March 3, 2012
Winter Trail Run Series 30K - March 3, 2012
2012 WTRS 21K Story
On the way to the race Saturday I had just finished putting my white arrows on the road near Ortega… When, right there in front of me was a Bob Cat leaping across the road … just getting home from a night on the prowl I suspect, lucky bludger! Anyway I thought to myself that is a good omen for the long day ahead. Turned out to be true, boy did we all do good. The weather was magic, maybe next year we start at 7:30 am if we know the sun will be out scorching the woods. All my trusty help was on time, including the delivery of Starbucks coffee at the start, very nice! We are so bloody lucky. I think the inclusion of the 30K this series was a winner, nice to see some ultra-runners turning up and for the fresh looking athletes that were doing the distance for the first time I was hoping they would enjoy. Seems they all did. We did have a couple of leg injuries, but my fire guys were soon on the job and all was well. One of my nice lady friends did turn round after a few miles when her pain got too much. As you know, I know something about the sport and when I was giving my morning briefing I noticed some… just some, where really not taking in my magic words of advice. Meaning, we had a lot of cramping out on the tough single trail course… not drinking enough is usually the cause. Next time listen to BIG BAZ… please! Again, no one really got on my case and all were happy for the experience… that is magic. My aid stations worked out OK, Steve and Annie down at the Candy Store parking lot did good. I managed to see the front runners through, even for Jon 66 minutes is a good time, but he waited for the 2 guys behind him to leave first. With a nod and a wink he took off…. Oh shit, I said, they will be looking over their shoulder for the next few miles. Jon said he passed them climbing up a hill, go figure. Mark said he didn’t mind leading thinking to himself maybe the King of the Hill has a bad day! I did notice my new mate Jose was not carrying water as he ran out of the parking lot. As we all know now, that is how it finished, Jon was happy with his overall time, big Mark came in only 2 minutes back and Mr. Luna three and a half minutes to take third. The top 12 runners were all under the 3 hour time.
Queen of the Hill lovely Mari Russell deserved her win, in just over the 3 hour time… she was so happy crossing the finish line in 13th position overall. Polly Crawford came in smiling in second and Tiffany Forster was minutes behind Polly. Series finisher Julie Canales came in fourth over-all. At this moment I think she is out there somewhere in the Blue Jay area running another 20! Loves her running.
All the award winners deserve their respective medals. I just can’t believe we can’t find some more 72 year-olds to challenge the old man of Irvine, maybe I should make a comeback!!!! I do know I can beat him in wine drinking! Must thank Michelle for her day help, she will be back to running in a few days and then watch out! Must thank my girl Jeanne Ho for her good deed for the day…. After finishing a hundred the week before she came out for the fun and did pick up all the ribbons on the trail for me. How magic is that!
And so the WTRS is over for another year, one hopes we can keep all the good memories and do it again next winter. Tell a friend of course, we still are below our 150 limit for several of the races. My SJT 50K is coming up on April 14th and I know all the little ultra-devils are getting ready for that. One hopes a few of our new breed of trail runners will take the challenge… hey you have just run most of the course, only the 21K to go!!!! I said “Only”. I do know Lauren Miertschin did some repeats on Horse Thief in the week, even a helicopter was watching from above to prove it! That is dedication my friends. If you get a chance to take a long-weekend, maybe consider Shadow of the Giants 50K this year, June 2nd…. I know Mr. Clark is interested, Oh Boy, look out Fish Camp and those big f’in Giant Sequoias on the course, plus a bear or two!
Again, thanks to all you mates, just keep those legs in good shape through the coming year, we do have something special, let us keep it going. I will be living up in Oakhurst through the summer, 3 shorter trail races June/July up near Yosemite. But will be back down to organize Saddleback Trail Marathon in November.
E-mailing is good and keep an eye on the BIG BAZ site for race updates. Until that time, maybe see you next week at the BashaRoo in Laguna Woods, more lies, pizza and good wine I am good at. Much Love Big BAZZA XXXX
One special thanks to Chaz Nickell for hiking in to the Falls on Chiquita Trail with his son… runners say thanks too, a much needed water stop.
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