Marathon Maniacs News Letter – August / September 2006
· 9 new members for the month of August (346 total members)
· Marathon Junkie Chuck Engle wins the Silver State Marathon
· Sam Thompson completes his 50 marathons in 50 days in 50 states. His quest, as reviewed in marathonguide.com
On a 99-day trek of the Appalachian Trail in 2003 (22mi/day - basically a run of the 2,200 mile trail), Sam Thompson realized that he was completing the distance of a marathon each day and the idea to run a marathon a day for 50 days (in 50 states) was hatched. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the idea took wings as a way to spread the word about the work still needed in the gulf coast area - and in October 2005, the idea was presented to the media and sponsors sought. Thompson planned his route, made travel arrangements and on July 1, the 25-year old from Vicksburg MS began his first of 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 days at the Leadville Trail Marathon. Fifty days later, on Saturday, August 19th, Thompson ran his 50th marathon - completing all 50 states with an average pace just under four hours. Congratulations!
Note: With the obvious fact that there are not marathons on most weekdays, Thompson's marathon performances were completed at official marathons, when available, or on official courses on a non-race day.
More information at www.50in50in50.com
The Marathon Maniacs…at the Races
Canadian Death Race: Al Harman
Hot to Trot 8 hour Run: Brenton Floyd
Frank Maier Marathon: Dave Bell, Janet Burgess, Robert "srlopez" Lopez, Ruth Morrow, Dane Rauschenberg. The marathonguide.com summary: With just one marathon in the USA this weekend, Chuck Engle traveled to Juneau AK to keep his marathon-a-week/try-to-win-them-all streak alive. In strong wind and steady rain - Engle notched his 19th marathon win of 2006 (in 31 outings), easily winning in 2:43:31. Joel Seaton of Seattle, running his debut marathon was second more than twenty minutes back.
Maniacs at the start of the Crater Lake Marathon Steve "marathonfreak" Walters
Crater Lake Marathon: Tim Chesko, Philip DeYoung, Michael Dutton, Eddie Hahn, Brian "Action" Jackson, Eric Jensen, Mary Latta, Robert "srlopez" Lopez, Larry Macon, Cyndie Merten, Brian Pendleton, Van "pigtails" Phan, Terry Sentinella, Karen "Sushi" Wiggins, Fiona and Wayne Wright and new Maniacs Steve Walters and Jim Collins. From marathonguide.com: In the women's race, Donna Anderson, of Danville KY, was first in 3:25:28. Jenny Meyer, 24 of Norwalk CT - who was third at the Frederick Marathon earlier in 2006, took second place in 3:31:27. Amy Yanni, 52 of Rapid City SD and with too many marathon achievements to attempt to describe, was third in 3:48:54.
Howl at the Moon 8 hour: Rick Korecki
Laurel Valley 34.7 mile ultra: Brenton Floyd
Loop the Lake: Bob and Lenore Dolphin
Paavo Nurmi Marathon: Kevin Brosi, Dane Rauschenberg. From marathonguide.com.:Schneider wrested the victor's crown from defending champion Michael Benchina, 23 of Chisholm MN, who finished second in 2:45:56. Old-man (compared to the first two finishers) Chuck Engle, 35 of Columbus OH, in his 33rd marathon or 2006 took the third position bringing his total to 30 top-three finishes in 33 starts for the year.
Edmonton Centennial Marathon: Al Harman
Patch Dahl and Lesa Overfield The Maniac Clan at Haulin Aspen
Haulin Aspen Trail Marathon: Bill Barmore, Eric Barnes, Patch Dahl, Philip DeYoung, Michael Dutton, Christel Elliot, Monte Fus, Eddie Hahn, Genia "Tiptoes" Kacey, Todd King, Robert "srlopez" Lopez, Larry Macon, Lesa Overfield, Jeff Perry, Van "pigtails" Phan, Diana "sLuG" Robinson, Terry Sentinella, Michael Shiach, Karen "Sushi" Wiggins.
"sLuG" Phil DeYoung "TipToes" Mike Shiach
Grey Rock 50km Trail Run: Steve Barrick, James Klarich
Grizzly Marathon: Roger Biggs, Bob and Lenore Dolphin, Marc Frommer, Boonsom Hartman, Larry Macon, David Nemoto, Jim Scheer, Cynthia "Draggon" Witman
Where's Waldo 100km: Meghan Arbogast, Kurt Lauer, Sean Meissner, Van "pigtails" Phan, Karen "Sushi" Wiggins
Humpy's Classic Marathon: Minh Dang, Dennis Spurlock, Charles Sayles
Leading Ladies Marathon: Cheryl Murdock. From marathonguide.com: In the second annual Leading Ladies' Marathon, Kjersten Welch, 35 of Sioux City IA, took first place with a time of 3:04:38. Deena Sughroue, 42 of Kearney NE, finished in second place in 3:17:53. Amy Yanni, 52 of Rapid City SD, repeated her third place standing from 2005 by finishing in 3:24:29 in her seventeenth marathon of 2006.
Log Train Trail
Marathon: Robert Jacobsen
Pikes Peak Marathon: Brian "Action" Jackson, Ruth Morrow, Pete "Hippo" Nicholson, Peggy Shashy
Silver State Marathon: Todd Baxter, Barefoot Todd Byers, Jim Geiger, Eddie Hahn, Angela Ivory, Larry Macon, Dane Rauschenberg. The race summary from marathonguide.com: Chuck Engle notched his 19th marathon win of 2006 (in 34 marathon outings) with a win at the Silver State Marathon in 2:44:52. Bryan Smith, of Thibodaux LA, who has a number of top three finishes in 2006 including 3 wins, finished just behind Engle - as he has in two other marathons this year - in 2:48:21.
Self-Transcendence Marathon: Anne Scarazzo
Mesa Falls Marathon: Dave Bell, Jim Geiger, David Reid, Charles
Sayles, Amy Yanni. From the local
paper… A unique story about one of the runners…
Charles Sayles wrote in and requested Bib number 69. So … you say. Well Charles Sayles is 69 years old and Mess Falls Marathon will be his 69th marathon. WOW!! He has completed a marathon in all 50 states. This guy is a GO GETTER - - He also has returned to work after retiring. He lives in Glendale California and works as nuclear engineer in San Jose. Yes, the San Jose that is roughly 350 miles from Glendale. He has only been running marathons for five years; his first one in Anchorage. He uses the Galloway method running, where he runs for four minutes and walks a minute. This method was penned by distance guru Jeff Galloway. His brother Edward, (who is a youngster at only 62) will be running the Mesa Falls Marathon. It will be his 3rd marathon. [He] will be coming to the marathon from Massachusetts on [his] BMW motorcycle. This is only ONE story about the people who will be coming to our town. Talk to these folks and see what kind of stories you can find out. Be looking for #69 to cheer him on?
Park City Marathon: Roger Biggs, Paula Boone, Steve Boone, Tim Chesko, Angela Ivory, Bill Mandler, Cheryl Murdock, Blaine Phillips, Dane Rauschenberg
Run With the Horses Marathon: Robert Britain, Larry Macon, Rob Willis
Lean Horse Ultras: Andrew Edwards, Pete "Hippo" Nicholson, Keith "Kip" Panzer
Andrew Edwards at the Lean Horse Ultra
CCC 100 miler: Tony (*tc) Covarrubias, Kendall Kreft, Shawn Lawson, "King" Arthur Martineau
Green Lakes Ultra: Les Omura
Ironman Canada: Aaron Patel
Quebec City/Marathon des Rieux: Bekkie Wright
Pictures from Marathons "Not Too Long Ago"
Eddie Hahn (Grandma's) Fiona Wright (M to M) Boonsom Hartman, with CoconutBoy (San Francisco)
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 Chris, Steve or Marc (#7). They will be more than happy to make the corrections. 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, cat food, purchasing of additional Maniac wear and…future surprises. Keep your Maniac Seniority Number!
Noteworthy Accomplishments / Promotions / Omissions / Maniac Stuff:
Ø Titanium (10 star) Maniac: Who else but Sam Thompson, for finishing his 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 days quest!
Ø Osmium (6 star) Maniacs: Amy Yanni for completing 16 marathons in 16 states this year and Dane Rauschenberg for so far completing 32 marathons this year.
Ø 50 ultra mark: Van Phan for completing the PCT 50 miler.
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.
New Members for the Month of August
8/03 - Steve Walters #338 (Tigard, Oregon): With a nickname of
"marathonfreak", its appropriate that Steve join the Maniac clan.
Having started running marathons in June 2005, he soon caught the
"bug" and is now certifiably "addicted" to them. He has run 8 lifetime marathons and 2
ultras. His bronze level status includes streaks of 2 in 10 days and 3 in 3
months. And be sure to check out his website: http://www.marathonfreak.com
8/07 - Dr. Ashis Roy #339 (New Delhi, India): The Maniacs have truly gone global with the induction of Ashis Roy into the Insane Asylum. Known as the "Marathon Man of India", Dr. Roy ran his first marathon in 1984 at the age of 52. Now 74 years young, he has completed 72 marathons in 21 countries and has many age-group placings. His best streak includes 3 marathons in 3 weeks, thus earning him 2-star Silver status.
Ashis (#339) Roy Scott (#340) Insley
8/09 - Scott Insley #340 (Sterling, Virginia): Scott's real first name is "Roderick", but when you meet him, he prefers to go by his middle name. Having qualified for Silver status by completing 10 marathons in 2005, Scott's now going for the gold (he's completed 7 already in 2006). His lifetime totals include 19 marathons in 8 states.
8/15 - James Goetchius #341 (Frederick, Maryland): James has been seeing runners in their Maniac singlets and was wondering what it was all about. He got his answer while watching CNN's interview with 50 in 50 in 50 Sam Thompson when he stumbled across the Maniac website. James may have a Frederick, Maryland address but now he's at the Al Asad Air Base in Western Iraq. But at least he got in 3 races this year before he was deployed. He plans to run the Marine Corps Marathon this coming October from the Air Base, his first marathon outside the Unites States. His lifetime totals include 16 marathons and 2 ultras, best streak is 2 in 3 weeks and is inducted as a Bronze Maniac.
8/22 - Kory Wheatley #342 (Pocatello, Idaho): Its always exciting when we get new members whom their first 3 completed marathons qualifies them for admittance into the Insane Asylum. Kory fits that criteria, having run the Ogden, Salt Lake City and Deseret News Marathons within a span of under 3 months. And with each successive marathon, he has gotten faster, so Way To Go Kory!
8/24 - Patrick Doherty #343 (Milwaukee, Wisconson): Another "addicted" marathoner, Patrick just started running marathons this past June and has already completed the Sunburst, Paul Bunyan and Paavo Nurmi Marathons and he's not done yet. His ultimate goal is running 50 marathons in all 50 states, so with 3 states already, he's on his way. So Patrick, welcome to the Insane Asylum, where you will be treated like a normal human being again!
8/24 - David Campbell #344 (Glendale,
California): David is a real "hard core" marathoner, having done 4
marathons in 10 days last year which qualifies him for 5-star Ruthenium
status. He's thinking about doing the
Auburn Marathon after the Tahoe Triple this year, thus confirming the notion
that "stars" mean everything to a Maniac. His best guess for lifetime totals include 134
marathons and 7 ultras in 5 states. His
ex-wife threw out some of his running logs so an accurate count couldn't be
made. His revenge…he threw out the ex-wife. Important stat…he owns a cat but it
won't run with him!
8/24 - Kamika Smith #345 (Kapaa, Hawaii): Kamika surely has many frequent flier miles, jetting from his home on the garden isle of Kauai to the mainland and almost completing the 50 state circuit (the only states he needs are Massachusetts and New York). By virtue of running in 17 states in one year, Kamika is a full-fledges 6-star Osmium Maniac. He has 70 completed marathons, and he started his marathoning in 2001. Way to go Kamika!
8/25- Jim Collins # 346 (Sarasota, Florida): Jim may live in Florida but out of his 22 completed marathons, he's done 7 of them in Michigan. His streak includes 3 in 3 months (Jacksonville, Museum of Aviation Foundation and the Mercedes Marathons), which qualifies him for bronze induction. And of course, he's "itchin" to get that "flamin' yellow singlet"!
Rhetorical Revelations and W(Rites)…from the Rambunctious Rev
Had the weirdest dream the other day. Was searching all over…under the dresser, around the world in exotic places like Curacao, and the Philippine Islands… trying to find a list, that in my dream was evidently lost… of all the things I’ve done for 50 days in a row….
I couldn’t find it, and the next thing I knew, I’d be in Pago Pago, asking some Indian Chief what it was I had been doing for the last fifty days….
Wherever I went, no one seemed to know. Well, the whole night was pretty rough, and I woke up in a sweat, and my wife insisted I go see a psychiatrist about it. So I did.
It took a while, but he asked me if I was nervous about anything. Well, sure, money, and the job, and sometimes the kids. I got more and more nervous as it became obvious we weren’t getting anywhere. Finally, he took the opposite approach. “So, what do you do for fun?” Well, I play some golf, and I like to run marathons. “Marathons?” he says. Yup. Marathons.
And then I told him about you guys, you know, MarathonManiacs, and how this Annie girl wins 11 in a year, and this Chuck fellow wins a couple a month, and Holcomb quit his job for a year and ran 52 or something, and how you and your smiley face keeps telling me how welcome I and all us other mini-maniacs really are, and then I keep seeing 50 in 50 in 50, and how I realize I’m in way over my head, and can’t imagine doing 2 in 2 in 2, no less 3 in 3 in 3, or 4 in 4 in 4, and this normal, happy looking guy in our club completed 50 in 50 in 50, and, well Stevie Boy, I got to rambling….
And that’s when the doc pulled out his prescription pad, and here’s what he wrote…
Take by Reading
Once in the morning, Once at night.
“Celebrate the Incredible Accomplishments of Your Friends, and of mates you haven’t met yet.
And rejoice, for God has given to one this gift, and to another that gift.
Be thankful, and bless Him, for all good things come from this Creator who loves you.”
It was odd.
But it was relief. Because all I could think of was maybe I’d brushed my teeth 50 consecutive days, but that was just about it, and I was startin’ to wonder if I belonged I guess, which is what the Doc thinks I woke up sweating about.
Steve-O, you sure have amassed a whole bunch of talented friends. Heartiest congratulations to ‘em all.
Rev Mini-Maniac #48.
Maniac Ongoing Discounts
· $5 off marathons put on by Bob Green (his next one is the Halloween Marathon).
· 10% off any running shoes, apparel at the Bellevue, Wa Foot Zone store (ask for Jenny)
· discount on BITE sandals (contact Tony at email@example.com for details)
More to come in the August / September 2006 Newsletter and to the web site soon.
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"Haulin Aspen" Humor
"srlopez"…I'm Titanium, so I get all the women! Maniac Breakdancing…Pigtails style!