Steve Matsuda's Runners Report

  • 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



  • 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



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



>> 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



>> 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.”

>> 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...

>> 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!

>> From the LA Marathon

Price Increases on Tuesday

>> 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

>> 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.

>> 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


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’


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’


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’


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



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’


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'


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’


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




>> 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.’”

>> 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:

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Live GPS Tracking of Pete (know exactly where he is, and his route):

Pete's Website:

>> 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.

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

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

>> 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.

>> 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, 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.

>> 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.

>> 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.

>> Running While Female


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.

>> 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.

>> 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.

>> 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.

>> 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.



>> 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.



>> 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.

>> 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





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.


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.



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


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:

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


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 . 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 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

>> 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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