I don’t think we
could have had a better day up at Blue Jay, especially with the Magic
weather we had. I am sure there are few runners who got their first
bronzing of the year. Must not forget those mates who were manning all the
aid stations, it was a long day for those up on the Main Divide. Maybe we
do have to return to making a cut off at the 20 mile point… some runners
decided it was a day just to take photos and enjoy the view. It is a race
after all and my help really doesn’t want to be out there all day with
only pretzels and water to fill their bellies. I know most of you
understand and thanks!
old mate, Francisco Fabian, had a bad fall and injured his wrist, maybe a
break? I called his home this morning for an update, but no one home.
Several others did fall and I am sure their war wounds will be displayed
in their local pubs! Tough sport this UltraRunning! We also had 16 runners
that couldn’t make the distance for one reason or another, shame these
things happen on a magic day. No reports of anyone getting lost so my mate
Steve did a great job of marking the course… As you know I have been
suffering with a really bad back… ahhhh. All the support I got around the
finish line etc, etc was the best, I am very lucky. Plus, all the NICE
comments about Horse Thief Trail… I know that is why you come! Hey if it
was easy some would complain about that too, so shut-up!
As for the race
itself, Mr. Dean Dobberteen seems to have taken over at the SJT 50K,
having won it the last 3 years. His finish time tells me he didn’t stop to
take photos!!!! But he did say he stopped several times with the dreaded
cramps, not for long it seems. Jason Baldwin is a runner we must keep an
eye on in the future; his second place finish was fantastic for a first
50k. 52 year old Jeff Wong worked hard all day to take third overall.
Closely followed by my new mate Kurt Whittington - keep an eye on him next
The apple of my eye,
Michelle Barton came in 5th overall. Her demeanor wasn’t that great when I
saw her at the Candy Store, but by the time she hit Blue Jay the glint in
her eye was back and now she was after the boys. We had to wait awhile for
second place in the women’s division, but Amy Valinsky-Fillipow crossed
the finish line looking as though she had just been walking in the park.
Another wait, but it was worth seeing me ole mate Pam Everett crossing the
line in third place. Another of my favorites was fourth overall, but Anne
Langstaff seems to just be hanging in after a tough day on the trail. All
the award winners looked good receiving their awards.
Hope the raffle went OK… thanks to the help of a few
good mates that make my day a pleasure… Not! Of course most of you know I
am just enjoying life in my way, at no time do I wish to offend anyone,
but if I slightly upset someone…. Hey! Must thank my mates Bill and Sands
for all their work over a hot table, things went well I thought. Heiko and
Patty did a splendid job with the ham radio team and one of their crew,
Big Eric Kosters, did finish his first 100 last week - magic mate. My new
mates who helped on race day, that are entered in WS. Good Luck. To all
those who have big plans for the new season of ultras, I offer this… just
remember the three P’s … Patience. Pace and Piddling. For those that have
not run my Shadow of the Giants 50K it is on June 4 up in Fish Camp CA,
where I genuinely look forward to once more seeing the self proclaimed
“Baz’s Bitches”. See you at Shadow; if not enjoy running and maybe see
you at Saddleback Trail Marathon in November. You can always go online and
catch up on my events through the year.
www.bigbaztrailraces.com Or, you can send
personal messages to
Keep smiling – it
only involves 150 face muscles. Much Love Big BAZZA XXX
Juan Trail 50K Results 2010
Steven De La Cruz
James Mc Gehee
Mary Lou Lackey
SJT 50K photos
provided by Rick Spencer, Michelle Barton &
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Baz will buy me a Starbucks next month!)
Greg Smedley PhD, Michelle Barton & Mark Kelly PhD
The world famous Big Baz
Greg Hardesty with Michelle
Hi to Rick Spencer from photographer Doug Malewicki
Ed Ettinghausen (the INKnBURN Jester) next to Greg Hardesty
5 minutes to race time!
Last minute trail briefing
(& some Baz jokes!)
Did Baz actually say
"On the count of 46 - GO!"?
OUT ON THE
50K COURSE DURING THE RACE
AND off they go. Dean Dobberteen is already out in front!
The stream of runners goes on and on!
Lori Szrika & Rick Spencer bid adieu to Blue Jay
Some of the great scenery on the trail to first Aid Station (next to
the Ortega Highway) and turn around for loop #1, which is a
total of 19 miles.
Deep canyons below the trail.
The marking "team" for the final 13 miles heads up the main divide
Tim, Mary, Greg, Doug & Mark took care of the ribbons and flour
The course marking party celebrates getting to the top of Horsethief.
Mark (in the yellow shirt) seems really happy to get Horsethief out of
the way. Mostly downhill back to Blue Jay!
Greg, Mark, Tim, Mary & Mark Kelly with Lake Elsinore in the
Mary blasts up a hill
Doug Malewicki way behind Mary
Wow! Here comes Jason Baldwin up the hill! Jason 35, finished
2nd overall in 5:04:27.
Dean Dobberteen finished
1st place overall in 4:37:36
Kurt Whittington 33, 4th overall in 5:12:36
Jeff Wong 52, came in 3rd overall in 5:11:22
Mark Zobrio 47, 6th overall in 5:29:20
Badwater Barton 40, (formerly known as RedBlur) finished 1st
woman & 5th overall in 5:18:25. How can she be airborne, while
running up the steep Main Divide?
Michelle has run 5 races so far in 2011 and placed 1st woman in all of
Sam Bosworth 33, 7th overall in 5:35:04
Ben Hian 41, came in 11th overall in 5:42:10
Jack Cheng 39, was 10th overall in 5:39:31
David Cristof 31, 9th overall in 5:38:10
Jon Lewis 43, 6:48:39
Henry Burkhart 49, 15th overall in 5:59:43
Go ARMY GO!
Mary, Mark Kelly & Greg (Tim & Mark #2 turned around at the Trabuco
aid station to get in a 2nd Horsethief lap!
Doug, Mary & Greg are done with course marking & heading down the Main
Divide while the 50K runners are coming up.
Amy Valinsky-Fillipow 41, finished 2nd woman in 6:00:58
David Corcoran 53, finished 21st in 6:21:04
David Overstreet 50, finished 18th overall in 6:09:07
Justin Callahan 43, 19th overall in 6:19:55
Cale Stubbe 28, finished in 6:38:41
Steve Bacjarach 39 was 22nd overall in 6:22:20
Greg Hardesty 47, was 28th overall in 6:37:25. Mary knows Greg
and at this point turned around to run back up the Main Divide with
Greg and do the evil Horsethief climb again too!
WE never saw her again.
Larry Ramacker 59, 25th overall in 6:28:12
GBradley Dutkievicz 31 fnished in 6:41:55
Pam Everett 50, 3rd woman in 6:28:20
Steve Merilees 59, finished in 6:37:45
Brian Ceyala 29, finished in 7:33:44
Anobel Corsi 42, finished in 6:57:00
Bill Ramsey 57, finished in 6:53:35
Baz greets a runner at the 19 mile aid station.
Fantastic video of the
whole run taken by Lauren Miertschin to document her first ever 50K
finish (7 minutes 41 seconds long). Her detailed recap - the
suffering, agony & triumph is at:
SJT 50K Garmin GPS
data with Google Earth Views (click on
any picture to see a larger detailed version)
Google Earth 3D view of the 50K terrain.
GPS record of the elevation changes. The Garmin sums all
those ups and downs. Tells us we climbed a TOTAL of over a mile
(7,859 feet)! The Garmin measured a distance of
29.20* miles, whereas 50 kilometers =
Close up 3D view of the Candy Store loop.
Close up 3D view of the Horsethief loop.
*29.20 miles PROBLEM...
The GPS only recorded 29.20 miles for this supposed 31 mile race.
What is going on? If you clicked on the
Flyby Tour, you now see
the course we ran outlined in RED. Go to the Horsethief climb
and zoom way in. You can actually see the trail details that we
ran. However, Even though the trail has many obvious
switchbacks, the GPS route has cut many of them and done simple
long linear interpolations between points that it did successfully
pick up. The GPS lost needed distance data in several such
SJT 50K GOOGLE EARTH Flyby Tour
Double click on this link and wait for Google Earth to
zoom in from orbit to the view that shows the red outline of the
entire 50K course. Once it stabilizes, click on PLAY TOUR button
or select PLAY TOUR from the drop down VIEW menu. That
starts the animated flyover of the entire course. Awesome!
(HINTSfor Google Earth