Steve Matsuda's Runners Report

  • RACE RESULTS: Marti Gras; Palm Desert; Beach Blast; VD5K; Seaside
  • LOCALLY-SOURCED: Polar Adventure; LARR Banquet; Trail-building; 2017 UL Training; Chase the Sun; Placerita NC Closure; Body Found in TO; Victim of Popularity; LA Lions
  • DID YOU SEE THAT: Rubber Band Tangle; From A's to Ultras; RW Shoe Guide; Indoor Relay, Sub-4 Records; Never Take a Ferrari Off Road; Spiked Trail; Shoe Snafus; Half at 90; Fastest Distance Amputee
  • NEW BASIN BLUES: This Week; Featured News; Pics
  • NOT RUNNING BUT: Roly-Poly Goalie; Lincoln City; Canada Fears Photo; Cats Not Mental; And Still I Rise

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>> SATURDAY - FEB 25

  • SANTA MONICA MOUNTAIN GOATS - Ahmanson Preview - 7:15
  • LA ROADRUNNERS - Westminster Elementary School in Venice for 16-18 miles - 6:30
  • LA LEGGERS - 1450 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica for 13 or 20 miles - 6:15/6:45
  • SANTA CLARITA RUNNERS - Santa Clarita for up to 10 miles - 7:00
  • TRAIL RUNNERS CLUB - Rescheduled TRAIL WORK DAY on Backbone Trail - 6:54
  • HBCU Scholarship 5K - Los Angeles
  • El Monte 5K/1K Run for the ARTS - El Monte
  • Healthy Downey 5K for TLC - Downey
  • Avocado Half Marathon & 5K - Murrieta
  • Chase the Sun Running & Walking Challenge - Los Angeles
  • Orange Curtain 50KM/100KM- Cerritos > http://www.orangecurtainrun.com/

>> SUNDAY - FEB 26

  • NEW BASIN BLUES - Top of Reseda - 8:00
  • TRAIL RUNNERS CLUB - Backbone trail training run #4 for 16 mi. - 6:30 at La Jolla Cyn for carpool to start
  • SANTA CLARITA RUNNERS - Granary Square for 24 miles - 6:30
  • LA RUNNING CLUB - Totem Pole in Santa Monica - 7:00
  • CRUISE THE OCEANFRONT - Long Beach > 10k, 5k, Half Marathon, Marathon
  • Screenland 5K - Culver City
  • XTERRA Point Mugu Trail Run - Malibu > 10 Mile
  • Action Jackson Breast Cancer Memorial 5K & 10K - Los Angeles

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FUTURE EVENTS:

http://www.raceplace.com/running-walking

 

March 2017

  • 01 Pomona Valley Alumnae Chapter (PVAC) Red Hot Run 10k, 5k, Half Marathon
  • 02 Win4Youth 5k Inland Empire Region
  • 04 ROCKIN' THE BEACHFRONT 10k, 5k, Half Marathon, Marathon
  • 05 Winter's End 5k, 10k, 15k, Half Marathon
  • 05 The Train Run Half Marathon & 626 Golden Streets Festival 5k, Half Marathon
  • 07 Beginners Running Club 60 Session 3
  • 11 Dolphin Dash 5K, 10K, 15K, Half Marathon
  • 11 La Habra Races 1k, 5k
  • 11 SAINTS RUN 8th Annual Fun Run 5k
  • 11 St Patrick's Day 5K 2017
  • 11 Race For Success 5k Run/Walk
  • 11 Conquer Our Run St. Pattie's Quest 10k, 5k
  • 11 La Habra Run 5K Runners
  • 11 Dolphin Dash 5k, 10k, 15k and Half Marathon
  • 11 Pasadena Triathlon & 5k
  • 11 Catalina Island Marathon
  • 12 4th Annual St. Patrick's Day 5k/10k Fun Run/Walk
  • 12 RUN DEO RUN Trail Races benefitting Students Run LA 10k, 5k, Half Marathon, Marathon, Trail
  • 18 Rockin' Shamrock 5k, 10k, 15k, Half Marathon
  • 18 Cheetah Runners St. Patrick's Day 5k
  • 18 LA BIG 5K
  • 19 ADHD 5K Hero Walk/Run
  • 19 Spring Into Fitness Walk/Run 5k
  • 25 Spring Equinox 5K, 10K, 15K, Half Marathon
  • 25 CRUISE THE SHORELINE 10k
  • 25 VALENCIA Trail Race Ultra, Half Marathon
  • 25 March Madness 2, 4, 8 and 16 Miler
  • 26 Claremont Classic
  • 26 Cottontail Half Marathon 5k 10k
  • 27 SPRING 7 DAY 1 10k, 5k, Half Marathon, Marathon
  • 29 SPRING 7 DAY 3 10k
  • 31 SPRING 7 DAY 5 10k

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RACE RESULTS:

>> Marti Gras 5K

  • Josue Diaz 19.06 1st overall
  • Diana Durfee 32.56 4th in div

>> Palm Desert Half

  • Maggie Shearer 1.24.54 1st in div, 5th female overall

>> Beach Blast 5k

  • Rosa Melendez 21:24 1st female overall

>> Valentine's Day 5k

  • Rosa Melendez 22:31 1st female overall

>> Seaside Marathon

  • Michelle Krok 3.59.58 1st female overall

>> Seaside Half

  • Caroline Shahin 2.37.34

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LOCALLY-SOURCED:

>> From Keith:

My Polar Adventure - A Long, Strange Trip

When I first began running, my friend, Angela Brunson, shared with me a wise maxim for choosing races: “Never sign up for an event where you’ll spend more time getting there, than on the course itself.” In other words, a 10K that’s an hour’s drive from home is too far away. In two weeks, when I walk out my front door and head toward the starting line of the Antarctica Marathon, I’ll be violating Angela’s advice by stupendous proportion.

http://mypolaradventure.blogspot.com/2017/02/a-long-strange-trip.html

 

>> From the LA ROADRUNNERS:

LARR BANQUET DETAILS

Date: Saturday, April 1, 2017

Time: 6:00PM

Location: Del Rey Yacht Club, 13900 Palawan Way Marina, Marina del Rey, CA 90292

Price: $60 per person

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

https://www.registrationboss.com/accounts/login/?next=/2017-la-road-runners-post-race-celebration

>> Build a New Trail at the Conejo Open Space Spring Trail Work Day

Saturday 18 March 2017 8:30 AM Saturday 18 March 2017 8:00 PM

Join us in building a new trail in the Conejo Canyons Open Space (in Thousand Oaks) during the Conejo Open Space Spring Trailwork Day! We'll continue to work on the Peninsula Trail in the Conejo Canyons/Western Plateau Open Space that we worked on in October.

This is one of two yearly events in Thousand Oaks for improving our trail system and brings together a number of open space advocacy groups. We'll be joining the COSCA rangers, Santa Monica Mountains Trails Council, hikers from various Meetup groups and others to work on this new trail.

We use the Conejo Open Space trails regularly, so this is our chance to give back to the community while expanding our trail opportunities!

At noon, following the morning of trail-building, workers will be treated to a thank-you lunch and door-prize drawing while enjoying the camaraderie of fellow trail enthusiasts!

Wear protective clothing (long-legged pants, long-sleeved shirts, sunglasses), sturdy shoes, gloves, hat and sunscreen.

No experience necessary. Tools and instructions on how to use them safely and effectively will be provided. Must be 18+ years of age. As always when in the open spaces, be aware of poison oak, ticks & rattlesnakes. Everyone works at their own comfort level.

Follow instructions of park rangers and trail crew leaders at all times.

https://www.evensi.us/build-a-new-trail-at-the-conejo-open-space-spring-trail/199488540

>> From Cyndi of the UltraLadies:

2017 ULTRALADIES SPRING/SUMMER TRAINING

Welcome Ultra Ladies 2017 UltraLadies and UltraLadies’Men,

Thank you for bringing us into our 23rd year! Without you this would not be possible.

You are receiving this email because you have at one point in our 23 years, run with the UltraLadies at least once, and we'd like to share with you some our new happenings!

As you know, Nancy Shura-Dervin "UltraMama" has been providing UltraLadies with training at no cost, until this point. No one knows better than yourselves, how valuable her years of Ultra Running experience has meant and many you have stories about how her training has made you successful at reaching your goals. I'm interested in hearing these stories in the coming weeks.

We are now asking that you invest in us this year so we can bring you even more coaching and beautiful running experiences.

When Nancy planted this seed in my head about joining as your Event Director, it went from seed to sequoia in about 20 minutes… on a trail, of course! Hahaha! Our business plans meshed seamlessly and we are anxious to share them with you. We have so many beautiful places, distances and finish lines to share with you!

I have been fortunate to finish many Ultra distances and have experienced first hand the benefits that trail running brings on and off the trail. And what I’ve learned is my success would not be possible without our community of Ultra Runners surrounding me every step of the way. You have a very tight knit community that supports you and I look forward to introducing you to your first Ultra or simply introduce you to a new trail.

It’s not that you can’t do an Ultra without UltraLadies training but how many mistakes are you willing to make, how many dnf(s) (Did not finish) are you willing to encounter, how much down time from injuries are you willing to sit out, how many times will you get lost on a trail and how many finish lines are you going to cross without your group of friends there to support you?

Look at these awesome benefits:

• Follow a proven training plan for the 50K

• Weekly training with the UltraLadies

• Ultra Ladies technical running shirt

• 25% off all http://www.trailrunevents.com/ for 2017 (value up to $95)

~ Ahmanson 12k – April 15th

~ Valley Crest ½ Marathon – June 11th

~ Bulldog 25K/50K – August 26th

~ Rocky Peak 30K/50K – October 14th

• Ultra Running 101 clinics taught by experienced ultra runners

• Invitation to the UltraLadies Running retreat scheduled for July (more info coming soon)

* 25% off of CarboPro Nutrition (Vegan, non GMO and Gluten free)

• Camaraderie with other UltraLadies and Ladies’Men

• Confidence building and experience with hands on coaching

• UltraLadies Facebook page

• Forum on our website (coming soon)

• Pacer and Crew connections

• Coaches during all training events

• Early registration for Grand Canyon R2R “Sept 29- Oct 1” (*more info coming soon)

$250.00 Limited to 60 participants, so please sign up early.

I’m asking you to help us bring a new program to life.

1) Click below to learn more and join us this year!

ULTRALADIES REGISTRATION - http://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=44626

In addition if you register in February we'll add your name to a drawing for a free Bulldog entry!

2) I’d love to hear your success stories. If you are on Facebook please tell us your story on our ULTRALADIES FACEBOOK GROUP and tag Nancy and myself. If email is your means of communication you can email me your story and a picture to sum things up. (CyndiWyatt13@gmail.com)

https://www.facebook.com/groups/ultraladies/

3) Forward this email to a friend and share the love of our trails.

4) If you love us please hashtag #ultraladies on social media and help spread the word

5( Friend me on FACEBOOK and learn more about who I am:

https://www.facebook.com/cyndi.wyatt13

Sincerely, Cyndi Wyatt, Event Director, UltraLadies, Trail Run Events, Wilderness First Aid Certified

>> FREE REGISTRATION - Chase the Sun Running & Walking Challenge - Los Angeles

Sat - Feb 25, 2017

Your Choice - Treadmill, Gym, Track, Trail, Road

Los Angeles, CA 90052

Running > 10k, 5k, Half Marathon, Marathon

Event Description - SET FIRE TO YOUR FEET in 2017! Sign up anytime in 2017!

Are you ready to chase the sun? We are looking for runners, walkers and joggers of all shapes, sizes and fitness levels to join us on a journey to the Sun in 2017! Log your miles and they will be added to our total miles as a group. Let’s log enough miles to get to the SUN! It’s a 93 million mile journey, so we need your help! You will move up the Moon Jogger rankings as you log more and more miles! Thousands of people worldwide have joined the challenge. Will you? SIGN UP NOW! THIS FREE OPTION ALLOWS YOU TO SET UP A LOG AND START LOGGING YOUR MILES NOW TO HELP US GET TO THE SUN!

https://www.raceplace.com/events/9505/free-registration-chase-the-sun-running-walking-challenge-los-angeles

>> From the Placerita Canyon Nature Center

Due to water damage from the torrential rainfall, Placerita Canyon Natural Area is is closed until further notice. All of the activites planned for this weekend are canceled -- The Twilight hike, Family Nature Walk, Animal Show, and Community Education Series.

The front gate is locked. Park management will give updates as more information is available.

>> Body Found Of Man Swept Away In Thousand Oaks Flooding

Rescuers have located the body of a man in his 20s who was swept away in a barranca Friday afternoon in Thousand Oaks.

Ventura County Sheriff’s Office search and rescue crews found the man’s body in the Aroyo Conejo Creek at about 8:45 a.m. Saturday. He was located by a search helicopter and swift-water rescuers. The recovery effort was expected to take several hours.

The victim’s name was not released.

Just before 2:30 p.m. Friday, three people were rescued after getting stranded on high ground within a barranca west of the 1200 block of Caminos Dos Rios, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office reports.

The victims told rescuers that a fourth person was swept away by strong currents prior to the arrival of rescue personnel.

http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2017/02/18/search-continues-for-man-swept-away-in-thousand-oaks-flooding/

>> Wildwood: victim of popularity?

Wildwood Regional Park is being loved to death.

That’s what Conejo Recreation and Park District General Manager Jim Friedl told a group of residents who came to CRPD’s Jan. 19 board of directors meeting to express their frustrations with the heavy volume of visitors to the hilly open space area in northwest Thousand Oaks.

According to the neighbors, traffic to the local hiking mecca is getting out of hand, forcing visiting vehicles onto residential streets and making a muddy mess of the parking lot and surrounding sidewalks, especially after the recent rains. Although the park is officially closed during and after inclement weather, hikers regularly ignore warnings and simply step over the gate in front of the parking lot to gain access.

http://www.toacorn.com/news/2017-02-16/Community/Wildwood_victim_of_popularity.html

>> LIONS OF LOS ANGELES

Are the city’s pumas dangerous predators or celebrity guests?

A lion known as P-45 has killed scores of domestic animals—and attracted passionate fans.

It was drizzling and gray, late fall, on the old Rickards Movie Ranch, high in the Santa Monica Mountains, in rural, red-state western Malibu. Bleached skulls were tacked to the outside wall of a stage-set saloon; rusting wagon wheels leaned at angles. A hand-painted sign announced a “Public Hanging, 5PM.” Inside the saloon—the shooting location of TV Westerns and Gravy Train commercials and Playboy spreads—a secret meeting was under way.

“This cat is dangerous,” a woman said, her voice carrying tremulously over the saloon door. “He should not be part of the gene pool.”

“Absolutely! Get him out of here,” a man said.

“For years and years, I’ve lived like this,” another woman said. “Now I’m afraid.”

The saloon doors swung open, and Wendell Phillips beckoned me inside, where nine people sat around a large table, in a room crowded with memorabilia of the Old West: hides, brands, a full-mount coyote. Phillips, who is sixty-seven, with a bald head and a sizable mustache, is a former swat-team member and now has a law practice defending police officers. He and his wife, Mary Dee Rickards, were leading the meeting, for the victims of a mountain lion known as P-45.

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/02/13/lions-of-los-angeles

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DID YOU SEE THAT:

>> Massive Rubber Band Tangles Up Runner

The stretchy projectile slowed, but didn't stop, the lead runner at indoor meet in Ireland.

Runners have enough to worry about in the final stretch of an 800-meter indoor track race: the lactic acid burning through their legs, the final surge from a tactical competitor, the flailing spikes from an errant limb.

But a giant rubber band flung from the heavens?

During a semifinal heat at the Irish University Indoor Championship, Aengus Meldon from the National University of Galway felt the sharp twang of defeat as an elastic obstacle tangled with his legs just beyond the final curve. The rubber band was launched from the infield pole vault pit during a warm-up attempt.

As has become typical with Irish track play-by-play, the call included some noteworthy commentary. The astounded announcer used the phrase “Janey Mac,” Irish slang for surprise.

“It was like Spider-Man threw something at him,” the commentator continued.

http://www.runnersworld.com/general-interest/massive-rubber-band-tangles-up-runner

>> Eric Byrnes: From the A’s to ultra-marathons

Like so many retired ballplayers, Eric Byrnes started his post-baseball career playing golf, surfing and playing softball with buddies in a beer league.

“I thought a long run was going from first to third,” he joked.

But the former A’s outfielder, now a studio analyst for the MLB Network and occasional local sports radio host, was never one for the status quo.

Now, at 40, Byrnes is an elite endurance runner, with the bona fides to prove it. His journey from washed-up big-leaguer to ultra-marathoner is chronicled in a new movie, “Diamond to the Rough,” which premiered in San Francisco last month and won the Judges’ Choice award, beating out 34 other films, at Saturday’s Monarch Film Festival in Pacific Grove.

“What we were trying to share was that it’s not a natural transition to go from baseball to endurance running,” said Byrnes, who is from Woodside and lives in Half Moon Bay. “I thought I would make a fool of myself — and I did. My first triathlon, I was smoked by two girls and a dude I grew up with. We were all laughing together — and it was fun, and incredibly challenging.

http://www.sfchronicle.com/athletics/article/Eric-Byrnes-From-the-A-s-to-ultra-marathons-10788576.php

>> 6 Reasons Your Doctor Needs to Know You’re a Runner

To get the best treatment and to keep training well, your doctor should be informed about your daily miles.

For all our eagerness to ramble on about our long runs and recent races, runners can be tight-lipped in the doctor’s office. Many would rather not mention their pavement-pounding hobby at all.

“They’re afraid that with an injury or some other problem, the doctor is going to look at them and tell them, ‘You really need to stop that,’” says Delmas Bolin, a family practice and sports medicine physician in Roanoke, Virginia. “So they do what I think most of us would do: They just withhold the information.”

But your running habits can explain a lot about your health. In order to provide you with the most accurate diagnoses, the safest treatments, and your best hope for running well, your doctor needs to know you’re a runner. Here are six reasons why:

http://www.runnersworld.com/health/6-reasons-your-doctor-needs-to-know-youre-a-runner

>> Runner’s World 2017 Spring Shoe Guide

23 pairs of running shoes with photos, video reviews, wear tester ratings

Our spring shoe guide includes 23 pairs of running shoes with photos, video reviews, wear tester ratings, and data from our Shoe Lab. Browse through to see all the new models, or try our Shoe Finder tool if you need a little help finding the right pair for you.

http://www.runnersworld.com/shoe-guide/runners-world-2017-spring-shoe-guide

>> Relay Team Breaks Indoor Track World Record

Four members of the New Jersey-New York Track Club went for the 4 x 1 mile indoor mark on Friday night.

The New Jersey-New York Track Club made the indoor track season a bit more entertaining on Friday by going for the 4 x 1 mile relay world record, held by the New York Athletic Club since 1993. The group of Donn Cabral, Ford Palmer, Graham Crawford, and Kyle Merber took home the record by three seconds in 16:12.81, though it wasn’t as speedy as they had hoped.

Crawford, just coming back from injury, was a last-minute substitute for original teammate Colby Alexander, who withdrew last week. With four men coming in with mile times under four minutes, the goal of breaking 16 minutes seemed plausible, but without direct competition it turned out to be too difficult to keep the necessary pace.

“I think we have one of the best mile groups in the world,” Merber said after the race. “I’m really, really proud of the effort.”

Prior to the race, Merber explained that indoor season can be made more interesting when athletes go after some rather obscure records. Indeed the team of Jenny Simpson, Brenda Martinez, Emma Coburn, and Sydney McLaughlin—all 2016 Olympians—also picked up the distance medley relay world record (10:40.31) at the beginning of indoor track season in January.

“It was chaotic out there—I was passing people constantly and dodging traffic,” Merber said. “I kept getting caught up running other people’s pace for a second, but I just focused on my form and listening for my coach’s splits.”

http://www.runnersworld.com/elite-runners/relay-team-breaks-indoor-track-world-record

>> Man Sets World Record for Sub-3-Hour Marathons

Steve Smythe, 58, explains how he’s been able to go under 3 hours for 40 years.

On February 19 at the Seville Marathon in Spain, Steve Smythe, 58, did something that he has done dozens of times before: He ran sub-3:00 for a marathon, finishing in 2:56:16—about 6:43 per mile pace.

What makes it a world best, however, is the length of time that elapsed between his first sub-3:00 marathon effort and his most recent: 40 years, 119 days, according to the Association of Road Racing Statisticians.

Smythe, a London-based magazine editor and coach, is the first person to achieve those marks across 40 years.

http://www.runnersworld.com/general-interest/man-sets-world-record-for-sub-3-hour-marathons

>> Flanagan on Her Injury: “Never Take a Ferrari Off Road”

An unusual amount of snow in Portland, Oregon, forced the four-time Olympian onto the treadmill and slippery terrain.

When a foot of snow hit Portland, Oregon, last month, Shalane Flanagan was just beginning her preparations for the 2017 Boston Marathon. That snow is now to blame for ending her bid to make the podium on April 17.

Race officials announced Tuesday that Flanagan, 35, who holds the American course record of 2:22:02, withdrew her entry from the race due to a fracture in her back. That break in her iliac crest was caused by logging too many miles on the treadmill and on slippery surfaces outside, she said.

http://www.runnersworld.com/boston-marathon/flanagan-on-her-injury-never-take-a-ferrari-off-road

>> Dozens of Spikes Deliberately Placed on Trail

A runner’s foot was impaled on one of the nails, found in North Carolina park.

Authorities in Sylva, North Carolina, are trying to determine who placed dozens of nails on a two-mile section of trail popular among runners and hikers.

Officials have found about 50 to 60 nails on a trail in the 1,100-acre Pinnacle Park, according to Brian Barwatt, a director of the Assault on BlackRock trail race within the park and an engineer technician with the Department of Transportation. Barwatt, who spoke to Runner’s World by phone on Wednesday, said police and city maintenance workers have found many of the nails sticking out of tree roots. The Citizen-Times has a report on the discovery of the nails.

On February 11, Barwatt was contacted by a trail runner who said that while on a run with two friends he stepped on a nail that impaled his foot. Barwatt said the runner got a tetanus shot and is doing fine.

http://www.runnersworld.com/general-interest/dozens-of-spikes-deliberately-placed-on-trail

>> 7 Memorable Shoe Snafus in Races

When racing on the track or on the road, strange things can happen when footwear becomes footloose.

Running is often praised on the grounds that the only equipment you really need are shoes. That’s great up until something goes afoul with your footwear.

Take the latest incident on Sunday at the Patriot League Indoor Track Championship. In the middle of 800-meter championship run, American University junior Liam Purdy’s heel was clipped, leading to his shoe eventually flying off. Despite that, Purdy continued on, winning the race and setting a PR in a time of 1:53.25 with only his left shoe on. According to The Washington Post, Purdy barely noticed after the race that he lost a little skin on the bottom of his foot.

Here’s a rundown of other notable shoe snafus.

http://www.runnersworld.com/elite-runners/7-memorable-shoe-snafus-in-races

>> 90-Year-Old Knows the Joy of a Good Race

At the Surf City Half Marathon, Dorothy Joy of Yucaipa, California, kept an aggressive walking pace and finished ahead of 322 other entrants.

As is the case in almost every event she walks, 90-year-old Dorothy Joy was her age group’s sole finisher at the 2017 Surf City Half Marathon on February 5. She could have moseyed along at a pedestrian pace and still taken the top award in the 80-and-over division, but the thought never entered her head.

Instead, the nonagenarian maintained a pace of 17:21 per mile to cross the line of the Huntington Beach, California, event in 3:47:24. It was her best half marathon time since October 2014, and faster than 322 competitors who trailed her to the finish at Surf City.

Joy didn’t exercise regularly until 1995. That year she and her husband, Jim Joy, moved to Yucaipa, California, a city on the western edge of San Bernardino National Forest, 80 miles east of Los Angeles. When Jim was advised by his new doctor to begin walking 45 minutes a day for health, Joy joined him. (The two have now been married for 69 years.)

http://www.runnersworld.com/walking/90-year-old-knows-the-joy-of-a-good-race

>> British Marine Strives to Be the Fastest Amputee Distance Runner

Andy Grant holds the fastest known time for 6.2 miles with a prosthetic running blade.

In November 2010, Andy Grant elected to amputate his right leg below the knee. He woke up from the operation feeling relief, “like a huge weight had been lifted off my shoulders,” he said.

The surgery marked the next step in a 21-month struggle to recover from an IED blast that tore several large chunks out of both of Grant’s legs in February 2009 while serving with the British Royal Marines in Afghanistan.

After the blast, Grant was put in a medically induced coma for two weeks and lost six centimeters of bone in his right tibia and fibula. Surgeons inserted a rod hoping to accelerate bone growth, but with nerve damage, zero ankle flexibility, and near-constant pain, Grant became frustrated with his limited mobility as he continued to rehab the leg. When he could finally walk again—before his leg was amputated—he suffered from a limp.

“I was used to being this Marine with a real zest for life, and then I found myself disabled,” he told Runner’s World. “I chose amputation to get that lifestyle back.”

Grant wanted to compete and get back to the grueling workouts he was used to as a Marine.

Now 28 and living in Liverpool, England, he has become an accomplished runner and motivational speaker. Grant was outfitted with a running blade a few months after the amputation, and went on to complete the Liverpool Half Marathon in 2013, finishing in a time of 1:58:27. This past July on a local track in front of several hundred spectators, he completed a 10K in 37:17, the fastest known time at the distance for a single-leg amputee.

http://www.runnersworld.com/general-interest/british-marine-strives-to-be-the-fastest-amputee-distance-runner

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NEW BASIN BLUES NEWS...

>> Happening This Week

Sun 2/26 - CHANGE! Top of Reseda

>> Featured News

A big thanks to Sandy for hosting the post run breakfast after last week's Lake Hollywood Sunday run! It was a beautiful day and we were rewarded with gorgeous views from the top of the run and from Sandy's front deck.

Congratulations to Maggie for a 4th place overall female finish at the Palm Desert Half on Sunday in a time of 1:24!

Brea 8K Update

Brea 8K Classic - 8:00am Sunday 2/26/2017

**TEAMS** We are looking for club members to complete teams of 4 to represent the New Basin Blues in the following categories: Open, Open Masters, and Grand Masters. (1 female is required for the Open and Open Masters teams). Everyone is welcome to race with us.

CURRENTLY REGISTERED:

OPEN: Naomi, Levine & Lubos

OPEN MASTERS (40+): Chris, Claude, Sandra & Amir

GRAND MASTERS (50+): Paul, Doug, Helga, Tim & Ian

**UNIFORMS** We are short NBB racing Singlets for new members. If anyone not racing is willing to lend a singlet, please get it to either Naomi or Amir ASAP.

**CARPOOLING** The Brea 8K is a good distance away. Anyone interested in carpooling should meet at the Balboa Parking Lot on the west side of the golf buildings at the Burbank & Balboa intersections at 5:45am Sunday February 26th.

Questions or interested in joining a team, please contact Naomi - info@newbasinblues.org

More info about the race located at http://www.brea8k.com/

Run Leaders Needed! This is not a volunteer position directed to the elite fastest but rather a liason and safety position. Maybe you have a favorite place you want the group to try or maybe you just want to contribute to an already posted location. The run leaders shows up 10-15 minutes early so you know who is running and about how long they plan to be gone and be the last one to leave. Your running distance and more importantly your speed is not a factor on being a run leader. This is perfect for our most social component of the group, our walkers. If you are interested contact any board member.

>> CLUB INFO

http://www.newbasinblues.org/

https://www.facebook.com/NewBasinBlues

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NOT RUNNING BUT...

>> Wayne Shaw, the 'roly-poly goalie,' resigns from Sutton United amid sideline pie investigation

Wayne Shaw was hungry, so he ate a meat pie.

The problem with that is he did so while serving as a backup goalie for Sutton United during a Football Assn. Cup match against Arsenal — and with the knowledge that a betting company had 8-1 odds that he would grab a snack on the sideline during that match.

“A few of the lads said to me earlier on, ‘What is going on with the 8-1 about eating a pie?’" Shaw told British media. “I said, ‘I don’t know. I’ve eaten nothing all day, so I might give it a go later on.’”

With the FA and Britain’s Gambling Commission now investigating the incident, Shaw departed ways with the club after being asked for his resignation on Tuesday, Sutton Manager Paul Doswell told Sky News.

http://www.latimes.com/sports/sportsnow/la-sp-shaw-pie-investigation-20170221-story.html

>> FA CUP - FIFTH ROUND

Burnley 0-1 Lincoln City

Lincoln became the first non-league side in 103 years to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals with a dramatic last-minute win over Premier League side Burnley at Turf Moor.

A breathless final few minutes saw the momentum swing both ways before Sean Raggett rose above the Burnley defence to head past Tom Heaton.

The visitors were then forced to defend through five minutes of stoppage time, with Andre Gray's shot saved by Paul Farman, before back-to-back corners were smashed away by the Lincoln defence.

There were jubilant scenes at the final whistle as Lincoln's 3,210 travelling support celebrated their club reaching the quarter-finals for the first time in their 133-year history.

Lincoln, along with fellow National League team Sutton United, had ensured this was the first time since 1888 that two non-league sides had reached the fifth round.

The Imps are top of their league but 81 places behind Burnley in the football pyramid, and it was their determination to make another piece of history that saw them become the first non-league team since QPR in 1914 to reach the quarter-finals.

http://www.bbc.com/sport/football/38940052

 

>> From March 2016

CANADA FEARS PHOTO OF PRIME MINISTER WITH PANDAS COULD WORSEN AMERICAN REFUGEE CRISIS

Canada, already bracing for the possible inflow of millions of American refugees in November, might have made matters worse by releasing an unacceptably adorable photo of its Prime Minister hugging two baby pandas, Canadians fear.

The photo, taken at the Toronto Zoo and showing Justin Trudeau cuddling with two panda cubs, was “the last thing this country needed,” Harland Dorrinson, the executive director of Canadians for Responsible Immigration, a prominent anti-immigration organization based in Ottawa, said.

“Canada is already staring down the potential crisis of millions of Americans pouring over its border later this year,” Dorrinson said. “Did we really have to announce that we have pandas, too?”

The news photo, which Dorrinson called “an unmitigated disaster,” is expected to worsen the influx of illegal Americans because, he said, “in addition to pointing out that Canada has pandas, it is also reminding people that our Prime Minister is an unusually handsome man, especially for someone in government.”

http://www.newyorker.com/humor/borowitz-report/canada-fears-photo-of-prime-minister-with-pandas-could-worsen-american-refugee-crisis

>> Cat ownership not linked to mental health problems, study says

Studies have suggested that cat ownership could be linked to certain mental disorders, such as schizophrenia, but researchers at University College London say they found no link between cat ownership and the development of psychotic symptoms.

Published in the medical journal Psychological Medicine, the new study is the first to prospectively look at childhood cat ownership and the infection of the parasite Toxoplasma gondii as a risk factor for psychosis.

http://wwlp.com/2017/02/21/cat-ownership-not-linked-to-mental-health-problems-study-says/

 

>> From Rosa:

Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise

First feature documentary on the author/activist includes exclusive interviews with Dr. Angelou, Oprah Winfrey, Common, Bill and Hillary Clinton, and others

Distinctly referred to as “a redwood tree, with deep roots in American culture,” Dr. Maya Angelou (April 4, 1928-May 28, 2014) led a prolific life. As a singer, dancer, activist, poet and writer, she inspired generations with lyrical modern African-American thought that pushed boundaries. Best known for her autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Random House), she gave people the freedom to think about their history in a way they never had before.

With unprecedented access, filmmakers Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack trace Dr. Angelou’s incredible journey, shedding light on the untold aspects of her life through never-before-seen footage, rare archival photographs and videos and her own words. From her upbringing in the Depression-era South and her early performing career (1957’s Miss Calypso album and Calypso Heat Wave film, Jean Genet’s 1961 play The Blacks) to her work with Malcolm X in Ghana and her many writing successes, including her inaugural poem for President Bill Clinton, American Masters – Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise reveals hidden facets of her life during some of America’s most defining moments. The film also features exclusive interviews with Dr. Angelou, her friends and family, including Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Common, Alfre Woodard, Cicely Tyson, Quincy Jones, Hillary Clinton, Louis Gossett, Jr., John Singleton, Diahann Carroll, Valerie Simpson, Random House editor Bob Loomis and Dr. Angelou’s son, Guy Johnson.

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/maya-angelou-film/7533/

 

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SATURDAY - FEBRUARY 25

>> From the SANTA MONICA MOUNTAIN GOATS:

Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 7:15am

Ahmanson Preview - The Ahmanson 12K Trail Run is coming up on April 15th and here's your chance to get a preview of the course! Kathleen B will provide free refreshments and she will tell you all about the wonderful schedule this year with Trail Run Events! She's an ambassador for Trail Run Events so if you are curious about Ahmanson 12K, Valley Crest Half Marathon, or the Bulldog 25K/50K races, be sure to speak with her (and say "thank you" for bringing refreshments).

Meet at 7:15am. Start promptly at 7:30am. Go any pace you want. Turn around at 8:30am (or do the 12K loop).

More info about this course is here: http://www.trailrunevents.com/ah/index.asp

6175 County Oak Road, Woodland Hills, CA 91367

Free street parking, or $3.00 fee inside the lot (where there is also a porta-potty).

Luck is what you have left over after you give 100%.

A-Force

>> From the LA ROADRUNNERS:

WEEK 23 MILEAGE - Date and Time: Saturday, February 25 at 6:30am

BEGINNER: 16 miles INTERMEDIATE: 16 miles ADVANCED:18 miles

Saturday mornings - Park at Westminster Elementary School in Venice, 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291. Run starts at Windward Ave Ocean Front Walk at 7:00.

>> From the LA LEGGERS:

1450 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401

Sat Feb 25 Full 20 miles / Half 13 miles

6:15 am walkers / 6:45 am runners

Route: VA to Jib Street

Water Stations: 1450 Ocean, 26th & San Vincente, Sawtelle & Ohio

Boston Bound 6:45 am - 20 miles

This is the last long distance training week of the season!

The water stations this week are being hosted by the BTRs (Break Through Runners). Be sure to thank them when you’re there.

>> From the SANTA CLARITA RUNNERS:

LoweBucks Run 7am – 9am

26415 Bouquet Canyon Rd Santa Clarita, CA

Saturday run at Lowes parking lot. 10 miles with various marked shorter routes. Coffee afterwards at Starbucks.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/26415+Bouquet+Canyon+Rd,+Santa+Clarita,+CA+91350/@34.4266036,-118.5404349,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x80c28773c21cc6e5:0x706ff97546428b08?hl=en

 

>> From the TRAIL RUNNERS CLUB:

Feb 25 Rescheduled TRAIL WORK DAY on Backbone Trail 6:54

The Santa Monica Mountains Trails Council is scheduling a special Trail Runners Trail Work Day on the Chamberalin Trail on the BBT. This trail does not get much attention due to the distance from trailheads however for us trail runners this is no problem...

The plan is to meet at 7AM a the Wendy Drive Trailhead and then run / hike up to Boney Mountain and traverse over to the junction of the Tri Peaks Trail and the BBT. We will meet the Trail Crew Leaders at 9AM at that location where they will have tools for us to work on the trail back down to Danielson Ranch. From there we can run back to the car. I am working on other logistics that may allow runners to get a ride back up to their cars at the Wendy Trailhead so stay tuned for those updates.

The Trails Council really appreciates your support if you can join us...

Santa Monica mountains trail council website

https://www.smmtc.org/

 

RSVP & READ EVENT INSTRUCTIONS ON THE BELOW FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE

https://www.facebook.com/events/243784212716454/

 

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SUNDAY - FEBRUARY 26

>> From the NEW BASIN BLUES:

02/26 - Sun - Top Of Reseda @ 8AM

http://newbasinblues.org/nbb-assets/nbb-runs/index.php?controller=post&action=view&id_post=2

>> From the TRAIL RUNNERS CLUB:

Feb 26 Backbone trail training run #4 6:30 16 mi.

Course Description: This will be your favorite leg of all. After reaching Sandstone Peak--the highest peak at 3,111 ft. of the Santa Monica Mountains, we traverse through the Chamberlain Rock. Finally, we finish the best views of the glimmering Pacific Ocean below the Ray Miller Trail.

MEETING LOCATION: We are parking and meeting at the La Jolla Valley canyon trailhead on PCH, and then we will caravan at 6:30 AM to the start at the Mishe Mockwa trailhead in as few possible cars as possible.

Link Google maps for the La Jolla Valley/Ray Miller parking along PCH: https://goo.gl/maps/kivGMD8FABz

The Trail Runners are a congenial group of varied abilities who run different courses in the Santa Monica Mountains every Sunday. The routes are on fire road and single-track trails varying from 9-14 miles, and are pre-marked for each run. Schedule and course descriptions can be found at www.trailrunnersclub.com . Written descriptions of many of the courses can be found in 50 Trail Runs in Southern California, written by club members. For further info, call 310-379-1068 of email us at info@trailrunnersclub.com. You have a lot to gain, and not much to lose by giving it a try.

>> From the SANTA CLARITA RUNNERS:

6:30am 24 miles

Granary Square Shopping Center, 25830 McBean Pkwy, Valencia, CA 91355, USA

Marathon training for the 2017 Los Angeles Marathon. Please, bring $1 to help Rawlings to place water and Gatorate on key points or $10 for the whole session. Join us for coffee afterwards. For more information about SCR, please visit SCRunners.org

>> From the LA RUNNING CLUB:

Every Sunday – Totem Pole – 7:00 am: San Vicente and Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica

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Tread lightly,

Steve

Website Links.....

 

  • RACE RESULTS: Honolulu; Miles of Music; Santa to Sea; Holiday; SM-V
  • LOCALLY-SOURCED: TRE Ambassabors; Center Not Connecting; Alamos Canyon; Cougar Killed; Bear Wounded
  • DID YOU SEE THAT: Daily Mile; Ultra Golf; Doping Takeaways; Breaking2; First 3D Shoe; Moon Shoe Sold; Blind Debut; After the Podium; Public Gain; Miles per Sport; Refs Run; Weird, Gross and Unexpected
  • NOT RUNNING BUT: Patti Smith; Animal VOs
  • NEW BASIN BLUES: This Week; Shout-outs; Akiko's Artwork

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>> SATURDAY - DEC 17

  • SANTA MONICA MOUNTAIN GOATS - Will Rogers - 8:00
  • LA ROADRUNNERS - Westminster Elementary School for 11-14 miles - 7:00
  • LA LEGGERS - 1450 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica - Check with club
  • SANTA CLARITA RUNNERS - Santa Clarita for up to 10 miles - 7:00
  • RUNNERGY - "Beachwood Stairs" Run4Fun - 7:30
  • WINTER 7 DAY 6 10k, 5k, Half Marathon, Marathon
  • Christmas 2 Give 5k 1/2 mile Dwarf Dash
  • Manhattan Beach Yuletide 5K
  • Jingle Bell 5k, 10k, 15k and Half Marathon

>> SUNDAY - DEC 18

  • NEW BASIN BLUES - Top of Reseda - 8:00
  • TRAIL RUNNERS CLUB - Rancho Sierra Vista/Mt. Boney for 14 miles - 7:00
  • SANTA CLARITA RUNNERS - Granary Square for 14 miles - 6:30
  • LA RUNNING CLUB - Totem Pole in Santa Monica - 7:00
  • Reindeer Run 5k, 10k, 15k, Half Marathon

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FUTURE EVENTS:

http://www.raceplace.com/running-walking

December 2016

  • 19 SANTA CLAUS - Long Beach 10k, 5k, Half Marathon, Marathon
  • 24 9th Annual Santa Fun Run 5k/10k Run/Walk
  • 25 Happy Holidays 5k, 10k, 15k, Half Marathon
  • 26 Operation Jack Marathon, Half, 5K
  • 31 New Year's Eve 5K, 10K, 15K, Half Marathon

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RESULTS:

>> Honolulu Marathon

  • Dee Dee Urquhart 7.05.25

>> Miles of Music 5K

  • Diana Durfee 28.31 2nd in div

>> Santa to the Sea Half

  • Ismael Samano 1.07.47 3rd in div, 3rd overall
  • Josue Diaz 1.27.49 4th in div
  • Maria LaRoe 1:34:52 1st in div
  • Jonathan Van Hyning 1:57:46
  • Mario Diaz 2.02.48 3rd
  • Sandra Rush 2:16:04
  • Will Cheyne 2.20.11
  • Robin Cheyne 2.58.11

>> Santa to the Sea 5K

  • Brian Spangenberg 22.38 2nd in div

>> Holiday Half

  • Joe Ogata 1.53.15 2nd in div

>> Santa Monica-Venice 10K

  • Julie Hardin 49.48 6th in div

>> Santa Monica-Venice 5K

  • Susan Keithley 33.13
  • Robin Cheyne 38.03
  • Will Cheyne 38.03

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LOCALLY-SOURCED:

>> From Trail Run Events:

ARE YOU AMBASSADOR MATERIAL?

We are looking for a few good Men Ladies to be Trail Run Events Athlete Ambassadors for 2017!

You might be Trail Run Events Athlete Ambassador material if you are a high-energy person with the ability to promote Trail Run Events Races to a sizeable community of runners! If you actively provide enthusiasm, leadership and support to your Running Community through your physical presence and your use of Social Media and you are excited to share Trail Run Events Races to all your Friends on your social channels… KEEP READING!

https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=42896

 

>> Why the Audubon Center at Debs Park doesn't draw the 'ethnically diverse' crowd it hopes for

The Audubon Society intended to connect with people it had all but ignored in the past when it built an urban nature center in 2003 on a swath of rolling grasslands northeast of downtown.

The $6.5-million Audubon Center at Debs Park represented the aging, mostly white organization’s commitment to recruiting a new generation of naturalists from ethnically diverse neighborhoods in Los Angeles and across the nation.

Today, 13 years after it opened, critics say the center tucked in the working-class Montecito Heights neighorhood has instead polarized some of the people it was designed to engage in protecting birds and habitat.

“Audubon felt that if it plopped this thing down, people would come and donations would pour in,” said Adan Ortega, chair of Mujeres de La Tierra and a former member of the National Audubon Society’s board of directors. “That didn’t happen and it went to pot because it failed to involve communities in the planning process.”

The center’s headquarters, once a showcase of “green” solar technology, has been plagued by costly breakdowns. Transients cut down black walnut trees to fuel campfires. Budget cuts have left three staffers to manage education programs and maintain trails winding throughout 17 acres of green open space along the Pasadena Freeway.

Some community leaders said that they feel used by Audubon officials who recruited them to join their diversification campaign, and no longer support or even visit the center on the west side of the city-owned Debs Park.

http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-audubon-dispute-20161209-story.html

 

>> Simi acquires nearly half of Alamos Canyon

Nearly half of the sprawling Alamos Canyon will soon come under the ownership of the Rancho

Simi Recreation and Park District, which has been working for two years to preserve the site as open space.

The park district, in partnership with the nonprofit Nature Conservancy, has secured the roughly $2.9 million needed to purchase 326 acres of the 734- acre parcel set north of the 118 Freeway and west of the Simi Valley Landfill and Recycling Center that belongs to Waste Management.

http://www.mpacorn.com/news/2016-08-26/Community/Simi_acquires_nearly_half_of_Alamos_Canyon.html

 

Note: We have learned that ownership of the Alamos Canyon property (326 acres) has transferred from Waste Management to Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District. There are in place already separate agreements to (1) construct a small trailhead parking lot and to construct a connecting trail from their Oak Park County Park to Alamos Canyon Road/trail. This will allow trail users to cross the railroad tracks using the park’s official crossing station. It will also allow trail users access to the park’s restrooms, and provide the added protection of the resident caretaker at that park site; (2) an encroachment permit from CalTrans which will allow recreational trail users (as well as maintenance and Park Ranger staff) to access the Alamos Canyon trail by first crossing underneath the 118 freeway; (3) a recorded Trail Easement from Waste Management which allows for a nice loop trail around the parcel that also protects the portion of the property that is subject to an existing Habitat and Restoration Management Plan; and, (4) a recorded Conservation Easement that provides special protections to the most sensitive areas of the property.

>> P-39 mountain lion killed on freeway near Chatsworth

The female mountain lion known as P-39 was recently killed while trying to cross the 118 Freeway east of the Rocky Peak exit near Chatsworth, according to National Park Service biologists.

The death occurred on the evening of Dec. 3, but the incident was not reported to the National Park Service until a few days later, according to a release from the National Park Service.

A biologist picked up the cougar’s electronic tracking collar on the freeway, but the big cat’s body has not been found.

News of the big cat’s death comes after a 10-day kill permit expired for another mountain lion, P-45, suspected of killing a number of alpacas in the Malibu area.

P-39 is the mother of three 6-month-old kittens whose images have been captured on remote cameras set up by the National Park Service.

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreational Area biologist Jeff Sikich said in a statement that navigating the area’s complex network of roads is a major challenge for mountain lions.

The adult female’s three young kittens are not expected to live.

“Unfortunately it’s unlikely that the kittens have developed the hunting skills to survive without their mom,” Sikich said.

http://www.dailynews.com/environment-and-nature/20161215/p-39-mountain-lion-killed-on-freeway-near-chatsworth

>> Off-Duty Deputy Shoots, Wounds Black Bear That Charged His Family in La Verne Area: Sheriff’s Dept.

An off-duty sheriff’s deputy shot an “aggressive” black bear in the San Gabriel Mountain foothills above La Verne, and authorities on Wednesday were warning residents to be alert for the animal, which was believed to be wounded.

The deputy was with his young children when they arrived at a home in the Live Oak Canyon area, in an unincorporated area north of Base Line Road, about 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

The family exited their vehicle and were walking up the driveway when they rounded a corner of the home and saw three bears near trash cans. One of the bears began to charge at them, according to the release.

“Fearing for his life, and the lives of his children, the deputy fired several rounds from a handgun toward the bear,” the release stated.

http://ktla.com/2016/12/14/off-duty-deputy-shoots-wounds-black-bear-that-charged-his-family-in-la-verne-area-sheriffs-dept/

 

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DID YOU SEE THAT:

>> So Simple It’s Brilliant: Schools Worldwide Buy Into “The Daily Mile”

A Scottish teacher starts a free, anytime, anywhere program that reduces childhood obesity—and makes kids happy.

Elaine Wyllie, headteacher of St. Ninians Primary School, was shocked to see that her students were unfit. A class of 11-year-olds struggled mightily to jog, or even walk, a mile. Not about to stand by and let the pride of Stirling, Scotland, succumb to crisps, video games and the ravages of obesity, the next day Wyllie’s class was outside circling the school grounds for 15 minutes.

They were out there the next day, and the day after that.

That was February 2012, the birth of The Daily Mile. The idea was to improve fitness and social and emotional health, and to combat obesity. But equally important to Wyllie—a brisk, no-nonsense woman—was that the program be utterly simple. Fifteen minutes, outside, every day. No gym clothes, no fancy facility, no competition, no rigid schedule, no additional staff, no cost.

http://www.runnersworld.com/kids-running/so-simple-its-brilliant-schools-worldwide-buy-into-the-daily-mile

 

>> Man Runs Ultra Distance to Break Record for Golf Holes Played in 12 Hours

Brad Luiten smashes the Guinness mark with his runner’s mentality.

Usually if someone is playing through during your round of golf, it means you’re going a little slow on the links. But if Brad Luiten is playing through, it just means he’s going really, really, fast.

With just a 6-iron, the runner and speed golfer started a world record attempt at 7:40 a.m. on December 12 at the Helensville Golf Club in New Zealand, with a goal to reach 250 holes in 12 hours. He didn’t reach that mark, but he still easily surpassed the previous Guinness World Record of 221 by completing 237 holes over 12 hours.

Along the way, he ran nearly 100 kilometers—or just about 62 miles.

http://www.runnersworld.com/speed-golf/man-runs-ultra-distance-to-break-record-for-golf-holes-played-in-12-hours

 

>> 3 Takeaways From Latest Doping Investigation Report

A year marred by scandal concludes with more information about systemic cheating in Russia.

After seven months of investigating systemic doping, cheating, and drug test coverups by Russian officials and athletes across 30 Olympic sports, last week Richard McLaren released the second part of his investigation commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). This report offered evidence of more than 1,000 athletes implicated in an “institutional conspiracy.”

“For years, international sports competitions have unknowingly been hijacked by Russians,” McLaren said during a news conference on Friday. “Coaches and athletes have been playing on an uneven field. Sports fans and spectators have been deceived. It’s time that this stops.”

The investigation revealed that drug testing samples were swapped with clean urine, and tampering likely spanned from 2011 until 2015, including the 2012 London Olympics and the 2013 world championships, which took place on Moscow. Dirty tests were recorded as negative in the WADA database or never reported at all. So far 10 Russian medal winners at the London Olympics have been stripped of their titles. On Tuesday it was announced that Russia would be stripped of hosting this season's world championships in bobsled and skeleton—a number of Olympic sprinters also compete in bobsled.

http://www.runnersworld.com/performance-enhancing-drugs/3-takeaways-from-latest-doping-investigation-report

 

>> Nike’s Audacious Plan: Break the 2-Hour Marathon Barrier in 2017

The company is training three top runners to make history—sooner than anyone thought possible.

Nike is embarking on a plan to break one of running’s most formidable barriers—the two-hour marathon—and do it with breathtaking urgency.

After more than two years of research, preparation and testing, three top distance runners—Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya, Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia, and Zersenay Tadese of Eritrea—have officially started their Nike-backed build-up toward a sub-two-hour attempt sometime in the spring, the exact timing and location of which have yet to be finalized.

Their goal is to run 1:59:59 or faster, a pace of 4:34 per mile for 26.2 miles. Nobody has come close to that; the current world record is 2:02:57, set by Dennis Kimetto of Kenya in 2014. That’s 4:41 per mile—a stunning pace that nonetheless left Kimetto more than a half-mile from the finish line at the two-hour mark.

Nike announced the ambitious plan, called Breaking2, on Monday.

http://www.runnersworld.com/marathon/nikes-audacious-plan-break-the-2-hour-marathon-barrier-in-2017

 

>> adidas Makes First 3D Shoe Available for Purchase with Exclusive Drop

adidas today announced that it will be making its 3D technology shoes available to purchase for the first time with a limited edition release. The 3D Runner will be available for $333 via adidas Confirmed​​ in New York with sign ups starting today and reservations opening tomorrow, Dec. 13. Pairs can be picked up on Dec. 15 at adidas NYC, the brand’s new flagship store.

The shoe features an engineered 3D web structure with dense zones in high force areas and less dense zones in the low force areas, allowing for the optimum level of performance. The 3D Runner also features a 3D printed heel counter, which is integrated into the midsole and avoids the typical process of gluing or stitching. Benefits include greater elasticity, compliancy and support. A black PRIMEKNIT upper ensures high style, superior fit and performance.

“This is just the beginning,” says Mikal Peveto, senior director of adidas’ Future team. “Creating customized shoes based on an individual’s footprint – including their running style, foot shape, performance needs and personal preferences – is a north star for the industry and adidas is leading with cutting edge innovations.”

http://news.adidas.com/US/Latest-News/ALL/adidas-makes-first-3d-shoe-available-for-purchase-with-exclusive-drop/s/7004e8fa-324b-4b71-bc2f-aacf3d61b135

 

>> The “Holy Grail” of Running Shoes Could Be Yours, for a Whole Lot of Cash

A pair of Nike’s mythic 1972 “Moon Shoes” is up for auction on eBay.

At the 1972 U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon, Nike was just a scrappy hometown startup with a new logo, little name recognition, and a waffle iron. To spread the word about his new brand, the company’s cofounder, Phil Knight, decided to try some guerrilla marketing tactics by handing out screen-printed running shirts and free shoes to athletes.

Nike estimates that about a dozen pairs of these “Moon Shoes”—nicknamed because the waffle pattern on the soles left an indentation on the infield turf similar to footprints left on the moon—were hand-cobbled before the meet and given to five marathoners to try during their race.

Over the decades, as Nike’s empire blossomed, the lore surrounding the Moon Shoes ballooned for both sneaker collectors and running history buffs. And now, for the first time, a pair is being auctioned on eBay.

Update: The shoes sold for $11,200 after the auction closed on December 11. The buyer wished to remain anonymous, but did disclose that they are a vintage shoe collector from Malaysia.

http://www.runnersworld.com/general-interest/the-holy-grail-of-running-shoes-could-be-yours-for-a-whole-lot-of-cash

 

>> Blind Marathoner’s Debut Sets an American Record That Would Have Nabbed Gold in Rio

A hereditary condition hasn’t stopped Chaz Davis from amazing achievements.

Chaz Davis made his marathon debut at the California International Marathon (CIM) on December 3, in Sacramento, California, just three months after representing the U.S. in the 1500 and 5000 meters at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio.

His time of 2:31:48 set a new American record for the T12/B2 visual impairment category, and was faster than Paralympian Gold Medalist El Amin Chentouf’s 2:32:17 finish in September by 29 seconds.

“I’d already gone to the Paralympics, which was this huge thing that I was extremely nervous for. But I just wanted to have fun with the marathon and do the best I could,” Davis, 23, told Runner’s World by phone.

http://www.runnersworld.com/elite-runners/blind-marathoners-debut-sets-an-american-record-that-would-have-nabbed-gold-in-rio

 

>> 7 Surprising Things That Happen After Winning an Olympic Medal

Adam Sandler calls, the bronze gets lost in a bundle of socks, and other stories from America's best distance runners.

Team USA’s track and field athletes are always expected to do well at the Olympics—and usually they tally a significant number of medals across the sprints and jumps. At the Rio Games in August, though, it was the American distance runners who took the world by surprise, earning seven podium positions in the 800 meters and up, two more medals in those events than the previous four Olympics combined.

The seven top distance athletes came home to celebrations, honors, and appearances that commemorated their historic performances. Since then, they’ve also had time to let their accomplishments sink in and enjoy the fun that comes from reaching the pinnacle achievement of a pro runner’s career. There have been celebrity phone calls, unimpressed elementary school children, and recollections of the powerful emotions that set in on the Olympic track.

Here’s a taste of the memories and what life has been like since the closing ceremony:

http://www.runnersworld.com/olympics/7-surprising-things-that-happen-after-winning-an-olympic-medal/

 

>> College Runner Explains Why She Went Public With Her Weight Gain

Rachele Schulist wants runners to know: Thinner doesn’t mean faster—at least not for long.

In 2014, Michigan State University sophomore Rachele Schulist ran 19:54.30 for 6K to finish fourth at the NCAA cross-country championships, leading her team through an undefeated season to its first-ever women’s national title.

This year, as a redshirt senior at MSU, she finished 12th at nationals in 20:07.

An Instagram post the two-time All-American wrote on Monday, which was widely shared, tells the story of what happened in between—and why the second performance, 12 seconds off the first, signaled a far larger victory.

She’s stronger now. Healthy. Back in love with running again, a feeling she’d lost.

And in news that may shock even those who saw the side-by-side snapshots on Schulist’s feed, the 5-foot-10 runner is now 20 pounds heavier, she told Runner’s World in an interview Wednesday.

That she raced this well in her new, sturdier body belies the notion that only rail-thin athletes succeed in distance running, she said. In her post, she called it “bullshit.”

http://www.runnersworld.com/college/college-runner-explains-why-she-went-public-with-her-weight-gain

 

>> The Distance Run Per Game in Various Sports

If you want a workout, go with soccer or field hockey over baseball.

When it comes to running in sports, some have it worse than others. Players in soccer’s World Cup, for example, run an estimated seven miles per game. (And the refs will run even more!) Here’s how that compares to athletes in other sports.

http://www.runnersworld.com/general-interest/the-distance-run-per-game-in-various-sports/

 

>> The Running Résumé of a World Cup Soccer Referee

Refs train hard, cover 6 to 8 miles per game.

To make the most accurate calls during a soccer match, a referee is told to stay no more than 20 yards from the ball at all times. The only way to do this when the ball whizzes from player to player through 90 minutes of nearly non-stop motion? Run.

Editor's Note: This article was published in advance of the 2014 men's World Cup in Brazil.

http://www.runnersworld.com/newswire/the-running-resume-of-a-world-cup-soccer-referee

 

>> From Jon T:

Weird, gross and unexpected things that happen when you run

According to Bruce Springsteen and modern research, we were born to run.

In fact, studies show that our legs and body mechanics are naturally suited for covering many miles for long periods of time.

But while running may be a natural body movement, the things that happen to us when we run can be downright weird.

From chafing to more serious issues, experts explain the unexpected side effects of pounding the pavement and what you can do to prevent them.

http://www.cnn.com/2016/12/13/health/weird-and-unexpected-side-effects-of-running/index.html

 

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NOT RUNNING BUT...

>> Patti Smith - A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall (Bob Dylan Cover) at 2016 Nobel Prize Award Ceremony.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2SPNT1lwBg

 

>> Patti Smith Sarah McLachlan - Because The Night

Uploaded on Nov 21, 2006 - Because the night, written by Bruce Springsteen (music) and Patti Smith (Lyrics).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yGywwnNswA

 

>> British Animal Voiceovers

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cV6I1_o6vrY&sns=fb

 

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NEW BASIN BLUES NEWS...

>> Happening this week

  • 12/18 - Sun - 8:00 AM - Top Of Reseda
  • 12/25 - Sun - No Run

>> Runner Shout-Outs

Maggie is one tough mama and she proved it by winning the Toughest 10K in the USA two weeks back. Congrats Maggie on a great race!

>> Akiko's Artwork

Akiko will be selling her beautiful art. All proceeds for the art sale will go to #SaveLACougars

http://newbasinblues.org/nbb-assets/nbb-pages/index.php?controller=post&action=view&id_post=33

 

>> CLUB INFO

http://www.newbasinblues.org/

https://www.facebook.com/NewBasinBlues

 

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SATURDAY - DECEMBER 17

>> From the SANTA MONICA MOUNTAIN GOATS:

GALLOP GIFTS GRUB EXTRAVAGANZA At Will Rogers The Strauss Home

Will Rogers gates open at 8am. Bring cash for parking.

1501 Will Rogers Park Road, Pacific Palisades CA 90272

Start promptly at 8:15am. Go any pace you'd like, turn around at 9:15am.

No post-run refreshments provided so bring your own but don't forget about The Goats Glorious Gift Grub Extravaganza at The All New Improved Strauss Home at 10:30am. Showers are available (bring your own towel). Plan on being there by 10:30am with food and a wrapped gift valued at $25. Gift Exchange starts at 11:30am. If you have questions, please call (310) 458-1728. Your RSVP is greatly appreciated!

Today is a gift, that's why it's called the present.

A-Force

>> From the LA ROADRUNNERS:

Saturday, December 17 at 7:00AM

Week 13 Mileage

Beginner = 11M Intermediate = 11M Advanced = 14M

Saturday mornings - Run starts at Windward Ave Ocean Front Walk at 7:00. Park at Westminster Elementary School in Venice, 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

>> From the LA LEGGERS:

1450 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401

Check with club

>> From the SANTA CLARITA RUNNERS:

LoweBucks Run 7am – 9am

26415 Bouquet Canyon Rd Santa Clarita, CA

Saturday run at Lowes parking lot. 10 miles with various marked shorter routes. Coffee afterwards at Starbucks.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/26415+Bouquet+Canyon+Rd,+Santa+Clarita,+CA+91350/@34.4266036,-118.5404349,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x80c28773c21cc6e5:0x706ff97546428b08?hl=en

>> From RUNNERGY:

"Beachwood Stairs" Run4Fun - Join us Every Saturday at 7:30am

We will have the Runnergy canopy set up by the lake entrance. We will assist runners with running form and training advice. So come join us for multiple run options. Run below the Hollywood Sign, Beachwood Stairs or for beginners, a run around the Lake. Great group for running/ training together

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SUNDAY - DEC 18

>> From the NEW BASIN BLUES:

12/18 - Sun - Top Of Reseda @ 8AM

http://newbasinblues.org/nbb-assets/nbb-runs/index.php?controller=post&action=view&id_post=2

>> From the TRAIL RUNNERS CLUB:

Dec 18 Rancho Sierra Vista/Mt. Boney 7:00 14 miles

The Trail Runners are a congenial group of varied abilities who run different courses in the Santa Monica Mountains every Sunday. The routes are on fire road and single-track trails varying from 9-14 miles, and are pre-marked for each run. Schedule and course descriptions can be found at www.trailrunnersclub.com . Written descriptions of many of the courses can be found in 50 Trail Runs in Southern California, written by club members. For further info, call 310-379-1068 of email us at info@trailrunnersclub.com. You have a lot to gain, and not much to lose by giving it a try.

>> From the SANTA CLARITA RUNNERS:

Granary Square Shopping Center, 25830 McBean Pkwy, Valencia, CA 91355, USA

6:30am 14 Miles

Marathon training for the 2017 Los Angeles Marathon. Please, bring $1 to help Rawlings to place water and Gatorade on key points or $10 for the whole session. Join us for coffee afterwards. For more information about SCR, please visit SCRunners.org

>> From the LA RUNNING CLUB:

Every Sunday – Totem Pole – 7:00 am: San Vicente and Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica

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Tread lightly,

Steve

Website Links.....

 

  • RACE RESULTS: NYC; SC; Dino; GG; Malibu; Calabasas; Hard Rock
  • DID YOU SEE THAT: Mile 17; Separate Stroller Records; Tri Champ Runs NY; Notables; World's Fastest; Quad Finish; Final Cheers; Marathon Scotch at 96; Hart's Hood-to-Coast;
  • NEW BASIN BLUES: This Week; Photos

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>> SATURDAY - NOV 12

  • NEW BASIN BLUES - Adidas Store Run - SM - 9:00
  • SANTA MONICA MOUNTAIN GOATS - Sullivan Canyon - 7:15
  • LA ROADRUNNERS - Westminster Elementary School in Venice for 6, 8 or 10 miles - 7:00
  • LA LEGGERS - 1450 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica for 14/8 miles - 6:45/7:30
  • SANTA CLARITA RUNNERS - Santa Clarita for up to 10 miles - 7:00
  • RUNNERGY - "Beachwood Stairs" Run4Fun - 7:30
  • 3rd Annual Veteran's Day 5k/10k Fun Run/Walk
  • L.A. Ultimate Wine Run 1k, 5k
  • Berzerker - Team Obstacle and Endurance Challenge 1k, 5k
  • Fall Pier to Pier Run/Walk 5k
  • Chimera 100M

>> SUNDAY - NOV 13

  • NEW BASIN BLUES - Top of Reseda - 8:00 NOTE LOCATION CHANGE
  • TRAIL RUNNERS CLUB - Ojai: Nordhoff peak loop for 15 miles - 7:00
  • LA RUNNING CLUB - Totem Pole in Santa Monica - 7:00

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FUTURE EVENTS:

http://www.raceplace.com/running-walking

November 2016

  • 19 Be The Match Walk+Run Long Beach 1k, 5k
  • 19 Conquer Our Run 5K, 10K Turkey Quest
  • 19 2016 San Dimas Turkey Trot 10k, 5k
  • 19 Beach Dash 5k, 10k, 15k, Half Marathon
  • 19 World Toilet Day: Mo-Vember 5K - Los Angeles
  • 19 Lexus LaceUp Running Series Palos Verdes 10k, 5k
  • 19 Catalina Eco Marathon & Half
  • 19 Beach Dash 5k, 10k, 15k and Half Marathon
  • 19 West Valley Family YMCA Missile Run and Family Fun Run 10k
  • 19 Chino Hills 50KM
  • 20 We Run The City 5k (USC vs UCLA Rivalry Run)
  • 20 Walk of Ages XVII 5k Walk Run
  • 20 2016 Mustache Dache
  • 20 Hug A Runner 5K
  • 24 Tofurky Trot 2016 Rose Bowl
  • 24 Turkey Trot Los Angeles 10k, 5k
  • 24 23rd Annual Thanksgiving Day Run & Food Drive 1 mile, 5k
  • 24 Turkey Trot 5k, 10k, 15k, Half Marathon
  • 24 XTERRA Topanga Turkey Trot 10 Mile, Trail
  • 26 Turkey Dash 5k, 10k, 15k, Half Marathon
  • 27 Giving Thanks 5k, 10k, 15k, Half Marathon

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RESULTS:

>> New York Marathon

  • Phillip Wright 4.22.21
  • Michelle Krok 5.36.45

>> Santa Clarita Marathon

  • Victor Martinez 2.46.24 1st in div
  • Brian Frank 3.48.08 4th
  • Luis Moreira 4.10.43
  • Alejandro Escobedo 4:26:21

>> Santa Clarita Half

  • Juan Zuniga 1.24.29 3rd in div, 12th overall
  • Josue Diaz 1.25.25 1st
  • Jennifer Sunahara 1.38.22 1st in div
  • Jaime Mariscal 1.51.01
  • Ana Saravia 2.07.10
  • Daisy Mendoza 2.07.36
  • Mariela Mariscal 2.17.58
  • Stephanie Acre 2.22.45
  • Eileen McGuire 2.32.37
  • Caroline Shahin 2.35.46
  • Arlene Lewis 3.07.03
  • Dee Dee Urquhart 3.09.39

>> Santa Clarita 5K

  • Diana Durfee 10.32

>> Dinosaur Dash 10K

  • Joe Ogata 50.21 1st in div

>> Dinosaur Dash 5K

  • Joe Ogata 24.41 3rd in div

>> Golden Gate Half

  • Dave Pinnick 1.42.44 2nd in div

>> Malibu Half

  • Melody Dennert 2.09.51

>> Calabasas Classic 5K

  • Ken Kochakji 45.24 3rd in div
  • Sam Wildman 53.34 1st

>> Hard Rock Café 5K

  • Steve Shearer 26.31
  • Ethan Shearer 26.32 1st in div

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DID YOU SEE THAT:

>> Marathon-Themed Bar a Permanent Mile Marker on First Avenue

Mile 17 opened in 2015 as a testament to the famed stretch of the NYC race.

Technically, the black facade tucked below three brick stories on First Avenue in Manhattan is 100 feet shy of the 17-mile marker and water station on the course of the New York City Marathon.

“But ‘Mile 16.9’ doesn’t roll off the tongue quite as well,” said Ed O’Brien, co-owner of the marathon-inspired restaurant and bar called Mile 17.

The temporary mileage sign erected next to tables holding hundreds of water cups on the Upper East Side is only out for one day a year, but for the past 13 months, thirsty and hungry patrons have entered Mile 17 knowing exactly where they are on the five-borough course.

O’Brien and his business partner, Dennis McCoobery, opened the establishment last October. They said the idea came from a spontaneous conversation.

http://www.runnersworld.com/new-york-city-marathon/marathon-themed-bar-a-permanent-mile-marker-on-first-avenue

 

>> Five Kids and Two Speedy Parents Set Separate Stroller World Records

On the same weekend, Suzy Goodwin pushed her triplets and Chris Solarz pushed his two toddlers in record times.

On October 30, the running world saw one stroller record broken and another stroller record set. The best part? These records weren’t for your standard single stroller.

While Chris Solarz pushed his double stroller across the Suffolk County Half Marathon finish line in Long Island, New York, Suzy Goodwin one-upped him with her triple stroller at the North Carolina Halloween Half Marathon in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

It was the eighth world record for Solarz and the first for Goodwin, but both parents couldn’t be happier with how things turned out. Here’s the reason they each wanted to enter the record books with their children by their side.

http://www.runnersworld.com/general-interest/five-kids-and-two-speedy-parents-set-separate-stroller-world-records

 

>> Olympic Triathlon Champ Runs 2:41 in Her Debut Marathon

Gwen Jorgensen came in admittedly underprepared, but ran strong to the end.

Two hours after finishing 14th in 2:41:01 in the New York City Marathon, Gwen Jorgensen looked like any other first-time marathoner. The reigning Olympic triathlon champion moved creakily while navigating the 7-inch step up needed to get to her chair for a post-race press conference.

Jorgensen, 30, wasn’t surprised that she was dealing with a case of ever-so-slightly delayed onset muscle soreness. It was only 11 weeks ago that she became the first American to win the Olympic triathlon, which entails swimming 1.5 kilometers, cycling 40 kilometers, and running 10 kilometers. “I didn’t prepare properly [for the marathon],” Jorgensen said. “I didn’t have enough time.”

Jorgensen ran with the leaders during the relatively slow first few miles. But when the pace dropped to 5:30s, she dropped back.

“I knew for me it wasn’t the best idea to pick it up,” she said. “I just tried to run within myself. I have a huge respect for the distance, the course, and these other runners.”

She ran through 11 miles with Neely Gracey (who went on to place eighth in 2:34:55). Jorgensen passed halfway in 1:15:55, and was starting to feel the effects of not having run farther than 16 miles in training.

http://www.runnersworld.com/new-york-city-marathon/olympic-triathlon-champ-runs-241-in-her-debut-marathon

 

>> How Notables Fared at the 2016 NYC Marathon

A look at the race results of several celebrities and notable runners.

Among the more than 50,000 runners taking part in Sunday’s New York City Marathon were several celebrities and notable runners. Here’s how they fared:

http://www.runnersworld.com/new-york-city-marathon/how-notables-fared-at-the-2016-nyc-marathon

 

>> Wardian Sets Quirky Endurance Record in New York

On Sunday he became the fastest person to complete all six races in the World Marathon Majors series in one year.

Michael Wardian, a 42-year-old ultrarunner from Arlington, Virginia, had a little-known record on the line when he ran the New York City Marathon on Sunday. It was the final race in his quest to become the fastest man to complete the six World Marathon Majors races in a single year.

When he crossed the finish line in 2:33:18, the average time of his six races—the Tokyo, Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago, and New York City marathons—was 2:31:09. The previous record marks are unofficial, but it is believed that Japan’s Yutaka Fukuda averaged 2:46 in late 2013 and early 2014. Andrew Bass of Great Britain is believed to hold the best average time in the same calendar year, with the 3:06 average he set in 2013, according to New York Road Runners. The races fall between February and November.

The celebration he has planned? Another record attempt, of course, next weekend at the Las Vegas Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon.

“I’m going next weekend to try to set a world record for the fastest dressed as Elvis,” he said.

That record is 2:42:52, held by fellow ultrarunner Ian Sharman. It will be Wardian’s 40th race of the year.

http://www.runnersworld.com/new-york-city-marathon/wardian-sets-quirky-endurance-record-in-new-york

 

>> First Quadruplets to Race the NYC Marathon Finish With Hugs and Dinner Debate

Brian, Maria, Jessica, and Amanda Siemann made history in the race’s 46th year.

The sun crept behind the grandstands by the finish line in Central Park as Brian Siemann waited for his sisters. In his lap he clutched three medals. A fourth was draped around his neck. More than six hours earlier, he’d crossed the same spot, taking 16th place overall in the elite wheelchair division, and zipping through the five-borough course in 1:51:06.

He smiled when he saw a cluster of matching blondes approaching. His sisters, Maria, Jessica, and Amanda Siemann bent down together to give their brother a tight group hug. After 6 hours, 59 minutes, and 38 seconds, the 27-year-olds became the first set of quadruplets believed to have finished the New York City Marathon in the same year. The three sisters crossed the line together just before 5 p.m.

http://www.runnersworld.com/new-york-city-marathon/first-quadruplets-to-race-the-nyc-marathon-finish-with-hugs-and-dinner-debate

 

>> When Everyone Else Is Gone, This Rowdy Crew Cheers on NYC Marathon's Final Finishers

Well after dark, a dozen people in Columbus Circle welcomed back-of-the-pack runners to Central Park.

The white barriers on the street are gone. Normal traffic has returned, with honks and idling trucks. On the brick sidewalk, a stained white poster keeps getting trampled. In faded white ink it reads, “Welcome to the Finish Line.”

It’s 8:07 p.m., the sun is gone, the roads are open, and people are still finishing the New York City Marathon.

A pedicab driver wearing a military-cut jacket can’t believe it. “Wait, people are still running?” he says. “Why don’t they quit?”

A runner hobbles by. She sees a dozen bundled-up people yelling and clapping at her. They tell her that she is “almost there,” and she has done a “great job.” She has tears in her eyes.

When she hears the encouraging screams, she smiles. She looks surprised, almost as if she is asking herself: Wait, people are still cheering?

She hasn’t quit.

At mile 25.9 of the New York City Marathon, the course takes an abrupt right turn off 59th Street and enters Central Park. During the day, the section on Columbus Circle is one of the rowdiest. As throngs of runners begin their final kick to the finish line, they enter a passageway flanked by grandstands and a stage with a live band. The noise is deafening.

At night, more than eight hours after the race’s winners glided through the exact spot, the grandstands are empty and the stage is gone.

The turn into Central Park is easy to miss.

It would be, that is, if it weren’t for a small group of loud spectators, led by a woman brandishing a homemade sign with an illuminated arrow. Tracey Wilson has been cheering and directing runners toward the marathon’s end in this exact same spot at this exact time for more than a decade. She stays until the bitter end, her sign acting as a beacon for back-of-the-packers.

http://www.runnersworld.com/new-york-city-marathon/when-everyone-else-is-gone-this-rowdy-crew-cheers-on-nyc-marathons-final

 

>> World War II Marine, 96, Finishes Marathon With Shot of Scotch

Jonathan Mendes is believed to be the oldest unofficial finisher in the New York City Marathon's history, crossing the finish line after 11 hours and 23 minutes.

There are 100 meters of asphalt road left between Jonathan Mendes and the finish line of the New York City Marathon, and he still won’t explain exactly why he is doing this. Why, for the past 11 hours and 20 minutes this 96 year-old man has been running—well, not so much running as tottering—26.19 miles through all five of the city’s boroughs.

He looks up and smiles. You can see the creases around his eyes scrunch behind massive, orange-tinted sunglasses. You get the sense that he’d rather not explain himself. You might try and fish for an inspiring answer, some reason why this limping man, wearing a 16-year-old Asics windbreaker, is still out in the 45-degree darkness, but he won’t give one—nothing satisfying, anyway.

As a bomber pilot in the Marines, Jonathan Mendes flew more than 100 missions in World War II and then more than 70 missions in the Korean War. He trained John Glenn and Ted Williams. He graduated from Dartmouth College and Harvard Business School. Now he lives in a spacious apartment on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. He still walks two miles around Central Park’s reservoir every morning at 7:30 a.m., and drinks a scotch every afternoon at 4 p.m.

He doesn’t need to tell you why he’s out here, completing his 16th New York City Marathon. He takes another step forward.

http://www.runnersworld.com/new-york-city-marathon/world-war-ii-marine-96-finishes-marathon-with-shot-of-scotch

 

>> An Inside Look at Kevin Hart’s Hood to Coast Run

The world's biggest comedian ran 18 miles in 24 hours, slept in a van, and finished his first official race.

On August 26 and 27, fresh off an international comedy tour where he frequently hosted spontaneous 5Ks, superstar Kevin Hart completed his first official race—Oregon’s Hood to Coast.

Hart joined a team of 12, completing three segments of the 199-mile overnight relay. In 24 hours, he ran just over 18 miles—the most he’d run in a single day. Before putting him on the cover of our November issue, Runner’s World tagged along to get a behind-the-scenes look at his epic running adventure.

http://www.runnersworld.com/celebrity-runners/an-inside-look-at-kevin-harts-hood-to-coast-run

 

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NEW BASIN BLUES NEWS...

>> Happening this week

  • 11/12 - Sat - Adidas Store Run - SM
  • 11/13 - Sun - Top Of Reseda

>> Photos

XC Regional Championship - http://newbasinblues.org/photos/auto-albums/plugin/nbb-photos.php#2016/2016-11-06-XCRegionalChampionship

Santa Clarita - http://newbasinblues.org/photos/auto-albums/plugin/nbb-photos.php#2016/2016-11-06-SCMarathon

Adiddas Store Run - http://newbasinblues.org/photos/auto-albums/plugin/nbb-photos.php#2016/2016-11-05-AdidasStoreRun

>> CLUB INFO

http://www.newbasinblues.org/

https://www.facebook.com/NewBasinBlues

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SATURDAY - NOV 12

>> From the NEW BASIN BLUES:

  • 11/12 - Sat - Adidas Store Run - SM

http://newbasinblues.org/nbb-assets/nbb-calendar/index.php?controller=post&action=view&id_post=79

>> From the SANTA MONICA MOUNTAIN GOATS:

Sullivan Canyon 11/12/16 7:15am

2103 Queensferry Rd, Los Angeles CA 90049

Dog friendly trail with free street parking. Everyone goes at whatever pace you want, crawl, jog, sprint, hike. Meet at 7:15am for announcements and trail directions, then start at 7:30am. Go for sixty minutes, then turn around at 8:30am. When you get back to the starting area, enjoy free refreshments courtesy of Richard T. We welcome hikers and joggers of all ages and abilities. Free refreshments, free parking (but please pay close attention to the signs). We simply ask that you keep your dog on a leash, do not litter, and refrain from discussing politics.

Be the reason someone believes in the goodness of people.

A-Force

>> From the LA ROADRUNNERS:

Saturday mornings - Run starts at Windward Ave & Ocean Front Walk at 7:00

Beginner = 6mi Intermediate = 8mi Advanced = 10mi

Park at Westminster Elementary School in Venice, 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

>> From the LA LEGGERS:

1450 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401

Sat Nov 12 - 8 miles

6:45 am: Early Preperation for the Marathon , by the Marathon Committee

7:30 am: run or walk

Route: Special Route

Boston Bound 6:45 am - 14 miles

It’s a Mentor Choice weekend! Check with your mentors for what your pace group will be doing.

Happening at 1450 this Saturday:

The Last Distribution for this season of T-Shirts and Goodie Bags

Garage Sale of prior year’s t-shirts and singlets. Bring cash, particularly small bills ($1s and $5s)

Paulselth PT will be holding an Injury Clinics

>> From the SANTA CLARITA RUNNERS:

LoweBucks Run 7am – 9am

26415 Bouquet Canyon Rd Santa Clarita, CA

Saturday run at Lowes parking lot. 10 miles with various marked shorter routes. Coffee afterwards at Starbucks.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/26415+Bouquet+Canyon+Rd,+Santa+Clarita,+CA+91350/@34.4266036,-118.5404349,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x80c28773c21cc6e5:0x706ff97546428b08?hl=en

>> From RUNNERGY:

"Beachwood Stairs" Run4Fun - Join us Every Saturday at 7:30am

We will have the Runnergy canopy set up by the lake entrance. We will assist runners with running form and training advice. So come join us for multiple run options. Run below the Hollywood Sign, Beachwood Stairs or for beginners, a run around the Lake. Great group for running/ training together

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SUNDAY - NOV 13

>> From the NEW BASIN BLUES:

11/13 - Sun - Top Of Reseda @ 8am NOTE LOCATION CHANGE

http://newbasinblues.org/nbb-assets/nbb-runs/index.php?controller=post&action=view&id_post=2

>> From the TRAIL RUNNERS CLUB:

Nov 13 Ojai: Nordhoff peak loop 7:00 15 miles

The Trail Runners are a congenial group of varied abilities who run different courses in the Santa Monica Mountains every Sunday. The routes are on fire road and single-track trails varying from 9-14 miles, and are pre-marked for each run. Schedule and course descriptions can be found at www.trailrunnersclub.com . Written descriptions of many of the courses can be found in 50 Trail Runs in Southern California, written by club members. For further info, call 310-379-1068 of email us at info@trailrunnersclub.com. You have a lot to gain, and not much to lose by giving it a try.

>> From the LA RUNNING CLUB:

Every Sunday – Totem Pole – 7:00 am: San Vicente and Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica

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Tread lightly,

Steve

Website Links.....

  • RACE RESULTS: Beach Fun; SC Isle; Pants-Off; Lace-Up Ventura; Pas Half
  • LOCALLY-SOURCED: Puente Hills Park; Jingle Bell Jog; SCM; LAM Increase; Love, P-22; LA's Abandoned Mountain; BBT Festival Hikes
  • DID YOU SEE THAT: Pram Record; Kostelnick's Fastest Trans-USA; Mackey to Amputate Leg; Ageless Ed; NYRR New Drug Testing; Great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandwinner; Running While Female; Bro Behind but Ahead; Bros Cross Together; Race-Day Costumes; Sprint or Jog?
  • NOT RUNNING BUT: Louder Monkeys are Smaller
  • NEW BASIN BLUES: This Week; Last Sunday; Twillight Last Gleaming; 2017 Out-of-Town

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>> SATURDAY - OCT 29

  • SANTA MONICA MOUNTAIN GOATS - Trippet Ranch - 8:00
  • LA ROADRUNNERS - Westminster Elementary School in Venice for 4, 6 or 12 miles - 7:00
  • LA LEGGERS - 1450 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica for 8 or 9 miles - 6:45/7:30
  • SANTA CLARITA RUNNERS - Santa Clarita for up to 10 miles - 7:00
  • RUNNERGY - "Beachwood Stairs" Run4Fun - 7:30
  • Kevin's Cause Annual 5K Run/Walk and Health Fair
  • Happy Halloween 5k
  • Spooky Dash 5k, 10k, 15k and Half Marathon
  • 7th Annual Whittier Spooktacular 5K Run/Walk
  • Support Our Girls: Jogging for Jugs 5K & 10K
  • Conquer Our Run - Haunted Crawl 5K, 10K
  • Carrera de los Muertos
  • Fido Fun Walk Parade
  • 2016 I Ain't Afraid - Domestic Violence Awareness 5K & 10K
  • Spooky Dash 5k, 10k, 15k, Half Marathon

>> SUNDAY - OCT 30

  • NEW BASIN BLUES - Las Llajas - 8:00
  • TRAIL RUNNERS CLUB - Will Rogers from Temescal for 14 miles - 7:00
  • SANTA CLARITA RUNNERS - Granary Square for 10 miles - 6:30
  • LA RUNNING CLUB - Totem Pole in Santa Monica - 7:00
  • LA Cancer Challenge 5K/10K Run/Walk
  • Aztlan Classic 5K & Wellness Fair
  • 5th Annual Halloween Trick or Treat 5k/10k Fun Run/Walk
  • Monster Dash 5k, 10k, 15k, Half Marathon
  • Rock n Roll - Los Angeles

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FUTURE EVENTS:

http://www.raceplace.com/running-walking

November 2016

  • 05 Hard Rock Cafe 5k/10k
  • 05 Catalina Triathlon, Duathlon and 5K
  • 06 Malibu Half Marathon & 5K
  • 06 Girls on the Go-L.A. 10k, 5k, Half Marathon
  • 06 Calabasas Classic 5K, 10K & 1mile
  • 06 Heroes of Hope Race for Brain Tumor Research 10k, 5k
  • 06 Santa Clarita 1k, 5k, Half Marathon, Marathon
  • 06 AFSA 4th Annual Lancaster 5K Warrior Run
  • 12 3rd Annual Veteran's Day 5k/10k Fun Run/Walk
  • 12 L.A. Ultimate Wine Run 1k, 5k
  • 12 Berzerker - Team Obstacle and Endurance Challenge 1k, 5k
  • 12 Fall Pier to Pier Run/Walk 5k
  • 12 Chimera 100M
  • 19 Be The Match Walk+Run Long Beach 1k, 5k
  • 19 Conquer Our Run 5K, 10K Turkey Quest
  • 19 Conquer Our Run - Turkey Quest 5K, 10K - Playa Del Rey
  • 19 2016 San Dimas Turkey Trot 10k, 5k
  • 19 Beach Dash 5k, 10k, 15k, Half Marathon
  • 19 World Toilet Day: Mo-Vember 5K - Los Angeles
  • 19 Lexus LaceUp Running Series Palos Verdes 10k, 5k
  • 19 Catalina Eco Marathon & Half
  • 19 Beach Dash 5k, 10k, 15k and Half Marathon
  • 19 West Valley Family YMCA Missile Run and Family Fun Run 10k
  • 19 Chino Hills 50KM
  • 20 We Run The City 5k (USC vs UCLA Rivalry Run)
  • 20 Walk of Ages XVII 5k Walk Run
  • 20 2016 Mustache Dache
  • 20 Hug A Runner 5K
  • 24 Tofurky Trot 2016 Rose Bowl
  • 24 Turkey Trot Los Angeles 10k, 5k
  • 24 23rd Annual Thanksgiving Day Run & Food Drive 1 mile, 5k
  • 24 Turkey Trot 5k, 10k, 15k, Half Marathon
  • 24 XTERRA Topanga Turkey Trot 10 Mile, Trail
  • 26 Turkey Dash 5k, 10k, 15k, Half Marathon
  • 27 Giving Thanks 5k, 10k, 15k, Half Marathon

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RESULTS:

>> Beach Fun Half

  • Dee Dee Urquhart 3.10.42

>> Santa Cruz Is. Eco Challenge 14M

  • Eileen Cohen 3.09.46

>> Pants Off Racing 10K

  • Gloria Perrodin 2.13.29
  • Jack Perrodin 2.13.31

>> Pants Off Racing 5K

  • Teresa Merritt 38.46

>> LaceUp Half

  • Josue Diaz 1.26.38 1st in div, 4th overall
  • Dee Dee Urquhart 3.03.03

>> LaceUp 10K

  • Rosa Melendez 44.03 1st female overall
  • Bady Salas 46.20 1st in div, 3rd female overall
  • Mario Diaz 54.54 1st in div

>> Pasadena Trail Half

  • Diana Rush 2.29.18 2nd in div

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LOCALLY-SOURCED:

>> Massive Puente Hills landfill mountain to become a park

Welcome to the biggest garbage dump in the nation. The closed Puente Hills landfill sits just 15 miles east of downtown Los Angeles and covers 700 acres — about one square mile — with a trash hill 500 feet high.

What do you do with such a large pile of refuse? Los Angeles County has an answer: Build a park.

That’s the plan the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will consider Tuesday night. They’re expected to approve $5 million to build a visitor center at the base of the landfill, and to approve the master plan that will eventually result in a park on the 117 acres at the peak of Puente Hills.

According to Paul Prestia, a division engineer at the Los Angeles County Sanitation District, there is one strong draw about having such a big mountain of garbage.

“You see the San Gabriel mountains, you got a good view of the San Gabriel River, you can see downtown LA, looking west,” Prestia tells KPCC. “It’s a great panoramic view of the San Gabriel Valley.”

http://www.scpr.org/news/2016/10/24/65721/massive-puente-hills-landfill-mountain-to-become-a/

>> From Dale of the HDRs:

The High Desert Runners annual Jingle Bell Jog 5K Fun Run is set for December 11!! Click here to be taken to our registration page...

https://www.imathlete.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?fEID=38925

>> From the Santa Clarita Marathon:

Don't Run Out of Time!

The Santa Clarita Marathon, presented by Parkway Motorcars will be held on Sunday, November 6, 2016. Race day will include a Full Marathon, Half Marathon, 5K, Mayor's Walk, and Kid K.

Online registration will close on Sunday, October 30th at 11:59PM!

Last chance to register will be at the Health and Fitness Expo on Saturday, November 5 on Town Center Drive at the Westfield Valencia Town Center Mall from 9:00am to 5:00pm. There will be a $10 service fee charged for each registration at the Expo. (Please note the new location - Westfield Valencia Town Center Mall.)

Register online today!

http://scmarathon.org/register/

>> From the LA Marathon

Price Increases on Tuesday

https://www.imathlete.com/events/EventReg/EventReg_SelectType.aspx?fEID=36783&fNew=1&fsource=web1

>> From P22 Mountain Lion of Hollywood

Dear Kids From Esperanza Elementary School,

While napping in Griffith Park yesterday, I listened to your letters. I am glad you are my friends. It was really hard crossing the freeways and thanks for your concern. I do okay in Griffith Park and I like it pretty well here, but I do get lonely and scared sometimes like you wrote, and miss seeing other mountain lions (at least female ones). But knowing you care about me, I feel a little less lonely. Thank you for the letters-you are all so nice to think about me.

Love, P-22

https://www.facebook.com/p22mountainlionofhollywood/videos/812424915526977/

>> When Los Angeles Abandoned its Mountain Frontier

It was two o'clock in the morning on September 15, 1936, when the piercing wail of the fire siren crashed into the handsome guestrooms of the Mount Lowe Tavern. Men and women, still in their nightwear, flew out of their beds and darted outside of the hotel to catch their romantic lodging engulfed in flames. The crisp alpine air was choked by smoke. As the blaze shot into adjacent cottages, the guests were herded onto a trolley car that pulled up to the hotel entryway.

A frightening two hour descent down the mountain ensued, the nervous conductor negotiating the serpentine tracks in total darkness. The trolley would be the final car to ever carry guests on the Mount Lowe Railway. The passengers reached safety, and the Tavern, the last standing attraction of a stunning mountain enterprise that had steadily worn away, burned to the ground.

The perilous escape from Mount Lowe that night was part of a gradual abandonment of extraordinary recreational and commercial ventures that had sprung up in the mountains of Los Angeles since the 1880s. The zealous spirit that had initially inspired these exploits and fostered them for nearly five decades was rooted in the tantalizing national myth of the vanishing frontier. The mythology grew at the turn of the twentieth century, as the comforts of rapid modernization of the city beget a strong romantic nostalgia for the hardy, rugged experiences offered by life in uncultivated lands that once represented the promise of the West.

The wilderness of the San Gabriels, located just on the margins of the city, was steadily perceived as the last bastion of this regeneration and renewal associated with returning to a more rudimentary frontier past. In "The Trouble with Wilderness," author William Cronon argues that wilderness began to stand for "the wild freedom of America's past and seeming to represent a highly attractive natural alternative to the ugly artificiality of modern civilization." It was believed that the frontier was passing, and it was imperative to capture the fleeting experience in the local mountain wilderness.

https://www.kcet.org/shows/departures/when-los-angeles-abandoned-its-mountain-frontier

>> 2016 Backbone Trail Festival hikes -- Saturdays and Sundays, 10/29 through 11/20

#Hikethe100 Come join us on the Sierra Club's 19th Backbone Trail Festival. We will hike the complete 67-mile Backbone Trail of the Santa Monica Mountains on four consecutive Saturday and Sundays.

  • Sat 10/29 - Will Rogers to Temescal Ridge
  • Sun 10/30 - Temescal Ridge to Dead Horse Trailhead
  • Sat 11/5 -Topanga Canyon to Lois Ewen Overlook
  • Sun 11/6 - Lois Ewen Overlook to Tapia Park
  • Sat 11/12 - Tapia Park to Newton Canyon
  • Sun 11/13 - Newton Canyon to Encinal Canyon
  • Sat 11/19 - Encinal Canyon to Mishe Mokwa
  • Sun 11/20 - Mishe Mokwa to La Jolla Canyon

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19TH BACKBONE TRAIL FESTIVAL #1 – Will Rogers to Temescal Ridge

Our first Backbone Trail in the Santa Monica Mountains will be 10 miles with 2000’ elevation gain on the BBT from the start at Will Rogers Park. We will first hike up to Inspiration Point then along Rodgers Road past Temescal Peak. Then we will leave the BBT taking the Temescal Ridge Trail for 3 miles to our car shuttle point at the Temescal Ridge Trailhead.

TRAILHEAD LOCATION: We will meet initially at the Temescal Ridge Trailhead near the corner of Via Las Palmas and Via La Costa in Pacific Palisades. From PCH take Palisades Drive 3.5 miles then continue onto Chastain Parkway going 0.5 miles to a right on Via Las Palmas past a small traffic circle and then left into the trailhead parking area.

CAR SHUTTLE: From the Temescal Ridge trailhead, we will car shuttle 8 miles down Palisades Drive and then across Sunset Boulevard to the start at Will Rogers State Park.

DISTANCE: 10 miles

ELEVATION GAIN: 2000’/500’

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19TH BACKBONE TRAIL FESTIVAL #2 – Temescal Ridge to Dead Horse Trailhead

Our second Backbone Trail hike in the Santa Monica Mountains will be 8 miles on the BBT with 1000’ elevation gain from Temescal Ridge to Dead Horse. We will start at the Temescal Ridge Trailhead taking the Temescal Ridge Trail for 3 miles to pick up the Backbone Trail. We will than take the BBT past Hub and Eagle Junctions to Musch Camp. We will then take the Musch Trail to Trippet State Park finishing on the Dead Horse Trail to our car shuttle point.

TRAILHEAD LOCATION: Meet at Dead Horse Trailhead just west of N Topanga Canyon Boulevard. Take PCH to Topanga Canyon Boulevard, north 4.7 miles to Entrada Road, or 101 to Topanga Canyon Boulevard, south 7.7 miles to Entrada Road. Turn on Entrada Road and park in the trailhead parking lot on the left after the turn.

CAR SHUTTLE: From the meeting point on Greenleaf Canyon, we will car shuttle 11 miles down Topanga Canyon Boulevard to PCH and then up Palisades Park to the Temescal Ridge Trailhead.

DISTANCE: 8 miles

GAIN/LOSS: 1000’/1200’

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19TH BACKBONE TRAIL FESTIVAL #3 – Dead Horse Trailhead to Lois Ewen Overlook

Our third Backbone Trail hike in the Santa Monica Mountains will be 7 miles with 2000’ elevation gain on the BBT from Topanga Canyon to the Lois Ewen Overlook. We will hike from behind Topanga Canyon School passing across Old Topanga Canyon Road to take Hondo Canyon and then the Fossil Ridge Trail to the Lois Ewen Overlook. We will then leave the Backbone Trail for a lunch with views at the Topanga Overlook.

TRAILHEAD LOCATION: Meet at the Lois Ewen Overlook at the intersection of Stunt, Saddle Peak, and Scheuren Roads.

CAR SHUTTLE: From the meeting point at the Lois Ewen Overlook, we will car shuttle 7 miles across Saddle Peak Road and Tuna Canyon Road to the start point at the Dead Horse Trailhead off Topanga Boulevard.

DISTANCE: 7 miles

GAIN/LOSS: 2000’/500’

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19TH BACKBONE TRAIL FESTIVAL #4 – Lois Ewen Overlook to Tapia Park

Our fourth Backbone Trail hike in the Santa Monica Mountains will be 7 miles with 600” elevation gain on the BBT going from Lois Ewen Overlook to Tapia Park. The hike will climb past Saddle Peak and then descend along the Saddle Peak Trail crossing Piuma Road to the Piuma Ridge Trail where it intersects at Piuma and Las Virgenes.

TRAILHEAD LOCATION: Meet at the southeast corner of Las Virgenes and Piuma Roads. From PCH go north on Malibu Canyon Road for 8 miles to Piuma Road or from the 101 go south on Las Virgenes for 5 miles to Piuma Rd.’

CAR SHUTTLE: From the meeting point at Piuma and Los Virgenes we will car shuttle 8 miles on Stunt Road to the start point at Lois Ewen Overlook.

DISTANCE: 7 miles

ELEVATION GAIN/LOSS: 600’/2000’

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19TH BACKBONE TRAIL FESTIVAL #5 – Tapia Park to Newton Canyon

Our fifth Backbone Trail hike in the Santa Monica Mountains will be 9.5 miles with 2000’ elevation gain on the BBT going from the Tapia Park area to the Newton Canyon Trailhead. We will take the Mesa Peak Trail though the upper Corral and Solstice Canyon areas.

TRAILHEAD LOCATION: We will meet at the Newton Canyon Trailhead on Kanan Dume Road, from PCH go north 4½ miles to the parking area on the left side after the first tunnel or from the 101 go 8 miles south on Kanan Dume before the third tunnel.

CAR SHUTTLE: From the meeting point at Newton Canyon we will car shuttle 12 miles to the start point at Piuma and Las Virgenes via Mulholland and Las Virgenes.

DISTANCE: 9.5 miles

GAIN/LOSS: 2000’/500’

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19TH BACKBONE TRAIL FESTIVAL #6 – Newton Canyon to Encinal Canyon

Our sixth Backbone Trail hike will be 7 miles with 700’ gain on the BBT through Newton, Zuma, and Trancas Canyons. We will start at the Newton Canyon Trailhead taking the Backbone Trail across Kanan Road then taking the Zuma Canyon Trail over to Encinal Canyon.

TRAILHEAD LOCATION: We will meet at the Encinal Canyon Trailhead. From PCH go 6 miles north on Kanan Dume Road to Mulholland Hwy then west 3½ mi on Encinal Canyon Road to shoulder parking on north side of road just east of Fire Camp #13.

CAR SHUTTLE: From the meeting point at the Encinal Canyon Trailhead we will car shuttle 5 miles to the start point at the Newton Canyon Trailhead.

DISTANCE: 7 miles

GAIN/LOSS: 700'/1200'

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19TH BACKBONE TRAIL FESTIVAL #7 - Encinal Canyon to Mishe Mokwa

Our seventh Backbone Trail hike in the Santa Monica Mountains is 10 miles with 1400’ elevation gain on the BBT. We will take the Etz Meloy Trail, the newest addition to the BBT, starting at the Encinal Canyon trailhead. We will cross the Mulholland Highway and then take the Etz Moloy Trail, with views of Triunfo Pass and the Boney Mountains, to end at the Mishe Mokwa Trailhead.

TRAILHEAD LOCATION: We will meet at the Mishe Mokwa Trailhead. From PCH go north 7 miles on Yerba Buena Road to the Mishe Mokwa trailhead parking area on the right, one mile east of Circle X Ranch.

CAR SHUTTLE: From the meeting point at the Mishe Mokwa Trailhead we will car shuttle 7 miles via Little Sycamore Canyon and Decker Roads to Encinal Canyon Trailhead.

DISTANCE: 10 miles

GAIN/LOSS: 1400’/1000’

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19TH BACKBONE TRAIL FESTIVAL #8 – Mishe Mokwa to La Jolla Canyon

Our eighth and last Backbone Trail hike in the Santa Monica Mountains will be 17 miles on the BBT on the Sandstone Peak, Chamberlain, Blue Canyon, Wood Canyon, and Ray Miller Trails before finishing the La Jolla Campground.

TRAILHEAD LOCATION: will meet initially outside the La Jolla Campground on PCH just south of the entrance (Ray Miller Trailhead). From the PCH, the La Jolla Campground Parking Area is 4.9 miles northwest of Yerba Buena Road (Neptune's Net); or 4.2 miles southeast of Las Posas Road. Go past the yellow gate into the parking area or park along the shoulder (on the east side of PCH).

CAR SHUTTLE: From La Jolla Canyon, we will car shuttle 17 miles up the long and windy Yerba Buena to the Mishe Mokwa trailhead.

DISTANCE: 17 miles

ELEVATION GAIN/LOSS: 2500’/4500’

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DID YOU SEE THAT:

>> Father and 4-Year-Old Daughter Break Stroller Marathon Record

Calum Neff surpassed the standing Guinness record by more than 10 minutes.

After Calum Neff set the stroller half marathon world record with his 11-month-old daughter Holland in February, his next goal was to go for the record at 26.2 miles.

Though the load he had to push was a little heavier, Neff and his 4-year-old daughter Alessandra claimed the stroller marathon world record this past weekend at the Toronto Waterfront Marathon, crossing the finish line in 2:31:21—more than 10 minutes faster than the previous official Guinness world record. The record title is “Fastest marathon pushing a pram (male).”

“It is really unbelievable still—especially to break both world records in the same year,” Neff, 32, told Runner’s World by phone. “My friends joke that I am defining myself as this ‘stroller guy.’”

http://www.runnersworld.com/general-interest/father-and-4-year-old-daughter-break-stroller-marathon-record

>> From AdventureCORPS:

2x Badwater 135 Champion Pete Kostelnick set to break 36-year-old Trans-USA Running Record

Two-Time STYR Labs Badwater 135 Champion Pete Kostelnick set to Break the Trans-America Running Record

It's a very rare world record that stands for 36 years, despite repeated attempts by world-class athletes to break it. But one such record should - barring catastrophe - will fall tomorrow. The two-time STYR Labs Badwater 135 Ultramarathon champion, Pete Kostelnick, is set to not only break, but shatter, the transcontinental running record which has stood since 1980. He is currently about to cross from Pennsylvania into New York state and is on schedule to finish tomorrow (Monday, October 24). He must finish by Friday evening to break the record, so he is "comfortably" well ahead of that pace.

The Badwater 135 Race Director, Chris Kostman, will be on a redeye tonight into JFK, in order to be there to welcome Pete and his amazing support team on this momentum occasion! He encourages anyone and everyone who is within one day's travel to be at New York City Hall tomorrow to help him celebrate this truly remarkable achievement!

More Info, including the latest press release from Pete's team:

Facebook Page (best place for updates): https://www.facebook.com/petesfeetaa/

Live GPS Tracking of Pete (know exactly where he is, and his route): https://share.delorme.com/PeterKostelnick

Pete's Website: http://www.petesfeetaa.com

>> Photos Tell the Story of Pete Kostelnick’s Record Run Across America

Images show highs and lows that come with running faster than anyone across the U.S.

On Monday, ultrarunner Pete Kostelnick broke a record that had been standing for 36 years—the fastest run across the United States. The 29-year-old from Lincoln, Nebraska, left San Francisco’s City Hall on September 12, then traveled east for 3,067 miles, completing the trek in 42 days, 6 hours, and 30 minutes. That shattered the mark of 46 days, 8 hours, and 36 minutes, held by Frank Giannino Jr. since 1980.

Accompanying Kostelnick for parts of the journey were Charlie Engle (@CharlieEngle), an endurance runner and author of the new book Running Man, and photographer Zandy Mangold (@run_n_shoot). They were able to document the highs and lows that come with pushing one’s body to run an average of 72 miles per days over the course of six weeks.

In the photos below, Engle and Mangold recount the journey Kostelnick took to break the record.

http://www.runnersworld.com/general-interest/photos-tell-the-story-of-pete-kostelnicks-record-run-across-america

>> Real-life 'Forrest Gump' runs across US in record time

Pete Kostelnick opens up on his 42-day adventure on 'America's Newsroom'

http://video.foxnews.com/v/5184557008001/?#sp=show-clips

>> Champion Trail Runner Dave Mackey Decides to Amputate Injured Left Leg

Champion trail runner Dave Mackey posted some dramatic news today on his Facebook page about his long recovery from his well-documented trail running accident in May 2015. After more than 16 months of surgeries, physical therapy and continued complications, the 46-year-old trail runner announced that he’s decided to have his lower left leg amputated below the knee.

During what was expected to be a routine trail run in the mountains that frame the western edge of Boulder, Colo., Mackey fell off a rock and tumbled more than 20 feet, badly breaking his left leg in the process. After seven surgeries during a three-week hospital stay, Mackey returned home with his injured leg intact, albeit with an external bracing system and crutches to help him get around. Although he recovered enough to walk with a significant limp over the next year, he still had mobility issues, internal infections and constant pain.

Several more surgeries—including his most recent procedure about three months ago—helped him walk without a cane. But continued complications with the repaired leg put him in the tough place of opting for more surgeries or permanently amputating his lower left leg. He talked through the scenarios with numerous doctors, as well as family and friends, and decided that he will have the amputation surgery on Nov. 1.

Mackey, a Hoka-sponsored runner who works as a physician assistant, has won U.S. trail running championships for 50K, 50 miles and 100K distance and won the Montrail Cup trail running series in 2004 and 2011. He’s a two-time U.S. ultrarunner of the year with a long list of trail running and adventure racing victories, plus a handful of records and fastest known times to his credit. In 2007, he became the first trail runner to run under 7 hours for the famous rim-to-rim-to-rim trail run across the Grand Canyon and back when he ran the 42-mile route in 6:59:56 in 2011.

Although he’s has been able to ride a bike for more than a year, he hasn’t been able to run, let alone walk without a significant limp. He said on Monday that he’s most interested in regaining his health and being pain-free, and believes once he has a prosthetic, he’ll be able to resume life as it was before his accident. If all goes as planned, he will be able to run, ski and walk his kids to school without pain.

http://running.competitor.com/2016/10/news/trail-runner-dave-mackey-decides-to-amputate-injured-left-leg_157809

>> The Ageless Mystery of Ed Whitlock

The 85-year-old Canadian, who broke 4 hours for the marathon last week, holds 22 single-age world road records.

The century is young, but it would be tough not to put Ed Whitlock atop the early Male Runner of the Century rankings. Sure, Kenenisa Bekele has his world records, Olympic golds, and the second-fastest marathon ever, 2:03:03. And Eliud Kipchoge has a competitive record that goes back to a world championships 5,000-meter title in 2003 and an Olympic Marathon win just two months ago.

Still, Whitlock, the seemingly ageless and definitively peerless 85-year-old Canadian from Milton, Ontario, has achieved an unparalleled dominance. A week ago, he set his most recent record, running a 3:56:34 marathon in Toronto. That makes Whitlock the first 85-year-old to go sub-4:00 at the classic distance. He’s also the oldest ever to have broken 3:00 in the marathon, having run a mind- and body-numbing 2:58:40 at age 74.

Ken Stone, the webmaster at MastersTrack.com, urges caution with any listing of Whitlock’s world records on the track, as there are so many of them, indoors and out, meters and miles. Stone isn’t saying that Whitlock doesn’t hold dozens of such records; he does. It’s just that they are difficult to find all in one place and to verify. In a typically unassuming recent interview with the Toronto Sun, Whitlock admits that he can’t keep up with all his records, and doesn’t much try.

http://www.runnersworld.com/masters/the-ageless-mystery-of-ed-whitlock

>> With NYRR’s New Drug Testing Initiative, Another Step to Deter Cheating at Sub-Elite Levels

Runners using performance-enhancing drugs are seen to be targeting any race with prize money.

New York Road Runners, the nation’s largest running club, will begin drug testing the top finishers in its local races next year, a broad expansion of testing that reaches beyond the organization’s premier events.

The announcement comes over growing concern throughout the running community that some runners associated with doping are targeting not just major events, but any race where they can take home prize money.

NYRR holds more than 50 running events each year, including 20 with prize money worth a combined $1 million each year. The nonprofit organization already holds drug tests at five of its races, including the New York City Marathon, NYC Half, and the Healthy Kidney 10K, all of which feature professional athletes.

http://www.runnersworld.com/performance-enhancing-drugs/with-nyrrs-new-drug-testing-initiative-another-step-to-deter-cheating-at

>> What It’s Like to Win the Race Named After Your Ancestor

Julie Cattell uses her running DNA to dominate this New Jersey 10-miler.

The Jonas Cattell Memorial 10-mile run, held October 23 in Haddonfield, New Jersey, honors a local Revolutionary War hero who used his athleticism to perform a Paul Revere-like service to his countrymen.

As a teenager, Cattell ran 10 miles through the backwoods of New Jersey to warn his countrymen of an impending Hessian attack in 1777. Cattell’s alert gave the Americans time to adequately prepare their defenses, and in the ensuing Battle of Red Bank they prevailed against the German mercenaries.

In this weekend’s race—the 47th annual—the memory of Jonas Cattell was honored in a remarkable way. Among the 191 participants was Julie Cattell, his great-great-great-great-great-great-great granddaughter.

Julie showed that fleet feet run in the Cattell family as she was the first woman, for the sixth time in this race, completing the point-to-point course in a time of 1:08:04—eight minutes ahead of the next female.

http://www.runnersworld.com/general-interest/what-its-like-to-win-the-race-named-after-your-ancestor

>> Running While Female

MALE RUNNERS MAY BE SHOCKED TO LEARN HOW OFTEN WOMEN MUST ENDURE ON-THE-RUN HARASSMENT. MANY FEMALE RUNNERS HAVE COME TO JUST EXPECT IT—AND THAT SHOULD UPSET US ALL.

When three young women were murdered midrun over a period of nine days this past summer, runners reacted with understandable shock, alarm, and concern. Nothing about the victims’ final miles should have been out of the ordinary: All three headed out in broad daylight. All three were on routes they’d traveled safely in the past. Their deaths occurred while they were running by themselves—one in Michigan, one in New York City, one in Massachusetts. But almost every runner trains alone sometimes. That such ordinary circumstances led to such unfathomable tragedy made these stories especially heartbreaking. More than two months have passed, and no suspects have been named in any of the three cases, which are likely unrelated.

As details of the murders spread in early August, well-meaning nonrunners started peppering the athletes in their lives (especially the women) with advice: Don’t run with headphones. Don’t run in the dark. Don’t run alone. Runners joined the discussion, too—some eager to share what they do or carry to feel safe, others dealing with a newfound sense of vulnerability. “Emotional stories about people we relate to have a strong effect on us,” says Jessica Gall Myrick, Ph.D., an assistant professor and researcher in media and emotions at Indiana University Media School in Bloomington, Indiana, and a former collegiate runner. When a person sees herself (or a loved one) in a victim, it’s easier to connect with the story, and the more similarities, the stronger the connection. Multiple cases intensify the reaction: “It can make you think the threat is greater than it really is,” says Myrick.

In reality, the chance of being murdered midrun is very, very small. A woman between the ages of 16 and 44 has only a 1 in 35,336 chance of being the victim of a homicide at any time. The risk for random homicide is even lower: A woman is far more likely to be killed by someone she knows than by a stranger. And she puts herself in far greater danger when she gets in her car to drive to school or work, when her risk of death is 2.5 times higher than by death at the hands of another person. The actual risk of dying in a car crash is 1 in 14,165—far higher than homicide at any time—yet random murders generate a disproportionate amount of anxiety.

Many runners (women as well as men) didn’t think twice about training alone before this past summer’s tragic, headline-making cases stoked their fears. Many still don’t. Those athletes may count on running to be a stress-reliever, an escape from everyday cares, a chance to feel free. Others have long felt more trepidation about logging miles solo—young women especially—because they are more likely to be interrupted in intrusive and sometimes frightening ways. Indeed, 43 percent of women at least sometimes experience harassment on the run, according to a recent RW survey, compared with just 4 percent of men. In the vast majority of cases, it’s not life-threatening. But it is pervasive, and it’s upsetting, and it’s most likely happening to you or someone you know.

A man will look a woman up and down as she runs past. A driver will shout a come-on, laughing with his friends as they speed away. A person on a bike or in a car will follow a woman, and she might dart down a side street to escape. Even if nothing like this happens most days, knowing that it (or something worse) could happen causes stress. As the recent national dialogue surrounding Donald Trump’s sexist comments and alleged assaults brought to light, almost all women—runners or not—have endured unwanted sexual attention. And no matter how swift a woman’s pace, it’s impossible to outrun harassment.

http://www.runnersworld.com/running-while-female

>> Behind His Brother at the Finish Line, But Forever Ahead in One Category

Tom and Marty Huberty have 69 Twin Cities Marathon finishes between them—and a family legacy to continue.

Tom Huberty might run slower than his younger brother Marty—he finished this month’s Twin Cities Marathon in 5:57:42, compared with Marty’s 4:46:26.

In another way, though, Tom is permanently ahead.

Tom, 65, has run the race all 35 years since the event’s 1982 inception. Marty, 51, missed the first year, so he’ll forever fall one year short of the Twin Cities Charter Club.

Marty admits to a few sour grapes. Charter Club members receive special gold bibs and other perks, while those in his position get no glory.

http://www.runnersworld.com/general-interest/behind-his-brother-at-the-finish-line-but-forever-ahead-in-one-category

>> With One Twin Facing Terminal Cancer, Brothers Cross Finish Line Together

Shane Green pushed his brother, Shawn, during the Chicago Half Marathon.

Shane Green says he’s spent his life with his brother Shawn, “closer than most twins.” Yet, until September 25 at the Chicago Half Marathon, they had never crossed a finish line side-by-side.

Shawn was always the better runner. He’d ditch Shane around mile eight of the dozen half marathons they’ve run together since 2010, then wait at the finish. Those were rare moments away, considering the two have not been separated much over the past 41 years.

Shane originally thought he would run just the last four or five miles with Shawn. “But he wanted to do the whole thing with me,” Shane said.

The brothers went on one 45-minute training run with the chair a few days before the race. Shane trained some more with his 10 and 7-year-old daughters in the jogging chair.

“My wife was worried that I would dump him out of it,” Shane said, while his brother laughed from across the table.

http://www.runnersworld.com/general-interest/with-one-twin-facing-terminal-cancer-brothers-cross-finish-line-together

>> 20 Awesome Race-Day Costumes

There’s nothing better than spicing up a race with a crazy costume. Whether you’re going for spooky, crazy, trendy or fun, there are endless possibilities. Here are some of the craziest costume ideas from the ACTIVE community to help inspire you to take your race gear to a whole new level.

http://www.active.com/running/articles/20-awesome-race-day-costumes

>> Sprinting or Jogging? Which Makes You Stronger?

Some days you just want to run easy, while other days it may seem impossible to hold yourself back. Slower and faster running both have their places in every runner’s training arsenal, and knowing how and why to implement each type is essential to your success.

At the physiological level, our muscle fibers play an essential role in our ability to sprint and also run long and easy. Developing both types of skills is beneficial, whether you’re training to run a fast mile or an ultramarathon. Different types of workouts can be used to target each group of muscle fibers.

http://blog.mapmyrun.com/2016/10/sprinting-or-jogging-which-makes-you-stronger/

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NOT RUNNING BUT...

>> The Louder the Monkey, the Smaller Its Balls, Study Finds

Howler monkeys are the loudest land animals on Earth, capable of bellowing at volumes of 140 decibels, which is on the level of gunshots or firecrackers. Not surprisingly, male howlers frequently use this power to advertise their sexual fitness, catcalling females with their ear-splitting roars.

But in a beautiful twist of expectations, scientists have now found that the louder the monkey’s calls, the smaller the monkey’s balls. A team based out of Cambridge University came to this conclusion by comparing the size of dozens of monkeys’ testes with the hyoid bones located in their voice boxes, which revealed a negative correlation between decibel levels and testicular endowment. The results are published today in the journal Current Biology.

“We found that males with larger hyoids, who can make lower-pitch vocalizations, have smaller testes and live in single-male groups with a harem of a few females," anthropologist Leslie Knapp, a senior author of the study, said in a statement. "Males with smaller hyoids live in multimale groups and have larger testes."

According to the team, this is the first evidence that there is a trade-off between vocal investment and sperm production, and it helps to explain why howler monkeys develop contrasting social structures.

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/the-louder-the-monkey-the-smaller-its-balls-study-finds-42361364663309

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NEW BASIN BLUES NEWS...

>> Happening this week

  • 10/27 - Thr - 6:30PM - Balboa Park
  • 10/29 - Sat - 5:00 PM - Twillights Last Gleaming XC Challenge
  • 10/30 - Sun - 8:00 AM - Las Llajas

>> Photos from Sunday's run - Wildflower Park

>> Chasing that bling - Twillight Last Gleaming XC Challenge

This weekend the NBB Cross Country team is racing the last preliminary race of the USATF Series. We are currently in 3rd place and we are hoping to score enough points to push us to second place. It's the toughest course of the series; it even has its own Wikipedia entry. Come out and race or spectate! Race details are found in the following links.

http://www.trackinfo.org/twilight.html

>> 2017 Racing (out of town)

To promote camaraderie among club members we'd like to participate in a few races out of town. Below are a few that some members have already started signing up for.

  • Muir Woods
  • Chicago Marathon

>> CLUB INFO

http://www.newbasinblues.org/

https://www.facebook.com/NewBasinBlues

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SATURDAY - OCT 29

>> From the SANTA MONICA MOUNTAIN GOATS:

OCT 29 Whip It at Trippett

Saturday at 8 AM - 11 AM

Trippett Ranch, 20825 Entrada Rd, Topanga, California 90290

Stressed is desserts spelled backwards.

The gate opens at 8am (park inside the lot for $10, or free parking about a quarter mile away in the dirt on the side of Entrada).

The group will start at 8:15am. Go at any pace you want for 60 minutes, turn around at 9:15am and come back.

NO DOGS PERMITTED.

Enjoy some free refreshments afterwards courtesy of Miguel Forjan and Paul Morash!

Generally, there are about 20-30 attendees, but please RSVP so Miguel & Paul will have a better idea of how many thirsty Goats to expect!

I would give up whipped cream... but I'm not a quitter.

A-Force

>> From the LA ROADRUNNERS:

Saturday mornings - Run starts at Windward Ave & Ocean Front Walk at 7:00

Beginner = 4mi Intermediate = 6mi Advanced = 12mi

Park at Westminster Elementary School in Venice, 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

>> From the LA LEGGERS:

1450 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401

Sat Oct 29 - 8 miles

6:45 am: Stretch Lab on the Importance of Stretching

7:30 am: run or walk

Route: North to Totem Pole, then south to 19 th Avenue

Boston Bound 6:45 am - 9 miles

Paulseth Injury Clinic this week

>> From the SANTA CLARITA RUNNERS:

LoweBucks Run 7am – 9am

26415 Bouquet Canyon Rd Santa Clarita, CA

Saturday run at Lowes parking lot. 10 miles with various marked shorter routes. Coffee afterwards at Starbucks.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/26415+Bouquet+Canyon+Rd,+Santa+Clarita,+CA+91350/@34.4266036,-118.5404349,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x80c28773c21cc6e5:0x706ff97546428b08?hl=en

>> From RUNNERGY:

"Beachwood Stairs" Run4Fun - Join us Every Saturday at 7:30am

We will have the Runnergy canopy set up by the lake entrance. We will assist runners with running form and training advice. So come join us for multiple run options. Run below the Hollywood Sign, Beachwood Stairs or for beginners, a run around the Lake. Great group for running/ training together

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SUNDAY - OCT 30

>> From the NEW BASIN BLUES:

10/30 - Sun - Las LLajas @ 8:00 AM

http://newbasinblues.org/nbb-assets/nbb-runs/index.php?controller=post&action=view&id_post=35

>> From the TRAIL RUNNERS CLUB:

Oct 30 Will Rogers from Temescal 7:00 14 miles

The Trail Runners are a congenial group of varied abilities who run different courses in the Santa Monica Mountains every Sunday. The routes are on fire road and single-track trails varying from 9-14 miles, and are pre-marked for each run. Schedule and course descriptions can be found at www.trailrunnersclub.com . Written descriptions of many of the courses can be found in 50 Trail Runs in Southern California, written by club members. For further info, call 310-379-1068 of email us at info@trailrunnersclub.com. You have a lot to gain, and not much to lose by giving it a try.

>> From the SANTA CLARITA RUNNERS:

6:30 am 10 miles

Granary Square - Ralph's Parking Lot. McBean/Arroyo Park Dr

Marathon training for the 2016 Santa Clarita Marathon. Please, bring $1 to help Rawlings to place water and Gatorate on key points or $10 for the whole session. Join us for coffee afterwards. For more information about SCR, please visit SCRunners.org

>> From the LA RUNNING CLUB:

Every Sunday – Totem Pole – 7:00 am: San Vicente and Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica

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Tread lightly,

Steve

Website Links.....

21 October, 2016
  • RACE RESULTS: Pasadena Trail; Tooth Fairy
  • PHOTOS: P-22 Hike
  • LOCALLY-SOURCED: Dee Dee Spotlight; P-22 Hike & Festival; Puma Communication; Privatizing Campgrounds & Trailheads
  • DID YOU SEE THAT: Gay's Daughter Shot; Uber for Race Photos; 'No-drop' Marathon; Trans-Am Record Chase; Quest for 133; Portland Upset; Emoji Runs; 91 year-old Patient Races Doc; Whitlock's Sub-4; Thirty Hours; 2:42 at 60; Hasay Wins at 10;
  • NOT RUNNING BUT: Rock Return; Cottages of Japan's Riviera
  • NEW BASIN BLUES: This Week; Spring Race; Bell-Jeff Prizes; Shout-Out; Banana Bread

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>> SATURDAY - OCT 22

  • SANTA MONICA MOUNTAIN GOATS - Sullivan Ridge Trail - 7:15
  • LA ROADRUNNERS - Westminster Elementary School in Venice - 7:00
  • LA LEGGERS - 1450 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica
  • SANTA CLARITA RUNNERS - Santa Clarita for up to 10 miles - 7:00
  • RUNNERGY - "Beachwood Stairs" Run4Fun - 7:30
  • Every Angeleno Counts 5K & Festival
  • BIOLA 5K
  • Hungry Hearts International 2016 4th Annual 5k Fun Run for Refugees With Scavenger Hunt and Harvest Festival
  • Bubble 5K Fun Run to benefit The Boys & Girls Club
  • Hot an Dirty Mud Run - Zombie Run 5K & 10K
  • ARLA USA 5K
  • Purple Walk of Strength 5k for the Domestic Violence Center of Santa Clarita Valley
  • GHS Run for Color

>> SUNDAY - OCT 23

  • NEW BASIN BLUES - Wildflower Park - 8:00
  • TRAIL RUNNERS CLUB - Strawberry Peak Circuit for 15.5 miles - 7:00
  • SANTA CLARITA RUNNERS - Granary Square for 12 Miles - 6:30
  • LA RUNNING CLUB - Totem Pole in Santa Monica - 7:00
  • Beach Fun 5k, 10k, 15k, Half Marathon
  • 6th Annual 5K Run/Walk/Expo In Honor of Conor
  • Mission Foot Pursuit
  • 7th Annual STOP CANCER 5|10K Run|Walk

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FUTURE EVENTS:

http://www.raceplace.com/running-walking

October 2016

  • 29 Kevin's Cause Annual 5K Run/Walk and Health Fair
  • 29 Happy Halloween 5k
  • 29 Spooky Dash 5k, 10k, 15k and Half Marathon
  • 29 7th Annual Whittier Spooktacular 5K Run/Walk
  • 29 Support Our Girls: Jogging for Jugs 5K & 10K
  • 29 Conquer Our Run - Haunted Crawl 5K, 10K - Playa Del Rey, CA - 604a6dfc-4274-4d55-9d88-89cba67c8b62.png
  • 29 Carrera de los Muertos
  • 29 Fido Fun Walk Parade
  • 29 2016 I Ain't Afraid - Domestic Violence Awareness 5K & 10K
  • 29 Spooky Dash 5k, 10k, 15k, Half Marathon
  • 30 LA Cancer Challenge 5K/10K Run/Walk
  • 30 Aztlan Classic 5K & Wellness Fair
  • 30 5th Annual Halloween Trick or Treat 5k/10k Fun Run/Walk
  • 30 Monster Dash 5k, 10k, 15k, Half Marathon
  • 30 Rock n Roll - Los Angeles
  • November 2016
  • 05 Hard Rock Cafe 5k/10k
  • 05 Catalina Triathlon, Duathlon and 5K
  • 06 Malibu Half Marathon & 5K
  • 06 Girls on the Go-L.A. 10k, 5k, Half Marathon
  • 06 Calabasas Classic 5K, 10K & 1mile
  • 06 Heroes of Hope Race for Brain Tumor Research 10k, 5k
  • 06 Santa Clarita 1k, 5k, Half Marathon, Marathon
  • 06 AFSA 4th Annual Lancaster 5K Warrior Run
  • 12 3rd Annual Veteran's Day 5k/10k Fun Run/Walk
  • 12 L.A. Ultimate Wine Run 1k, 5k
  • 12 Berzerker - Team Obstacle and Endurance Challenge 1k, 5k
  • 12 Fall Pier to Pier Run/Walk 5k
  • 12 Chimera 100M
  • 19 Be The Match Walk+Run Long Beach 1k, 5k
  • 19 Conquer Our Run 5K, 10K Turkey Quest
  • 19 Conquer Our Run - Turkey Quest 5K, 10K - Playa Del Rey
  • 19 2016 San Dimas Turkey Trot 10k, 5k
  • 19 Beach Dash 5k, 10k, 15k, Half Marathon
  • 19 World Toilet Day: Mo-Vember 5K - Los Angeles
  • 19 Lexus LaceUp Running Series Palos Verdes 10k, 5k
  • 19 Catalina Eco Marathon & Half
  • 19 Beach Dash 5k, 10k, 15k and Half Marathon
  • 19 West Valley Family YMCA Missile Run and Family Fun Run 10k
  • 19 Chino Hills 50KM
  • 20 We Run The City 5k (USC vs UCLA Rivalry Run)
  • 20 Walk of Ages XVII 5k Walk Run
  • 20 2016 Mustache Dache
  • 20 Hug A Runner 5K
  • 24 Tofurky Trot 2016 Rose Bowl
  • 24 Turkey Trot Los Angeles 10k, 5k
  • 24 23rd Annual Thanksgiving Day Run & Food Drive 1 mile, 5k
  • 24 Turkey Trot 5k, 10k, 15k, Half Marathon
  • 24 XTERRA Topanga Turkey Trot 10 Mile, Trail
  • 26 Turkey Dash 5k, 10k, 15k, Half Marathon
  • 27 Giving Thanks 5k, 10k, 15k, Half Marathon

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RESULTS:

>> Pasadena Trail Half Marathon

  • Hector Mendoza 1.35.38 st in div, 3rd overall
  • Diana Rush 2:29:18 1st in div
  • Byron Melendy 2:41:08 1st in div

>> Pasadena Trail 10K

  • Steve Matsuda 1:26:21

>> Tooth Fairy 5K

  • Matt Adams 27.21 4th in div
  • Bruce Adams 27.21 4th

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PHOTOS:

>> P-22 Hike - Liberty Cyn

Oct 19, 2016 - Hike from Liberty Cyn to King Gillette Ranch, the beginning of a 4-day hike to Griffith Park to celebrate the journey of P-22.

https://justdo262.smugmug.com/NPS/P-22-Hike-Liberty-Cyn

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LOCALLY-SOURCED:

>> Runner Spotlight › Dee Dee “Turtle” Urquhart

“Runner Spotlight” is a permanent, ongoing part of MainlyMarathons.com. Each month, we hope to feature a new runner and share their stories with our Mainly Marathons family. If you would like to be featured or know of someone who should be, let us know! Please send an email to george@mainlymarathons.com with the subject “Runner Spotlight.” Thank you!

Dee Dee “Turtle” Urquhart

I recently asked very frequent flyer Dee Dee Urquhart if she would be interested in being a featured “Spotlight Runner.” She enthusiastically said yes, and here is her response in her own words:

http://mainlymarathons.com/runner-spotlight/current-spotlight/

>> Mountain lion P-22’s journey from Santa Monica Mountains retraced in hike

Its path started in the Santa Monica Mountains, where it was born. Fifty miles later, to the west in Griffith Park, P-22 traveled to find a new home.

The now famous mountain lion’s journey, across two busy freeways, and over days and days, has become the focus of scientists’ research, politicians’ attention, environmentalists’ protection, and now a retracing of the cat’s steps.

A group of environmentalists, scientists and local leaders kicked off a four-day wildlife hike on Wednesday.

Led by the National Wildlife Federation’s director, Beth Pratt-Bergstrom – who wore a mountain lion tracker collar and carried a life-size P-22 cutout – the group wanted to highlight “vital connections” still needed for wildlife and people to co-exist in the same region.

Biologists and environmental advocates have wanted a crossing for mountain lions and other wildlife at Liberty Canyon in the Santa Monica Mountains.

They say such a crossing is critical for the safety and longterm survival of such wildlife.

“We are doing something visionary here,” said Pratt-Bergstrom here, referring to the crossing, which she said could be the largest crossing of its kind in the nation.

http://www.dailynews.com/environment-and-nature/20161019/mountain-lion-p-22s-journey-from-santa-monica-mountains-retraced-in-hike

Follow the Journey - https://urbanwildlifeweek.funraise.org/#/pages/following-p-22%E2%80%99s-footsteps?_k=j5lfhy

>> P-22 Day and Urban Wildlife Festival

Saturday, October 22nd from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Free and Open to the Public

10:30 am to 11:00 am - Meet at the Old LA Zoo and join the hikers for the last ½ mile to the finish line in Griffith Park

11:00 am to 11:30 am - Festival Kick-off at stage with LA City Council declaring the official P-22 Day!

Don’t miss this fun community event celebrating LA’s resident and world famous mountain lion.

DJ DeVoux will be spinning tunes all day, joined by two amazing musical performances by Mariachi Tesoro de Rebecca Gonzales and Taiko Center of Los Angeles! You can pose with P-22 in a photobooth, try out a virtual reality experience of a wildlife crossing and the LA River, meet Ranger Rick, learn from experts on how to coexist with wildlife, view an urban wildlife garden installation, join in with the California Conservation Corps for a Bioblitz Dance, go on a ranger lead walk, take a workshop on how to set up a wildlife camera, listen to live music, enjoy delicious food, and discover many more exhibits and activities.

https://urbanwildlifeweek.funraise.org/#/pages/p-22-day?_k=9z1h3d

>> The Sound of our Griffith Park Mountain Lion: P-22 and the Mysteries of Puma Communication

What comes to mind when you imagine the call of P-22, L.A.'s famous urban mountain lion (Puma concolor)? Do you imagine a roar or violent hiss? If so, you are not alone because that is what people most often see and hear in the movies.

However, a recent video of P-22 vocalizing (first ever!) paints a different picture. The video supports recent cutting edge research suggesting that puma communication is more complex than we once thought. As we prepare to celebrate our beloved Griffith Park denizen on P-22 Day, the rare footage reminds us how much we still have to learn about mountain lions, including L.A.’s most famous mountain lion.

http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/sound-our-griffith-park-mountain-lion-p-22-and-mysteries-puma-communication

>> A Controversial Plan to Privatize Campgrounds & Trailheads

Last month, the Forest Service quietly released a plan to hand over management of 52 recreation sites throughout the Los Padres National Forest to a private, for-profit concessionaire. Fees would significantly increase at these sites as much as 300% with no increase in amenities. The plan – scheduled to be approved next week – would apply to popular campgrounds, day use areas, and some trailheads in Santa Barbara, Ventura, San Luis Obispo, and Monterey counties.

Very few people seemed to know about the plan until the Forest Service issued a press release last week announcing its intent to award a Special Use Permit to Parks Management Company to take over the operation and management of these sites. Forest officials prepared a two-page letter on September 2 announcing the plan to the public and inviting public comments by the end of the month, but failed to mail the letter to interested individuals and organizations. It was not listed in the agency’s quarterly listing of proposed actions. Nor did the agency issue a press release or make any other public announcement about the comment period.

As a result, very few members of the public actually knew about the proposal with far-reaching implications for public lands throughout our region. The Forest Service received very few public comments as a result. ForestWatch has requested copies of the comment letters the agency received during the comment period, and we are still awaiting the agency’s response.

http://lpfw.org/a-controversial-plan-to-privatize-campgrounds/

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DID YOU SEE THAT:

>> Agent: Daughter of Olympic Sprinter Tyson Gay Fatally Shot

The 15-year-old daughter of Olympic sprinter Tyson Gay was fatally shot in the neck, authorities and the athlete's agent said Sunday.

Trinity Gay died at the University of Kentucky Medical Center, the coroner's office for Fayette County said in a statement. The athlete's agent, Mark Wetmore, confirmed in a text message to The Associated Press that Gay's daughter had died.

Lexington police said in a statement that officers went to the parking lot of a restaurant near the University of Kentucky campus in Lexington about 4 a.m. Sunday after witnesses reported an exchange of gunfire between two vehicles. Officers located one of the vehicles and stopped two people for questioning, the statement added.

Police spokeswoman Brenna Angel said police don't believe Trinity Gay was in either of the vehicles involved.

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/former-olympic-athlete-tyson-gay-s-daughter-killed-shootout-n667256

>> A Chicago Tech Startup Hopes to Be the “Uber For Race Photos”

FlashFrame used amateur photographers at the Chicago Marathon to provide runners with a $6.99 photo option.

The headquarters of a Chicago-based tech startup trying to turn the race photography industry on its head are usually inside a tiny brick coffee shop on the north side of the city. Though sometimes, cofounder Griffin Kelly admits, the company is operating from his parents’ dining room table.

The company, called FlashFrame, is a small operation with big ambition. Started by three recent college grads—all competitive runners—it aims to provide cheap race photos while helping amateur photographers make some extra cash.

“The easiest way to describe it: it’s the Uber or Lyft for race photos,” Kelly said, inside the very coffee shop where the product has been developed. “We realized: Who wants to pay $30 for a profile picture?”

He is referencing the price of a single-image download on the biggest race photography company in the U.S., MarathonFoto. Kelly and his two colleagues, Nate Robinson, and Declan Murray—an elite runner for Ireland—noticed that most runners use their race photos on social media, exclusively. The trio has figured out a way to reduce that price point by 75 percent, offering race photos at $6.99 a download.

FlashFrame allows anyone with a camera to take pictures along a race route, then upload them to the website. The photos are run through an algorithm, which tracks the bib number of runners, as well as key items like shirt text and color.

http://www.runnersworld.com/chicago-marathon/a-chicago-tech-startup-hopes-to-be-the-uber-for-race-photos

>> This Guy Juggled the Entire Chicago Marathon Without a Drop

Michal Kapral ran 2:55, breaking the unofficial world record for the fastest “no-drop” marathon while juggling.

Michal Kapral tenderly reached down into a clear plastic bag to retrieve three soft juggling balls after finishing the Chicago Marathon on Sunday. As he pulled them out, one fell, hitting the ground with a soft pat. It was the first time the entire day one of the orbs had hit asphalt.

The 43-year-old had to chuckle as his sore legs bent to pick it up.

Earlier in the morning, over discarded water cups and perilous cracks in the road, past screaming spectators and distracting bands, Kapral juggled those three balls without dropping them once. He estimates that he executed more than 50,000 consecutive throws without making a mistake. This, while maintaining a 6:41 minutes-per-mile pace.

“It was the first time I have ever finished a marathon while juggling without dropping,” Kapral said while smiling. “It has kind of been a dream of mine.”

His finishing time of 2:55:25 broke the unofficial world record for fastest “no-drop” marathon while joggling—the small, yet competitive sport of running and juggling simultaneously. The achievement is not recognized by any official body, including Guinness, but is revered by the competitive joggling community.

http://www.runnersworld.com/chicago-marathon/this-guy-juggled-the-entire-chicago-marathon-without-a-drop

>> Ultrarunner on Pace to Break 36-year-old Trans-America Record

Pete Kostelnick is aiming to reach New York City by October 27.

Averaging more than 70 miles a day on America’s back roads, 29-year-old Pete Kostlenick is threatening to fell one of ultrarunning’s longest standing records—the fastest run across the country. The current mark was set by a running shoe salesman named Frank Giannino Jr. in 1980 at 46 days, 8 hours, and 36 minutes.

Kostelnick left San Francisco City Hall on September 12, aiming to complete roughly 3,000 miles to New York City on or before October 27. Now 32 days into his journey, he is nearly two-thirds of the way across the country, making his way east through central Illinois.

“He is very consistent,” Dean Hart, a member of Kostelnick’s crew, told Runner’s World by phone. “He obviously has the normal aches and pains that come with that kind of mileage, but some of these fresh ultramarathoners are coming and running all day with him and having to leave early because they can’t keep up with him. He keeps his groove and runs all day.”

Though Kostelnick is focused on the run and unavailable for comment, Hart said he aims to wake up before 3:30 a.m. to log up to 40 morning miles in around seven hours. He takes a break to eat breakfast before returning for another 30 to 32 miles, averaging about nine minutes per mile, in the afternoon and early evening, wrapping up the run by 5 p.m.

“Early in the morning he is grumpy getting up, but after a few miles he is Pete again,” Hart said. “He is pretty even keel all day.”

Kostelnick has already built an impressive ultrarunning resume. His most notable accomplishments include winning the 135-mile Badwater Ultramarathon in 2015 and 2016. He set the course record earlier this year, finishing in 21:56:26.

http://www.runnersworld.com/general-interest/ultrarunner-on-pace-to-break-36-year-old-trans-america-record

>> Sunday's 7 Bridges Marathon will be one woman's 96th marathon since Jan. 30

When crippling foot injuries put Karen Vollan in a wheelchair for a few months in 2010, the trajectory of her career as an endurance athlete changed.

The North Las Vegas resident was a repeat Ironman finisher and easily a sub-four hour marathon runner.

But she realized she might never be as fast as she had been before.

"But it turned out that quantity versus quality is a real thing," she said.

The 47-year-old retired English teacher is planning for Sunday's 7 Bridges Marathon in Chattanooga to be her 96th marathon or ultramarathon since Jan. 30, as she continues her quest to run 133 marathons in a year.

"I was hoping for 135, but I just can't seem to squeeze in any more races," Vollan said by phone from Fletcher, N.C., on Tuesday night. "I ran out of weekends."

http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/local/story/2016/oct/15/thousands-running-chattanoogas-7-bridges-mara/392223/

>> Portland Marathoners Upset by Race’s Response to Course Error

Organizers aren’t certain how many people missed a turn and ran too long.

Michele Arnold was running the Portland Marathon on October 9 with her two sisters and her dad, Gary, in celebration of his 70th birthday. In the back of her mind, Arnold was also hoping for a Boston Marathon qualifying time. At age 36, she needed to run faster than 3:40 to be eligible to apply to run Boston in 2018.

Her hopes were dashed in the first mile of the race—although she didn’t realize it at the time.

More than 8,000 people—divided into eight starting corrals—began the Portland Marathon and Half Marathon, according to event director Les Smith. But starting with the third corral (corral C), where Arnold ran with the 3:40 pace group, many runners went off course, adding a half mile to their total distance. Runners in later corrals also reported going too long.

The mistake occurred when runners missed a right turn onto Couch Street in Portland. They went for several more blocks before turning right and zig zagging back to the course. Days after the race, organizers are still not sure why the runners went off course, how many were affected, or if they all returned to the route in the same way.

Arnold, a physician from Piedmont, California, didn’t realize anything was wrong. Then she saw pacers having a quiet conversation and looking at their watches when they hit the three-mile mark. At about four miles, the pace increased from 8:20 per mile to closer to 8:00. At mile 15, she asked the pacers about the speed and they explained they thought they had led their group off course and were trying to make up time.

Arnold fell back. She didn’t realize she had run closer to 26.7 miles until her sister compared the route her Garmin showed she had taken to the course map.

What bothered Arnold and dozens of other runners was that the race was slow to acknowledge the error. When Arnold returned home, she kept checking her email to see an official statement from the race. Nothing ever came.

On social media, however, runners were complaining and newspapers and television stations were picking up the story.

Smith, in early interviews with local media and Runner’s World, downplayed the extent of the problem.

http://www.runnersworld.com/general-interest/portland-marathoners-upset-by-races-response-to-course-error

>> New App Brings More Emojis to a Runner’s Fingertips

The runmoji app reflects numerous runner situations, from running with friends to bloody nipples.

Runners waited patiently for a female runner emoji to be released this year for their phones, but no single trait—or emoji—defines each runner. Fleet Feet Sports wanted to solve that problem when it announced the release of runmoji, a new running-based emoji app.

The app features 28 realistic and humorous emojis developed with the running community’s day-to-day experiences—both good and bad—in mind.

“We (Fleet Feet Sports) are always looking for ways to inspire and encourage runners,” Ellen Donahue, director of marketing for Fleet Feet Sports, told Runner’s World by phone. Knowing there was certainly a lack of running-based emojis, Donahue said it was time to step up to the plate.

“We wanted to give runner’s a fun and encouraging way to communicate with each other,” she said.

http://www.runnersworld.com/general-interest/new-app-brings-more-emojis-to-a-runners-fingertips

>> 91-Year-Old Celebrates Successful Heart Surgery by Racing His Doc

Tony Taddeo’s surgeon challenged him to a 5K, and the lifelong runner had to accept.

Cardiac surgeon Dr. Michael Mack decided the best way to get his patient and avid runner, Tony Taddeo, back at it after his heart surgery was to challenge him to a 5K.

On Tuesday, Taddeo, 91, accepted—and completed—the challenge his doctor gave him nearly a year ago.

The original race was set for six weeks after Taddeo’s surgery in January. However, after months of light rehabbing and waiting out the Plano, Texas, heat to schedule their race, Taddeo and Mack raced along with 30 to 40 research coordinators, doctors, and nurses who were a part of Taddeo’s care team at The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano.

“Tony looked at me (at the first water stop) and said, ‘I’m having a runner’s high!’” Mack told Runner’s World.

http://www.runnersworld.com/general-interest/91-year-old-celebrates-successful-heart-surgery-by-racing-his-doc

>> At 85, Ed Whitlock Breaks Four Hours in the Marathon

The Canadian was the talk of Toronto on Sunday after the race, where he set an age group world record.

Wearing 15-year-old running shoes, Ed Whitlock raced through wind and rain on Sunday at the Toronto Marathon to break the men’s 85–89 age group world record by more than 30 minutes. His 3:56:33 shattered the previous mark of 4:34:55, set in 2004.

After crossing the finish line, Whitlock, 85, of Milton, Ontario, told Canadian Running he thought he went out too fast in the opening miles and went through a bad patch at 25K, but he forged on with heavy legs to break the four-hour barrier.

“I was thinking that this was going to be an absolute disaster,” he said. “I was well under four-hour pace at that point.”

This morning, Whitlock told CBC News on Monday that he actually came through a bit shy of his orginal goal of 3:50.

http://www.runnersworld.com/masters/at-85-ed-whitlock-breaks-four-hours-in-the-marathon

>> This 72-Year-Old’s Close Finish Was All About Outrunning a DNF

How Wally Hesseltine took on the Western States 100 in a harrowing, inspirational 30 hours.

Wally Hesseltine is in great spirits. The slender 72-year-old family and criminal defense attorney from Lafayette, California, sports a black diamond headlamp with a single halogen bulb, a two-bottle fuel belt and a white Team Diablo T-shirt, a tribute to his Bay Area trail running club. His round face wears a persistent, infectious smile.

Today marks his seventh Western States Endurance Run, the grueling and legendary 100-mile race that connects Squaw Valley and Auburn, California, via 18,000 feet of climbing in unforgiving gold rush country.

“The start is special, it feels like New Year’s Eve,” says John Trent, a Western States board member and former president of the organization. “People have been waiting for this moment for an entire year, they’ve trained like they’ve never trained before.”

More than 2,700 people apply for Western States each year, and a random drawing picks the lucky 369 entrants. That is a state-mandated number meant to preserve some of ultrarunning’s most hallowed ground. It’s been six years since Wally’s last Western States, and his triumphant return to the race has caught the eye of Australian-born filmmaker Alex Massey, who applied to Western States himself but lost the lottery.

“I was looking at the list of people that did get in, just being jealous, and I noticed that someone was 72 years old,” he says. “I just thought, ‘It’s tough running 100 miles no matter what, when you’re 72 that’s ridiculous’.”

If Massey couldn’t run the race himself, the opportunity to document a historic attempt at the 70-plus age-group record and simultaneously profile a runner with a seriously impressive resume was consolation enough. The 12-minute short that followed, Thirty Hours, named for the 30-hour time cut-off for competitors to finish the race. (Watch the video later in the story.) A finish of 30:00:01 isn’t technically a finish at all.

http://www.runnersworld.com/general-interest/this-72-year-olds-close-finish-was-all-about-outrunning-a-dnf

>> A Remarkable Masters Marathon Record, in the Most Painful Way Possible

Brian Pilcher, 60, runs 2:42:42 in Chicago, but he’s still questioning why he can’t pace himself better.

At the Chicago Marathon on October 9, Brian Pilcher, 60, struggled to finish. He had gone through almost 20 miles on pace to set a world record in his 60–64 age group before crashing from his hot pace. Feeling disoriented at times during the final 10K, Pilcher willed himself across the line and stopped his watch at 2:42:42.

He didn’t realize it at the time, but that mark, which USATF confirmed this week, is two seconds better than Clive Davies’s American 60–64 record of 2:42:44, set in 1979 at the Portland Marathon.

Pilcher’s goal at Chicago had been to set the world standard by bettering the 2:36:30 run by Japan’s Yoshihisa Hosaka in 2009. And while he missed, during Pilcher’s fast Chicago he set U.S. masters 60–64 records for the half marathon (1:16:54), 25K (1:31:49), and 30K (1:50:53). The latter two are also new world bests for the distances.

http://www.runnersworld.com/masters/a-remarkable-masters-marathon-record-in-the-most-painful-way-possible

>> Jordan Hasay Wins USATF 10 Mile Championships

Americans Sam Chelanga, Noah Droddy, Gwen Jorgensen, Emily Sisson, Aliphine Tuliamuk, and Jared Ward were also in action during a busy weekend of fall racing.

At the USATF 10 Mile Championships on Sunday in St. Paul, Minnesota, Jordan Hasay, 25, won the women’s race in 52:49. Hasay finished 12 seconds ahead of Aliphine Tuliamuk, who ran 53:01, and broke Tuliamuk’s three-race winning streak on the USA Running Circuit.

Hasay had been a disappointing ninth in the 10,000 meters and 13th at the 5,000 meters at the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials in July, but she seemed comfortable at the longer 10-mile distance on the roads. “I knew what I could do based on training,” she said in a statement after the race. “We were shooting for 52 minutes, to feel comfortable, and to get the bonus.”

The bonus referred to a $10,000 equalizer bonus offered at the race. The elite women got a head start of 5:43 over the elite men, and whoever broke the tape first took home the extra cash.

http://www.runnersworld.com/elite-runners/jordan-hasay-wins-usatf-10-mile-championships

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NOT RUNNING BUT...

>> The Mysterious Reason Tourists Keep Mailing Rocks Back To Hawaii

These are not the type of souvenirs you want to bring home.

When Alton Uyetake arrived at his desk at Hawaii’s Hilo Post Office on Wednesday, he found an envelope addressed only to the United States Postal Service in Hawaii. It was sent from Cleveland, Ohio but had no return address or name.

The envelope contained a note that read, “Please return to the beach,” along with a plastic bag filled with sand and sea shells.

Uyetake, the Hilo postmaster, has received many similar packages from tourists during his two decades-long career with the Postal Service. While most don’t contain anything other than sand, rocks or shells, some include specific requests.

“Tell Pele I’m so sorry,” read a Post-It note Uyetake received earlier in the year along with a container of black volcanic sand.

The items Uyetake receives, he says, are usually things that visitors took from Hawaii during a trip to the islands. He believes that visitors mail them back after learning from a friend or the internet of a superstition unofficially dubbed “Pele’s Curse.”

According to this superstition, Pele ― the Hawaiian goddess of volcanoes ― curses anyone who removes lava rocks from the islands with severe misfortune.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/peles-curse-lava-rocks-hawaii_us_5800337de4b05eff5582c5c7

>> Elderly Japanese Women Live in the World's Most Enchanting Retirement Home

Nestled among the trees in Shizuoka—a rural prefecture aptly nicknamed “Japan's Riviera”—is a tiny commune of curious cottages. Far from a campsite, these tent-like dwellings comprise Jikka, a charming retirement home designed by Toyko-based architect Issei Suma. The teepee-like design mimics the surrounding mountainous landscape while offering modern comforts inside—perfect for those who've spent their lives laboring, and are looking for more relaxation.

Jikka was initially created for two retirement-ready women in their 60s—one was a social worker and the other was a cook. Constructed of concrete and timber, the 100-square-meter site is equipped with a kitchen, dining area, shared bedroom, guest room, and bathroom. There's even a wheelchair-accessible, spiral-shaped pool for residents to relax in. In addition to accommodation, the complex also prepares and delivers meals to the senior population of the surrounding community.

Beautiful, functional, and charitable, Jikka is the perfect retirement retreat.

http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/issei-suma-jikka-retirement-home

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NEW BASIN BLUES NEWS...

>> Happening this week

  • 10/22 - Sat - 9:00AM - Adidas Store Run Santa Monica
  • 10/23 - Sun - 8:00 AM - Wildflower Park

>> Spring 2017 Trail Race

To promote camaraderie among the club we'd like to participate in a trail race out of town. The Muir Woods marathon/half marathon takes place in May and sells out quick. For more details or questions please contact Naomi.

Muir Woods Marathon/Half Marathon/7 Miler

Date: May 13

Location: Starts at Stinson Beach in Marin County

Early Registration: $60 marathon, $50 half, $40 7 mile

Limit: 300 participants

https://raceroster.com/events/2017/9078/2017-muir-woods-marathon-half-marathon-7-mile

>> Bell Jeff Team Winners

Your prize for winning the team division has arrived. The top 5 performers of each team division receives these cool light weight trail shoes from Skechers. Email Rene or Naomi to coordinate pickup.

Bell Jeff Top 5 Scorers

Men Women

Jared Yanet

Ismael Maggie

Francisco Audrey

Hector Caitlin

Raul Angela

>> Runner Shout Outs

Papi Hector went out and busted his butt on difficult half marathon in Pasadena last Sunday, placing third overall and 1st in his age division. Congrats Hector!

>> Gloria's Banana Bread Recipe

Gloria shared her banana bread recipe from this past Sunday's run at the Top of Reseda. It was so delicious and popular that a lot of people asked for the recipe. Gloria was kind enough to provide it, click on the link below to see it.

http://newbasinblues.org/nbb-assets/nbb-blog/index.php?controller=post&action=view&id_post=98

>> CLUB INFO

http://www.newbasinblues.org/

https://www.facebook.com/NewBasinBlues

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SATURDAY - OCT 22

>> From the SANTA MONICA MOUNTAIN GOATS:

OCT 22 Sullivan Ridge

I VOTED! (I farted too, but there's no sticker for that).

Saturday 10/22/2016 at 7:15am

1600 Capri Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90272

Free street parking. Meet at 7:15am.

We start after a few announcements and trail directions at 7:30am.

Dogs on leash permitted. Mountain bikes permitted. Hikers and joggers please stay to your right in order to allow bikes pass on your left.

This is a paved road for 2.4 miles, then it becomes a dirt fire road. If you make it to the giant tree in the middle of the dirt road, you've gone about 3.75 miles. It's 6 miles from the start to the intersection of dirt Mulholland, you don't have to go that far, but if you do, that makes a great 12 mile total day. Everyone goes at their own pace for 60 minutes, then turn around at 8:30am and come back to the starting area. Be sure to thank Beverli for providing the refreshments afterwards!

The problem with political jokes is they keep getting elected.

A-Force

>> From the LA ROADRUNNERS:

Saturday mornings - Run starts at Windward Ave & Ocean Front Walk at 7:00

Park at Westminster Elementary School in Venice, 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

>> From the LA LEGGERS:

1450 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401

>> From the SANTA CLARITA RUNNERS:

LoweBucks Run 7am – 9am

26415 Bouquet Canyon Rd Santa Clarita, CA

Saturday run at Lowes parking lot. 10 miles with various marked shorter routes. Coffee afterwards at Starbucks.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/26415+Bouquet+Canyon+Rd,+Santa+Clarita,+CA+91350/@34.4266036,-118.5404349,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x80c28773c21cc6e5:0x706ff97546428b08?hl=en

>> From RUNNERGY:

"Beachwood Stairs" Run4Fun - Join us Every Saturday at 7:30am

We will have the Runnergy canopy set up by the lake entrance. We will assist runners with running form and training advice. So come join us for multiple run options. Run below the Hollywood Sign, Beachwood Stairs or for beginners, a run around the Lake. Great group for running/ training together

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SUNDAY - OCT 23

>> From the NEW BASIN BLUES:

10/23 - Sun - 8:00 AM - Wildflower Park

Sunday's run will be led by board member Jennifer Sunahara. The run is in Thousand Oaks, which is a little further than usual, so we will start at 8am to allow enough time to get there. We will run in scenic Wildwood Park. Walkers can take the Mesa trail to Lizard Rock and back for 4 miles. Runners will descend into the canyon past the painted caves, waterfall, teepee and through a lush oak forest for a 6 mile run.

Also joining us will be The Thousand Oaks Pacers and Altra Shoe Rep with demo shoes.

Meetup Map - http://newbasinblues.org/runs/meetup-maps/meetup-map-wildflowerpark.JPG

http://newbasinblues.org/nbb-assets/nbb-runs/index.php?controller=post&action=view&id_post=48

>> From the TRAIL RUNNERS CLUB:

Oct 23 Strawberry Peak Circuit 7:00 15.5 miles

The Trail Runners are a congenial group of varied abilities who run different courses in the Santa Monica Mountains every Sunday. The routes are on fire road and single-track trails varying from 9-14 miles, and are pre-marked for each run. Schedule and course descriptions can be found at www.trailrunnersclub.com . Written descriptions of many of the courses can be found in 50 Trail Runs in Southern California, written by club members. For further info, call 310-379-1068 of email us at info@trailrunnersclub.com. You have a lot to gain, and not much to lose by giving it a try.

>> From the SANTA CLARITA RUNNERS:

6:30 am 12 Miles

Granary Square - Ralph's Parking Lot. McBean/Arroyo Park Dr

Marathon training for the 2016 Santa Clarita Marathon. Please, bring $1 to help Rawlings to place water and Gatorate on key points or $10 for the whole session. Join us for coffee afterwards. For more information about SCR, please visit SCRunners.org

>> From the LA RUNNING CLUB:

Every Sunday – Totem Pole – 7:00 am: San Vicente and Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica

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Tread lightly,

Steve

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