Steve Matsuda's Runners Report


  • RESULTS: PCRF; Equinox; Nine Trails
  • WEEKEND RACES: Operation Restart; Great Race; Alemany Color Run; Old Goats; ROCK INTO SPRING; The Outstanding; Coaster Run
  • DID YOU SEE THAT: 4x Boston; Marathon Kidneys; Earth-shattering HIIT; Competing at 101; Silver Upgrades; Brenda's Camp; Indoor Records; Running Suit; Bandits Busted; Good Sams at Half; Lost Pounds on Trail; Do Runners Need 10K Steps
  • NEW BASIN BLUES: This Week; Pics from HBB & Cheseboro
  • NOT RUNNING BUT: Premier Brexit Protection



  • SANTA MONICA MOUNTAIN GOATS - Sullivan Canyon - 7:15
  • SANTA CLARITA RUNNERS - Santa Clarita for up to 10 miles - 7:00
  • LA RUNNING CLUB - Totem Pole in Santa Monica - 7:00
  • Operation Restart Half Marathon, 5k/10k and All Patriots Mile
  • Dole Great Race: Road Half, Trail Half, Team Marathon, 10K, 5K
  • Bishop Alemany Color Run 5K
  • Old Goats 50KM / 50M -


  • NEW BASIN BLUES - China Flats Loop - 8:00
  • TRAIL RUNNERS CLUB - Chumash to Hell Hill for 15 miles - 7:00
  • SANTA CLARITA RUNNERS - Granary Square for 10 miles - 6:30
  • LA RUNNING CLUB - Totem Pole in Santa Monica - 7:00
  • ROCK INTO SPRING (SPRING 7 DAY 7) 10k, 5k, Half Marathon, Marathon
  • The Outstanding 5k, 10k, 15k, Half Marathon
  • Coaster Run at Six Flags Magic Mountain 5/10K



April 2017

  • 08 2017 Hollywood Half Marathon & 5k / 10k
  • 08 World Health Day 5k, 10k, 15k and Half Marathon
  • 08 Santa Anita Derby Day 5k
  • 08 Bunny Dash 5k, 10k, 15k, Half Marathon
  • 08 Oriflamme 50KM -
  • 15 Ahmanson 12K Trails-
  • 16 Easter Fun 5k, 10k, 15k, Half Marathon
  • 22 Cosmo 7k - All Women's Race - Pomona
  • 22 Race it Forward 10K
  • 22 Little Sisters of the Poor 3rd Annual 5K
  • 22 Leslie Cohen Law 5K
  • 22 BLAST THE BEACH Half Marathon
  • 22 El Segundo Run- for Education 5K|10K
  • 22 Leona Divide 50KM / 50M -
  • 23 Earth Day 5k, 10k, 15k and Half Marathon
  • 23 Silverlake Conservatory of Music 5K Funk Run
  • 23 EPIC Series Los Angeles Obstacle Race
  • 29 The Foundation of Hope and Innovation's 3rd Annual 5K
  • 29 Rad Run 5K
  • 29 March for Marrow LA 2017 5K
  • 29 Color Fun Fest 5K Los Angeles
  • 30 "Run the Rocks!" Jack's Angels Relay for Research 5/10K
  • 30 MAD DAY MADNESS 5k, 10k, 15k, Half Marathon
  • 30 Bruin Run/Walk 5K
  • 30 5K Run For Hope & In-Memory Walk



>> PCRF Half

  • Michelle Krok 2.09.40
  • Dee Dee Urquhart 3.19.20
  • Linda Pulver 3.19.22

>> Spring Equinox 5K

  • Josue Diaz 19.04 1st in div, 2nd overall
  • Norma Gonzales 22.21 1st female, 4th overall

>> Santa Barbara Nine Trails 35 Mile

  • Kris Brown 5:40:01 1st overall
  • Cassie Scallon 6:20:10 1st female, 2nd overall
  • Guillermo Medina 7:30:24 6th overall
  • Erin Chavin 10:39:12
  • Amy Chavez 10:45:52



>> Helping Addicts, Ultra Runner To Tackle Boston Marathon Course 4 Times

For every small step Henry Ward takes, it reminds him of just how far he’s come and the stranger he may help just down the road.

“I mean ultimately you’re saving someone’s life. That’s huge,” Ward said.

Ward is an ultra-runner, which means he runs very far, for very long periods of time.

“That would be anybody who runs more than the 26.2 miles of a traditional marathon. I plan to run 104 miles, about four marathons,” Ward smiles.

The 46-year-old from Waltham is also a recovering alcoholic and drug addict.

“I was powerless. Every aspect of my life suffered,” Ward said.

Having hit rock bottom, Ward entered a treatment center in Arizona and that opened the door to a second chance at life. Ward is 9 years sober, happily married with a son and is now training to run 104 miles along the Boston Marathon route.

>> Are Marathons Bad for Your Kidneys?

A new study shows that long-endurance exercise may lead to kidney damage, but it's not as scary as it sounds.

If you were to ask people at the finish line of a marathon why they just put themselves through 26.2 miles of sweat and pain, you'd likely hear things like "to accomplish a big goal," "to see if I could do it," and "to get healthier." But what if that last one isn't totally true? What if a marathon were actually damaging your body? That's the question Yale researchers addressed in a new study, finding that marathoners show evidence of kidney damage after the big race.

To look at the effect of long-distance running on kidney health, the scientists analyzed a small group of runners before and after the 2015 Hartford Marathon. They collected blood and urine samples, looking at a variety of markers of kidney injury, including serum creatinine levels, kidney cells on microscopy, and proteins in urine. The findings were startling: 82 percent of the marathoners showed "Stage 1 Acute Kidney Injury" soon after the race, meaning their kidneys weren't doing a good job of filtering waste from the blood.

"The kidney responds to the physical stress of marathon running as if it's injured, in a way that's similar to what happens in hospitalized patients when the kidney is affected by medical and surgical complications," said Chirag Parikh, M.D., lead researcher and a professor of medicine at Yale.

Before you freak out, the kidney damage only lasted a few days. Then the kidneys returned to normal.

>> 'Earth-shattering' study reveals the best exercise for anti-ageing

The secret to keeping your body youthful may be found in the way you move.

A new study has found that high-intensity interval training (HIIT) can essentially stop cellular ageing in its tracks and, in some cases, rejuvenate the cells that repair damage in the body.

For the study, researchers from the Mayo Clinic took 36 men and 36 women split into younger (aged between 18 and 30) and older (aged between 65 and 80) age groups.

The participants were then assigned a three-month programme of HIIT, strength training or a combination of the two.

The strength-training group predictably saw the greatest improvements in muscle mass, but the findings that have been described as "earth shattering" were at a cellular level in the HIIT group.

Mitochondria are the "powerhouses" of our cells, responsible for creating more than 90 per cent of the energy needed by the body to sustain life and support organ function. Their function typically declines with age.

However, in the HIIT group, the mitochondrial functioning improved by 69 per cent among the older participants, and by 49 per cent among the younger group.

As well as improving their insulin levels, heart and lung health, some in the high-intensity biking group also saw a reversal of the age-related decline in mitochondrial function and proteins needed for building muscle.

>> Meet Julia Hawkins, the 101 Year-Old Who Has Recently Taken up Competitive Running

She is training for the 50- and 100-meter dash at the upcoming Senior Olympics.

Louisiana native Julia Hawkins became a competitive cyclist at age 81. Last year at age 100, seeking a new challenge, she decided to pick up competitive running for the first time. She registered for the 50-meter dash at the Louisiana Senior Olympic Games, completing the race with a PR of 19.07 seconds.

Now at 101 years old, Hawkins is adding another distance to her belt, training for both the 50- and 100-meter dash as well as the 5K bike race at the National Senior Games to be held in Birmingham, Alabama, this coming June.

“I’ve always liked competition,” says Hawkins, a great grandmother, retired teacher, and four-time participant and two-time cycling gold medalist in the games, also known as the Senior Olympics. She enjoys biking around her Baton Rouge neighborhood nearly every day, but has found a different type of freedom in running. “With running, it’s just me and my body. I can just go out and do the best I can and not depend on anything else to help me.”

>> Flanagan, Goucher Get Silver-Medal Upgrades

A Turkish competitor failed a retroactive drug test and will be stripped of her results.

Elvan Abeylegesse, a Turkish Olympic and world championships medalist in the 5,000 and 10,000 meters, was handed a two-year competition ban and stripped of her results from August 2007 to 2009, the International Association of Athletics Federations announced on Wednesday.

Abeylegesse’s sample from the 2007 IAAF World Championships in Osaka, Japan, was retested and found to contain a banned steroid. In Osaka she placed second in the 10,000 meters and Kara Goucher placed third. Goucher is now set to receive an upgrade to the silver medal. Jo Pavey, of Great Britain, will be upgraded to bronze.

The IAAF also said that Abeylegesse would lose two Olympic silver medals from the 2008 Beijing Games, which means that Shalane Flanagan, who won the Olympic bronze in the 10,000 meters, is to receive the silver medal.

>> Brenda Martinez: “I Appreciate My Life More Because of Them”

For the fifth year, the Olympian aims to inspire high school runners at a summer camp she hosts at her home.

It was a phone call with her famed coach, Joe Vigil, that sparked the idea. Olympian middle distance runner Brenda Martinez talked about running goals, sure, but she knew her message could go beyond the track.

“I told coach I wanted to give back to the community, but I didn’t know how,” Martinez, 29, a middle-distance track runner and 2013 World Championship bronze medalist in the 800 meters, told Runner’s World by phone.

Martinez had spoken regularly at high schools and running camps, so Vigil suggested she start her own running camp for young girls. So that’s what did when she brought together five California middle school and high school girls in 2013. While there’s currently no official camp name, this summer will mark the camp’s fifth year, slated for the end of June, after USA Track & Field National Club Championships.


>> Two World Records Fall at Armory NYC Indoor Marathon

Runners endured 211 laps on the indoor oval and took home bonuses for setting new world bests.

When records are set on an indoor track, it usually happens at shorter distances. But this weekend, several records fell at the Armory NYC Indoor Marathon presented by the New York Road Runners.

On the women’s side of the 211-lap race around the Fort Washington Avenue Armory's 200-meter track, Laura Manninen, 43, of Espoo, Finland, won the event in 2:42:30, setting a new world record by more than two minutes. New York City’s Kate Pallardy also eclipsed the previous record set by Allie Kieffer last year (2:44:44) by running a 2:44:11, setting a new American record for the indoor marathon.

In the men’s race, Christopher Zablocki, 28, from Essex, Connecticut, eked out a world-record time of 2:21:48, crossing the finish line just a few seconds ahead of last year’s record time of 2:21:56 set by Malcolm Richards.


>> Dude in Business Suit Crushes NYC Half in Record Time

Chris Estwanik runs 1:11:36 in half marathon, still looks ready to nail a job interview.

On March 19, just before 9:30 a.m. in New York City, a man in a slim-cut two-piece suit sprinted past Wall Street in Manhattan’s Financial District. He was not late for a meeting or a job interview. He did not have urgent business on the NYSE trading floor. He was chasing a world record, wearing Nike running shoes.

It started, as these things often do in Bermuda, with the promise of a Dark and Stormy.

Chris Estwanik, a 36-year-old former professional runner living on the island, was offered a free round of the dark rum-based cocktail if he could break the Guinness World Record for fastest half marathon while wearing a suit.

He shattered the mark by more than seven minutes at the NYC Half, running 1:11:36. He placed 55th overall, crossing the line wearing Oakley sunglasses and half his pink button-down shirt untucked.

“The bet was made a week and a half before the race,” Estwanik told Runner’s World. “I am the type of guy where it doesn’t take much to accept a challenge.”



When Confronted, One Runner Was Described as "Unapologetic and Arrogant". He Refused Request To Pay Race Fee and Said "I Think I'll Just Call It Good"

Banditing in races is wrong. I don’t focus on race bandits as much as course cutters and other forms of cheating. But make no mistake, people that copy others’ bibs are stealing. I would love to see the day when someone is taken to task for running in a race that they did not pay for. They are taking for free a service and a right that others pay for.

There is at least one case of a bandit getting injured and suing the race. From a liability standpoint, races need to know who is on the course. Banditing and bib swapping is a safety issue as well as a drain on race resources.

The more people that bandit a particular race, the more resources they use. I get tired of hearing the argument from the pro-banditing crowd that say that many of these people aren’t taking refreshments, or medals. I think the notion of the ‘moral bandit’ is an oxymoron. Someone that runs a half or full marathon as a bandit is likely taking full advantage of the support on the course. Bandits rais the costs for everyone else. The practice needs to stop.

It may take a race willing to press charges for ‘theft of services’ against bandits to really start to see change.


>> Good Samaritans Help Struggling Half Marathoner Reach the Finish

Haley Klinger was running her first 13.1-mile race in Philadelphia, but her body gave out just before the finish line.

Bryan Crnkovic described the Philadelphia Love Run Half Marathon on Sunday as relatively uneventful—that is, perhaps, for the first 13 miles.

He and friend Joseph McGinty went out a little fast but kept the pace conversational. The course was familiar—they train on much of it during Sunday long runs—and crowd support was strong. They saw one guy in a T-rex costume.

Then, with about 100 yards to go, Crnkovic and McGinty came upon 21-year-old Haley Klinger, a junior at Messiah College majoring in nutrition. Klinger, who played field hockey for Indiana University of Pennsylvania before transferring to Messiah, was running her first half marathon. She had started to feel weak and lightheaded around miles 11 and 12 but didn’t want to quit. Near the finish line, her legs started to give.

“When I felt my body slowing down in the last mile I was still determined to cross the line and finish, but my legs kept buckling,” Klinger said. “I just hit a wall that I didn't know I had.”

Crnkovic, on Klinger’s right, took her arm to offer support. Another man, Keith McAuliffe, did the same on her left. Klinger, feeling an adrenaline rush, pressed toward the finish for a few more yards. McGinty, who had run a few steps ahead, turned back, hoping she’d recover. When she again faltered, dropping almost to her knees, he scooped her up in his arms and carried her.


>> I Lost 100 Pounds Trail Running With My Daughter​

Yusuke Kirimoto’s family used to tease him about his weight. Not anymore.

I grew up in the United States, but I’m from Japan. Every time I went back, my family would poke fun at me. My nickname was “sumo wrestler.” Eventually I became depressed and turned to food for comfort. Things got so bad that I’d shut the blinds, disconnect my phones, and eat junk all day.

One time at work, I dropped a pen. As I tried to pick it up, I almost tumbled and started breathing very hard. It scared me. I already had my daughter at the time, and I had no idea how much longer I would be with her on this planet if I was out of breath just from picking up a pen.

My exercise used to be walking from my house to my car. Running changed all that for me. I live in Colorado, and a coworker encouraged me to hit the trails. Running with the beautiful scenery and smells was sensory overload—in a good way. I run 3 to 6 miles four days a week, lift weights four days a week, and swim half a mile three days a week. On the weekends I run with my daughter. I’m also training for nine races from March to September.

It’s been more than worth it: My depression is gone. I have more energy. I no longer come home from work exhausted. And when I went back to Japan, everyone was flabbergasted. My mother just said, “Who are you?” They couldn’t believe I’d changed so much, and that was a reward in itself.


>> Do Runners Need to Take 10,000 Steps Each Day?

It depends on how much you’re running and how active you are when you’re not running.

Sonya asks: Given the current popularity of fitness trackers and counting steps, can you tell me whether runners should shoot for at least 10,000 steps per day? Especially when it comes to rest days, is it okay to log fewer than 10,000 steps?

The popularity of the 10,000-steps-per-day recommendation originated in the early 1960s with Dr. Yoshiro Hatano, who was concerned about the rise in obesity in Japan. He set out to identify an easy way to track the number of calories burned to help people become more active, lose weight, and improve their health.

He and his research team discovered that if a person increased their daily steps from fewer than 5,000 to 10,000 or more, they would burn approximately 20 percent of their caloric intake through activity, which would lead to weight loss. The concept (and the use of pedometers) then grew in popularity worldwide.

It is important to note that when looking at this formula from a runner’s standpoint, the goal number of steps should vary based on one’s health, weight, fitness, goals, and overall life situation. Here are a few things to consider when counting steps.




>> Happening This Week

  • Sat 4/1 - Great Race of Agoura
  • Sun 4/2 - China Flats Loop

>> Blues News

This Saturday, April 1st, is the first race of the the New Basin Blues Race Series - The Great Race of Agoura 10K. Come out and run the race or cheer on fellow club members. Club members will be at the Fleet Feet tent in the post race area.

Thanks to Hand-Brewed Beer for hosting the race series kickoff party!


3/24 HBB Night


3/26 Cheseboro






>> Premier League Owners Ask For Post-Brexit Protection For Player Immigration

English Premier League club owners are requesting that the government work to ensure that their teams are not put at a competitive disadvantage with the country’s upcoming departure from the European Union.

Brexit will end free movement to the country from the rest of the EU, and it’s not yet clear if players will be included in immigration exemptions. If they aren’t, Premier League clubs could start having difficulty when it comes to signing European players.

“We’d expect them to be included (in exemptions), but we have to wait and see,” Stoke owner Peter Coates said after a recent meeting of club owners, according to a report from USA Today. “In Europe, we can get free movement and that will change, or may change, I don’t know. We don’t know.”

West Ham co-chairman David Gold was more pointed (with helpful American translation from USA Today):

“The Premier League is the greatest league the world has ever known. It’s a fantastic advert for Britain, for England. I know people talk about the wealth that’s there, but these guys (players) are on huge salaries and all the tax is going into the exchequer (treasury). Why would you stifle that? Why would you want that to change? It’s a great advert. The Premier League goes around the world and it’s ever expanding. I don’t see a government doing something potty (daft) to disturb that. I don’t know about free movement but the structure would be that the best players would receive work permits.”





Sullivan Canyon - Saturday, April 1st

2103 Queensferry Road, Los Angeles, CA 90049.

Free street parking but pay close attention to the signs. Dogs on leashes and mountain bikes permitted.

Meet at 7:15am. Start at 7:30am. Go any pace you want. Turn around at 8:30am. Enjoy free refreshments provided by Sydney and be sure to ask her about her recent bungee jump adventure!

Please register or volunteer for Ahmanson Ranch 12K on April 15, 2017.

Drink Duty volunteers needed April 22, April 29, May 6. Please send an email to to receive eternal love & gratitude for volunteering.

Happy Baaaah-thday to Chris Zielin!!! (April 9)

The longer you live, the more beautiful life becomes.



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 LA RUNNING CLUB:

Every Saturday until LA Roadrunner season starts – Totem Pole – 7:00 am: San Vicente and Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica



>> From the NEW BASIN BLUES:

04/02 - Sun - China Flats Loop @ 8AM

Meet at North Ranch Playfield

Nearest Cross Streets: Bowfield St and Rockfield St



Apr 2 Chumash to Hell Hill 7:00 15 mi.

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 10 miles

Granary Square - Ralph's Parking Lot. McBean/Arroyo Park Dr

Please, bring $1 to help Rawlings to place water and Gatorate on key points or $10 for the whole session.

>> From the LA RUNNING CLUB:

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


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