Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Wednesday Morning Run Reminder for 5/13/09

Reminder: We are on for a group trail run Wednesday Morning (tomorrow) 5:14 AM in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve. Meet at the very top lot of Squaw Peak Drive (past Piestewa Peak trailhead). Plan on a little over one hour at a slow to moderate pace. The days are hot but the mornings are beautiful. Don’t miss out. Runner of the week: Yes, he is an original WMRC’er. Yes, he is reclusive. Yes, he has been call Mr. Snuffleupagus. Yes, he is still running. Congratulations to Art Bourque for his 5:33:00 time at the Bear Mountain 50K in upper New York. Bear Mountain is part of the North Face Endurance Challenge and is touted as the most difficult 50K and 50 mile race east of the Mississippi River. Art overcame lots of rain, mud and rocks to finish 5th overall. Art, you have to show up Wednesday for your reward:)

Props to Honey and Kirk who did a quick trip to the Canyon and did a R2R2R. They took bright angel/NK both ways and said it was very hot and they were worked. Honey is going back again this weekend for another round of punshipment.

Good luck to Cosmas, Heard, and Jamil Coury who are running the Jemez 50 mile race this weekend in the Mountains of New Mexico.

6 comments:

Sazerac said...

I'll congratulate Art as well. I don't know him, but I met him briefly on the trail at Bear Mountain. The photo you used is actually one of mine, which I was taking to keep myself from going out too fast. Art passed me around 25 miles in on a ridiculously technical downhill that I had been reduced to picking my way through. He quickly quipped about a race called Zane Gray with similar footing out where he lived. Then he continued floating over the wet rocks like some kind of woodland creature.

Anyway, just thought I'd share a bit about your friend.

Cheers.
Alan Powers

WMRC said...

That is a great photo Alan. Thanks for posting. I can't remember where I found it. I was searching for a picture of the course or of Art running the event and your photo really stood out. If you ever travel to the West Coast through Phoenix, be sure to make contact and join us for a trail run. We have a great group and area to train. Higgins

Wardo said...

Masochistic Brethren,

Great run this morning if a little AGRO. I have to note some firsts and reveal a little concern over what the Wedns. morning run will be like in July and August if the heat had anything to do with what I heard and witnessed. #1 I heard the first WMRC F bomb and discussion of "dog ball licking" and that was before we even started the run (sweet!), #2 Jeff thought it would be funny to lead a rookie on a short cut to the front of the pack and have him lead us in on the first leg, #3 Kirk said (out loud) that he was glad Chris Harrison wasn't running with us "in those shorts", and #4 Higgie, once notorious for "the comfort run", opened it up at the end like he had a resting heartbeat of 33 or somehow took on the spirit of Matt Carpenter (I swear I saw some rock fly by his head from the back of the pack, it wasn't me . . . seriously). For those of you that don't know the park was closed this morning until 5AM and there were cops everywhere so maybe there was some bad lingering vibe . . . or maybe your just pissed that Social Security and Medicare are pending upside down underfunded failures and we are launching potentially bigger new programs on top of them without any idea on how we can feasibly pay . . . I digress into the danger zone. Thanks again for the morning run . . . very funny and entertaining today.

Cheers

Wardo

Art Bourque said...

Congrats to you as well, Alan. That was a tough course and a great group of runners. However, you may have been hallucinating by mile 25: I think I was more stumbling than anything at that point, as evidenced by the black big toe on my left foot and cuts and scraps on my arms and legs. Let us know if you come West for some trail running. Otherwise, see you next year at Bear Mountain!

Art

Zane Grey Highline Trail 50 Mile said...

Alan,

Come run Zane Grey. You'll love every step of it!

Joe

Higg said...

Joe, your comment must be a commitment for you to RD again next year. Nice!