder Harold “Buster” Hair Jr. and catcher James “Jim P” Tillman Sr. (2009); pitcher Eugene ‘Dick’ Scruggs and first baseman James ‘Red’ Moore (2008); and outfielder W. James ‘Jim’ Cobbin and catcher Arthur Hamilton (2007) as they were inducted into the Yesterday’s Negro League Hall of Fame.  During the Brewers’ first Negro Leagues Tribute in 2006, Buck O’Neil, James Sanders and Dennis Biddle were each honored.

The Milwaukee Bears, the city’s 1923 representative in the Negro National League, played only one season before disbanding, but featured some of the game’s most influential men, including Hall-of-Fame player/manager John Preston “Pete” Hill.

Fans were able to purchase Milwaukee Bears merchandise prior to the game at Helfaer field. In addition, jerseys and caps worn by the Brewers players and coaches will be authenticated through Major League Baseball’s Authentication Program and were made available for fans to purchase prior to tonight. Jerseys and caps that are not pre-sold will be available for purchase through the Brewers Authentics Department, at the Brewers Authentics Kiosk (located behind Section 111 on game days), or the Brewers Charity Auction scheduled for a later date (Brewers.com/auctions).

Fans interested in purchasing or learning more about pricing and sizing information of jerseys and caps available are encouraged to contact the Brewers Authentics Department at gameused@brewers.com or by calling (414) 902-4479.

Brewers Sign 40th Overall Selection Nathan Kirby

Yesterday, we announced the signing of our Competitive Balance Round A selection, left-handed pitcher Nathan Kirby. The 40th overall pick was selected with the Brewers’ second pick in the 2015 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Virginia. The announcement was made by Vice President of Amateur Scouting/Special Assistant to the General Manager Ray Montgomery.

Kirby, 21, recently completed his junior year at Virginia, where he helped lead the team to their first-ever NCAA Division I title. The lefty went 5-3 with a 2.53 ERA in 12 games (11 starts).  He produced 81 strikeouts in 64.0 innings pitched and held opponents to a .236 batting average.  Kirby earned a two-inning save, striking out five batters, on June 25 to clinch Virginia’s first championship in school history.
The Midlothian, Virginia, native was scouted by area scout Dan Nellum and will begin his professional career with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.
In addition, the Brewers also announced the signings of C Max McDowell (13th Round – University of Connecticut), RHP Michael Petersen (17th round – Riverside Community College) and RHP Jordan Desguin (36th round – Florida Gulf Coast University).
The Brewers have signed their top 22 selections from the 2015 First-Year Player Draft and have signed a total of 38 players (31 drafted and 7 non-drafted).

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