Tuesday, April 26, 2011


Saturday April 30th. 6am visitor center parking lot.

Be there if you want to have some fun trail running.

Shooting for 50K

Monday, April 11, 2011

Zumbro fun

I have to tell you, Ultras can be a lot more fun when you are not actually running.

Last Friday, I was enjoying a day off, chilling in a camp chair, drinking a brew, chatting with some cool folks. I said, "This is what trail running is all about".

I did end up running a few miles, but it was a quest to find some runners looking for some bonus miles early in the race.

The long and short of it......

I am glad I was not running in the event. I had no business being out there running.

It is a great learning experience to watch these races unfold. You see runners early in the race at different levels of effort, sweat, state of mind, etc.

I even mentioned to one runner, Adam Shwartz-Lowe, "Dude.. relax... you are on a crushing course speed with considerable talent behind you".

Matt Aro, one of the faster Matt's, was behind him at that point only by a few minutes. It was about mile 23, I was about to head home, and was sorry I could not see this battle unfold.

With a finish at Badwater last year, I figured Aro was the most dangerous guy out there.

But... Adam didn't want to have anything to do with that, and preceeded to tear up the course, setting a course record by about an hour and a half.

Great job Adam!

Adam even had a "pacer", but I am not sure who paced who. Maybe the pacer was slowed a little because he was seen drinking a "getting chicked ale" around 2pm at the start/finish area before his pacing duties.

And great job to Matt Aro, Shane from Arizona (ran an extra 4 miles on the first loop, and still managed a killer time), to Gnarly Bandit Daryl for avoiding the blue tarp of death.. and Lynn for almost chicking Daryl.

Grandpa G, for getting out there and showing us that 59 is the 29... you rock!

Great job to master Taylor on a 30th finish of 100+ mile races.

Also a shout out to Aron Schneider (the only Lapham representation), Brian Woods, Susan D, Rob A, Kurt N, and a bunch of others I am forgetting.

Thanks to Bill P for all of the sacrifice of setting up and managing aid station for the better part of 3 days.

And John Storkamp and Larry. You guys rock.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

In case you were wondering....

Not running Zumbro. Below are my lame excuses.

Lame Excuse #!

= Bad timing.

Lame Excuse #2

= I am not in the shape I would like to be. I don't like entering races "just to do it". I am just not there

Lame Excuse #3

= The family really wants me home on my birthday night. And, would like to do some family stuff on Saturday.

100's don't just soak up 20-40 hours of race time, but days of prep and weeks of recovery.

I have only returned home from 1 hundred where I was not a total mess. Once I was taken to urgent care 1/2 hour of returning from a race. AH probably has a fond memory of it, dumping me in my driveway with a swollen lower leg and a bubble full of bee venom.

So that's it. I will be volunteering. I will have coffee brewed at 7am at the start.

Maybe some pictures or video will be taken. Good luck to those who are running