Marathon Maniacs News Letter – July / August 2005
· 9 new members for the month of July (168 total members)
· AAA doesn't stand for the American Automobile Association anymore. It stands for Maniacs Annie, Alicia and Amy, the first three female finishers in the Foot Traffic Flat Marathon!
· Girl Power = Maniac Carol Dellinger, whom was brought out at halftime during the WNBA Seattle Storm game on July 23 to commemorate being the youngest female to finish 150 marathons! That's quite an accomplishment Carol!
· Gregg Walchli and Annie Thiessen win the Gateway to the Pacific Marathon.
· Non-running content…Claudia Cooper wins the Lindt Chocolate essay, competing against 1,000 other contenders! What she won…a trip for 2 to Switzerland! Now you know why some of us enter those Reader's Digest Sweepstakes!
If you find a discrepancy or are missing any information that should be in the scorecard (number of marathons/ultras, total count and states/countries/provinces run, please contact Main Maniac. He will be more than happy to make the corrections. Or if you find that Main Maniac (with cat on head) has omitted your name from a milestone (50, 100 marathon mark, placing in races, etc..) please, please let him know…he wants to give credit where credit is due.
Upcoming Marathon News
Skagit Flats Marathon (9/12/05) Race Director and
Maniac #112 Terry Sentinella is happy to inform the Maniacs of a $5 discount on
their entry fee. They can get the discount two ways;
1) Enter online at active.com, http://www.active.com/event_detail.cfm?event_id=1198020. To get the discount on Active, enter 123 in the running club code selection. Also ask that you enter Marathon Maniac under Club Affiliation, or
2) mail him a copy of the attached entry form. Just subtract $5 from the fee. Please make sure you tell us you are a Marathon Maniac. I am also offering to Marathon Maniacs the chance to pick their
number, assuming the number is available. I have had fellow Marathoners tell me they like to use the number corresponding to the Marathon they are running, or possible a B-Day, Lucky Number, etc. This is going to be on a first come first serve basis. I will make every effort to get you the number you want. Once again entries must be sent to me. I will be assigning numbers and taking care of the runner databases. Can send entries to:
Skagit Flats Marathon Entry
C/O Terry Sentinella
P.O. Box 1562
Anacortes, WA 98221-6562
Mount Desert Island Marathon
Race Director and Maniac Gary Allen is
extending a special
invitation for members of Marathon Maniacs to attend the 2005 Mount Desert
Island Marathon www.mdimarathon.org. We'll knock $25 off our entry fees (1/2
price!) for all current Marathon Maniacs members. Important Instructions:
1) you MUST apply by mail by printing our offline application
2) Fill out the application and include only $25 per entry (plus any optional pasta dinner fees)
3) Mention you are a member in good standing of the "Insane Asylum"
4) Mail the completed application back to us...Note: the offer is good right up to race day!
· Cape Cod Marathon (10/30/05): Would you like to run the Cod for free? If yes, then Maniac #81 Marie Bartoletti has an offer for you. They are looking for pacers and the race director has asked Marie to coordinate that effort. Your race registration fee will be comped, so contact Marie email@example.com if you're interested.
Please check out the new feature on the website "Meet the Members". Newest "interviews" include Maniacs Andrew Edwards, Craig Holcomb, Carol Dellinger and Tony Phillippi. Our goal is to have each and every one of you profiled. The next question…Starbuck's, Tully's or Seattle's Best?
The Marathon Maniacs…at the Races
Leadville Trail Marathon: Craig Holcomb
Angel Island 50km: Larry Macon
Gold Coast Airport Marathon: Marie Bartoletti
Annie Thiessen is on quite a roll, notching her eighth marathon win of 2005 and fourth in the past 30 days at the July 4th at the Foot Traffic Flat Marathon where she led the Women's field with a time of 3:05:44. Alicia Britt, of Seattle WA, gave Thiessen her closest competition with a second place finishing time of 3:23:05. Britt was the winner of last year's Halloween Marathon. Amy Yanni, of Rapid City SD - winner of the Brookings Marathon this past May - took third in 3:23:21.
Calgary Marathon: Al Harman, Susan Marshall, Wendy Marshall. Here is an excerpt from Al's race
report: he ran the entire race with his brother: Yay. His first
marathon...5:14.45, my slowest. We crossed together, race #332 & 333. It was perfect weather. The course was
closed to traffic this year, so only 5 cars - 1 bus twice, a VW, and a budget
truck picking stuff up. There was a road that was being constructed, which was
tough. Other than that the course was good. The half didn't conflict with the
marathon and the 10k didn't either. I was really worried when I saw the big
mass crossing over the road ahead of us like last year. Three others and myself
got caught in 8 wide, very deep, very slow 10k-ers, with only one lane, and a
shared water stop. This year both lanes were open and we actually ended up just
behind the 10k. However, the poor half marathon leaders ran into us and the
tail end of the 10k, the fastest guys. Yuck. And the lead marathoners ran into
the tail end of the halfers, which we could see coming towards us from the
other way. If I was running < 3:30 I would have run into the 10k pack again.
At 20km our 4:45 pace started to degrade, especially once he started having stomach problems. Note to brother: do not consume 3 highballs and 3 beers, 36 hours before your first marathon. At 30k I told him 5 hours was out. We ran with Susan Marshall for a few km's and could see her for about 5 more. We ran with a first time marathoner from Calgary, Cindy, from 5k to 24k. She did well. Small world that it was, in the Tofino marathon last June, I was camping out, and in the rain, the 4 people in the next campsite were running the race as a relay. I ran into one of those guys; he ran this Calgary as his first. As promised, at 35km I had a beer (half). Another first! And another belt buckle. It was a great race for me, didn't feel a thing, bro has not run past 30k, and I found out instead of 3-8 30k training runs, he DID ONE! That is why he didn't break 5 hours. Oh yeah, and the booze. So a 5 hour marathon is perfect training for CCC, right?
Seafair Marathon: A message from the President…The city of Bellevue put on a grand show for the Seafair Marathon. Cool and later drizzly weather didn't dampen the spirits for the Maniacs running in this inaugural event. The weekend started off with the Maniac pasta dinner at the Seattle Buca di Beppo. Besides eating a grand feast, Lenore Dolphin was quite busy promoting (and selling) the newest marathon running book "From Fairbanks to Boston - 50 Great U.S. Marathons" which included a chapter on their own Yakima River Canyon Marathon. On race morning, the tradition of gathering up Maniacs for pre-race pictures, courtesy of Maniac photographer Chris (we'd rather see you running) Warren, was in full swing. While lining up in our respective pacing groups, there seemed to be a flotilla of MM yellow singlets (some black) everywhere. As the gun sounded, Maniacs Eric Barnes, Ruben Contreras, Doug MacLean, Terry Sentinella, Phil DeYoung (from Texas), Steve Supkoff, Gregg Walchli and Jennifer Yogi sped off, never seeing them again until the finish. What a cruel way to start a race…a slight uphill for the first mile. Chris Marr and I cruised together for miles and after a few ups and downs, the course flattened out. Soon the Maniac sightings, the first of which I'd never seen before in a race. On the steep downhill at mile 7, Wendy Scott did her best impression of an airplane as she zigged-zagged down the hill, arms outstretched…you could tell she was having a good time! Slightly ahead but always within sight was Dale Shoup. Near mile 11, I soon come upon a very rare sight…Tony Phillippi and Annie Thiessen walking. Something was not right; I asked them to join me as I certainly wasn't burning up the pavement. They wanted to walk some more so I wished them well.
We interrupt this race report for a special news bulletin…cheering us marathoners on were Maniac half-marathoners Earl Fenstermacher, Robert Hester and Cheri Gross.
Near the halfway point, I recognize familiar voices behind me. It's Mike Wakabayashi and Mark Looi, looking sleek in their attired black and yellow singlets. Somehow they were pacing, shall we say, with quite a few pretty ladies, trying to get them to become Maniacs! Since they were doing such a good job, I dropped back to not impede their progress. The next cruel joke…the steep, winding uphill at mile 14. I know Bellevue but I certainly didn't know about this hill! A few miles after cresting the hill, another yellow singlet was spotted. It was none other than Coloradoan Keith Panzer…who made a special trip to Bellevue just to run with the Maniacs. How's that for dedicated members! At this point, Keith and I were having a tough day, his just a little tougher. The last straw was the really steep hill at mile 21…it turned out to be a walker for me. On to the finish, (yes, a slight uphill in the last mile) where I awaited for my congratulatory hug from Lenore. The end of a grueling test.
One by one the Maniacs started filtering in: the amazing Gunhild Swanson, Lesa Overfield, Van Phan, Steve Frederickson, Guy Yogi and Barb Bumann all broke the 4 hour mark. They were soon followed by Maniacs Mike Shiach, Claudia Cooper, Jim Boyd, Dennis Spurlock, Diana "Slug" Robinson, Cheri Gillis, Todd King, Cathy West, Janet Burgess and Jack Swanson. Rounding out the finishers were Larry Macon, Sue Fauerbach, Bob Dolphin and Carol Dellinger.
But the best news of all…Seafair provided the induction into the Insane Asylum for new Maniacs Shelleena Bunker, Judy Fisher, Tony Johns, Kim Boyle, May Cheng and Ken Blauvelt. And congratulations to the following for their age-group placing awards: Jennifer (1st), Lesa (2nd), Barb (2nd), Gunhild (1st), Judy (2nd), Doug (2nd), Ruben (3rd), Dale (3rd), Jim (3rd), Jack (1st) and Bob (2nd). Make your plans for next July. They promise to make it better, if not hillier!
University of Okoboji Marathon: Craig Holcomb, Amy Yanni; More accolades from marathonguide.com. Women's side it was Amy Mercer, 39, of Lexington NC, who led the field with a time of 3:16:47. She was followed by Brookings Marathon champ Amy Yanni, 51, of Rapid City SD, who placed second in 3:47:13.
Damn Wakely Dam Ultra: Laura Bleakley
Gateway To The Pacific Marathon: Jim Boyd, Ruben Contreras, Cheri Gillis, Richard Haase, Sue Fauerbach, Larry Macon, Tony Phillippi, Annie Thiessen, Gregg Walchli, Steven Yee, Guy Yogi. This marathonguide write-up is "littered" with Maniac names! Two Maniacs won the 2005 Gateway to the Pacific Marathon this weekend. Marathon Maniac Gregg Walchi, of Seattle WA, won the Men's division with a time of 3:00:25. His fellow Maniac Annie Thiessen of Tacoma WA - a name well known around these parts - won the Women's division in 3:24:47. For those of you keeping score that's Annie's ninth win this year! Rounding out the stats - Lee Wakeland, of White Rock BC, took second amoung the Men with a time of 3:06:02, while Ruben Contreras, of Stanwood WA, took third in 3:14:15. Nicole Mills, of Naperville IL, was the Women's runner up with a time of 4:06:10, and Cheri Gillis, of Woodinville WA, took third in 4:14:28.
Nova Scotia Marathon: Gary Allen logged his 50th career
marathon last weekend in Nova Scotia! He says "this race is an oldie and
goodie, its their 35th annual, and how many marathons can you name that started
in 1970 and are still around?" Right, not many. The NS Marathon runs out
and back on 'the Hawk' during approximately miles 14 -17. I had a bad stretch
out there, fighting the wind, seems a few others had as well. Honestly, I have
never seen a place so exposed to the
elements, even the trees are the variety usually reserved for high mountains,
all wind blown and stunted. Even so Gary, you're halfway to the century mark!
Mt. Hood 50/50: Christel Elliot, Steve Fredrickson, Marc Frommer, Jeff Perry, Maura Schwartz, Olga Varlamova. Below is the true definition of "maniacism" as nothing will get in the way of Marc finishing this ultra: Here's a little tidbit of his "mishap". I had one major goal for this race -- Stay Upright the whole way. Well, sometimes you just don't make your goals. I really thought I was going to make it since I was fine all the way to the turnaround (the last time I did it I had already fallen twice on the way out). I was beginning to feel good about the goal as I kept on getting closer to the end. But, I thought I heard little whispers and giggles coming from the trees and their roots. I ignored them, thinking it was the wind or something (maybe Big Foot breathing). But, around 4 1/2 hours into the race, they got me. This root came out from nowhere, grabbed my foot, and I was one with the trail. After a few judicious words (and checking to make sure my watch was still going), I gingerly got up and assessed the damage. Blood was drawn on my knee and elbow, my hip (which was where I landed) didn't feel great but no ankle damage, which was my biggest concern. I walked for a bit and then continued on resigned to the fact that you don't mess with Mother Nature. But of course, he finished!
Marc, could this be the reason why some of us haven't converted to the trails and would prefer those paved, asphalt roads?
San Francisco Chronicle Marathon: Andre Boulais, Alicia Britt, Diva Burns, Barb Bumann, David Dassey, Carol Dellinger, Sue Fauerbach, Gary Geuss, Deo Jaravata, Don Kienz, Ron Knecht, Rick Korecki, Mark Looi, Robert "srlopez" Lopez, Chris Marr, Andrew Moore, Ruth Morrow, Keith Panzer, Dale Shoup, Dennis Spurlock, Chris Warren, Amy Yanni, Steven Yee. Another good race (and report) by Barb…enjoy!
In the course of running 12 marathons in 12 months, my
running partner Chris Marr decided we should factor in a 13th -- "just in
case." He favored one in Juneau, AK but it's next weekend which didn't
work for me. I proposed
running the San Francisco Marathon again, especially since this year the course was changed to include an out-and-back across the Golden Gate Bridge. Long story short: I ran two minutes faster this year than last year on what I believe was a harder course, but dropped five places in my age group to 7th out of 125 :-). I think this is because of greater participation because of the course change. My time was 3:55:29, so I made two of my
goals: to beat last year's time and to run at least as fast as the time I'd estimated on my entry form.
Saturday night Chris Warren arranged for a Maniac dinner and it was a lot of fun, giving us the opportunity to meet Maniacs from all over the country -- including Philadelphia and Florida, Bend, OR, and Denver, CO. as well as the usual suspects from Washington that we always enjoy seeing! The race began at 5:20 a.m. to accommodate closing the bridge with the least disruption of traffic. I like the early start a lot -- that's what time I ordinarily run -- but some people didn't care for it. There was an even earlier "early start" option for runners/walkers who didn't think they could make the cutoff time of 12 noon. This posed a bit of a problem, in my opinion. I didn't mind the numerous walkers at the San Diego Marathon, for instance, because we were seeded by time and they were behind me. In addition to the early starters we also had "first half" half marathoners that started with the marathoners. Even sending the marathoners in one-minute waves based on finishing time estimates didn't really help much. Because of a lack of corrals, people didn't really know where they were supposed to be standing at the start.
I lined up with the 3:50 pace group but didn't last a mile
with them. I should've known since they were sponsored by RW -- but it never
occured to me they would be gallowalking! No sooner did we hit the first mile
marker than the pace group leader yelled at everyone to prepare for their walk
break. See ya, I said to myself. They never passed me, but because of the way
runners are routed in different directions on that course, I could easily have
missed them. It was dark for a long time and foggy after that. The trip across
the bridge was a lot of fun but we had no view because of the fog. I did see
several fellow Maniacs because of the out-and-back feature -- including
Chris W., Steve Yee, Alicia Britt, Keith P. from Colorado, Amy Yanni and Dale Shoup, Deo and Chris M. Ya gotta love those yellow singlets! At times I felt "boxed in" by the slower runners that I was catching up with on the bridge. One lane of traffic was closed and we had to stay to the right so as not to interfere with the runners coming back. I did my best to pass people on the left while more or less staying to the right :-). The good part was, I was close enough to the side with the returning runners to high five both of the Chris's as we passed.
Consensus among the Maniacs at the finish line seemed to be
that the remainder of the course was, if possible, even hillier than last year!
It was tough, but didn't seem as hard to me as the Bellevue course three weeks
ago. I didn't walk at all during this marathon, with the exception of a couple
of aid stations where I took gel and it was more or less crucial for me to get
the water *in* me, not *on* me. There were some very steep sections after 19 miles
that some people were running backwards on. The only thing I could figure out
was that their quads were hammered. It would be a very difficult course for
flatlanders and I imagine there were a fair amount of them there. The
temperature was perfect for this run, the early hour and fog keeping things
from getting too warm until around mile 24 for me, which would have been about
9:00 a.m. CM had finished in 3:37 and change and waited for the rest of us to
finish. He saw Steve Yee and several other Maniacs cross the line and finally
gave up waiting for me. As he wandered back toward the clothing drop, he
spotted several of us Maniacs (including me!) taking
advantage of a photo op. We concluded I must have crossed the finish line just as he decided he must have missed me and turned away.
This race has a lot of plusses: good weather for a midsummer run and it's a wonderful place to visit. I truly enjoyed visiting with the Maniacs who attended the pre-race dinner and look forward to meeting old friends and new at New York City.
Noteworthy Accomplishments / Promotions / Omissions / Maniac Stuff:
Ø Ruthenium Maniac: Congratulations to Paula Boone for achieving 5-star status by running marathons in 14 states so far in 2005. I get the feeling she's not through yet!
Ø Iridium Maniacs: Belated congratulations to Van Phan, who also completed the extreme double of McDonald Forest 50km and Capital City Marathon on consecutive days.
Ø Gold Maniacs: Mark Looi just recently completed 4 marathons in 4 states/provinces in 51 days, thus elevating him to gold status. Ditto to Terry Sentinella, for completing Salt Lake City, Capital City, Olathe and Grandma's in an 8-week period.
Ø 100 marathon mark: Steve Monk (Kiluea Volcano Wilderness Run)
Ø 50 marathon mark: Gary Allen, Marie Bartoletti and Diana "Slug" Robinson
Ø Claudia's Chocolate essay: "Indulging in Lindt chocolate is like entering a blissful dream. Its calming, relaxing qualities take me to a place where all my senses come alive. The rich, cocoa taste soothes my palate and that creamy, velvety texture heightens my awareness. I'm now in a world of tranquility where time seems to stand still and euphoria embraces me. Why wait for heaven when you can get there by experiencing the intense, smooth taste of Lindt chocolate". Well done Claudia…now the guys want you to replace me as the Maniac writer!
Ø Thanks again to John Elliot for his valuable time and effort for linking marathonmaniacs.com with marathonguide.com, and establishing the race spreadsheet and bulletin board options.
Maniacs…Off to the Races in 2005
Ø Larry Macon - 42 races…Steven Yee - 28 races…Craig Holcomb - 28 races…Brenton Floyd - 22 races…Tony Phillippi…21 races…Tom Detore…18 races…Steve Boone…18 races
Ø Sue Fauerbach - 27 races…Annie Theissen - 22 races…Diana "Slug" Robinson - 19 races…Van Phan - 18 races…Olga Varlamova - 16 races…Paula Boone - 16 races…Marie Bartoletti - 15 races… Cheryl Murdock - 13 races
New Members for the Month of July
7/06 - Jim Bitgood #160 (Laurel, Maryland): Jim has qualified for Iridium status, by virtue of completing 10 marathons in 10 states in 2003. Well traveled, Jim has run marathons in 40 states and over 100 marathons to his credit.
7/11 - Shelleena Bunker #161 (Bremerton, Washington): Shelleena has only been running since 2003, but is hooked on marathons and (gasp!) wants to do ultras! Her best streak is 3 marathons in 8 weeks…You go Girl!
7/11 - Judy Fisher #162 (Auburn, Washington): Judy has been a fixture in the Pacific Northwest road racing scene for quite some time, from 5k's to marathons to ultras (and usually placing!). Judy has run 51 marathons and 9 ultras since 1984, in 9 states and 3 countries. She recently completed 4 marathons in 3 months. Welcome to the Maniacs Judy!
7/12 - Tony Johns #163 (Everett, Washington): Tony was very observant during the Seafair marathon, having noticed the infamous yellow singlets. So what does he do…checks out the website to see if he qualifies. Sure enough, he recently ran 3 marathons in 90 days. Tony is also a proud Ironman competitor, having completed 2 of them.
7/14 - Kim Boyle #164 (Tacoma, Washington): Kim started running 4+ years ago and has 13 marathon finishes. She recently qualified for Bronze status by completing the Capital City, North Olympic Discovery and the Seafair marathons in a 54-day time frame.
7/15 - Dick Franklin #165 (Huntsville, Alabama): Dick's running days go back a few decades, as his marathon P.R. is 2:30:00, set back in the 70's. He has run 19 total marathons, run in 8 states and has a streak of 6 marathons in 7 months.
7/16 - Ruth Morrow #166 (Wichita Falls, Texas): How fitting that Ruth qualifies for the insane asylum…at the Ruthenium level! Ruthenium Ruth (16 marathons in 16 states/countries in one year) has completed 57 marathons, in 46 states and 3 countries.
7/17 - May Cheng #167 (Mercer Island, Washington): May is a newcomer to the marathon scene, having completed 4 marathons and recently running the Boston, Capital City and Seafair marathon within 90 days to qualify for Bronze membership. Your marathon days are just beginning May!
7/17 - Ken Blauvelt #168 (Renton, Washington): What a great gift presented to Ken from Maniac #49 Lesa Overfield…initiation into the Maniacs! Ken's streak is 3 marathons in 4 weeks, and has run a total of 13 marathons/ultras in 7 states. We all need friends like Lesa!
UPCOMING MANIACS at the RACES
Frank Maier Marathon: Sue Fauerbach, Craig Holcomb, Steven Yee
Loop the Lake: Al Harman
Crater Lake Marathon: Kevin Brosi, Bob and Lenore Dolphin, Michael Dutton, Sue Fauerbach, Richard Haase, Craig Holcomb, Eric Jensen, Ron Knecht, Kurt Lauer, Larry Macon, Cyndie Merten, Andrew Moore, Lesa Overfield, Keith Panzer, Jeff Perry, Tony Phillippi, Maura Schwartz, Annie Thiessen, Chris Warren, Steven Yee
Paavo Nurmi Marathon:Robert "srlopez" Lopez
Howl at the Moon 8 hour: Rick Korecki
Haulin' Aspen Marathon: Christel Elliot, Sue Fauerbach, Alex Juchems, Ron Knecht, Kurt Lauer, Andrew Moore, Jeff Perry, Tony Phillippi, Dennis Spurlock, Annie Thiessen, Mike Wakabayashi, Chris Warren, Rob Willis, Steven Yee
Leading Ladies Marathon: Amy Yanni
Log Train Trail Marathon: Steve "El Pinquino" Fredrickson
Turkey Swamp 50km: Jack Heely
Grizzly Marathon: Marie Bartoletti, Marc Frommer, Eric Jensen, Todd King, Robert "srlopez" Lopez, Cheryl Murdock, Terry Sentinella
Leadville Trail 100 miler: Andy Kumeda, Olga Varlamova
Humpy's Classic Marathon: Michael Shiach
Pikes Peak Marathon: Lois Berkowitz, Kurt Lauer, Ruth Morrow, tony! Phillippi, aNnIe Thiessen, Cathy Troisi, Chris Warren
Silver State Marathon: Barb Bumann, Sue Fauerbach, Greg Miller, Steven Yee
Where is Waldo 100km: Sean Meissner, Maura Schwartz
Bulldog 50km: Andy Kumeda
Cascade Crest 100 miler: Tony Covarrubias, Richard Haase, Al Harman, Robert Hester, tony! Phillippi, aNnIe Thiessen
Mesa Falls Marathon: Marie Bartoletti, Craig Holcomb, Ron Knecht, Robert "srlopez" Lopez,
Run With the Horses Marathon: Sue Fauerbach, Steven Yee
Quebec City Marathon: Cheri Gillis, Gregg Walchli, Laura Bleakley
In an attempt to make the Marathon Maniacs one of the best and unique running clubs out there, we want to hear how we’re doing. You as members know what you want and what you don’t want, so don’t hesitate to let us know. We can’t guarantee that we can accommodate every request, but we’ll do the best we can.
If you have a desire to share your race experience with the rest of the Maniacs, feel free to write up a race report, submit it to us and we’ll post it in the monthly newsletter. This is a good way to get the info you want into the letter and not just what we might write.
· $5 off marathons put on by Bob Green (his next one is the Halloween Marathon).
· 10% off any running shoes, apparel at the Bellevue, Wa Foot Zone store (ask for Jenny)
· discount on BITE sandals (contact Tony at firstname.lastname@example.org for details)
More to come in the August/September 2005 Newsletter and to the web site soon.
The President has written…