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Volunteers & Entertainment Needed For The Brewers Mini & 10K!

If you’re interested in participating in the Brewers Mini-Marathon +10K, but not necessarily by running, we’ve got some great options for you!

The 13.1 mile half-marathon and 10K, beginning and ending at Miller Park on Saturday, September 20th will take over 750 volunteers to ensure that all participants have a safe and fun experience.

I talked with Tai Pauls, Manager of Special Events for Brewers Enterprises and she told me that they are in need of volunteers in a variety of locations and would welcome anyone to join them.

There are two ways to volunteer:

EVENT CREW VOLUNTEERS

Brewers Enterprises is looking for people who want to be a part of the Brewers Mini +  10K Event Crew. You can volunteer as an individual or as a group. [Note: Since proceeds from the race go to the MACC Fun, this is also a great opportunity for a community service project!]

Individuals are needed to help out in a variety of areas including at packet pick-up, the full gear check area, at the start & finish line, as course marshals, as part of the bike team leading the race, or at the post-race tailgate party. All individual shifts & jobs can be selected on the volunteer page of the race website.

Volunteer Groups are also extremely important to help man the various Aid Stations along the course and they are still looking for groups to join them. At the Aid Stations, groups will assist in distributing water to the runners and lend some moral support to runners like John and me by cheering us on the way. Tai encourages groups to embrace their stations and make them their own by displaying team/organization/company banners, colors, etc.  Other areas where groups can possibly be utilized are at the finish line, race results tents or packet pick-up the day before the event.

Last year, sororities, charitable groups, school groups and local companies who manned their stations were integral to the race’s success.

ENTERTAINMENT VOLUNTEERS

In addition to keeping things organized and safe for the runners, Tai’s goal is to make sure that we have an extremely fun and enjoyable experience.

To do this, they are seeking a variety of entertainment acts stationed along the course to entertain the runners. We have some great acts lined up already, but we’re always looking for family friendly entertainers, cheer groups, and bands to perform for participants and spectators on the course.

Entertainment groups are considered volunteers as well, but will receive great exposure and promotion as a Brewers Mini +10K entertainment act.  All bands, groups, etc. will be listed with logo and/or name on www.brewersmini.com and will be included in the email correspondence to all runners.

So, what’s in it for you?

In addition to being a part of this unique event, all volunteers and entertainers will receive:

  • An official Event Crew t-shirt
  • A ticket voucher good for a regular season game in April/May of 2015

Depending on the volunteer assignment, the timeframe for race day on Saturday, September 20, is approximately 6am-11:30am (some jobs start later or end earlier). More information can be found on the sites below.

Event Crew Volunteer info – http://www.race-brewers.com/volunteers-2013

Entertainment Volunteer info – http://www.race-brewers.com/entertainment

If you’re running the race and/or can’t volunteer yourself, please pass this along to anyone you know who might be interested in helping out. It is sure to be a fun day for runners and volunteers alike!

Thanks in advance for your assistance, we look forward to seeing you on September 20!

 -Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

 

Brewers Mini Marathon and 10K Set for September 20; Registration Now Open!

Was one of your New Year’s resolutions to increase your fitness level and/or run a race? Great–let us help you with that!

The third annual “Brewers Mini-Marathon and 10K, Presented by Sendik’s” is set for Saturday, September 20, 2014.  Registration is now available online at www.brewersmini.com.

Last year a combined 7,000 runners, representing 38 states, 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 and offer scenic and unique courses that will take participants around and through many Milwaukee landmarks including the Miller Valley, the Harley-Davidson Museum, Mitchell Park Conservatory (The Domes), and the Miller Park warning track.  Prizes for the top finishers will be awarded.

All participants will receive a free Brewers ticket voucher good for select games at Miller Park in April or May of 2015, a participant medal and a “tech” shirt.  A post-race tailgate party outside Miller Park with live music will also take place.

Great course support will be provided with aid stations featuring water and Gatorade, misting stations, and entertainment along the way. Refreshing snacks and water will be provided by Sendik’s at the finish line. Spectators will have plenty of free parking at Miller Park and will have the opportunity to watch racers run through Miller Park while being shown on the scoreboard.

Race participants helped to raise over $145,000 during the first two years of the Brewers Mini-Marathon and 10K, 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 the Brewers Community Foundation and participants can create their own fundraising page at www.brewersmini.com and submit online donations.  Individual fundraisers will have the chance to get their name entered in a raffle for great prizes.  The top three fundraising groups will win a special prize.

The cost for the Mini-Marathon and 10K, respectively, is $65/$45 for those registering by April 30, $75/$55 for those registering between May 1 – 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).  The earlier you register, the more you save!

Race packets can be picked up at Miller Park on Thursday and Friday, September 18 and 19, 2014.

Complete race details, a course map and other information can all be found at www.brewersmini.com and www.brewers.com.

-John and Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

 

Brewers Mini Marathon + 10K Wrap-Up

Last Saturday, over 7,000 participants from 41 states turned out at Miller Park for the second annual Brewers Mini-Marathon, (with a 10K added on this year!). For the most part, runners had great weather–a beautiful fall day that got just a little warm toward the end of the race.

The scenic course took runners past the Palermo’s Pizza Factory, the Harley-Davidson Museum, Marquette University, the Mitchell Park Domes, the Miller Valley, Saz’s Restaurant, through Miller Park with a loop on the warning track and ended just outside the front of the ballpark.

Congratulations go out to Scott Mueller of Pewaukee, Wis. who finished the Brewers Mini first overall with a time of 1:13.50–a pace of 5:38!  The women’s top finisher was Dani Fischer of Madison, Wis. with a time of 1:18.30.  If you’ll recall, Dani was our top female finisher last year as well; she beat last year’s time by 19 seconds! For the 10K, Aaron Nodolf of Menomonee Falls, Wis. was the top finisher with a time of 34:20.

If you ran one of the races, or if you want to see how your friends and family finished, detailed results can be found here.

This year, we also asked you to submit your photos on Twitter and/or Instagram using the hashtag #BrewersMini. We pulled a few of our favorites and included them below. Enjoy!

[To see more images that Cait has pulled into a Storify story click here.]

Congratulations and thank you to Jason Hartlund, Tai Pauls and the Brewers Enterprises crew; the over 750 volunteers; and John Cary and the MACC Fund for helping with what turned out to be a fantastic day.

Please feel free to leave your comments below about this year’s race and make plans for next year’s event that will take place on Saturday, September 20, 2014.  For those of you who read our blogs about training for the race, we hope your enjoyed today and look forward to seeing you next year!

– JOHN AND CAIT

johnandcait@brewers.com

Brewers Mini Marathon Preview: Race to Feature 11 Very Special Athletes

The second annual Brewers Mini Marathon and 10k is Saturday, beginning and ending at Miller Park.  Last year, the race started out with some thunderstorms and chilly temps, but this year it looks like sunshine, blue skies and temperatures in the 70s (runners, start hydrating now!).

Runners of all types and abilities will be racing on Saturday, but a special group of runners are giving 11 special athletes an opportunity to race.  On Saturday, my TEAM TRIUMPH’s disabled “challenged” athletes will take part in the race.

Racing on this team are over 70 participants including 11 challenged athletes (called “Captains”) guided by one to four able-bodied athletes (called “Angels”) run. The Captains are pushed in a specialized racing chair and for almost all the 11 captains will be the first race they have ever experienced. The team will lead off the event starting a few minutes before racers and will have a dedicated tent located near the start/finish-line.

Bernie Brewer poses with some of the myTEAM TRIUMPH runners at the 2012 Brewers Mini Marathon.

Bernie Brewer poses with some of the myTEAM TRIUMPH runners at the 2012 Brewers Mini Marathon.

The only organization of its kind, myTEAM TRIUMPH enables hundreds of challenged athletes to experience the thrill and character-building benefits of participating in the greatest endurance events throughout the state.  They create opportunities for challenged athletes (disabled individuals of all ages) to take part in races and endurance events like the Brewers Mini. Becoming race finishers and receiving their congratulatory medal, the Captains finally get to experience the thrill, challenges and sense of accomplishment one achieves by participating in events such as a road race or triathlon. For many of the Captains, it is the first time they hear support and cheers from the many fans and spectators along the way.

Members of myTEAM TRIUMPH at the 2012 race.

Members of myTEAM TRIUMPH at the 2012 race.

Through their mission, they hope enrich the health and well-being of people with disabilities by fostering lasting, authentic relationships through the teamwork environment of endurance athletics.  I remember seeing a number of these participants in the race last year and it was very inspiring.  I’m very happy that the group is growing and will be back this year.  If you are participating in the race as a runner or a fan, be sure to give these runners a special cheer or wave as you see them.

In addition to the good that myTEAM TRIUMPH is doing, there are other ways racers can give back to the community through Saturday’s race.  Participants and their supporters are invited to give to the MACC Fund and Brewers Community Foundation through fundraising.  There is still time to raise money for this great organization as you can make donations through Saturday.  More information on the MACC Fund and the fundraising aspect to the race can be found here.

Packet pickup for Saturday’s race begins today from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. at Miller Park on the Club Level and continues tomorrow from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.  Packet Pickup is organized alphabetically by last name, and you must have a photo ID to pick up.  You may pick up a packet for a friend. Please make sure you have a copy of their photo ID.  Remember there WILL BE NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION OR PACKET PICKUP AND there are no transfers or refunds.  After you pick up your race packet, please double-check and make sure that the enclosed information is properly assigned to you.

I am not participating in this year’s race, but Cait is volunteering at the “Back of the Pack.”  If you want to join her, look for her among the volunteers who will be making sure no runner gets left behind.  If you are looking to volunteer, there are still many opportunities to take part.  Your organization, group or company can enjoy team-building while supporting our community. Groups are needed to help with Aid Stations and/or other areas. Please contact us at Race@Brewers.com or 414-902-4628 for more details or to reserve your group’s shift and receive sign up information!

Good luck to everyone participating in the race!

– JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

Running For the MACC Fund

It’s the homestretch for the Brewers Mini-Marathon and 10K. If you have signed up and haven’t started training, what are you waiting for!? Less than two weeks until the big race!

And… that also means less than two weeks to help fundraise and support a very important organization, the MACC Fund (Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer).

For over 35 years, the MACC Fund has raised over $41 million for childhood cancer and related blood disorder research. It is a cause that has touched many lives, most likely someone you may know.

The MACC Fund works with the Medical College of Wisconsin, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center. In addition, the MACC Fund also sponsors research centers in Madison and Milwaukee.

The Brewers have teamed up with the MACC Fund to raise money for their cause. The race is a great way to shed some light on how important the MACC Fund is to childhood cancer research.  Visit BrewersMini.com to donate in the name of any person running the Brewers Mini.

So, if you’ve thought about participating in the physical race yourself, but don’t have the chance or the stamina this year, you can still participate in another race–the race to wipe out childhood cancer and related blood disorders—one child at a time.
If you’re running the race and have already started fundraising, that’s great! Please know your support and efforts are much appreciated We’d also like to hear from you–what’s been working? Have you tried campaign emails or letters? How about a fundraising party, teaming up with others, or getting creative? Garage sales, bake sales and car washes are some easy and fun ideas to help boost your total.

Last year, more than $100,000 was raised for the MACC Fund by participants in this event. With your help, we can push that number even higher. We’ve been checking out the Fundraising page on the brewersmini.com and we are thrilled to see terrific numbers coming in so far, but we still have a long way to go.

And because incentives are helpful not only in racing, but also in fundraising, Brewers Enterprises has some great ones to keep you motivated!

Various levels have been established to qualify for individual and group prizes. The top individual and group fundraisers will get their choice of prize within their qualifying level, all other fundraisers will be entered into a drawing for the remaining prizes for which they qualify. 

Prizes include everything from autographed baseballs and rounds of golf to tickets to Opening Day and the opportunity to take batting practice! For a full list of prizes, click here.

So there you have it. On Saturday, September 28, we all have two common goals–to finish the race strong and to help support this important cause.

You’re already online, so just click here to start your fundraising efforts right away!

Cheers!

-John and Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Note: If you’d rather give of your time, the Brewers Mini is still looking for volunteers for race day and other tasks associated with the event! Click here for more.

Sign Up for the 2013 Brewers Mini-Marathon & 10K by Wednesday and Save!

If you’ve been thinking about signing up for the Brewers Mini-Marathon and 10K, Presented by Sendik’s, you’ll want to register by next Wednesday, July 31 to save with early registration.

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2012’s inaugural Mini-Marathon (13.1 miles) was a big success. We raised over $111,000 in proceeds to the MACC Fund and sold out over a month before the race date.  More than 5,000 runners (including me and John!) represented 32 states. New for the second year of the “Brewers Mini” is the addition of a 10K race (6.214 miles) for the event which will be held on Saturday, September 28, 2013.

The half marathon and 10K begins and ends at beautiful Miller Park and offers a scenic and unique course that will take participants through many Milwaukee landmarks including the Miller Valley, the Harley-Davidson Museum, Mitchell Park Conservatory (The Domes), the Miller Park warning track and others. Prizes for the top finishers will be awarded.

This unique and scenic course will take you inside Miller Park, around the warning track!

This unique and scenic course will take you inside Miller Park, around the warning track!

All participants will receive a free Brewers ticket voucher good for select games at Miller Park in April or May of 2014, a participant medal and a “tech” shirt.  A post-race tailgate party outside Miller Park with live music will also take place.

Great course support will be provided with aid stations featuring water and Gatorade, misting stations, and entertainment along the way. Spectators will have plenty of free parking at Miller Park and will have the opportunity to watch racers run through Miller Park while being shown on the scoreboard.

Fundraising proceeds from the Brewers Mini-Marathon and 10K, Presented by Sendik’s will once again benefit the MACC Fund (Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer, Inc.) and childhood cancer research in Wisconsin.  Participants can create their own fundraising page at www.brewersmini.com and donations can be made online.  Individual fundraisers will have the chance to get their name entered in a raffle for great prizes.  The top three fundraising groups will win a special prize.

The cost for the Mini-Marathon and 10K, respectively, is $75/$55 for those registering this Wednesday, July 31. The earlier you register, the more you save!

Complete race details, a course map and other information can all be found at http://www.brewersmini.com/.

-Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

Famous Racing Sausages Run/Walk a Success! Brewers Mini is 10 Weeks from Today!

Today, 4,000 people took part in the sold-out Brewers Community Foundation’s 15th Annual 5K Famous Racing Sausages Run/Walk and it was a huge success!

The top time was 15:55:20 (a 5:08 pace, wow!) by Ben Garbe of New Berlin and the top finisher in the mascot division was Polish. If you ran today’s race, click here for searchable results.  This link will take you to a .PDF of complete results as well.  

The weather was absolutely perfect as Milwaukee was given a little relief from the recent humid air of the past week.  Brewers coaching assistant Joe Crawford served as the Celebrity Starter for this year’s race.

Fundraising efforts for the event raised money for Fisher House Wisconsin, which provides a “home away from home” for military and veterans’ families to be close to a loved one during hospitalization for an illness, disease or injury at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee.

For more on the event, follow @BrewersCF on Twitter.

We’ve compiled some of the photos and tweets we’ve received via Twitter and Instagram, but we’d love to see yours, too!   It was cool to see people taking photos along the way during the race. Tweet and/or Instagram your comments and photos using the hashtag #Sausage5K.

This event is a perfect precursor to the Brewers Mini-Marathon, which takes place 10 weeks from today, on Saturday, September 28. Registration is still open and you can save by signing up by Wednesday, July 31.

Congratulations to everyone who participated and finished the race today and thanks to the many volunteers who helped put on such a great event.  There is nothing like that feeling of crossing the finish line and it was great to see the smiles on the faces of everyone as they crossed the line.

Cheers!

-John and Cait 

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

Volunteers & Entertainment Needed For The Brewers Mini & 10K!

If you’re interested in participating in the Brewers Mini-Marathon +10K, but not necessarily by running, we’ve got some great options for you!

The 13.1 mile half-marathon and 10K, beginning and ending at Miller Park on Saturday, September 28th will take over 750 volunteers to ensure that all participants have a safe and fun experience.

I talked with Tai Pauls, Manager of Special Events for Brewers Enterprises and she told me that they are in need of volunteers in a variety of locations and would welcome anyone to join them.

There are two ways to volunteer:

EVENT CREW VOLUNTEERS

Brewers Enterprises is looking for people who want to be a part of the Brewers Mini +  10K Event Crew. You can volunteer as an individual or as a group. [Note: Since proceeds from the race go to the MACC Fun, this is also a great opportunity for a community service project!]

Individuals are needed to help out in a variety of areas including at packet pick-up, the full gear check area (new this year), at the start & finish line, as course marshals, as part of the bike team leading the race, or at the post-race tailgate party. All individual shifts & jobs can be selected on the volunteer page of the race website.

Volunteer Groups are also extremely important to help man the various Aid Stations along the course and they are still looking for groups to join them. At the Aid Stations, groups will assist in distributing water to the runners and lend some moral support to runners like John and me by cheering us on the way. Tai encourages groups to embrace their stations and make them their own by displaying team/organization/company banners, colors, etc.  Other areas where groups can possibly be utilized are at the finish line, race results tents or packet pick-up the day before the event.

Last year, sororities, charitable groups, school groups and local companies who manned their stations were integral to the race’s success.

Another unique opportunity for those who want to get their exercise, but don’t want to run the race, is to be part of the “Back of the Pack” team, the team that will walk behind the very last runners to help cheer people on and motivate them to keep going.  If any runners are having a hard time staying on pace you can help them take a break on the SAG Wagon. [NOTE: You must be able to physically walk 13.1+ miles for this position.]

ENTERTAINMENT VOLUNTEERS

In addition to keeping things organized and safe for the runners, Tai’s goal is to make sure that we have an extremely fun and enjoyable experience.

To do this, they are seeking a variety of entertainment acts stationed along the course to entertain the runners.   Entertainment can include anything from bands or dancers to singers or other performers. Last year, we had everything from local garage bands to performances by A Company of Kids.

Entertainment groups are considered volunteers as well, but will receive great exposure and promotion as a Brewers Mini +10K entertainment act.  All bands, groups, etc. will be listed with logo and/or name on www.brewersmini.com and will be included in the email correspondence to all runners.

So, what’s in it for you?

In addition to being a part of this unique event, all volunteers and entertainers will receive:

  • An official Event Crew t-shirt
  • A ticket voucher good for a regular season game in April/May of 2014

Depending on the volunteer assignment, the timeframe for race day on Saturday, September 28, is approximately 6am-11:30am (some jobs start later or end earlier). More information can be found on the sites below.

Event Crew Volunteer info – http://www.race-brewers.com/volunteers-2013

Entertainment Volunteer info – http://www.race-brewers.com/entertainment

If you’re running the race and/or can’t volunteer yourself, please pass this along to anyone you know who might be interested in helping out. It is sure to be a fun day for runners and volunteers alike!

Thanks in advance for your assistance, we look forward to seeing you on September 28!

 -Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

We’re Number One (Again)… Because of YOU!

We just received some terrific news–John and Cait… Plus 9  was the top MLB Pro Blog for the second month in a row!

April was a great month for us and and we carried that into a strong May here on the blog. This is a great honor as we are always competing with a number of awesome blogs across the MLBlogs platform. Great new photo blogs like the SF Giants Photos Blog and Dodgers Photo Blog are tough to beat.  Other front office insider blogs like Jamie Ramsey’s Better Off Red and the Mariners From the Corner of Edgar and Dave  continue to provide us with inspiration for JCP9.

But really, it’s all thanks to you–our readers!

It was a busy May for us and we hope to continue to be the place for an inside look at the Brewers. We would not be number one without our readers, so to celebrate, we thought we’d do another fun giveaway with trivia related to the blog.

The first person to answer the following questions in the comment field below will win a prize package consisting of:

JCP9 Prize May

Ready? Here’s what you need to answer–three questions designed for you to go back through our archives!

  • From the group of players that John saw in the 2011 Arizona Fall League, how many are currently with the Big League Brewers now?
  • Which former Brewers player was Cait paired with at the Davey Nelson Celebrity Golf Tournament in 2012?
  • We’ve hosted Social Media Night the last two years and a each time, a different Brewers player has made a guest appearance. Name the players.

Good luck!

UPDATE at 2:40pm CT: Congrats to Travis B. You’re the winner! Wow, that was quick!

Thanks again for reading everyone, it has truly been a pleasure to be able to engage with all of you; it was especially fun for us to meet those of you who came out to Social Media Night in person as well!

We are very fortunate to each have an inside look at the team and want to give you as much of a look inside the organization as we can. Please continue to let us know your comments, criticisms and ideas as we continue to provide our own behind-the-scenes look at Brewers baseball.  We love your feedback and will use it to hopefully stay number one in the rankings!

Cheers!
John and Cait

John andCait@Brewers.com

Off to the Races! Time to Start Training for the 5K, 10K or Brewers Mini!

This summer, we’re offering 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 is almost sold out-hurry!) to the Brewers Mini-Marathon +10K, there’s something for athletes of every level.

And, even if you’re fairly new to running, there are training programs designed to help you hit your stride.

For the second year in a row, we are pleased to announce that Performance Running Outfitters is the official Training Partner of the Brewers Mini-Marathon + 10k. 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.

This year, PRO is offering two different training programs:

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 Tuesday, August 6 and meet for 8 weeks. Runners looking for additional group support are encouraged to attend PRO’s Thursday fun runs.

An informational meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 23 at 7pm at the PRO Brookfield & Shorewood Locations.

For a $65 fee (which does not include race registration), program participants will receive:

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

Brewers Mini-Marathon Training (13.1 Miles)

The PRO Half Marathon training program is geared toward the moderately fit runner who has already finished a 5k or 10k and wants more of a challenge with our 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 4 miles before beginning this program and have an “ok” from a medical professional with a clean bill of health. The program kicks off on Saturday, July 13 and the group will meet each week for 12 weeks. Runners looking for additional group support are encouraged to attend PRO’s Thursday fun runs.

An informational meeting will be held next Wednesday, June 19 at 7pm at the PRO Brookfield location.

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

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

For more information, or to register for these programs, click here.

Good luck!

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

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