USATF XC Grand Prix Season Opener at Bell Jeff today. Good job to all that came out and raced this morning.
18 years ago NBB members Nancy, Larry, Lynn and Duffy went to a high school XC race to cheer on the kids. They noticed a lot of them were running in basketball shoes, tennis shoes and even Vans. So on the next NBB group run they fundraised amongst the members and raised enough money to buy new shoes two for two teams.
Our mission is to show our support to youth in our community by giving them a good start and keeping them injury-free by providing proper, professionally fitted, new running shoes.
NBB members live, work and run in the San Fernando Valley and we are inviting to runners of all levels to participate in this event. We want to lead and instill pride/ownership of our local running community onto our youth; after all they live, go to school and run this town too.
This year we worked with Adidas, who donated new running shoes for NBB to distribute. We invited Reseda and Monroe high school cross country teams to meet us at Fleet Feet Encino, where we'll go for a run and give them their shoes afterwards. We need your help in the following:
•We need you to run with the kids. Some are fast and some are slow. They are used to running at school and we are showing them our running route.
•We need you to help staff a food section. NBB is providing breakfast and we need volunteers to help set up and clean up.
•We need you to help distribute the shoes to the kids
Volunteer at Rocky Peak 50K/30K on Saturday, October 14. Proceeds from this race will help fund the XC Shoe Program in the future. This year we got free shoes from Adidas but we don't know if their budget will include us in the future. To make the program sustainable we partnered up with Trail Run Events LLC to promote the race and provide volunteers.
What a great ending to NBB's race series! Our final race was the Hansen Dam 10k. Thank you everyone that came out and participated! It was a great time! Event pictures are now up on our website at: http://newbasinblues.org #newBasinBlues #raceSeries #runfast #runners #trails #trailrunners #hansenDam
Thank you everyone who came out to our first course preview event at Corriganville Park this morning. We'll have 3 more preview runs in the coming months - all are invited!
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
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.
Here is my most recent race, the Brea 8k (5 miles).
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.
( 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.
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
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: www.hands4hopela.org
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.