Tuesday, January 27, 2009
2008 year end awards tabulation was so close it went into a recount. Those hanging Chads. Mark is working overtime.
Great day for all at Jody's Cave Creek trail marathon. ROW goes to all who fell and / or drew some blood. The list is long!!!! See Jody's report below.
Monday, January 26, 2009
This years’ weather was warmer than normal at the start, which provided a pleasant beginning to the run. The clouds came and went through out the day, I was good on my promise and no rain appeared to dampen the spirts of the runners.
I changed the course this year and added on an extra 1.2 mile out and back at the start so we could have an “official” marathon distance. The extra 1.2 mile was well received by the runners as the runners expressed they enjoyed the new trail versus the jeep road.
Donna Rice and I ran out to see the runners on the out and back section and all looked well. We ran down the trail and I noticed that some of the ribbons had been pulled that I had put up the day before. I thought that could be a possibility on this section since it was still in the spur cross preserve. As we progressed toward the trailhead across the creek, I took note that my ribbons had been pulled on the trail going to the aid station. This was a problem because you can go either left or right and it can be confusing. Sure enough, as Donna and I were returning down the trail we saw some runners coming up that had taken the left fork instead of the right. I was told later that all of ribbons on the trail to the aid station had been pulled. That’s a 12 mile stretch! Someone was busy making sure my friends were challenged above and beyond what was necessary. I’m really sorry that happened.
I was told the most difficult trail from aid station to finish was still marked. Thank goodness.
As the runners were coming in, Zachary fired up the grill and cooked hot dogs and veggie burgers. Everyone seemed to be happy with their run. I was pleased everyone enjoyed themselves and made it back safely. With the exception of the jerky horse riders and the person who pulled 12 miles of ribbon, I believe the event was a success. This is the 6th year and I will plan on many more to come. Who knows, maybe some year it will turn into a 50K.
Regarding the money that was donated. First of all, it was very generous of you to donate in the first place and thank you. Secondly, I have donated the money this year to an organization called foothills animal rescue here in Cave Creek. Last year they lost their facility for housing the homeless animals and now have foster homes around the area. Some foster homes are housing up to 20 dogs at a time. The woman I talked to on the phone has 8 cats and 2 dogs in her home now. Their goal is to raise $10,000 at a fund raiser next week with the ultimate goal of $200,000 to acquire a new home for the animals. I told her I would like to give the donations I collected yesterday to start off the fundraiser. She was very pleased to accept our monetary gift.
Thank you so much for coming out and I’ll see you at the same place next year.
- Andrew Heard 4:31
- Paul Bonnett 4:31
- Michael Labrecque 4:31
- Artemus Bourque 4:46
- Dave Cauthon (25 miles) 4:52
- Liz Everly 5:10
- Kirk McCarville 5:12
- Jules Drelick 5:12
- Honey Albrecht 5:13
- Mark Cosmas 5:17
- Steve Ward 5:43
- Aaron Mascarella 5:55
- Paulette Zillmer 5:56
- Candice de Saint-Antoine 5:56
- Josh Motter 5:57
- Brian Wieneke 6:10
- Laura Nagy 6:12
- Ron Harding 6:12
- Dan Brenden 6:12
- Kevin Higgins 6:18
- Debbie Leftwich 6:25
- Jeff McCoy 6:25
- Dave Binder (late start) 6:34
- Donoran Sailsa 6:39
- Joanne Hughes 7:05
- Bob DeHaan 7:05
- Kent Krestan 7:25
- Mary Jordan 7:29
- Roy Reisluger 7:32
- Robert Andrulis 7:43
- Joe Galope 7:46
- Carol Cuseck 7:46
- Linda Van Tilborg 7:47
- Karen Berregan 7:47
Honorable Mention: Nick Coury, Jamil Coury, Jim Hershbergen, Rick Greene
Directions: Take SR-87 North toward Payson. Just outside of Sunflower the road climbs significantly. At the top there is a safety pullout and a Mt Ord sign. Drive pass the Mt. Ord sign and head down into the valley. At the bottom of the valley is a turn out onto a dirt road with a parking lot. (does anyone know the Mile Marker???)
Here is the link that Laura did showing the course: http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=2458686
Thursday, January 22, 2009
(Approximate based upon a total order of 60 shirts)
$18 - Long Sleeves
Email order to Jamil Coury at email@example.com including:
Royal, Lemon, Purple, Lime, Black, White, Red
Black, White, Purple, Lemon, Royal, Red
Men's Trail Shirt
Royal, White, Lemon
Red, Lemon, Orange, White, Lime, Black, Royal
Lime, Black, White, Royal, Red, Orange, Lemon
ReadyTech Alta Long Sleeve
Royal, Red, Silver, White, Orange, Twilight Blue Other colors (not shown): Black, Raspberry
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Also, rumor has it that the Husband and Wife team of Frank and Theresea Cibulka both ran the marathon in 3:54 then promptly went over to the Cardinals NFC Championship game. That is what I call extra credit!!! Time for both of you to keep the fitness and hit the trails!!
Remember Jody's Cave Creek Trail Marathon Fun Run this Sunday the 25th. Check out one of the posts below for more info.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
No runner of the week as the WMRC brain trust is breaking down the Cardinals NFC Championship football game. The executive commitee is also compiling the runner of the year awards which will be announced next week!!! Very close competition in all categories. Stay tuned.
Monday, January 5, 2009
Ever wonder what Mark looks like durning the game?:
Friday, January 2, 2009
I tell you what, when there is somebody in need, WMRC comes through. Thanks to you, we raised $600.00 in cash, a $100.00 gift cert. to Safeway, gift certificates to Frys, Barnes & Noble, Target, and Macaroni Grill, also a 40 lb bag of dog food!
Shea and I were not sure how we were going to give this to the family. Kind of awkward. We put together a spaghetti dinner with some board games in a box. We enclosed a card letting them know they are not alone, and this is from people who care. Put the money and gift cards in the box too and wrapped it up.
Shea and I went to their house early Christmas Eve. We put the dog food by their side gate, then rang the door bell. Debbie answered, we gave her a hug, wished her happy new year, gave her the present, told her there was something by her side gate, (she said, "I hope it's not another dog." ) then we quickly left her with a bewildered look on her face.
About 20 min. after I got home, Jeff called me. He said he did not know quite what to say. Where did this come from, who can I thank? I told him about the wonderful people from wmrc, and no thanks is necessary. His story hit home with all of us, you just never know...and they wanted to help in some small way. They were so overwhelmed, so amazing there are such nice people out there...that don't even know them! I told him, our group has the BEST people! We talked for quite some time. He has done all the tests and paperwork for a transplant. The doctors tell him he is a good candidate, at least for now. They are on COBRA ins., which last for 18 months, which has approved to cover the transplant. Jeff said he has good days and bad, mostly good. He is on a strict diet, especially low sodium, when he follows it he feels better. He sounded pretty good.
Oh, real quick...he has always liked to hear about mine and Shea's running. Said he saw on the cover of some small paper, a guy who just finished his first marathon after having a liver transplant 18 months before. I told him, when he is recovered from his transplant, he is going into training. We will get HIM on the cover of a paper finishing his first marathon...and I would be his personal trainer. Said he would love that!!! A good goal to set.
Thank you again my good friends!