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Modesto Marathon

I had many good reasons to run the Modesto Marathon this year. My winter training went well, I had some good friends running in it, and the package that came with the race was great! Tech shirt, medal, arm sleeves, a bottle of wine, and some other niceties, plus with the start being a 40 minute drive from my house, it was very inexpensive. Most of all though, I wanted to finish my 10th career marathon. It just seemed like a nice even number to hit, and it had been a couple years since I had run one.

A week or so before the race, I knew the big day would have its own special challenge this year: the heat. I have never run in a marathon where the temperature would be over 80 degrees at the end, so I was a bit uncertain if I would beat my time from two years ago, a goal that I had in mind during training. I do most of my running early in the morning out of necessity, so I had an unknown to face.

The day started off well. I carpooled with my good friend Randy, who always keeps me relaxed. We got to the start nice and early, and had ample time to get a good parking spot, stretch out, and take in the energetic atmosphere. We met some other friends from Mountain House and took a few group pictures and chatted about the race. By the time of the start at 7am, I felt as good as I ever had before a run.

modestomarathonThe first 13 miles went according to plan. The temperature was nice at the start and still bearable at the half way point, and I was on pace to hit my time goal. The volunteers were great, very encouraging, and there was plenty of water and GU energy gel handed out along the way. A long part of the course is an out and back, so it was inspiring to see the mens and womens division winners fly by, as well as Randy, who was keeping his usual fast pace.

The turn to head back in comes a little after the 14 mile mark, and it was then that I decided to pick up my pace a little and see if I could run the negative split I was training for.

By mile 15 I was starting to feel warm, and I dumped a cup of water on my head. Didn’t help much.

Mile 16, yes, definitely getting hot. Better slow down, take what you can get Eugene. There is very little shade to be found.

Mile 17, how long till the next water stop? The neuroma in my left foot feels like a hot knife stabbing me up from out of the pavement. Time to just be happy with something sub-5 hours.

Mile 18-19. I don’t remember much from these two miles other than walking more and more, and a lady in a tutu passing me.

Mile 20. Time goal is shot to hell at this point. Just finish. Don’t look at the sun, it hates me. Medical volunteers start asking me if I am ok, I lie profusely. Left foot thankfully has gone numb now.

Mile 20.5 (approx). I have seen these folks in their front yard in previous years, the nice people with 8 ice cold kegs of beer, offering samples up free of charge. I do not hesitate to take 6 oz of lager. Coldest, most perfect lager I have ever had. I pass the tutu lady, small victories can be precious.

Mile 23, I make the turn into town. I am out of the orchards now and running along a busy road and railroad track. I’m alternating walking and a slow shuffle, the walking coming whenever I feel a dizzy spell coming. Why is the roof of my mouth tingling so much? Have I developed spidey-sense? I am the worst hot weather runner ever I think, till I see the ambulances going past me to some poor souls even further back. That is not going to happen to me though, I will walk the rest of the way if I have to, but I am going to get it done.

Mile 24, I run past the high school kids playing live drums to a recording of Gangnam Style. I get a momentary surge of energy. Momentary as in 15 seconds.

Mile 25 was back there somewhere. I think my tongue is sunburned. The road is all wavy looking.

Mile 26, I can see the turn for the homestretch. I AM GOING TO MAKE IT! I start to run faster, and when I make the turn there is nobody in front of me or close behind. I have a couple hundred people all cheering for me. The adrenaline rush overcomes all fatigue and I start sprinting for the finish, waving my arms like the crazed orangutan The Oatmeal has written about. It is a miracle I don’t cramp up and collapse in an embarrassing heap. I cross the line with my arms raised in victory, high fiving anyone within reach. I didn’t care about my slow clocking at all, to me it was a victory to have finished what I started.

The recovery area was top notch, plenty of food and drink to refuel with, an excellent band was playing, and the volunteers again were very thoughtful in helping out all the people that struggled in the heat. I can’t think of a race I have ever done where the level of community support for the event was so high.

Although it was my tenth time finishing a marathon, the feeling of accomplishment and invincibility that came at the end was just as powerful as all of the other finishes. A full marathon is obviously twice as far in distance as a half marathon, but it is more than twice as difficult, I guarantee that from extensive personal experience. It takes a great deal of effort, planning, and time to get in good enough shape to just finish, and the risk of injury or illness along the way is significant. Race day can bring any kind of weather condition, and in this years race I had to take what I could get, instead of what I wanted.

Even with that though, I am still, two days later, floating on a little cloud, and plotting out my next racing conquest in my head.

Jingle All the Way 5K 2013
Race Results

Jingle All The Way 5K Results

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VIEW AGE GROUP RESULTS

Overall Results

Place Name City Bib Age Age Group Place Age Group Timeback Guntime Chiptime Pace
1 Matt Bogdanowicz Livermore 14 44 1 M40-49 18:17 18:15 5:54
2 Wayne Staats Livermore 178 30 1 M30-39 0:33 18:50 18:48 6:04
3 Tristan Ambriz Mountain House 4 13 1 M11-15 2:32 20:48 20:47 6:42
4 Jason Ngai Mountain House 128 37 2 M30-39 2:35 20:52 20:50 6:44
5 J.R. Mintz Hercules 122 47 2 M40-49 2:42 21:00 20:57 6:46
6 Greg Holtz Mountain House 77 34 3 M30-39 3:08 21:27 21:23 6:54
7 Shiho Mimaya Mountain House 121 41 1 F40-49 22:34 22:31 7:16
8 Emmalouise Brown Mountain House 17 31 1 F30-39 0:09 22:43 22:40 7:19
9 Lisa Brown Mountain House 18 40 2 F40-49 0:19 22:52 22:50 7:22
10 Jessica Kwan Mtn House 99 15 1 F11-15 1:06 23:39 23:37 7:37
11 Walter Wickboldt San Ramon 216 55 1 M50-99 5:31 23:48 23:46 7:40
12 Melissa McCullough Tracy 208 31 2 F30-39 1:20 23:55 23:51 7:42
13 Wayne Miller 214 33 4 M30-39 5:41 23:58 23:56 7:44
14 Jill Toepfer Tracy 190 46 3 F40-49 1:26 24:00 23:57 7:44
15 Aakagh Arumugam 228 7 1 M01-10 6:18 24:37 24:33 7:56
16 Pravin Balasubramania 231 40 3 M40-49 6:30 24:49 24:45 7:59
17 Jason Andreoli Tracy 7 43 4 M40-49 6:48 25:05 25:03 8:05
18 Beth Elliott Mountain House 51 36 3 F30-39 2:38 25:12 25:09 8:07
19 Steven Carlson Livermore 21 59 2 M50-99 7:02 25:21 25:17 8:10
20 John Weir 223 43 5 M40-49 7:14 25:31 25:29 8:14
21 Brett Burleson Mountain House 20 33 5 M30-39 7:24 25:43 25:39 8:17
22 Andrew Ambrz Mountain House 5 10 2 M01-10 7:28 25:53 25:43 8:18
23 Romanic Martinez Mountain House 207 31 6 M30-39 7:29 25:55 25:44 8:18
24 Yuji Buczynski Mountain House 19 8 3 M01-10 7:34 25:54 25:49 8:20
25 Bobby Anchanattu Mountain House 6 45 6 M40-49 7:48 26:29 26:03 8:24
26 Cara Hallam Tracy 67 24 1 F20-29 3:33 26:10 26:04 8:25
27 John Monis Mountain House 124 43 7 M40-49 7:59 26:20 26:14 8:28
28 Amanda Leal 232 14 2 F11-15 3:56 26:37 26:27 8:32
29 Ligaya Perez Mtn House 146 38 4 F30-39 4:14 26:50 26:45 8:38
30 Aeri Schwartz Oakland 171 23 2 F20-29 4:25 27:00 26:56 8:42
31 Megan Ashabranner Mountain House 11 10 1 F01-10 4:37 27:13 27:08 8:46
32 Leslie Pombo Tracy 220 60 1 F50-99 4:37 27:14 27:08 8:46
33 Winnie Cheng Mountain House 27 39 5 F30-39 5:02 27:45 27:33 8:54
34 Phil Worley Mountain House 199 54 3 M50-99 9:37 27:57 27:52 9:00
35 Aaron Salazar Mountain House 168 11 2 M11-15 9:57 28:15 28:12 9:06
36 Marissa Mertes Mountain House 119 46 4 F40-49 5:43 28:19 28:14 9:07
37 Tom Corliss Tracy 39 52 4 M50-99 10:12 28:40 28:27 9:11
38 Taylor Venzor Mountain House 194 13 3 F11-15 6:20 29:02 28:51 9:19
39 Lori Francis Mountain House 55 42 5 F40-49 6:26 29:09 28:57 9:21
40 Rachel Chew Mountain House 28 46 6 F40-49 6:31 29:13 29:02 9:22
41 Katie Jaurique Tracy 84 42 7 F40-49 6:31 29:13 29:02 9:22
42 Anthony Lugo Mountain House 110 47 8 M40-49 10:54 29:22 29:09 9:24
43 Tarryn Schoonraad Mountain House 170 29 3 F20-29 6:44 29:21 29:15 9:26
44 Yumi Konishi Livermore 98 54 2 F50-99 6:50 29:27 29:21 9:28
45 Michael Aivaliotis Mountain House 2 45 9 M40-49 11:41 30:06 29:56 9:40
46 Adriano Sun Mountain House 187 32 7 M30-39 11:46 30:08 30:01 9:41
47 Nambi Srinivasan Mountain House 177 55 5 M50-99 11:55 30:13 30:10 9:44
48 Alvin Perez Mtn House 143 41 10 M40-49 11:55 30:15 30:10 9:44
49 Amy Noble 233 43 8 F40-49 7:43 30:26 30:14 9:46
50 Sophia Kwok Mountain House 100 8 2 F01-10 7:46 30:26 30:17 9:46
Place Name City Bib Age Age Group Place Age Group Timeback Guntime Chiptime Pace
51 Mary Hadden Mountain House 65 37 6 F30-39 8:00 30:38 30:31 9:51
52 Patricia Gordon Tracy 62 37 7 F30-39 8:04 30:42 30:35 9:52
53 Kimberly Aguilar Mountain House 1 29 4 F20-29 8:13 30:50 30:44 9:55
54 Siu Yin Man Mountain House 115 40 9 F40-49 8:18 30:59 30:49 9:57
55 Linh Ky Mountain House 102 39 8 F30-39 8:19 30:59 30:50 9:57
56 Eddie Geh Tracy 60 47 11 M40-49 12:40 30:58 30:55 9:59
57 Nap Oliva Mountain House 139 37 8 M30-39 12:40 31:04 30:55 9:59
58 Rachael Holguin Livermore 75 34 9 F30-39 8:25 31:03 30:56 9:59
59 Kathie Schwartz Copperopolis 172 63 3 F50-99 8:25 31:07 30:56 9:59
60 Joseph Dostie Ceres 50 51 6 M50-99 12:44 31:07 30:59 10:00
61 Heather Smiddy Tracy 175 39 10 F30-39 8:35 31:26 31:06 10:02
62 Alexis Baker Lodi 13 13 4 F11-15 8:38 31:36 31:09 10:03
63 Brenden Ruzbarsky Pleasanton 165 10 4 M01-10 12:55 31:28 31:10 10:04
64 K Proven San Jose 151 40 10 F40-49 8:43 31:23 31:14 10:05
65 Bernadette Weir Mountain House 197 48 11 F40-49 8:44 31:28 31:15 10:05
66 Rebecca Kerns Mountain House 92 37 11 F30-39 8:49 31:30 31:20 10:07
67 Wing Yu Kwok Mountain House 101 40 12 M40-49 13:10 31:34 31:25 10:08
68 Lacy Asami 212 34 12 F30-39 9:07 31:48 31:38 10:13
69 Megan De Ga Tracy 44 28 5 F20-29 9:09 32:09 31:40 10:13
70 Kieran Asami 211 7 5 M01-10 13:25 31:50 31:40 10:13
71 Alex Punsalan San Ramon 218 43 13 M40-49 13:27 31:56 31:42 10:14
72 Sirasubraman Arumugam 227 37 13 F30-39 9:32 32:07 32:03 10:21
73 Wendy Martinez Mountain House 116 32 14 F30-39 9:34 32:17 32:05 10:21
74 Cerena Sweetland-Gil Mountain House 189 47 12 F40-49 9:40 32:23 32:11 10:23
75 Christina Michael San Francisco 120 37 15 F30-39 9:45 32:35 32:16 10:25
76 Shuang Pui Mountain House 152 31 16 F30-39 9:59 32:38 32:30 10:29
77 Nacera Gorman Mountain House 63 44 13 F40-49 10:00 32:40 32:31 10:30
78 Kristina Kleven Castro Valley 96 33 17 F30-39 10:06 32:42 32:37 10:32
79 Darren Hill Mountain House 72 12 3 M11-15 14:23 33:07 32:38 10:32
80 Jaicob Isip Tracy 80 8 6 M01-10 14:31 32:50 32:46 10:35
81 Rowena Isip Tracy 82 37 18 F30-39 10:18 32:49 32:49 10:36
82 Jacqueline Arrizano Mountain House 9 41 14 F40-49 10:22 33:10 32:53 10:37
83 Kenneth Andersen Tracy 203 12 4 M11-15 14:43 33:25 32:58 10:39
84 Dawn Evangelista Mountain House 53 34 19 F30-39 10:33 33:10 33:04 10:40
85 Ruth Hanan 237 12 5 F11-15 10:37 33:12 33:08 10:42
86 Bixia Ji Mountain House 85 38 20 F30-39 10:39 33:18 33:10 10:42
87 Lawrence Colon Mountain House 33 37 9 M30-39 15:09 33:32 33:24 10:47
88 Teresa Von Emster Mountain House 195 36 21 F30-39 10:53 33:32 33:24 10:47
89 Eric Hill Mountain House 74 37 10 M30-39 15:11 33:55 33:26 10:48
90 James Patteson Mountain House 141 13 5 M11-15 15:19 33:36 33:34 10:50
91 Bobby Delgado Mountain House 46 30 11 M30-39 15:41 34:13 33:56 10:57
92 Alex Odom Brentwood 131 8 7 M01-10 15:58 34:27 34:13 11:03
93 Thomas Odom Brentwood 134 45 14 M40-49 15:59 34:27 34:14 11:03
94 Amy Odom Brentwood 132 43 15 F40-49 11:43 34:27 34:14 11:03
95 Mira Odom Brentwood 133 10 3 F01-10 11:43 34:27 34:14 11:03
96 Robert Worthen Mountain House 234 55 7 M50-99 16:00 34:41 34:15 11:03
97 Lindsey Zotti Dublin 201 28 6 F20-29 11:51 34:31 34:22 11:06
98 Kathy Keller Livermore 91 54 4 F50-99 11:54 34:43 34:25 11:06
99 Jayme Robertson Discovery Bay 161 28 7 F20-29 11:54 34:43 34:25 11:06
100 Ryan Cullimore Mountain House 40 31 12 M30-39 16:27 35:04 34:42 11:12
Place Name City Bib Age Age Group Place Age Group Timeback Guntime Chiptime Pace
101 Josh Andrews Riverbank 8 32 13 M30-39 16:28 35:05 34:43 11:12
102 Denise Loftus Bronx 109 41 16 F40-49 12:14 34:54 34:45 11:13
103 Vincent Rafferty Mountain House 154 35 14 M30-39 16:37 35:03 34:52 11:15
104 Jayden Lancer Mountain House 104 10 8 M01-10 16:37 35:03 34:52 11:15
105 Heather Venzor Mountain House 193 37 22 F30-39 12:27 35:08 34:58 11:17
106 Jennifer Gaudreau Tracy 59 41 17 F40-49 12:37 35:22 35:08 11:20
107 Marlene Kinser Stockton 94 78 5 F50-99 12:56 35:42 35:27 11:26
108 Dominique Kaho’onei Mtn House 89 15 6 F11-15 12:56 35:43 35:27 11:27
109 Han Le Mtn House 105 36 23 F30-39 13:13 35:57 35:44 11:32
110 Alexia Kaho’onei 224 13 7 F11-15 13:13 36:00 35:44 11:32
111 Erica Casillas Hayward 24 34 24 F30-39 13:35 36:19 36:06 11:39
112 Ravikiran Kethidi Mountain House 93 41 15 M40-49 17:58 36:16 36:13 11:41
113 Ryan Pinaula Mountain House 149 37 15 M30-39 18:19 36:51 36:34 11:48
114 Himoko Sadiki 236 39 16 M30-39 18:20 36:49 36:35 11:48
115 Aimee Pinaula Mountain House 148 33 25 F30-39 14:04 36:49 36:35 11:48
116 Jennifer Rowell Tracy 163 37 26 F30-39 14:07 37:03 36:38 11:49
117 Tom Rowell Tracy 164 36 17 M30-39 18:23 37:04 36:38 11:49
118 Peter Genio Mountain House 61 47 16 M40-49 18:29 36:56 36:44 11:51
119 Benjamin Moreno Mountain House 126 31 18 M30-39 18:35 36:57 36:50 11:53
120 Kristina Fuller Mountain House 57 33 27 F30-39 14:34 37:14 37:05 11:58
121 Jennie Weizenegger Mountain House 198 40 18 F40-49 14:35 37:14 37:06 11:58
122 Allison Corliss Tracy 37 16 1 F16-19 14:51 37:36 37:22 12:04
123 Kyle Corliss Tracy 38 14 6 M11-15 19:08 37:36 37:23 12:04
124 Cheryl Collins Tracy 32 50 6 F50-99 15:22 38:09 37:53 12:14
125 Tamara Eubanks 219 50 7 F50-99 15:22 38:09 37:53 12:14
126 Amy Richardson Lodi 160 32 28 F30-39 15:38 38:36 38:09 12:19
127 Breanna MacOn Mountain House 111 16 2 F16-19 16:01 38:46 38:32 12:26
128 Noemi Do Mountain House 49 40 19 F40-49 16:11 39:02 38:42 12:29
129 Cha Thao 230 28 1 M20-29 20:27 39:02 38:42 12:29
130 Samantha Torres Mtn House 191 39 29 F30-39 16:20 38:55 38:51 12:32
131 Jessica Fumagalli Mountain House 58 33 30 F30-39 16:20 38:56 38:51 12:32
132 Corey Ashabranner Mountain House 10 9 9 M01-10 20:41 39:01 38:56 12:34
133 Rick Ashabranner Mountain House 12 44 17 M40-49 20:41 39:01 38:56 12:34
134 Brianna Bo 226 11 8 F11-15 16:44 39:34 39:15 12:40
135 Justin Mallory Lathrop 114 33 19 M30-39 21:19 40:09 39:34 12:46
136 Yaching Chih Mountain House 29 39 31 F30-39 17:08 39:49 39:39 12:48
137 Erika Mallory Lathrop 113 33 32 F30-39 17:09 40:13 39:40 12:48
138 Nikki Lacey Dublin 103 33 33 F30-39 17:27 40:03 39:58 12:54
139 Kirsten Lee Livermore 106 40 20 F40-49 17:28 40:05 39:59 12:54
140 Ryan Hicks Mountain House 70 36 20 M30-39 22:21 40:49 40:36 13:06
141 Sarah Noble 235 9 4 F01-10 18:31 41:12 41:02 13:14
142 Alfonso Migu Perez Mtn House 142 11 7 M11-15 22:53 41:12 41:08 13:16
143 Johnnetta MacOn Mountain House 112 46 21 F40-49 19:11 41:56 41:42 13:27
144 Melissa Montoya Mountain House 125 44 22 F40-49 19:17 42:06 41:48 13:29
145 Stephanie Stacey Mountain House 179 43 23 F40-49 19:20 42:09 41:51 13:30
146 Avasubramam Arumugam 229 67 8 F50-99 19:21 42:01 41:52 13:31
147 Caterina Grandy Mountain House 64 37 34 F30-39 19:27 42:13 41:58 13:33
148 Lynn Juarez Mt. House 88 52 9 F50-99 19:27 42:14 41:58 13:33
149 Austin Allen Brentwood 3 24 2 M20-29 23:45 42:16 42:00 13:33
150 Karla Phillips Mountain House 147 43 24 F40-49 19:39 42:39 42:10 13:37
Place Name City Bib Age Age Group Place Age Group Timeback Guntime Chiptime Pace
151 Jacqueline Hairston Tracy 66 28 8 F20-29 20:02 42:47 42:33 13:44
152 Aidan Stenner Mountain House 180 10 10 M01-10 25:03 43:29 43:18 13:58
153 Joshua Flanagan Mountain House 54 10 11 M01-10 25:22 43:43 43:37 14:05
154 Erin Su Mountain House 185 10 5 F01-10 21:15 43:51 43:46 14:07
155 Jennifer Casey Mountain House 23 38 35 F30-39 21:33 44:11 44:04 14:13
156 Nitesh Murugesh Mountain House 127 31 21 M30-39 25:55 44:16 44:10 14:15
157 Tirzah Stenner Mountain House 181 41 25 F40-49 22:09 44:51 44:40 14:25
158 Michele Jones Manteca 86 46 26 F40-49 22:35 45:20 45:06 14:33
159 Keith Reventlow Tracy 159 49 18 M40-49 26:55 45:19 45:10 14:35
160 Andra Reventlow Tracy 158 44 27 F40-49 22:39 45:19 45:10 14:35
161 Sara Rose Mountain House 162 36 36 F30-39 22:48 45:29 45:19 14:37
162 Samantha Ruzbarsky Pleasanton 166 43 28 F40-49 23:02 45:51 45:33 14:42
163 Jennifer Denison Mountain House 47 33 37 F30-39 23:42 46:23 46:13 14:55
164 Kristin Discala Livermore 48 31 38 F30-39 23:43 46:23 46:14 14:55
165 Mauricio Ramos Mountain House 157 41 19 M40-49 28:29 47:01 46:44 15:05
166 Brianna Ramos Mountain House 155 10 6 F01-10 24:14 47:01 46:45 15:05
167 Elea Ramos Mountain House 156 7 7 F01-10 24:14 47:02 46:45 15:05
168 Elizabeth Su Mountain House 184 8 8 F01-10 24:32 47:26 47:03 15:11
169 Allison Oh Mountain House 135 9 9 F01-10 24:33 47:27 47:04 15:11
170 Walker Patteson Mountain House 215 12 8 M11-15 29:46 48:01 48:01 15:30
171 Julie Herr Turlock 69 51 10 F50-99 26:00 48:46 48:31 15:39
172 Katy Chan Mountain House 26 38 39 F30-39 26:00 48:49 48:31 15:39
173 Linda Ente Stockton 52 53 11 F50-99 26:02 48:48 48:33 15:40
174 Grace Skelley Tracy 174 30 40 F30-39 26:06 48:51 48:37 15:41
175 Maureen Davis Mountain House 42 40 29 F40-49 27:58 50:51 50:29 16:17
176 Ron Davis Mountain House 43 41 20 M40-49 32:14 50:51 50:29 16:17
177 Jeannie Mogannam Mountain House 123 45 30 F40-49 28:28 51:19 50:59 16:27
178 Georgina Salameh Mountain House 167 35 41 F30-39 28:31 51:18 51:02 16:28
179 Lisa Northum Mountain House 129 34 42 F30-39 28:33 51:34 51:04 16:29
180 Dominic Hill Mountain House 73 4 12 M01-10 33:01 51:33 51:16 16:33
181 Sarah Northum Lathrop 130 35 43 F30-39 28:45 51:34 51:16 16:33
182 Stephanie Beasly Mountain House 205 31 44 F30-39 29:17 52:18 51:48 16:43
183 Damien Hill Mountain House 71 6 13 M01-10 33:47 52:31 52:02 16:47
184 Victoria Kamerzell 221 32 45 F30-39 29:31 52:32 52:02 16:47
185 Sarah Cullimore Mountain House 41 30 46 F30-39 30:19 53:20 52:50 17:03
186 Monika Wagelaar Mountain House 196 52 12 F50-99 32:04 54:46 54:35 17:37
187 Lisa Boulais Mountain House 15 49 31 F40-49 33:28 56:11 55:59 18:04
188 Darla Swanson Mountain House 188 49 32 F40-49 34:05 56:58 56:36 18:16
189 Joey Corden Mountain House 36 15 9 M11-15 38:23 57:07 56:38 18:17
190 Dianna Corden Mountain House 35 44 33 F40-49 34:08 57:07 56:39 18:17
191 Christina Corden Mountain House 34 16 3 F16-19 34:09 57:07 56:40 18:17
192 Christina Oh Mountain House 136 43 34 F40-49 34:10 57:05 56:41 18:17
193 Zoey Ramsey 225 6 10 F01-10 36:42 59:39 59:13 19:07
194 Jasmine Colbert-Moore Mtn House 30 33 47 F30-39 40:50 1:03:42 1:03:21 20:27
195 Charis Jones-Allen Mountain House 87 41 35 F40-49 40:50 1:03:41 1:03:21 20:27
196 Elsa Isip Tracy 79 73 13 F50-99 43:50 1:06:47 1:06:21 21:24
197 Marvin Isip Tracy 81 37 22 M30-39 48:09 1:06:50 1:06:24 21:25
198 Laura Strickland 238 36 48 F30-39 52:52 1:15:24 1:15:23 24:19
199 David Oh Mountain House 137 45 21 M40-49 56:02
200 Andy Su, Jr Mountain House 186 6 14 M01-10 56:07

Age Group Results

Female 1 – 10

Place Name City Bib Age Guntime Chiptime Pace
1 Megan Ashabranner Mountain House 11 10 27:13 27:08 8:46
2 Sophia Kwok Mountain House 100 8 30:26 30:17 9:46
3 Mira Odom Brentwood 133 10 34:27 34:14 11:03
4 Sarah Noble 235 9 41:12 41:02 13:14
5 Erin Su Mountain House 185 10 43:51 43:46 14:07
6 Brianna Ramos Mountain House 155 10 47:01 46:45 15:05
7 Elea Ramos Mountain House 156 7 47:02 46:45 15:05
8 Elizabeth Su Mountain House 184 8 47:26 47:03 15:11
9 Allison Oh Mountain House 135 9 47:27 47:04 15:11
10 Zoey Ramsey 225 6 59:39 59:13 19:07
 

Male 1 – 10

Place Name City Bib Age Guntime Chiptime Pace
1 Aakagh Arumugam 228 7 24:37 24:33 7:56
2 Andrew Ambrz Mountain House 5 10 25:53 25:43 8:18
3 Yuji Buczynski Mountain House 19 8 25:54 25:49 8:20
4 Brenden Ruzbarsky Pleasanton 165 10 31:28 31:10 10:04
5 Kieran Asami 211 7 31:50 31:40 10:13
6 Jaicob Isip Tracy 80 8 32:50 32:46 10:35
7 Alex Odom Brentwood 131 8 34:27 34:13 11:03
8 Jayden Lancer Mountain House 104 10 35:03 34:52 11:15
9 Corey Ashabranner Mountain House 10 9 39:01 38:56 12:34
10 Aidan Stenner Mountain House 180 10 43:29 43:18 13:58
11 Joshua Flanagan Mountain House 54 10 43:43 43:37 14:05
12 Dominic Hill Mountain House 73 4 51:33 51:16 16:33
13 Damien Hill Mountain House 71 6 52:31 52:02 16:47
14 Andy Su, Jr Mountain House 186 6 56:07
 

Female 11 – 15

Place Name City Bib Age Guntime Chiptime Pace
1 Jessica Kwan Mtn House 99 15 23:39 23:37 7:37
2 Amanda Leal 232 14 26:37 26:27 8:32
3 Taylor Venzor Mountain House 194 13 29:02 28:51 9:19
4 Alexis Baker Lodi 13 13 31:36 31:09 10:03
5 Ruth Hanan 237 12 33:12 33:08 10:42
6 Dominique Kaho’onei Mtn House 89 15 35:43 35:27 11:27
7 Alexia Kaho’onei 224 13 36:00 35:44 11:32
8 Brianna Bo 226 11 39:34 39:15 12:40
 

Male 11 – 15

Place Name City Bib Age Guntime Chiptime Pace
1 Tristan Ambriz Mountain House 4 13 20:48 20:47 6:42
2 Aaron Salazar Mountain House 168 11 28:15 28:12 9:06
3 Darren Hill Mountain House 72 12 33:07 32:38 10:32
4 Kenneth Andersen Tracy 203 12 33:25 32:58 10:39
5 James Patteson Mountain House 141 13 33:36 33:34 10:50
6 Kyle Corliss Tracy 38 14 37:36 37:23 12:04
7 Alfonso Migu Perez Mtn House 142 11 41:12 41:08 13:16
8 Walker Patteson Mountain House 215 12 48:01 48:01 15:30
9 Joey Corden Mountain House 36 15 57:07 56:38 18:17
 

Female 16 – 19

Place Name City Bib Age Guntime Chiptime Pace
1 Allison Corliss Tracy 37 16 37:36 37:22 12:04
2 Breanna MacOn Mountain House 111 16 38:46 38:32 12:26
3 Christina Corden Mountain House 34 16 57:07 56:40 18:17
 

Female 20 – 29

Place Name City Bib Age Guntime Chiptime Pace
1 Cara Hallam Tracy 67 24 26:10 26:04 8:25
2 Aeri Schwartz Oakland 171 23 27:00 26:56 8:42
3 Tarryn Schoonraad Mountain House 170 29 29:21 29:15 9:26
4 Kimberly Aguilar Mountain House 1 29 30:50 30:44 9:55
5 Megan De Ga Tracy 44 28 32:09 31:40 10:13
6 Lindsey Zotti Dublin 201 28 34:31 34:22 11:06
7 Jayme Robertson Discovery Bay 161 28 34:43 34:25 11:06
8 Jacqueline Hairston Tracy 66 28 42:47 42:33 13:44
 

Male 20 – 29

Place Name City Bib Age Guntime Chiptime Pace
1 Cha Thao 230 28 39:02 38:42 12:29
2 Austin Allen Brentwood 3 24 42:16 42:00 13:33
 

Female 30 – 39

Place Name City Bib Age Guntime Chiptime Pace
1 Emmalouise Brown Mountain House 17 31 22:43 22:40 7:19
2 Melissa McCullough Tracy 208 31 23:55 23:51 7:42
3 Beth Elliott Mountain House 51 36 25:12 25:09 8:07
4 Ligaya Perez Mtn House 146 38 26:50 26:45 8:38
5 Winnie Cheng Mountain House 27 39 27:45 27:33 8:54
6 Mary Hadden Mountain House 65 37 30:38 30:31 9:51
7 Patricia Gordon Tracy 62 37 30:42 30:35 9:52
8 Linh Ky Mountain House 102 39 30:59 30:50 9:57
9 Rachael Holguin Livermore 75 34 31:03 30:56 9:59
10 Heather Smiddy Tracy 175 39 31:26 31:06 10:02
11 Rebecca Kerns Mountain House 92 37 31:30 31:20 10:07
12 Lacy Asami 212 34 31:48 31:38 10:13
13 Sirasubraman Arumugam 227 37 32:07 32:03 10:21
14 Wendy Martinez Mountain House 116 32 32:17 32:05 10:21
15 Christina Michael San Francisco 120 37 32:35 32:16 10:25
16 Shuang Pui Mountain House 152 31 32:38 32:30 10:29
17 Kristina Kleven Castro Valley 96 33 32:42 32:37 10:32
18 Rowena Isip Tracy 82 37 32:49 32:49 10:36
19 Dawn Evangelista Mountain House 53 34 33:10 33:04 10:40
20 Bixia Ji Mountain House 85 38 33:18 33:10 10:42
21 Teresa Von Emster Mountain House 195 36 33:32 33:24 10:47
22 Heather Venzor Mountain House 193 37 35:08 34:58 11:17
23 Han Le Mtn House 105 36 35:57 35:44 11:32
24 Erica Casillas Hayward 24 34 36:19 36:06 11:39
25 Aimee Pinaula Mountain House 148 33 36:49 36:35 11:48
26 Jennifer Rowell Tracy 163 37 37:03 36:38 11:49
27 Kristina Fuller Mountain House 57 33 37:14 37:05 11:58
28 Amy Richardson Lodi 160 32 38:36 38:09 12:19
29 Samantha Torres Mtn House 191 39 38:55 38:51 12:32
30 Jessica Fumagalli Mountain House 58 33 38:56 38:51 12:32
31 Yaching Chih Mountain House 29 39 39:49 39:39 12:48
32 Erika Mallory Lathrop 113 33 40:13 39:40 12:48
33 Nikki Lacey Dublin 103 33 40:03 39:58 12:54
34 Caterina Grandy Mountain House 64 37 42:13 41:58 13:33
35 Jennifer Casey Mountain House 23 38 44:11 44:04 14:13
36 Sara Rose Mountain House 162 36 45:29 45:19 14:37
37 Jennifer Denison Mountain House 47 33 46:23 46:13 14:55
38 Kristin Discala Livermore 48 31 46:23 46:14 14:55
39 Katy Chan Mountain House 26 38 48:49 48:31 15:39
40 Grace Skelley Tracy 174 30 48:51 48:37 15:41
41 Georgina Salameh Mountain House 167 35 51:18 51:02 16:28
42 Lisa Northum Mountain House 129 34 51:34 51:04 16:29
43 Sarah Northum Lathrop 130 35 51:34 51:16 16:33
44 Stephanie Beasly Mountain House 205 31 52:18 51:48 16:43
45 Victoria Kamerzell 221 32 52:32 52:02 16:47
46 Sarah Cullimore Mountain House 41 30 53:20 52:50 17:03
47 Jasmine Colbert-Moore Mtn House 30 33 1:03:42 1:03:21 20:27
48 Laura Strickland 238 36 1:15:24 1:15:23 24:19
 

Male 30 – 39

Place Name City Bib Age Guntime Chiptime Pace
1 Wayne Staats Livermore 178 30 18:50 18:48 6:04
2 Jason Ngai Mountain House 128 37 20:52 20:50 6:44
3 Greg Holtz Mountain House 77 34 21:27 21:23 6:54
4 Wayne Miller 214 33 23:58 23:56 7:44
5 Brett Burleson Mountain House 20 33 25:43 25:39 8:17
6 Romanic Martinez Mountain House 207 31 25:55 25:44 8:18
7 Adriano Sun Mountain House 187 32 30:08 30:01 9:41
8 Nap Oliva Mountain House 139 37 31:04 30:55 9:59
9 Lawrence Colon Mountain House 33 37 33:32 33:24 10:47
10 Eric Hill Mountain House 74 37 33:55 33:26 10:48
11 Bobby Delgado Mountain House 46 30 34:13 33:56 10:57
12 Ryan Cullimore Mountain House 40 31 35:04 34:42 11:12
13 Josh Andrews Riverbank 8 32 35:05 34:43 11:12
14 Vincent Rafferty Mountain House 154 35 35:03 34:52 11:15
15 Ryan Pinaula Mountain House 149 37 36:51 36:34 11:48
16 Himoko Sadiki 236 39 36:49 36:35 11:48
17 Tom Rowell Tracy 164 36 37:04 36:38 11:49
18 Benjamin Moreno Mountain House 126 31 36:57 36:50 11:53
19 Justin Mallory Lathrop 114 33 40:09 39:34 12:46
20 Ryan Hicks Mountain House 70 36 40:49 40:36 13:06
21 Nitesh Murugesh Mountain House 127 31 44:16 44:10 14:15
22 Marvin Isip Tracy 81 37 1:06:50 1:06:24 21:25
 

Female 40 – 49

Place Name City Bib Age Guntime Chiptime Pace
1 Shiho Mimaya Mountain House 121 41 22:34 22:31 7:16
2 Lisa Brown Mountain House 18 40 22:52 22:50 7:22
3 Jill Toepfer Tracy 190 46 24:00 23:57 7:44
4 Marissa Mertes Mountain House 119 46 28:19 28:14 9:07
5 Lori Francis Mountain House 55 42 29:09 28:57 9:21
6 Rachel Chew Mountain House 28 46 29:13 29:02 9:22
7 Katie Jaurique Tracy 84 42 29:13 29:02 9:22
8 Amy Noble 233 43 30:26 30:14 9:46
9 Siu Yin Man Mountain House 115 40 30:59 30:49 9:57
10 K Proven San Jose 151 40 31:23 31:14 10:05
11 Bernadette Weir Mountain House 197 48 31:28 31:15 10:05
12 Cerena Sweetland-Gil Mountain House 189 47 32:23 32:11 10:23
13 Nacera Gorman Mountain House 63 44 32:40 32:31 10:30
14 Jacqueline Arrizano Mountain House 9 41 33:10 32:53 10:37
15 Amy Odom Brentwood 132 43 34:27 34:14 11:03
16 Denise Loftus Bronx 109 41 34:54 34:45 11:13
17 Jennifer Gaudreau Tracy 59 41 35:22 35:08 11:20
18 Jennie Weizenegger Mountain House 198 40 37:14 37:06 11:58
19 Noemi Do Mountain House 49 40 39:02 38:42 12:29
20 Kirsten Lee Livermore 106 40 40:05 39:59 12:54
21 Johnnetta MacOn Mountain House 112 46 41:56 41:42 13:27
22 Melissa Montoya Mountain House 125 44 42:06 41:48 13:29
23 Stephanie Stacey Mountain House 179 43 42:09 41:51 13:30
24 Karla Phillips Mountain House 147 43 42:39 42:10 13:37
25 Tirzah Stenner Mountain House 181 41 44:51 44:40 14:25
26 Michele Jones Manteca 86 46 45:20 45:06 14:33
27 Andra Reventlow Tracy 158 44 45:19 45:10 14:35
28 Samantha Ruzbarsky Pleasanton 166 43 45:51 45:33 14:42
29 Maureen Davis Mountain House 42 40 50:51 50:29 16:17
30 Jeannie Mogannam Mountain House 123 45 51:19 50:59 16:27
31 Lisa Boulais Mountain House 15 49 56:11 55:59 18:04
32 Darla Swanson Mountain House 188 49 56:58 56:36 18:16
33 Dianna Corden Mountain House 35 44 57:07 56:39 18:17
34 Christina Oh Mountain House 136 43 57:05 56:41 18:17
35 Charis Jones-Allen Mountain House 87 41 1:03:41 1:03:21 20:27
 

Male 40 – 49

Place Name City Bib Age Guntime Chiptime Pace
1 Matt Bogdanowicz Livermore 14 44 18:17 18:15 5:54
2 J.R. Mintz Hercules 122 47 21:00 20:57 6:46
3 Pravin Balasubramania 231 40 24:49 24:45 7:59
4 Jason Andreoli Tracy 7 43 25:05 25:03 8:05
5 John Weir 223 43 25:31 25:29 8:14
6 Bobby Anchanattu Mountain House 6 45 26:29 26:03 8:24
7 John Monis Mountain House 124 43 26:20 26:14 8:28
8 Anthony Lugo Mountain House 110 47 29:22 29:09 9:24
9 Michael Aivaliotis Mountain House 2 45 30:06 29:56 9:40
10 Alvin Perez Mtn House 143 41 30:15 30:10 9:44
11 Eddie Geh Tracy 60 47 30:58 30:55 9:59
12 Wing Yu Kwok Mountain House 101 40 31:34 31:25 10:08
13 Alex Punsalan San Ramon 218 43 31:56 31:42 10:14
14 Thomas Odom Brentwood 134 45 34:27 34:14 11:03
15 Ravikiran Kethidi Mountain House 93 41 36:16 36:13 11:41
16 Peter Genio Mountain House 61 47 36:56 36:44 11:51
17 Rick Ashabranner Mountain House 12 44 39:01 38:56 12:34
18 Keith Reventlow Tracy 159 49 45:19 45:10 14:35
19 Mauricio Ramos Mountain House 157 41 47:01 46:44 15:05
20 Ron Davis Mountain House 43 41 50:51 50:29 16:17
21 David Oh Mountain House 137 45 56:02
 

Female 50 – 99

Place Name City Bib Age Guntime Chiptime Pace
1 Leslie Pombo Tracy 220 60 27:14 27:08 8:46
2 Yumi Konishi Livermore 98 54 29:27 29:21 9:28
3 Kathie Schwartz Copperopolis 172 63 31:07 30:56 9:59
4 Kathy Keller Livermore 91 54 34:43 34:25 11:06
5 Marlene Kinser Stockton 94 78 35:42 35:27 11:26
6 Cheryl Collins Tracy 32 50 38:09 37:53 12:14
7 Tamara Eubanks 219 50 38:09 37:53 12:14
8 Avasubramam Arumugam 229 67 42:01 41:52 13:31
9 Lynn Juarez Mt. House 88 52 42:14 41:58 13:33
10 Julie Herr Turlock 69 51 48:46 48:31 15:39
11 Linda Ente Stockton 52 53 48:48 48:33 15:40
12 Monika Wagelaar Mountain House 196 52 54:46 54:35 17:37
13 Elsa Isip Tracy 79 73 1:06:47 1:06:21 21:24
 

Male 50 – 99

Place Name City Bib Age Guntime Chiptime Pace
1 Walter Wickboldt San Ramon 216 55 23:48 23:46 7:40
2 Steven Carlson Livermore 21 59 25:21 25:17 8:10
3 Phil Worley Mountain House 199 54 27:57 27:52 9:00
4 Tom Corliss Tracy 39 52 28:40 28:27 9:11
5 Nambi Srinivasan Mountain House 177 55 30:13 30:10 9:44
6 Joseph Dostie Ceres 50 51 31:07 30:59 10:00
7 Robert Worthen Mountain House 234 55 34:41 34:15 11:03
 

Tough Mudder Lake Tahoe 2013

My Team

Team Skid Marx was full of incredible people that I hope I get to spend more time with. I could fill a whole blog post just talking about how strong, determined, and fun these folks are. We stayed at a cabin before and after the race, and made a weekend of it – was way more fun than a one-day drive-and-race. David, Cerena, Vince, Carolina, John, Bernadette, Rick, Matt, and Paul (who wasn’t available for the team picture)

blog-team

The Race

Cage Crawl The race at Tahoe started a few thousand feet over sea level at Northstar, and climbed a couple thousand feet more during the course. It was an uphill hike and a climb over a 6′ barrier just to get to the start line. It was steep uphill from there and would continue up for 5 miles. We scaled Glory Blades (obstacle #1/18) with little issue, and then hit Cage Crawl. The water was freezing and we were trapped upside-down in that submersed channel under cyclone fencing as we pulled ourselves through. I had thrown away 1 Walk the Plank shirt, realizing I was just carrying more water with more layers. Next, walk the plank wasn’t high – maybe 20′ ? but it was descent into dark icy water, where it’s hard to fight back to the surface first when the cold makes your body try to gasp for air. It was somber for us when our teammate dislocated his shoulder in the struggle.  He was a former TM finisher, but with a previously injured joint that re-separated in the strain of the obstacle. Medical returned him to the start and we regrouped and headed for obstacle #4, adjusting our memorized headcount we’d been using to ensure we are all together.   We sloshed through the Mud Mile without much comment, but I threw out my gloves to help my cold hands dry off, and then reached Funky Monkey. I used a “wedding march” swing on the bars, getting my hands together on one bar before swinging one hand to the next. It was conservative and slow but I made it and stayed dry. We had 3 teammates get close, but slip into the cold water, with dire consequences later.

 

We crawled through Boa Constrictor, though we had no ropes (some other competitors did) so wiggling up out of the tunnels was real rough. Boa constrictorThen Kiss of Mud tore us up – the barbed wire you crawl under is so low that we had to scrape and tear our skin on the rocks to stay under it, or get cut if we raised too high. I was getting cold with my still-wet cotton shorts, and threw them out. Modesty was out, I’d have to finish in my speedo. Berlin Wall was maybe 16′ feet high? Some young mudders were trying to time a run, then leap, then kick off of a board to grasp the top and clear it without teammates. It was hard because the walls leaned away from us on an incline, so when you leap, gravity pulled you away from the wall. Forward momentum before the double jump could make it work though. tm-berlin-wallA few of us cleared it, and started using teamwork and hoisted each other over the walls. That’s when we finally reached our first electrocution obstacle. Electric Eel makes you crawl through water and high voltage lines, getting zapped on the way. This was it for one team member – all the cold water, cold air, cold wind finally turned to hypothermia, and we called in the ski patrol to get her off the mountain to warmth, her husband sacrificing his finisher’s headband to take her back to the village. It was demoralizing to lose 2 more members. We scoured for metal manhole covers to sit on to pick up some heat before we continued. I threw out my nutrition belt, continuing to learn how much I valued lightness.

 

At Lumberjacked we saw lots of mudders getting leg cramps, and our own teammate cramped while flinging himself over the log. Something about this obstacle, at this time in the race, was cramping people up pretty bad. We did a simple mystery obstacle, then simple LogJammin, and then our ranks were struck again – shredded foot soles from thin and pebble-filled shoes caused us to lose 2 more members, who were otherwise strong and energetic enough to continue, but just couldn’t walk on torn up feet. WoodCarryThey ended up finishing later without us, but at that point we pressed on with only 3 mudders left. It was a LONG hike after that to the next obstacle, one of many long hikes that day, and one of our three started to check-out mentally. We were beat, cold, the sun was going down, our team was shattered, and it was hard to stay motivated. I kept calling out our obstacles finished/obstacles left (“14 of 18! woo”) and Carolina started a military marching song about our team to raise morale. Our next event, Hold your Wood, was one of my day’s higlights. We put a log on our shoulders and started climbing the hill, but made it a race, trying to pick off (pass) other teams one by one. on the way down we ran out of nearby teams to catch, I said “If we run we can get that couple” and my teammate said “I’m too tired to run, sorry”. …but when we caught them by speedwalking, they said “hey! they’re passing us” and sped up. we sped up, then they jogged, we jogged, then they ran – and then my too-tired-to-run partner found the will to start sprinting. We won our impromptu race, shook hands with the other mudders, and faced the challenge I was most afraid of next.

 

Arctic EnemaArctic Enema is a dumpster full of ice-dense icewater, with a barrier in the middle you have to swim under. I trained for cold-water triathlons in the past, and learned it was impossible for me to control my breathing when the water was cold – without a wetsuit, at least. After a long freezing day on Northstar, with the sun behind the horizon, I didn’t think I could bear going in, and certainly not *under*, that water. It was worse thinking that, even if I succeeded, I’d be frozen for the next 3 miles. A teammate helped – “if you take your dry shirts off and get it done, your skin will dry when we run and then you can put your dry shirts back on.” I dove in, ducked under, and came out pumping my fists. A teammate followed, and the dry clothes trick worked. There were 4 obstacles left, despite my miscounted assurances that we had only 3 to go. We wiggled through Kiss of Mud again, having already learned the drill on this duplicate obstacle. We descended some steep difficult terrain, slipping a bit and getting nervous we’d lose another member to an unfortunate stumble or twisted ankle. At Warrior Carry, two of us hoisted the third, since our numbers didn’t make sense for 1-to-1 partners. TM Matt FinishJust everest and Electroshock remained, but they were both a blur, because they surrounded the finish line, where the second highlight of my day awaited. All the able team members that we’d been seperated from who’d had another path down the mountain were on the green and cheering for us. The announcer even called out on the loudspeaker about how Team Skid Marx had started with many but was down to these few at the finish. I was so pumped when we charged through Electroshock Therapy, I barely noticed the high voltage and couldn’t lower my fists from the air. We got our TM headbands, our shirts, our beers, and were reunited and ready to get to serious business – what were we going to eat after all those hours of competition? This was one of the most unique and memorable races I’ve done – and the only one that included teamwork and obstacles.

Tips – apparel

Minimalist shoes are not great. I ran in 5-fingers and they didn’t keep the mud & pebbles out, and didn’t protect my soles from the rocks and roots. Next time I’ll try trail shoes, athletic socks, and maybe tape around the top to my ankle to keep mud out. Gloves are great if they don’t hold any water. I liked my climber’s tape better. Tape around every finger joint at least, maybe the palm too. Not too tight, though – you need circulation. Wear as few clothes as possible. A triathlon suit may be perfect – you don’t want lots of baggy wet clothes keeping you cold and weighing you down. …but keep in mind that exposed skin will scratch and tear in Kiss the Mud, so long runner’s tights might protect those legs better than shorts. Carry a water belt with nutrition and water if you need it – TM has some aid stations and bananas, but not much. I ditched my water belt halfway through because I didn’t like the weight or having it catch on things.

Tips – fitness

I’d suggest a finisher should be able to do all of these in a workout before the race:

pushups – 15 reps x 5 sets |  pullups – 5 reps x 5 sets | plank – 60 seconds | trail running – 10 miles in hills | Interval sprints – develop quickness for at least 20 yards | farmer walks – carry your own body weight ~30 yards | jump in a very cold lake/pool and swim out | get your BMI under 24 | Understand how TM electrocution works

Why you need the fitness tips above

I really felt the need for pushups & planks on Kiss the Mud, Electric Eel, Boa Constructor – it was hard to get up out of the Kiss the Mud because I hadn’t done strong enough pushup work. Pullups helped climb walls, swim out, swing from ledges/bars – Glory Blades, Cage Crawl, Walk the Plank, Funky Monkey, Berlin Walls, Just the Tip, Everest.

Trail Running just gets you through the course. Quickness gets you up Everest – the only obstacle that required leg speed. Farmer Walks are for hauling things – Hold your Wood, Warrior Carry.

Cold water prep was big for Cage Crawl, Walk the Plank, Mud Mile, Electric Eel, and *especially* the dreaded Arctic Enema.  being low BMI/low weight will help your partner on Warrior Carry, and help you on climb over and suspension obstacles.

You don’t have to prepare for the electricity – all you have to do is understand how it works. The electrical wires are not always hot – there is a rolling charge through all of them that lights for an instant. …so you don’t try to dodge wires exactly, you just keep them off your most sensitive spots, keep moving forward, and pray you have lucky timing.

Thanks for reading!  This is our team getting omelettes the morning after the race.

TM team breakfast

Upcoming Group Races

Hope you all like the new site!  And to go along with a new site, it’s time to announce our next group race(s).  Currently these are the next 3 races that I know we have a good amount of members going to.  Let us know if you would like to come too.  The goal is organize some carpools, and hopefully get some lunch after the races.

Brazen New Years Eve (Facebook)

Up to 16 people!!  And if you want to do the Half Marathon, Han and Autumn just started a plan that you can join in on (I think next week is 7 miles)

Brazen New Years Day (Facebook)

Up to 11 people!!

Hollywood Half Marathon (Facebook)

Up to 11 people!!  Including several first time Half Marathoners.

Send me a mail if you have questions.

Corey

Welcome to the new mhrunners.com!

Welcome to the new Mountain House Running Club website.

Whether you’re new here, or you’ve been a member of the club since the beginning, this is the place to find out about club happenings, record personal records, find race reviews and stay informed.

The site is still very much in development, so watch us grow and continue to come back for updates!

2012-06 Crazy 8’s Trail Series #1

The Crazy 8’s Trail Series kicked off in June at Eagal Lakes in Tracy, ca. So it was almost a local race :) Two members of MHRC showed up for the race, and we both placed in our Age Groups.

Sarah Northum finished in 48:24 and Corey Strock finished in 1:02:05

2012-06 Hook & Ladder

We had a great turnout in Livermore for the 4th annual Hook & Ladder Run.  This is becoming “The Event” to go to if you are an MHRCer, everyone has a great time, the course is nice, the drive is short, and the swag is great:

Results (please note that these are gun times, as there was no chip timing this year)
5K
Drew Jacobsen 22:30
Tyler Jacobsen 36:50
Sara Chavez 38:24 (not a member, but welcome to join)
Asha Sethu Madhaven 37:06
Amy Blair 38:45
Sara Faidley 48:12
Carla Floratos 48:35
Athena Rivera 50:20 (not a member, but welcome to join)
Greg Holtz 22:01 (Good enough for 2nd place in his Age Group)
Brett Burleson 27:55
Chris Blair 38:41
Corey Strock 40:44
Leticia Rivera 45:26 (not a member, but welcome to join)
10K
Matt Mullen No time yet
Randy Cheng No time yet

2012-05 Western Pacific

MHRC had sic runners out in Fremont for Brazen’s biggest race ever. Greg and Drew ran their first ever Marathons.  Greg even wrote a race report.

Marathon
Greg Holtz – 4:01:36
Drew Jacobsen – 4:22:25 (3rd in his age group)
Tracy Crane (Not a member, but a Mountain Houser none the less) – 6:49:44
Half-Marathon
Michele Lajeunesse (Not a member, but a Mountain Houser none the less)) – 2:02:05
10K
Jason Ngai – 50:06
Jennifer Messser – 1:35:50
And we had 2 of us at Aid Station #1
Congratulations to all runners.

2012-04 Survivor Mud Run

There were a whole lot of Mountain House Running Club members for the 1st ever Survivor Mud Run at Dell Osso Farms. With a Mud run so close, you had to expect a great turn out. I ran this as well, and I can assure you that it was muddy!!  I will update this post with my “after” pic once I acquire it.

Here are the results for MHRC members.

Saturday

Chris Blair 41:43:00
Amy Young 41:44:00
Brett Burleson 41:46:00
San Ly 48:12:00
Corey Strock 52:25:00
Justin Barnes 53:34:00
Lori Francis 1:04:00
Corey Blethroad 1:05:13
Sunday
John Balbin 54:33:00
Jan Michael Galvin 1:04:22
Marc Anthony Scott 1:37:48
Samantha Torres 1:47:49

2012-04 Diablo Trails Challenge

On a busy race weekend, some members of the MHRC ran the Diablo Trails Challenge. This race took place out in Walnut Creek and reports are in that it was almost unbearably hot, but sometimes that happens on races.

Half Marathon
Drew Jacobsen 2:48:48

10K
Sunduk Kim 1:12:02

5K
Bernadette Weir 46:33

Great job in that heat!!