January 5, 2013
HAPPY 21st Anniversary to the WTRS & Big Baz, RD
(Baz promises that the RESULTS are coming Monday)
Winter Trail Run Series WTRS 12K Story - January 5, 2013
G'day ladies and gentlemen.
I woke this morning early to start my busy day and heard the rain… shit I said to myself, did we get lucky yesterday up at Blue Jay. Oh yes, it was Magic to say the least, who cares what is happening elsewhere in the world. Of course, little do you know the race nearly never happened, I screwed up with some paperwork and it was only through my partnership with the Forest Service and the USATF we were able to pull it off. Just can’t imagine being at the campground gate turning away 150 people! My balls would be hung up in one of the Oak trees, not a pretty site.
At 5:30 AM I picked up Sands at Hwy 5 and Ortega, she hates the drive up! Before we started marking arrows on the road my good mates Julia, Rick, Matt and Scott appeared…. what would I do without them! We managed to set up shop in Lower Blue Jay before the first eager runner turned up. It was cold, but no complains - we knew we were in for a Magic day.
Me mate Steve had marked the course the day before, didn’t remove any of the rocks I asked him to, shame! Just to see all the smiling faces as they checked-in always makes my day, the hugs,etc., etc. mean a lot to this lonely old man! When I think of pulling the plug on being an RD, because of age or whatever, I always say what 71 year old bloke has more fun 12 times a year as I do and think about that one! We are lucky to have A Snails Pace running store supporting the event including lovely Monica from New Balance showing off her wares! All the behind the scenes people who help Big BAZ on race day need to be thanked. Actually, I have so many personal stories from runners on race day, far too many to repeat of course. But I assure you I remember the juicy ones.
Oh yes, there was a race… looking over the entries I was expecting a tough race up front. My regulars came out to challenge each other, both sexes of course. My brief prerace lecture is always a struggle, especially when the 20 or so dickheads keep talking. You know who you are! Love the show of hands for the first timers, we like to keep our numbers growing. But as you know, if you read my race info we are restricted to 150 runners. This should tell the intelligent ones out there to enter early, race day entries could become a thing of the past. Many of the trail races these days are filling up just hours after being posted. Knowing runners wanting to run all the race series is important to me because I need to pre-purchase the series sweat shirts. I know most of you understand, but remember I told you!
Back to the race. As you know I follow the last runner and redirect the course at a major turn. I was surprised to see Monica limping back… fell over into the bushes, some lame excuse! Lovely Julia and Scott started early to check out the course markings and then help at the finish line… all magic. I am returning with about a mile to go when I heard heavy breathing… could have been me of course! I stepped aside to let my 23 year-old mate Jace Hinsley run by… closely followed by Big Jon Clark. I then took a shorter way back and still missed the first 5 or 6 finishers. The food feast had been laid out, beer and soft drinks on ice and my angel Sandie had recruited an old bloke and sweetheart Annie to help identify race numbers as they crossed the imaginary line…bloody cheap race! The next hour was non-stop hugging sweaty bodies, having 50 women finishing made my day! It is easy to praise the winners, but for those taking over 2 hours to run 12K one should acknowledge their feat. Especially my new friend in arms, as you might say, lovely first timer, 51 year old Angela Turner. Being out on the trail for over 3 hours is a test for anyone, her hubby was very proud of her, so are we. There was no surprise for the women’s winner and placing 21st overall speedy Lisa Oleary, but Stephanie Smith was only seconds back in second place. Actually, I made a boo boo announcing the 3 place overall, it should be Annie Siernia… but no damage done. A Snails Pace employee, Jace Hinsley, did finish first overall and was real happy to beat Mr. Clark who was only 78 seconds behind. Liam Clemons, another speedster came in 3rd overall. Next they will be wanting prize money!!!! Joking. All the age group winners enjoyed winning their medals, non more than 11 year old Aurora Santillan, what a little smasher. That’s an English term. The oldest winner was again the old fart Doug Malewicki, the super star of Irvine. He is the one to be blamed for my web page, he does enjoy receiving any race day photos to be added to the site.
As usual, all good times must come to an end, but all is
not lost for those lucky ones who enter early for the 15K on the 19th.
With luck I can conjure up some more magic weather, silly stories, maybe
more quiz questions for the smart who want to win a nice prezie. Must
again thank all my support, the checks are in the mail! Those wanting
to send in little stories of their trail experiences, don’t. Enjoy your
runs where ever they take you and keep smiling, cos it costs nothing,
but can mean millions to others.
(Baz tried, but if
you are missing, your name is misspellt or you see sum udder errirs,
12K Photos by... Leon Gray, Hans Duncan, Vanessa Runs & Doug Malewicki
any any picture to see a larger detailed version)
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