Marathon Maniacs News Letter – June / July 2005
· 9 new members for the month of June (159 total members)
· The phonograph is still playing the same record…the Annie(mal) does it again…another P.R., a sub 3 hour breakthrough (Newport), wins at Newport, Columbia Gorge and Pacific Crest.
· Extreme Double: Instead of staying in bed after running the Capitol Peak 50 miler, Robert Hester made his way to the start line of the North Olympic Discovery Marathon the next day!
· You've seen the Iron Chef perform his magic on the screen…we now have the Maniac IronMen (Jason Gordon and Tony Phillippi) perform their own trifecta magic at the Coeur D'Alene Ironman.
· Gregg Walchli wins the Pacific Crest Marathon.
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.
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!
Please check out the new feature on the website "Meet the Members". Maniacs Tom Neuman, Richard Haase and the one and only "Slug" Robinson were the featured Maniac of the Months. Our goal is to have each one of you profiled. One question we forgot to include…Elvis or Sinatra?
Race Summaries / Participants
Governor's Cup Marathon: Keith Panzer, Dennis Spurlock, Phil Walchli
Green River Marathon: Jim Anderson, Steve Barrick, Tony Covarrubias, Jim Boyd, Bob and Lenore Dolphin, Steve Hamling, Van Phan, Mel Preedy and Guy Yogi
Newport Marathon: Sue Fauerbach, Annie Thiessen, Fenny Roberts, Jim Scheer, Marc Frommer, Al Harman, David Hipps, Ron Knecht, Susan Marshall, Cyndie Merten, Tony Phillippi, Steve Supkoff, Terry Watanabe and Steven Yee
From marathonguide.com: Wow!
Make it three for three (in eight days) for Annie Thiessen. Thiessen,
with plans to run the Columbia Gorge Marathon the next day, held nothing back and finished as first woman in 2:58:40, only six days after winning the Med-City Marathon. Not meaning to ruin the suspense, we will report that Thiessen did finish and win the Columbia Gorge Marathon the next day. Does anyone doubt that Thiessen who also won the Whidbey Island and Birch Bay Marathons earlier this year is a maniac? Rebecca Henry of Portland who finished 2nd in 2004 repeated that standing, completing the race in 3:03:44. Roberta McGraw, who won this race in 2003, finished in third place in 3:04:34.
Now the real race report, authored by none other the beloved sandals king:
aNnIe and I have run hundreds of miles together with thousands of laughs along the way. She is so humble but like all of us she likes to challenge herself. It takes a lot of courage to go into the unknown and aNnIe has exactly that. A few of us Maniacs have a saying when doing a double... let it all hang on day 1 and deal with the consequences on day 2. Although I may have been able to run faster at Newport, I went for it in the CDA heat last week. My goal in Newport was just to continue my streak of sub 3's, which I knew would end at the Gorge.
That set up the challenge of accompanying aNnIe on her sub 3 attempt. Our first few miles seemed like work. We didn't talk much but after about 45 minutes our aerobic systems kicked in and we started to relax…FINALLY. Marc F. has said over and over that Newport is fast. By mile 9 we had a pack going with a little head wind. The second place woman caught us and we talked a bit. By the Oyster aid station she had dropped back again and aNnIe was in the lead. We had about 4 guys drafting off us until the turn around at 16. On our way back 2nd and 3rd place woman were close together and about 40 seconds behind. We now had two guys drafting off us and as the runners started coming at us I gave them a history lesson on the Maniacs. Steve went by and I said "there goes our president"! Terry W. goes by and I said "she gave the Maniacs our name"! I don't think they knew what to think other than these two are going to get us our first sub 3 marathon.
The miles clicked by. We kept hitting sub 6:50's effortlessly. I said to aNnIe "the next one lets hit a 6:50 so if you two guys want to go around go for it". They said "nope we're just gonna stick with you two". As we went through the aid station at mile 19, aNnIe missed the water. She said this just as I threw my half full cup of water to the ground. We made it to the next aid station and I made sure I got two cups and held onto one until I knew aNnIe had gotten water. Then the Plot thickens...at mile 22, I asked the gents what age group they were in. One said 35-39 the other 40-45. I said hmm... me to. I kind of gave aNnIe a look. I'm not sure she saw it but if she had she knew what I would have been thinking. At mile 24 I said to them we could basically walk in and get a sub 3. Do you guys want to walk? HA! They looked at me and that was about it. At 24.5 miles they started to pick up the pace aNnIe and I let them pull ahead. aNnIe was maintaining her pace. We got to 25 and I said "aNnIe, you have got a sub 3 in the bag so I'm gonna go ahead". She said okay and I took off. I knew aNnIe Would Do It!! If it was going to be close I would have stayed with her and helped pull her in. I took off and passed the two easily. As it turned out it wouldn't have mattered as I finished 4th in my age group. I waited at the finish for aNnIe, but not for long. 2:58 was her finish time…I gave her a huge hug and congratulated her on her awesome performance!! She is such a tough competitor even though she says she can retire now. I see even faster times in her future.
Sunburst Marathon: Michael Brisbois
Teton Dam Marathon: Todd King
Darkside 8-hour Run: Andrew Edwards, Brenton Floyd
Goat Milk Marathon: Sam Thompson
Kettle Moraine 100 mile Endurance Run: Richard Haase
Rainier to Ruston 50 miler: Robert Hester, Eric Barnes
Shadow of the Giants 50k: Andy Kumeda
Blanchard Mountain Ultra: Kendall Kreft, Sean Meissner, Glenn Tachiyama, Ruth Balf
Casper Wyoming: Tom Detore, Craig Holcomb, Robert Lopez, John Richeson, Amy Yanni
The narrative from marathonguide.com: Winning her third Marathon in three weeks, Tania Pacev, of Littleton CO, won the Women's race in 3:20:19 - what a trooper! Pacev was also the winner of the Bataan Memorial Death March in March of this year. Last week's third place finisher at the Wyoming Marathon Amy Yanni, of Rapid City SD, came in second in 3:32:25. Yanni won the Brookings Marathon less than a month ago.
Columbia River Gorge Marathon: Michael Dutton, Brian Baker, Sue Fauerbach, Annie Thiessen, Fenny Roberts, Jim Scheer, Mark Looi, Al Harman, Eric Jensen, Jeff Perry, Tony Phillippi and Steven Yee
Chris plants the seed..... tony! see if you can talk aNnIe into going for another win!!!
Hey that's a great idea! I asked aNnIe and got the usual response. Right! We were initially just going to get a sub 3:59 and call it good. When we passed the lead woman at mile 9 and beginning our 2 plus mile climb I knew she would win! The course was very hilly and windy. We continued to pass runners on the climb. There was no doubt aNnIe would win her 3rd Marathon in 8 days. We ran negative splits and finished in 3:27 and took some pictures along the way.
Deadwood-Mickelson Trail Marathon: Marie Bartoletti, Larry Macon, Bill Mandler, Diana "Slug" Robinson
San Juan Island Marathon: Kurt Lauer, Michael Shiach, Gunhild and Jack Swanson
Rock and Roll Marathon: Alicia Britt, Barb Bumann, Janet Burgess, Diva Burns, Carol Dellinger, Christine Humble, Deo Jaravata, Chris Marr, Dana Mosell, Michael Wakabayashi and Gregg Walchli. Race report from Barb Bumann: My 3:49:19 (chip time -- 3:50:50 gun time) at San Diego was good enough for 7th place out of 433 in my age group.
Like Newport, it was nice weather for a run in San Diego. Although sunshine was predicted all week, Sunday morning was overcast and a little on the cool side. This was a huge marathon -- probably the biggest I've ever gone to, and it clearly caters to the first-time runner. To give you an inkling, my projected finish time of 3:50 put me in corral #4. The same projection would have me at least in corral 15 at Boston. There were over 3500 Team in Training people.
We parked at the finish line, then took a shuttle bus to the
start. There were ample porta-potties at Balboa Park as well as bananas,
bagels, powerade and water. Joan Benoit Samuelson welcomed everyone and so did
some Marine Corps guy and then we were urged to get into our corrals, the
national anthem was sung, and we were off. It took me over a minute and a half
to get to the start so in order to keep on track with my time I restarted my
watch as I crossed. I had running room the entire time. My goal was to run 8:45 pace and try to hold it as long as I could. The problem was, I had trouble initially seeing the mile markers and besides, there's a lot of downhill in the first half that makes it hard to hold back! To give you an example, I hit my watch at mile marker three, then missed mile 4 and hit it again at mile 5. The time was 15:33 -- 7:45s, not 8:45s! I was afraid I'd pay for that later.
Between miles 7 and 10 there's a long gradual uphill that
reminded me in some ways of that 15-18 mile stretch in Golden Gate Park during
the S.F. Marathon. While it didn't seem that steep, my legs felt pretty
it and I was beginning to get concerned. Just as I was ready to jettison all hope for a good time the downhill began again and I could fly! Suddenly everything seemed to feel okay again and I settled into a steady pace for the mostly flat (with the exception of some rollers) remainder of the run. At about 15 miles I saw a Marathon Maniac sitting at the side of the road. She called out to me and I said hi, but didn't know who it was. Chris M. said later it was Alicia Britt, who apparently had some difficulties with the course. We also saw Maniac Deo at the start and I saw him again around mile 18.
As I said, the weather remained pleasant throughout the
morning. There are ample water stations and I have *finally* learned to drink
on the run! There are bands every mile which is fun, though I can only recall a
of them because that really isn't what I was focusing on though they did pump me up a time or two when I needed it. The finish line was kind of deceptive as we began to thread our way through the Marine Corps Recruiting
Depot or whatever it is called. There was a big Reebok banner across an overpass just before the 26-mile mark. I looked at my watch and thought, there's no way that's the finish! And sure enough, we had a few more twists
and turns before we hit mile 26 and then the finish line. Volunteers were quick to hand us our medals and clip the chips from our shoes. Then began the business of getting *out* of the runners' area. Everyone must have brought their family which is lovely as far as crowd support, but the crush at the exit of the runners' area was unbelievable. Everyone pushes in, hoping to see their runner and that can seem a little overwhelming to someone trying to fight her way out. I did finally meet up with my training partner and we found our way to another shuttle that took us to the parking lot. We passed the time waiting for our flight home by watching the Cubs beat the
Padres at Petco Stadium. (Another perfect day filled with running a marathon and a baseball game :-). That's my sixth marathon this year and each one has gotten faster than the one before -- a trend that will probably come to a screeching halt with next month's Seafair Marathon. Still, I'm happy with the way things are going and will run lots of hills in the next month to prepare.
Hatfield-McCoy Marathon: Robert Lopez, Larry Macon, Charles Sayles
King Salmon Marathon: Brenton Floyd
Park City Marathon: Lois Berkowitz, Paula and Steve Boone, Tom Detore, Eric Jensen, Bill Mandler, Cyndie Merten, Tom Neuman, Cathy Trosi
Capitol Peak 50 mile Run: Tony Covarrubias, Robert Hester, Don Mukai, Annie Thiessen, Olga Varlamova and Van Phan
North Olympic Discovery Marathon: Jim Boyd, Ruben Contreras, Bob and Lenore Dolphin, Sue Fauerbach, Robert Hester, Craig Holcomb, David Jones, Jim Morton, Lesa Overfield, Diana "Slug" Robinson, Terry Sentinella, Michael Shiach, Dale Shoup, Dennis Spurlock, Steve Supkoff, Gunhild and Jack Swanson, Jennifer and Guy Yogi, Steven Yee.
Holcomb Valley 33 mile Run: Andy Kumeda
Grandma's Marathon: Craig Holcomb, Larry Macon, Terry Sentinella, Phil Walchli
Mayor's Midnight Sun Marathon: Carol Dellinger, Brenton Floyd, Steve Hamling, Jack Heely, Rick Korecki, Glenn Tachiyama
San Gabriel Mountains 50km: Andy Kumeda
Estes Park Marathon: Paula and Steve Boone, Laura Bleakley, Sue Fauerbach, Larry Macon, Steve Monk, Steven Yee. When John Denver sang about "Rocky Mountain High", he must have been referring to the Estes Park Marathon. Known as the highest paved marathon in the world, most of this run is above 8,000 feet, enough to literally take your breath away. But this didn't stop Laura, as she was the second female finisher and finished in the top 10 overall!
Kona Marathon: Kevin Brosi, Robert Lopez
Pacific Crest Marathon: Sue Fauerbach, Ron Knecht, Kurt Lauer, Doug MacLean, Larry Macon, Cheryl Murdock, Jeff Perry, Wendy Scott, Dennis Spurlock, Annie Thiessen, Jack Thornton, Michael Wakabayashi, Gregg Walchli, Chris Warren and Steven Yee
Niagra-on-the-Lake 50km: Cathy Trosi
Western States 100: Kendell Kreft, Sean Meissner, Connie Ridenour, Lisa Stranc Bliss, Gunhild Swanson, Olga Varlamova. A great job by all of the Maniacs…we're proud of your accomplishment. If you haven't done so already, be sure to check out Glenn Tachiyama's and Lisa Stranc-Bliss' photo gallery on the Western States 100. And speaking of Western States, be sure to read Olga's previous WS run in the latest issue of Marathon and Beyond. You too can experience the chills, hills, spills and thrills when you read her story!
Ironman CDA: Tony Phillippi, Jason Gordon
Noteworthy Accomplishments / Promotions / Omissions / Maniac Stuff:
Ø Palladium Maniac: Much applause to Diana "Slug" Robinson, after running 15 marathons in 13 weeks, for becoming just the fourth female Maniac to achieve at least the 7 star level.
Ø Ruthenium Maniac: Congratulations to Kurt Lauer for achieving 5-star status, running 3 marathons in 3 states within 8 days (Mad City, Chicago Lakeshore and San Juan Island).
Ø Iridium Maniacs: Besides running his 50th marathon at the North Olympic Discovery, Mike Shiach completed 6 marathons in 6 weeks (Easter, Yakima, Whidbey Island, Wenatchee, Big Sur and Vancouver).
Ø More Iridium: Congratulations to Al Harman for completing his very first back to back encounter (Newport and Columbia Gorge).
Ø Gold Maniac: Amy Yanni just recently completed 4 marathons in 4 states in 51 days, thus elevating her to gold status. Also belated congratulations to Amy for superlative finishes in recent marathons: Moab and Laramie (3rd overall female) and the female winner of the Brookings Marathon (May 14).
Ø The Century Club: Kudos to Richard Haase, who ran his 100th marathon (or longer) at the Kettle Moraine 100 mile Endurance Run.
Ø Boston Bound: Steve Supkoff qualifying for Boston at the Newport Marathon.
Ø Omission: Lisa Spence for completing the Vermont City Marathon.
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 - 37 races…Steven Yee - 24 races…Craig Holcomb - 23 races…Brenton Floyd - 20 races…Tom Detore…18 races…Steve Boone…18 races…Tony Phillippi…17 races
Ø Sue Fauerbach - 23 races…Annie Theissen - 18 races…Diana "Slug" Robinson - 17 races…Olga Varlamova - 13 races…Paula Boone - 13 races…Cheryl Murdock - 12 races
New Members for the Month of June
6/02 - Wendy Scott #151 (Mount Vernon, Washington): It doesn't matter if Wendy is running a marathon or ultra…she loves them both. Having run 11 marathons and 4 ultras in her lifetime, in 2005 she has currently run 4 marathons and 2 ultras, and had a streak of 6 in 5 months.
6/04 - Wendy Marshall #152 (Victoria, British Columbia, Canada): Our family keeps growing as our first Mother-Daughter combo is initiated in the Insane Asylum…Wendy's mom is Susan Marshall (maniac #75).
But how's this for manical…Wendy first 2 marathons (Vancouver, Capital City), in a span of 16 days, immediately qualified her as a Maniac! Could it be part of Mom's influence?
6/09 - Eric Barnes #153 (Puyallup, Washington): Eric has run a total of 9 marathons and 1 ultra, and has a streak of 3 in 3 months.
6/10 - Stephen Velott #154 (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania): The state of Pennsylvania is representing the Maniacs well, with new maniac Stephen joining the fray. This youngster at age 21 has already run a total of 13 marathons in 10 states and has a streak of 3 in 3 months.
6/13 - Christel Elliot #155 (Tacoma, Washington): Christel sure didn't waste any time in becoming a Maniac, as witnessed by her 3 marathons (total) in 3 months. Way to go Christel!
6/14 - Greg Miller #156 (Seattle, Washington): Greg has run 24 marathons and 1 ultra since he started in 1992, and has a run a marathon in 13 states, so he has dual "citizenship" in the Marathon Maniacs and the 50 states club.
6/15 - Fritz Pieper #157 (Portland, Oregon): Fritz has done 1 marathon (Antarctica) this year and 2 ultras, with a total of 16 marathons and ultras to his credit. He has the dubious distinction of having run a marathon on all 7 continents!
6/18 - Jeff Horowitz #158 (Washington, D.C.): Jeff's marathon history goes back to 1987. He's now run 99 marathons in 12 countries plus Antarctica, including marathons in 45 states plus three Canadian provinces. In the last 12 months, Jeff has run 12 marathons.
6/29 - Nathan Greene #159 (Tacoma, Washington): Another of the
"youngsters (age 23) of the Marathon Maniacs, Nathan has run 2 marathons
in 3 weeks and has a lifetime total of 10 marathons completed.
UPCOMING MANIACS at the RACES
Grandfather Mountain Marathon: Marie Bartoletti, Brenton Floyd, Craig Holcomb, Robert "srlopez" Lopez Siskiyou Out Back: Ruth Balf, Richard Haase, Jeff Perry, Charles Sayles, Maura Schwartz, Olga Varlamova
Seafair Marathon:Terry Sentinella , Eric Barnes, Jim Boyd, Barb Bumann, Janet Burgess, Ruben Contreras, Tony Covarrubias, Phil DeYoung, Bob & Lenore Dolphin, Sue Fauerbach, Earl Fenstermacher, Steve Fredrickson, Todd King, Mark Looi, Larry Macon, Chris Marr, Lesa Overfield, Keith Panzer, tony! Phillippi, Diana "sLuG" Robinson, Wendy Scott, Michael Shiach, Dennis Spurlock, Steve Supkoff, Gunhild Swanson, Jack Swanson, Michael Wakabayashi, Gregg Walchli, Chris Warren, Steve Yee, Guy Yogi, Jen Yogi
San Francisco Chronicle Maratho n: Andre Boulais, Diva Burns, Sue Fauerbach, Gary Geuss, Cheri Gross, Deo Jaravata, Don Kienz, Ron Knecht, Rick Korecki, Robert "srlopez" Lopez, Andrew Moore, Keith Panzer, Dale Shoup, Dennis Spurlock, Chris Warren, Steve Yee
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 Gateway to the Pacific 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 July/August 2005 Newsletter and to the web site soon.
The President has written…