Monday, March 29, 2010

Easter Egg Hunt 3/31

I have hidden about 30 easter eggs out in the preserve and we will have a run on Wed to see see if anyone can find them.

We will meet at 5:17 am on Wed morning. Should be great weather and almost full moon.

Congrats to runner of the week Debbie Leftwich for her personal best in the 100 mile distance at the Umstead 100 over the weekend. She ran a very fast 21:32. Well done Deb!

Runner up goes to Joe Galope for the 50 mile distance at the same race. Just over 8 hours, nice run Joe G.

Both rockin the new WMRC gear they rep the group very well.

Prizes for the best easter outfit. If anyone wears Bunny ears or carries an easter basket, there will be additional prizes.

See everyone Wed am-

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Umstead 100 Updates

Live results for Umstead available here: 2010 Umstead Live Results

WMRC runners Debbie Leftwich and Joe Galope are there.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Mesquite Canyon Recovery Run 3.24.10

Reminder: We are on for a group trail run in the Phoenix Mountains tomorrow morning 5:18 AM. Meet at the same old spot, top of Squaw Peak Drive north of Glendale / Lincoln Drive. (Past the main trail head of Piestewa Peak). Plan on a little over one hour at a slow to moderate pace. We encourage first timers and visitors to join us in a run to experience in this beautiful area.

This Past weekend the Coury Brothers / Aravaipa Running put on the inaugural Mesquite Canyon Trail Runs in the White Tank Mountain just west of Phoenix. Four races commenced with WMRC runners participating in the 50K, 25K and 10 mile events.

Runner of the Week #1: Congratulations to Paulette Zillmer who was the first female finisher overall in the 50K with a time of 5:31:40. Very Nice!Runner of the Week #2: Congratulations to Chip Gosewisch who finised the 50K 8th overall in a time of 5:14:30. Someone told me his calf muscles get lots of the credit too!?

Our group prides itself on promoting trail running and get people out who may never have run a trail race or an Ultra Marathon before. Congratulations to Jeremy Dougherty who finished the 50K 17th overall in a time of 5:36:53. Jeremy just started running with us a couple months ago and this was his second 50K.

First timer: Last week Wednesday morning we had a first time trail runner run with us. His name is Manoj Nagalla. After the run he overheard everyone talking about the Mesquite Canyon trail runs. So he thinks that sounds like fun and enters the 50K. Congratulations Manoj on finishing your first Trail Ultra. Great job. We hope to see you out again.

Other WMRC notables who completed the 50K: Roig, Pearce, Higgins, Hughes, Dehaan, Rondeau, Harding, Sarka just to name a few because we always miss someone. Who else?

25K: The get off the Couch award: Nice job Steve Ward who ran to a comfortable 11th overall place. Other WMRC notables - Lisa Osinga 5th overall female 3:02:44 and Kate McCarville 3:51:10. Nice job ladies!!...and Steve.

10 mile: Congrats Mike Auther, who also just started to run with us a few months ago. Keep it going!!!
Can you tell from the picture below who won their division and who feels like crap??? What's up with that Hat?

Monday, March 15, 2010

St. Patrick's Day Morning Run 3.17.10

Erin Go Bragh!! Reminder: We are on for a group trail run Wednesday morning, St Patrick’s Day! How lucky is that! Meet at the very top parking lot of Squaw Peak Drive 5:17 AM. Plan on a little over one hour at a slow to moderate pace or until someone finds a pot of gold. It’s going to be a beautiful morning. 60 degrees with a sunrise! Don’t miss out.
Wednesday morning can also be called Mesquite Trail Runs taper. You choose. Saturday morning 5 mile, 10 mile, 25K or 50K in the White Tanks. The race director, Jamil Coury will be at the run Wednesday to answer any questions you may have. Click on the logo above for more info.

The WMRC shirts are in. They will be available for pick-up Wednesday morning. Individual emails will be sent out to those that placed an order to confirm money due and make arrangements for pickup or delivery.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Caballo Blanco's 2010 Copper Canyon Ultra Run Report

Check out el Caballo Blanco's 2010 Copper Canyon Ultra Marathon report. Great job Nick (el Agulia) Coury and Jamil (el Carnero) Coury!2009 Photo by Marcos Ferro Tarasiuk

Monday, March 8, 2010

OP 50 Recovery Run 3.10.10

Reminder: Group trail run in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve Wednesday morning at 5:14 AM. Plan on a little over one hour at a slow to moderate pace. With all the rain over the last few months the area is lush and green as ever. We’re also being treated to a sunrise at the end of the runs now. Don’t miss out!!!

When you complete your first 50-mile race you are pretty much guaranteed a Runner Of The Week Award (hint for some of you). Congratulations to Jason Klonoski who has been on a roll lately. January Cave Creek Trail Marathon – Done; February Pemberton 50k – Done; March Old Pueblo 50 mile – Done! Jason overcame a 4-mile wrong turn at mile 19 and persevered to the finish. What’s next? I see a 100K then a 100-mile in your future…

Also a huge congrats to Rachel Jones who also finished her first 50 mile. Rachel ran the race with her two good friends Liz and Laura and crewed by her husband Jeff. It doesn't get much better than that. Great job all of you!!

Another Old Pueblo 50 standout performance from Jody Chase. 2nd female overall in a time of 9:46:23. Expect big things from her this year!! Already running strong.

The traveling Coury brothers are on their way back to Phoenix from their Copper Canyon Ultra Marathon run in Mexico. Nick was the first international runner finishing 6th overall in 7:29 behind 5 Tarahumara runners. Jamil finished 12th 7:56 as the 3rd international runner. Nick said the weather was great all day and just an amazing experience running with the Tarahumara.

Its not Copper Canyon but it is still beautiful. Don’t forget to come out for the Mesquite Canyon Trail Runs in the White Tanks Mountains March 20th. Sign up!!

Old Pueblo 2010 A Spectator's Perspective from Jeff Jones on Vimeo.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Old Pueblo 50 Taper Run 3.3.10

Reminder: group trail run in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve tomorrow morning 5:16 AM. Plan on a little over one hour at a slow pace for consideration of those who are running the Old Pueblo 50 mile Saturday morning. If no OP runners than a moderate pace:>)

Meet at the usually place, top lot of Squaw Peak Drive.

Runner of the week: Those that competed in the Ragnar Relay from Prescott to Mesa. Joe G, Laura E, Dave C and Jon R among others. Our thoughts and prayers are with the young man who was critically injured during the event. Lets all be careful out there training and stick with the trails where the cars can't get us.

Good luck to the Old Pueblo 50 mile runners Saturday morning. Especially first timers Rachel Jones and Jason Klonoski! Other notable WMRCers on the starter list: Honey Albrecht, Robert Andrulis, Jody Chase, Liz Everly, Joe Galope, Laura Nagy. Please help if we are missing someone!!

Check out last year's footage. Got to love the three legged winners!!

Old Pueblo 2009 from Jeff Jones on Vimeo.

Lastly, remember: Mesquite Canyon Trail Runs March 20th.