February 2, 2013
Winter Trail Run Series 18K Story - February 2, 2013
Hi there boys and girls,
It was noticed a smaller turn-out at the starting line, due to having so many running events over the weekend. But as I tell people, it isn’t the size, it’s what you can do with it, or something like that! Monica Morant, our New Balance connection turned up again with many samples of new shoes. She offered help and was used at the finish line helping Julia and Scott. Many nice folks rolled up their sleeves to help in Blue Jay’, including the Fetzer family, love um.
Monica set the 66 runners in motion just after 8:30, including again a few newbies to the trails. It was noticed at the mile mark that the first 3 or 4 runners where going to be testing each other. Everyone was smiling and happy to give this old bloke five as they started the 11 plus mile adventure. I did my usual short cut to redirect the runners on their way back up the hill. Lovely Michelle Barton was with camera and tells me she is coming back to racing, but slowly and carefully. By the time I returned to Blue Jay my food supply had been prepared, drinks were on ice and the finish line team was ready. As one may understand as the runs get longer it works out there are great time differences between runners. This allowed lovely Julia to enter and complete her finish line list accurately. We had one DNF, me good mate Kurt Whittington had the flu and just couldn’t make the distance.
OK - it was Dean Dobberteen who got his first win of 2013 series, but it took him about 10 miles to take the lead; over taking first timer Cary Costa with a mile to go. All was not finished for Rick Herr having trailed Dean and Cary for most of the race. Rick managed to catch one of his running mates to come in second overall. Exciting finish in Blue Jay.
Stephanie Smith ran well the whole distance and was full of smiles coming in 12th overall. My girl from UCI, Annie Ciernia, was real happy with her second place and Alekdandra Korfanty took third, not bad for a first WTRS run. Jay Hughes at 50 years of age ran well to come in 15th overall. My long time hero Bill McDermott was happy to win his division. as was the 73 year old Doug Malewicki. He wants to open a used medal store in Irvine soon.
Must thank me ole mate Bill Dickey but he wasn’t last so to speak! My new mate Rodney Tolosa had the slowest time by far, but he did get to visit the Candy Store as part of the run, total mileage between 20 and 25 by all accounts. His older brother Randall managed to find Rodney mumbling to himself on the trail. All part of trail running!
I hope the awards and raffle went OK, especially with my co-announcer Matt Ruiz, all my giveaways are donations from yours truly, New Balance and our friendly "A Snail Pace" running store in Mission Viejo. I am hoping to do it all again on Feb 16th. Be assured everyone has commented on the "little" climb up Horse Thief Trail over the years… new scenery and definitely a race for the strong of mind. I am asking for volunteers to man the aid station at Trabuco Trail head which all runners hit twice. Let’s hope our weather stays the same, we sure have been lucky so far this year. Be good to each other and maybe step up the miles over the next 10 days. Thanks to everyone, I had another magic and memorable race, hope to see you all soon.
Much Love Big BAZ XXX
thanks for these FAST 18K RESULTS goes to Julia Holt.
Love and Happy
Valentines to all me ladies! BIG BAZ XXX
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