Steve Matsuda's Runners Report


  • 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



  • 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



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



>> 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



>> From Trail Run Events:


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!


>> 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.


>> 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.


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.

>> 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.




>> 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.


>> 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.


>> 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.


>> 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.


>> 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.”


>> 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.


>> 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.


>> 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:


>> 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.”


>> 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.


>> 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.


>> 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.




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


>> Patti Smith Sarah McLachlan - Because The Night

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


>> British Animal Voiceovers




>> 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








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.



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


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:

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


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 . 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.


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

>> 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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