Friday, December 24, 2010

The Phantom Christmas Eve Toy Run - 12.24.10

The Phantom Christmas Eve Toy Run

2010 Photos HERE.

In the spirit of the Thanksgiving Day Phantom Pie Run, this event has no real course or entry fee except for an unwrapped toy. So come out early and drop of your toy at Starbucks and Santa might have a goodie for you too!

This year was the 8th running of this unique event that was started by Tom Ming and Luis Cousin (photo). I spoke to them before the run and they said they started it for family and friends to come together for Christmas. From the start they had the toy drive and all the toys collected are donated to the Bakersfield Homeless Shelter.

The event has grown each year and people come earlier to get one of the limited edition sweatshirts. The sweatshirts are paid for by local businesses and Starbucks and Jamba Juice provide refreshments.

I told Tom that the run reminded of my of the Phantom Pie Run and he agreed and said that they wanted to keep it very grassroots and organic and do not have plans to make it a formal event in the future. He did say that for the 10th one they plan to do something special.

In keeping with the spirit of the event, the nice sweatshirts will continue to be limited edition and first come first serve. This year the shirts ran out a little after 7am and then it was time to socialize. Then around 8am the run began.

Traditionally the walk/run is about a 5k that leaves the Market Place and takes a loop through CSUB. The event is not timed, the course is minimally marked and there is not a real start either but everyone seems to be having fun. This run is just a great way to see old friends and get some exercise in before the big Christmas meals. Plus the toys going to kids that might not get one if were not for this event.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Killa Hilla Classic - 01.01.11

Killa Hilla Classic on New Years Day

Well the weather was perfect and the trail was in excellent condition too! The course also lived up to it's name! Just ask Stephen.

2011 Photos HERE.
Killa Hilla Course HERE.
2011 FaceBook HERE.

2011 Results:
  1. 5 Laps (26.3 miles) - Stephen Humphreys & Andy Noise
  2. 3 Laps (15.6 miles) - Diana Daves & Jasmine Anthony B
  3. 2 Laps (10.4 miles) - Lyndi Wilson, Chelsey Soto - McGauhey, Frank Velasquez, Evy Lyn Velasquez, Peter Wonderly & Bruce Wearda
  4. 1 Lap (5.2 miles) - Lauri Taylor, Chris Felix, Nicki Gilbert, Kim Nance, Tara Arnold, Jillyd Simmer, Courtney Clerico, Patty Wonderly, Rod Nance, Steve Beardsley, Tricia Berman, and Brian Drewery
  5. If I left you off the list please contact me.
Race Recap:

For years, I have wanted to have a New Year Day Run and I think this is a keeper. The course with it's 8 hour time limit makes for a level playing field and today showed that. Stephen and I tied for the most laps despite the fact that he can run under 20 minutes for a 5k and I can't even break 30 minutes. The length of the course and the hills made for an interesting race.

Since only complete laps counted, one had to judge what was possible and then what was doable. I knew I could do 5 laps but hoped I might be able to squeeze in 6. I knew Stephen could do 5 or 6 but didn't know if he wanted to. Well at the start I found out he was ready to go 6 or more.

At 8am we only had 5 starters but it was time to go. Immediately Stephen took the lead with Chris Felix and his friend close behind him. I lead a group that included Peter Wonderly and Amanda's husband Steve Beardsley. Courtney pulled up right at 8am but we had to start asap because this was a timed event and every second could count. The rules of this event are who can complete the most laps between 8am and 4pm wins.

When I got to the switchbacks, the fast guys were heading up and I think lap goals were being reconsidered already. It took Stephen 30 minutes to do half a lap and he hoped to do 7 laps, I hoped to do 6 but figured 5 was my max. When peter and I reach the top of the switchbacks, we literally ran into Courtney.

On the way back to the start, more runners started to appear on the course. We ran by Bruce who did a lap before heading to the Polar bear swim. Then Tricia and Brian came by on their way to the switchbacks. when we hit the top of the slash, I was feeling good and decided to push the pace down the hill and it was a wild run with Steve on my heels.

At the bottom of the Slash we meet up with Frank and Evy and they were on their way to completing two laps. My trio continued up the Fire Road and up and down the Pipes Ravine and were glad the rain made the course very runnable. After we went up and down the Log Hill we got back on the bike path and saw Stephen again. At this point he had a 1.5 mile lead on me and was on his second lap.

After I finished lap one, Lyndi joined me for two laps and this was a big help. Stephen was still motoring along and his lead was growing. I was on pace to do 6 laps (need to average sub 15:30 pace) but I doubted I would be able to do it. My first laps splits were:
  • Mile 1 - 13:06 - up 173ft/down 161ft
  • Mile 2 - 15:21 - 246/130
  • Mile 3 - 15:51 - 274/248
  • Mile 4 - 11:41 - 74/220
  • Mile 5 - 14:52 - 221/169
As the day went on, more run campers came out to do a lap or two. When we were heading back to the Pipes Ravine we saw Lauri and her friend who are coming back after collarbone breaks from a cycling injury. Also Jasmine B Anthony started cranking some quick laps as well and completed 3 laps. As we headed down the Fire Road, we passed Stephen again who was still increasing his lead on me.

When we were heading back to the Fire Road again we passed Tara and Jill who were heading out for their lap. On the way up the Fire Road we came across Triple D (aka Diana) who said she was doing three laps for her granddaughter who turned three that day. Guess next year she will have to do four laps.

With Lyndi, my my splits for lap 2 were:
  • Mile 6 - 12:57 - 70 up / 211 down
  • Mile 7 - 16:32 - 257/121
  • Mile 8 - 15:39 - 204/244
  • Mile 9 - 14:16 - 151/203
  • Mile 10 - 1606 - 227/154
By lap 2 and 3 I was walking quite a bit and more often then not was walking the flat sections too. Usually I was so gassed by the climbs that trying to run on the bike path sections seemed to be useless. Even running after the downhills was hard because they killed ones legs. I was glad I had Lyndi because she pulled me along and helped me close the gap with Stephen.

At one point he had a 3 mile lead on me but when we passed each other on my lap 3 his lead had shrunk by half a mile. It was his fourth and Lyndi said "I think you got him." After the race Stephen said he did the first 3 laps in little over 3 hours which is pretty quick. My mile splits for the third lap were:
  • Mile 11 - 13:13 - 110 up / 64 down
  • Mile 12 - 15:16 - 143/259
  • Mile 13 - 15:05 - 219/163
  • Mile 14 - 16:56 - 228/166
  • Mile 15 - 16:50 - 117/274
While walking with Lyndi, we came across Kim, Rod and Nicki plus Peter came back with his wife Patty and did another lap. Chelsey also did 2 laps as well. Besides the many runners out there, there were lots of families with kids. I had to weave through this large crowd on lap 4.

As you can see, once I realized Stephen was only doing five, I let off the gas. Plus I was losing my pacer and doing 6 laps was not in the cards. My next goal was to try and catch up with Diana and do my last lap with her but first I had to do a lap on my own which was a first for me. The highlight of lap 4 was seeing the red fox at the top of the Log Hill. My splits for lap 4 were:
  • Mile 16 - 16:08 - 181 up / 78 down
  • Mile 17 - 18:25 - 195/197
  • Mile 18 - 17:05 - 216/82
  • Mile 19 - 21:12 - 238/284
  • Mile 20 - 18:28 - 109/205
One thing I did right for this event was where I parked my van. Instead of parking at the start/finish area, I parked it about a quarter mile away right next to the course. My van was right where you turn to do the first trail part of the course. Having my van here was nice because I could quickly get a drink and/or food.

Plus parking by the start/finish area just reinforced the idea of quitting for the day. My parking spot was nice because it was like a reward for making it up Godzilla Canyon one more time. As I went to my van for the fourth time, I saw then Diana was finishing here second lap so I decided to text her. But before I could, She texted me and said put me down for two.

This was bad news because I was counting on having her do the last lap with me. as I was writing her back, I saw her brake lights go on and I was thinking darn it. But I some how convinced her to put in another lap with me and we took our mutual victory lap. I was going to tie Stephen and she was going to be the first woman with three laps completed.

After we descended Godzilla Canyon we got on the bike path and headed to Log Hill and we saw Stephen. It was almost 2pm and he looked tired and said that he could do another lap but it would trash him for weeks so the race was over and five laps would be the new record. My last laps splits were:
  • Mile 21 - 19:27 - up 165 / down 154
  • Mile 22 - 19:56 - 140/193
  • Mile 23 - 22:15 - 245/110
  • Mile 24 - 22:11 - 258/221
  • Mile 25 - 19:40 - 80/223
  • Mile 26 - 21:33 - 205/142
In the end, I covered 26.31 miles in 7 hours and 29 minutes and 45 seconds. This put me in a tie with Stephen with 5 laps completed between 8am and 4pm. My Garmin says I burned 3,999 calories. My moving time was 7:12:20, average pace was 17:05, average moving pace was 16:25 and my best pace was 7:53. Total elevation gain was 4,749 feet and elevation loss was 4,742 feet. The min. elevation was 422 feet and the max. elevation was 682 feet.

My complete Garmin stats can be found HERE.

Race Preview:

Starts at 8am and ends at 4pm.
FaceBook HERE.
  • Start and finish are at the corner of West Bluff Court and Panorama.
  • No entry fee, No shirt, No Aid Stations or Awards.
  • This is a BYOB & BYOF event.
  • Only complete laps count.The course record is three by Christopher Anderson.
  • Killa Hilla course in Pictures HERE.
  • Killa Hilla course via Garmin HERE.
A number of years ago I came up with the Killa Hilla Course and since then I have used it in my own training and coaching. It is an out and back that measures 5.2 miles in length and has almost a thousand foot of climbing and descending per lap.

So start the New Year off right and join me for a lap or two!

Press Release:

Killa Hilla Classic

Start the New Year off right. This is an eight hour event where one tries to do the 5 mile Killa Hilla course as many times as you want. You could do a lap and go home and then come back and do another. Or you could be out there the whole 8 hours straight.

The only rules are the laps most be completed between 8am & 4pm and only complete laps count. Plus the Killa Hilla Classic course uses the 16 switchbacks on the eastern end.

This event is in the "Fat Ass" tradition:

FAT ASS is the name given to a series of low key runs that are frequented by experienced runners & walkers and characterised by the phrase "No Fees, No Awards, No Aid, No Wimps". Yes, the runs are totally free to enter and are put on by passionate runners who are also running. Think of it as a bit like meeting some people for a bushwalk - except it's a run. Because the runs are not races in any sense, there is no guarantee of anything other than a course to run.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

McFarland Christmas Run - 12.11.10

McFarland Christmas Run

FaceBook HERE.
Previous Noise Coverage HERE.
2010 Photos HERE.

Every other year it seems to rain on this race but this year it did not. The day got started with the mile run which includes a dog/master division. McFarland's Francisco Nava and Mimsey won in a time of 5:06. Mimsey has won the event before and just had puppies recently. Brianna Valles was the first female in 7:09.

In the 2 mile, former Arvin High and current CSUB runner Juan Calderon ran 10:01 for the win, Gabby Diaz was the fastest female in a time of 11:29. In the 4 mile, Anna Frank was in the lead going into the last mile before being caught by McFarland sophomore Erik Garcia.

Anna Frank (photo) coaches at Highland and just had a baby this year. She ran 22:44 and crushed the female record which was in the 24 minute range. Garcia ran 22:40 only a few weeks after running in the state cross country meet and completing a 30 mile training run.

Monday, December 6, 2010

2010 Cross Country


2010 Photos HERE.

2010 Runners & Coaches of the Year Sarah Baker & Erik Garcia take Top Honors

California Indoor State Meet - 02.26.11

California Indoor State Meet

The meet will run in conjunction with the Run for the Dream meet in Fresno, Ca on Feb. 26, 2011. There will be a set of running and field events with 3 relays.

There will be 8 qualifying meets held on Feb. 5 & 12, 2011 around California for the Feb. 26th meet. There will be 4 meets in Southern California and 2 meets in Northern California and 1 in Central California and 1 in San Diego. The entry fee at the 8 qualifying meets will be determined by the meet director at the specific location. The list of qualifying meets will be:

San Diego Del Norte HS Feb. 5, 2011 TBA
Riverside Riverside CC Feb. 12, 2011 TBA
Los Angeles Cerritos CC Feb. 12, 2011 TBA
Fresno Kingsburg HS Feb. 5, 2011 11:00a
Sacramento UC Davis Feb. 12, 2011 TBA
Bay Area UC Berkeley Feb. 5, 2011 TBA
Orange County Trabuco Hills HS Feb. 5, 2011 TBA
LA Valley CSU Northridge Feb. 5, 2011 TBA

Qualifying: (click here for marks and records)
The top 3 in each running event and relays, and the top 2 in all field events will be invited to run in the CA. Indoor State HS Invit on Feb. 26th. All athletes wishing to compete in the CA. State HS Invit must sign up on the day of the qualifying meet (Feb. 5 & 12, 2010), and pay the entry fee. The cost of entering the CA. Indoor State HS Invit is $25.

EVENTS: (Feb. 5 & 12)
Running: Field:
55m Pole Vault
55mHH High Jump
600y (550m) Long Jump
800m Triple Jump
Mile Shot Put
2 Mile Weight Throw (Invitation Only for Feb. 26th)
4 x 145m (4 x 200m)
4 x 400m
4 x 800m

There will be a performance standard for each event for the athletes who do not qualify for the meet by place. This standard will be published at a later date on Dyestatcal.com.

There will be a sign-up table at all 8 regional meets to sign-up athletes who would like to compete in the Feb. 26th meet. All athletes must sign-up on Feb. 5 & 12. There will be no late entry for the Feb. 26th meet. Click here for Meet Day Schedule

Athletes will be asked to supply their own implements at both the qualifying meet and Invit. Meet.

Awards:
The top 3 in every event will receive an award.

Checkout VSAthletics.com or Dyestatcal.com for more information as it becomes available.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

2010 Footlocker Cross Country Championships - 12.04.10

2010 Footlocker Cross Country Championships - 12.04.10
Date: December 4, 2010
Location: Mt. San Antonio College, Walnut (Calif.)
Event Info: : The Foot Locker West regional is a qualifier for the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships in San Diego December 11.


  • DyeStatCal Coverage HERE.
  • Previous Noise Coverage HERE.
  • Meet Website HERE.

QUALIFYING FOR FOOT LOCKER FINALS
The top 10 boys and girl finishers qualify for national finals in San Diego.

SCHEDULE

7:10 7th/8th Grade - 2 Mile
  • Downtown School 7th grader Maggie Baker came 11th (53rd overall) in a time of 13:09 (Her sister is 4 time League Champ Sarah Baker of Bakersfield High).
7:30 Foot Locker Supporters
7:40 Frosh Soph Girls

7:55 Frosh Soph Boys - 5k
  • Driller sophomore Evan Bowman ran 19:12 for 67th
  • Taft sophomore Chris Lopez ran 20:03 for 108th
8:10 Junior Girls - 5k
  • Marina Johnson ran 24:16 for 100th
8:25 Junior Boys - 5k
  • Stockdale's Cameroon Miller ran 16:58 for 4th
  • Stockdale's Troy Mullen ran 18:49 for 109th
  • Taft's Michael Hernadez ran 19:42 for 178th
8:40 Senior Girls - 5k
  • Emily Viveros ran 22:22 for 57th
  • Jessica Hendendez ran 28:08 for 168th
8:55 Senior Boys - 5k
  • Taft's Jeremias Xancale ran 18:13 fro 73rd
9:10 Frosh Soph All West Girls - 5k
  • Shafter's Cambria Tudor ran 21:01 for 22nd place
9:25 Frosh Soph All West Boys - 5k
  • Stockdale freshman Blake Haney ran 17:08 for 14th
9:55 Seeded Girls - 5k
  • Driller Sarah Baker ran 20:59 for 104th
  • Garce junior Marie Huff ran 21:33 for 115th
10:40 Seeded Boys - 5k
  • Independence junior Dwyane Facho ran 18:30 for 187th
  • Stockdale junior Curtis Kelly ran 17:34 for 151st
11:15-12:15 Awards

Mr. Toad's Wild Run - 12.04.10

Mr. Toad's Wild Run - 12.04.10

FaceBook HERE.
Previous Noise Coverage HERE.
Race Website HERE.
Bakersfield Distance Project Results HERE.
2010 Photos HERE.
Mr. Toad's Wild Canyon Ride Video HERE.
20k Course via Garmin HERE.


Join the Bakersfield Track Club and the Kern Council on Physical Fitness and Sports in celebrating Mr. Toad's 20th Anniversary. These are the 20k and 5k runs you look forward to every year.

Both courses feature rugged terrain and a finish down Toad's Gully. Fill your appetite for hills at one of Bakersfield's toughest running events.

Iphone Videos of the Race.
Mr. Toads Wild 20K
December 13, 2010

********** AWARDS LIST FOR 20K RACE **************

********** OVERALL RESULTS FOR FEMALES *********
1 CASSANDRA GLASSEY 21 1:25:36

********** OVERALL RESULTS FOR MALES *********
1 CRAIG VARNER 16 1:20:43

MALE AGE GROUP: 1 - 19
1 229 CRAIG VARNER 16 1:20:43
2 230 JUAN CALDERON 18 1:21:42
3 239 HAYDEN RANEY 17 1:31:35
4 242 JORDAN DICKSON 16 1:36:01
5 246 MICHAEL HENDERSON 15 1:36:54
6 252 JESSE MUNIZ 16 1:43:12
7 304 JOSE DIAZ 15 2:13:17
8 333 ANDRES RAMIREZ 16 2:46:10
9 334 LUIS MACIAS 17 2:54:14

FEMALE AGE GROUP: 1 - 19
1 269 JENNIFER HAWTHORNE 17 1:55:39
2 335 MARGARITA RAMIREZ 15 2:54:14

MALE AGE GROUP: 20 - 29
1 231 DAVID BACUS 26 1:23:01
2 238 LUKE ROBERTS 27 1:31:32
3 256 Aaron HEBELER 26 1:46:13
4 257 NOEL VELASCO 29 1:46:13
5 274 KRISTOPHER OLSON 29 2:00:17
6 309 NOAH CORNELL 23 2:15:44
7 312 SEBASTIAN TLATELPA 21 2:17:43
8 315 ABELINO TLATELPA 23 2:20:52

FEMALE AGE GROUP: 20 - 29
1 233 CASSANDRA GLASSEY 21 1:25:36
2 258 KRISTI SMITH 27 1:46:56
3 277 CORINA VEISS 28 2:01:24
4 292 CHELSEY MCGAUHEY 27 2:06:48
5 325 SONIA TLATELPA 28 2:34:04

MALE AGE GROUP: 30 - 39
1 234 DIEGO DIAZ 37 1:26:43
2 235 B.J. KINGSBURY 30 1:29:14
3 236 EULOGIO RODRIGUEZ 30 1:29:18
4 240 JOSE MONTELONG 39 1:31:43
5 241 FREDDIE BINGHAM 36 1:34:05
6 244 EDWARD WASHBURN 32 1:36:05
7 249 JEFF GIUMARRA 34 1:41:53
8 250 JESUS CORDOVA 32 1:42:00
9 251 BRIAN SCHAAD 33 1:42:54
10 265 JOSEPH GURON 32 1:51:48
11 276 ANDRIS VEISS 35 2:01:09
12 283 WES OBERG 33 2:02:53
13 289 JEFF TAPE 32 2:05:38
14 298 BRENT GOODSPEED 37 2:08:37
15 305 CHAD FUNKHOUSER 36 2:13:54
16 311 CLIFF JOHANSEN 36 2:15:50

FEMALE AGE GROUP: 30 - 39
1 248 NICOLE GUIMARRA 33 1:41:51
2 262 MELISSA ROSALES 30 1:51:12
3 270 BREE TAPE 32 1:56:52
4 278 MONICA BANDUCCI 30 2:01:43
5 285 PAM RIVERA 36 2:04:42
6 295 OLIVIA GARCIA 38 2:07:22
7 297 CYNTHIA ADAME 34 2:07:59
8 317 ARLENE CABRAL 38 2:24:51
9 326 MARISELA ALDACO 33 2:35:47
10 327 KENDALL HEISEY 34 2:38:32
11 336 SANTA MONTIEL 34 2:56:30

MALE AGE GROUP: 40 - 49
1 232 JUAN LOPEZ 48 1:23:57
2 237 GLENN CHANPAGNE 49 1:31:26
3 247 TIM SUORSA 42 1:41:10
4 255 PHIL JOHNSON 49 1:45:48
5 259 TIM GREILICH 46 1:47:02
6 260 SCOTT DEATON 42 1:49:20
7 261 ROEHL CARAGAO 47 1:50:22
8 264 gERRY SABA 42 1:51:33
9 272 JEFF QUINTANA 49 1:58:47
10 284 JOHN TORPEY 41 2:03:23
11 286 BRUCE WEARDA 42 2:04:51
12 290 JOSHUA GARZA 44 2:05:46
13 291 STEVE SHOEMAKER 46 2:06:02
14 294 MIKE SHULTS 46 2:07:04
15 299 PETE CAVAZOS 47 2:08:57
16 307 TOM RYAN 46 2:14:42
17 308 ROMERO DAVID 41 2:15:08
18 318 GUILLERMO SIFUENTES 46 2:24:55
19 319 ANDY NOISE 47 2:30:19

FEMALE AGE GROUP: 40 - 49
1 245 SUZANNE RIVERA 46 1:36:18
2 268 HOPE ROE 49 1:55:30
3 281 CHRISTY HAYCOCK 42 2:02:45
4 287 JULIE MCDERMOTT 48 2:05:06
5 288 LISA MEHLHAFF 48 2:05:06
6 300 SHELLY FREESEMAN 45 2:09:01
7 301 LUANN SHULTS 46 2:11:47
8 314 KATIE NICKELL 46 2:19:06
9 316 MICHELLE BECK 43 2:23:59
10 321 LINETTE HOLLIDAY 44 2:31:30
11 328 MELANIE REED 43 2:39:21
12 329 CINDY INGALLS 48 2:41:56

MALE AGE GROUP: 50 - 59
1 243 CRAIG GARDENER 54 1:36:02
2 253 MIKE TOLAND 54 1:43:45
3 254 DAVE MUT 57 1:44:29
4 263 JOHN LEE 52 1:51:32
5 266 JOE BERRY 53 1:53:57
6 267 RAY PURCELL 54 1:55:20
7 279 STANLEY HUGHES 50 2:02:30
8 282 DON BARRINGTON 51 2:02:52
9 310 DANIEL PINHEIRO 53 2:15:44
10 324 RICHARD TERRY 53 2:33:47
11 330 HESTOR RUBIO 56 2:45:14

FEMALE AGE GROUP: 50 - 59
1 271 JILL KEMMERLING 52 1:58:13
2 273 DENISE HAYNES 51 1:59:24
3 275 TERRI WILSON 51 2:00:25
4 296 PAT EVERHART 53 2:07:54
5 303 ANNE MULKINS 56 2:12:24
6 313 NORMA DIAZ 51 2:18:37
7 320 RUTH SAENZ 57 2:31:15
8 322 RANDY MITCHELL 57 2:32:36
9 323 NANCY BRUCE 51 2:32:36
10 331 PENNY SCHUH 53 2:46:00
11 337 PATRICIA BECK 54 2:57:32
12 338 EVELYN VELASQUEZ 53 3:17:04

MALE AGE GROUP: 60 - 69
1 280 BILL SMITH 61 2:02:42

FEMALE AGE GROUP: 60 - 69
1 293 AMY FREDERICKS 64 2:06:50
2 302 CAROL WESTON 63 2:12:22
3 332 MARVIS FRIESEN 63 2:46:00


Mr. Toads Wild 5K
December 13, 2010



********** AWARDS LIST FOR 5K RACE **************

********** 1st Overall Female *********
1 ANNA FRANK 28 18:36

********** 1st Overall Male*********
1 CARL HATLEY 51 20:27

MALE AGE GROUP: 1 - 12
1 10 BALTAZAR GARCIA 10 21:47
2 26 WES PRICE-JR. 9 24:26
3 70 CHASE CRIDER 12 27:38
4 89 JULIAN LOPEZ 9 29:25
5 90 MICHAEL HAGAR 10 29:26
6 97 JESUS BARRAZA 9 30:02
7 101 CHRISTIAN HERNANDEZ 10 30:48
8 122 AUSTIN HOAGLAND 12 32:33
9 148 TRISTEN HOAGLAND 9 34:47
10 159 JACOB GARNER 9 36:18
11 200 FERNANDO VARGAS 9 44:17
12 207 JOHNATHAN VALDEZ 8 48:22
13 215 HARRISON LOPEZ 7 49:57
14 223 BENJAMIN PAZ 10 55:52

FEMALE AGE GROUP: 1 - 12
1 35 VANESA CORTES 12 24:57
2 95 ALTHEA CRIDER 8 29:59
3 132 TIAHNA NERI 10 33:20
4 208 VALERIE TORRES 11 48:57
5 219 EMILIE BECK 8 50:10
MALE AGE GROUP: 13 - 14
1 32 DANIEL AGUIRRE 14 24:49
2 62 SALVADOR VARGAS 14 27:08
3 92 ROBERTO RAMIREZ 14 29:42
4 158 MATTHEW MEDRANO 13 36:17

FEMALE AGE GROUP: 13 - 14
1 22 ASHLEY HAYCOCK 14 23:48
2 58 FRANCESCA MOORE 13 26:42
3 177 AMARISSA DICKINSON 13 39:23
4 192 AUBREY HOFFMAN 14 42:27

MALE AGE GROUP: 15 - 19
1 4 SCOTT VANMATRE 15 20:27
2 5 MITCH TENNEY 17 20:55
3 6 KEVIN SCRIVANO 15 21:17
4 9 GAMON RAMOS 15 21:37
5 21 TJ MOFFIT 16 23:24
6 29 KHANH PHAN 16 24:40
7 55 JARED REID 16 26:28
8 59 FRANCISCO BTNADE 16 26:47
9 77 GABRIEL MACIAS 15 28:26
10 104 BRIAN MCKINLEY 17 31:07
11 105 JOSE AGUILAR 15 31:18
12 115 JASON PEREZ 17 32:09
13 170 JOUY CABRERA 16 38:08
14 179 MARK TORRES 19 39:44
15 203 MARIO LEON 15 46:30
16 206 GUSTAVO RAMIREZ 16 47:46

FEMALE AGE GROUP: 15 - 19
1 40 HARUMI MARTINEZ 15 25:27
2 60 LAMESIA MYLES 15 26:49
3 114 EDEN BALMET 19 32:00
4 120 JESSICA HARRIS 19 32:22
5 141 EMILY SILVA 19 34:10
6 144 BROOKE VINSON 19 34:17
7 145 TEDDI PIERCE 16 34:25
8 146 JACQUELINE DICKSON 19 34:31
9 188 ILYANNA MENDOZA 15 42:02
10 204 RIANA MORNING 16 46:30
11 205 SANDRA ESPARZA 17 47:45
12 221 MARGARET PAZ 16 53:59

MALE AGE GROUP: 20 - 29
1 14 JUSTIN SCHWEITZER 22 22:24
2 15 JAMES DICKSON 23 22:35
3 17 EVIS SALAZAR 29 22:40
4 19 NICHOLAS SANDOVAL 23 23:10
5 36 ARTHUR SMITH 29 24:58
6 49 KYLE BRADFIELD 25 25:54
7 51 SAL SAAVEDRA 25 26:01
8 63 KYLE BARDET 23 27:11
9 69 JOHN BISHOP 26 27:32
10 73 NICK BRYANT 28 28:01
11 106 DAVID RICHTER 20 31:21
12 142 ALEX ESCALANTE 27 34:13
13 165 GARRETT WELCH 26 37:07

FEMALE AGE GROUP: 20 - 29
1 2 ARIANNA CELIS 22 19:02
2 12 ANJA MEJIA 27 22:11
3 25 MADISON PADGETT 23 24:18
4 33 SARAH KANIA 25 24:50
5 78 ELISA CARLSON 28 28:32
6 83 KAMI JACKSON 25 28:41
7 94 DANIELLE GONG 20 29:54
8 103 HEATHER MCAULAY 25 31:06
9 129 WHITNEY AGUIRRE 22 32:53
10 133 KATIE JOHNSON 26 33:25
11 143 JULIET ESCALANTE 27 34:17
12 154 EMILY PIERCE 22 35:40
13 160 FALLYN WELCH 26 36:20
14 171 CARA JOHNS 23 38:42
15 189 ZENAIDA MENDOZA 28 42:09
16 202 AMANDA TUMBLIN 29 45:10

MALE AGE GROUP: 30 - 39
1 7 KEVIN PERKINS 39 21:21
2 18 SHAWN BURKE 37 22:41
3 20 ROBERT RODRIQUEZ 35 23:15
4 23 MOISES CONTRERAS 38 23:55
5 24 CORY BRINGMAN 39 23:59
6 28 MATTHEW WILLIAMS 34 24:31
7 31 ISMAEL DIAZ 35 24:41
8 44 SETH JOHNSON 30 25:42
9 61 CORY MCWILLIAMS 32 27:06
10 72 JOSE ORANTES 35 27:49
11 75 BRIAN CHAVEZ 34 28:21
12 80 GREGORY NEWTON 37 28:37
13 85 WES PRICE 38 28:53
14 91 PRESTON BURGER 39 29:35
15 93 DAVID GAGO 32 29:49
16 98 DANIEL RAMIREZ 38 30:03
17 99 MARKO HORVAT 32 30:31
18 116 JOEY JOHNSON 36 32:10
19 126 MICHAEL BEAGLE 34 32:44
20 140 BEN WAGEMAN 34 34:07
21 163 JESS WILLIAMS 34 36:53
22 191 EMETERIO TUBERA 32 42:20

FEMALE AGE GROUP: 30 - 39
1 41 JENNIFER EGGERS 35 25:30
2 47 JILL JOHANSEN 33 25:49
3 50 CATHERINE KINGSBURY 30 26:00
4 53 SUSIE PENCE 33 26:05
5 64 ANGELA-BUCH MOLINAR 33 27:21
6 71 KATE PLOTNER 30 27:44
7 74 DEL GLOSS 38 28:12
8 81 NATALIE HORVAT 31 28:39
9 82 NATALIE BURSZTYN 30 28:40
10 84 BECCA FERGUSON 35 28:51
11 87 MISSY FLOWEES 39 29:17
12 88 J MCDOUGLE 37 29:24
13 102 MARIA TORREZ 38 31:06
14 110 MARY HUFF 37 31:36
15 112 CYNDI DICKINSON 34 31:49
16 117 SHELLEY SHULTZ-JOHNSON 36 32:11
17 119 ERIN MILLER 34 32:22
18 127 SHEENA CRIDER 39 32:47
19 134 BROOKE GREER 33 33:32
20 137 SARAH HEBELER 30 33:32
21 138 KATRINA HOFFMAN 34 34:06
22 147 CARRIE SWIDECKI 34 34:33
23 155 CRYSTAL MALTONE 37 35:41
24 162 MARIA NIELSEN 30 36:51
25 172 SARAH LEWIS 30 38:44
26 174 JAIME SIMMONS 35 38:50
27 175 NIKI SALCIDO 30 38:54
28 176 JUNE MURRAY 31 38:54
29 178 KELLY WOOLARD 38 39:41
30 193 JENNIFER BRUCKER 35 42:27
31 214 ROSALIE MMONTIEL 31 49:54
32 216 STEPHANIE LOPEZ 37 49:57
33 217 MIMI FALCON 31 49:59

MALE AGE GROUP: 40 - 49
1 27 SCOTT GLASSEY 48 24:26
2 30 BRIAN ESCAMILLA 44 24:40
3 39 BOB BARTON 48 25:27
4 56 MICHAEL CHRISTIAN 47 26:29
5 57 DAVID EGGERS 43 26:35
6 76 HECTOR PACHECO 43 28:23
7 107 JUAN-ANTONI TORRES 42 31:30
8 124 RIC DELACRO 48 32:41
9 196 MICHAEL MARLER 42 43:33
10 210 TONY CHIVINGTON 45 49:36
11 220 DANIEL BECK 42 50:11
12 222 ANTHONY PAZ 49 55:52
13 224 ARmando GOmez 40 1:05:11

FEMALE AGE GROUP: 40 - 49
1 43 GINGER LEBLANC 42 25:41
2 46 VERONICA CASTENEDA 41 25:44
3 48 MARIE MILLAN 48 25:51
4 68 KAM BUTLER 42 27:31
5 79 LORI CHRISTIAN 47 28:34
6 86 KAREN POTETE 47 29:07
7 121 LYNDA GREESEN 48 32:23
8 135 TIFFANY VANFOSSEN 40 33:32
9 136 MOLLY MEARS 42 33:32
10 149 ELIZABETH GONG 49 34:58
11 150 LINDA EPHROM 49 35:05
12 153 AMBER GRIDER TURNER 41 35:35
13 156 LUCY LEAL-PEREIDA 45 35:41
14 166 CRISTI TALLMAN 40 37:21
15 167 LEAH CHIVINGTON 40 37:22
16 168 CYNDI HICKS 48 37:49
17 183 SHEREE SKELLY 42 41:24
18 184 BARBARA MADDOX 46 41:24
19 185 VERONICA VELENZUELA 40 41:57
20 194 MAUREEN MANNING 41 42:48
21 201 STACEY BRICENO 43 44:30
22 209 LISA HARDING 40 49:12

MALE AGE GROUP: 50 - 59
1 8 STEVE HUMPHREYS 52 21:22
2 11 JUAN MARTINEZ 52 21:53
3 13 BRUCE DEETER 55 22:15
4 16 JOHN CAULFIELD 53 22:38
5 34 KEN BERCKES 53 24:55
6 37 WALLY WHITAKER 56 25:22
7 38 PAUL GONZALEZ 59 25:22
8 52 DON ECHOLS 59 26:04
9 65 GARY AGUIRRE 51 27:25
10 66 MIKE CRIDER 52 27:26
11 111 DAVID WILLIAMS 55 31:43
12 113 KENT STANDERUP 51 31:55
13 118 STEVE WILLIAMS 52 32:16
14 123 ANTHONY TERRAZAS 52 32:41
15 128 BRAD WAHL 52 32:51
16 151 GREG JARVIS 52 35:10
17 157 GARY PICKENS 56 35:56
18 173 MICHAEL LEWIS 58 38:44
19 181 CRAIG INGALLS 59 41:02
20 198 GREG UNDERWOOD 54 44:05
21 211 WILL FRANKLIN 54 49:39
22 212 JEFF MARTIN 54 49:39
23 213 MIKE HARVEY 54 49:40
24 227 STEVE SABA 54 1:18:52

FEMALE AGE GROUP: 50 - 59
1 45 LUPE EBERLY 59 25:44
2 54 SHARON PIERCE 51 26:24
3 67 JAYE PRUETT 53 27:29
4 96 LUCY WILLIAMS 52 30:00
5 125 LINDA MONJE 51 32:43
6 130 CHERYL WAHL 51 33:15
7 131 LYNDEE RICHMOND 56 33:17
8 139 DEBBie BRACKLEY 54 34:07
9 161 CECILE WALLIS 51 36:31
10 182 KATHY BERCKES 54 41:15
11 186 PRISCILLA BACUS 52 41:58
12 190 PATRICIA COTE-SANDERS 57 42:13
13 195 KAREN BAUGHMAN 54 43:21
14 197 ELLEN REYNOLDS 53 43:59
15 199 LOALEA UNDERWOOD 52 44:06
16 226 PETRA IMHOF 51 1:15:49

MALE AGE GROUP: 60 - 69
1 42 KLAUS BENAMY-HACKEL 60 25:39
2 100 CHUCK ABBE 64 30:32
3 108 PEPE ORTEGA 61 31:33
4 109 DON BRAKEBILL 63 31:35

FEMALE AGE GROUP: 60 - 69
1 152 ODETTE HUDSON 61 35:30
2 169 JUDY REED 67 38:02
3 187 SAMMYE DICKARD 62 42:02
4 218 BETTY HALLUM 66 50:07

MALE AGE GROUP: 70 - 99
1 180 ART FREDERICKS 78 40:02
2 228 JACK SABA 77 1:18:54










Saturday, November 27, 2010

2010 CIF State Cross Country Championships - 11.27.10

2010 CIF State Cross Country Championships
November 27, 2010  Woodward Park 5K Course, Fresno CA
Weather: Mid 50's Cloudy,cool

2010 Complete Results HERE.
DyeStatCal Coverage HERE.
Combined Boys HERE.
Combined Girls HERE.
Californian Coverage HERE.
DyeStatCal Videos HERE.
RunnerSpace.Com Videos HERE.
Photos HERE.

Division 1 Boys - Complete Results HERE. Splits HERE.


18. 411 Stockdale ( 16:29 1:22:23)
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1 31 Cameron Miller JR 15:46
2 41 Curtis Kelly JR 15:54
3 97 Blake Haney FR 16:40
4 111 Connor Fisher SO 16:51
5 131 Tyus Thompson FR 17:12
6 (140) Troy Mullen JR 17:21
7 (144) Stephen Burke SR 17:44

Division 2 Boys - Complete Results HERE. Splits HERE.

98 Ivan Esquivias JR Highland-Cs 16:37

Division 2 Girls - Complete Results HERE. Splits HERE.

54 Sydney Roman SO East Bakersfield 301 CS 19:06
115 Marie Navea-Huff JR Garces Memorial 323 CS 19:52

Division 4 Girls - Complete Results HERE. Splits HERE.

20. 449 McFarland ( 21:03 1:45:12)
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1 52 Jennifer Ramirez FR 20:21
2 76 Carmen Hernandez FR 20:43
3 94 Kathy Torres JR 21:00
4 106 Britany Perez SO 21:18
5 121 Veronica Garcia FR 21:50
6 (132) Corina Garcia SR 22:11
7 (135) Alma Sarriba FR 22:47

Division 1 Girls - Complete Results HERE. Splits HERE.

21. 543 Stockdale ( 20:04 1:40:19)
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1 94 Amber Nelson SR 19:42
2 99 Tori Blackmon SO 19:44
3 115 Michelle Meyerholtz FR 20:16
4 116 Ashley Bell JR 20:17
5 119 Cynthia Lopez SR 20:20
6 (130) Olivia Fisher FR 20:51
7 (151) Jennifer Hawthorne SR 22:23

Division 3 Girls - Complete Results HERE. Splits HERE.

103 Natalie Fernandez SR Foothill-Cs 20:04
135 Shayla Russell JR Independence-Cs 20:39
138 Emily Viveros SR Independence-Cs 20:41
177 Ashley Haycock FR Highland-Cs 21:54

21. 577 Shafter ( 21:03 1:45:14)
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1 82 Cambria Tudor SO 20:09
2 83 Nicolette Aldape SO 20:11
3 130 Eva Viss SR 21:15
4 140 Ana Loeza JR 21:47
5 142 Ashley Foster SO 21:52
6 (144) Erika Hernandez JR 21:56
7 (149) Moriah Millwee JR 22:22

22. 596 Ridgeview-CS ( 21:17 1:46:22)
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1 59 Tijerra Lynch SR 19:35
2 117 Lashya Morgan SO 20:55
3 119 Desiree Armendariz JR 20:57
4 147 Deserae Tarr SO 22:03
5 154 Daisy Zepeda FR 22:52
6 (155) Juanita Moronez FR 23:07
7 (156) Ashley Hickey FR 23:23

Division 4 Boys - Complete Results HERE. Splits HERE.

59 Jeremais Xancale SR Taft 16:50

Division 3 Boys - Complete Results HERE. Splits HERE.

94 Daymon Sandles SR Golden Valley 16:34
178 Omar Nunez JR Delano 17:46


14. 320 McFarland ( 16:29 1:22:22)
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1 13 Erik Garcia SO 15:45
2 45 Jose Monrreal JR 16:14
3 71 Marco Perez SR 16:33
4 73 Francisco Nava SR 16:33
5 118 Jose Bello SO 17:17
6 (123) Leo Perez SR 17:23
7 (150) Danny Garcia FR 18:01

17. 472 Shafter ( 16:54 1:24:29)
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1 56 Jesus Villaplando SO 16:21
2 80 Luis Mireles JR 16:39
3 100 Alex Moreno SR 16:57
4 107 Simon Viss SO 17:04
5 129 Jose Espinoza SO 17:28
6 (130) Miguel Plascencia SR 17:28
7 (146) Omar Aguilar SR 17:51

Monday, November 22, 2010

Santa Monica Mountains - 11.20.10

Santa Monica Mountains
Sunday, 20 November 2011
9km, 18km, 30km & 50km

Race Website HERE.
2010 Photos HERE.
PCTR FaceBook HERE.

Mens Results
30,000 Meters
Andy Noise 4:55:22 BDP -

Womens Results
18,000 Meters
Gayle McNeir 3:53:54 BDP -
Ruth Saenz 2:45:40 BDP -

30,000 Meters
Shawna Rountree 3:26:18 BDP -
Denni Jorgensen 4:04:44 BDP -
Cindy Adame 4:16:07 BDP -
Norma Diaz 4:39:09 BDP -
Lyndi Wilson 4:49:56 BDP
Lisa Sorensen 4:56:07 BDP -
Diana Daves 5:25:00 BDP -

For years I have wanted to do a trail run but the only ones I have done are the Mr.Toad's 20k and the Rio Bravo 10 miler and they are not really trail runs. Recently I started hiking and though I like doing it, I don't like having to carry all the gear and worrying about water and food out in the wilds. So I surmised that a real trail run would be the best of both worlds.

After doing this race, I proved my prediction because I really enjoyed the event. The Pacific Coast Trail people know how to put on an event. I only wish they had more races in the Southern California area because traveling to Northern California can get expensive.

I picked this race this summer and told my Bakersfield Distance Projecters about it and many were up for the challenge. In the end, eight of us decided to do the event and we put together a car pool to get there. Though it was only 130 miles away, we decided to meet at Bagels & Blenderz at 5am so we would be there in plenty of time for the 8:30am start.

The week leading up to the race went well but news of raining being forecast for the weekend made all of even more nervous. We had not done a trail run and adding mud and water to the mix made the idea even more daunting. The day before the Sunday event it rained quite a bit and we got wet at the Killa Hilla run that morning while others got wet or cold at the Turkey Trot.

That night I was awaken in the middle of the night by the rain pouring off my roof and I thought this is not a good sign. But when I got up at 4am, the sky was clear and there was a brilliant full moon in the sky. I loaded up my van and headed to Del Taco to have an early breakfast.

Now most would say "Del Taco?" but for me it works. I get a steak and egg burrito and I am good to go. Awhile back, I heard someone say that ultra running is more of an eating contest than a running contest and I believe that is true. Now today's 30k is not an ultra but I was going to be out there for 5 hours and you can not go that long unless you eat and drink properly.

So in training I am like a bear, bears are omnivores and so am I. I experiment with eating all kinds of things so that my body can handle what ever I throw at it. In a race, you do not know what they are serving at the aid stations and if you did, they might run out of it or it might taste awful. Before a long run, I fuel up on all kinds of things and have found that a regular meal works for me.

For instance before I run the Los Angeles marathon, I eat a Tommie's chili burger at two or three am and it has served me well during the race. So at 4:30am, I hit the drive-thru at Del Taco and there was a line. The van in front of me took forever to order and then their order took forever to make. They got six cokes, three coffee drinks and three bags of food! Guess somebody was hungry. Finally I got my food and headed to Bagels to meet my BDPers.

Because of my food pit-stop, I was not the first there and in a few minutes everyone was there. We loaded into Lisa and Denni's SUVs and headed off for our adventure. Most of the talk was about the weather and what were we getting ourselves into. As we drove by Frazier Park, it started to rain and then it snowed a bit. Fortunately once we went over the Tejon Pass, the precipitation disappeared for the day.

In Filmore, we made a pit-stop at the Starbucks and then we were on our way again. After some GPS meanderings through Oxnard, we finally made it to the race around 7:30am and parked on the PCH. The ocean was stormy but the skies were clear. When we got out of the car it was cold but I expected it to warm up by race start.

What was nice was the start and number pickup was right at the entrance of the park which was right off of PCH. So we grabbed our numbers and then went back to the cars to figure out what we would wear for the run. I think most of us guessed right and were glad the rain stayed away for the day.

By now it was time for the start so we headed back to the park and got ready for our first real trail run to begin. Everyone liked how laid back the start was and then we were off. We only got a little ways up the trail before we hit a traffic jam. There was at least 40 in front of us and they were not moving. I thought perhaps it was a creek crossing bit found out it was just a gully with a little mud.

The good thing is it let me catch my breathe and look at where we were headed and it looked all up hill. The first miles were the most technical and the steepest too. I knew coming down this section was going to be tricky and going up was not a piece of cake either. I also saw the runners thinning out in a line and headed to a very tall peak and knew this was going to be a long climb.

By this time most of my BDPers were out of sight and I would not see them again till the finish. Lisa was ahead of me and Diana was right behind him. It was easy to keep track of Lisa because of her hair that was the only color out there besides the orange trail ribbons. The trail was single track for the most part and only muddy in spots.

Which was good, because we needed all the traction we could get since all we were doing was climbing. After a number of miles we reached the top and were treated to a great view of the coast line and a flat/slightly downhill trail too. So after doing mile one in 17:53, mile two in 16:47 and mile 3 in 18:44, I finally got to run more than I walked. Miles 4,5, and 6 were done in 12:50,13:43 and 13:44.

Miles 5 and 6 were through a large grass meadow which reminded me of Jurassic Park and I kept looking for dinosaurs. By now Diana had caught me and was leading the way. We were both trying to catch Lisa but I knew soon we would lose sight of her when we hit the technical downhill section that we had earlier climbed up.

I stayed with Diana for a while in this section but then she told me to go ahead so I did. Here is where I had wished I had wore my trail shoes because the rocks hurt me feet and I kicked quite a few too. Plus now it started to feel warm out and I wished I had worn my camelbak. I always train with it but at races, I like the light feeling I get by not wearing it. Usually I can get by carrying a bottle and refilling it at aid stations but here the aid stations were 6 to 7 miles apart.

Plus i was trying to take pictures and having a camera in one hand and a bottle in the other was not a good idea. I almost fell a couple times but managed to stay on my feet. I was alone during this section and mile 7 was done in 15:23. But at least I was at the aid station. They had all sorts of food but I just refilled my bottle and took off.

Over the summer I have been listening to the Trail Slammer pod casts and he warned about lingering to long at aid stations so I heeded his advice. He ran one ultra that had chip timing at the aid stations and was amazed to find out how much time he stayed at aid stations during an ultra. his pod cast is where I heard about ultras being eating contests btw.

Now the course was going on the second longer loop (11 miles or so) and we would get to do two more 1200 foot climbs. As I head up the first climb, I could see Lisa with a group of runners and set off to catch them. This was made more difficult by the steady stream of faster runners coming done the single track as I was trying to go up. About half way up I caught up with her and then pressed on because I can not run downhill very fast.

I have the technique down but my size limits how fast I can go. I am like a Mack truck going down the Grapevine and I could easily be a runaway train if I do not brake myself. I did miles 8, 9, 10 and 11 in 16:38,17:17.17:11 and 17:11 and passed about 8 runners going up. The views on this single track were spectacular and at the top, one could see where we were going.

Here the single track became a fire road that was pretty steep but runnable. Unfortunately everyone I passed could run down it a lot faster than I could and they all passed me on the way down to the second aid station. Miles 11, 12 and 13 were run in 15:21, 13:21 and 11:57 and I was glad when we hit the flat road to the aid station where I caught up with Lisa and her friend.

We walked to the aid station where we were glad that we could refill our depleted bottles. There was plenty to eat too but I just grabbed a couple handfuls of salty stuff and took off. Lisa and the others looked like they were planning on staying a little longer but I knew I needed to get going.

As I headed up the road, I heard some shrieking and turned around and saw Lisa and her friend dancing away from something. I was hoping it was not a snake and later I found out it was a large spider. Soon after their encounter with a beast, I started up the beast on the course. We headed up fire trail to fire road and it was steep. I caught a couple people going up and felt good even though it was hard.

All the hiking at altitude this past summer made this course a lot easier. The trails were steep but having air to breathe is a big bonus. So once we got back on the fire road, I was able to increase my pace and catch a couple more runners. I needed to push the uphill because I knew I was going to get caught by many going back downhill to the finish.

too be continued ...

Saturday, November 13, 2010

The Bakersfield Track Club Half Marathon and 5K - 11.13.10

The Bakersfield Track Club Half Marathon and 5K
November 13, 2010

2010 Half Marathon Results HERE.
2010 5k Results HERE.
2010 Photos HERE.
2010 Half Marathon Age Group Results HERE.
2010 5k Age Group Results HERE.
2010 Bakersfield Distance Project Results HERE.
Previous Noise Coverage HERE.

Hand Cycle Division
1 Scott Mobley M 57:25 4:23

Runners
Place Name Sex Time Pace Div/Tot Div
1 David Bacus M 1:16:04 5:49 1/8 M2529
2 Rudy Montoya M 1:18:48 6:01 1/10 M4044
3 JAVIER CRUZ M 1:20:12 6:08 1/11 M4549
4 Steve Dirkse M 1:23:59 6:25 2/10 M4044
5 DAVID LITTLE M 1:24:04 6:25 1/10 M0119
6 EULIGIO RODRIGUEZ M 1:25:18 6:31 1/17 M3034
7 FERMIN TORRES M 1:26:39 6:37 1/17 M3539
8 Stacy Phelps F 1:29:01 6:48 1/33 F3034
9 IAN HEITER M 1:29:19 6:50 2/8 M2529
10 MICHAEL BAUMANN M 1:29:31 6:50 1/15 M5054
11 Craig Gardner M 1:29:46 6:52 2/15 M5054
12 JOSE MONTELONGO M 1:29:50 6:52 2/17 M3539
13 Freddie Bingham M 1:30:06 6:53 3/17 M3539
14 Joshua Phelps M 1:30:18 6:54 2/17 M3034
15 Bruce Deeter M 1:30:22 6:54 1/8 M5559
16 CHRIS RODRIGUEZ M 1:30:30 6:55 3/17 M3034
17 Bart VanderWal M 1:31:05 6:58 2/11 M4549
18 ANTHONY BARBOZA M 1:31:16 6:58 3/8 M2529
19 ALEM KEBEDE M 1:31:23 6:59 3/15 M5054
20 Dale Lister M 1:31:27 6:59 3/11 M4549
21 Brett Dobson M 1:31:50 7:01 4/17 M3539
22 Matt James M 1:32:13 7:03 4/17 M3034
23 DONAVON GABRIEL M 1:32:27 7:04 5/17 M3034
24 JEFF MEGER M 1:32:32 7:04 3/10 M4044
25 Anja Mejia F 1:34:07 7:12 1/18 F2529
26 SUZANNE RIVERA F 1:35:30 7:18 1/10 F4549
27 Kristopher Vander Kooy M 1:35:34 7:18 4/8 M2529
28 REY RODRIGUEZ M 1:36:24 7:22 6/17 M3034
29 CHUCK FIELAND M 1:36:34 7:23 4/15 M5054
30 AARON ALBAY M 1:37:45 7:28 2/10 M0119
31 CHRIS FELIX M 1:38:09 7:30 5/17 M3539
32 ROEhl CARAGAO M 1:38:23 7:31 4/11 M4549
33 Jason Webb M 1:38:30 7:32 6/17 M3539
34 JOSEPH SWEET M 1:38:45 7:33 7/17 M3539
35 Brian Lee M 1:39:05 7:34 5/11 M4549
36 BRUCE WEARDA M 1:39:27 7:36 4/10 M4044
37 Evan Ross M 1:39:52 7:38 3/10 M0119
38 WAYNE HANAWALT M 1:40:18 7:40 6/11 M4549
39 Victor Arcabos M 1:40:35 7:41 5/10 M4044
40 DANIEL TAVEREZ M 1:41:06 7:44 8/17 M3539
41 Scott Deaton M 1:41:19 7:44 6/10 M4044
42 SHAWNA ROUNT F 1:42:02 7:48 2/18 F2529
43 JOSEPH GURON M 1:42:13 7:49 7/17 M3034
44 MIKE TOLAND M 1:42:26 7:50 5/15 M5054
45 RODERICK MARCIA M 1:42:28 7:50 9/17 M3539
46 DANIEL RAMIREZ M 1:42:39 7:51 1/3 M6064
47 Jessica Moore F 1:43:30 7:54 2/33 F3034
48 JEREMY SCHEIDLE M 1:44:09 7:57 8/17 M3034
49 Therese Singleterry F 1:44:40 8:00 1/13 F3539
50 TANIA FLEETHAM F 1:45:32 8:04 3/33 F3034
Place Name Sex Time Pace Div/Tot Div
51 TINA MOFFIT F 1:45:52 8:05 2/10 F4549
52 ERIK OLIVAREZ M 1:47:15 8:12 4/10 M0119
53 John Lee M 1:47:27 8:13 6/15 M5054
54 Paul Gonzalez M 1:47:35 8:13 2/8 M5559
55 Todd Witwer M 1:48:47 8:19 3/8 M5559
56 craig smith M 1:48:56 8:19 7/11 M4549
57 Michael Gifford M 1:48:59 8:20 7/10 M4044
58 Steven Smith M 1:49:03 8:20 8/11 M4549
59 Kiyoshi Tomono M 1:49:09 8:20 9/17 M3034
60 Stanley Hughes M 1:49:44 8:23 7/15 M5054
61 CHARLES MATHER M 1:50:32 8:27 5/8 M2529
62 Amanda Newell F 1:50:43 8:28 3/18 F2529
63 Klaus Benamy-Hackel M 1:51:54 8:33 2/3 M6064
64 Denise Haynes F 1:52:08 8:34 1/15 F5054
65 BRANDON GRIMM M 1:52:08 8:34 6/8 M2529
66 MICHAEL HUBBELL M 1:52:11 8:34 8/15 M5054
67 Holly Bryan F 1:52:32 8:36 4/18 F2529
68 Vanessa Gonzalez F 1:52:38 8:36 5/18 F2529
69 michelle oxford F 1:53:03 8:38 2/13 F3539
70 SARAH O'CONNER F 1:53:09 8:39 3/13 F3539
71 KENT SNELLING M 1:53:22 8:40 8/10 M4044
72 DAVID COWLES M 1:53:23 8:40 9/10 M4044
73 BRIJ BHAMBI M 1:53:32 8:40 9/15 M5054
74 Daisy Saldana F 1:53:56 8:42 4/33 F3034
75 Bill Smith M 1:54:07 8:43 3/3 M6064
76 VIRGINIA DAO F 1:54:10 8:43 4/13 F3539
77 Chelsey McGauhey F 1:55:17 8:48 6/18 F2529
78 Christy Haycock F 1:55:23 8:49 1/7 F4044
79 Terri Wilson F 1:55:35 8:50 2/15 F5054
80 Hector Rubio M 1:56:28 8:54 4/8 M5559
81 CANDACE BEAUDOIN F 1:56:39 8:55 7/18 F2529
82 Matthew Sgherzi M 1:57:08 8:57 1/2 M2024
83 Brent Goodspeed M 1:57:18 8:58 10/17 M3539
84 Jason Cipriano M 1:57:35 8:59 7/8 M2529
85 SARAH HYER F 1:57:54 9:00 5/33 F3034
86 ROSEMARIE JEANPIERRE F 1:58:11 9:02 3/10 F4549
87 Tamara Carpenter F 1:58:38 9:04 6/33 F3034
88 Amanda Curtis F 1:58:44 9:04 8/18 F2529
89 JOSE DIAZ M 1:58:52 9:05 5/10 M0119
90 Nancy Helms-Cox F 1:59:00 9:05 4/10 F4549
91 Wes Oberg M 1:59:28 9:08 10/17 M3034
92 Danielle BURTON F 1:59:28 9:08 9/18 F2529
93 Monica Banducci F 1:59:45 9:09 7/33 F3034
94 Connie Taylor F 2:00:00 9:10 8/33 F3034
95 Shannon Hernandez F 2:00:03 9:10 9/33 F3034
96 June Heaton F 2:00:06 9:11 3/15 F5054
97 Cindy Adame F 2:00:38 9:13 10/33 F3034
98 TOM WOODARD M 2:00:41 9:13 10/15 M5054
99 Saul Hernandez M 2:00:56 9:14 11/15 M5054
100 JULIO LOPEZ M 2:01:27 9:17 10/10 M4044
Place Name Sex Time Pace Div/Tot Div
101 David Kaplan M 2:01:35 9:17 2/2 M2024
102 JEFF JONES M 2:01:47 9:18 12/15 M5054
103 Pat Everhart F 2:01:51 9:19 4/15 F5054
104 April Goodspeed F 2:01:53 9:19 5/13 F3539
105 ROXANNE SHUFORD F 2:02:05 9:20 5/15 F5054
106 Heidi Funkhouser F 2:02:05 9:20 11/33 F3034
107 Shelley Hussman F 2:02:19 9:21 6/15 F5054
108 GRACE IRIYE F 2:02:39 9:22 6/13 F3539
109 DANNY GARCIA M 2:02:54 9:23 11/17 M3539
110 Meg Reimers F 2:03:32 9:26 2/7 F4044
111 Coby Vander Kooy F 2:03:35 9:26 1/4 F2024
112 dulce hernandez F 2:04:40 9:31 10/18 F2529
113 TOM RYAN M 2:04:48 9:32 9/11 M4549
114 Cindy James F 2:05:22 9:35 5/10 F4549
115 SANDRA EVANS F 2:05:46 9:36 6/10 F4549
116 Maria Steele F 2:05:46 9:37 7/15 F5054
117 GORDON WARDELL M 2:06:03 9:38 5/8 M5559
118 Jialan Su F 2:06:12 9:38 12/33 F3034
119 Heather Ball F 2:06:21 9:39 13/33 F3034
120 Jane Cherry F 2:06:21 9:39 14/33 F3034
121 JOHN RAMIREZ M 2:06:35 9:40 12/17 M3539
122 CHRIS DANFORTH M 2:06:38 9:40 10/11 M4549
123 john carey M 2:06:47 9:41 1/2 M6569
124 TOM SWERTFAGER M 2:06:51 9:41 6/8 M5559
125 Alex Molina M 2:06:59 9:42 6/10 M0119
126 Natalie Horvat F 2:07:00 9:42 15/33 F3034
127 Mindy Bumgarner F 2:07:07 9:43 16/33 F3034
128 Blanca Garcia F 2:07:20 9:44 2/4 F2024
129 Melvin Laven M 2:07:34 9:45 11/17 M3034
130 JEFF COOMBER M 2:07:57 9:46 13/15 M5054
131 Rayana Hunter F 2:07:59 9:46 7/14 F3539
132 David Westerfeld M 2:07:59 9:47 14/15 M5054
133 W. Seth Hunter M 2:08:00 9:47 13/18 M3539
134 Summer Mazantini F 2:08:04 9:47 17/33 F3034
135 LYNDI WILSON F 2:08:26 9:49 11/18 F2529
136 MaraLee Ziebarth F 2:09:48 9:55 8/14 F3539
137 Synthia Hall F 2:11:14 10:02 18/33 F3034
138 Daniel Ramirez M 2:11:16 10:02 14/18 M3539
139 JEANNE LESLIE F 2:11:36 10:03 1/2 F6064
140 John Swallow M 2:12:09 10:06 2/2 M6569
141 LINDA HERRERA F 2:12:36 10:08 7/10 F4549
142 Jennifer Mendes F 2:12:37 10:08 19/33 F3034
143 Robert Farmer M 2:12:41 10:08 12/17 M3034
144 Joan Collins F 2:12:48 10:09 8/15 F5054
145 Donni Higgins F 2:13:34 10:12 9/15 F5054
146 rene perez M 2:14:03 10:14 13/17 M3034
147 Devante Holmes M 2:14:51 10:18 7/10 M0119
148 Susan Shinn F 2:15:07 10:19 20/33 F3034
149 Lindsay Kleiner F 2:15:16 10:20 12/18 F2529
150 Arlene Sifuentes F 2:15:29 10:21 9/14 F3539
151 Katie Nickell F 2:16:00 10:22 8/11 F4549
152 LINDSAY MALLNAVO F 2:16:02 10:24 13/18 F2529
153 Alyssa Rodriquez F 2:17:30 10:30 21/33 F3034
Place Name Sex Time Pace Div/Tot Div
154 JENNIFER MYKYTREK F 2:17:41 10:31 22/33 F3034
155 Neil Higgins M 2:18:07 10:33 7/8 M5559
156 Jeri Rose F 2:18:29 10:35 10/15 F5054
157 JUSTIN WILSON M 2:18:46 10:36 14/17 M3034
158 Melany Millwee F 2:19:15 10:38 3/7 F4044
159 Ruth Medina F 2:20:09 10:42 14/18 F2529
160 Jason Larson M 2:20:42 10:45 14/17 M3539
161 Lori Christian F 2:21:50 10:50 9/11 F4549
162 JESSE TOLEDO M 2:23:04 10:56 15/17 M3034
163 Tricia Berman F 2:23:17 10:57 4/7 F4044
164 DIANA DAVES F 2:23:57 11:00 11/15 F5054
165 Brenda Griffiths F 2:24:20 11:01 15/18 F2529
166 MINERVA LOPEZ F 2:24:24 11:02 5/7 F4044
167 Eileen Knight F 2:24:55 11:04 12/15 F5054
168 Charla Coupland F 2:25:10 11:05 10/11 F4549
169 Craig Coupland M 2:25:11 11:05 15/15 M5054
170 MARY NORTON F 2:25:27 11:07 10/14 F3539
171 Melanie Reed F 2:26:01 11:09 6/7 F4044
172 KRISTINA BELAIR-RAMOS F 2:27:40 11:17 23/33 F3034
173 Betsy Swallow F 2:27:52 11:18 2/3 F6064
174 Darcel Pertusati F 2:27:54 11:18 1/2 F5559
175 RICARDO SALCEDO M 2:28:00 11:18 15/17 M3539
176 ANGELA SILBERT F 2:30:48 11:31 24/33 F3034
177 Kim Nance F 2:30:57 11:32 13/15 F5054
178 Jean Marie Silva F 2:31:19 11:34 11/14 F3539
179 ALMA AGREDANO F 2:31:20 11:34 12/14 F3539
180 Lori Caramody F 2:31:45 11:35 11/11 F4549
181 Nicki Gilbert F 2:31:45 11:36 13/14 F3539
182 Pedro Segura M 2:33:39 11:44 8/8 M5559
183 Sarah Oliver F 2:34:22 11:47 16/18 F2529
184 MARITHZA CASAMALHUAPI F 2:34:22 11:47 3/4 F2024
185 MAYRA SANCHEZ F 2:35:29 11:53 25/33 F3034
186 Melissa Moncur F 2:35:37 11:53 26/33 F3034
187 Susie Deason F 2:35:42 11:54 27/33 F3034
188 Margarita Hernandez F 2:37:01 12:00 28/33 F3034
189 MIKE BOX M 2:38:30 12:06 11/11 M4549
190 Jessica Prater F 2:39:22 12:10 17/18 F2529
191 Bill Snyder M 2:42:24 12:24 16/17 M3034
192 Sandra Williams F 2:42:41 12:26 18/18 F2529
193 Brian Langley M 2:44:32 12:34 16/17 M3539
194 saul perez M 2:47:11 12:46 8/8 M2529
195 Kelly Woolard F 2:48:38 12:53 14/15 F3539
196 Margarita Ramirez F 2:51:14 13:05 1/2 F0119
197 Viviana Beltran F 2:51:15 13:05 2/2 F0119
198 Sammye Dickard F 2:51:20 13:05 3/3 F6064
199 Petra Imhof F 2:51:49 13:07 14/17 F5054
200 COURTNEY CLERICO F 2:52:43 13:12 4/4 F2024
201 GABRIELLE ALEXANDER F 2:54:45 13:21 29/34 F3034
202 Miwa Sanchez F 2:55:12 13:23 7/7 F4044
203 YUKI KAGAWA F 2:55:13 13:23 15/17 F5054
204 Aprul Brown F 2:55:38 13:25 30/34 F3034
205 Ellen Reynolds F 2:56:10 13:27 16/17 F5054
206 Tony Nguyen M 2:56:30 13:29 17/17 M3539
207 REY SEQUEIVA M 3:05:09 14:08 8/10 M0119
Place Name Sex Time Pace Div/Tot Div
208 ANDRES RAMIREZ M 3:05:21 14:09 9/10 M0119
209 Gustavo Ramirez M 3:05:31 14:10 10/10 M0119
210 Trundi Turney F 3:10:30 14:33 11/12 F4549
211 Cheryl Matthews F 3:10:31 14:33 8/9 F4044
212 ERIN GAYER F 3:17:33 15:05 31/34 F3034
213 MEAGAN GONZALEZ F 3:17:33 15:05 32/34 F3034
214 AMANDA BEARDSLEY M 3:17:34 15:05 17/17 M3034
215 MOLY MEYERS F 3:17:34 15:05 33/34 F3034
216 Tara Arnold F 3:18:57 15:12 34/34 F3034
217 Jill Brewer F 3:18:57 15:12 14/14 F3539
218 Nelda Higgins F 3:19:06 15:12 1/1 F7099
219 Alana Kirkley F 3:21:00 15:21 12/12 F4549
220 Lori Espinoza F 3:21:00 15:21 9/9 F4044
221 Toni Colvin F 3:46:01 17:16 2/2 F5559
222 Lynda Ernst F 3:46:03 17:16 17/17 F5054

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Eye-Q Two Cities Marathon & Half - 11.07.10

Eye-Q Two Cities Marathon & Half Marathon

Results HERE.
Photos HERE.

Eye-Q Two Cities Marathon
Bib FName LName City State Age Sex ChipTime ClockTime Overall SexPl DivPl AgeGrade
2103 Chris Rodriquez Bakersfield CA 30 M 3:10:28 3:10:34 31 29 6 65.6%
2106 Kathryn Turner Bakersfield CA 24 F 3:33:52 3:34:33 105 16 3 63.3%
2013 Hayley Tobin Bakersfield CA 42 F 4:00:39 4:01:05 244 62 18 60.3%
1358 Elaina Chapman Bakersfield CA 22 F 4:28:55 4:29:12 402 138 10 50.4%
1602 Richard Jewett Bakersfield CA 54 M 5:16:30 5:17:18 603 378 44 45.7%
1392 Craig Coupland Bakersfield CA 50 M 5:18:58 5:19:22 607 380 45 43.7%
1391 Charla Coupland Bakersfield CA 47 F 5:18:58 5:19:22 608 228 31 48.3%
1231 Paul Anderson Bakersfield CA 47 M 5:28:39 5:29:18 653 405 58 41.3%
1417 Gregory Dewitt Bakersfield CA 41 M 6:21:27 6:22:08 726 436 67 33.8%
2146 Michele Packebush Bakersfield CA 39 F 6:21:29 6:22:10 727 291 55 36.9%

Eye-Q Two Cities Ultra Marathon
(50k)
Bib FName LName City State Age Sex ChipTime ClockTime Overall SexPl DivPl AgeGrade
1088 Hector Rubio Bakersfield CA 56 M 6:23:27 6:23:34 81 45 45 46.6%

Eye-Q Two Cities Marathon & Half - 1/2 Marathon


Bib FName LName City State Age Sex ChipTime ClockTime Overall SexPl DivPl AgeGrade
3939 Craig Gardner Bakersfield CA 54 M 1:32:37 1:36:32 69 63 4 74.8%
6029 Dennis Wolfe Bakersfield CA 25 M 1:37:44 1:49:05 116 99 12 60.6%
4781 Corey McKenna Bakersfield CA 40 M 1:40:22 1:40:40 151 127 13 61.5%
6751 Bruce Wearda Bakersfield CA 42 M 1:43:55 1:45:26 206 172 18 60.3%
4884 Jessica Moore Ali-Adeeb Bakersfield CA 31 F 1:46:12 1:46:23 253 48 11 62.1%
4347 Greg Johnson Bakersfield CA 63 M 1:54:25 1:54:34 516 376 7 65.8%
3927 Maria Garcia Bakersfield CA 28 F 1:54:37 1:55:28 523 145 36 57.4%
3189 Donna Beeson Bakersfield CA 53 F 2:04:10 2:04:32 930 347 14 64.2%













5833 David Urquhart Bakersfield CA 28 M 2:06:21 2:09:36 1018 620 85 46.9%
3957 Christine Gibson Bakersfield CA 30 F 2:07:30 2:08:24 1067 431 86 51.6%
4275 Odette Hudson Bakersfield CA 61 F 2:09:45 2:11:24 1189 502 4 68.7%
3830 Jill Fetters Bakersfield CA 48 F 2:12:14 2:13:06 1324 589 66 56.5%
3947 Zachary Geissel Bakersfield CA 24 M 2:12:31 2:13:33 1337 739 53 44.7%
3294 Elisa Brandon Bakersfield CA 32 F 2:12:32 2:13:33 1338 599 106 49.8%
4826 Lily Mershon Bakersfield CA 24 F 2:13:10 2:14:40 1372 617 69 49.4%
6507 Reidlee Lynn Bakersfield CA 15 F 2:19:26 2:20:57 1644 792 18 50.4%
6365 Emily Meurer Bakersfield CA 15 F 2:19:27 2:20:58 1645 793 19 50.4%
6173 Penny Schuh Bakersfield CA 53 F 2:20:09 2:21:20 1678 817 34 56.9%
4754 Kelly McCarthy Bakersfield CA 39 F 2:20:49 2:23:39 1710 836 161 48.4%
4151 Natasha Hayes Bakersfield CA 37 F 2:20:50 2:23:39 1711 837 162 47.8%
6268 April Snobarger Bakersfield CA 25 F 2:21:35 2:22:27 1753 868 166 46.5%
5272 Michelle Redstone Bakersfield CA 33 F 2:21:47 2:23:44 1761 873 155 46.7%
3796 Charles Everly Bakersfield CA 59 M 2:22:19 2:23:37 1778 894 43 50.9%
6100 Jennifer Soares Bakersfield CA 27 F 2:22:46 2:24:16 1796 898 170 46.1%
4923 Ed Murphy Bakersfield CA 41 M 2:22:59 2:23:57 1809 901 124 43.5%
4455 Marian Kramer Bakersfield CA 28 F 2:24:47 2:26:17 1889 969 181 45.5%
4351 Marilyn Johnson Bakersfield CA 61 F 2:26:48 2:28:00 1961 1024 13 60.7%
3885 Marvis Friesen Bakersfield CA 63 F 2:26:55 2:31:48 1968 1030 14 62.5%
5135 Mindy Perlman Bakersfield CA 34 F 2:29:25 2:30:28 2053 1095 211 44.4%
3646 Stacy Davis Bakersfield CA 31 F 2:29:25 2:30:29 2054 1096 212 44.1%
5701 Sarah Strahan Bakersfield CA 24 F 2:41:21 2:42:51 2420 1369 128 40.8%
3734 Claudia Duran Bakersfield CA 36 F 2:47:14 2:48:18 2547 1470 268 40%
3598 Cece Cross Bakersfield CA 46 F 2:50:48 2:52:27 2643 1549 152 42.7%
4131 Yiota Harrelson Bakersfield CA 36 F 2:52:06 2:53:01 2661 1564 281 38.9%
3632 Paula Darr Bakersfield CA 56 F 2:53:45 2:55:04 2700 1598 48 47.8%
6183 Richard Garrett Bakersfield CA 51 M 3:03:46 3:10:11 2863 1132 96 36.7%
4910 Harpreet Muhar Bakersfield CA 31 F 3:08:24 3:10:13 2932 1786 339 35%
4294 Angela Iacopetti Bakersfield CA 42 F 3:19:32 3:20:27 3069 1896 236 35%
3867 Aaron Fournier Bakersfield CA 39 M 3:41:45 3:43:02 3236 1199 194 27.6%
3868 Vanessa Fournier Bakersfield CA 27 F 3:41:45 3:43:02 3237 2038 370 29.7%

Bib FName LName City State Age Sex ChipTime ClockTime Overall SexPl DivPl AgeGrade
5878 Frank Velasquez Lamont CA 56 M 2:14:36 2:15:01 1436 777 37 52.4%
5877 Evelyn Velasquez Lamont CA 53 F 2:22:49 2:23:15 1801 903 38 55.8%














5418 Natalie Ryan Fresno CA 23 F 2:28:17 2:30:36 2013 1063 99 44.4%
5421 Thomas Ryan Caliente CA 46 M 2:28:20 2:30:36 2017 953 104 43.6%
5419 Sandra Ryan Caliente CA 49 F 3:23:25 3:25:41 3115 1936

My Two Cities Experience:

Because I traveled so much to Fresno, when I coached cross country and track at Bakersfield High, I never really considered running this event. After doing the drive so many times, I could not see myself driving there for a marathon.

But this summer I got an odd email from the race directors. They asked me what the password was for the facebook page I made for their race last year. They thought it was their page. Anyways I gave them the page and they gave me an entry, so I figured I would run the race and I am glad I did.

I still hate the drive but the race is worth it because of amenities they give you and the great volunteers. Plus the race is a nice change of pace from the mega field races that I have been running at lately. The race let me pick up my number the morning of the event which was really nice too.

My day started at around 4am and when I headed to Fresno, despite the threat of rain and a really sore right leg. All the way I worried if my leg would hold up and if i would stay dry. Running in the rain in San Francisco was cool but Fresno not so much. Fortunately for me, I stayed dry and the leg did not bother me at all.

I got to Fresno a little before 6am and parked right near the start and watched the 50kers start before I went and got my race bib. There I got a nice hat and a tech shirt along with my bib and the timer chip. By now it was 6:30am and there was not that many around. It was so weird to be at a marathon with so many porta potties available. In fact during the race, they was always a free one available. So all you runners who need to make pit-stops might consider doing the Fresno Marathon.

At 6:45am I decided to go to the start line and was amazed how few of us were there. There ended up being 741 finishers but honestly, I felt I was running the BTC half marathon. Of course once I got going I really felt like I was on a fully supported training run because there were very few penguins out there.

Now my goal was to break 5:30 and maybe even try to run sub 12 minute pace the whole way. I knew the course would be fast because Fresno is pretty flat and the weather was going to be cool. But then I saw Jessica standing alone in our corral and asked her if she had run this race before.

That question changed my plans for the better and made my Fresno experience a lot better. She said this was her first marathon and the longest she had ever run was 12 miles. She was a Fresno State student and the plan had been for others to join her but they all bailed on her but she was determined to break 6 hours (so she could get the medal and the finisher's sweatshirt) and finish with a smile on her face.

Then the coach in me offered my pointers on achieving those goals. I told her to do the walk/run strategy and to go out easy and just keep moving forward no matter what. Plus she needed to keep hydrated and fueled up. Fortunately she had read Galloway's book and was familiar with some of the ideas I was suggesting. Then she asked me if she could tag along with me and i said that was great.

So the gun went off and in a few minutes we were basically on a training run together. There was no one around us for the most part. We kept to a one minute walk / four minute run pattern for most of the race and started our back and forth with a couple other runners. Throughout the day we caught and past and then got past the "Disney Girls. These two had their 5th year anniversary Disney half shirts on and gave us something to focus on.

The course was flat and went the same way for miles at times. The first part ran through a real nice upscale neighborhood before we got on the bike path to head to the quaint downtown Clovis. While we were on the bike path heading to Clovis the first 50kers ran by us and I high fived Ultra Man Dean Karnazes.

Then a little later I high fived Bakersfield speedster Chris Rodriquez who ran 3:10 (The fastest Bakersfield time of the day.) and Kayley Tobin (4:00) who was the second fastest Bakersfield women of the day. Kathyrn Turner was the fastest Bakersfield women of the day in a time of 3:33. Their bike path is a lot nicer then our bike path and the numerous tunnels offered some relief from the flatness of the path.

Finally we made it to old town Clovis which is a nice little city. As we moved along Jessica said they we were going to pass her favorite bar and so we stopped for a quick photo shoot. we were averaging 12:15 miles with our 1/4 pattern and for the most part it felt easy. We past the time chatting about running, college and family which helped take our minds off of how far we had to go and how lonely we were out there.

Now every aid station had tons of volunteers (usually 20 for the two of us) but there were not many spectators out there and few fellow runners. One group of spectators that we were grateful for where Alexis's fans. She was behind us and they were at four or five locations throughout cheering on all of us. They had matching shirts with each letter of Alexis's name on their shirts.

Plus we had the Disney Girls to pursue. As we headed back to Woodward park, I found out we were not going towards Fresno for the last ten miles instead we were heading out into the hills that looked like the area around Hart Park. We were going out and back for 5 miles on road that had two lanes one way and two lanes the other way. Our side of the road was very desolate while the other side had a lot of half marathons finishing the final miles of their race.

We were three and a half hours into our race and they were three hours into their run (I later found out that they started at 7:20 instead of 7:30 due to an error by the timing people). Jessica and I now wished they were on our side of the road so we would have some company and someone to focus on. Instead we just saw a lot of tired slow moving people, which was hard for me to see (I am a veteran marathoner) and must have been really hard on her because we had already run 4 miles further then she had ever run in her life.

We were still in the 12 minute range but our average was creeping slowly to 12:30 pace and I knew my sub 5:30 was in jeopardy. I knew coming back was going to be lonely and hard especially because it was slightly uphill and the road was slanted. By now we had to focus a lot more on moving forward and neither had the energy to talk much. The minute walk seemed shorter and shorter too.

After awhile we ran out of halfers and started to see more marathoners and 50kers and they did not look good either. These were the 4 hour to 5 hour runners and many were moving slowly and/or walking even slower. soon we found out why because the course started going downhill after mile 20. We were hoping to see the turn around but it was obscured by the curve of the road. This main hill was about as steep as the longer section of the Bakersfield Distance Project's Dump Run which after 20 miles of runing is not fun to run down.

As we were going down it, we noticed that everyone in front of us was walking up it. jessica asked me a couple time if we too could walk up it and I said we will see. She was still moving along well but her right hip was starting to bother her more and more. I was impressed that she kept up our relentless 1/4 strategy for so long. For never running more then 12 miles in her life she was doing quite well and we were passing people along the way.

Often at this point in the race, I am the fastest moving thing around because of all the miles I train and the marathon plus long walks I do before races. Few catch me in the last miles of a race and the ones I pass can not stay with me either but her was this college girl in her first marathon of her life running along with me. A few out there said I was lucky to have her pulling me along and there were a few times that I thought she would leave me.

Once we did the turn around we were relieved to be heading back to the finish but were dreading the HILL. we took some aid at the bottom and ran for awhile until we caught the Disney Girls. Then we walked and our current mile pace was in the fourteens and going higher. The one thing both of us noticed was that they hill was not as bad as it looked when we saw the faster runners walking up it. In fact as it flattened out we went back to the 1/4.

At around mile 22 though both of us started to feel sick to our stomachs at the same time. I expect this feeling but still hate it and get discouraged by it. I can not imagine how Jessica felt, we are so close to the finish but she is starting to feel ill and I know how that can lead to barely making it to the finish. The good thing was the road was flatter and going slightly downhill but the canter on it was ugly. Plus the new asphalt disappeared and the old road was hard.

I could feel every step and it felt like I was running on concrete. Amazingly we were moving faster then our average pace of around 12:30and we were catching some pretty fit and experienced marathoners and 50kers. No one was catching is btw. But now when we took our walk breaks I noticed that Jessica was having a hard time running again. Her hip was hurting and the hardest and the slant of the road were not helping.

We did a couple more 1/4 cycles until we got to mile 24. Then Jessica said she could not run any more. I knew this time would come but I hoped that we were close enough for her to stay with me for the rest of the way. But she instinctively knew that she needed to back off to insure that she finished or did not slow done to a crawl and not make her 6 hour goal. At this point I was hurting but felt I could break 5:30 if I kept to the 12 minute miles plus I really wanted to get the thing over.

So I told her to keep moving forward as best she could and try running 30 steps at a time if she could. Then I put on my headphones and cranked up my Above & Beyond "Trance Around The World" podcast and started chasing down my fellow marathoners. Trying to wog 12 minute miles was hard but I knew I could get that sub 5:30 if I did it. As I struggled down that long road, it started to sprinkle a bit and there were more spectators.

Now I have the trance music blasting and can not hear them but I high five as many as I can and am driven on by them. It is surreal running to this music and seeing people clapping and urging you on in silence. Finally we got off that awful road and turned right and head up hill to where the start was. I knew the final bit was slightly uphill from all those times I have gone here for cross country meets and now I was going to find out how hard it was for all those high schoolers to finish at Woodward.

I entered the entrance of the park and it is where the the high school 5k heads uphill for the final half mile of the course. Now there are barriers keeping the crowd of the course but most of the crowd is just heading to the cars and not paying attention to us slow finishers. At this point i sensed someone coming up on me despite my loud music blaring in my ears.

For a moment I hoped it was Jessica because since I left her, I had not looked back. But I knew her leg was bad and that it must be someone else. It turned out to be an lady about my age who I had past at mile 25 and I thought good job. Usually no one catches me this late in a marathon. But I at the 26 mile sign there was a slight hill and she almost stopped dead in hear tracks. I past her and got to finish by myself in 5:28:39.

My mission was complete and I got one of my goals. Then the wait began for Jessica, as I waited I saw many happy finishers and even saw a finisher propose to his girlfriend when she finished. She said yes btw. What made it hard looking for Jessica was that she was wearing the race shirt and a hat with black capris and it seemed like every other woman was wearing that uniform. In fact, the Disney Girls were wearing their blue Disney shirts that looked like the Fresno shirts and had hats and black shorts on.

Then I saw her and she had a big smile on her face and broke 5:40 for her first marathon! I was just as proud of her as her dad and her friends were at the finish line.