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Incline Club V10 Off-Season Wrap-Up

Sent: Wednesday, November 16, 2005 6:34 PM
Subject: Incline Club: Off-Season Wrap-Up

Hi there ICers!

And just like that we will be starting our 10th season on the 27th. TEN YEARS!!! I find it very hard to believe! For myself, I can only say that some of my IC runs are my most cherished. The conditions that we encounter over the winter can make us stronger but only if we are willing to get out the door. I know I thrive on the fact that so many will be inside in their warm little beds while we are out putting in the miles. Bring it on!

As for the club, as the saying goes, if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it. Most club aspects will not be changing this year. However, I am very excited about one MAJOR change. Connilee Walter ( will be taking over the club newsletter this year.

To help Connilee out I am asking that you do the following:
1) Add (email removed to prevent spam) to your white-list or non-spam list if you have one. This will be the e-mail that the newsletters will be coming from after this one. I am using this “newsletter” to check on the status of member e-mails. Those that bounce this mail and the test message that I will be sending tomorrow from (email removed to prevent spam) will be nuked. Of course, if you are reading this - you have nothing to worry about.

2) If have something running related that you think others would like to know about, or just have a neat experience at a club run, please pass it on to Connilee at (email removed to prevent smap).

Finally, in the “better late than never” department, down below you will see that I have finally caught up on the season’s R reports! We had more than ever this year so it was quite the task — there were 75 PPA/M/D reports alone. Now it turns out there is a benefit to my procrastination especially when it comes to the PPA/M/D reports. I think a lot of people write reports and then forget about them come the next season! I know I recognize some of the same people saying every year, “need more long runs” or “need more altitude.” So read over the reports and figure out what you are going to do different now, at the start of the season, instead waiting until it is too late. That is unless everything went perfect for you - lucky dog!

Looking forward to seeing you soon,

Matt Carpenter

2005 season R REPORTS:

The 75 Pikes Peak Ascent/Marathon/Double R reports can be found here:


Stephen Mitchell reports:
Race = Leadville Trail 100
Location = Leadville, CO
Date = 8/20-21/05
Distance = 100 miles
Goal = Crew/Pace friend to under 25 hours
Results = Crewed/Paced friend to under 25 hours

General = I wish this were an uneventful race, but it was not to be. Once we checked in to the race, heard the pre-brief, checked in to our hotel, then we got the call. The child care provider for my racer called to tell my racer an emergency room visit was in order for one of his children. We made phone calls, but had to leave about 4:00 pm from Leadville to return to Colorado Springs. We got everything taken care of and headed back to Leadville by 9:00 pm. Of course my racer was ready to throw in the towel, but I insisted we press on. Made it back to Leadville by 12:15 am. My racer and his friend toed the line at 4:00 am. I paced my racer’s friend from Winfield to Fish Hatchery, at which time he quit, although I insisted he continue.

Right = Insisted my racer toe the line and finish under 25 hours.

Wrong = Did not sleep before the race. Ran with a leg at 50%, although it did not injure it further, I felt a little sluggish.

Other Stuff = It was good to see so many Incline Club people out on the course.

Anita Bower reports:
Race = Leadville Trail 100
Location = Leadville, CO
Date = August 20-21, 2005
Distance = 100
Goal = Pacer report
Results = paced from Winfield to Tree Line

General = Crewed and paced at the 2005 Leadville Trail 100.

Right = I got to help with runner check in at 3 in the morning, then crewed all day for my runner. Took him from Winfield to Tree Line, and he made all the cut-offs. I was thrilled that he made it to Half Moon, as this is where so many runners call it quits. Must have been that lap dance I gave him at Twin Lakes that helped to keep him motivated.

Wrong = I was waiting for him inside the Fish Hatchery aid station with all his water bottles and food. But he didn’t get that far. Instead he chose to drop where the guy who cuts off the bracelets was. If I had been there I would have stood between them and kicked his ass out of the aid station.

Other Stuff = It was great to see Dan Jensen there having the guts to attempt such a course. Dan finally successfully completed Badwater, this with him being an amputee. And it was wonderful being at Leadville the year Matt shattered all previous course records. Way to go Matt!

Gordon Barnett reports:
Race = Leadville 100 — Pacer
Location = Leadville, CO
Date = August 20-21, 2005
Distance = 100
Goal = To help Ted in any way possible

Results = To Drink Beer in the Gutter

General = Ted and his crew (Dr. Lisa, Carole and I) rented a cute little house in Leadville, a funky old PINK house not too far from the START/FINISH. we were watching for ‘particles’ Saturday night as were down wind from Hunter Thompson’s out with a bang memorial. Johnnie Depp and a few of Gonzo’s pals scattered his ashes in a fire works display on his property.

The staring gun (shotgun blast) sounded at 4:00 AM Saturday after a restless few hours of sleep, and for the next 24 hours we were out on the course and at the aid stations for Ted, taking turns pacing him over the last 50 miles. I took him up and over Hope Pass between miles 50 and 60. What an amazing vista we had. I felt bad as I was leading Ted up to the summit, kept telling him to “man... look at that” at which point he usually stumbled almost falling off the trail because. “Let me look at the switch backs, then if I fall — I’ll fall into the mountain — not off!”

Ted was going for a sub 24 hour finish to beat his Leadville PR of last year. Unfortunately, he didn’t make it.

In a very emotional crew meeting at 4:30 AM Sunday at the last aid station (May Queen 87 miles), he pulled himself out of the race. His back, hip, and leg were experiencing severe muscles spasms possibly caused from an IT band inflammation which started early in the race. Ted couldn’t hold himself erect, and couldn’t walk more than a few feet before having to stop. Dr. Lisa kept trying “snap, crackle & pop” manipulations but these only offered short relief from his agony. It was the hardest thing for Ted to do, but he always tells me to “run safe — run smart” and before he dropped he said he wasn’t doing either.

I admire this guy more than you know for his guts and determination, but more importantly his decision to drop to run another day. Anyone else would have dropped long before.

Right = Experiencing Leadville 100 for the first time.
Witnessing the most amazing feats by Matt, and all the CRUD folks.

Wrong = Not a damn thing!

Cathy reports:
Race = Leadville LT100
Location = Leadville, CO
Date = 8/20-21/05
Distance = 100 miles
Goal = crew
Results = our runner, Lee Burton, completed the race

General = Lee’s wife Sharon organized a five person crew, three who also paced sections, and she brought in an Ironman competitor to pace Mayfield to Halfmoon.

Right = We supported our runner, getting the correct gear to each aid station on time. Lee made good time, and completed the race in better condition than previous years.

Wrong = Crewing for Leadville is not easy. It involves a lot of driving, and jumping up every couple hours to get ready for the next aid station. Our crew decided to do a better job of alternating going to aid stations next time, in order to get more sleep.

Anita Bower reports:
Race = Mt. Disappointment 50km
Goal = finish
Results = 7 hours 29 minutes
General = Mt Disappointment 50km was held in the Angeles National Forest. I did this as a training run for the upcoming Wasatch 100 in September.
Right = Drank only water with electrolyte caps. I have had NO stomach or bowel issues since doing this compared to gator aid,(gator-barf) or cytomax. Ate “Jurek” bars (Organic Food Bars) and Carb Boom, and ginger bars for calories. Took enzyme tablets to aid in carbohydrate utilization.
Wrong = Could have pushed harder, but was afraid of getting hurt before Wasatch.
Calculator =
Other Stuff = The last five miles were tough! All uphill. Hope Pass without the altitude. Great training run though, and well organized.

Brenda and Joe Cowell report:
Race = Deseret News Marathon
Location = Salt Lake City, UT
Date = 7-25-05
Distance = 26.2 miles
Goal = Survive record heat and finish
Results = Survived record heat and finished

General = 5:30 am start(actually got going about 5:50) was a cool idea, pun intended, but it was well into the 90’s by finish time.

Right = Dressed light, drank lots, sought out shade when possible.

Wrong = Didn’t bring power-gels and wished we had.

John Mills reports:
Race = Grin and Bear It
Location = Crested Butte
Date = 23 Jul 05
Distance = 9.3 miles
Goal = 2 hrs
Results = 2:01

General = Great “swag” bag with race entry! The race follows the CB Wildflower Festival by one week so the scenery is always spectacular. Small race — around 100 entrants. Great prizes and raffle stuff. Only drawback is 9:00AM start — heat becomes a factor.

Right = Hill training. Both up and down.

Other Stuff = Course is 9.3 mi, 8 blocks of asphalt (4 beginning and end), some dirt roads, and majority singletrack. Out and back from CB to Green Lake at the base of Mt Axtell, elev 10600 ft.

Andrea Cichosz reports:
Race = Barr Trail Mountain Race
Location = Barr Trail
Date = 7.17.2005
Distance = 13 miles
Goal = Under 3 hours
Results = 3:08

General = Hot, hot, hot.

Right = Went with the flow and realized that it was not the day for me to be setting records. I had my own water bottle which I had refilled at every station. I was actually on the way to my goal to be under 3:00 hours until the incident described below.

Wrong = I didn’t wrap my ankle like I had done on all downhill runs since April and sprained it about 1.5 miles from the finish. A hardy four letter expression was sounding along the switchbacks. Knowing that I had about 30 minutes before the real pain sets in, I got up and kept running, haha. At that point I just wanted to be done with it and as soon as I stopped running, the ankle hurt so bad, I couldn’t walk on it.

Other Stuff = As much as I was upset about hurting my ankle, I have to say that in regards of some of the things happening on the mountain that day, it was puny. A lady having a big head wound after falling, another one suffering from heat exhaustion, being carried down piggy back style by a good soul, and all that is nothing compared to the hiker who lost his life that day. My heart goes out to his family and friends.

Diane Repasky reports:
Race = Barr Trail Mountain Race
Location = Barr Trail, Manitou Springs
Date = July 17,2005
Distance = 12 miles
Goal = 2:35:00
Results = 2:39:13
Website =

General = Mountain trail race up Barr trail, turn around point Barr Camp.

Other Stuff = It was hot!!!

Louise Erasmus reports:
Race = Barr Trail Mountain Race
Location = Barr Trail
Date = 7/17/05
Distance = 12Miles
Goal = 2:20
Results = 2:27

General = It was a very hot day!! I like running in the heat.:)

Right = I kept up the pace going up. Felt strong.

Wrong = Did not take my own drink. I did not run very fast downhill. I need to run faster downhill.

Other Stuff = Very sad about the guy that died.

Chad Halsten reports:
Race = Barr Trail Mountain Race
Location = Manitou Springs, CO
Date = 7/17/05
Distance = 12 miles
Goal = 1:55
Results = 1:53

General = very happy with the results...took about 13 minutes off of my time from last year. training with the incline club has definitely paid off... going to keep pushing till the ascent. :)

John O’Donnell reports:
Race = Barr Trail Mountain Race
Location = cog train Mantiou Springs
Date = 7/17/05
Distance = 12 mile
Goal = 2:30
Results = 2;47
Website =

General = good run considering moved my son into his first house on Saturday and went to the rodeo that night. got real hot fast also.

Right = Good carbs and training up to this point.

Wrong = poor hydration got back cramps on the way down at finish.

Gahlen Crawford reports:
Race = Barr Trail Mountain Race
Location = Manitou Springs, CO
Date = July 17, 2005
Distance = 12 miles
Goal = 3:00 — 3:15
Results = 3:20:14
Website =

General = It was very hot by the time I finished the race. Even so, it was a well organized race with great volunteers.

Right = I have been running with the Incline Club since the spring. This has been a great preparation.

Jason Jungbauer reports:
Race = Barr Trail Mtn Race
Location = Manitou Springs
Date = 7/17/2005
Distance = 12mile
Goal = sub 2hr 5 min
Results = 2hr 4min 38sec

General = uphill 6 miles back downhill 6 miles

Right = good short taper, got some sleep the three nights before the race, have been training a lot this year in preparation for the double on pikes peak.

Wrong = still fighting a toe injury from march that just wont quite go away.

Anita bower reports:
Race = Tahoe Rim Trail 50 mile
Location = Lake Tahoe, NV
Date = July 16th, 2005
Distance = 50 miles (actually about 53-54)
Goal = under 12 hours
Results = 11 hours and 54 minutes

General = It was a long, hot day, and most of the race was above 8000 feet, so those of us who live at sea level had a hard time. There were a few confusing places, where some people got lost, but if you paid attention, it wasn’t too bad.

Right = Took in lots of fluids, and kept the calories consistent throughout the race. I was heat trained. The Mohave has been over 110 for weeks where I live. That helped. Drank only water, and took electrolyte capsules, so I had NO stomach problems. It only has taken me 6 years of running ultras to figure this out.

Wrong = Wasn’t acclimated. The last half was tougher than the first half, where there were more climbs at high altitude.

Other Stuff = Beautiful. A great training run for Leadville, Wasatch, or the Bear. Finisher’s award was kind of cheap.

Bianca Kriel reports:
Race = Summer Roundup Trail Run
Location = Stratton Open Space Cheyenne Mountain
Date = 7/10/05
Distance = 7.22 miles
Goal = To finish:)
Results = 2nd in 14 & Under Age Group

General = Overall the race was a lot of fun. Of course it was mostly held on trail except for the first mile but it was a pleasure to be running again on trail rather than road. The 4th mile was a tough one rising 500 feet in total. Hey, that’s why we do hill repeats:)

Right = Everything

Wrong = Nothing, except not paying attention and falling.

Other Stuff = This apparently had been a newly chosen course for the race and I recommend it to anyone who would like to run it next year, if, they still have the same course.

Louise Erasmus reports:
Race = Summer Roundup Trail Run
Location = Stratton Open Space(Cheyenne Mountain)
Date = 7/10/05
Distance = 7.22
Goal = 58minutes
Results = 1 hour and 23 seconds

General = It was a new race course. Flat at first then between mile 3 and 4 a nice big hill, then from there is all down hill. Hopefully the race will be at the same trail next year. It is a very curvy trail run.

Right = I felt very good in this race. I try to keep at a certain pace. I usually go to fast in the beginning. I managed to keep my pace. I ran the downhill very fast.

Wrong = I slowed down a bit on the hill.

Other Stuff = They need to marked the course a bit clearer. Especially after mile 4

John O’Donnell reports:
Race = Summer Round Up Trail Race
Location = 1200 cresta rd. colo. spgs. colo.
Date = 7-10-2005
Distance = 12k
Goal = under 1.5 hours
Results = 1.10
Website =
General = Warm day and trail in good condition. Trail narrow at times, hard to pass.

Right = Good pre-race meal. Plenty of fluids and gu packs.

Wrong = Should of passed more early in race.

Other Stuff = Did extra miles by running course again

Alana Podratz reports:
Race = Summer Round Up 12K
Location = Stratton Open Space
Date = July 10, 2005
Distance = 12K
Goal = 1 hour 10 minutes
Results = 1 hour 16 minutes
General = Fun Course

Right = Summer Round Up training runs

Wrong = I bottomed out right before the reservoir on the way down. I ended up with 4 stitches in my left knee! I was a bloody mess but I finished! :)

Diane Repasky reports:
Race = Summer Round Up Trail Run
Location = Stratmore Open Space
Date = July 10, 2005
Distance = 12K
Goal = ???? New Course
Results = 1:06:39
Website =

General = Trail race in the Stratmore Open Space. Lots of hills, and single track. Beautiful scenery.
Right =
Wrong =
Other Stuff =

Larry Miller reports:
Race = Summer Round Up 12K
Location = Stratton open space
Date = 7-10-2005
Distance = 12K
Goal = finish
Results = won age group
Website =
General = This was a new course again, TCR has moved the second leg of the TCR so many time it’s hard to keep up with it. The best was the Colorado Springs 10k Classic, not the one run how days but the one that started in Memorial Park and finish there. This new course has some problems that I will e-mail the TCR, it’s not the Incline Club’s problem.
Right = Cut back on a couple runs before the race, in the race keep close to the front of the race in the start, this was due to running the course the week before and knowing where it went, and also knowing of a couple problem areas.
One other thing I did right, four mountain bikes on the course didn’t yield to them, may of gotten them a little wet.
Wrong = Didn’t try and outrun a person at the finish line.
Other Stuff = The runs we do at 8am and Thursday and Tuesday nights in the heat made a big difference I didn’t even notice the heat as some runners did.
Knowing the course was a big help, for one thing I knew where two areas that could slow me down were. One when going off the parking lot people would slow down, due to the steep down and grassy and then at the top of the hill a wood fence crossing the trail would and could backup runners from what I heard it did happen in both locations. Who knows if TCR will move the second leg again, too bad they don’t go back to the real second leg where they had over 1600 runners.

Gahlen Crawford reports:
Race = Summer Roundup Trail Run
Location = Colorado Springs, CO
Date = July 10, 2005
Distance = 12 K
Goal = 1:10 — 1:15
Results = 1:13:45
Website =

General = Great race and nice location.

Right = Trained with the Tuesday and Thursday morning group on the course.
Wrong =
Other Stuff =


Andrea Cichosz reports:
Race = Summer Round Up
Location = Colorado Springs
Date = 7.10.2005
Distance = 7.25 mi
Goal = 1:20
Results = 1:21

General = A new course, that everybody had told me that it was pretty bad. And it really wasn’t. It was more like a little “Barr Trail Mountain Race".

Right = Didn’t go all the way out in the beginning. Paced myself in the “heat” (nothing compared of things to come the next week). Used it as a training run not to be to worn out for the real Barr Trail Mountain Race.

Wrong = Should have pushed myself a little more. Never saw the 7 mile marker and thought that was the longest mile until I saw the finish line and was there.

Other Stuff = My 11 year old son Joshua ran the race and came in 3 minutes after me. Hooray Joshua.

Bruce Barrell reports:
Race = Summer Roundup Trail Run
Location = Colorado Springs, CO
Date = July 10, 2005
Distance = 12 K
Goal = 1 hour
Results = 59:25

General = Nice trail run with enough variety to keep it interesting! The hills aren’t as hard as I heard some people saying they would be. This was my first time running this one, being new to the area. The group went out fast, which is something you want to keep in mind — once you get to the single track, you don’t want to get stuck behind slower runners. Once you get to the reservoir, there is a good flat section to catch your breath and pass a few people if you’re so inclined.
I’ll be back next year for sure. Very well run event.

Right = I had a pretty good warm-up, mostly in the soccer field next to the school. I had a very light breakfast the morning of the race, so my stomach felt perfect. I didn’t go out too fast, which in one sense was good, but later I got stuck behind some slower runners and it was a bit frustrating not being able to pass at times.

Wrong = I should have warmed up a bit more so as to be able to go out with a bang and be sure to be nearer the front after about mile 2 (?). Once on the single track, it can be tough to pass, though the other runners were very nice.

Andy Kovats reports:
Race = Vail Hill Climb
Location = Vail
Date = 7/3/05
Distance = 7+ mi
Goal = beat last year’s time/place of 65min/84 OA
Results = met or beat time goal, improved ~30 places
Website =

General = The course starts at the ski area base, winds around on mostly flat pavement for about 1.5 miles (an extra 1/2 loop was added this year over last year’s course making the times about 2 minutes slower) and then climbs 2200 feet to the Gondola top at 10,300 feet. It follows mostly cat walk roads so there is plenty of space to run and there are a few short flats or slight downhills the second half of the course. As usual it was an impressively competitive field of runners. Fortunately Bob McAndrews showed up to take an age group award and keep the Incline Club tradition going. This year they had results posted quickly and had awards started as the last runners were arriving. The most moving moment was the loud applause for a runner heading back to Iraq for his 3rd tour the next day.

Right = Held back a bit on the flats early in the race, though probably still took off a bit too fast. Focused on foot turnover and tried to capitalize on the flat/downhill sections. I also kept tight to the inside of each switchback turn and noticed many other runners staying to the middle or even outside which had to cost a couple strides on each turn!

Wrong = Might try firmer running shoes next time and recent allergies probably didn’t help my breathing. If one plans to stand around for awards/drawings, toss in some sunscreen for your bag going to the top.

Steve Bremner reports:
Race = Leadville Trail Marathon
Location = Leadville
Date = July 2nd, 2005
Distance = 26.2 miles
Goal = 4:28
Results = 4:55
Website =

General = Felt like I was pacing myself very well over the first half. Didn’t feel nearly as spent as last year’s race by the time I reached the turnaround point at 13,000’ Mosquito Pass. Lack of conditioning really caught up to me though as I actually ran the last half slower than the first... Even though there is a net elevation gain of 3,000’ on the way out and 3,000’ elevation loss on the return!!

Right = Ran well within myself to the halfway point.

Wrong = Not enough preparation. Not enough miles on the legs.

Other Stuff = One the most beautiful marathon courses I’ve run. Also one of the hardest.

Shawn LaCroix reports:
Race = Slacker Half Marathon
Location = Loveland Ski Area
Date = June 25, 2005
Distance = 13.1 miles
Goal = Finish it
Results = 2:13
website =

General = Was happy with this race. Longest I’ve ever run. Cramped up in leg on last mile but finished it out.

Right = Kept on plugging.

Wrong = Didn’t drink enough water

Charles Scheibe reports:
Race = Mt. Evans Ascent
Location = Echo Lake, CO
Date = June 18, 2005
Distance = 14.5 miles
Goal = sub 3:00
Results = 3:12:20

General = North America’s Highest Paved Road Race, 14.5 miles from Echo Lake, 10,600 feet, to the summit of Mt. Evans, 14,264 feet.

Right = Able to maintain a conservative pace throughout the race despite nursing a tight hamstring that prevented running until 3 days before race.

Wrong = None ... unless not allowing enough time to recover from an injury, but then I probably wouldn’t be accepted as a member of the group if I did!

Other Stuff = Definitely a fun race with great scenery! Well administered and supported!

Lee Moss reports:
Race = Valley of the Flowers Half-Marathon
Location = Lompoc, CA.
Date = 18 JUN 2005
Distance = Half Marathon
Goal = 1:35
Results = 1:39
Website =

General = Nice race organization. Very small. Only 130 or so runners. Out and back course with the turn around along the ocean.
Right = Had a good time. I was the family Photographer. Got everyone’s picture during the race.

Wrong = didn’t eat what I should have before the race.
All I had was a bowl of cereal and two cups of coffee.
Went out too fast and bonked on the way back.

Other Stuff =

Bill Ransom reports:
Location = Lake City, CO
Date = 6/18/05
Distance = 50 miles
Goal = 13 hours
Results = 15:45
Website =

General = Well, I survived the Saturday Lake City San Juan 50!

This was without a doubt the hardest 50 I’ve ever done. The San Juan had about 12 major river crossings, dozens of stream crossings, huge snowfield crossings, mud swamps, huge hill climbs, you name it. The only good thing was that the weather was perfect.

There were 150 entrant places. I head that there were 20 no shows and about 30 DNFs. You had 16 hours to do the race (the usual time limit is 12 hours for a 50). The middle of the pack finish time runs about 13 1/2 hours. We started at 5am with a 9pm cut-off.

How did I do? I think I finished 3rd from the last with 15 min to spare. Pretty crappy, huh? Well strange things happen... First off I started in no big hurry. I intended to have a good time and take in the views. I’ve never been in this part of Colorado or seen the Continental Divide before. The views are spectacular and the geology was very interesting.

With 15 miles to go I was talking with someone and slid off an embankment, skinned up my right shin pretty bad and then it started swelling up. I made it to the last aid station at the 4 to go point. Then I screwed up big time and missed a turn. I started trucking up this steep, long hill. Then I came to this nice cabin and a large lake. I went around one side of the lake and finally the trail petered out. I spent a few minutes looking around for the race trail markers, but couldn’t find any. Then I realized that I hadn’t seen any markers for a while. As Homer Simpson would say: “Dough!” with a smack upside the head. So I turned around and went back to the last aid station. Sure enough, I missed the turn. That mistake cost me about 6 additional miles and a good 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

Well, I made it to the finish with 15 min to spare. Most of the CRUDs (about 10 CRUDS did the race) were hanging out waiting for ol’ Bill. We all had a good laugh. I saw a paramedic and she decided to send me to the local clinic to check out my leg — really badly swollen and bruised. I ended up getting a tetanus shot and some ice packs. Funny thing, my injury was the worse one — no heart attacks or altitude sickness.

The awards were given out Sunday morning. Fellow CRUD team member Dan Vega won the race, about 1 1/2 hours slower than Matt Carpenter’s last year record time. Funny thing: I got a special award for being a dumb ass. They gave me an envelope with a $50 bill in it. That’s about $10/per extra mile. Not too bad. Fellow CRUD and Incliner Gordon Barnett also took that same wrong turn, so I wasn’t the only one who did that.

Right = I’ve done a few 25-30 mile long runs this year. These long training runs are very important if you want to complete an ultra.

Wrong = I can’t seem to be able to talk and run at the same time. Missed a race marker and took a wrong turn.

Other Stuff = All of the Lake City townfolk were very friendly and I think 3/4 of them volunteered for race support. Lake City is a wonderful town (much larger than Leadville) and they should consider doing a summer race series like Leadville does.

The mountain views during the race were amazing. Parts of the race course are so remote that the average hiker would never go to the places we went to. If you ever want to do a 50, this is the 50 to do. Don’t let the course description on the web site scare you. This race is doable, it just takes a little training and determination.

Gordon Barnett reports:
Race = The San Juan Solstice 50 Mile Run
Location = Lake City Colorado
Date = June 18 2005
Distance = 50 Miles
Goal = To Finish Prior to the 16 Hour Cutoff
Results = 14:31
Website =

General = This my second 50 mile ultra race was going to be tough. There was substantial snow pack along the course above 12,000’. This resulted in multiple post-holed snow fields, detours which sent us scrambling over loose rock, and even repelling down a 100’ snow chute (thought of you here Larry!) In the first 6 miles there were so many creek crossings, that I lost count. Either that or the waste deep bone-numbing cold water caused memory loss. It wasn’t until we started the first climb up to 13,100 at mile 10 that I regained the feeling below my lower extremities. We made our second climb to over 13,000 by mile 25 along the Continental Divide. I don’t know if it was the altitude, but the vistas from up there were literally breath-taking! Weather conditions were optimum, although temperature at the lower elevations were in the 80s. Incredible course with a great organization, volunteers, and sponsors.

Right = Hydrated and fueled during the entire race. Carried two bottles; one with water, one mixed with Hammer gel or Cytomax and water. Was prepared for the 9 mile distance between several aid stations. Power hiked the ascents, ran where ever possible. Refueled but didn’t linger at the aid stations. Had a change of shoes and socks at Carson waiting for me. Carole (best support crew ever) was there to meet me at Williams Creek (16) & Slum (40), making sure I had everything I needed and kicked my butt to get back out there.

Wrong = Ran an extra ~5 miles after missing the Waterdog Trail turn off just past the final aid station at mile 46. I retraced all the way back to the aid station and got back on course. I calculated that I lost almost one hour. Rather deflating, but I sucked it up and finished.

Other Stuff =

At the Sunday morning awards, it was announced that 90% of the Lake City populace volunteered — or helped out — with the race in some capacity. A truly unique and challenging running experience.

Colorado Springs was well represented by Incline and CRUD team runners. Dan Vega was the winner, with amazing performances by Eric Gabe, Paul Smith, Keith Grimes, & Rich Muzzy.

Beverly Weaver reports:
Race = Garden of the Gods 10 mile
Location = Colorado Springs
Date = June 12, 2005
Distance = 10 miles
Goal = 2 hours
Results = 2:00:15
Website =

General = Very pleasant day for a race — cool and cloudy for most of the time.
Right = Tried to run each mile at the same effort. Hydro repeats definitely made me stronger on the hills.
Wrong = If I am going to run road races, I need to do more of them. Running on the trails makes me stronger, but I am not fast.
Other Stuff =

Shawn LaCroix reports:
Race = Garden of The Gods 10 Miler
location = Colorado Springs
Date = June 12, 2005
Distance = 10
Goal = Finish!
Results = 1:48

General = Wasn’t feeling it.

Right = I finished

Wrong = Woods and stopping bathroom breaks.

Andy Dillon reports:
Race = Garden of the Gods 10 Miler
Location = Colorado Springs
Date = June 12, 2005
Distance = 10 miles
Goal = 1:15
Results = 131 23/90 Andy T Dillon 42 Colo Springs CO 1:17:15
Website =

General = Perfect Conditions — cool and cloudy with plenty of moisture in the air. Felt like a PR day!
And it turned out to be a PR day — I was hoping I could run 7 and a half minute miles to get a 1:15 but I beat my PR of 1:18 so I had a good day.
I love this race — and it’s so nice to see so many Incline Club members running.

Right = It’s a tough race to pace because it’s so hilly — I wanted to do 7:30 miles but the downhills are going to be faster and the uphills are going to be slower so I was constantly doing arithmetic in my head (seems to get harder as the miles go on!). But you have to have a goal!
Pushed it on the downhills — got to make up as much time as possible when you can.

Wrong = Probably could have gone a little faster at times — especially in the last 3 miles — but I never quite felt like giving it 100% for some reason. I often get this kind of lethargy near the end of races just when you are supposed to go for it! Always seems to happen to me on the Ascent too for some reason.

Other Stuff = Great race — great volunteers and a beautiful course. It’s really a pleasure to take part in this race, and since it’s so close to my home I always feel like it’s “my race.”

Diane Repasky reports:
Race = Garden of the Gods 10 Miler
Location = Garden of the Gods Park
Date = June 12, 2005
Distance = 10 miles
Goal = Under 1:28
Results = 1:26:11 PR
Website =

General = Road race thru Garden of the Gods park. Hilly course, beautiful scenery.

Right = Well rested, well hydrated and fueled.

Wrong = Could have tapered better, more.

Other Stuff = Great racing weather, overcast and cool. Great volunteer support as always.

Mike Shafai reports:
Race = Garden of the Gods 10-Miler
Location = GOG
Date = 6/12/05
Distance = 10M
Goal = Beat last year’s time
Results = Beat lat year’s time
Website =

General = I think everyone knows about this one, so I’ll spare the details!

Right = Didn’t wear a watch, so I wasn’t so concerned about time.

Wrong = Kept thinking about Ted Bidwell’s challenge to finish in under 69 minutes. Since I didn’t wear a watch, I had no way of knowing anyway.

Andrea Cichosz reports:
Race = Garden of the Gods
Location = Colorado Springs
Date = 6.12.2005
Distance = 10 M
Goal = 1:40
Results = 1:46:47

General = I guess even the fact that it was my birthday didn’t help on this course. I loved the cool morning and compared with the following Sunday’s hot!!!! temperatures I think we were handed a little bonus.

Right = I didn’t get carried away by the crowd at the beginning.
I paced myself well, stayed on my planned pace for 9 of the 10 miles.

Wrong = It’s that one mile, 8 to 9 that did me in. I lost all my time on that *%?&^ mile. At that point I paid for all the training sins of the last 5 weeks. Two trips to sea level one of them to Germany. Got back Friday night at 11:30 pm. Probably not enough sleep.

Other Stuff = It was a good wake-up call just in time to refocus for the Ascent.

Louise Erasmus reports:
Race = Garden of the Gods 10 miler
Location = Garden of the Gods
Date = 6/12/05
Distance = 10 miles
Goal = 1.16
Results = 1.19.43

General = Was a nice cool morning. Perfect running conditions. Mother Nature did not agree with me but otherwise I did good.

Right = Kept up the pace I set for myself. Did not go out to fast.

Wrong = Slowed down a bit the last 2 miles. Unfortunately “Mother Nature” played a big role in my results. I won’t go in detail what that is.:)

Anita Fromm reports:
Race = Holcomb Valley 33 Mile Trail Run
Location = Big Bear CA
Date = June 12th, 2005
Distance = 33 miles
Goal = under 7 hours
Results = 6:42
Website =

General = Lots of rocks and roots, hot temperatures, and high altitude make this race a good challenge and training run. Not a lot of trail markings, so you need to pay attention.

Right = Paid attention to trail markings and didn’t get lost. Legs were still tired from the previous weekends 50 mile run from hell, but pushed, since at Wasatch I will be running on tired legs anyway. Ran the rocky downhill sections, albeit slowly, but at least I didn’t tip toe like a sissy like last year.

Wrong = Water bottle sprung a leak, so I got a bit dehydrated towards the end. I was secretly hoping for a 6 1/2 hour finish, but running out of water early on and getting dehydrated prevented this.

Other Stuff = Great homemade cookies at the aid station!

Bianca Kriel
Race = Garden of the Gods 10 Miler
Location = Garden of the Gods
Date = 6/12/05
Distance = 10 Miles
Goal = To finish in time 1:54
Results = 1.51.58

General = Perfect, ended up getting First in the 14 & Under Age Group.

Right = Strategy of running downhill and flats and trying to run uphills, If I had the energy otherwise speedwalk it.

Wrong = Drank TOO much water at the water stations.

Other Stuff = The course was hard but fun. It was beautiful although I couldn’t focus on the beauty part of it.

Alana Podratz reports:
Race = Garden of the Gods 10 Miler
Location = Garden of the Gods
Date = June 12, 2005
Distance = 10 Miles
Goal = 1 hour 40 minutes
Results = 1 hour 46 minutes

General = Difficult!

Right = Trained at Garden Runs

Wrong = Too many trail training runs-not enough road

Stephen Mitchell reports:
Race = Badwater Ultramarathon
Location = Death Valley, CA
Date = June 11, 2005
Distance = 135
Goal = Pace my friend to under 50 hours
Results = Paced my friend to under 43 hours
Webiste =

General = It was 95 degrees at 6:00 AM start time (first wave, waves were 2 hours apart). It got hotter, up to 124 degrees. Pacers not allowed for the first 17 miles, for good reason, the traffic was heavy due to crew vehicles and other waves heading to start line. Paced for most of the last 118 miles (~90 miles). After finishing the race we continued up to Mt. Whitney for another 15 miles and a total of 150 miles (which is what the race did in the past, but no more).

Right = Drank about 20 ounces of fluid every mile. Sweat, although I never saw it dripping, it must have been too hot to stay on the skin too long.

Wrong = I got behind on the fluids once, had to sit out a few miles until I got an extra gallon of cold water down. After that, everything went fine. Gouged my left leg wide open walking back down from the summit of Mt. Whitney (hit a little snow over ice and slammed into a snow bank with a sharp rock). Rock to the big leg bone behind the shin bone. Immediately took my long sleeve blue Incline Club shirt, put snow int he body of the shirt, rolled it up, wrapped it around the wound, tied the arms off above the wound to slow the bleeding. Must have lost a pint or more. Took another 6 hours to get to the emergency room, doc said I was lucky to have made it, until he found out I had tied it off with my Incline Club shirt, then he said it must be the best club.

Other Stuff = Incline Club shirts are great! Saved my life!

Steve Bremner reports:
Race = Deadwood Mickelson Trail Marathon
Location = Deadwood, SD
Date = June 5th, 2005
Distance = 26.2 miles
Goal = under 3 hrs
Results = 3:19
Website =
General =

Right = Kept running through pain. Didn’t stop.

Wrong = Didn’t hydrate before race. Duhh.

Other Stuff = Nice course through the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota.

Rebekka Hannula reports
Race = Deadwood Mickelson Trail Marathon
Location = Deadwood, South Dakota
Date = 5 June 2005
Distance = 26.2 miles
Goal = finish
Results = 4:28:46
Website =

General = This was my first marathon , so I didn’t really know what to expect. My time might not support this claim, but I ran the whole race :-). All in all I had a good first marathon.

Right = Brought my Camelbak and gel. It got very hot.

Wrong = I’ve been having knee problems for a couple of month, so the two weeks before the marathon were spent inhaling mega doses of aspirin and ibuprofen. It didn’t help! My knee started hurting just 3 miles into the race and my stomach acted up between miles 15 and 20!

Other Stuff = Beautiful course! The course consists of two parts: The first half is UP, it peaks at the 13.1 mile point, from there it’s all downhill or flat except for a brief “up".

Joe and Brenda Cowell report:
Race = Casper Marathon
Location = Casper WY
Date = 6-05-05
Distance = 26.2 miles
Goal = Brenda’s 8th state and Joe’s 15th
Results = Finished

General = Race followed the N. Platte river thru and around Casper primarily on a paved bike path. Weather was cool at the start but warmed up quickly to 75. Fortunately there was a fair breeze. The course was rolling and the elevation a little over 5000 ft.

Right = We are getting real good at carbo-loading and enjoying the runners and new courses each race.

Wrong = Everything went pretty much as planned.

Other Stuff = Enjoyed the small town atmosphere and the beautiful parks in Casper. Also getting to know and recognize a few of the “50 staters.”

Anita Bower reports:
Race = Squaw Peak 50 mile Trail Run
Location = Orem UT
Date = June 4th, 2005
Distance = 50 miles
Goal = survive
Results = did
Website =

General = The worst running conditions EVER! Ten miles of snow. And not fluffy well behaved Currier and Ives snow, but nasty, avalance snow, chock full of broken, jagged trees ready to impale you.

Right = Helped a friend finish. Then she helped my tired ass. Took in plenty of calories, had no stomach problems.Did not run into any bears, like I did at the top of the incline June 1st.

Wrong = Tied a trash bag around my semi frozen ass to get down Windy Pass, as 11,000 foot snow covered mountain. Yes, I got down faster, but my level of control where I landed was greatly diminished. My heart just wasn’t in this race, and I don’t intend to run it again.

Ted Bidwell reports:
Race = Rocky Mountain Double Marathon
Location = Medicine Bow National Forest, Laramie, WY
Date = 5/29/05
Distance = 52.4 miles
Goal = under 10 hours
Results = 9:02:12
Website =

General = Choice of half-marathon, marathon or double on an out and back course. Dirt roads in the national forest and a stretch of pavement along the I-80 frontage road before entering the national forest again. Nice course inside the forest. The hard surface on the roads for 12 miles (3 miles x 4) really hit my quads. Cool, some rain and sleet, windy.

Right = Just ran my won race and did not worry about being competitive. Doing a long run was my goal.

Wrong = Didn’t take in enough electrolytes during the entire run.
Other Stuff =

Anita Bower reports:
Race = Bishop High Sierra 50 miler
Location = Bishop CA
Date = May 21st, 2005
Distance = 50 miles
Goal = sub 11 hours
Results = 11:42
Website =

General = The Bishop High Sierra is a tough 50 miler at high altitude, and offers a 50 km version and 20 mile option. Mostly on trails in the beautiful High Sierras of California.

Right = Stayed positive, even though the altitude kicked my butt. It was also very hot, which normally isn’t a problem for me if I am used to it. However, it has been an unusually cool spring out here, and nobody was ready for the 90+ degree heat.

Wrong = Carried too much. In this race, the aid stations are so close and well stocked that it is only necessary to carry one water bottle.

Other Stuff = A perfect combinations of rocks, unending climbs, and long downhill sections. Very well organized.

Steve Bremner reports:
Race = Fargo Marathon
Location = Fargo, North Dakota
Date = May 14, 2005
Distance = 26.2 miles
Goal = sub 3 hours
Results = 3:07
Website =
General =

Right = wore only a singlet

Other Stuff = This race is one of top five best organized marathons I’ve ever run and this was their first year! Excellent. The attention to detail was evident throughout, from the volunteers posted at every turn to point the proper way to the life-sized story boards course maps and FAQ’s to the on-time well-advertised awards ceremony the race directors had this nailed!

My highest recommendation for your “ND Marathon!”

This was my 36th marathon state, 68th marathon. Next on the agenda is a trail marathon in Deadwood, SD on June 5th.

Diane Repasky reports:
Race = Ft. Collins Old Town Marathon
Location = Ft. Collins,Co.
Date = May 8,2005
Distance = 26.2 miles
Goal = Realistic-under 4 hours Ultimate 3:50 to qualify for Boston
Results = 3:57:47 PR
Website =

General = Runs down the scenic Poudre River Canyon through La Porte and on to the Poudre River Trail to finish in Historic Old Town Fort Collins. Course has a subtle net downhill with very few turns.

Right = Well hydrated, ate right the week as well as the night before. Race items set out and ready the night before. Trained right. Dressed right for the weather and the temp.

Wrong = Did not sleep well the night before. Carried too much water. Went out too fast and died off in the second half. Too nervous and anxious before the race.

Other Stuff = Very well organized event. Bused to the start and the buses remained at the start. It was cool and windy, so you were able to stay out of the weather until close to race time.

Charles Scheibe reports:
Race = Old Town Marathon
Location = Fort Collins, CO
Date = May 8, 2005
Distance = Marathon
Goal = sub 4:30
Results = 4:14:42
Website =

General = Point to point run through the scenic Poudre River Canyon through La Porte and on to the Poudre River Trail.

Right = Maintained focus & pace through mile 22; was able to stretch out cramping hamstring during 13th mile and return to form

Wrong = Cramping hamstring during mile 13; lost focus last 4 miles; didn’t take endurolytes until cramping occurred

Other Stuff = Highly recommended race — small, friendly, well-administered, and scenic.

Anita Bower reports:
Race = Wild Wild West Marathon and 50km
Location = Lone Pine, CA
Date = May 7th, 2005
Distance = 50 kilometers
Goal = under 6 hours
Results = 5 hours 55 minutes/ 5th overall, 1st in age group

General = It was a perfect day for a race. Temperatures were in the 60-70 range, and there was little wind. I helped mark the very hilly course all day on Friday, and was a bit tired Saturday morning, so I wasn’t sure if I would be able to finish in under 6 hours, but did, barely. The snow capped Sierras and tons of wild flowers from the unusual amount of rain also helped this to be a beautiful race.

Right = Took in enough calories and liquid early on for a strong finish. Helping to mark the course helped me to know the course really well too. Didn’t over dress, as many did, so I didn’t waste time shedding layers, and tying them to me throughout the race. carried two water bottles, so I didn’t have to stop at all the aid stations.

Wrong = Had to stop and “make brownies” which took off two or three minutes of time. Thank goodness the sagebrush was big and plentiful this year.

Karen Brennan reports:
Race = collegiate peaks trail run
Location = Buena Vista
Date = May 7, 2005 Sat.
Distance = 50 miler
Goal = finsh around 9 hours, 30 min.
Results = finished in 9:10
Website =

General = It turned out to be a beautiful race day, the trails were soft dirt and the hills were never super long, the people at the aid stations were very friendly as were people on the course-my first 50 miler and it was a lot of fun (for the most part)!

Right = I ate and drank the whole way and played around with different types of food to see what helped and when. I walked the up hills on the second loop (double loop course).

Wrong = Should have brought my sunglasses as it was windy at times and dust/dirt kept getting into my contacts. Wasted some time on the second loop, during the last 2 hrs. as their was no one around me and got nervous more than once that I was going the wrong way, so I back tracked at times looking for a person or those yellow ties on the trees!

Gordon Barnett reports:
Location = Buena Vista Colorado
Date = May 7 2005
Distance = 25 Mile and 50 Mile Option
Goal = Run the 25 (under 5 hours) finish strong as a prelude to Lake City
Results = 4:33
Website =

General = This was my first time at the Collegiate Peaks 25 Miler. Carole and I drove to Buena Vista Friday afternoon — avoiding any speeding tickets on 24. Well organized event starting in 1990. Right number of well stocked aid stations with great volunteers. Breezy most the day with swirling winds at times. Cool conditions made for good running, even with the scattered snow pellets hitting us in the face. Excellent (dry) trail conditions with no snow or ice. 25 mile option ran in a clockwise direction, the 50 turned and ran back in a counter-clockwise direction. Rolling trail with some pretty decent climbs and down hills. Good SWAG. Will definitely be back to do this race again!

Right = As I had not run this race previously, not really knowing the course and what to expect I took it fairly conservatively. Wore or tied a Tyvac jacket (came in really handy) around my waste. Talked to Pete about the course as he had run it several times previously.

Wrong = Mixed more of my Hammer crystals than usual which made for a stronger dilution. As a result (I think), I suffered some stomach problems starting at mile 16 that lingered for the remainder of the race.


Ted Bidwell reports:
Race = Collegiate Peaks Trail Run
Location = Buena Vista, CO
Date = May 7
Distance = 50 miles
Goal = 9:00
Results = 8:25:27
Website =

General = This run is a two loop course on the east side of Buena Vista with great views of the Collegiate Peaks.
The views were limited this year by snow showers over the mountains.

Weather was generally good, some early light snow and the wind picked up as the race progressed. The race is managed by and aid stations manned by the Optimist Club of Buena Vista. Well organized and a good course.

The cost is $55 for 50-miles and $45 for the 25-mile race. A good value per mile. For $10 bucks you can get an all-you-can-eat carbo-load dinner the night before.

This year’s number of entrants was up dramatically from last year. Last year was a revival of the race after a 1 year hiatus. A lot of ultra trail runners rediscovered this race apparently.

There were only 40 finishers in the 50-miler last year and 160 in the 25-miler. This year there were 120+ 50 mile entrants and 170+ 25-miler entrants.

I was using this race as my preparation for Leadville in August.

Right = Properly prepared for the run. Hydrated and eat enough, but not stuffing myself. Easy 10 minute run on Friday to loosen up the legs.

Wrong = Probably went out a little fast. My 25 mile split was the same as last year when I only ran the 25-miler. The last 12 miles seemed to take forever.

Other Stuff = This is a good first time 50-miler for someone looking for their first 50-mile race.

Race Experience Eclipsed by the Joy of Japan
By Nancy Hobbs upon return from Japan 5/3/05

Tired, confused, more than frustrated. I’ve been running for 6 hours on an unfamiliar trail, a trail I’ve never seen except on a topo map. Believe me, the trail I’m on doesn’t look anything like the topo map I remember from yesterday and is not exactly what I expected from my memory of the course profile, save the beautiful vistas I encountered including wild cherry blossoms, bamboo shoots flanking the trail, worship flags floating the breeze by trailside shrines, villages in the distance. I am mentally drained, yet still searching for the right direction to stay on course - or at least somewhere near the course. I keep looking for some reassurance, even a course marking, but there are none. Sure, sign posts at the last junction which fanned out to four different routes, but I can’t read any of the characters on the signs. I wonder where my fellow competitors are after passing most of them for the second time that day. I see hikers young and old. I ask for water and they freely offer to fill my empty bottle. We exchange nods, but no spoken words. I score with a spot of caffeine from one hiker and her two children. The tea goes well with my last Gu packet. I don’t remember being on course at this point, I’m sure I took a wrong turn, probably more than one. I wasn’t willing to retrace my steps at this point because that meant uphill, more of the same. I didn’t know how far I’d traveled. No idea if I’d gone 10km, 20km, or 30km. No markings that I could read. And suddenly just ahead something slithered off the trail into the wooded bamboo and thick foliage. I bent down, picked up a stick ready to stave off the intruder. A bear? A snake? Probably a squirrel, but maybe not. I’m ready to defend myself…maybe.

At the start line there were 110 of us. A start line we reached after a one hour bus ride on winding roads from sea level climbing to about 1000 meters passing through tunnels, small villages, next to a few lakes, backing up over a final bridge before disembarking to walk 100 yards to the start area. In the staging area I noticed mostly men wearing tights and sporting backpacks, windbreakers, jingling bells dangling from their packs, several bottles of water visible on each side of their packs, energy bars protruding from mesh pockets, ski poles attached to their packs, eyes strained on maps until the last second before the start signal. The scene reminded me of the Eco Challenge, at least the scenes I’d viewed on the Outdoor Network coverage. The only thing that surprised me walking toward the start line was one of the competitors lighting up a cigarette and deeply inhaling the nicotine. We asked one of the English-speaking competitors if this was normal practice and he said firmly, “No. I’m a s surprised as you are.”

I looked for water. Nothing but Ox tea. Not sure what this was, I passed and took a sip of Gatorade from my water bottle. I placed a Gu packet in my glove and two more under my water bottle, and one velcroed to my water bottle. I looked out of place in shorts, yet I wore a long sleeved polypro top. Having finished the Pikes Peak Marathon three times and surmising that the course would be less challenging than the Peak, I figured I’d be prepared as a minimalist and that I was in store and trained to run (my first 50km) for about 6 or 7 hours at most. As I stood at the start line, I glanced up and the first wave of 50 were off. Starting on pavement and running downhill for 100 yards and then a quick left onto a very narrow single-track trail. A no passing zone for sure.

Our group was at the ready and waited for commands from the race director. My US teammates Paul Low (a multi-year Teva US Mountain Running Team member who changed two days before from the 10km to run the 50km - his first) and Adam Chase (a seasoned adventure racer and ultrarunner from Boulder) jumped the gun when they heard a word that sounded like “go” although it was the start of the countdown in Japanese. We see sawed forward and back waiting for the right directive. An explosive bark of “HIGH” or something like it and we were off and unfortunately not more than one minute behind the first (much slower) group. Our group of 50+ quickly caught the first pack and joined the conga line up the single track trail. Paul less than a switchback ahead, Adam and I close behind chuckling at the line of competitors and the absurdity of trying to pass anyone on the precarious ridgeline which ended up being an uphill jaunt for nearly 10 minutes. Periodically a friendly competitor (we found that everyo ne was more than friendly and supportive) stepped to the side and let us pass.

Reaching the first “summit” Paul was working his way to the front of his first 50km effort, slowly skirting ahead of other runners and Adam and I were running together also making our way around competitors at every switchback. We finally reached a summit followed by a technical downhill and Adam pulled ahead. I skirted down the hill, but lost sight of Adam and found myself alone as no one had caught up to me.

At the bottom of the hill about 30 minutes into our race, there was a choice of a left or right turn. I looked up from the gnarly terrain and noted someone jogging to the left and looking at his course map heading down the trail. I chose to follow this person with a map. How could he be mistaken with a map in hand? After 30 minutes of rolling terrain, scaling a fence which looked to me like a Do Not Cross Zone, and some significantly exposed areas, I ended up near the start line with my Japanese map reader in tow realizing this was the wrong choice in turns. At this point I thought I should just quit and return to the start line, but couldn’t quite make it due to a treacherous precipice and no way to reach the start point just a few hundred feet in the distance.

Frustrated, I turned back to retrace my steps. I have always told people that when you think you are off course on a trail, go back to where you last saw trail markings and re evaluate your decision. I ran past the person studying the map as he stayed firmly planted on the trail looking down valley trying to decide which way to go. He ended up staying in place trying to sort out the map. By the time I was back “on course” which was evident when I spied a Boy Scout and Girl Scout with bright red wands directing traffic, urging me over a steel bridge on a highway, and pointing to another trail in the distance, there was not a person in sight. I was in last place. Mentally, not a good place to be.

Another climb. A long and steep uphill ascent complemented by narrow black and yellow twisted ropes hugging tree trunks and making the incline seem less challenging, but certainly not runable. I started passing the same runners again using the ropes occasionally to assist my uphill momentum as I made my way back on course. What made my frustration ease was the encouragement shown by my fellow competitors. I reached a set of steps and continued onward reaching another summit and was met with another choice. I waited for the closest competitor to help me decide which way to go. This would be a left-hand turn and another climb. Continuing to pass runners I looked for trail markings and found none to assure me that I had chosen the correct path. Two hours and 45 minutes later I somehow made Check Point one (there were to be four check points on the course). Long out of water, I asked for a refill at the station. Nothing. No water save a stream some 80 meters down a hill. I asked if the water was drinkable. Blank and empty stares. Choosing not to experiment with a potential case of Ghiardia, I scored a fresh water bottle from a volunteer after much pleading, left a pull tag at the station so that organizers would know I made it to Check Point One and continued onward. There was no indication as to how far I’d traveled. Not a person spoke English to let me know the kilometer mark. Off I went up another hill. I figured I’d make the next station within one hour and had enough water for the journey. It ended up nearly two hours before I reached Check Point Two which was unmanned with no signs, or directions. A lone runner was stretched out on a bench hydrating and I pointed uphill to see if this was the correct direction of the three possible choices and received a nod in response. Off I went toward Check Point Three although I still had no idea how far I’d run.

This time I pushed my lap counter and figured another hour for Check Point Three. Not a chance. Within one hour I was out of water and had just finished another Gu. I figured I was still on course as I met a few hikers on the trail and I had seen a few markers on trees at a recent junction, but I was again out of water. Having been told by the race director the day before that there were several aid stations on course, including some self serve stations (these ended up being metal trash cans filled with water and a funnel floating at the surface) I felt confident that bringing one bottle of water would suffice. Wrong. Thank goodness the hikers I met were willing to part with some of their water and help me continue onward in a more hydrated state.

I was discouraged. I was tired. At several points I looked to the distance and noticed a village beyond. I knew downhill was coming soon yet I had only experienced a few short downhill sections so far, but each was followed quickly by a long uphill and many of the uphills had steep steps and more ropes attached to the tree trunks for assistance.

I finally reached a clearing which seemed to be the final climb before a long descent to town (my recollection of the topo map from the previous day’s exchange with the race organizers). A woman on the trail suggested I turn left on a trail leading to a road. Down I went. Six hours at this point.

I reached a clearing which led to a steep paved roadway and beautifully terraced fields with crops adjacent to farmhouses. No idea where I was, I continued down hoping for some confirmation that I was still on the course. It was not meant to be. My legs were trashed and the steep downhill on pavement made my quads scream. A bit anxious, no water, no grasp of the Japanese language beyond hello, no idea where I was, no idea where I should go, frustrated and confused. A western looking woman was hiking uphill and I stopped to visit with her telling her I was lost. She suggested I continue to town and go to the train station. I was penniless and she offered me some money. I figured I’d try to catch a ride with a passerby, or continue running and declined the yen she had in her outstretched palm. After another 15 minutes I decided my efforts to continue running with no idea of a destination were fruitless. Miraculously (at least I thought it a miracle) I spied a police car parked at a small house and walked u p to the side door of the house.

Ringing the bell, I whispered “hello” first in English then in Japanese. Success with the Japanese term a woman came out from the back room. I said, “I’m lost. Can you help me.” She turned away and her husband appeared around the corner and asked me to come into the porch. We spoke…he in broken English, me with arm movements acting out my demise on the race course and getting lost. Somehow we communicated and he offered me sports drink (yes, I was again out of water), made a phone call and held the phone to me. He called an English-speaking friend and I was relieved. This policeman (clad in a grey USA flag T-shirt, shorts, and flip flops apparently on his day off) made numerous calls, writing Japanese characters on a piece of paper with several phone numbers after each call, and then leaving briefly to check the Internet in a back room for the race website (the race name in Japanese on my runner number and a subsequent Google search for the race name), and finally getting in touch wit h our Japanese hosts at the finish line. Unbelievable to me I was nearly 30Km by road from the finish line. After one hour with the policeman (who showed me his football helmet from high school - he played wide receiver, a photo of his son running the 100meter dash as a 12-year-old, and finally a photo of himself on his motorcycle leading a runner in a Japanese Ekiden event) he ushered me into the family SUV and he drove me to the race finish line. The car ride started with a Japanese CD and he quickly changed the CD and I said, “Oh, another Japanese singer?” He said, “No, American.” We sang and hummed together Bill Joel’s Piano Man, music I hadn’t heard for years yet I remember so many of the words.

After 45 minutes of driving, I was reunited at the finish line with Anita and our Japanese host. I found that only Adam had finished and he’d gone a bit off course and Paul was lost some 20Km away (I later found out that he reached the first check point on course 4 hours into the race) and eventually arrived at the third Check Point after nearly 7 or so hours of running. Our 10km runners were at the finish line and they’d all gotten lost on their course, but each had finished though after repeated attempts at finding the right route. Kelli Lusk had finished third overall with Anita Ortiz in 6th and Ethan Hemphill in 7th position. We were convinced that our American 10Km squad would have been one-two-three (or at least in the top five) for the finish had they not gone off course.

At the awards ceremony the following day we found out that 11 of 160 finished the 100km course with the first finisher in more than 18 hours and the 50km had 33 finishers of 110 competitors.

We offered many suggestions to the race organizers and will prepare a report for review. In spite of the adventure I encountered, it was a true learning experience as to how much I could push my body and still feel reasonable good in spite of such a long run. I do have an opinion that a trail race should be mostly runable and the course should be stocked with a few aid stations, be well marked for safety more than anything along with kilometer marks to establish bearings for race progress during the run. Because the Japanese also got lost in spite of having course maps and trail markings in Japanese, it was obvious that organizers must revisit the course in terms of marking and also for difficulty.

I can’t offer enough thanks to the policeman and his wife who rescued me, to the anonymous hikers on the course offering me water and Japanese tea, and to our host Mr. Shinji Mabe for taking care of our team. A truly memorable experience.

Martina S. Ritchie reports:
Race = Make A Wish
Location = Denver, CO
Date = 5/1/05
Distance = 1/2 marathon
Goal = to enjoy the entire race & finish under 2 1/2 hrs
Results = had a terrific time and “did”

General = The weather was rainy, stormy and snowing on and off most of the time — perfect race conditions for me. The volunteers were wonderful, with stops every two miles. Lots to eat at the end with great age division trophies.

Right = Since I have “slow twitch” muscles, I stated out slowly; by the time I hit the 10k point I was up to speed. I also drank the energy drinks at the aid stations and felt great at the end.

Wrong = I didn’t give myself enough time to get mentally into the race. Before I realized it, we were “off and running.”

Jonathan Veteto reports:
Race = rainier classic
Location = Mt. rainier, Eashington
Date = April 28, 2005
Distance = don’t know
Goal = come back alive
Results = still smiling
Website =
General = a ‘race’ up the kautz glacier on mt. rainier. this year, it was held in the spring (it is sometimes held in the summer). conditions can be onerous, at best. this year, they turned bad the morning of the third day of the race.

Right = 1. stayed very hydrated and
2. traveled light
3. kept moving quickly through mildly hazardous areas

Wrong = nothing really. the abundant snow on the 2nd night forced a return to the start line.

Other Stuff = see the website for more details. the ‘course’ is in generally excellent shape, but with some objective avalanche and weather hazards. i would recommend this course to anyone interested :)

(10K on roads)
Michael Shafai reports:
Race = College Park Cares 10K
Location = College Park, MD
Date = July 4, 2005
Distance = 10K
Goal = 42M
Results = 41:40
Website =

General = Flat, paved, hot & humid. Not ideal running conditions for a Coloradoan, but tolerable nonetheless.

Right = I was only doing this race to get a make-up for my missed IC run that weekend, so because I made it to the starting line on time, everything was done right!


(not a race)
Gordon Neal reports:
Race = Leadville 100 Training weekend
Location = Leadville, CO
Date = 6/25-6/27/2005
Distance = 26/21/12 miles
Goal = Feel good each day
Results = Goal accomplished
Website =

General = This is a three day organized training run for
the Leadville 100 trail race in August. The
first day is a 26 mile run from May Queen to Twin Lakes. The second day is a 21 mile out and back
between Twin Lakes and Winfield. The last day is
a night run starting a 9PM between Twin Lakes and
the tree line below Half Moon campground. I have
not had the best training year and I will not be
running the whole 100 miles but I am pacing for
50 miles. I thought I would do the training
weekend so I could see the course in daylight and practice running on trails at night.

Right = Paced myself and enjoyed each day. Each day I
felt stronger than the previous day as I
adjusted to Leadvile’s 10,200 ft elevation.

Wrong = Not trained enough so far this year to consider
doing the whole 100 mile race in August.

Other Stuff = This kind of a run is extremely appealing to me. It
is a format that I don’t understand why there aren’t
more of. Why travel to distant locations to run your
butt off for a few hours then turn around and go home?
This format lets you pace yourself and get to know
others at the run. You get to cover lots of miles but
you also get to recover between runs, a perfect combo.

(A outrigger canoe report?)
Laura Kelecy reports:
Race = Naleieha Regatta
Location = Hanaka’o’o Beach, West Maui
Date = Saturday June 25, 2005
Distance = 1/4 mile sprint — Women’s Novice B
Goal = Better than last week & not huli
Results = Cut 25 seconds off our time from last week! We didn’t huli!

General = I couldn’t resist submitting a race report for our regatta because I didn’t know if the IC has ever had an outrigger canoe race report submitted! Saturday was our 2nd outrigger canoe regatta. We (Tom & I) paddle for the Wailea Canoe Club on Maui in the Novice B (very beginner) division. I am usually the stroker for our 6-person boat, which means I sit in the front seat and set the pace for everyone else to follow. For this race, the water was pretty bumpy & the waves were huge close to shore due to a south swell. There were 6 clubs racing in our event & we came in 4th.

Right = Consistently attending practice & incorporating the advice of the more experienced paddlers: The club practices 3 mornings during the week (6:30 a.m.-8 a.m. or so) & then a long workout (at least 2 hours) on Sundays. Someone told us we paddled about 10 miles this past Sunday! Everyone in my boat comes to the races with a great attitude, wanting to do our best & see where we end up. We cut 25 seconds off our time from last week, earning 4th place and 1 point for our club!!!

Wrong = Technique & timing are key for the regatta. Your crew has to paddle exactly together, but of course that is pretty hard to do. Only recently did we start paddling at race pace. We also have to work on our endurance. Our starts are great so we’re leading for about half the race, then we poop out! To help build strength, our coach ties gallon jugs to the back of our boat to create drag — yuck! We’re also including those long workouts to build endurance.

Other Stuff = The 1/4 mile race took us 2 minutes & 9 seconds. Wonder if we’ll ever break 2 minutes?!?! Only the crew of the winning boat gets medals & their names in the newspaper. At least we got our team name in this week! Paddling has been a fun addition to our workout routine, using such different muscles. Being in aerobic shape has definitely helped, but sprinting is a different animal.

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