Monday, September 11, 2017

Fall Club 2017 is full!

Wow!  We are full and busting at the seams by first day of school and practice!  We proudly handed off a group of wonderful runners to the middle school, and filled right back up with 50% new runners!  Further registrations are placed on a waitlist, in case anyone decides this distance running isn't their cup of tea after the first few practices!  Please look for us again in the spring by March 2018 in the Shawano Community Ed magazine!

Please sign up EARLY ONLINE as soon as it's available in the future!  The spots fill up fast!  We have to limit the number in order to keep a closer eye on the runners on this 1-2 square mile public area.  It also allows us to get to know each runner better.  Thank you for your understanding!  If we have MORE parents coming forward to commit to help out regularly, perhaps we can expand more in the future.

Our youngest child is now in 4th grade, which means in the next 1-2 years, we will need to hand this club off to the parents of the next group of young runners.  That could be YOU!!!!  Message me and come join us to start to get used to working with the energetic kids!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Spring race at Navarino

Just about 30 runners and parents participated this year at Navarino Nature Center 5k on Earth Day!  Everyone did great, and several medals were brought home by runners! 

We are done running at Brener for now.  During the summer, feel free to join the high school and middle school runners Monday-Thursdays, 7 pm, on the football field by Shawano High School, starting June 5.  The middle school cross country practice official starts Moday Aug 28 at 3 pm.  Scott Smurawa will be coaching this year, with Mr. Tierney assisting.  More information about the middle school cross country season is available in the office at the middle school and Olga Brener.

Consider running in the Sundrop Dayz 5k first weekend of June, Mountain Bay Optimist 5k Aug 5.

We will resume running when school starts, Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, first week of Sep!  Look for sign up information in the Shawano Community Education magazine/website.  Also look for us on Facebook.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Fall races, belated

Due to technical difficulties with the internet connection, posts have been delayed.  Here is a quick re-hash of the fall races:

The CLUB running Austin in!

Shawano Invite:  15 of our runners placed in the top 20!  Will Chelberg was the first boy to cross the finish line; and sister Grace was the first girl.

At Pine Hills Golf Course

Menominee Great Bear race:  We brought home first place trophies for boys and girls teams!  

Oconto Falls Invite:  We placed 2 runners in the top 5, and 5 boys in the top 20.  Grace again was the first girl to cross the finish.  This was a race of grades 3-6.


Thanks to a great season!  

End of season party!

We finished the season with another obstacle run, of course, but no couches, TV's or parents in camp chairs this year shooting marshmallows, just hay bales and pumpkins.  Awards were given out to runners who showed extra effort and courage (because it's not easy to come into a group of such talented and seasoned runners):  Mason Ballwahn, Cooper Boucher, Aydan Bystol, Rachel Carrol, Bailey Hendricks, Grant and Thomas Keszo, Macey and Riley Krueger, Madalyn Moesch, Kody Popelka, Kiernan Sheldon, Ryan Schwitzer, Bradyn Wendorff.

The following runners showed persistent effort include:  Andon and Connor Chelberg, Maci and Warner Beyer, Josiah Kuehl, Derek Minch, Trinity Popelka, Anderson Schmidt.

Awards for most incredible improvement in race times this year went to Piper Novitski and Austin Brandt.  Both cut 3 or more minutes from each of the races this year!

The Flying High award, for runners who showed the most dedication and admirable sportsmanship, setting great examples for the rest of the team, went to Will and Grace Chelberg.

We will be taking a break from meeting after school until the spring.  In the meantime, runners are encouraged to cross train and enjoy other sports, and to take advantage of the morning "Walking" Club Tuesdays through Thursdays.  (Jogging is NOT forbidden at the Walking Club!)


Sunday, September 11, 2016

Join us at the Barn Quilt 5k!

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Hi folks!  We would like to invite you to join us at the Shawano Pathways Barn quilt 5k run/walk on Sat 9/24 at 9:40 am at Memorial Park. Through a generous gift, club kids can enter as a group, and participate in this event for FREE!  There will be food and games and jumpy house.  We encourage kids to try to collect pledges and bring to the event, which goes towards SAM 25 emergency shelter, Boys and Girls Club and Big Brothers/Big Sisters.  We will hand out entry forms this coming week at practice, which kids need to RETURN TO US at practice by Wed 9/21, so we can register as a group together.  We will also hand out the pledge forms, which need to be back day of the race.  This is an untimed, noncompetitive event.

We do not have school or practice on Friday 9/23, so this would be a good practice run before the Shawano Invite, our first race, on Monday 9/26.  We plan to start easy at this 5k, then run about 2 miles, then "cool down" for the last mile.  Believe it or not, I suspect most kids have been running this type of distance already during our practices past week!

Please come show support for these wonderful community organizations!  Wear your team shirts (which should be in this coming week!)

You can find more information about the race at

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Parent meeting notes

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In case anyone missed the parent meeting on Friday afternoon (and I started a few minutes early), here is a quick run down:

1)  Absences:  please encourage your runner to attend all practices if at all possible, to prepare for the races. 

2)  Proper clothing:  dress for the weather (heat, rain, wind, and we'll leave it at that).  If your runner shows up with flip flops or heels, he or she will not be permitted to run.  Instead, we will assign another task such as maintaining the school yard, etc.

3)  Water bottle:  It may be difficult to get back into the school building to get water after we exit.  Please have your runner bring a bottle.  We will remind kids to fill up; and use bathroom, before we exit the building.

4)  Waiver form and athletic code form:  please return all forms by second practice, Wed 9/7; otherwise your child will not be allowed to practice with us.  DO GO OVER THE ATHLETIC CODE CAREFULLY WITH YOUR RUNNER, AND MAKE NOTE OF THE 3 WARNING AND YOU'RE OUT SYSTEM.

5)  Shirt order:  please return with payment by Wed 9/7.

6)  Pick up time is 4:30.  We need to finish stretching, and go over announcements or other educational topics, after we run.  Please do not disperse before everyone is dismissed together.  If you have special circumstances, please email me ( ahead of time.

7)  Buddy system:  we are encouraging kids to run with at least one other for safety, and look out for each other. 

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Saturday, August 13, 2016

What's new with Brener Running Club this fall?

We are part of Shawano Community Education this fall!  You can find us on the Community Ed website, via  Sign ups can be done online right on the website, starting Monday Aug 15; via printed forms in the Shawano Community Education magazine; or in person in their office.  

There will be a nominal $12/runner charge, with a family maximum, to cover cost of bus rides to the meets, water and snack.

Every runner will have to sign and acknowledge an Athletic Code, adapted from the Middle School athletics department.  We would like to enforce a 3 warning system, and be able to dismiss anyone who is not respectful of volunteer helpers or other runners.

We will start practice after school Friday 9/2, and have a brief meeting at 4:30 with parents, to go over expectations and answer any questions.  We will be practicing Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, until Friday Oct 14.

Our 3 meets this fall are:
Shawano Invite, Monday Sep 26, at Middle School;
Great Bear Run, Tuesday Oct 4, at Pine Hills Golf Course in Gresham;
Oconto Falls Invite, Thursday Oct 13, at Oconto Falls High School.

Also please consider supporting the Choose to Move 5k at the fair on Thursday Sep 1; the Shawano Pathways 5k and 10k on Saturday Sep 24.

And parents, please come help in any way, shape, or form you can!!  

See you soon with your running shoes on!

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