Are You Tough Enough?

One pair of dungarees left over
May 24, 2015, 10:27 am
Filed under: RUTE event

Hi people. Have a pair of pants, 30 waist, 32 inseam — email me if you’d like to be the proud owner.

Standing in a café line waiting, wearing my pair. Woman behind me asks me about Tough Enough, we talk a little, I tactfully say nothing about her reading my butt. She tactfully says nothing about not writing something on my butt for people to read.

Donation to Direct Relief
April 5, 2015, 10:13 am
Filed under: RUTE event

We — the local runners (including you) who comprise Tough Enough — are sending $1,538 to Direct Relief.

These people are just good; probably need a capital letter on Good. They embody a kind of essence of being good.

Many thanks from the race director for making the party so fun.

2015 Race report
April 5, 2015, 7:39 am
Filed under: RUTE event

Tough Enough 2015: Finishers and random awards

1. 7:19 Super Friends
2. 8:27 Cacahuates
3. 8:35 Average Joes
4. 8:47 Chains for Brains
5. 8:53 Segway Pelotron
6. 8:55 C.A.R.E.4Paws
7. 9:32 Young Dr. Fronken’s Team
8. 9:33 DNR
9. 9:38 Jay Kays
10. 9:55 Inside Trackers 2
11. 9:56 Controlled Bypass
12. 10:08 SB Training 1
13. 10:13 SB Training 2
14. 10:14 Between a Walk and a Hard Pace
15. 10:30 Inside Trackers 2
16. 10:34 People who know… things…
17. 10:39 SB Training 3
18. 10:43 Triple threat
19. 10:46 Team Three Generations
20. 10:48 “That’s What” She Said
21. 10:50 Team Nine Trails
22. 11:09 Delusions of Toughness
23. 11:26 Inside Trackers 3
24. 11:45 Four Legs, One Dream (two-person team)

1. 13:41 Jon Zaid
2. 13:44 Luis Escobar
3. – 5. 16:47 Kim Bengelsdorf, Manley Klassen, Mauricio Puerto
6. – 7. 18:13 Rob DeCou, Alissa Sears

Good day, warm but not hot, light breezes but no wind. As a group we ran a little over two thousand miles yesterday, enough to get us from Santa Barbara to Minneapolis with a little to spare.

Thanks to the ultrarunners who dropped. A small event with self-support on the course relies on the good judgement of the participants. Appreciated. Pacer of the day to Alissa Sears, not intending to run the whole event, did. She gets this year’s Chris Clemens Award for “As long as I’m this far, hey, it’s only another 30 miles.”

A few awards:

  • Style and sophistication. The Jay Kays with their tastefully decorated team car, colors chosen to match their shirts.
  • Teammates. A seemingly serious discussion at the finish line about a teammate getting lost on leg 10. (For those who didn’t run that leg, there are no turns or side roads.) “We love her, but she might have.”
  • Urine samples. Young Dr Fronken’s Team, looking sleek in lab coats, raising their golden-liquid-filled urine sample cups in a toast at the end. (Suspiciously carbonated.)

2014 race report: $3,144 to Direct Relief Int’l
April 6, 2014, 10:35 am
Filed under: RUTE event


Closed Kinevan required re-routing, but only one error by relay runners, which was self-penalizing since the temporary route was a little shorter. The soloists ran the full distance on a windy-but-clear day. Magnificent vistas. ‘Magnificent’ an overused word, now most often applied ironically, but for yesterday a simple description. If Wordsworth and Coleridge hadn’t dropped at the last minute, they’d have loved it.

Some notes.
o Runner of the day: Sara Kida. Thirty-three weeks pregnant. Nonchalant. Sara was awarded lifetime free entry, for herself and her heirs.
o Wind on Gibraltar. A runner’s sandwich was blown out of her hand.
o Route. A woman left E Camino Cielo to energetically follow a steep trail. ‘What are you doing!?’ ‘I’ve always wanted to run up this!’
o Tired meets wired. Close third place to the Fugawi, with only three runners, Steve Harding, John Loftus, and Scott Devore. Finishing in 7:06, a time that even accounting for the short course would have won all but a couple of previous runnings.
o SB life. Pre-race conversation with a couple of runners who are designing lasers for space to help capture an asteroid and drag it around to orbit the moon.
o Ah, youth. Chris Clemens sort-of inadvertently stayed out until 1 the night before the race, showed up for the 5 am ultra start, and decided somewhere on Gibraltar that instead of alternating legs, as planned, with his brother, hey, why not just run the whole thing?
o Running dog. When soloist Mauricio was passing the Gun Club, a neighborhood German Shepherd slipped under a backyard fence to run with him. Text to owner received little response (‘tell her to come home.’) Friendly dog looked ready to do it again as she checked out Nojoqui Falls and hung with her ultra running buddies. With some recreational off-course cow-chasing, to break things up.
o Happiness. The general tone at the finish line; the reason for the event.

Grateful thanks to Kimberly Burnell and Horny Toad, Adam and Sara at CoMotion, Elle, and all you participants.

We’re sending $3,144 to Direct Relief, in gratitude for what they do.

2014 race results
April 6, 2014, 6:31 am
Filed under: RUTE event


The route was roughly a mile shorter than normal. When comparing times with other years, please take that into account.

Event report “soon.”

Errors? Please let me know.

11:13 Jadd Martinez
13:52 Tiffany Guerra
13:54 Mauricio Puerto
13:55 Chris Clemens
14:18 Luis Escobar

Tyler Clemens ran half, episodically; Jeff Cygan ran from 154.

7:02 RUTE Beer (Jill Himlan) (new mixed team course record)
7:04 The Joes (David Walker)
7:06 FUGAWI (Steve Harding) (new category of record, three-person team)
7:29 Los Amigos de Goleta (Willy Rossow)
7:47 Byrds (Monica DeVreese) (1st women’s team)

8:14 Team Elite (Todd Tressler) (tenth year, unbroken string)
8:18 Team Cacahuates (Matthew Tague)
8:49 C.A.R.E. 4 Paws (Isabelle Gullo) (dominating the women’s masters)
8:53 Run with Lakas (Dan Shimizu)
8:59 Team No Fun Time (Leah Etling)

9:12 Brian and the Snot Rockettes (Whitney Wilkinson)
9:14 SBT 1 (Mike Claytor)
9:16 Three Generations (Scott Young, with his father, son, and niece)
9:16 Sloan’s Angels (Stacey Bailey)
9:28 Bonafide Tough Enough (Brendan Murphy)

9:28 Y-Not (Andrew Perkin)
9:46 Team DSA (Ray Gamboa)
9:48 Your Pace or Mine (1) (Jessica Baker) and (2) (Kristie Chapman)
10:14 Tank’s Team (two generations, Dave and Diana Odell and son Walter)
10:16 Pink Ladies 1 (Sharon Hughes)

10:17 SBT 2 (Lydia Kituhare)
10:18 Pink Ladies 2 (Sharon H.)
10:20 SBT 3 (Scott Reed)
10:24 Happy Trails VI (Jill Martin)
10:26 Happy Trails VII (Julianne Hastings)

10:29 Inside Trackers 1 (Kim Reale)
10:37 DNR (Nichol des Jardins)
10:44 Ice 9 (Dave Parker)
10:45 To Be Defined (Simone Kleinschmidt)
11:00 Inside Trackers 2 (Kim R)

11:20 Delusions of Toughness (Valerie Tyler)
11:25 Inside Trackers 3 (Kim R.)
12:34 Call Us a Cab! (Laura Hollander)

Race day 2013!
November 19, 2012, 11:07 pm
Filed under: RUTE event


Lucky day for a long race. Easy-for-running temperatures, despite some not-bad wind, and those vistas that open out.

The soloists. Ubaldo Lopez was on sub-10 pace for the ultra through the bottom of Refugio, but then some previous foot problems reared their twenty-six-boned heads. He still took fifty minutes off his time for last year, finishing in 11:13. John Hoenigman (12:34), Steve VanDenburgh (12:41), Chris Clemens (13:53), and completing, Rob DeCou (15:29).

There were two ultra teams this year. Have 2 TRI (Taj Hudson, Josh Shultz) ran 9:47, Double Trouble (Ali Aghayan, Sheri Hammond), 12:44.

The teams spread out a little more at the front this year than sometimes happens, but that was balanced by lots of racing as the middle of the curve rolled in. (Not a series of typos, below, only the accident that three of the spacing breaks coincide with teams who finished in the same minute.)

1 7:28 How’s the Knee? (Matt Skenazy)
2 7:35 The Forbidden RUTE (Jill Himlan) 1st mixed team
3 8:05 Los Amigos de Goleta (Willy ‘El Mayordomo’ Rossow)
4 8:26 Reynolds, Rockets, & Speed, LLC (Dave Saunders)
5 9:12 C.A.R.E. 4 Paws (Issi Gullo) 1st women’s team

6 9:17 Running on Empty (Carly Pon)
7 9:20 DND/DNR (Nicole des Jardins)
8 9:31 Team in Training (Danielle Muller)
9 9:32 SBT 1 (Scott Reed)
10 9:34 Quick Feet Elite (Yvonne Castillo)

11 9:34 Ligers (Stephanie Tanimoto)
12 9:50 SBT 2 (Katy Larsen)
13 9:55 Up Down (Brian Carroll)
14 10:06 SBT 3 (Sloane Claytor)
15 10:26 Happy Trails IV (Jules Hastings)

16 10:26 Killer Bunnies (Simone Kleinschmidt) (best headgear)
17 10:27 Snot Rockettes (Whitney Wilkenson)
18 10:33 Happy Trails V (Adam ‘Illegible’ Shaikoy)
19 10:42 WTF 1 (‘Where’s the finish?’) (Tamra Murphy)
20 10:44 WTF 2 (Juliana Fabio)

21 10:44 IT Banditos #3 (Elva Hernandez)
22 10:20 Team Awesome (Jeff Mumm)
23 10:10 IT Banditos #1/Inside Track (4 person) (Kim Reale)
24 10:32 IT Banditos #2 (Rafael Ojeda)

25 11:24 TAP Crew (The Asphalt Pounders) (Tino Munoz)
26 11:28 Conditioning Specialists (Erin Desharnais)
27 11:31 Save Us some Food (Valerie Tyler)
28 11:51 Pace Makers (Laura Hollander) Three-person team

Thanks again to Kimberley Burnell of Horny Toad for help in all regards for the shirts. I haven’t done the final accounting yet, but it looks like we’ll send around $3 thousand to Direct Relief, matching last year’s race record–nice going, people!

Thanks to all the runners who had a great time.

See you next year.

— jk, Sunday morning

Tough Enough 2012 results
April 7, 2012, 12:25 pm
Filed under: RUTE event

Full moon over the Pacific, driving down to the ultra start. Four ultrarunners took off at 4:30, thirty-seven teams at 7:00.

A young man from Delano (Direct Relief) ran the first mile in around 4:45, looking very smooth, but the day belonged for the fourth time in a row to the formerly Delusional, now Living the Dream’s. Barely, though: the Superfriends we only a minute back, and victory wasn’t a sure thing until the last leg. 7:09 to 7:10. (Dreams: Dave Saunders, Leif Reynolds, Scott Ingraham, Eric Forte, Joe Nordin.)

The mixed team We’re the FUGAWI!?!? crushed their previous mixed team record in third (7:14). Great run, not diminished at all by the Superfriends breaking the same record four minutes earlier (Superfriends: Ricky Ho, Tim Strand, Chrystee Bradley, Mike Shaloob, Drea McLarty; Drea and Chrystee have the distinction of being on both the women’s and mixed-team record holders.) (FUGAWI’s: Scott Devore, Steve Harding, John Loftus, Dana Battalia, Chris Chisney.) New mixed record: 7:10.

In the ultra, Uvaldo Lopez stuck close to Scott Young, grateful to be able to have the benefit of Scott’s experience, but the end, he kicked (!!), finishing in 12:02, with Scott running the same time. (RD: “This is your first ultra?” Uvaldo: “This is my last ultra.”) (Two days later: “I don’t know, I might do it again next year!”) John Hoenigman (12:52) and Steve VenDenburgh (12:59) completed the ultra finishers.

Miscellaneous awards:
o Dominating last place. The Rats et al. Lucky Enough threw down a challenge, even getting lost (on a course with a total of eight turns), but first Worth the Wait unsurpassed them, then the Rats, a whopping 84 minutes after their closest competitors. (The Rats sweep the course annually, something much appreciated by those they’ve helped.)
o Loch and Load built on last year’s clothing victory by again running in kilts. Excellent for mountainous terrain.
o Elite Rehab again fielded three teams
o FUGAWI’s Steve Harding was again awes on getting the Horny Toad blankets.
o Steve Harding, who doesn’t work for anyone and was not claimed by any team, demonstrated the breadth of style options open to TE participants; Steve also gave inspiration to the possibility of instituting a dress code for future TEs
o Finally, dialog of the day award. A team stranded on W Camino Cielo with a flat tire and a flat spare, to a passing truck: “Excuse me, sir, but you wouldn’t happen to have a compressor, would you?” “Why, indeed, yes, I do!” (For future reference, you can pump up a car tire with a bike pump. It’s a pain, but ti can be done.)

Awes pictures by pro photographer Stephen Otero here.

1 7:09 Living the dream
2 7:10 Super friends
3 7:14 We’re the FUGAWI!?!?
4 7:53 Hows the knee? (Matt Skenazy)
5 8:02 Los Amigos de Goleta (Willy Rocket Rossow) √

6 8:18 Four and one-half men (Jim Johnson)
7 8:22 Cyclepaths (no cars, bikes all the way!) (Dylan Jones)
8 8:32 Direct Relief #1 (Sara Eyman)
9 8:34 Quick feet elite (Yvonne Castillo)
10 8:43 The honey badgers (Andrew Schoneberger)

11 8:45 Slash and burn (Micky Sederburg)
12 8:54 Beauty and the beasts (Dan Shimizu)
13 8:54 Free to play (Andrea Stouffer) (First all-women)
14 8:54 Play for free (David Groom)
15 9:01 Pumped up kicks (Cody King)

16 9:02 Care4paws (Megan Rheinschild) (Second all-women)
17 9:03 Not up to snuff (NUTS) enough (Stephen Otero)
18 9:13 The Argentineans (reinforced) (Gustavo Dabos)
19 9:16 Leo Heos (Amy Tracewell)
20 9:17 Team RAGE (Chrissy Faulding)

21 9:31 Loch and load (Michael Larkin)
22 9:46 Flock of seagulls (Kristin Brown)
23 9:49 DNR (Nichol des Jardins)
24 9:57 Knuckelheads (Gabe Wishingrad)
25 10:04 Phad chants (Bob Dutcher) √

26 10:13 WTF (Paula Waldman) √
27 10:17 Fish out of water (Tim Siciliano) √
28 10:20 Weekend warriors (Art Tracewell) √
29 10:23 Four sugars with a cup of Joe (Twila Douglas) √
30 10:23 Quick chicks (Maggie Bahnson) √

31 10:32 Happy trails III (Julianne Hastings) √
32 10:44 I want my Bloody Mary (Simone Kleinschmidt) √
33 10:53 Lucky enough (Barry Abshere) √
34 11:33 Worth the wait (Melissa Rodriguez) √
Last 12:57 We don’t give a rat’s ass… (Happy Snappe)
Also last 12:57 … Neither do we!

Yet again, everyone took care of and cheered for everyone else, the views were astonishing — how many places on the surface of the Earth can you look to the left to ocean and islands, and to the right to a wide valley and rugged, tall mountains? — we can give roughly $3 thousand to Direct Relief, and everyone had a good time. Thanks to all participants, and see you next year.


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