January 10, 2009
Winter Trail Run Series 12K Results - January 10, 2009 (or was that 12.999+K?)
Did Blue Jay Rock or what! It is tough when everything seems to go wrong when you are organizing something like a running race in the woods. Having been at this profession for 25 years I have never had a race be cancelled and then at the 11th hour be turned back on.
Firstly, we thank me mates at the Forest Service, especially Virgil who got a team of local Fire Fighter Hot Shots to clear much of Blue Jay and the damaged trail, so we can have some magic. Space was limited as you found, but with some patience and good organization we conformed to the rules. Just two vehicles caused the FS to question my power; they drove and parked passed the barrier I had located on the black top where we started the race. Don’t worry, I know who you are!!!! Besides that, the FS were happy to show off the Cleveland National Forest. If you paid for a pass with entry and got a ticket, let me know.
The wind was a concern the day before when I had to spend 3 hours marking the 11k… and my luxury motor home did notice the 5:30am morning drive up Ortega Hwy. Didn’t seem to bother anyone who waited in line for bib numbers; hey everyone came prepared. The warming sun helped for the trail briefing, plus all the hugs I got from lots of new and old, some really old mates. We nearly reached our quota for the race, I don’t think I could have turned anyone away anyway… not if I wanted to live. Which brings me to the rest of the races… all runners who have entered are fine, those that missed the 12k, but entered the remaining races are still in the series. Those who wish to bribe me in the form of American money can do so on a secured line I have. We have over 50 runners already entering all 4 races; obviously looking forward to a very nice series sweat-shirt in March… the 08 ones were very visible on Saturday, nice one. As for staging the race, we will have to wait, probably in the same location, but definitely in Blue Jay area.
Sorry about the awards not being available, things will be back on track on the 24th, at least the overall winners got some acclaim. The official race T- shirt will be on hand for those running 2 races of the series. Those wanting to buy one it will cost you 10 bucks, if we have your size, let me know ASAP, my printers start back up next week. It looked like the raffle and throw-always kept people happy, nice to get something at a race, my mates at Fleet Feet Laguna Niguel always give me stuff… so go buy something there. Ask for lovely Michelle, one of my concubines!
As for the race, besides getting things underway, I was flat out all morning preparing the delicious delights on the tables, not much was left, hope you enjoyed. Most runners agreed the trail was fine, my mates Steve and Annie did leave early to check on my trail marking; all was OK. For those who had noticeable injuries at the finish line; hey shit happens. Thanks for being good about your blood loss and not suing me! I think the new runners to our woods enjoyed their experience, the old ones just keep enjoying the magic. The men’s and women’s top three overall winners ran fantastic times on the tough 14.8K course. Sharron Waegner took third and was one of the wounded. She followed Amy LaRue, a 14 year old starlet in the making and the winner - Yorba Linda's Lisa "Flash" O’Leary… it’s a fine name darling... by only 42 seconds. Jonas Hansen, who loved his run and near bad landing, took 3rd overall men, in 1:10:10. My old mate Big Ben Hian is definitely coming back strong after a long layoff from the trails. His 1:08:21 was just 29 seconds behind our overall winner and a new mate who shaves his legs, Big Jon Clark. Of course, congrat's to all the winners and finishers.
Again I want to thank all who helped on the day and specially two mates who I didn’t thank personally at the race, my long time friends, Bill and Sandy Johnson, who support me a whole lot. They turn up early to register all the runners and were still putting numbers together when most people have long gone.
We will be at Blue Jay to rock some more on the 24th. All we need is Rod Stewart and we'd have everything to rock the night away! Keep sharing those kisses and hugs, in a world that seems to be suffering, a few hours of magic on a Saturday morning in the woods is A-OK with me.
The age range was 7 to 71! Awesome...
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