January 9, 2010
Winter Trail Run Series 12K Story - January 9, 2010
Did we have a magic day in Blue Jay or what! Someone up there likes us…remember that movie? If we could have bottled the atmosphere we could sell it and make a fortune.
For most of us last year seemed to come and go; not that we had much good news home and abroad. At my age I take what I am given and say thank you very crutch. Don’t really have a day-job as many of you know, can’t really remember someone telling me what to do either. Oh yes, I was married once. Anyway for many that gathered at Blue Jay it was their first running race of the year. The 150 plus runners seemed to be ready. Please don’t mention to the FS that we had more than a 150 finishers, slightly going over our legal quota. Hopefully we will be forgiven on such a magic day.
The mix of old WTRS runners and the refined newbies turned out to be a nice blend. I must admit I was pleased there was not so much heckling during my pre-race instruction and bullshitting. Looking at the front line of runners, I was guessing there was going to be a battle. From the time, Elma (our new girl who will be taking over from the retiring Virgil) officially started the race with a 1-2-3 GO; the stampede of runners was like watching the NY Marathon. I did notice a few fingers in the air from old mates running by. What changes!
Thanks to my mates Bill and Sandy at the registration desk we were nearly on time for the 8:30 start. Plus or minus a few… who cares, right! I managed to get out there after the last runner went through the crossing at the bottom of the hill, to re-route the course for the return after the big loop. So happens a lady friend was seen returning on the trail, pulled hammy…. And she was doing well. I managed to get back to the finish only minutes before someone shouted runner coming. Big Patrick Bendzick was thundering up the black top on his own. Under an hour on that course was Magic. Of course, he was real happy to win another WTRS race. I asked him when he was able to leave the lead pack of runners… Sugar Loaf he said. Exactly 60 seconds later my local SJC mate Christian Haymes came across the line, another previous winner. Less than 30 seconds later me old mate Dean Dobberteen finished looking pretty strong. Must mention 4th place finisher Ben Hian cos he wasn’t too far back, his words were, give me an Ultra any day! But this is just good training for the season to come, I told him.
The winner in the women’s division was no real surprise, lovely Lisa O’Leary finished 12th overall and continues her winning ways in the history of the WTRS. My new awards assistant Stephanie Grant came in all smiles to take second, less than 2 minutes behind Lisa. Another lovely, Ann Langstaff, blamed her age for not doing better, she has nothing to be ashamed of - her history in the sport tells all. Of course, she was a little pissed cos she was behind her man Bill and it was his first race!
All the award winners were happy to receive their hugs and medals. 70 year old “Geezer” Doug Malewicki achieved his best 12K time in the last four years, not all bad for an old bloke. He was a little disappointed his daughter Michelle Barton was injured and not able to run with and pace his 9 year old grand daughter Sierra for her first ever WTRS. There were a few who had never run on the course and did real good; Big Justin Neville was one; shit I remember him as a baby in arms. Good to see Billy McDermott on the trail preparing for his 33rd… or 34th Catalina run. Sorry to say we did have one bandit… Pay up or stay away, the one thing you don’t do is cross the finish line! One other request is for the dog lovers to leave there pets at home… thanks.
I hope everyone who stayed around for the raffle got something. Thanks to A Snails Pace, our local running shop, they gave us some nice goodies, plus my gorgeous product line, etc. The E-Gell got gobbled up fast and it works; buy some soon. Thanks to a few good mates that helped clear the area, I was out of there and into a pub with Bill and Sands by 1:30 PM. The day-pass parking tickets worked out OK, only 5 people have to pay their $5 by mail. The FS get that much needed money. The on-line registration worked out good using RACE360… just make sure you put all your info down. Those that enjoyed their run and who have not entered any of the next 3 races please do so, NOW. It seems I will have to restrict entries at sometime. The race T-Shirts will be available next race… those wanting to buy one, send me 20 bucks and I will mail it. Sorry I was not organized with my “TRAILS ROCK” line for those interested, I hope to have more colors and sizes in the next couple of weeks. At Big Baz’s races you pay $15, T’s and Caps. They are already in retail stores up in Washington…. I know it is too far to go!
One can only hope the weather for the 15K is has magic, we are so very lucky in Southern California. Stay tuned into my web site for the results and other updates. My computer skills are limited, must be the wine. See you again soon, keep bringing all the hugs and smiles, that makes the world a better place.
Much Love, Big BAZ
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