April 12, 2008
Old Goats/San Juan Trail 50K Results
Old Goats/San Juan Trail 50K Report April 12, 2008
Hands up those who had a bad time on Saturday at the Old Goats/San Juan Trail 50K? OK, OK put them down! The heat did play a big factor for us all, plans were changed to accommodate for more water at aid stations, but our magic volunteers did their job and only a few didn’t make the finish line. There is always next year my friend. We did have a miss communication and was a couple of minutes late marking the section as you leave the Falcon Trail… you shouldn’t run so fast! I will make up for that. Starting early was another late decision to beat some of the heat and only a few arrived and missed the start. You know what, no one really complained… that’s a first!
We know we have a tough course especially after the first aid station, millions of miles of elevation gain before you hit the top of Horse Thief Trail. Some runners had made it back to BJ, but the thought of more up hill and the heat, are well! The ones who just made the cut off I am proud of you for continuing and finishing with a smile. All in all we had a good day, little mix up cos we had the 50 milers finishing before the tail- enders and my finish line crew of one got mixed up. He will never be seen again… thanks Herb and as for Chuck who took over when there was no over time pay, well you get what your given…. Thanks anyway lads. Our ham radio team kept all the runners in line, just a burmp up at the turn around, which didn’t affect the 50k.
The Awards went to the right people, the winner was me good mate Rob McNair, challenged for awhile I might add, but then when it came to who has the big balls, say no more. Me new mate Christian Haymes, 20 years younger than Rob I might add, was happy with his second place finish. Sean O’Brian a 45 year old came in 3rd, he was also very happy and enjoyed his day in the Cleveland National Forest. In the women’s race, no real contest, but she suffered after a fall and was not happy with me playing doctor! Michelle Barton will be back. Shannon Waegner was 20 minutes back to take second and me ole mate Loraine Gersitz at an extremely old age, raced over the finish line to take third over all. All the age group winners did good… Michelle Michem nearly cheated, winning the 29 and under division…. She is now 30. Me reporter mate Mr. Hardesty impressed himself and all his followers by winning a tough division. Mary Lou Lackey at 55 still runs good, something to do with what she did the night before with her mate. Dirty! All in all things went good, those who hung around got treated to seeing the first runner in the 50 miler… Akos Konya is amazing, he may come to run Shadow at the end of May, hope so. There are still openings if you are nice to the RD. The Saddleback Marathon will be mid November, stick that on your calendar, then you will see the rest of the 50 mile course, what fun!
I do enjoy all the good
camaraderie up at Blue Jay, we are lucky to have such a romantic setting.
I didn’t get real lucky on Saturday night, but I slept with little
worries. Did have a banging on the motor home door about 3, so I had to
get up and let her out!!!
Enjoy your summer training, don’t run too fast and get to the finish line. Love BAZ XXX email@example.com
Old Goats/San Juan Trail 50K Results 2008
Photos taken by Claudette Poole, Steve Harvey, Greg Hardesty, Michelle Mecham and Doug Malewicki