Marathon Maniacs News Letter – May / June 2007
· A monthly record 39 new members for May (582 total members)
· Maniacs celebrating at the Coeur d'Alene Marathon - the 4 year anniversary of the founding of the Marathon Maniacs!
Maniacs a-smiling at the end of the Tacoma City Marathon Where the Maniacs were born…the Moon Time Pub in CDA, Idaho
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The Marathon de Mayo
David Hamilton and Corinne Austerman Eddie Hahn and Darwin "ruuninguy" Weimer
The Marathon Maniacs…at the Races
Harriers Elk/Beaver Ultras: Gilles Barbeau, Jon "Coconutboy" Mahoney
Wild Wild West 50km: David Campbell, Rob Cowan,
Avenue of the Giants Marathon: Robert Britain, Dana Mosell, Karl Rysted, Cynthia "Draggon" Witman,
Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon: Cowboy Jeff Bishton, Karen Carpenter, Mike Dooley, Rich Hallworth, David Hunt, Russ Johnson, Ron Knecht, Robert
"srlopez" Lopez, Craig MacBean, David MacBean, Lori Manna, Little Leslie Miller, Shawn Newton, Amy Osborne, John Richeson, Trent Rosenbloom,
Peggy Shashy, Daniel Uhlenhake, Fiona Wright, Wayne Wright
Fort Collins Marathon: Debbra Jacobs Robinson, Doug Meadows, Sheri Nemeth, Keith "Kip" Panzer, Amy Yanni
Frederick Marathon: Bill Doernbach, Mark Ellis, James Goetschius, Martin Gould, Scott Insley, Etienne Jaulin, Tammy Massie, Dane Rauschenburg,
Ed Walsh, Keith Whited
Trent Rosenbloom, Fiona and Wayne Wright with Peggy Shashy at the Flying Pig Tammy Massie with Gilligan at the Frederick Marathon
Lincoln Marathon: Dave Bell, Lora Ecklund, Claude Hicks, Jr., Angela Ivory, Chester Kalb, Terry Sentinella, Johnny Spriggs, Dick Vogt, Ron
Long Island Marathon: Dawn Bolling, Dean Hutchinson, Art Jacobsen, Satiro Oliveira
Miwok 100km: Sean Meissner, Pete "Hippo" Nicholson
Nevada Wide Open Marathon: Corrine Austerman, Eddie Hahn, David Hamilton, Henry Rueden, Dianna Susler, Darwin "runninguy" Weimer
Pocono Marathon: El Hameresly, Emma Riconda, Anne Scarazzo
Potomac River Marathon: Claudia Wolfe,
Race of Champions Marathon: Kevin Rainey. From marathonguide.com. Sarah Shapiro, 24 of South Weymouth MA, was the first female finisher in 3:39:03. Laura Bleakley, 37 of Bedford NH, who won the 2006 Hudson Mohawk Marathon and 2005 Napa Valley Trail Marathon, finished second in 3:41:26. Fourth place in 2006 Gina Marie Ciampa, 30 of Boston MA, was third in 3:55:45.
Vancouver International Marathon: Joe Aguero, Eric Barnes, Michelle Barnes, Brian Bury, Mark Cook, Bob & Lenore Dolphin, David Englund, Al
Harman, Robert Jacobsen, Gene Jochen, Jon "Coconutboy" Mahoney, Sherry Mahoney, Mel Preedy, Marilou Russell, Seng-Lai Tan, "Hollywood"
Warren, Olaf Weckner, Prez Steven Yee
The Vancouver International Marathon
Gene Jochen and wife Hollywood back on his horse Rob Jacobsen
Brookings Marathon: Angela Ivory, Amy Yanni
Journeys Marathon: Gary Engstrom
Lake Merritt 12 hour Run: Jon "Ice" Burg, Andrew Edwards
Long Island Greenbelt 50km: Dawn Bolling, Frank Colella
PCT 50 Trail Run: David Campbell, Rob Cowan
Quicksilver 50M/50km: Quicksilver - Runner
Marilou Russell Maniacs before the start of the Vancouver Marathon Al Harman
Central States Marathon: Kenneth Hart, Charles Sayles
Forest City Road Races Marathon: Gene Jochen, Brian Lauzon
GAC 6 hour Run: Laura Bleakley
Prague International Marathon: Sheila Lawless-Burke
Parker Paint Tacoma City Marathon: Maniac #200, Herb Allen, Jenny Appel, Bill "Hotrod" Barmore, Eric Barnes, Michelle Barnes, Linda Barton,
Jonathan Bernard, Jim Boyd, Bonni Brooks, Tim Bruce, Janet Burgess, Amanda Cohn, Dave Conger, Ruben Contreras, Patch Dahl, Bob and Lenore
Dolphin, Christel Elliot, Steve Ellis, Earl Fenstermacher, Steve "El Penguino" Frederickson, Amy Grable, Shawn Gay, Jason Gordon, Julie Groo,
Richard "Road Kill" Haase, Jane Herzog, Bobbie Howard, Jill Hudson, Pedro Infante, Robert Jacobsen, David Jones, Kurt Lauer, Jake Lin, Robert
"srlopez" Lopez, Jon "Coconutboy" Mahoney, Sherry Mahoney, Bob Martin, Melissa Martin, King Arthur Martineau, Little Leslie Miller, Janice
Moyer, Jessica Mullen, Gary Otheim, Lesa Overfield, Monte Pascual, Brian Pendleton, Van "pigtails" Phan, Andy Piercy, Mel Preedy, Bruce Quam,
Jeanette Quintana, Cliff "quack quack" Richards, Diana "sLuG" Robinson, Jeffrey Roger, Tom Rogers, Michelle Sarabia, Terry Sentinella, Ray Shaw,
Michael Shiach, David Spooner, Dennis Spurlock, Brian Starkey, David Stout, Steve Supkoff, Gunhild Swanson, Jack Swanson, aNnIe Thiessen, Merita
Trohimovich, Linda Walter, Michael Wakabayashi, "Hollywood" Warren, Darwin "runninguy" Weimer, Prez Steven Yee, Guy Yogi, Jon Yoon
Julie Groo and Hollywood at NW Runner Expo booth Brian Starkey Janice Moyer and Son
The press release from marathonguide.com: Michael Lynes, 40 of Tacoma WA, the winner of the the 2006 San Juan Island Marathon and runner-
up at the 2006 Whidbey Island Marathon, won the 2007 Tacoma City Marathon in 2:40:00. John Mozer, 31 of Fort Irwin CA, finished second in
2:41:45. Ruslan Tkebuchava, 26 of Vancouver WA, who won the 2006 Mesa Falls Marathon and finished third at the 2006 City of Trees
Marathon, was third in 2:57:32. Ann Armstrong, 45 of Poulsbo WA, the winner of the 2007 Valentine Marathon and 2006 Shore to Shore
Marathon, was the first female finisher in 3:05:46. Annie Thiessen, 36 of Tacoma WA, who won the 2006 Skagit Flats Marathon and 2005
Whidbey Island Marathon, finished second in 3:18:02. Julie Groo, 50 of Puyallup WA, the runner-up of the 2006 Wenatchee Marathon,
was third in 3:21:27.
For more Tacoma City Marathon writeups…
Tom Rogers and "Quick Mick" Allen "srlopez", Steve Supkoff, David Jones, Earl Fenstermacher, "Hollywood"
Bishop High Sierras 50km: Rob Cowan, Natalia Norman, Lisa Stranc-Bliss
Fargo Marathon: Dave "Fatman" Anderson, Cowboy Jeff Bishton, Kevin Carrothers, Jim Collins, David Hartz, Robin Hudson, Rick "TheRrrick"
Karampatsos, Charles Sayles, Terry Sentinella, "Grannie" Annie Singer, Rand Thierman, Darwin "runninguy" Weimer, Ron Westbury, Marv "The
Idaho Great Potato Marathon: Jon "Ice" Burg - The press release from marathonguide.com. Todd Arndt, 36 of Boise ID, won the 2007 Idaho Great Potato Marathon in 2:54:58. Brian Baker, 39 of Boise ID, who was third at the 2007 Whidbey Island Marathon, finished second in 3:06:11.
Luxembourg City Marathon: Ruth Morley
McDonald Forest 50km Trail Run: Stephanie "Crash" Day, Sarah Duncan, Bret "Fat-Boyee" Henry, Sean Meissner, Kate Merrill, Rick "Pole" Smith
Ogden Marathon: Bill Mandler, Kory Wheatley
Palos Verdes Marathon: Bob English, Eddie Hahn, Tom Hosner, Deo Jaravata, Todd King, Andy Kumeda, Michael Larkin, Robert "srlopez" Lopez,
Quicksilver - Runner
Silver State 50 Miler: Olga Varlamova
Twisted Ankle Marathon: Phil Min,
Watershed Preserve 12 hour Run: Ruth Balf, Gilles Barbeau, Eric Barnes, Steve Barrick, Jim Boyd, Tony (*tc) Covarrubias, Richard "Road Kill" Haase,
Genia "Tiptoes" Kacey, Kurt Lauer, Shawn Lawson, King Arthur Martineau, Stacy "Possum" Otter, Monte Pascual, Brian Pendleton, Van "pigtails"
Phan, Diana "sLuG" Robinson, Steve Stoyles, Sam Thompson, Scott Tomchick, Guy Yogi
Marilou Russell and Karl Rysted at the end of Capital City Marathon Eddie Hahn at the Palos Verdes marathon
Brathay Windremere Marathon: Clay Hathorn
Capital City Marathon: Maniac #200, Keven Babbitt, Linda Barton, Jonathan Bernard, Jim Boyd, Janet Burgess, Bob and Lenore Dolphin, Michael
Dutton, Judy Fisher, Jane Herzog, Jill Hudson, Barefoot Jon, James Klarich, Robert "srlopez" Lopez, Jon "Coconutboy" Mahoney, Sherry Mahoney,
Little Leslie Miller, Pete "Hippo" Nicholson, Monte Pascual, Brian Pendleton, Van "pigtails" Phan, Mel Preedy, Tom Rogers, Marilou Russell, Karl
Rysted, Vicki Scwent, Ray Shaw, David Spooner, David Stout, Steve Supkoff, Gunhild Swanson, Jack Swanson, Maniac #3 tp!, Michael Wakabayashi,
Phil Walchli, "Hollywood" Warren, Olaf Weckner
Cleveland Marathon: Michael Brisbois
Colorado Colfax Marathon: Linda Ambard, Joanne Jackson, Doug Meadows, Keith "Kip" Panzer, Amy Yanni, Gayle Zorrilla
Green Bay Marathon: Dave Bell, Kevin Brosi, Kevin Carrothers, Jim Collins, Ron Knecht, Henry Rueden
Sugarloaf USA Marathon: David "Maine-iac" Goodrich, Kevin Rainey
Delaware Marathon: J.R. "The Turtle" Ankney, Paula Boone, Steve Boone, Robert Britain, Sue Fauerbach, Lauri Fauerbach Adams, El Hamersly,
Marius Hansen, Jack Heely, David Hunt, Dean Hutchinson, Angela Ivory, Valerie Kilcoin, Daniel Lieb, Craig MacBean, Larry Macon, Tammy Massie,
Edward McGowan, Aaron Pendergraft, Dr. Ashis Roy, Michael Shilling, Dianna Susler, Craig Swanson, Clarence Wilson Jr., Prez Steven Yee
The Delaware Marathon
Craig Swanson and Marius Hansen Shaun "Big Belly" Hamill Paula Boone's 200th Marathon with Maniac #7
Great Ocean Road Marathon: Cheri Pompeo, Gregg Walchli
Andy Payne Marathon: Brian Hoover, Johnny Spriggs, Ryan Valdez
Bayshore Marathon: Gary Engstrom, Ron Knecht, Robert "srlopez" Lopez, Terry Sentinella, Jeff Veneble
North Bend to Vantage Ultra: Shawn Lawson, King Arthur Martineau
Pioneer Memorial 100M Trek: Frank Colella
Sulphur Springs 50km/50M/100M: Gene Jochen, Brian Lauzon
100km del Passatore: Rodolfo Lucena's race report. This is to tell you all that I finally run my first 100 k and got out happy and alive. It was the extremely beautiful race of 100 Km del Passatore, in Italy, starting in Florence and going up and down the mountains of Toscana till get to Faenza, the homeland of ceramic articraft. For the first time, I had to wear a lamp to run at night. The race started at 15h, on Saturday, May 26th. We all had up to 20 hours to finish, which may seem a lot, but got tell this to those hills. Add to that the thermometer for the best part of the afternoon, the sun was shining bright and ferocious, which made me change all my plans for the race.
I did plan to start easy, but made it even easier, for the first 15 km were really up the hills, with the sun shining on our backs. Anyways, I made it and then run a little bit harder until the night came and we had to climb 8 km worth of nasty hills. Then it was the 50 km, and I felt I had it conquered. For 25 km more, it was down and rolling hills, then up and rolling hills, on a wonderful night, with mighty scenery which we could only had a glimpse of because of the darkness. Most
Rodolfo Lucena Titanium Lauri and Titanium Prez Andy Smith
of all, there was the perfume of the night, smells of coldness, of grass, of silver winds, cow shit and all that. The morning was coming, and the sun started mighty powerful again, but I got to beat it to the finish, getting to the end at about 7h. My first 100 km took me 15h53min05 and I enjoyed every second of it: and for the whole of the experience I had my wife helping and cheering me up and being the heart of my run. There were over 900 finishers. RODOLFO LUCENA
The MM from Brasil.
Buffalo Marathon: Robert "srlopez" Lopez, Don Pattison
Edinburgh Marathon: Sara Heskett, Walter Spenst
Forest Park Trail 50 km: Gilles Barbeau, Dennis Barrett, Linda Barton, Sarah Duncan, Bret Fat-Boyee Henry, Sean Meissner, Jessica Mullen, Rick "Pole" Smith, Olga Varlamova, Steve "Marathon Freak" Walters
Mad City Marathon: Cowboy Jeff Bishton, Phil Min, Steve Monk, Antoinette Smith, Jeff Veneble
More Maniacs at the Delaware Marathon
El Hamersly Craig McBean and Mike Shilling
Pineland Farms 50km: Laura Bleakley
Rocky Mountain Double: Steve Noone
Saskatchewan Marathon: Darwin "runninguy" Weimer
Vermont City Marathon: David Bates, Dave Bell, Robert Britain, Lora Eklund, Mike Herrin, Claude Hicks Jr., Chester Kalb, Rick Korecki, Henry Rueden, Anne Scarazzo, Dick Vogt
Wickham Park Ultras: Jeff Giles
Wickham Park Marathon: Wayne Wright
Wyoming Marathon: Kenneth Hart, Doug Meadows
The Vermont City Marathon
Maniacs Lora Eklund, Robert Britain, the Rev, Dave Bell, Brenton Floyd and Mike Herrin Rick Korecki finishing
Coeur d"Alene Marathon: Michelle Barnes, Ken Briggs, Claudia Cooper, Patch Dahl, Bob and Lenore Dolphin, Sue fauerbach, Jane Herzog, Rick "TheRrrick" Karampatsos, Lou Karl, Roman Kucala, Jon "Coconutboy" Mahoney, Sherry Mahoney, Melissa Martin, Little Leslie Miller, Ruth Morrow, Janice Moyer, Lesa Overfield, Monte Pascual, Gay Renouf, Jeffrey Roger, Ray Shaw, Michael Shiach, David Spooner, Dennis "Grissle Missle" Spurlock, Gunhild Swanson, Jack Swanson, Joseph Tompkins, Maniac #3 tp!, Michael Wakabayashi, "Hollywood" Warren, Prez Steven Yee
From marathonguide.com. Ken Edwards, 31 of Hayden ID, was
the winner of the 2007 Coeur d'Alene Marathon in 2:59:07. Tony Phillippi, 45 of Tacoma WA was second in 2005, was runner-up in 3:07:39. Timothy Frederick, 39
of Washington DC, was third in 3:10:56.
Prez, Gay Renouf, the "rrRRick", Gunhild Swanson, Joseph Tompkins Claudia Cooper and Lou Karl
Noteworthy Accomplishments / Promotions / Omissions / Maniac Stuff:
Ø Palladium (7 star) Maniac: Johnny Spriggs (13 marathons in 12 weeks)
Ø Osmium (6 star) Maniac: Jim Collins (16 states in one year)
Ø Ruthenium (5 star) Maniac: El Hamersly, Eric Barnes (3 marathons in 3 states/provinces in 8 days)
Ø Iridium (4 star) Maniac: David MacBean, Craig MacBean (9 marathons in 9 states in 12 months), Michelle Barnes, Kevin Carrothers (2 in 2 days)
Ø Gold Maniacs (3 star): Russ Johnson (12 in 9 months), Cliff "quack quack" Richards (12 in 11 months), Marilou Russell (12 in 12 months), Dean Huchinson (4 states in 7 weeks), Jonathan Bernard, David Stout, Ray Shaw (4 in 6 weeks)
Ø Silver Maniacs (2 star): Jill Hudson (6 in 4 months), Satiro Oliveira, Jon Yoon, Tom Rogers (6 in 6 months), Kevin Rainey (3 in 3 weeks)
Ø 200 marathon mark: Keith "Kip" Panzer (Colorado Colfax Marathon)
Ø 50 marathon mark: Darwin "runninguy" Weimer (Tacoma City Marathon), Phil Min (Twisted Ankle Trail Marathon)
5/01 - Michelle Sarabia #544 (Graham, Washington): Another member from the coveted Puyallup Y club, Michelle started her marathon career with a BANG as her first thee marathons (Yakima River Canyon, Mt. Si 50km and the Eugene Marathons) were all run within a period of 2 months. So Michelle, welcome to the world of Bronze!
5/02 - Brian Baroffio #545 (Grand Junction, Colorado): With the completion of the Desert Rats 50 mile ultra and the El Paso and Pacific Shoreline Marathons the two preceeding months, Brian qualified for Bronze membership in the Insane Asylum.
5/03 - Tiffany Phelps #546 (Seattle, Washington): Tiffany may be a Seattle resident but the unusual thing is that she has never completed a marathon in the United States! Recently she completed the Paris and Vienna Marathons to qualify for Bronze membership. Her other completed marathon was at Vancouver in 2005. Her fall plans include running a marathon in the United States.
Michelle Sarabia Brian Baroffio and family Tiffany Phelps
5/04 - Joanne Jackson #547 (Edmond, Oklahoma): Having met Maniacs at the three marathons in which she qualified to become one (Olathe, Boston and Oklahoma City), Joanne is quite excited officially being one now! With her 3 marathons in 1 month, she is a proud Bronze member in the Insane Asylum.
5/07 - Walter Spenst #548 (Folkestone, Kent, United Kingdom): Even though Walter has only been running for 2 years (mostly in the United Kingdom where he resides), he has completely caught the "bug". In July of 2005 after the completion of his first marathon, he vowed never to do another one. After 14 more completions, he now has started planning two to three years ahead for some of the more difficult ones. And it could be contagious as he's even talked his girlfriend into completing one with him. His 5 marathons in 5 months qualify him for Bronze level.
5/07 - Barry "The Fossil" Hopkins #549 (Buena Vista, Saskatchewan, Canada): The Maniac word must be spreading in that great Canadian province of Saskatchewan as another member has joined. A friend of Milos, Gay and "runninguy", Barry twice has completed marathons/ultras on back to back days (Crater Lake/ Haulin Aspen and the Vulture/Fossil Ultramarathons) to make him a 4-star Iridium Maniac. He has run in marathons in 9 states and 5 provinces.
5/07 - Martin Gould #550 (Columbia, Maryland): Martin has run 4 marathons and his last three, within a 3 month time period (Washington's Birthday, National and the Frederick Marathons) qualified him for Bronze membership in the Insane Asylum.
Joanne Jackson Walter Spenst Martin Gould
5/07 - Dennis Barrett #551 (Salt Lake City, Utah): Dennis best streak was running 2 marathons in 2 days, thus ensuring him of 4-star Iridium status in the Insane Asylum. He has also run marathons all over the world in locations such as Holland, England, Bermuda and South Africa.
5/07 - Micki Haralson #552 (Birmingham, Alabama): Another one of Phil Min's Alabaman recruits, Micki has run 48 marathons since her first in 1994 and twice has met the Bronze criteria requirement of 3 marathons in 90 days. In 1998 she ran the Boston and San Diego Rock n Roll with the Strolling Jim ultra in between and the next year participated in the Twin Cities, Athens and the Rocket City Marathons. She's had a much "saner" schedule since, usually running 4 or 5 marathons a year.
5/08 - Shawn Newton
#553 (Hudson, Florida): So far Shawn has run 10 marathons in 10 states in her
lifetime. In 2007 she ran the Mercedes, Georgia, and the Flying Pig Marathons
to fulfill the Bronze level criteria of 3 in 90 days. Make sure to check out her blogspot http://shawn526.blogspot.com
5/08 - Mike Dooley #554 (Leesburg, Georgia): One third of the "Georgia Connection" with his other two compatriots introduced shortly, Mike earlier this year completed the Snickers, ING Georgia and the Flying Pig Marathons to qualify for Bronze level status in the Insane Asylum. His other lifetime marathon came late last year at Jacksonville.
Micki Haralson Shawn Newton Gregory Taylor
5/09 - Meredith Farrell #555 (Birmingham, Alabama): Another Phil Min recruit, Meredith met the Bronze level criteria by completing the Mercedes, Oak Mountain 50km Trail Run and the Country Music Marathons within the 90 day period. In her lifetime she has run in 5 marathons and 1 ultra in 4 states.
5/10 - Billie Medders #556 (Sylvester, Georgia): For some "ungodly" reason, Billie and her Georgia Connection stumbled onto the Maniac website and decided it was a good idea to become Maniacs. Like Maniac #554, Billie complete the Snickers, ING Georgia and the Flying Pig Marathons to qualify for Bronze level. Besides the 3 marathons mentioned, Billie has 4 additional marathons to her credit, and has run in 6 states.
5/14 - Jonathan Bernard #557 (Seattle, Washington): Jonathan knows about marathoning as he works at Road Runner Sports at Kent Station. Although he met the criteria for qualification last year, his two Maniac friends Jessica Mullen and Linda Barton "insisted" that he join. This past April Jon completed the Whidbey Island and Mt. Si ultras on back to back weekends, which makes him a Bronze Maniac. Earlier this year he ran a marathon in Gabarone, Botswana. And he's got many, many more planned for this year!
5/14 - Ray Shaw #558 (Tacoma, Washington): The husband of Maniac Jane Herzog, Ray is going strong with his 3 marathons in 3 months (Yakima, Wenatchee and Tacoma) and there's no stopping him now. He specifically wanted Maniac #558 as he says he's "weird" and his Ray math says that its 3 times his current body weight. I keep asking him…wouldn't you rather ride your Harley than running marathons…he keeps giving me the same answer now!
Billie Medders, Mike Dooley and Paula Bacon Meredith Farrell
5/14 - Lorie Alexander #559 (Vernon, British Columbia, Canada): A friend of "Coconut Boy and Sherry Mahoney, Lorie recently completed 7 marathons in 7 weeks to get her to the coveted 4-star Iridium level. And she just doesn't run marathons…her resume includes the a few 50kms, the Keremios 50 miler, the Death Race 125km in california and she's preparing for the Vermont 100 and Lost Sole 100 milers and the intriguing Canadian Death Race. Whew, that's a load!
5/15 - Linda Walter #560 (Puyallup, Washington): There seems to be an ever-increasing number of Maniacs from the fabled Puyallup Y Running club and Linda just keeps adding to that number. By having run the Eugene and Tacoma City Marathons 2 weeks apart, Linda is a Bronze level Maniac.
5/15 - Shawn Gay #561 (Benton City, Washington): A friend of Maniacs Hope Fox and Christie Hayes, Shawn recently completed his 3rd marathon in 3 months (Yakima, Wenatchee and Tacoma City). That makes him certifiably Insane at the Bronze level.
5/15 - Jeanette Quintana #562 (Edmonds, Washington): Jeanette has been looking forward to this day, which is the day she qualified for Maniac status. A newbie on the marathon circuit, Jeanette's first marathon was the 2006 Seattle Marathon. Her Bronze Maniac streak qualifier started this March in Los Angeles, followed by Eugene and finally the Tacoma City Marathon. She loved the Tacoma Marathon and the first thing she did when she got home from the expo was to make quesadillas with the soft tortillas given out. What other marathon gives these out??
Jonathan Bernard Ray Shaw
and wife Jane Herzog
5/15 - Paula Bacon #563 (Albany, Georgia): The final member of the Georgia Connection trio, she too followed in the footsteps of Maniacs 554 and 556 (or did they follow her?) by completing the Snickers, ING Georgia and the Flying Pig Marathons to qualify for Bronze entry into the Insane Asylum. She has run 10 marathons in her lifetime.
5/16 - Amy Grable #564 (Odenton, Maryland): By the time this newsletter "goes to press" Amy will have left the lovely confines of the Pacific Northwest and the Puyallup Y Running club for even greener pastures on the other side of the country. Her best streak was accomplished recently with the completions of the Eugene and Tacoma City Marathons, thus earning her Bronze status in the Insane Asylum. She has run marathons in 9 states, which includes the JFK and Mountain Masochist 50 M as well as the Boston Marathon twice.
5/18 - William Coumbe #565 (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania): William's marathoning career started with the Philadelphia Marathon in both 2004 and 2005 and then started to take off in 2005 with 5 marathon finishes. His Bronze Maniac streak was accomplished earlier this year with finishes at the Houston, Myrtle Beach and the Shamrock Sportsfest Marathons. His lifetime totals are 11 marathons run in 9 states.
5/18 - Clarence Wilson Jr. #566 (Aberdeen, Maryland): Clarence best Maniac streaks were 4 marathons in 5 weeks and 16 in one year, which earns him a 3-star Gold level membership in the Insane Asylum. He has run in 58 lifetime marathons and ultras in 6 states and DC.
Linda Walter Amy Grable Shawn Gay
5/18 - Gregory Taylor #567 (Rising Sun, Maryland): I met Gregory recently at the Newport Marathon and it looks like he's trying to "collect" the states. He claims that his best "streak" was back in the 90's with the U of Michigan naked mile, but actually was running marathons in 9 states in one year, which makes him a 4-star Iridium Maniac. He specifically requested Maniac #567 as it holds rare significance to him. Could it be that is the number of marathons he wants to run in his lifetime? He's not saying!
5/19 - Allison Eidinger #568 (Sammamish, Washington): Last year Allison finished the Portland, Marine Corps and Seattle Marathons to qualify for Bronze membership in the Insane Asylum. So far this year Allison hasn't run any marathons but has signed up for races in July, August and October.
5/21 - Andy "Alligator Man" Piercy #569 (Tacoma, Washington): Well its about time Andy joined the ranks of the Marathon Maniacs. Having known him for over 10 years and seeing him at countless shorter races, he "stepped to the plate" and recently completed the Tacoma City and Capital City Marathons to qualify as a Bronze level Maniac. Known all around Pierce County as the famed "Alligator Man" he risked life and limb to protect the public from a man-eating ??-foot alligator found in a lake!
5/21 - Bonni Brooks #570 (Seattle, Washington): Bonni met a bunch of Maniacs at the Yakima River Canyon Marathon and finally decided to take the plunge into eternal Insanity. A Campaign Director for Team in Training & Hike for Discovery, Bonni best Maniac streak was 6 marathons (Portland, Nike and Seattle, Arizona Rock and Roll, Lost Dutchman and Yakima) in 6 months, thus earning her 2-star Silver status in the Insane Asylum.
Jeanette Quintana Allison Eidenger Andy "Alligator Man" Piercy
5/22 - Olaf Weckner #571 (Seattle, Washington): Olaf started running two years ago and has already run in the Boston Marathon. With his Boston completion and the Vancouver and Capital City Marathons, Olaf is a Bronze Maniac. His goal is to get Silver this year and would love to delve into the world of ultras soon.
5/22 - Aaron Pendergraft #572 (Springfield, Ohio): Some of us Maniacs met Aaron for a "brief" moment at the Delaware Marathon when he inquired about the club. He qualified for 2-star level status in the Insane Asylum by running 6 marathons in 6 months. So if you see Aaron soon in all of his glory, definitely cheer him on, just like the race diector at the Delaware Marathon…thank you for joining us at our DE Marathon yesterday. In the future.....if you plan to run in any of our events we ask that you wear running shorts and not just a brief....I have been getting complaints from area residents, the Mayor's office and the Wilm. Police Dept.....wayne kursh, race director
5/22 - Joe Aguero #573 (Sammamish, Washington): Joe has been a runner for over 25 years and just recently completed the Vancouver and Capitol City Marathons to qualify for Bronze level status in the Insane Asylum. During his lifetime he's completed around 20 marathons and ran together with Maniac 571 Olaf at Capitol City
5/22 - Mark Lehrmann #574 (Southlake, Texas): Mark came all the way from Texas to run the Capitol City Marathon and that's where he found out about the Maniacs. Back in 2000, he ran 4 marathons during a 6-week period, thus earning him 3-star Gold membership. He has run 43 marathons and 18 ultras in 20 states during his marathon career.
Bonni Brooks Olaf Weckner and Joe Aguero Mark Lehrmann
5/22 - Nicholas Kaiser #575 (Honolulu, Hawaii): Another Maniac from the tropical paradise of Hawaii, Nicholas is quite the athlete, having finished such races as the Run to the Sun, HURT 100km, Miwok 100km and the Kona Ironman. It must be "all in the stars" as he's employed at the Institute for Astronomy in Honolulu. His best Maniac streak was 8 marathons/ultras in 12 months, thus making him a 2-star Silver Maniac.
5/24 - Bob Martin #576 (Hoquim, Washington): Bob started marathoning in late 2005 (Seattle) and since that moment of "Insanity" has completed 8 more. Starting with this year's Boston Marathon and followed in sucession by the Wenatchee, Tacoma City and Capital City Marathons, Bob met the 3-star Gold level criteria of 4 in 6 weeks.
5/29 - Kelly "K2" Richards #577 (Grapevine, Texas): Kelly is the current President of the Lake Grapevine Runners and Walkers in Texas and is wants to be known as "K2". She recently met the Bronze level criteria by having completed the Mardi Gras, Eugene and Fargo Marathons within a 3-month period. She has 22 lifetime marathons and 3 ultras to her credit.
5/29 - Martha Corazzini #578 (Henderson, Nevada): I haven't carefully scanned the Insane Asylum recently but I believe that Martha is our first member from the state of Nevada. And what a great Maniacal representative she is as last year she ran in 17 states/countries, thus making her a 6-star Osmium level in the Insane Asylum. Also a member of the 50-states club, she completed the circuit, as well as completing her 100th marathon this year on January 1 (Texas Marathon). One of her proudest streaks is that she once ran a marathon a month for 30 consecutive months.
Aaron Pendergraft Nicholas Kaiser Kelly "K2" Richards
5/29 - Antoinette Smith #579 (Chicago, Illinois): Antoinette started her marathon career last year in Chicago and beginning this year with the ING Georgia, and followed by the Country Music and Mad City Marathons, she met the Bronze criteria with those 3 marathons in 3 months.
5/29 - Eric Bean #580 (Auburn, Washington): Eric likes running marathons, and that's because he's using those as training runs for ultras. Back in 2002, he ran 8 marathons/ultras to qualify for 2 star Silverstatus in the Insane Asylum. His lifetime totals are 12 marathons and 12 ultras in 4 states and Canada. He's also run in other states…that is the state of frustration, state of exhaustion, state of excitement and state of contentment to name a few.
Bob Martin Martha Corazzini Antoinette Smith
5/30 - Richard Stewart #581 (Prince George, British Columbia, Canada): The present director of the Prince George Roadrunners club, Richard began running marathons back in 1988 (Saskatoon) and has completed 28 marathons and 5 ultras to date. This past Memorial Day weekend, Richard completed the Lakeland Walk on the Wild Side and the Music From the Soul Marathons, both in the province of Alberta to qualify him for 4-star Iridium status. He wrote an interesting article for the Prince George Running Club newsletter.
Marathon Mania In May (Vancouver, Red Deer, Vermillion,
Lethbridge ) May 6-27 2007
This story has its beginnings last July 2006 during my running a hot mountainous marathon in North Carolina. I was aware of the existence of the Marathon Maniacs prior to the Grandfather Mountain Marathon but it was here where I met my first member. He was doing his 16th marathon for the year and I my 3rd or 4th. I forget. We struggled through the hills and we told running stories but I became more interested in his group whose reason to be was: "To boldly go where marathons are held--and run em"- (All of em it appears)-(With apologies to Star Trek). The minimum requirement is to run 2 marathons within 16 days, Bronze level-1Gold star--all the way up to Titanium level (52 marathons in a year or run in 30 states or provinces or run a marathon in 20 countries) or 10 Gold stars.
We all loved those gold stars next to our names when we were kids didn't we? I also wanted a challenge to spice up my running.
The attempt to get into this club took some planning and scheduling but I planned to do 4 in a 3-week period with the last 2 to be done on a single weekend.
All this was to take place in May. I was lucky enough to be able to train with Michele "Helga" Sinclair and Jackie Stokes who was planning to do her first marathon and I my 25th at Vancouver, the first run in the plan. To prepare I ran more including a number of 33k'ers and on one occasion doing 20k with one group in the morning and a further 16km in the afternoon with another group.
I flew to Vancouver and along with Nancy, Jackie, Michele and others ran a drizzly chilly race on May 6 getting thoroughly wet. I ran with Jackie who I add did not complain once . This meant of course that I couldn't complain either. In the last mile I had fun pointing Jackie out to the spectators and "yelling first time marathoner right here!" drawing well earned cheers for her. Jackie-5:13:48--Well Done ! The first of many. Me-5:13:49. I felt stiff and sore after this one but I had 2 weeks before the next one. I only ran Tuesdays and Thursday at the Y's Learn to run program and 10-12 k on the weekends. Massages after each race helped a lot too.
On early Saturday morning of May 19th I picked up Chris and Leslie Budac for the drive to Red Deer Alberta. It took about 9 hours. The weather was wet and threatening going out there and we feared another soggy experience. We met up with MJ and Paul at the Black Knight Inn, had supper and the required Starbucks fix. The air conditioning in my room was on the blink and the fan supplied by the hotel was minuscule so I only got a few hours sleep. Probably also had some pre marathon jitters as the shortest time between marathons prior to this weekend was 3 weeks. Despite our earlier concerns, marathon morning was clear and promised to be a lovely and warm day. This caught a lot of the competitors by surprise who were way overdressed. I decided to run conservatively using the 10 and 1 method for the first 32kms and 5 and 1 thereafter and finished in 4:47:02. I used Sportbeans for all the races and didn't bonk or get sick --a big plus to be sure. The RD race is a well organized scenic show with enthusiastic volunteers. Its a must do race but is a rolling hilly effort with a steep hill to get up in the last km. Doughnuts and cookies were available at the finish along with the usual healthy stuff --which I avoided. Great medal and a nice shirt as well. We discovered my van had a flat tire just before the start and delays in getting a replacement tire meant a departure from RD later then planned. The drive back was long but beautiful with clear weather, numerous wildlife and a small forest fire on top of a mountain being fought by a helicopter with a big water bucket beneath it. I was tired but was already focusing on the following weekend's Double event.
Richard Stewart Melissa Martin
Chris and I discussed the Death Race (Aug 4-5th in Grand Cache) and he actually entered it upon returning home. Maybe next year for me. We arrived in PG just after midnite and the scotch tasted really fine when I got home. I crashed soon after Luckily it was the May long weekend and I had Monday off.
The return to Alberta for "the double" was hectic. The plan was to fly to Calgary on Friday morning, rent a car , pick up my son Matthew who lives there, and then drive to Vermillion. This we accomplished. This took 7 hours. The Lakeland Runaway Marathon was held in Vermillion Provincial park a mere 5 minute drive from the hotel. It was organized by the local Lakeland Agricultural College. It involved 4 loops to get the marathon distance on dirt or grass trails along a dammed up river and up some steep hills and rolling trails. There was a small field of some 40-50 people with 6 marathoners , three of whom were doing their first. The course was scenic, and I didn't hear a car for hours but there were plenty of birds and the occasional bunny rabbit. Local firefighters attending the firefighting school there provided aid station support. To my astonishment I placed first in my age group. This has never happened before. Woody Allen was right when he said "90% of life is just showing up" I got a free shirt too but no medal. Finish time 5:03:42. A quick shower and check out was followed by a triple burger with cheese, fries and a huge strawberry shake that I took 30 seconds to eat. The town was pretty small and I couldn't get the theme song from the tv show "Corner gas " out of my head for a while. I was not sore but ,I definitely felt a greater level of fatigue.
I fell asleep quickly while my son drove through the heart of Alberta and Tim's stops kept our caffeine levels up. 6.5 hours later we were in Lethbridge.
Lethbridge is a pretty city with unusual deep ravines/coulees along the winding river with many great running trails. The race starts at the Lethbridge Community College a mile from the Ramada hotel. Package pickup is permitted race morning for out of towners too. Some serious talent showed up to do this one as the winning times show on the website. The course is mostly on asphalt trails along or in parks and around artificial lakes in residential areas. A long descent into the river valley on a red gravel trail was a fascinating feature. No good thing is for free because after some 10 kms in the parks along the river we had to climb out on a mile long and very steep hill. The first five minutes told me that I was going to be fine though I knew it would eventually be tough.
It got tough after 21kms. The last 10kms were a real slog and I was happy to see the finish line. Finish time 5:08:50. They served pancakes , bacon and chocolate milk--great stuff! With no time to dawdle ,I got cleaned up and hit the road again for Calgary--another 2.5 hour drive. I delivered my son home whose driving saved my life, dropped off the rental and got on the plane. The security people thought the finisher medal was suspicious on the scanner and I got my bag searched. I was home by 9pm Sunday of the 27th.
4 marathons in 3 weeks…I was quickly accepted by the maniacs as a member.
5/31 - Melissa Martin #582 (Puyallup, Washington): The final member to join in the month of May, Melissa is also belongs to the now world famous Puyallup Y Running club. While her marathoning career has just begun to take off, she's already at 3-star Gold level by running the Mt. Si 50km, Eugene, Tacoma City and Coeur d'Alene Marathons in 6 weeks. Her lifetime totals are 5 marathons and 2 ultras, run in 3 states.
Maniacs with their Support Group
Dean Hutchinson and wife (Delaware) Patch Dahl and wife (Coeur d'Alene) Michael Shiach and family
Rhetorical Revelations and W(Rites)…from the Rambunctious Rev
YOU can read this cause you’re the PREZ, and all Mini-Maniacs like ME can read this, but PLEASE don’t show it to any of your Mega-Maniac friends. Tell them they are NOT ALLOWED to read this, because Prez? If they don’t get you to kick me out of your great club this time, then they’ll all LEAVE if they read it, because they won’t want to be associated with the likes of me anymore.
Only thing is, all my Mini-maniac friends are going to LOVE me this month, because I did something for all of them that nobody IN THEIR RIGHT MIND would do, but I did, which, come to think of it now, rather describes the situation.
Prez? I ran a trail marathon. Now I went and sort of lied. You see…
I went to the starting line of the Nipmuck Chipmunk (something like that) over here in the east, where things we label “mountains” are the things you out west call “curbs”. It was in a forest, but I guess it would be, being that it was a trail event. I had nice new sneakers for it too. Trail ones. They start out gray, right out of the box. There’s a good reason for that.
So this fellow with an electronic megaphone that didn’t work climbs up on a step ladder and addresses the “crowd” of 122 people and makes silly jokes about how we could have our money back right now if we want it, and how we will surely fall down during the run, stuff like that. Shoot, I’ve run 43 marathons … errr, jogged 43 mara….err, jogged/walked 43 marathons, so even I’m getting a little full of myself, so I’m only half listening. Let’s get it started.
And the fellow just clapped his hands once loud and says “okay you can start now” or something, and away we went, 50 yards down a dirt road, then a right turn onto a trail. 3 feet wide in the good spots. There was a bit of walking until we thinned out. You know me…BOY was I frustrated…they were taking precious seconds off my time, huh?
Now we’re in the woods, and it is quiet and pristine and darkish even, big tall deciduous trees, and probably a cowardly lion or two if we roamed far enough in there. Beautiful place. And then the trail started down, and well by golly, I run well down hill, and picked up my tempo, and passed a folk or two, and then I saw that there were a few rocks in the trail, so I started picking my way through them, you know, being relatively dexterous and athletic and all, and so of course, Boom! (Think Howard Cosell: “Down goes Revzier! Down goes Revzier!”)
Mile 0.8, I’ve landed on my hand, so now I’m sporting a throbbing index finger that’s grown to the size of my thigh. Mile 0.8. I started getting a bit more picky and choosy about where I ran. Slowed me down a bit, you know. Precious seconds.
Then they had the audacity to run us across a creek. You gotta be careful choosing your rocks there. Then another one. Then this mud pit about 60 yards long. I balanced my way along the side of it, stepping on the plants, until, well, I needed to plant one foot down to regain my balance. Found my foot sometime later, swallowed in mud. Sigh. The lovely dark brown didn’t quite match the original pretty gray.
Then we skirted a pond…by running at the foot of some beavers’ dam. Really, a real beaver’s dam a good 40, 50 feet long. Pretty, National-Geographic-educational even, but not exactly what you’d think of as firm tarmac.
So, muddy socks and calves aside, it was delightful so far. Then we had this turnaround, see, and so we’d be climbing back up the trail, see, and so, perfectly timed, it started about then to rain, see…well, actually, no, I couldn’t see. It was raining one of those whole-bucket-at-a-time rains. No can see. At which point we returned through the mud pit.
We also re-toured some more of those rocks that had previously been slippery. And those real pretty pressed leaves on the ground everywhere were all shiny now. It was all just like playing ice hockey, except then they let folks actually wear skates. But you know me Prez, I pushed on and on, and I MADE IT!!! … to the water break…at measley mile 8 … in 2 hours and, well, and a lot. Now, I know what you’re thinking. I wasn’t trying hard or something.
Nope, that ain’t it. Emma Riconda, you know her? One of those new MegaManiacs… so she was just skipping among the trees like Thumper, Flower, and the whole Gang. I swear she could have won the women’s event if she’d have left me in the woods to die peacefully, but nooo, she wouldn’t let me not try. “We’re going to finish”, she says. “The rain is kind of nice, don’t you think?”, she says. “You don’t call this a hill, do you?”, she says. I thought of things to say, but you wouldn’t have been proud, Steve-Oh, so I made believe I couldn’t talk much. Wasn’t entirely making that part up though. How you people run and talk too, I’ve not a clue.
Mini-maniacs one and all, gather round here a minute. Y’all have been warned. Trail marathons are gorgeous, different, peaceful, sublime, back-to-nature privileges with which those Mega-Maniac types are often rightly very enthralled. But when this fellow tightened up an hour later at mile 11 something, I’m just sayin’, he felt like he’d worked 23 miles on the roads. Walking the next mile, uphill, tighter with each step, exhausted and beat, this day was pretty much kaput. I’d been out there 3:45 or so, and was as beaten up as I’ve ever been after 5:30 on the roads. The saving grace? It was beautiful and different, AND I got one of the longest giggles of my life at what turned out to be the end...
The course passed the starting line tent at mile 12.4, and, as I hobbled in there on my last legs at 3:48, there sat the timekeeper responsible to make sure the course is swept of stragglers, which they absolutely need to do. I get that. But I’m way beyond dead at this point. Nevertheless, without a “Hey howdy, tough day huh?” or the slimmest trace of humanity, the statue spoke with all formality and cold earnestness. With a hint of if mild disgust, he intoned: “You …are officially out of the race.”
Funniest thing I’ve ever seen or heard…of course, you Knucklehead, I’m out of the race. What was your first clue? The limping in no particular direction? The dead limbs falling off the torso? Or the delirious look in the unfocussed eyes? It got funnier the more I thought about it. Geez Louise, what was he pondering, that I had this devious scheme to save my strength for a negative split? Could that be it? “Beaver’s damnation, Fellow, gimme a bagel and watch me go now???”
I laughed so long I walked another 0.6 miles up the trail and back again (pace: a sixty minute mile, and that’s no misprint), just so I could see a bit more of the woods and have a delightful day. And it was, and I didn’t earn a medal, or a shirt, or a finishing time. But it was wonderful.
I am, however, booked that weekend next year.
Love ya Prez,
Maniac Ongoing Discounts
· $10 off marathons put on by Bob Green (his next one is the Gateway to the Pacific Marathon).
· 15% off shoes, apparel at the Balanced Athlete (Kent, Wa); ask for Eric
· 10% off any running shoes, apparel at the Bellevue, Wa Foot Zone store (ask for Jenny)
· discount on BITE sandals (contact Tony at email@example.com for details)
· More to come in the June / July Newsletter and to the web site soon. The President has written…
Maniac Award Winners
Maniac #3 tp! Bob Dolphin David Jones Dianna Susler
The pictures are from Mt. Kinabalu, the highest mountain in Southeast Asia and the tallest mountain on any island in the world. It stands 13,455 feet above sea level (4,095 meters). Borneo itself is the third largest island in the world and is divided into three countries; Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei. Mt. Kinabalu is located in the Malaysian state of Sabah and is Malaysia's first World Heritage Site. Hope to see you soon, Jeffrey Roger