Steve Matsuda's Runners Report

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



  • 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
  • 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



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



>> 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



>> 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.



>> Runner Spotlight › Dee Dee “Turtle” Urquhart

“Runner Spotlight” is a permanent, ongoing part of 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 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:

>> 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.

Follow the Journey -

>> 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.

>> 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.

>> 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.



>> 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.

>> 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.

>> 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.

>> 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.

>> 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."

>> 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.

>> 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.

>> 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.

>> 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.

>> 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.

>> 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.

>> 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.



>> 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.

>> 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.



>> 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

>> 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.





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!

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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


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.,+Santa+Clarita,+CA+91350/@34.4266036,-118.5404349,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x80c28773c21cc6e5:0x706ff97546428b08?hl=en


"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



>> 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.

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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 . 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 You have a lot to gain, and not much to lose by giving it a try.


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

>> From the LA RUNNING CLUB:

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


Tread lightly,


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