Saturday, November 21, 2009
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
I don't do many race. I do attend many races to work, volunteer or crew and sometimes pace but a large number of CHUGS www.chicagoultrarunners.com were attending the North Face Endurance Challenge and I wanted to be there. The North Face EC offers 4 distances: 50 mile, 50k, half marathon and 10k all on trails. There are four regional races in NY, WA, DC and WI plus the series championship race in CA. The WI was in my backyard being held at Ottawa Lake in Wisconsin's Kettle Moraine. While ago I had hoped to do the 50k but as the year went by that became the half marathon and closer to race day I knew it would be a slow half marathon. This actually played into my schedule well because the week after I was going to Phoenix to crew and pace my friend Steve for a loop at the Javelina 100 so time on my feet on trails would be good.
Going into race morning i also had another objective: to beat my friend Mary Gorski. Mary is a many time 100 miler finisher and Badwater vet plus also talented at triathlon, mountain climbing, cross country skiing and all around lovely person. Oh I should add Mary was the sweeper for the half so I had to stay ahead of her and the cut off.
More to come................
Monday, October 12, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Number of years ago I told Chris about a race named 24-9 and asked him if he had thought off doing a 24 hour mountain bike race. He hadn't but then did. He asked me to crew that year but I was already crewing at Badwater (Badwater and 24-9 were same weekend that year) but the next two, 2008 and 2009 I was there crewing for Chris and cheering on his teammates, Brad and Todd from http://www.worldbicyclerelief.org/ sponsored by http://www.sirenbicycles.com/
You'll no doubt read about Chris' race via his blog http://cstrout.blogspot.com/2009/08/238-mile.html so I'll leave the details to him and his teammates but here are a few random photos in a random order.
Friday, July 17, 2009
Kelvin ran a very smart race changing his plan due the high heat during the day and this enabled him to ran almost 3 hours faster than 2008 and become the fastest Aussie at Badwater ever in 37 hours and 36 mins. http://dbase.adventurecorps.com/results.php?bw_eid=49&bwr=Go
Before race start
At finish line
Some random race shoots that blogger will likely place where it feels like it
Runners check in
On the course
After race, Kelvin ready to go again!!
Steve Hanes who crewed for Kelvin in 2008 and
was given a start (and finish( in 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
This coming weekend I head to Death Valley to crew my friend Kelvin Marshall at the Badwater Ultra. Kelvin will be running 135 miles from Badwater basin to Mt Whitney portals which takes him and the 85+ other runners through Death Valley from 282 feet below sea level over 2 mountain passes with long climbs to finally finishing at 8360 feet. The temperature can easily be over 120 degrees and possibly very windy.
Kelvin ran Badwater last year finishing 1st of the 6am wave starters in just over 40 hours. This year he has an 8am start. Matt and Steve are back to crew along with me plus a new addition in Rita. Steve Hanes who crewed last year was invited to the big dance. Congrats Steve.
Saturday, June 20, 2009
From an idea for a long run for his birthday Chicago's Badwater bound Adrian Belitu dreamed up a run from Chicago to Milwaukee with a beer at each end. He posted the idea to the Chicago Ultrarunner (CHUG) group and the idea took off.
June 19th 14 group members gather at Goose Island in Chicago to celebrate with Adrian and two belated birthdays (Geof and Kelly) with a fun cake made by CHUG chief Torey - "Best Energy Bar Ever".
After a beer, cake, a short weather delay and waiting for Brian to change into his running costume; oh yeah they decided to make it a costume run, 6 took off along Sheffield Ave towards Fullerton and then onto the Lakefront towards Milwaukee. 4 others would drive cars for crewing and too run segments of the route sharing driving with 4 of the original 6 who would also be running segments only. Two had decided to run the full way.
So from a little idea another North America 100 was born. As I write this they are still headed to Water St in Milwaukee. I'll update sometime tomorrow when I hear anything.
For now here is the start line photo:
Back Row: Brian, Gary, Jim, Adrian, Tony
Front Row: Kelly, Paige, Torey
Photo stolen from Adrian's camera
UPDATE: They finished in 23:51 with Jim running the full distance and Tony getting in 70+ for his distance PR. I'll add some links to any reports the CHUGs write.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Just finished reading Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall.
What a great read.
This is what Amazon editors said:
Amazon.com ReviewBook Description Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure that began with one simple question: Why does my foot hurt? In search of an answer, Christopher McDougall sets off to find a tribe of the world’s greatest distance runners and learn their secrets, and in the process shows us that everything we thought we knew about running is wrong.
Isolated by the most savage terrain in North America, the reclusive Tarahumara Indians of Mexico’s deadly Copper Canyons are custodians of a lost art. For centuries they have practiced techniques that allow them to run hundreds of miles without rest and chase down anything from a deer to an Olympic marathoner while enjoying every mile of it. Their superhuman talent is matched by uncanny health and serenity, leaving the Tarahumara immune to the diseases and strife that plague modern existence. With the help of Caballo Blanco, a mysterious loner who lives among the tribe, the author was able not only to uncover the secrets of the Tarahumara but also to find his own inner ultra-athlete, as he trained for the challenge of a lifetime: a fifty-mile race through the heart of Tarahumara country pitting the tribe against an odd band of Americans, including a star ultramarathoner, a beautiful young surfer, and a barefoot wonder.
With a sharp wit and wild exuberance, McDougall takes us from the high-tech science labs at Harvard to the sun-baked valleys and freezing peaks across North America, where ever-growing numbers of ultrarunners are pushing their bodies to the limit, and, finally, to the climactic race in the Copper Canyons. Born to Run is that rare book that will not only engage your mind but inspire your body when you realize that the secret to happiness is right at your feet, and that you, indeed all of us, were born to run.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
.........like any trail runner I put on the trail shoes instead of road shoes and head out on my 4 mile road loop. Wasn't a great run but was good to be out there. Winters kill running for me and I refuse to join a health club and run on a dread mill.
Think Sunday and Monday I'll hit one of the many nearby Du Page Forest Preserves for a limestone trail run. Knoch Knolls will be too muddy.
Monday, January 19, 2009
http://www.psrr.org/ Channahon 25k (4/11) think mostly limestone and flat
http://www.chicagotrailseries.com/index.html Website not updated but 2009 dates are 8k (6/6) 10k (7/11) 12k (8/8) part limestone part single track dirt.
Universal Sole put on two trail races Rock N Sole around 5 miles one in July (Palos) and November (Schiller Woods) but US is under new management so not sure if they will happen in 2009. Both events were on single track, wide grass and if on limestone it was non maintained so "dirt"
Spring Ahead 10k (4/19) Naperville part road part trail (5k all road) http://www.ncospringahead.com/
Equestrian Connection Trail races 5m, half marathon and full marathon May 3rd, limestone mostly I think http://equestrianconnection.org/_wsn/page4.html http://www.signmeup.com/site/reg/register.aspx?fid=HZ2V7K7
Run for the Cops Swallow Cliff of Palos (6/7) http://www.runforthecops.com/index.htm Trail is limestone but not maintained so more like dirt in places and not flat
Jim Brimm Events holds the Cross Country Challenge in Gilberts 5 miles in December
2008 details https://www.signmeup.com/site/reg/register.aspx?fid=MF2V9K7
Windruners (Lisle) 10k (8/30) limestone trails Danada FP. http://www.windrunners.org/
Waterfall Glen Xtreme 10 mile in July at Waterfall Glen all limestone 2009 TDA 2008 info https://www.signmeup.com/site/reg/register.aspx?fid=K72VCK7
Rockford: Rockford Road runners hold 2 series of trail races plus another trail race all on dirt single and wide track http://www.rockfordroadrunners.org/index.html
Winter Series 5k, 10k (both done) 15k (2/21) 20k (3/21)
HOBO series 10k (9/18) 25k (9/19) 50k (9/20)
plus Fall Classic 4m (9/26) in near by Caledonia IL
Danville area http://kennekuk.com/events.htm Lake Mingo 7.1 mile (6/13), Howl At The Moon 8hour (8/8) Wild Wild Wilderness 7.55 (9/23)
Champaign area http://www.secondwindrunningclub.org/ Clinton Lake 30 (3/28 - sold out), Buffalo Trace 5m (5/16), Allerton Park 5.5 (10/25)
http://migotsky.googlepages.com/home Buffalo Trace 7 day trail (5/24-30 TBC)
Near Peoria or thereabouts
Pekin, Il (4/10-12) http://www.mcnaughtonparktrailruns.com/index2.htm 50,100,150 miles
nr Peoria (10/17) http://www.farmdaletrailrun.com/ 8 and 33 miles
Wisconsin near or short drive from Chicago:
WORS series (held with their MTB series) http://trailrun.wors.org/index/page/p/events
Bear Trax 20k plus 5k (4/26) http://www.nancysellars.com/?page_id=56 Delafield WI
Ice Age Trail 50k,50m (5/9) http://www.badgerlandstriders.org/IA50/index.html
Kettle Moraine 100k 100m (6/6-7) http://www.kettle100.com/
Blue Mound Trail (6/6) 15+k, 6+k TBC http://www.wisconsintrailruns.com/index.html
Dances With Dirt 50k 50m (7/11) http://www.dwddevilslake.com/
Devil Lake's Lake Half marathon (10/24) http://run.greatlakesendurance.com/
Glacial Trail 50k 50m (10/11) http://www.badgerlandstriders.org/GT50/index.html
North Face Kettle Moraine (10/24) http://www2.thenorthface.com/endurancechallenge/
Indiana near Chicago:
Foot Pursuit 5k (3/7) Valparsio http://www.portercountysheriff.com/footpursuit/
Xtreme 12k (5/27) Portage all dirt mountain bike trails with river and creek crossing 2008 info: http://groups.google.com/group/xyz-series-participants/web/trail-run-xtreme-12k
Cedar Creek 5k (6/21) http://www.run4trails.com/ Fort Wayne IN surface - no idea
No 2009 details but in 2008 http://mysite.verizon.net/xyztrailseries/
Thursday, January 1, 2009
March 21st Rock Cut Trail 20k http://rockfordroadrunners.org/Races/2009.html
April 4th one of these as a training run, both multi loop so not worried if no finish
Lakefront 50k http://www.chicagoultra.org/ or
Madison Madicty 50k http://www.madcity100k.com/home.php
April 26th Lakefront 10 mile http://www.cararuns.org/ race now 25th - can't do so
April 26th Bear Trax 20k http://www.nancysellars.com/
May 3rd EC Trail half or marathon http://equestrianconnection.org/
May mid one of these 3
May 16th Berryman trail marathon http://www.stlouisultrarunnersgroup.net/index.html
May 17th Rockford marathon http://www.rockfordmarathon.com/
May 24th Madison marathon http://www.madisonfestivals.com/marathon/index.html
June 27th Running w/Devil marathon http://calicoracing.squarespace.com/ unless
July 13-14 Badwater crewing http://www.badwater.com/
July 11-12 Keweenaw Trail Festival http://run.greatlakesendurance.com/ if no Badwater
August and September not yet decided - maybe HOBO trail
October/November one of the following
Glacial Trail 50M http://www.badgerlandstriders.org/GT50/index.html
Heartland 50M http://www.ksultrarunners.org/
Door County 50M http://www.fall50.com/
Lakefront 50M http://www.chicagoultra.org/