Are You Tough Enough?


2016 Donation to Direct Relief
April 9, 2016, 10:59 am
Filed under: RUTE event, Uncategorized

The Tough Enough community — that’s you — donated $2,440 to  Direct Relief this year. Particular thanks to Mauricio and Leif for extra donations.

Please write to me or post comments with improvements or tuning you’d like next year. For example, one runner suggested having a 4WD patrol long, hot Leg 6 with water and snacks.

From the Race Director, thanks to Kimberly Burnell and Toad&Co.

On behalf of all of you, thanks to all of you.



TE 2016 notes
April 3, 2016, 1:11 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

Luck. We were there at that time
Long sight from the ridge, over the chaparral, up through the pines
Later, in the valley, California poppies, lupine, wild mustard
Descending Refugio, oaks overhanging the trail, Spanish moss on north-facing hillsides
Sycamores tracking water

 

Good day. The noble-hearted Amigos de Goleta triumph. The JayKays have to wait another year in their attempt to dethrone We’ve Got The Fronk. How close? Sweet Stephanie and her cohort were roughly one-1000th of a percent faster. Ian and John looked not at all as though they’d just run 65 miles; Jon was graceful enough to look tired.

Sincere thanks to all runners and everyone supporting them. I feel fortunate in the opportunity to support you.

Accounting and donation to Direct Relief next weekend.



Results 2016
April 2, 2016, 8:36 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

Commentary and accounting tomorrow.

Soloists
12:23 Ian Seabury
13:23 John Hoenigman
14:20 Jon Zaid
Mauricio Puerto ran 55 but had to zip down to LAX.

Teams
08:18 Los Amigos de Goleta (Mr W. Rossow)
08:36 Why Not!? (Chris L.)
08:46 Trouble Follows Us (Ryan K.)
09:09 The Dillon Panthers (Mia G.)
09:12 We’ve Got the Fronk (Karen B.)

09:12 JayKay’s (Drat. Foiled again!) (Maggie and Kimberly)
09:13 Got the Runs (Oscar D.)
09:28 Inside Track (Kim) (possibly first women’s team?)
09:44 Team Three Generations (Scott Y.)
09:45 Wild Card! (Mike L.)

09:58 Inside Track (Rafael)
10:18 Right Turn Clyde (Matt K.)
10:38 Mount Those Twin Peaks (Eddie M.)
10:48 Without Adult Supervision (Simone K)
10:52 Delusions of Toughness (Valerie T.)

10:54 Atomic Force Awakens (Matt K.)
11:02 Ritardando (Whitney W.)
11:10 Inside Track (Galina)
11:22 Greg’s Groms (Greg L.)
11:29 Inside Track (Craig)

11:31 Inside Track: Joe
11:33 The Hills Have Cries (Jill C.)
11:38 Femmes Fa’trail (Katrin, Sara, Tara, and )
11:44 How Grandma Likes It (DR)
12:07 Inside Track (Erynne)

12:17 Conejos Chasing a Coyote (Diana P-M)

… but first, coffee. (Lauren D.; team ran half-way, had a family event)
 



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)

Ultra
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

Notes
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

2014.04.06

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

2014.04.06

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.

Soloists:
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.

Teams:
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)




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