Marathon Maniacs News Letter – November / December 2005
· 16 new members for the month of November (214 total members)
· wins the United We Run Marathon…outright!
· Record number of Maniacs turn out for Seattle Marathon 2005…53!
· Congratulations to our first female 10-star Titanium Maniac…Sue Fauerbach
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 let him know…he wants to give credit where credit is due.
Also, if it's your Maniac anniversary date, please help Main Maniac out by renewing your membership. Dues collected help pay for website fees and maintenance, purchasing of more singlets and other wear and…future surprises. Keep your Maniac Seniority Number!
Upcoming Marathon News / Discounts
· Last Chance Marathon (12/31/05): Diana "slug" Robinson says…this is your last chance for more stars. http://www.marathonmaniacs.com/Last_Chance_Marathon.htm
· Pacific Shoreline Marathon (2/06/06): Offering a $5 discount for members
· Tallahassee Marathon (2/19/06): Offering a $5 discount for members
· Bank of America (Gasparilla Distance Classic) 2/25-26/06: Make your plans to come down to Tampa, Florida for the Marathon Maniacs first ever "reunion" marathon. And that's just the beginning of the festivities. Join us to honor Maniacs J. Ellis and Meridith Johnson, as they will be exchanging marriage vows following the marathon. Don "the Rev" Kienz will be officiating the event.
· Big Island Marathon (3/19/06): Race Director Wayne "Big Dog" Joseph is happy to give any Marathon Maniac a $5 discount on any of the three races they host on March 19, 2006 http://www.hilomarathon.com
· New Jersey Marathon (4/30/06): Art Castellano is offering the Maniacs a $20 discount. Just indicate Marathon Maniacs on the application for proper processing. http://www.njmarathon.org/
· Green Bay Marathon (5/21/06): Offering Maniacs a 10% discount on the entry fee.
Paul Bunyan Marathon (7/16/06): Special
Discounts for Marathon Maniac Runners!!!
All Maniac Members will receive TWO (2) free passes to the Pre-Race Pasta Dinner a $30 dollar value and be offered a special $75 a night room rate at our lodging sponsor The Black Bear Inn Hotel this is a 25%+ discount. 50 rooms will be placed on hold for club members as this could be a "Maniac Summer Meeting in Maine" for members. As a token of our appreciation to your club The Paul Bunyan Marathon Race Committee will donate a table to promote your running club at our Expo free of charge.
Please check out the feature on the website "Meet the Members". Newest "interviews" include Maniacs Jim Bitgood, Eddie Hahn, Greg Roth, Andrea Hill, Tom Detore, David Dassey, Russ Johnson, Robert "srlopez" Lopez and Jeff Perry. Our goal is to have each and every one of you profiled. The next question…who is your favorite "Desperate Housewife?"
Be a part of the geographical equation…include yourself in the Marathon Maniacs "frappr"
Tachiyama and Jamie Mieras have collaborated to create a 2006 wall calendar
with a Northwest Ultra theme. ALL proceeds will go to the Washington Trails
Association (WTA). Calendars
should be ready by December 20th. Calendars can also be purchased at Seattle
Running Company. If you would like to place a order contact Maniac #10 Glenn
Tachiyama at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jamie
Mieras at email@example.com These
will make great Christmas gifts and support a good cause. You
can preview the images that will be featured on the calendar at, http://www.pbase.com/gtach/calendar06
Glenn Tachiyama and Jamie Mieras have collaborated to create a 2006 wall calendar with a Northwest Ultra theme. ALL proceeds will go to the Washington Trails Association (WTA). Calendars should be ready by December 20th. Calendars can also be purchased at Seattle Running Company. If you would like to place a order contact Maniac #10 Glenn Tachiyama at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jamie Mieras at email@example.com These will make great Christmas gifts and support a good cause.
You can preview the images that will be featured on the calendar at, http://www.pbase.com/gtach/calendar06 Password: dagoba
The Marathon Maniacs…at the Races
Autumn Leaves 50km: Marc Frommer, Clay Hathorn and new Maniac Yanghae Shaffer. Clay's race report: First ultra and longest run to date was a great experience. 4:33:28 for the 50K, third place overall. We motored to Champoeg, which is a wooded, rolling park along the Willamette River. The course is essentially six laps, along some park roads, a bike path and some trails and fields. Includes one stretch of out and back. Sounds a bit monotonous to do those loops, but it makes for a really nice social event--you see the same volunteers and have several encounters with the other runners. Nice to have an equipment bag at the turnaround, too.
There was also a 50-miler and a half marathon going on so there were all kinds of folks looping around. Marc and I ran together for the first three loops, keeping it gentle at a 9:00-minute pace. I was starting to get stiff around 15 or 16 and was a little concerned whether I might crash. Yet when Marc started stitching a bit, around mile 18, I picked up my pace on his recommendation that running hard for a bit felt good. It did feel good as I increased to what felt like an 8-minute pace along the trail section. My vest was drenched when I hit the turnaround, so I ditched it. I was running in a compression shirt that acted as a wetsuit; it held the water in and kept me toasty. I thought I'd try to run hard for the fifth loop (miles 21-26) and I must've passed five-six 50Ks runners (the field was only about 20 runners). I don't know where it came from, but I've almost never run better given the circumstances. I finished the 5-mile loop probably in under 8-minute pace, though I didn't hit the split button until into the sixth loop. This final loop was a bit more effort, but I passed a few more folks. I really used the last lap to find everything I could mentally and really transcend the physical--breathing clean, looking at the trees, yelling out loud, appreciating how wet I was and all kinds of nutty stuff. I closed pretty strong; when they told me I finished third, I was shocked--it was a highlight of my modest running life.
I came into the pavilion saying that I wasn't cold. "You will be," said one of the organizers. He was right; I changed clothes but within moments I was shivering. But I got one of the free massages and spent the rest of day soaking, stretching, icing to try to mitigate the soreness. I was fine yesterday. All in all, the event was "easier" than a marathon yet easily as satisfying....
Man O War Marathon: Craig Holcomb
MidSouth Marathon: Paula Boone, Steve Boone, Tom Detore, Robert "srlopez" Lopez, Rob Willis
Traid Triple Lake Trail 40 miler: Brenton Floyd
City of Trees Marathon: Kurt Lauer, Bill Mandler, Keith Panzer, Jeff Perry, Gunhild Swanson, Jack Swanson, Cathy West and new Maniac Blaine Phillips.
Darkside Marathon: Brenton Floyd
New York City Marathon: Gary Allen, Steve Barrick, Laura Bleakley, Kevin Brosi, Barb Bumann, Lauri Fauerbach Adams, Jason Gordon, Mark Janosky, Deo Jaravata, Don "the Rev" Kienz, Chris Marr, Andrew Moore, Tony Phillippi, Sutah Robins, Gregg Walchli, Fiona Wright, Wayne Wright, Steven Yee and new Maniacs Ron Westbury, Michael Shilling and Patrick Kanold. Barb's race summary: My final time was 4:10 -- I think the chip put me just under at 4:09:55. Not a PW but a reflection of my respect for the conditions. On Saturday we went to the expo and then walked from the expo to the Shubert Theatre, where we watched Spamalot. It was easily 70 degrees or more as we walked and I was a little concerned then about the race on Sunday. And sure enough, the next morning as we lined up on the bridge at 10:00 a.m., it already felt warm.
Deo (#22) Jaravata
Race day began with a hike to the New York Public Library where there was NO LINE whatsoever to catch the bus. One pulled away and we climbed on to the next one. Unfortunately, the driver didn't know where we were going. As we milled aimlessly about Brooklyn, one of the passengers finally walked up and asked him if he was lost and he admitted he was. He stopped and asked directions and eventually we were amidst a crowd of buses headed to Staten Island. All told, we were on the bus for an hour and forty-five minutes. Actually, that was okay with me because it was better than sitting on the ground for all that time. But there were a lot of hyper-hydrated people that were getting a little antsy. After we arrived at the start area, I opted to wait in the Green area with Chris Marr. He found a delivery truck that was left unlocked so we climbed inside that to stay warm during the wait for the start. At about 9 a.m. I hiked back across to the Orange start to meet up with the other women with "F" in their number. Apparently, having an "F" in my number indicated that they had some faith that I'd finish in under 4.5 hours. Than goodness, I was able to do that! We were finally herded to the bridge and after the National Anthem was sung and Mayor Bloomberg said a few words, we were off!
I crossed the starting mat in about a minute, which wasn't bad. After that it was just an incredible ride. I have impressions, mostly -- there were more international runners in that run than I've ever seen before -- especially Italian and French runners. After about five miles I needed to use a porta-potty but there were none in sight so I ducked into a shop and the owner was gracious enough to let me use his restroom. Back on the course, it felt so warm to me that I deliberately slowed down to avoid getting heat exhaustion (which I'm prone to, and would have ruined the rest of my day). Interesting how direct sunlight is more of an issue than the heat. Whenever the sun would go behind a cloud, or even when we crossed one of the bridges that was covered, I would feel myself perk up. And then the sun would come out again and it felt like I went back into "plod" mode. I took a water bottle with me at the start because I'd read that it can be a bit of a crowd scene at the water stations during the first few miles. I never found that to be so but kept the bottle with me during the entire race, refilling it periodically to keep dousing my head and singlet.
Jason (#109) Gordon Laura (#84) Bleakley
Later I talked to an acquaintance from Spokane who ran further back in the pack. He said it *was* very crowded and elbow to elbow the entire way for him. I was fortunate to get a number that placed me a little forward of all that and so was CM. The course is wonderful the way it winds you through the ethnic neighborhoods at the start. I high-fived as many little kids as I could reach. The crowd support is great! People offered orange slices, hard candy, bananas, and one woman had even made a plate of sandwiches that she extended as we ran by. No matter how slowly I run, after 20 miles I'm tired and Sunday was no exception. But by then the crowds have picked up again and begun their chants of "You're almost there!" (at 23 miles, of course :-), and I heard the Maniac motto a lot: You can do it! The final swing into Central Park is amazing and the crowds pulled me along with their cheers. It's a long hike afterwards to get your medal, have the chip cut off, get to baggage pickup (which wasn't necessary since I used only a throwaway shirt and gloves), and finally to the family reunion area. I suppose it's meant to help people work some of the lactic acid out of their legs. I met CM, tp!, Steve, Chris W. and a couple other Maniacs near the "B's" in the family reunion area and we swapped a few stories and had a passerby snap the customary Maniac photo. In summary, this was an incredible experience but I still prefer somewhat smaller marathons :-). I enjoyed myself, however, and NYC is quite the place to visit.
San Clarita Marathon: Diva Burns, David Dassey, Todd King
Steppingley Marathon: Roger Biggs
UWR Marathon: Bob and Lenore Dolphin, Sue Fauerbach, Arthur Martineau, Van "pigtails" Phan, Mel Preedy, Diana "slug" Robinson, Yanghae Shaffer, Michael Shiach, Guy Yogi and new Maniac "Barefoot Jon"
Chikamauga Battlefield Marathon: Brenton Floyd, Cathy West. Russ Johnson sets a personal best on a serene, scenic course through the monuments and cannon. And he almost got hit by a deer!
Mountain Marathon for Kenya: Steve Boone, Phil DeYoung
Richmond Marathon: Sue Fauerbach, Deo Jaravata, Don "the
Rev" Kienz, Rick Korecki, Larry Macon, Keith Panzer, Cathy Troisi, Steven
Yee and new Maniac Dave Bell. Maniac
Greg Roth was also present but
running in a different capacity. His story…In 2002
SportsBackers, the organization that puts on the Richmond SunTrust Marathon,
started a 25-26 week training program for people interested in running the
marathon. I was one of the original coaches for that first team. The size of
the team was 130 runners in that first year. Four years later our team has
grown to over 700 runners. We cover novice, intermediate, advanced
intermediates, & advanced runners. We also have a team of returnees who use
the team to train but run other marathons.
The Reverend (#48) and the Rickster
(#106) at Richmond
Maniac #129 Greg Roth
The original coaches are still with the program, there were eight of us. We are lead by Don Garber who has been the head coach since the first team. One of the things that Don requires of the coaches is that they make sure that on the day Richmond is run - the focus is on the teams not on any personal goals. None of the head coaches will run the entire race - we are out there for over 5 to 6 hours & log many miles running with folks. Your pace varies a lot. Very hard running, but the tears and smiles at the end are all worth the effort. No one is paid. We all do it for the love of running and to share our experience. I say our payment comes when they cross the finish - we get to see the smiles and the tears of joy. This year on my team I had 6 BQ's and 20 folks come in under 4 hours. My team was 58 advanced intermediate runners. I don't know if I pass on my Maniac tendencies, but I definitely pass on the love of the sport.
Ron Herzog & Tanks a Lot 50km: Ruth Balf, Tony Covarrubias, Cheri Gillis, Richard Haase, Al Harman, Kendall Kreft, Kurt Lauer, Tim Lofton, Arthur Martineau, Van"pigtails" Phan, Diana "slug" Robinson and new Maniac Stacy "Possum" Otter.
Harrisburg Marathon: Marie Bartoletti, Larry Macon
Healthy Huntington.org Marathon: Dave Bell, Lois Berkowitz, Paul Hargrave, Craig Holcomb, Robert"srlopez" Lopez, Stephen Velott
Kasterlee Marathon: Roger Biggs
Rock Creek Park Marathon: Sue Fauerbach, Charles Sayles, Steven Yee
Silverman Iron Triathlon: Andrew Moore
Dizzy 50 miler: Brenton Floyd
JFK 50 miler: Jack Heely, Jesse Leitner
Stratford Marathon: Roger Biggs
Cathy Troisi (#37) volunteering Keith Panzer (#93) and Robert Bens (#189) carbo-loading
Oklahoma Marathon: In our quest to run 52 marathons this year, Sue Fauerbach and the Prez have been fortunate to run in fairly decent weather conditions and Tulsa was certainly no exception. The race, a double out and back along the Arkansas River, was sunny throughout though with a daunting headwind heading south. Other than Eric Kreuter, I got the chance to meet up with all of the Maniacs participating. The night before the race, Sue Fauerbach and I met up with Keith Panzer and Robert Bens for a scrumptious Italian feast. The quintessential volunteer Cathy Trosi was busy handing out race packets at the Southern Hills Hilton. Race morning came and the always present Larry Macon was spotted. Cyndie Merten, then Cathy again and finally Maniac favorite Lisa Spence.
Robert Bens holding his finishers Lisa (#13) Spence 50-state finisher Keith Panzer
Award…a rubber chicken
Gobbler Grind Marathon: It must be the month for deer sightings. Like Russ the previous week at Chikamauga, the Prez almost got run over by a deer. If I thought yesterday's double out and back was grueling, the Gobbler Grind was almost as bad. The course consisted of a short 4 mile loop on the roads (to help clear out the 1000+ participants, most doing the half) followed by running on a trail in which we looped 3 times (and crossed the finish line 3 times). Sue really gave the Prez an earful on this one. Tom Detore, Sue Fauerbach, Larry Macon all received age-group awards. The President went away empty handed. Ouch!
"10 star" Craig Holcomb (#144) at Philadelphia "#51 for the year" Sue Fauerbach at Gobbler Grind
Philadelphia Marathon: Marie Bartoletti, Michael Brisbois, J Ellis, Lauri Fauerbach Adams, Craig Holcomb, Mark Janosky, Don "the Rev" Kienz, Charles Sayles, Dennis Spurlock, Ron Westbury, Bill Zager and new Maniac Tom Timbol.
Atlanta Marathon: Brenton Floyd, Jason Gordon
Knickerbocker 60km: Gary Allen
Mississippi Coast Marathon: Sam Thompson, Craig Holcomb, Keith Panzer
Northern Central Railway Trail Marathon: Marie Bartoletti, Don "the Rev" Kienz, Rick Korecki, Jesse Leitner, Andrew Moore
Derby 50km: Brenton Floyd and new Maniac John Hutchinson
Quad Dipsea: Andy Kumeda, Maura Schwartz
"Ghost of SeattleMarathon"
Sean (#92) Meissner Race Director Scott (#171) Krell Ruth (#108) Balf
Ghost of Seattle Marathon: Ruth Balf, Rick Haase, Al Harman, Robert "srlopez" Lopez, Stan Nakashima, Stacy "Possum" Otter, Diana "slug" Robinson, Terry Sentinella, "Barefoot Jon" and Sean Meissner (50km)
The "Real Gang of Four"
Stan Nakashima, Stacy "Possum" Otter, Rick Haase, Diana "slug" Robinson
What are you nuts posing for….this is a race!!
Space Coast Marathon: Jason Gordon, Fiona Wright, Wayne Wright
Seattle Marathon: Some of our newer members who ran Seattle…and some rarely seen.
Kim (#164) Boyle Arthur (#177) Martineau Tim (#192) Pate Steve (#105) Frederickson Eric (#71) Gierke
Race Report…Cheri Gillis
I came downstairs at 5:00AM race day to let my dog out to snow! This did not bode well for the race. I dressed for cold and wet and set off for the start with Gregg Walchli. I told him to expect me in around 4:10 to 4:20. The sun came out, I felt pretty good and I kept the 4 hour race pace guys behind me until mile 18. I had previously had a 4:05:17 BQ at Quebec City and I wasn’t comfortable with it because that was chip time, and what if you’re not allowed extra seconds with chip time?
I started thinking I might have another BQ in me although I hadn’t been doing speed work or shorter races.
I knew the 8 miles I had to go after the 4 hour guys passed me were tough but I had an extra 5 minutes. I kept moving along as well as I could taking Gu, advil, Gatorade and anything I could to fuel myself. I was not dressed for a BQ, I had a jacket tied around my waist and tights that I had to keep hitching up. I had dressed to stay warm for my plodding pace.
I cruised through the finish chute with the puke light on but even the gun time was BQ! Chip time 4:03:34, best time since my 3:54 BQ at Victoria in 1998. Found Gregg who once again slipped in under 3 hours. We both picked up our 6th in division awards along with several other deads and maniacs who ran well on the home course.
Some of the Maniac Age-Division Award Winners
David (#56) Jones Alicia (#55) Britt Gunhild (#69) Swanson Doug (#18) MacLean
Maniac Doug MacLean ready for the 2005 Seattle marathon? The veteran marathoner
lined up for his 64th marathon. Business as usual... not quite! With several
minutes to gun time Doug went through his usual check list, number? check,
shoes? check, ( he has shown up at races without his shoes before mind you,
the Prez bailed him out with a spare pair from his car before:) shoes double
knotted? check, chip? Hey! No chip! Doug high tailed it back to his car, got
his chip just in time for the start! Looking at his Gun and Chip time he did
some speed work for his warm up! Way to make the race even more exciting Doug!
Was Maniac Doug MacLean ready for the 2005 Seattle marathon? The veteran marathoner lined up for his 64th marathon. Business as usual... not quite! With several minutes to gun time Doug went through his usual check list, number? check, shoes? check, ( he has shown up at races without his shoes before mind you, the Prez bailed him out with a spare pair from his car before:) shoes double knotted? check, chip? Hey! No chip! Doug high tailed it back to his car, got his chip just in time for the start! Looking at his Gun and Chip time he did some speed work for his warm up! Way to make the race even more exciting Doug!
The ultimate in Maniac Sacrifice…from the keyboard of Steve Barrick.
was the first ever marathon that I have watched as a spectator. Let me tell you,
it was awesome. I had initially hoped to do the Ghost and Seattle as a double.
With volunteering for the Seattle marathon as a bus guide, for what seems has
been forever, and my wife's last second plea to do the half, I opted out off
I was initially going through withdrawal symptoms seeing everyone Sunday, but watching my wife complete her first half with a friend and seeing the excitement her in eyes and hearing her excitement in her voice and her body language, I know I made the right decision. As Jason Gordon recently said to me - doing a marathon is hard, but the decision not to do one is even harder. It really is true.
As my wife and her friend were finishing their half, her friend told my wife that next year they are going to have to sign up and do the marathon. So all day yesterday my wife was on a high. Who knows, maybe someday my wife and I will run a marathon together. I do not think their all too many maniac husband and wife teams yet are there?
More Maniacs at Seattle's Signature Event
Dale (#68) Shoup Michael (#114) Dutton and Tony (#11) Covarrubias Van "pigtails" (#27) Phan
Dennis (#26) Spurlock and Terry (#112) Sentinella
Seattle Marathon: Herb Allen, Ken Blauvelt, Kim Boyle, Alicia Britt, Shelleena Bunker, May Cheng, Ruben Contreras, Tony Covarrubias, Bob and Lenore Dolphin, Michael Dutton, Christel Elliot, Sue Fauerbach, Judy Fisher, Steve "El Pinguino" Frederickson, Eric Gierke, Cheri Gillis, Richard Haase, Eddie Hahn, Al Harman, Clay Hathorn, Tony Johns, David Jones, Kendall Kreft, Kurt Lauer, Mark Looi, Doug MacLean, Arthur Martineau, Stacy "Possum" Otter, Lesa Overfield, Tim Pate, Jeff Perry, Van "pigtails"Phan, tony! Phillippi, Mel Preedy, Fenny Roberts, Diana "slug" Robinson, Jim Scheer, Wendy Scott, Terry Sentinella, Yanghae Shaffer, Michael Shiach, Dale Shoup, Steve Supkoff, Gunhild Swanson, Gregg Walchli, Amy Yanni, Steven Yee, Guy Yogi, Jennifer Yogi and new Maniacs Pete Nicholson, "Barefoot" Todd, Steve Duncan.
The spouses whom no longer just stand on the sidelines…Congratulations to:
Steve Barrick's wife for completing the half-marathon walk
Ruben Contreras' wife for completing the half-marathon walk
Steve Supkoff's wife for completing the marathon walk
Mark Looi's wife for running in her first marathon…the birth of another Maniac?
Why did the pig want to be an actor?...He was a big ham!
Noteworthy Accomplishments / Promotions / Omissions / Maniac Stuff:
Ø Platinum Maniacs: Sue Fauerbach and Steven Yee, for completing 52 marathons in one year.
Ø Ruthenium Maniac: Andrew Moore for finishing marathons in 13 states this year and for completing 26 races this year.
Ø Iridium Maniacs: Eddie Hahn for completing 6 marathons in 7 weeks, Wayne and Fiona Wright for completing 9 marathons in 9 states/countries within 12 months and Mark Janosky for completing 6 marathons in 5 weeks.
Maniacs: Eric Jensen and Barb Bumann for completing 12
marathons in one year; belated promotion to Steve "El Pinguino"
Frederickson for completing 13 marathons/ultras in 1 year (2000), and
12 marathons a year from 1997 - 2001.
Ø 150 marathon mark: Steven Yee (Rock Creek Marathon)
Ø 50 marathon mark: Dennis Spurlock (Seattle 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
Diana "Slug" Robinson
Van "pigtails" Phan
New Members for the Month of November
11/03 - John Hutchinson #199 (Rockingham, North Carolina): Chris and I were sitting on the curb next to the UPS baggage trucks at the conclusion of the Marine Corps Marathon when we met up with John. Saying that we have no members hailing from North Carolina, John was eager to fill that geographical void. Having only run marathons since 2004, John is certainly on a roll. He has completed 10 marathons and 2 ultras since he started and his streak of 7 races within a six-month period qualifies John as a Silver level member. Our favorite quote from John… I’ve still never run a 10K. Don’t plan to, either. Why bother?
11/05 - Yanghae Shaffer #200 (Tacoma, Washington): Leave it to our webmaster to convince another runner to join the Maniac family. Settling for nothing less than Iridium, Yanghae recently completed the Autumn Leaves 50 km and UWR marathon on back to back days. Nothing like starting your Maniac career with a bang!
11/10 - Steve Rice #201 (Portage,
Michigan): From his e-mails to the Main Maniacs, you could just feel the
excitement when Steve qualified for Maniac induction. Having recently completed the Detroit Free Press and the Grand
Rapids Marathons on consecutive weekends earned him the Bronze star. He has 15 marathon finishes to his credit,
in 5 states.
11/11 - Ron Westbury #202 (Conyers, Georgia): We know one thing about Ron…he's got great taste in food! The Main Maniacs met him and his wife at Vincent's Restaurant in Little Italy the day before the New York City Marathon. At the age of 50, Ron decided to run his first marathon and hasn't stopped since. He has run 31 marathons in the past 2 years and has already run back to back marathons 3 times. By running 13 marathons in 13 states in 2004, Ron has qualified for Ruthenium status.
11/11 - Rich Hallworth #203 (Boxford, Massachusetts): Hmm…Rich never did provide his stats for us, but according to marathonguide.com, he's run on 3 continents this year (Antarctica, Europe and North America) and 6 marathons. So Rich…send us your stats!
11/14 - Stacy
"Possum" Otter #204
(Bellingham, Washington): Okay, perhaps a little bit of peer pressure from her
sister-in-law and good Maniac of the north Diana "slug" Robinson
persuaded Stacy to join the Maniac family. Who knows if that's a good sign or
will bring about her demise? J. Initially a bronze inductee by finishing a marathon
and two ultras in the past three months, Stacy has ramped it up by completing
the Ghost of Seattle and Seattle Marathons on back to back days. How does
Iridium sound for the "Possum"?
11/14 - Tom Timbol #205 (Dallas, Texas): Another Maniac who started running marathons last year and just can't seem to stop. Tim has completed 7 marathons and by running 3 marathons (Twin Cities, Marine Corps and Philadelphia) in 2 months, he's initiated as a Bronze Manaic.
11/21 - Blaine Phillips #206 (South Jordan, Utah): Another amazing streak in the works for new Maniac Blaine. Since his first marathon (Salt Lake City, 4/23/05), he has run at least one per month and will have run 12 by the end of this year. His best streak is 10 in 6 months, thus enabling him to achieve Silver status.
11/21 - Pete Nicholson #207 (Vancouver, Washington): Pete's first marathon happened back in 1976, then took a 20+ year break before resuming in 1999. He has run a total of 8 marathons, and his recent 2 marathons in 3 weeks (Spokane, Tri-Cities) qualifies him for Bronze membership. Pete, it was a great pleasure to meet you after the Seattle Marathon.
11/24 - Don Pattison #208 (Bartlett, Illinois): Don recently finished the Erie, Air Force and Detroit Marathons within a 3 month span to qualify for Bronze induction. He has run 5 so far this year and plans to top off the year with a trip to Las Vegas. His future plans include a marathon run in all 50 states and to run 15-20 marathons in 2006.
11/27 - "Barefoot"
Jon Gissberg #209 (Seattle,
Washington): From now on known only as "Barefoot" Jon, his original aspirations
for Maniacdom was to reach Silver status. However, the dream double of the
Ghost of Seattle and Seattle was too tempting to pass up…and the rest is, shall
we say, "Iridium" history. "Barefoot" Jon has an amazing
streak of running at least one marathon since 1977, for a total of 71 races.
You're even more amazing than that "sandals guy"!
11/27 - "Barefoot" Todd Byers #210 (Long Beach, California): We've known Todd for years and have been trying to get him in the Maniac circle. The "relentless" pressure must have gotten to him, finally. The "tanned one" has completed 180 marathons (most of them sans shoes), and has done back-to-back marathons to qualify him for Iridium status. Each year you can bet that Todd flies up from sunny California just to volunteer and run in the "cold and sometimes rainy" Seattle Marathon. Now that's a TRUE MANIAC!
11/28 - Michael Shilling #211 (Perrineville, New Jersey): A bronze level Maniac by recently completing the Baltimore and New York City Marathons within a 16 day time frame, Michael has run a total of 15 marathons, and will be going for his 10th state at Memphis. He is also one of 59 runners whom have complete all 5 Baltimore Marathons. Also, check out his running website. http://www.runnersthoughts.com
11/29 - Dave Bell #212 (Highlands Ranch, Colorado): Talk about someone whom has circumnavigated the country this year…25 states already, alias the "Palladium man". Sue and I have seen Dave all over the place, had a few lunches together and shared a few brews. A great addition to the Maniac family
11/29 - Patrick Kanold #213 (Boston, Massachusetts): Another speedy Maniac joining the ranks of the Insane, Patrick has 2-sub 3 hour marathons this year (Boston and New York City). He recently completed the JFK 50 miler just two weeks after his stellar performance at New York, but sorry Patrick…it's still Bronze!
11/30 - Steve Duncan #214
(Mount Vernon, Washington): Steve's marathoning days go way back as he ran his
first 2 back in 1989, then took a 12 year break. He recently completed 3 races
(Skagit Flats, Baker Lake 50 km and the Seattle Marathon) in 3 months and is
initiated as a Bronze Maniac.
UPCOMING MANIACS at the RACES
Due to space requirements, we ask that you log on to the website, upcoming race section to find out where your favorite Maniac(s) will be making cameo appearances.
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.
Maniac Ongoing Discounts
· $5 off marathons put on by Bob Green (his next one is the Christmas 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 December 2005/ January 2006 Newsletter and to the web site soon.
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