New Basin Blues Running Club News

May 08, 2017

Congratulations to all who came out and participated at the Verdugo 10K race this past Sunday. Special shout out to Audry Kroot for breaking a 7 year course record

Pictures from Mariela here >>>

April 23, 2017

This morning we remembered our good friend, Walter Ries. 

The group ran out to the hub. After the run we all met at the Top of Reseda to share some memories. Walter's ex-wife Lynn told us about his accomplishments; a lot of us did not know that Walter was a fantastic hurdler in high school and college. Later he moved out to California to race motorcycles and work in construction. It was after working for most of his life that he decided to give running another shot and met the New Basin Blues while running out on Balboa Park in the early 80's.  He started running ultra races after that, finishing the Western States 100 with his new running friends and was extremely proud of the WS belt buckle he earned.

Members shared their favorite memories of him and it was nice to hear the stories. It was great celebrating Walter's life today.

Below are some videos and pictures we took of the memorial in case you could not make it.

Videos >>>

Jacks says a few words >>>

Duffy recalls Walter stories >>>

Pictures >>>

Walter >>>


Hi All:
Here is my most recent race, the Brea 8k (5 miles).

Short Version:

I ran 33:58 and was 5th out of 55 in the 60-64 age group. I was 204th out of 2271 and ran this race with only a week of easy running
leading up to the race due to injury and illness for most of February. My watch said 6:57 pace but the Race Computer said it was 7:02 which means that there is some discrepancy between the GPS watch and the certified course measurement. My watch had it at 5.03 miles. I think a certified 8k is counted as only 4.97 miles. I was wearing 2 GPS watches, the other had it at 5.017 miles.

Horribly Long Version:

( some of the detail I go into here is really meant for current and former runner friends )
I'd had a strained Hamstring for most of the month coming off of my fastest Track workout to date and had also come down with a cold after I had taken a couple of days off for the injury. After an additional 5 days off due to the cold, I thought I was healed. Wrong, after 2 easy days (2 miles/8:00 pace) Hamstring re-strained again. This is the way the month went. I pre regisered for the race a couple of days before so I could be officially on our New Basin Blues Grandmasters (over 50 ) team. Pre registering is a jinx for me, usually register the morning of the race. So I get 3 hours of sleep, get out of bed and my left calf is tight and sore. Why, I don't know, ran easy all week. Get to the race and they force us to park about a 1/4 mile away when there is a huge parking area in front of Macy's right next to the race area that remained empty even after the Mall opened. There was a rain forecast which was accurate but it rained before 7:00 am and then leading up to the race it was on and off very light sprinkles but didn't rain at all from the race Start at 8:00 am until more sprinkles after about 8:45.
The only warm up I got was running back and forth to & from the car partly because of being too out of shape I didn't want to add more distance for the day and was planning to just run easy the first mile of the race and partly because I wasted warm up time picking up my packet and talking to friends. The group of us trying to decide what we would wear, tights, shorts, etc..., would it start raining, etc... I ran back to the car , seemed to be getting warmer, decided to go with normal shorts and racing top. Changed, put the number on my top and racing shoes on and ran back to the starting area where it seems that they started the race about 2 min early.
We were concerned about the temperature but I think it wasn't bad, sunny and about 59 by race time is my guess.
I was behind all 2271 people and never heard the start horn, (heard the starter ask walkers and people with strollers to move further back and not block the runners) didn't know the race had started and then had to work my way through a lot of walkers and slow runners just to get to the starting line where the Chip Timing began as I crossed the start line. I was able to figure out that I started 1:08 after the people at the front of the starting line resulting in not being able to run with any of my club mates that I'd planned to join. Now I'm running around people and finally on to the sidewalk so I could pass people while dodging onlookers here and there and then back on to the street where I ran on the traffic side of the cones for a while just continually passing people from the beginning to the end of the race. I started faster than intended (6:48 first mile) but my calf had loosened up by then and didn't bother me at all. The Hamstring felt ok until a little past halfway and was re-strained for sure with a mile to go which I ran in about 6:26 to 6:29 depending on which of my GPS watches you believe. The course had a fair amount of hills but was downhill over most of the last approx. 1- 1/2 miles . After stopping, the Hamstring became too tight to even warm down which I tried for about 200 yards.

(For non runners), that extra 1:08 was not included in my time because of electronic chip timing meaning that many people who actually crossed the Finish ahead of me actually ran slower than me and I did get credited with running faster and my placing which contributed to our Grandmasters Team (age over 50) taking 2nd place. All teams were co-ed requiring at least one female runner.
Our female runner is 72 ! We also took 2nd in the Masters Team (40-49) and could have won the Open if we had another of our young fast guys show up. Below is a table of all our members that ran the race. Congratulations to all of the Blues ! Great to have the speedy Paul Van Zuyle as a Basin Blue Grandmaster (in the post race photo with me) 1st photo= final mile, 2nd photo = 2 miles into race.



Pictures >>>


December 16, 2016


Thursday 12/15 @ 6:30pm


Be sure to join us with the New Basin Blues family this year for some holiday cheer at our 2nd Annual Candy Cane Lane Run and Party!
Daisy has graciously offered her house for us to gather and enjoy food, drinks and good times.  We are also supporting a wonderful charity this year with a gift drive!  See below for all the details.

Akiko will also be presenting her special charitable artwork to present at the holiday party and made available for purchase! All proceeds will be going towards Save LA Cougars. Click here for more details  

 Location/route details HERE  - PREPARE FOR RAINY WEATHER!!

Hands4Hope LA provides support to at-risk youth ages 8 to 18 from low-income, predominantly minority households to improve their quality through free S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) based after-school programs, low-cost Academic Summer Camp., and semi-annual single parent resource fairs.

Please see their website:

Below is a list of gifts that would be appropriate to give. Any donation is appreciated. We will be collecting these gifts at the potluck after the run. Remember to bring these gifts unused and unwrapped.

Gift ideas according to Hands4Hope >>>

Scenes from last year



December 09, 2016

Photo credit Mariela Marical


November 30, 2016
November 07, 2016

XC Regional Championship >>>


Santa Clarita Marathon >>> .. photo credit : Mariela Marical and Jennifer Sunahara


Another eventful race. Here's a few highlights:

  • Matan and Francisco placed top ten
  • The young guns, Steven and Shente had an amazing kick and nearly tied 
  • Our two fast ladies, both in the same age division, broke the division course record.

Pictures >>>


Tonight we celebrated the anniversary of Todd breaking his foot. Within the past year he's made a full recovery and has finished two marathons (Boston and Big Sur) and ran strong in the No Name 5030 and Bonelli triathlon. Up next - USATF XC and Ray Miller 50K.
#betterthanever #tempothursdays #newbasinblues #nbbxc #lightorthotics #runlight #fleetfeet_socal #runclub


October 17, 2016

Banana Bread

Ripe bananas freeze easily. Mash, adding 1 tablespoon lemon juice for each cup of bananas to prevent darkening. For this recipe, freeze in 1.5- cup quantities.

  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup margarine or butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas (3 to 4 medium)
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour*
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped nuts, if desired

Place oven rack in lowest positive. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease bottoms only of 2 loaf pans, 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches, or 1 loaf pan, 9x5x3 inches. Mix sugar and margarine in large bowl. Stir in eggs until well blended. Add bananas, buttermilk and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Stir in remaining ingredients except nuts just until moistened. Stir in nuts. Pour into pans. Bake 8-inch loaves about 1 hour, 9-inch loaf about 1 1/4 hours or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes. Loosen sides of loaves from pans; remove from pans. Cool completely before slicing. Wrap tightly and store at room temperature up to 4 days, or refrigerate up to 10 days. 2 loaves (24 slices each); 85 calories per slice.

*If using self-rising, omit baking soda and salt

To Microwave: Grease 12-cup microwavable bundt cake dish generously. Prepare batter as directed. Pour into dish. Microwave uncovered on high 12 to 14 minutes, rotating dish 1/4 turn every 4 minutes, until top springs back when touched lightly. Let stand on heatproof surface (not on wire rack) 10 minutes. remove from dish; cool.

Chocolate-peanut banana bread: Substitute 1 can (5 ounces) macadamia nuts, chopped and toasted, and 1/3 cup flaked coconut for the chopped nuts. 95 calories per slice.

Mini Banana Breads: Grease bottoms only of 10 miniature loaf pans 4 1/2 x 2 3/4 x 1 1/4 inches. Divide batter among pans (about 1/2 cup each). Bake 30 to 35 minutes. 10 loaves (8 slices each, 4 slices per serving); 205 calories per serving.



October 12, 2016

New Balance Ladies Run and Brunch

Join us for a special event with New Balance on Saturday, October 15 at 7:30am at Fleet Feet Westlake.

Address is
982 South Westlake Blvd
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
(next to Sprouts).

We'll kick off the event with a run around Westlake Lake, followed by brunch/mimosas and a talk from New Balance.