Saturday, January 29, 2011

Fog or Sun?

After miles of fire road we are on the P.C.T.
Fog or Sun? Was the question I had to ask myself this week and I went with sun. Since I got sick on Wednesday, I am glad I picked the sun. The choice I had was doing the BUMR or a Leona Divide Trail training run on Saturday.

I did not find out about the trail run till this Monday when I got an email from the race director asking if the Bakersfield distance project was interested in (wo)manning an aid station at her Leona Valley Trail Runs this fall.

When I went to checkout her site, I saw that she was hosting three training runs on the Leona Divide 50mi/50k course and I immediately knew I needed to go to these. Keira Henniger took over R.D. duties last year (I believe) and is adding more races to stable soon. She is also an elite ultra runner herself and made Ultra Running Magazines Top 20 Athletes of the Year!
RD Keira giving course directions

Since I have been wanting to do the Leona Divide Ultra for years, I knew I needed to go to this training run to see what the course was like. In the past, I have not done the race because I could only do the 50 miler and I did not think I could finish in the 13 hour time limit.

Sure that is only 15:36 pace but there are some big hills out there so trying to average that pace could be difficult especially since I could barely break 6 hours (13:44 pace) in a marathon. But this year, she is allowing people under 60 to run the 50k. So now I know for sure that I will be doing the Leona Divide Ultra and might even take on the 50 miler.

So I immediately posted that run campers Should do the BUMR or the trail run this Saturday and that I was heading to the hills. On Wednesday before our weekly Wednesday Night is Alright for Hiking at Bluffs event I started to feel sick. I had the hacking cough that so many have gotten lately and felt dizzy too. But I went and did the walk and it ended up being a very cold and foggy night. This made my decision not to do Saturday's BUMR even easier.

The BUMR is already a bummer, 26.6 miles on the boring flat bike path is not my idea of fun anyways but add on the cold foggy weather that was certain to be present and you have a real BUMMER. Sure the course is fast, the miles are marked, they have great aid stations, the $5 entry fee is great and running a home town marathon has it's appeal but it is still the bike path. Plus the sun never comes out and it is cold.

Cold in the shade.
Because I did not found out about the trail run till Monday, many who may have wanted to come could not. Others are doing Surf City next week and needed to rest up for that event. So in the end, Amanda, Lisa, Gabby and Rey made the trip up to Lake Hughes for the trail run. Other Bakersfield Distance Project members took on the BUMR.
Before the run.

As luck with have it, Amanda's parents live right across the street from the start of the trail run so we got to hang out at their house before and after the run.By the time 7am came, there was quite a crowd for this training run and we got last minute directions on where to go and then we were off.

The stats of our wog were: Overall time of 3:41:05 and we covered 14.36 miles and climbed 2,424 feet and descended 2,454 feet. Our average pace was 15:23 and our average moving pace was 14:39. The min elevation was 3,018 feet and the max elevation was 4,261 feet.

Lisa & Gabby
Then for the next six miles we went uphill on a fire road and watched everyone disappear of the front. I settled in and followed Lisa and Gabby as we labored up the hills.
  •  Mile 1 - 17:37 pace - up 396 feet / down 0
  • Mile 2 - 15:41 - up 277 / down 77
  • Mile 3 - 14:46 - up 200 / down 38
  • Mile 4 - 13:50 - up 138 / down 186
  • Mile 5 - 13:48 - up 93 / down 105
  • Mile 6 - 17:41 - up 297 / down 0

Wow! Blue Skies!
We were in the shade most of the way up but the weather was pleasant and the views were lovely.Now usually I would be taking tons of photos but I killed my beloved Canon PowerShot at the Calico Trail 30k.

At Calico, I took a tumble going down one of the canyons and my camera went one way and I went the other. The Canon served me well (bought it in 2007) so I can not complain. It was my first camera I used when shooting high school meets and later on I carried it when I ran races and shot as many people as I could. That camera finished about ten marathons and probably a hundred races over the years and I will miss having.

But it is time for a change so to go with my Canon Rebel, I have decided to go with my friend Terry's favorite camera maker, a Nikon. The Nikon Coolpix has gotten good reviews and you can not beat the price. So I will give it a shot (no pun intended). In fact, I will be shooting the Surf City Marathon next weekend.

Now back to the trail run, after six miles of fire road, we finally hit some trails. Not just any old trails but the Pacific Coast Trail that runs from Mexico to Canada! If I could ever get over my dislike of camping, I would love to hike the entire thing but I doubt I will. Maybe someday a crazy RD we make it a race like another bucket list event of mine, the TransRockies Run. If anyone wants to a partner for this amazing five day race, I am your man if you do not mind paying the $2900 entry fee. Or if you want to sponsor me and another Bakersfield Distance Projecter, we will represent your company like no other.

Fire Road Madness!
PCT Time.
Once we got on the PCT, we started to run for the first time because for the first time in almost 6 miles we were not going uphill. The single track trail was flat or slightly downhill and we started to make good time. The trail was slightly damp and made for excellent footing too.

For the next six miles we basically went downhill on the PCT and started seeing some of the faster runners heading back up the trail. At this point Lisa and I had decided to go to the twelve mile aid station and then take the road back to town. So when Rey went by us, we told him to tell Gabby our plans.

As we were descending, Lisa had the only fall of the day but it was but it was a minor one and I missed catching it on film. Just before we got to the aid stations, we ran into a bunch of runners and had a short creek crossing too.
  • Mile 7 - 12:12 pace - up 110 feet / down 279 feet
  • Mile 8 - 13:27 - up 135 / down 327
  • Mile 9 - 15:02 - up 153 / down 222
  • Mile 10 - 15:58 - up 241 / down 299
  • Mile 11 - 15:33 - up 93 / down 465
  • Mile 12 - 15:33 - up 86 / down 419
Start of our run.
Then we made it to the road where RD Keira had 
Just before Lisa fell.
 plenty of business and lots of tasty snacks too. Here the course crossed the road and continued on the PCT. The mountains in front of us looked steep and we had enough running for the day so we decided to walk up the road (2.5 miles) instead of going back on the trail (twice as long).

The road we went up was narrow and a pretty good climb too. As we went up, a number of sports cars and motorcyclists flew by. We also saw some very fit cyclist float up the hill as we headed back to our cars.
  • Mile 13 - 17:07 pace - up 156feet / down 0
  • Mile 14 - 16:29 - up 52 / down 32
Getting crowded.
But we finally quit climbing and got back to Lake Hughes where we walked by the famous Rock Inn and then to the parking lot where Amanda meet me and took me back to her parents house for some burgers. After we ate, we got back in the car and head back to the fog. I got home at 1pm after a nice four hour trail run. Which was about the same time I would have been home if I had done the BUMR.

Mile 12
I do not have official results from the BUMR but I hear Linette and Tom ran the 26.6 miles in around 5:25. Plus a number of other BPDers ran various distances. I will post their results when I find them.

                                                If our trail adventure looks like fun, RD Keira is
Lake Hughes Welcome
hosting another three weeks before the LA Marathon! 

Sunday February 27th: Leona Divide Training Run #2

They will be running the entire 50k course with a 30k option.  Start time will be at 7am at the Lake Hughes Community Center

too be continued...

Rock Inn

Do we have to go back?

Monday, January 17, 2011

Calico Ghost Town Trail Run - 01.16.11

Calico Ghost Town Trail Run

2011 Results HERE.
2011 Photos HERE.
Race Website HERE.
My Race Via Garmin HERE.
Trail Map HERE.

Location: Historic Calico Ghost Town and Calico Mountains

Race Date: Sunday, January 16, 2011

Start Time: 7:00 am

Course: 50K and 30K mostly dirt roads and trails – Very Runnable

30k Course Summary: 19.17 miles long with 2,092 feet of elevation gain and 2,090 feet of elevation loss. Minimum elevation was 1,984 feet and maximum elevation was 3,236 feet.

Two years ago, my oldest son Christopher ran this race in preparation for the his first marathon (He ran the Surf City Marathon in 3:16). I was suppose to walk the 50km but got hurt before the race so I entered him in the 30km and he ran 2:52. At the time, I thought that was a pretty good time but now that I have done the course, I am amazed how fast he did this course at such a young age (16).

Running 9:15 miles on this course is really good especially since he has never been good running downhill even on pavement. Throw in the hills, sand and all the rocks and I think he would have been a great trail runner if he had decided to continue running them after such a great debut performance.

This race was to be my second official trail run (I do not count Toad's but it is a trail run in my opinion.) and was going to be very different than my first in the Santa Monica mountains overlooking the Pacific Ocean. This race ran through the desert and the rocky canyons that overlook the oceans of sand.

My day started at 3am when I woke up to get ready for the race. The day before I had my traditional pre-race meal of pesto pasta from Josephs and try to go to sleep early. Diana came by before 4am for our drive to the race. Unfortunately, it was foggy in Bakersfield but this lifted as we head up Hwy 58.

The drive went by fairly quickly with a pit stop to get gas at the station that I believe was featured in the movie the Hangover. It was cold outside but the forecast for the race was 70 and sunny. After we got gas, we were in Barstow before we knew it. Soon we got to the off ramp for Calico and got lucky that Jack in the Box had just opened so we could get a quick bite before the race.

When we got to the Calico Ghost Town, it was still dark but quite a few runners were already there. Now this part of the race day is the hardest I think. You have been in the car for hours and then you have to climb up the side of a pretty big hill on some steep uneven stairs. By the time up get to the top, you start second guessing your fitness.

Sadly the only bad part of this event is right at the start. The packet pickup was a disaster in that they have it a very small room and we had to fill out a bunch of forms. The release was three pages long and you had to initial it about 8 times plus we had to sign a model release form. Lastly they seemed to have run out of shirts. In general it was controlled chaos and I was very glad to get out of there.

We went back to truck to gear up for the race and by the time we climbed that awful staircase the race was about to start. At the start I saw some familiar faces from the Santa Monica race and a couple recognized me as we. We also saw several running with the super minimalist sandals that became famous/infamous in the Born to Run book. The Tarahumara Indians wear them but I don't know about people who grew up with real shoes trying to run so far in them.

Then at 7am the race began and we went downhill through the Ghost Town to the main road. The first couple miles of the race were on pavement and this was the fastest part of the course. Diana and I were cruising alone at about 11 minute miles till we went off road and on to the sandy jeep trail.
  • Mile 1 at 11:16 07 pace, 0 ft up and 200 ft down.
  • Mile 2 at 11:42, 14 up and 100 down.
The jeep trail ran parallel to the mountain range for awhile and then turned and head towards the mountains. So for the next 8 miles or so, the jeep trail was a gradual uphill till we got to the rocky section.
  • Mile 3 at 13:37, 120 up and 0 down.
  • Mile 4 at 13:53, 101 up and zero down.
  • Mile 5 at 13:53, 158 up and 8 down.
  • Mile 6 at 14:11, 167 up and 23 down.
  • Mile 7 at 14:33, 139 up and 32 down
  • Mile 8 at 14:13, 92 up and 0 down
  • Mile 9 at 15:55, 156 up and 0 down
  • Mile 10 at 15:21, 186 up and 0 down
Besides the uphill, the sand also slowed one down. For the most part I ran a minute or two and then walked for a minute. At times, walking was faster then running plus I wanted to save myself for when we enter the mountain section of the course. After mile ten, we finally started to go downhill through the rock outcroppings and my pace quickened.
  • Mile 11 at 12:55. 78 up and 108 down
  • Mile 12 at 14:14, 38 up and 205 down
  • Mile 13 at 15:43, 153 up and 121 down
As you can see, my mile splits for 12 and 13 are a bit slow but that factors in the time spent at the aid stations. I have often read that aid stations can real hurt your time and now I know why. Trail runs have nice ones! All kinds of snacks at the 7 mile and 12 mile aid stations plus they had my favorite sports drink!

Dr. Pepper! Now some might say yuck but I like it during long runs for the sugar and the caffeine. When I did my 50 miler at the Relay for Life, it and water were all I drank. Besides back in the 70s Olympic marathon champion Frank Shorter drank Coke (defizzed) during his races. Since I only drink diet the rest of the time, it is nice to have a real one during a long race.

Just as I approached the fork in the trail for either the 50k or the 30k, I caught up to four or five runners and we ran down the canyon together. Here the canyon was wide enough to drive through and the bottom continued to be a sandy jeep trail. But before I lost my fellow runners to the 50k it became rocky and we started to go upstream. From the way the rocks were strewn all over, you would not want to be here during a flash flood.

After the 5okers went their way I was alone for the most part and the course went up a really big hill where I saw a number of runners walking slowly up it. Of course after this big hill was a nice fire road that was good to run on.
  • Mile 14 at 19:37, up 321 and down 59
  • Mile 15 at 13:48, up 0 and down 296
The downhill continued for a couple miles but the footing became treacherous. Gone was the nice sandy jeep trail and in it's place were rocks. The canyon walls were maybe a hundred foot tall in spots and the middle looked like what happened if a wild river suddenly stopped. There were rocks every where and they were very smooth too. One had to pick a line and hope it was a safe.

On the way down this canyon I was being chased by a lady who got within 100 yards of me at times. Towards the end of the canyon I noticed she had fallen back. After the race she said she had strained her knee on the endless rocks and backed off her pace. I am glad she slowed down so I did not have a witness to my car wreck.

I was almost down with the rocks when I went around a turn and decided to run on the dirt berm instead of through the rocks. I stepped on the berm with my left leg and next thing I knew I was sliding to the ground. The dirt looked solid but it was not and I slide hard into the bottom of the dry riverbed.

My camera went one way and my glasses and hat went the other way. I got to my feet as quickly as I could because I always find if you lay there your injuries end up worse. For some reason if you keep moving instead of having a pity party you do not hurt as much later. You do not let your body swell up etc.

Another reason I did not get as hurt as I could of was because of the boot camp training I have been doing with Building Better Bodies over the past year. Before doing boot camp, I would have fallen like a 90 year old man and gotten hurt like one. Now I am a lot stronger and have more agility. Instead of falling like a sack of bones, I fell fairly athletically.

Of course my left arm below the scraped up pretty bad and was bleeding. Ironically I had arm warmers on and had just pulled them down a few miles earlier. My left leg in the calf region was bleeding more and I was a bit concerned so I washed it of with water from my camelbak and saw that it looked like I had a number of good scraps there as well. But I could run and so I was off again.
  • Mile 16 at 16:57, up 0 and down 350
  • Mile 17 at 15:02, up 19 and down 289
After the canyon they had us run through a couple of short tunnels and then the hills began again. Now we were in these weird dunes that were going up hill to the point where i was walking again. When I got to the top of them I saw we had another hill to crest before we turned right around and went downhill to the Calico Ghost Town Parking lot. As I was going up I finally saw other runners (Ihad not seen anyone for awhile) and Inoted that I saw a couple of 50kers.

So I knew that they were back on my course and I made sure I had my camera ready. After I had fallen I checked it and it seemed to work and I took photos of the tunnels and the dunes, But now I could get some action shots. Plus I still had a race on my hands because that lady was not that far behind me.

What was cool in this race was that as the 50kers caught me, I got out of their way and took some shots of them. Plus I found out that I could actually follow them for a little bit. The guys passing me averaged 9 minute miles and on this uphill I was able to run with them for a brief time. This is something I could never do in the last miles of a road race and I felt like the fans who run along with the cyclists at the Tour De France.

Needless to say, this lifted not only my spirits but my pace as well. After going down to the parking lot I knew I had a climb ahead. The parking lot was uphill and then they made us take a very steep service road to the very top of the town. Then we finished by running down a very steep hill that ran right through the Calico Ghost Town.

I was running by tourists who I am not certain knew what was going on. It made for a fun ending uo averaging 14:30 miles for the course that was a little longer than a 30k (19.2 miles). At the finish I felt great and sort of wished I had entered the 50k but maybe next year,
  • Mile 18 at 15:47, up 165 and down 114
  • Mile 19 at 13:24, up 188 and down 113

Monday, January 3, 2011

The 22nd Annual 5k & 10k Fog Run - 01.08.11

The Victim/Witness Auxiliary Board and the
Kern County Probation Department Present:

The 22nd Annual 5k & 10k Fog Run
Brief Race Recap:

Another huge turnout for this race. Because it is at the first of the year, their a lot of new or returning runners at this event. This means the race day sign-ups get a little crazy. I heard the event handed out all the shirts the day before at Action Sports. So I do not know if more will be made and handed out.

I got there around 8:20am and drove to the secret veteran parking lot where there was plenty of spaces and an empty bathroom too. There I spoke to Stockdale's Cameron Miller and Blake Haney about their off season training and their first ever Division One Team appearance at the State cross country meet. They were doing the 10k today. I also saw the Baker clan.

Then I head to the starting area to get a lay of the land. The race started on time and a lot of wanna bes took the lead at the start but were soon put in their place. Many of the fastest runners choose to run the 10k so the first group of runners to go by meet at the 2.5 mile mark were 10kers. In this group were a number of local high school runners.

In the 5k, Ironman triathlete Damacio Diaz won in a time of 17:50 and was followed by 13 year old Tommy Valles of McFarland. Third place was taken by former CSUB runner Ryan Lucker and his dog who ran 18:14. They were followed by Anna Frank whose son just had his first birthday recently. She ran 18:19.
  • Complete 5k Results HERE.
In the 10k, McFarland's Galvin Gonzales lead from the start with an easy win in a time of 33:22. The first female was Anja Mejia who ran 40:28. The 10 k results seemed to messed up at this time due to 10kers bailing out of the 10k and running the 5k instead.

After the race and before the awards, they had Mejia in 3rd in her age group despite winning the race. Fortunately I was able to correct this before they announced the winners. Below is the complete 10k results but I do not think they are completely accurate. Many of the times are slow and Cameroon Miller is not even in the top five. Hopefully they can get sorted out.
  • Complete 10 Results HERE.

10 Kilometer Race

1 Galvin Gonzales 33 M 33:32 5:24 1/46 M3039
2 Edward Lee 24 M 34:16 5:31 1/12 M2029
3 David Bacus 26 M 35:03 5:39 2/12 M2029
4 Blake Haney 14 M 35:20 5:42 1/5 M0115
5 Craig Varner 16 M 35:20 5:42 1/4 M1619
6 Juan Calderon 18 M 36:49 5:56 2/4 M1619
7 Steve Dirkse 40 M 37:21 6:01 1/28 M4049
8 Juan Lopez 48 M 37:24 6:01 2/28 M4049
9 Cayetano Cayetano 47 M 38:46 6:15 3/28 M4049
10 Anthony barboza 28 M 38:53 6:16 3/12 M2029
11 tIMOTHY aNDERSON 55 M 39:13 6:19 1/20 M5059
12 Jose Montelongo 39 M 39:22 6:21 2/46 M3039
13 Eulogio Rodriguez 30 M 39:25 6:21 3/46 M3039
14 Freddie Bingham 37 M 40:06 6:28 4/46 M3039
15 Rodrigo Ayala 26 M 40:18 6:30 4/12 M2029
16 Gabriel Donavon 30 M 40:19 6:30 5/46 M3039
17 Anja Mejia 27 F 40:28 6:31 1/25 F2029
18 Rey Rodriuez 33 M 41:33 6:42 6/46 M3039
19 Mary Ramos 45 F 42:03 6:47 1/39 F4049
20 mArk Ogilvie 40 M 42:16 6:49 4/28 M4049
21 Jesus Cardora 33 M 42:28 6:51 7/46 M3039
22 Josh Gilbert 14 M 42:58 6:55 2/5 M0115
23 Ben Rome 19 M 42:59 6:56 3/4 M1619
24 Doua Ihmels 45 M 43:09 6:57 5/28 M4049
25 Kevin Morietti 23 M 43:12 6:58 5/12 M2029
26 Scott Van Matre 14 M 43:33 7:01 3/5 M0115
27 Sarah Baker 17 F 43:34 7:01 1/10 F1619
28 Gregg Wineman 55 M 43:56 7:05 2/20 M5059
29 John Lee 52 M 44:20 7:09 3/20 M5059
30 Chris Felix 39 M 44:34 7:11 8/46 M3039
31 Ryan Brock 24 M 44:34 7:11 6/12 M2029
32 vICTOR cASTRO 24 M 44:37 7:11 7/12 M2029
33 Aaron Hebeler 26 M 44:39 7:12 8/12 M2029
34 Eria Silva F 44:52 7:14
35 Brian Lee 46 M 44:57 7:14 6/28 M4049
36 Phil Johnson 49 M 45:03 7:15 7/28 M4049
37 Keith Breshears 38 M 45:08 7:16 9/46 M3039
38 Eduardo Farfan 34 M 45:14 7:17 10/46 M3039
39 John Caulfield 53 M 45:33 7:20 4/20 M5059
40 Laura Willoughby 43 F 45:34 7:20 2/39 F4049
41 Guy Wilson 36 M 45:38 7:21 11/46 M3039
42 Rob Meszaros 35 M 45:49 7:23 12/46 M3039
43 Colin Giboney 34 M 46:05 7:25 13/46 M3039
44 amanda Meszros 31 F 46:10 7:26 1/37 F3039
45 David Plyler 43 M 46:16 7:27 8/28 M4049
46 Hope Roe 40 F 46:18 7:28 3/39 F4049
47 Jennifer Hawthorne 17 F 46:32 7:30 2/10 F1619
48 Bree Tape 32 F 46:35 7:30 2/37 F3039
49 Bruce Wearda 42 M 46:38 7:31 9/28 M4049
50 Mindy Bumgarner 35 F 46:44 7:32 3/37 F3039

5 Kilometer Race

1 Damacio Diaz 38 M 17:50 5:45 1/41 M3039
2 tOMMY Valles 13 M 18:08 5:51 1/37 M0115
3 Ryan Lucker 23 M 18:14 5:53 1/26 M2029
4 Anna frank 28 F 18:19 5:54 1/49 F2029
5 dAVID dIAZ 41 M 18:53 6:05 1/32 M4049
6 Siobhan beckett 45 F 19:15 6:12 1/76 F4049
7 Chris Hernandez 19 M 19:17 6:13 1/13 M1619
8 sTEVE dALKE 49 M 19:19 6:13 2/32 M4049
9 Bruce Deeter 55 M 19:42 6:21 1/24 M5059
10 amador Aygn 40 M 19:59 6:26 3/32 M4049
11 Alex Venalio 18 M 20:20 6:33 2/13 M1619
12 Pam Boyles 45 F 20:23 6:34 2/76 F4049
13 Ty Salazar 28 M 20:24 6:34 2/26 M2029
14 dYLAN dREWRY 16 M 20:24 6:35 3/13 M1619
15 Craig Gardener 54 M 20:30 6:36 2/24 M5059
16 Eduardo Rocha 30 M 20:37 6:39 2/41 M3039
17 Corey McKenna 40 M 20:57 6:45 4/32 M4049
18 Ed paulsen 40 M 20:58 6:45 5/32 M4049
19 Andrew Edquist 19 M 21:09 6:49 4/13 M1619
20 Jim Simson 35 M 21:19 6:52 3/41 M3039
21 Emme Schoenborn 15 F 21:23 6:53 1/33 F0115
22 Molly Pruett 14 F 21:23 6:53 2/33 F0115
23 Andrea Araujo 34 F 21:24 6:54 1/99 F3039
24 Oxyanart Dean 43 M 21:30 6:56 6/32 M4049
25 gERMAN rAMOS 15 M 21:36 6:57 2/37 M0115
26 Maggie Baker 13 F 21:37 6:58 3/33 F0115
27 sHAH mUKESH 16 M 21:46 7:01 5/13 M1619
28 Caroline Diaz 12 F 21:50 7:02 4/33 F0115
29 Evis Salazar 29 M 22:08 7:08 3/26 M2029
30 Steve Flores 35 M 22:27 7:14 4/41 M3039
31 Miguel Pere Rojas 27 M 22:28 7:14 4/26 M2029
32 Seth Garza 14 M 22:55 7:23 3/37 M0115
33 Connie Lucker 22 F 22:58 7:24 2/49 F2029
34 rObert sAldana 36 M 22:59 7:24 5/41 M3039
35 Baltasar garcia 10 M 23:00 7:25 4/37 M0115
36 mArk Witcher 52 M 23:02 7:25 3/24 M5059
37 Augustine lerma 12 F 23:09 7:28 5/33 F0115
38 Pam Rivera 34 F 23:13 7:29 2/99 F3039
39 Joe dIorio 65 M 23:19 7:31 1/5 M6069
40 Wes Price Jr. 9 M 23:24 7:32 5/37 M0115
41 Brian Escamilla 55 M 23:34 7:36 4/24 M5059
42 Paul paramo 22 M 23:36 7:36 5/26 M2029
43 Jake Scott 17 M 23:37 7:37 6/13 M1619
44 Jake Scott 17 M 23:38 7:37 7/13 M1619
45 Fred garza 48 M 23:38 7:37 7/32 M4049
46 Brandon Bundy 41 M 23:39 7:37 8/32 M4049
47 Jessica Cruz 15 F 23:40 7:37 6/33 F0115
48 Jessie Alvarez 31 M 23:48 7:40 6/41 M3039
49 Jaime Hernandez 27 M 24:04 7:45 6/26 M2029
50 Veronica Castaneda 41 F 24:08 7:46 3/76 F4049
• Shirt for the first 650 registrants ONLY!
• Custom race medals up to 3rd place in all age groups!
• Huge Raffle and Free Massages!
• Breakfast Burritos from Victory Outreach
• Music Provided by Clear Channel Radio

RACE DAY REGISTRATION TIME IS 7:00 AM to 8:30AM. Race Starts – 9:00 AM
Pre-Race T-Shirt, Bib and Runners Packet can be picked up at Action Sports on Jan. 6th 3pm – 7pm and Jan 7th 3pm – 8pm
PRE-REGISTRATION $22.00 before Dec. 30th, 2010
Contact –Lupe Perez at 661-868-4507 or Mic Hall at 661-324-0311 for course info
Please make all checks payable to: V.W.A.
P.O. Box 1694 – Bakersfield, Calif. 93302

Saturday, January 1, 2011

2010 Runners & Coaches of the Year

Drillers' Baker is Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year

When Sarah Baker arrived at Bakersfield High three and a half years ago, she was a soccer player, not a cross-country runner.

McFarland's Garica is All-Area Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year

Erik Garcia has all the first-place finishes and team-leading performances you might expect from one of the fastest cross country runners in Kern County.

Shafter's Sundgren is Girls Cross Country Coach of the Year

When Darin Sundgren left North High for a teaching job at Shafter four years ago, he needed a break from coaching cross country.

Stockdale's Lewis is Boys Cross Country Coach of the Year

Having so many gifted runners this year presented Stockdale boys cross country coach Josh Lewis with a somewhat odd challenge.