Steve Matsuda's Runners Report

  • RACE RESULTS: SD Half; Backbone; Success; Pasadena
  • LA MARATHON: Race Coverage; Expo; Pick Up Zone; Driving to Stadium; Security Checkpoints; Nursing Moms; Charity Suites; Aid Stations; Running Pace; Entertainment Cheer Zones; Relay; Gear Check; Finish Line Festival; Beer Garden; LARR Cheer Stations; NBB Cheering Spot
  • LOCALLY-SOURCED: Leimert Park Selfie; Hiking LA Hills; Beyond the Boots
  • DID YOU SEE THAT: Whitlock Dies; Fast Female at 65; Wedding Weight Gain; Seattle Self-Defense; No Adjustment for Boston; Lap-Counting Snafu; 6 Easy Crew Steps; Better than Biking
  • NEW BASIN BLUES: This Week; LAM Cheer; Board Members; Pics
  • NOT RUNNING BUT: New Lyme Disease



  • SANTA MONICA MOUNTAIN GOATS - Fryman Canyon - 7:15
  • LA ROADRUNNERS - 15-20 min + 4x strides - on your own
  • LA LEGGERS - 1450 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica for 1 mile - 7:00/6:45
  • SANTA CLARITA RUNNERS - Santa Clarita for up to 10 miles - 7:00
  • Rockin' Shamrock 5k, 10k, 15k, Half Marathon
  • Cheetah Runners St. Patrick's Day 5k
  • LA BIG 5K


  • NEW BASIN BLUES - LA Marathon Cheering Spot between Mile 22 2 3- 7:00
  • TRAIL RUNNERS CLUB - Leo Carrillo Beach to Nicholas Flat for 8 or more miles - 7:00
  • ADHD 5K Hero Walk/Run
  • Spring Into Fitness Walk/Run 5k
  • LA Marathon



March 2017

  • 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



>> San Diego Half

  • James McGuire 1.31.08 4th in div

>> Backbone Trail 68M

  • Adam Talan 16.33.57 2nd in div
  • Ken Lewis 18.20.59
  • Mellisa Ireland 19.11.13

>> Run for Success 5K

  • Gary Deitsch 29.15 2nd in div
  • Barbara Deitsch 54.12

>> Pasadena 5K

  • Josue Diaz 20.35 3rd in div, 3rd overall


>> From the New Basin Blues:

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>> Excerpts from the LA Marathon Final Race Instructions


  • KTLA5 in Los Angeles will provide live television coverage of the Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon beginning at 6:00 am PDT.
  • WGN America will provide national live television coverage of the Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon beginning at 7:00 am PDT.
  • will also provide live online streaming of the Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon broadcast beginning at 7:00 am PDT.


The Health Fitness Expo hosts over 130 exhibitors featuring brand-new designs in running gear and shoes, as well as the latest developments in sports, fitness, and nutrition.

LOCATION Los Angeles Convention Center, West Hall, 1201 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015


Friday, March 17: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm

Saturday, March 18: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm


Convention center parking is available for $25 (rate set by LACC). Additional offsite parking is available at LA Live and in parking lots surrounding the convention center.


This year, the City of Santa Monica will be providing a designated runner pickup area to allow family members and App-based ride hailing services (e.g. Uber Lyft) to conveniently pick up runners after the Marathon without the need to park. The runner pick-up zone will be along the East side of 5th Street between Broadway and Wilshire Blvd. To access this area, take I-10 West and exit 5th Street. Continue past Colorado Ave and Broadway. Three blocks of loading zone will be provided on the right-hand side of the street. To return to the freeway, turn right at Santa Monica Blvd, Arizona Ave, or Wilshire Blvd and then right at Lincoln Blvd.


Vehicle access to Dodger Stadium is ONLY permitted through the Golden State Gate (1850 Academy Rd, Los Angeles, CA), accessible via I-5. All other Dodger Stadium parking gates will be closed to vehicular traffic.

DROP-OFF If you are getting dropped off at Dodger Stadium, you must enter through the Golden State Gate, accessible via I-5. Use the LEFT lanes leading into the Golden State Gate and proceed to the Runner Drop-Off Area in Parking Lot 4.

PARKING If you are parking at Dodger Stadium, you must enter through the Golden State Gate, accessible via I-5. Use the RIGHT lanes leading into the Golden State Gate and proceed to the Runner Parking Area in Parking Lot 3.




Participants who park their cars or get dropped off at Dodger Stadium will be required to access the Start Line at Dodger Stadium through one of three Security Checkpoints. All participants are subject to search and all bags will be screened by security personnel. Participants must use the clear plastic event-issued Participant Bag for carried gear. Non-transparent bags, backpacks, or suitcases will not be accepted at UPS Gear Check under any circumstances.

Participants who are riding a shuttle to Dodger Stadium (Santa Monica, Union Station, and Downtown LA Hotels) will be required to go through a security checkpoint screening prior to boarding their shuttle. Participants will NOT have to go through a second security check at Dodger Stadium.


If you are nursing or pumping we have made accommodations for you to have private space at the start line, as well as at half way point along the course. If you need this accommodation, please visit the information booth at the expo or email for detailed information.


Charity Runners with “Charity Suites” designation on their race bib can access their Charity Suite on the Club Level of Dodger Stadium. Runners should make their way past the Right Field Pavilion toward Parking Lot J to access the stairways that lead to the Club Level. Runners must show their bib designation to enter the Club Level.


There are 22 Aid Stations located across the course at approximately every mile from Mile 2 – Mile 25. All Aid Stations will feature both Water and Gatorade Endurance Formula (Lemon Lime). At all Aid Stations, electrolyte tables will be positioned first followed by water. Participants are advised to continue moving through an Aid Station if the first tables are crowded in order to conveniently obtain fluids.


The Marathon course will be closed to vehicular traffic during the event for 6hours, 30 minutes after the last runner has crossed the start line. Participants that maintain a 15:00 minute per mile pace will complete the race under the finish line structure with streets closed. Participants keeping a pace slower than 15:00 minutes per mile should be aware that the course will reopen to vehicular traffic on a rolling basis. At this point, participants who wish to continue must leave the roadway, run on the sidewalk and assume the role of a pedestrian obeying all traffic laws and signals.

Late Water Stations will be available at miles 15, 17, 19, 23 for participants who proceed at a pace more than 15:00 per mile. Sufficient Finish Line personnel will remain on duty until 2:30 pm (6:30 finish time) to record times for runners, hand out medals and to provide medical assistance and refreshments. Those finishing after 6 hours, 30 minutes will be required to finish the Marathon in Palisades Park, adjacent to the Finish Line.


More than 100 cheering stations and bands will line the course to support, motivate, and entertain the runners and spectators alike.


Charity Relay runners will be issued bibs in the 90,000 range. Relay partners are assigned corresponding race bibs. For example, partner #1 will be issued bib# 90,500 while partner #2 will be issued bib# 91,500. The last three digits of the bib# must match. If you and your partner’s bib numbers do not match as presented above, please visit the Solutions desk at the Expo. The order in which the bibs are used does not matter if the partners have corresponding bibs (Leg 1 runner can have bib 91,500 – does not have to be 90,500). Do not switch bib numbers.


Participants that check gear at Dodger Stadium prior to the race will be able to retrieve their gear at UPS Gear Check located in the Runner Secured Finish Zone on Ocean Ave north of Arizona Ave. Gear Check not collected by 2:30 pm when the Finish Line closes will be transported back to the Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon office. Participants can call the office to collect gear the week after the race (213-542-3000).


The final approach to the Finish Line on Ocean Ave south of Washington Ave will be closed to all spectators and non-credentialed public. Runners in their final approach must CLEARLY display their bibs on the front of their body. Any runners that do not have a race bib, “bandits”, will be immediately pulled off-course prior to crossing the Finish Line.

Please do not attempt to cross the Finish Line with friends, family (including children), or “pacers” as they will be immediately pulled off-course by security personnel.


The Finish Festival is home to the Angel City Brewery Beer Garden, Clif Bar live stream of the Finish Line, food trucks, live music and other fun entertainment and giveaways! The Finish Festival is located at the intersection of 2nd Street and Santa Monica Blvd and is open from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. Once runners exit the Runner Secured Finish Zone, they should make a left and head east on Santa Monica Blvd toward the Finish Festival.


All runners and spectators 21 years of age and older are eligible to receive one complimentary beer (wristband or ID required) and additional beers for purchase! Celebrate at the Angel City Brewery Beer Garden (open from 10:00 am – 2:30 pm) located within the Finish Festival. Participants and spectators of legal age can pick up their complimentary beer garden wristband at the Health Fitness Expo at the Beer Garden counter adjacent to the Information counters (ID required). Participants can also pick up a wristband at the Beer

Garden on race day (ID required).

>> From the LA Roadrunners:

LARR Cheer Stations

We would like to invite your family and friends to come join us and CHEER for our LARR family at the Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon.


LARR will have TWO CHEER STATIONS along the marathon course.

  • o Location one: Mile 17 – Rodeo Wilshire Blvd. § Evolution Physical Therapy will be on site
  • o Location two: Mile 22 –Gorham San Vicente Blvd. by the Whole Foods in Brentwood.

Each location will be supported by LARR athletes and will include “Cow Bells” for spectators, HOT SHOT, Cliff Bars, GU, Shot blocks, Pretzels, etc. (cold towels if a hot day).

>> From the New Basin Blues:

NBB - LA Marathon Cheering Spot

It is an NBB tradition to go cheer for our friends running the LA Marathon. Our usual cheering spot is on the corner of San Vicente Blvd and Gretna Green Way, between mile 22 and 23 of the marathon course.

Get there early to find parking. Street parking only, please read the signs carefully.

Race starts at 7am, the pros will should be passing mile 23 by near 9am so plan your arrival accordingly

Bring your cowbells and lots of love.

NBB LA Marathon Meetup map



>> Selfie of white joggers in African American neighborhood sets off debate, and quest for understanding

It was the selfie that set Leimert Park talking.

There was DeMille Halliburton, his arm outstretched in the foreground, shooting a photo of the Saturday running group the African American entertainment industry insurer has long organized.

Behind him stood eight white neighbors, smiling under a sunny sky, a few holding on to their dogs’ leashes. Tucked in the very back were two black runners.

The photo Halliburton uploaded that day in October set off a storm of debate in Leimert Park, a middle-class, traditionally African American neighborhood.

The photo generated numerous comments on social media, with many expressing concerns about what they saw as the neighborhood’s changing demographics. For some blacks, the photo was a symbol of how they were losing clout in the neighborhood amid rising home values.

>> Hiking is the star of hills in Los Angeles

As the Oscars approach on Feb. 26, we check out a variety of trails that rise above and away from the glitz and glam of the City of Angels to provide heavenly views.

“L.A. is a great big freeway,” as Dionne Warwick famously sang. Except when it isn’t. You will, of course, find vast endless roads and expressways choked with traffic in Los Angeles, but you’ll also find parkland — sprawling, picturesque green spaces with magnificent views, meant to be enjoyed in sensible shoes.

Loews, my hotel in Hollywood, is right next to the TCL Chinese Theatre — formerly Grauman’s — on the Walk of Fame, where people dressed up as movie stars and superheroes pose for pictures with tourists. My room, though, looks out over the Hollywood Hills, where mansions stud the slopes and the Hollywood sign glows in the morning sunlight, somehow smaller than you may imagine, but still visible from nearly everywhere.

I’ve had a hectic six months of travel, eating rich food and being driven everywhere, so I’ve come to Los Angeles to get fit and healthy, and after an acai bowl for breakfast in the hotel restaurant, my first hike begins in a parking lot in Bronson Canyon-Griffith Park. On a cloudless morning, the trail is full of prosperous-looking Angelenos, jogging or walking their many dogs.

>> Malibu: Beyond the Boots

There are more ways than one to tackle the 500+ miles of trails in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. Opportunities abound for those who want to pedal, ride and climb.

“There are wild places within the greater Los Angeles area and we encourage people to come out and enjoy them,” Zachary Behrens, senior communications fellow for the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA), said. The trails that access these wild places are often open to more than just hikers — bikers, equestrians and climbers are also welcome to explore much of this backcountry. In fact, the terrain in the Santa Monica Mountains, including the myriad fire roads, rock formations and cliffs, and stunning ridge trails is ideal for those who want to try new outdoor pursuits. Here are some tips and suggestions, plus some rules of the road.



>> Masters Marathon Legend Ed Whitlock Dies at 86

The Canadian, who broke 3:00 in the marathon in his 70s and 4:00 at age 85, succumbed to prostate cancer.

Ed Whitlock, the Canadian runner who rewrote the 70+ record books and forever altered conceptions of human endurance performance in older age, died on Monday in Toronto, not far from his home in Milton, Ontario. Whitlock was 86. A statement released by family listed the cause of death as prostate cancer.

In 2003, at 72, Whitlock became the first person 70 or older to break 3:00 in the marathon, with a 2:59:10 at the Toronto Waterfront Marathon. A year later, at 73, he lowered that 70+ best to 2:54:49. Over the ensuing years, Whitlock set age-group marks in the 70+, 75+, 80+, and 85+ age groups at distances from 1500 meters up through the marathon. Just last October, at 85, he ran 3:56:33 at the Toronto Marathon, becoming the first in his age group to break 4:00 and taking 28 minutes off the previous 85+ record.

Whitlock was renown for his modesty and simplicity. He once told Running Times, “I never know what to say to people who say, ‘You’re an inspiration.’ What do you say to that? I'm not an inspiring person at all.” The legions of runners who cheered his every race argued otherwise.

>> Kathryn Martin Runs Blazing Fast Mile at Age 65

Although she forgot her suitcase with her spikes and gear, the masters champion set a world best.

American and world records don’t come easily for Kathryn Martin, but anyone would be excused for thinking otherwise. On March 2, on the indoor track at the Armory in New York, Martin sped to a 5:51.74 mile, the fastest ever run by a woman age 65 or over, indoors or out.

Two weeks before the Armory mile, at the U.S. masters indoor championships in mile-high Albuquerque, New Mexico, Martin lowered the world indoor 65–69 standard to 6:01.46. She also set the global 800-meter record during the meet with a 2:44.35 and won at 3,000 meters in 11:53.52.

>> The Healthy Reasons Why Emma Coburn Plans to Gain Weight for Her Wedding

All runners experience natural changes in their physiques throughout the year. This Olympian will welcome a few more pounds on her big day.

Emma Coburn, the 2016 Olympic bronze medalist in the steeplechase, is the picture of athleticism anybody would expect from a world-class runner—chiseled, muscular, and fit.

But the images of Coburn, 26, that appear in media like the 2016 ESPN Body Issue aren’t exactly what she hopes to look like at her wedding in October, she first told People magazine last week, then explained further to Runner’s World on Sunday.

Like all runners, when she’s in peak season and the training intensity is high, Coburn naturally loses weight and becomes very lean. It’s not a process she’s focused on—it just happens by running many miles, lifting, and cranking up speed workouts. In fact, she rarely relies on a scale for feedback. She planned her wedding day to fall during her running break, when she says she’ll fill out the dress a little more and feel free to indulge in whatever food and drinks she craves.

>> Seattle Runner Attacked Midrun Fought Like Hell to Defeat Her Offender

Kelly Herron used self-defense techniques she’d learned just three weeks earlier.

“Not today, motherf***er.”

Kelly Herron, a 36-year-old Seattle runner attacked in a public restroom last week, repeated that battle cry while fighting—and ultimately defeating—her offender.

Herron was four miles into a 10-mile marathon training run in popular Golden Gardens Park on Sunday, March 5, when she paused for a bathroom break. As she was drying her hands, she realized something was off. She turned to see a man who had been hiding in one of the stalls.

>> Boston Marathon Won’t Accept Adjusted Times From Woodlands Marathoners

A course error left runners short of 26.2 miles, leaving them unable to submit their times to qualify for Boston.

After runners were misdirected at the Woodlands Marathon in Texas on March 4, Race Director Willie Fowlkes has confirmed that anyone who wanted to use their time to qualify for the 2018 Boston Marathon will not be able to.

Race management posted a statement to their Facebook page on March 9:

“Regretfully, runners for The Woodlands Marathon 2017 event will not be eligible to qualify and enter registration for the 2018 Boston Marathon,” Fowlkes said. “It is extremely disappointing that The Woodlands Marathon will not be represented for the 2018 event.”

He goes on to say that runners who would have qualified will receive a discounted entry to next year’s race if they contact the organization before May 1.

>> Lap-Counting Snafu Mars End of Championship Race

Here’s why it pays to listen to your coach.

If college runners can learn anything from the finals of the men’s 3,000 meters at the 2017 U Sports Track and Field Indoor Championships, it’s this: Always listen to your coach.

That’s what propelled Antoine Thibeault of Laval University to first place in the event during the Canadian university championship meet in Edmonton, Alberta, on Friday. The victory came after some confusion when the University of Guelph’s Connor Black and Western University’s Jack Sheffar went into their final kick 200 meters too early, believing the race was almost over, Canadian Running first reported. (Skip to 3:25 in the video to see what they thought was the last lap. The commentators were also thrown off.)

>> How to Crew an Ultramarathon in 6 Easy Steps

Supporting a runner who might be racing for two days straight takes patience and attention to detail.

When Rob Krar asked me to be a member of his crew for his first 100-mile race at the 2013 Western States Endurance Run, I didn’t even think about it. I have a college degree, how hard could this possibly be? Never mind that I had yet to attend any event longer than 26.2 miles, I was in. See you in Squaw, as they say (in reference to the starting line in Squaw Valley, California).

But what I didn’t account for is that supporting somebody running 100 miles requires driving 250 miles on remote dirt roads to far-flung aid stations where GPS and cell phones don’t work, when it’s 105 degrees outside and the car’s air conditioning goes kaput halfway through. It’s lugging heavy coolers and chairs two miles down a canyon, waiting hours in places that feel like the surface of the sun so you can enthusiastically greet your uncommunicative athlete for approximately 90 seconds, then dragging all that gear back up to the car, only to pack and unpack it five more times before the finish.

>> 37 Reasons Running Is SO Much Better Than Bicycling

Never mind what our colleagues at that bicycling magazine say, here’s why running is the real best sport.

Our colleagues over at Riding Around on a Bicycle magazine recently tossed a jab at the world’s best sport with a little article called 7 Reasons Why Cycling is Better Than Running.

We took a look, and their arguments don’t seem to hold a lot of water. They basically boil down to admitting runners are tougher, enjoying the ability to coast, and thinking those silly outfits look good (please!)

Of course, there are a lot more than seven reasons why running is actually better. Here are just a few:



>> Happening This Week

Sun 3/19 - LA Marathon Run and Cheer

>> Featured News

On Sunday 3/19 join us for an NBB tradition - LA Marathon run and cheer. We'll meet at 7am for the run and then hang out and cheer on the marathoners. See the website for details. Best of luck to all New Basin Blues members, family and friends running on Sunday: Todd, Chris, Lubos, Michelle, Paul, Lauren, Levine, Megan, Claude and Toby - apologies to anyone missed.

What to bring:

running clothes and shoes, your New Basin Blues shirt/jersey, snacks and water - to share if you wish, your coffee mug, lawn chair, costumes, signs and spirit gear! your smile and best cheer!

>> Board Members Needed

This June, New Basin Blues will elect the board members for the next board term. If you've ever said something starting with "The club should...", being on the Board or a committee is an opportunity to make that happen. If you are interested in being on the Board, please email Caryn and Tim Panec.

If you want more information about what being on the board entails, talk to a current or former board member. Current board members are Amir, Todd, Alex, Jen and Tim.

>> PICS - Paramount Ranch




>> Beyond Lyme: New Tick-Borne Diseases On The Rise In U.S.

It all started in the shower. Tucker Lane looked down, and there they were.

"Two ticks, on my right hip, directly next to each other," he says.

At the time, Lane didn't think much about it. He grew up on Cape Cod. Ticks are everywhere there in the summer. "Just another tick bite. Not a big deal," he thought.

That was June. In September, everything changed.




Los Angeles, This Is Your Backyard!

Saturday, March 18, 2017 at Fryman Canyon, 7:15am

You can hike, jog, or sprint, we don't care, it's not a race, we don't judge, you're not too skinny or too fat, and it doesn't cost anything, so there are no excuses.

3431 Fryman Road, Studio City, CA

Free parking but get there early because the small lot fills up quickly. Otherwise you'll need to struggle with finding limited street parking in the surrounding neighborhoods.

This trail is dog friendly for responsible owners who use leashes and doggie bags.

Meet in the lot at 7:15am, there's usually a few announcements and trail directions are discussed (although not always agreed upon). We start promptly at 7:30am. Everyone goes as fast or as slow as they want for 60 minutes (or more, or less, whatever you'd like). At 8:30am, simply turn around and return to the parking lot where everyone will finish by 9:30am and you'll enjoy free refreshments courtesy of Regina and Marc.

Please leave the trail cleaner than you found it (set a good example for others by picking up trash along the way even if it isn't yours), and be sure to thank Regina and Marc for bringing drinks.

HAPPY BAAAAH-THDAYS!! Peter N (3/13) and Sydney R (3/18)

Go outside. Now.



WEEK 26 MILEAGE - On Your Own

BEGINNER: 15 min aerobic run + 4 x strides INTERMEDIATE:15 min aerobic run + 4 x strides ADVANCED:20 min easy + 4 x strides

>> From the LA LEGGERS:

1450 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401

Sat Mar 18 - 1 mile

7 am: Get Pumped! - with Olympian Alysia Montano

After the talk: run or walk

Route: Special Route to California

Boston Bound 6:45 am - 1 mile

THIS IS IT!!!!! Come get last minute info, bring things to put in the bins you want to meet you at our support stations, get your back bibs, and be inspired by Olympian Alysia Montano! We’ll do 1 mile after the talk as a club, no pace groups, no mentors – just run or walk, repeating the route we did for the new member orientations.



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



>> From the NEW BASIN BLUES:

NBB - LA Marathon Cheering Spot

It is an NBB tradition to go cheer for our friends running the LA Marathon. Our usual cheering spot is on the corner of San Vicente Blvd and Gretna Green Way, between mile 22 and 23 of the marathon course.

Get there early to find parking. Street parking only, please read the signs carefully.

Race starts at 7am, the pros will should be passing mile 23 by near 9am so plan your arrival accordingly

Bring your cowbells and lots of love.

NBB LA Marathon Meetup map


Mar 19 Leo Carrillo Beach to Nicholas Flat 7:00 8 or more 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.


LA Marathon


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