Marathon Maniacs News Letter – June 2004
The month of June got off to a rip-roaring start, partly due to the exploits of one Diana “Slug” Robinson. After completing the Coeur D’Alene Marathon in late May, the “SLUG” then reeled off the Newport Marathon and San Juan Island Marathons in successive days the following weekend. Great job, “SLUG”, what a Maniac!
If you’re looking for a Boston Qualifier or possibly a “personal best” course, look no further than the Newport Marathon. Quite a few maniacs made the trek to the mid-Oregon Coast for this classic that’s limited to a few hundred runners. Accolades go out to Marc Frommer (3:18:41) and Ruben Contreras (3:12:34), both of whom achieved PR’s. Other maniacs enjoying the nearly flat and scenic course include David Hipps, Bob and Lenore Dolphin, Terry Watanabe, the “SLUG” and Dale Shoup.
Meanwhile up north, the Green River Marathon, directed by maniacs Steve Barrick and Jim Anderson was underway. A low-key race and relay along the Green River and ending in West Seattle, maniacs Ted Coulson, Doug MacLean, Mel Preedy, Jim Anderson and Van Phan were participants.
What a busy day for marathons…..Maniacs were present at 5 separate marathons on this day!
A musical jam session was happening at San Diego’s Rock and Roll Marathon. Diva Burns, Carol Dellinger, Deo Jaravata, Stan Neumann, Chris Warren, Tony Phillippi and Steven Yee enjoyed the 26 bands stationed at each mile while enjoying some of San Diego’s most scenic areas during the run. Notable performances include a “BITE” sandals world record PR by the sandals guy Tony (3:06:50, this guy was on fire…he broke the President!) and Diva’s run (3:38:15), her fastest time of 8 marathons this year. Chris and I don’t believe the BITE record will last for long, as we just received our sandals and are training hard in them. Hey sandals guy, there’s a bullseye on you…pretty soon you’ll be seeing the back of our BITE’S! An excellent article on Carol appeared in the San Diego Union-Tribune a few days before the marathon, highlighting her fervor for running marathons and her strategy for running so many in a year and in a lifetime. Great job Carol, you’re a celebrity! As the paper stated…174 and counting!
Moving up north to the great Northwest, age group awards were attained by Gregg Walchli (3:22:27), Bill Brown (3:42:14) and Brian Baker (3:10:32), who placed 5th overall in the Columbia Gorge Marathon. Even further up north by way of the Washington State Ferries, the “SLUG” did it at the San Juan Island Marathon. Three marathons in 8 days….you have earned the coveted Ruthenium level, 5 stars! Also running were future maniacs Gunhild and Jack Swanson. Naturally they placed first in their age groups….is there enough room in your home to house all of those trophies and plaques? You two are incredible!
Moving east, J. Ellis, Tom Detore and Cathy Troisi were “trailing” it at the Deadwood Mickelson Marathon. Tom placed 3rd in his age group…way to go Tom! Be sure to check out J’s picture for this delightful race on the link to the website.
Want to try running at elevation while throwing in some heat and wind? Then look no further than the Caspar Marathon in Wyoming. Maniacs Jack Thornton and Paul Hargrave were there. Paul placed second (3:55:44) in his age group.
In action this day were Bill Mandler (Park City Marathon) and Stan Neumann and Deo Jaravata at the Hatfield-McCoy Marathon. Stan the Man placed 1st in his age group (4:20:16). Hmm…are Stan and Deo shadowing each other? They both show up in San Diego, now in West Virginia!
The largest maniac gathering during the month of June occurred at the North Olympic Discovery Marathon (Sequim to Port Angeles). In attendance were Anne-Marie Thiessen, Dennis Spurlock, Steve Supkoff, Herb Allen, Bob and Lenore Dolphin, Jack and Gunhild Swanson, Jennifer and Guy Yogi, Eric Gierke, Dale Shoup, David Jones, Gregg Walchli, Kurt Lauer, Tony, Chris and Steve. Whew….what a sea of maniac yellow!! Some of the maniacs came away with hardware (plaques), which is all the more impressive as this is not an easy course. The only maniac to set a PR was Eric Gierke. Age group awards were given to Jennifer (1st –3:25:05), Dale (1st –3:35:36), Gunhild (1st –3:38:24), Herb (3rd –3:56:32), Bob (1st –4:53:58) and Jack (2nd –5:00:20). Great performances by everyone there!
The ultramaniacs weren’t taking time off; they were just getting warmed up as Glenn Tachiyama and Tony Covarrubias were at the Tom Wales Memorial 50 miler. For Glenn, this was just a tune-up as he was part of Scott Jurek’s Western States 100-mile crew. Scott was victorious for the 6th consecutive year, setting a course record of 15:36!
Way up north in the last frontier, Sue Fauerbach, Cheri Gillis, Carol Dellinger and Steven Yee enjoyed the serene trails and spectacular scenery of the Chugach Mountains as part of the Mayor’s Midnight Sun Marathon in Anchorage. If you want a mix of paved trails, gravel trails, cross-country trails and roads with a few nice hills, then this is the marathon for you. Congratulations to Sue on her first marathon this year, as well as placing second in her age group. Cheri was running the race as a warm-up…the week after she was at the Western States 100 to help pace Ron Nicholl from Alaska. No moose sightings along the course by Cheri, Sue and Steve….Carol, did you see any?
The venue: Duluth, Minnesota. The race: Grandma’s Marathon. The maniacs: Barb Bumann, Cathy Troisi, Michael Brisbois, Nelsen Petersen, Doug MacLean, Ted Coulson and future maniac Chris Marr. These were the lucky participants who got to run in this lottery race. How many days did this race fill up in?
Oh baby, it’s time for the Walk With Me Marathon in Eugene, Oregon. Attending the event were the famous Bob and Lenore Dolphin (6 marathons in 6 weeks), Dude, Chris Warren, Tony Phillippi and future maniac Susan Marshall. This was Dude’s first road marathon and managed to team up with Bob and finish together. Chris and Tony, well, they won the race in an impressive 3:25! They even managed to spot a few Kenyans, as the Prefontaine Classic was happening the same weekend.
A scorcher of a day awaited Tony Phillippi, Chris Warren, Steven Yee, and future maniacs Rian Rosenthal and Susan Marshall at the Pacific Crest Marathon, held at Sunriver, Oregon. Tony, wearing his ever-present BITE sandals (his 9th marathon wearing the BITE) helped pace Rian to a PR and faster Boston Qualifier. Great job Rian and Tony, and especially for staying on course this time! At the awards ceremony, Chris, Steve, Rian and Susan managed to come away with age group awards.
Ø The new Ironman: Steve Monk, Coeur D’Alene Ironman Triathlon.
Ø American Relay: Gunhild Swanson and Lisa Stranc-Bliss as part of a 4-women relay team to cover the 220- mile course. Jack Swanson may have had the hardest job…driving! They kicked some royal arse and finished in 32:26, good for 4th overall. They even managed to PO a few largely all-male teams, as they could not pass the ladies. Mind you, all other teams had 12 runners. You ladies rock!
May Newsletter Omission
Ø Cheri Gillis was missed in last months newsletter as she had also run the Miwok 100k along with Lisa Stranc Bliss. Can’t wait to get back to ….Sausalito….!
****Please note: While we are trying our best to stay up to date with all of our members and all of the races they run, unfortunately we may have missed some of you. If we did, it wasn’t intentional!!! To make sure we get all your races and that you get recognition on the website marquee as well as the monthly newsletter, we are asking you to send us an e-mail each time you run a marathon. This will make it easier to keep the Insane Asylum up to date and your personal count correct. Thank you for your help in making this a great marathon club!
New Members for the Month of June
Bill Brown, Massachusetts (6/01/04)
Brian Baker, Idaho (6/04/04)
Dale Shoup, Washington (6/09/04)
Eric Gierke, Washington (6/13/04)
Jack and Gunhild Swanson, Washington (6/13/04)
Connie Ridenour, Washington (6/14/04)
Janet Burgess, Washington (6/15/04)
Rian Rosenthal, Washington (6/26/04)
Susan Marshall, British Columbia, Canada (6/28/04)
Chris Marr, Washington (6/29/04)
UPCOMING MANIAC RACES
7/10 - S.O.B. 50k (Tony Phillippi Chris Warren, Kurt Lauer)
7/11 - Gateway to the Pacific (Guy & Jennifer Yogi, Dennis Spurlock, Ruben Contreras, Bob and Lenore Dolphin, Chris Warren, Tony Phillippi, Steven Yee )
7/12 - Bad Water 135 mile Ultra Marathon (Lisa Stranc Bliss)
7/24 – Deseret News Marathon (Bill Mandler)
7/31 – White River 50-Miler (Kendall Kreft, Tony Covarrubias, Van Phan, Tony Phillippi Cheri Gillis Tim Lofton)….Glenn T…are you running this?
8/01 – Chronicle (San Francisco) Marathon (Chris Warren, Sue Fauerbach, Steven Yee, Jennifer Yogi, Guy Yogi, Steve Supkoff, Marc Frommer, Kurt Lauer, Deo Jaravata, Barb Bumann, Chris Marr)
8/21 – Grizzly Marathon (Diana Robinson, Steve Supkoff, Steve Monk, Sue Fauerbach, Steven Yee, Dennis Spurlock)
10/7-10/9 – Tahoe Triple: 3 marathons in 3 days! (Anne-Marie Thiessen, Cathy Troisi, Tom Detore, Chris Warren, Tony Phillippi) There are less than 20 spots remaining for this trifecta….all you maniacs out there…please sign up! If all 100 spots are filled, then your illustrious President won’t have to do it!!!
10/10 - Bizz Johnson Trail Marathon (Ann-Marie Thiessen, Chris Warren, Tony Phillippi)
We are calling this the Quad to cap off an exciting weekend after the Tahoe Triple.
12/04 – Reggae Marathon (Nelsen Petersen) Join Nelsen from Destination Marathon for this exciting 5-day, 4-night winter adventure. For more information, go to the maniac website, and under maniac links go to Destination Marathon. The information can be found under the heading “Video Journeys”. But don’t delay…there are only 12 spots available!
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.
End of the Year Maniac Awards
That’s right Maniacs, we still plan to have “End of the Year” Maniac Awards. The founding Maniacs are still working out the details.
More to come in the July Newsletter and to the web site soon. Be prepared for MAJOR CHANGES to the website!!
The President has written…