February 18, 2012
Winter Trail Run Series 21K - February 18, 2012
2012 WTRS 21K Story
And a very early good morning to all you trail runners.
How do we improve on all the Magic we generate in Blue Jay, if we could bottle all the energy generated we could send someone to the moon and back…. Maybe Bakersfield anyway. It is now just after 5am on this Sunday morning, made my coffee, still have the shakes from a quiet drink Big Bob and I had after the race. We dropped Lovely Sands off at her car in SJC and we proceeded to Hooters just off El Toro Road. Beer and a burger did the trick… but that was the only trick! Nice girls! We joined up again after a nice shower and proceeded to open some nice red wine at my condo in LWs… Fish Named Wander was on HBO. We were legless and laughing trying to remember what had gone on in the morning.
How could one forget the magic weather, the nice turn out up at Blue Jay, the tough, but very pleasant course! But most of all the way we just enjoy each other’s company, better than going to fuckin Disneyland. The whole series so far has developed into one big Saturday morning bash, yes someone will win and someone will be 4 or 5 hours out there enjoying the magic. As for the winner of this year’s 21K… around 13 miles, big Jon Clark destroyed the course record in a performance that will be hard to beat. A small group of cheering bystanders saw the concentration Mr. Clark had on his mush (face) at the mile mark. Oh yes, there was some heavy competition for the 36 year-old in the top 10 runners leaving the campground… including some hot sheila’s (women). Michelle and I discussed a finish time, my guess was several minutes more than Miz Barton’s, but obviously we didn’t consider our past champion’s goal for the day. Shit he can run and after crossing the finish line his first words were… “It was magic!” Only 2 minutes back was Jace, then Greg was only 2 minutes back of Jace and Big Mark D just seconds over 2 minutes behind Mr. Moe so on and so on…
32 year-old Jenni Johnson is not really a trail runner, but one could say she seems to like winning what-ever the terrain. Regular series runner Stephanie Smith was again happy with her second place finish after missing one little turn entering Falcon Trail. Mari Russell nailed third place overall in the women’s division. I must say all the award winners did good.
Talking with the runners at the finish line it seems nearly all the top 13 or so runners ran Horse Thief Trail… you all know the hill of course. For most, even Big BAZ back when I was a contender, I never ran all the 1.8 miles up… of course they could be lying! I know a couple of old mugs did not run it even with sticks in their hands. Ollie and Paul did make it back to Blue Jay, finally… sometime after 1pm. They were grateful for us being there, more importantly for Big Scott who waited at the aid station at the top of the last hill. Maybe … New Rules!!! Need to be added concerning those who know their capabilities and pre arrange their vehicle to be parked outside the iron gate … then we don’t have to hang around so long waiting for the tail enders to finish the final two and a half miles. I know you all agree, right? I would not leave anyone out on the trail and we have been very lucky over the 20 years of the WTRS. One bloke did end up in Corona once… he said he missed a turn, but thought the place was nice and decided to go live there. Just a little story of course. Again we must thank Big Scott for single handedly manning the station at Trabuco Trail Head, no problems he said, except for a couple of sheila’s that tried to get to his body parts. He rejected their desires, what a good man! Must thank Sands… her hubby Billy Boy was sick with the dreaded flu, so me ole mate Bob filled in at the finish line along with lovely Scarlet. The “F Troup” again turned up early to help the old bloke unload the truck and assemble the easy-ups etc , etc… Just one complaint was made towards Julia the only Sheila in the 4-some, her loud small talk during the awards etc. was a little too much. There will be a dock in pay no doubt when the board-of-directors meet again next week.
Hope this year’s T-shirts are OK, sorry I don’t get into the high tech shit with the wild designs … all too much for this reserved bloke! As you know I asked all the runners that will finish all the series races to identify themselves… a quick email to BAZ will help me print up this year’s special shirts without having too many over. They will be handed out at the 30K on March 3. Must mention the “BashaRoo” on March 10…I have rented a room at Laguna Woods Village, 3 till 7pm. Check out the info on my site… be nice to gather for drinks, a few lies and be fully clothed. Again I need to know numbers, the room holds about 40, but there is an outdoor patio. Just a nice time to gather after the final race in the 2012 WTRS. The 30K will be a challenge for those trail runners who have completed the shorter races… the 18 miles plus is the first part of the famous SJT50K, my final event on April 14.
Lastly I want to say thanks to everyone, you really make my day up at Blue Jay, I sometimes think it beats sex, I think! Remember the old saying what-ever happens in BJ stays in BJ. The Magic is nearly over for another year, to all the old- timer’s thanks and to all the newbies I hope you enjoyed our magic time together in the Cleveland National Forest. Enjoy your workouts and wine and I will see you on the third. Much Love Big BAZ XXX
PS… The four damsels in the SUV who offered their bodies to me in Blue Jay after the race, sorry, but there was a time back when… I think! Oh to be 69 again.
Much Love with Hugs of course, Big BAZ XXX
Winter Trail Run Series (WTRS)
(The inaugural WTRS event was held in 1992, back when Big Baz was a mere 50 years old!)
Saturday March 10, 2012 from 3 till 7 PM
Laguna Woods “Club House One”*
*You will enter Laguna Woods at GATE ONE. Take the El Toro exit off the 5 Freeway, drive 0.7 mile West towards the ocean & take a left at the light onto Avenida Seville. Mention Baz’s name at the gate to get in.
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Identify it by section, row and column. Free of course.)
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