Steve Matsuda's Runners Report

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



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

>> SUNDAY - FEB 26

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




March 2017

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



>> Marti Gras 5K

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

>> Palm Desert Half

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

>> Beach Blast 5k

  • Rosa Melendez 21:24 1st female overall

>> Valentine's Day 5k

  • Rosa Melendez 22:31 1st female overall

>> Seaside Marathon

  • Michelle Krok 3.59.58 1st female overall

>> Seaside Half

  • Caroline Shahin 2.37.34



>> From Keith:

My Polar Adventure - A Long, Strange Trip

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




Date: Saturday, April 1, 2017

Time: 6:00PM

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

Price: $60 per person


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

>> From Cyndi of the UltraLadies:


Welcome Ultra Ladies 2017 UltraLadies and UltraLadies’Men,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Look at these awesome benefits:

• Follow a proven training plan for the 50K

• Weekly training with the UltraLadies

• Ultra Ladies technical running shirt

• 25% off all for 2017 (value up to $95)

~ Ahmanson 12k – April 15th

~ Valley Crest ½ Marathon – June 11th

~ Bulldog 25K/50K – August 26th

~ Rocky Peak 30K/50K – October 14th

• Ultra Running 101 clinics taught by experienced ultra runners

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

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

• Camaraderie with other UltraLadies and Ladies’Men

• Confidence building and experience with hands on coaching

• UltraLadies Facebook page

• Forum on our website (coming soon)

• Pacer and Crew connections

• Coaches during all training events

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sat - Feb 25, 2017

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

Los Angeles, CA 90052

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

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

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

>> From the Placerita Canyon Nature Center

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

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

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

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

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

The victim’s name was not released.

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

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

>> Wildwood: victim of popularity?

Wildwood Regional Park is being loved to death.

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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



>> Massive Rubber Band Tangles Up Runner

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

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

But a giant rubber band flung from the heavens?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

>> Runner’s World 2017 Spring Shoe Guide

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

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

>> Relay Team Breaks Indoor Track World Record

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

>> Dozens of Spikes Deliberately Placed on Trail

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

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

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

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

>> 7 Memorable Shoe Snafus in Races

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

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

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

Here’s a rundown of other notable shoe snafus.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



>> Happening This Week

Sun 2/26 - CHANGE! Top of Reseda

>> Featured News

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

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

Brea 8K Update

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

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


OPEN: Naomi, Levine & Lubos

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

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

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

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

Questions or interested in joining a team, please contact Naomi -

More info about the race located at

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




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

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

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

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

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


Burnley 0-1 Lincoln City

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

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

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

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

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

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


>> From March 2016


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


>> From Rosa:

Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise

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

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

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





Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 7:15am

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

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

More info about this course is here:

6175 County Oak Road, Woodland Hills, CA 91367

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

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



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

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

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

>> From the LA LEGGERS:

1450 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401

Sat Feb 25 Full 20 miles / Half 13 miles

6:15 am walkers / 6:45 am runners

Route: VA to Jib Street

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

Boston Bound 6:45 am - 20 miles

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

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


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



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

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

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

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

Santa Monica mountains trail council website






>> From the NEW BASIN BLUES:

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


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

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

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

Link Google maps for the La Jolla Valley/Ray Miller parking along PCH:

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.


6:30am 24 miles

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

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

>> 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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