Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Last WMRC run for 2011

Reminder, group trail run in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve tomorrow morning 5:17 AM. Little over one hour at a slow to moderate pace. Meet at the top lot of squaw peak drive north of Glendale Ave.

ROW:  This week Jay Danek surpassed 4,000 Miles for the year. Holy Cow!! If my math is correct that is over 11 miles per day!

Happy New Year everyone!!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Santa Says Go Run 12/21/11

Santa just sent a reminder that he is coming to town and we all need to go for a group trail run in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve Wednesday morning. Meet at the top parking lot on Squaw Peak Drive 5:17 AM. Looks like the weather will be all cleared up for a fantastic run.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Could be a rainy WMRC run 12.14.11

Some running groups may cancel a run do to weather. That would never happen at WMRC. Rain or shine group trail run in the Phoenix Mountains Preserve. Tomorrow morning 5:18 AM. Plan on a little over on hour at a slow to moderate pace.

ROW: the WMRC group runs started over 8 years ago. One of the main goals is to promote trail running an encourage first timers to attempt Ultra Trail Runs. Last weekend Andrew Colbert finished his first 50K at the McDowell Mtn. Frenzy. Nice Job.
Joe Finishing Xterra Trail Run World Championships
The traveler award goes to Joe Galope who runs the Xterra Trail World Championships and Honolulu Marathon both in the same weekend. Poor guy had to go to Hawaii to get those runs done. Then takes a break to watch some Banzai Pipeline Action. Then gets his named pulled for 2012 Western States 100. Some guys have all the luck.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Post Hardrock 100 Selection Run 12.7.11

Tomorrow morning group trail run in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve. 5:17 AM top lot of Squaw Peak Drive. Plan on a little over one hour at a slow to moderate pace. Great running weather. Just like a cool summer evening high up in the San Juan Mountains.
Robert Andrulis (far left) Receiving 5 time Hardrock 100 Finisher award
Speaking of the San Juan's The Hardrock 100 selection show was Sunday. Congrats to WMRC runners Robert Andrulis with his automatic bid for being one tough cookie and a 5 time finisher. Also pulled are the two tough ladies Honey Albrecht Liz Everly. All three are taking pacing and crewing applications (proposals). Jamil is on the fringe with a #40 on waiting list. Andrew Heard a little farther back at number 58 (or maybe 68). Once again JJ didn't get his named picked. Make sure you tread lightly around him the next few weeks. Very crabby when he doesn't get his name pulled. Suggestions: Ask him about his dogs and Don't mention Hardrock!! Or what he is doing in July.

ROW: Congrats to the North Face 50 Runners in San Fran. Jamil 40th overall (7:58), Paulette 13th female finisher (9:15), and Jon Roig with a fast 10 hour good for 129th.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

WMRC 11.30.11

You can rely on us! Since 2004, every Wednesday morning 5:16 AM Group trail run. Phoenix Mountain Preserve. Top lot Squaw Peak Drive. Tomorrow no different.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

WMRC 11/23

Pre Turkey Trot- we are on for an hour ish run in the preserve tomorrow morning at 5:16 am.

Runner of the week is a 3 way tie between PJ Zillmer, Kirk McCarville and Kadeem Carey.

Paulette won the womens 50k race at the Aravaipa Pass Mtn Trail run.

Kirk finished the AZ Ironman this past Sunday- the picture is one I have seen way too many times. Kirk gutting out another tough finish in an endurance event and Kate looking at him saying " don't lie to me, I know you haven't eaten or drank in 3 hrs!"

Kadeem Carey ran wild on the asu "defense" to give the Wildcats a win on sun devil turf. Go Cats!

See everyone tomorrow for a thanksgiving run!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Javelina 100 recovery run 11.16.11

Another Javelina Jundred trail run is in the books. Wow what a day for WMRCers. A nice easy recovery run is in order. Meet at the very top lot of Squaw Peak Drive for a little over one hour trail run in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve. 5:17 AM Tomorrow.

What a day in the McDowell Mountain Park. The Javelina Jundred gets better each year. Congrats to the Coury Brothers. By all accounts another great production (although thanks to the website hackers I couldn't follow along) Two course records got smashed Hal Koerner bettered Phoenix's own Dave James record by 30 min to win in 13:47:00 and Liz Howard smashed the women record by over 1.5 hours to finish in 15:47:00.

More impressive is the number of WMRCers running, pacing, crewing and working aid stations. Runners of the week to finishers: Jay Danek, Deron Ruse, Grandpa Jim Fowler and John Vaupel. Who else am I missing?? Check out the photos from Jeremy Dougherty and the race report of Jay Danek.
Special notes: One of our early WMRC members Aaron Mascarella was hit by a car while riding a bike over the weekend. It's my understanding that he will be okay but he'll have a long road to recovery with multiple broken bones.

Also, today would have been Baby Taylor's 2nd birthday. There is no doubt that Taylor is looking over her Mommy and Daddy. Mark and Katie, we are thinking of you. We Smile She Smiles Blog

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Wednesday Run 11/9

As always Group run in the Phoenix Mountains Preserve tomorrow morning 5:17 AM. Meet at the top lot of Squaw Peak Drive north of Glendale / Lincoln Ave. Getting a little cool but great running weather. Good luck to all this weekend for the Javelina Jundred in the McDowell Mountain Park. Should be a great time. If you haven't witnessed, crewed or paced a 100 mile trail run before, check it out.

Since I have been out of the loop don't have a good runner of the week. Please make nominations in the comment section. In the meantime check out JJ's latest video. Very touching. Higg

2011 Pinhoti 100 Endurance Run from Jeff Jones on Vimeo.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

WMRC 11/2

Welcome to November! We are on for an "easy" 1:05 trail run in the PMP. Meet at the top lot of SQ PK DR. We are going about 6-ish miles with some hills involved.

Runner of the week. Goes to the family of the Daneks. Traci finished her first 30K at the Cave Creek Thriller and Jay finished 5th in the 50K. If he didn't run 629 miles a week he probably would have finished a little higher. All this plus Petra looked super cute in her Supergirl outfit last night.

Great job to the Coury boys and Aravaipa Running for putting on this great trail run series. For more info on this race series go to aztrailrun.com

See everyone tomorrow morning at 5:16 am.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

WMRC 10/26

Hello everyone!

We are on for an easy trial run in the Phx Mtn Preserve tomorrow morning at 5:16am, top lot of SQ PK DR.

Runner of the week goes to Jay Danek. He should have got it last week for his awesome 12 (10) hour 100K victory at the Javelina 12 hr run. Way to go Jay!

Bad runner of the week goes to Jeremy who then took Jay out to the superstitions the next week and gave him a death march that may cut his streak of 590 days of running in a row to an end. Way to no Jeremy. Read about how much Jay hates Jeremy on his blog here.

See everyone tomorrow morning!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Run Wednesday Morning 5:15 a.m.

Guess what....???!! We're going on a trail run this Wednesday morning at the top of Squaw Peak drive. Last week we had over 23 trail runners for the epic journey through the North Mountain Preserve. The run will be about an hour, and about 6 miles. A flash light is needed for about the first 15 minutes. The weather is fantastic. You have no excuse. Be there.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

WMRC 10/12

We are on for a group run tomorrow morning at 5;16 am. Should be a great day out there with a very special guest.

Runner of the week goes to University of Arizona AD for relieving Mike Stoops of his weekly temper tantrums and the belittling of 19 yr old kids. Football is supposed to be fun and it is much more fun when you win every now and then. Adios Senior' Stoopido.

Runners up goes to The Matazal crew of Honey and Debbie for putting on the annual 18 miler up there. I know they had about 20-30 people make the trek up and run this great course. Thanks Deb and Honey.

For more info check out WMRC superstar Jay Danek's Blog here.

This week's special guest is Pearl Izumi Ultra Team captain, Scott Jaime. He will be joining us tomorrow as he is in town on business. Scott is an elite ultra runner for many reasons, one of them being, that he is just a great guy and family man.

See everyone tomorrow for an "easy" hour in the preserve.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

New Mazatzal Run Start

Someone is camped at the usual spot, so just continue down the road another 1/4 mile. We are on the left side still. Pass on the word if you get this. -Jamil

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

WMRC 10/5

Hey all, we are on for a easy recovery run tomorrow at 5:16am. Meet at top lot of SQ PK DR. Maybe about

Man vs. Horse went down this past weekend and lots of WMRCer's were going at it.

Runner of the week goes to Marius Toma, he finished his first 50 miler and had a blast doing it. I had a great time running with him and Gavin for about 15ish miles and they were doing great.

Joe G, Gavin, John V, Honey, John Roig, Jamil (3rd pl) , all also did the 50 miler. Some people, person removed them selves from the race with a DNC (did not care) at mile 32. (thanks Megan for the ride back to the start)

Please tell me if I missed anyone, wasn't there for the 25 but know some peeps were there. Sorry.

See everyone tomorrow morning, 5:16am, don't be late! GO DIAMONDBACKS!!!!!!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

WMRC9/28- Bear 100 Re Cap

We are on for an easy 1:03 trail run in the PMP tomorrow morning at 5:16 am. This will be an easy pace as many are heading up to Prescott for Man against Horse this weekend.

Runners of the week are too many so it goes to Blue again. Just kidding.

JJ, Steph (pictured above), Lizzie , Andrew, Jody and Mark H all finished the Bear 100 this past weekend. One highlight includes Lizzie falling in a river twice while freezing at night. Andrew said he almost could have ice skated across b/c it was so cold. They were paced by WMRCer's Momo for Steph and Honey for Lizzie. Not sure of the rest.

Great job to all involved in the very successful weekend up there!

See everyone tomorrow morning.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Summer is over! Get out and run Wednesday morning.

Come join us for an hour run in the trails of the Phoenix Mountain Preserve. Meet up 5:16 a.m., Wednesday morning. It's no longer ungodly hot out. It's beautiful! Casual fun pace, nice folks and some beautiful people.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

WMRC 9/14

We are on for a nice and relatively easy trail run in the preserve tomorrow morning at 5:16am. We will run up and down and down and up and down for about 5.7 miles in 1:04. This will be fun.

Runner of the week goes to Bill Barthen. He finished the Wasatch 100 miler in 29 hrs this past weekend. This race has an elevation gain of 27,000 ft over the 100 miles and is extremely hard. Well done Bill! This was the final race of the grand slam of 100's for Bill. He finished Western States, Vermont and Wasatch, only dnf'ing in Leadville due to an elevation troll that was hiding in his Camelbak repeatedly beating him over the head, neck and chest with a giant stick of some sort.

See everyone tomorrow morning at 5:16 am- Top lot of SQ PK DR.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Wednesday Reminder / 9.11 Reflection Run

Hope everyone had a great holiday weekend even though the heat is still rolling. Reminder: Group trail run in the Phoenix Mountains Preserve tomorrow morning. Meet at the top of Squaw Peak Drive north of Glendale Ave. 5:17 AM. Plan on a little over one hour at a slow to moderate pace.
 9/11 Reflection Run: Sunday is 9/11. A day that our generation will never forget. We are going to meet at at 7:00 AM at Dreamy Draw Parking Lot (exit Northern off SR-51) for the annual "Reflection Run". This is a SLOW run in the preserve up and around red mound. Nothing better than running with a group on this day. Slow pace, good company, be thankful, reflect, look-forward.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Uncle Sam is a runner too! - Cascade 100 Miles

One key to finishing a 100 mile race... Have a great crew and pacer...Add Uncle Sam into the mix... Wow!!
Nice work Noah "Uncle Sam" and Liz. Congrats to Jeremy, Matt, Jody and Honey!!!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

WMRC 8/31

Wow! Where do we start on this one. This was one of the busiest racing weekends ever...There are multiple runners of the week so try to keep up.
Cascade Crest 100 miler went down outside of Seattle. First time 100 milers from WMRC, Jeremy Dougherty and Matt Schmidt finished with the ultra veterans Jody Chase and Honey Albrecht hot on their tails. This looks like a beautiful course. Great job to Noah and Lizzie for helping them get to the finish line.

Lean Horse 100: South Dakota Jay Danek finished his first 100 in 19 hrs and kept his running streak alive at 533 days in a row. His time was good enough for 4th overall and 2nd in age group.

Also racing this weekend were Chris Harrison and Dave Westoff. These two long time WMRCers
ran the Bulldog 50k. Only in WMRC does running 31 miles barely get a mention. Tis the season.

Well done everyone. I expect to see all of you tomorrow morning for an easy 6 in the preserve at 5:16 am. Top lot of SP PK DR.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Leadville Recovery Run 8/24

Artist Depiction of WMRC Morning Run
Should be a beautiful morning run tomorrow. 92  degrees or so. Better than 116 right?! Don't be like some and waste away. Venture out! Get out!  and enjoy!! Reminder the group meets at 5:16:30 at the very top lot of Squaw Peak Drive. North of Glendale / Lincoln in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve. Plan on a little over one hour at a slow to moderate pace. I wonder who Cos will designate as the morning leader? I wonder what route that person will pick?

Congratulations to Joe G for his Run on the Sly 50K. 17th in 5:31:00. I wonder where that is?

Props to Bill and Paul for toeing the line at Leadville. They didn't finish but Crap happens, its 100 miles for goodness sake. Both have finished 100 miles before (actually very very recently) so I know they both will finish another 100 mile race soon. I wonder who else has a major race / run coming up?

Enough with the questions. Answer  the call. See ya in the morning. 

Monday, August 15, 2011

WMRC 8/17

Hello all, we are on for a 6ish mile trail run in the PMP Wed am at 5:16am. We are getting back to the roots of what this group was supposed to be, Wednesday recovery run. We are going to try to slow it down a little and let everyone stay together as a group. I will be picking a guest leader every week. The choice will be made right before we take off, nominations are always welcome. You will know what the route is going to be like if I pick Jay, not happening tomorrow.
Runner of the week. This award goes to Melisa Angelone, or Momo, as most of you know her.
She went to Utah to do a 18 hour trail race relay. 4 girls, 18 hrs, 96 miles. Each of them ran 4 loops of a 6 mile trail loop outside of Ogden UT. They won their division, way to go Team Momo! Love the shirts! Thanks.

Good luck this week To Paul who is doing his second 100 this year, The Leadville 100 in Colorado. Leadville is the highest incorporated city in the US. Tough run but I know Paul will do well. Bill Barthen is also doing LT 100, his 3rd leg of the Grand Slam, Good luck to both of you guys, I know you will do well.

See everyone Wed! Be there or be square!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

We're all broke....let's go for a run!

With the stock market taking a serious dump this week, what better way to commiserate our lost fortunes by going for a nice trail run in the North Phoenix Mountain Preserve. Meet up at 5:15 a.m. at the top of Squaw Peak drive Wednesday morning for just over an hour run that will be much less painful than watching your portfolio drop 20 points. See you then!

Monday, August 1, 2011

WMRC 8/3

Speedgoat recovery run. We are on for an easyish 5.89 mile run in the PMP on Wed am at 5:16am. Meet at the top lot of SQ PK DR.

Speedgoat and Zane met in a dark alley one night, Zane has not been heard from since.....Speedgoat is an ass kicker

Runner of the week: Jay Danek- Speedgoat 50K went down this weekend in Snowbird UT. Jay finished the race in 7:56. This run has 12,000 ft of climbing in the 31 miles. These are "Meltzer" miles which means that the race is probably about 34 miles. This was also the 501st day in a row that Jay had not missed running at least 4 miles. "The streak", like Bluedog, needs its own Facebook page because it is getting too big. Way to go Jay-In yellow below!
Travis McMaster (WMRC newbie) also did the Speedgoat 50k, he finished in 8:30 in his first official ultra, well done Travis, he said he wasn't even sore, mumbling about Hoka technology or something.

Special shout out to AZ runner, Dave James for his 100 mile Burning River trail win in Ohio over the weekend at the USATF National championships. Only at WMRC does a national championship only get you a runner up nomination. Well done Dave!

Monday, July 25, 2011

WMRC 7.27 / AC Recovery

Hello to the best group of trail runners in the world! We are on for an easy 6 mile trail run in the PMP on Wed am at 5:16 am. Meet at the top lot of SQ PK DR.
Runner of the week is a no brainer. No, not the Blue dog. Paulette Zillmer won the Angeles Crest 100 mile Endurance run over the weekend. First woman and 7th place overall. I have never been so fired up for someone! She trained so hard (I have the broken down shoes to prove it) and went in with a plan and kicked ass! This little woman has huge heart and we are lucky to always have her smiling face to run with!

Runner up goes to Jamil who placed 5th overall at AC100, ran with Paulette a lot of the way and just seemed to be toying with everyone out there. Even if he didn't kick ass at AC (which he did), he gets ROW honors for doing a 100 mile race in board shorts. Surfs up dude, you are awesome!

See everyone Wednesday morning, look for an announcement of a celebratory gathering at Papago Brew House on Wed night to honor Paulette and Jamil's epic run!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Paulette Wins AC100!! / Jamil 5th overall

From Nick at ground zero, WMRC's own Paulette Zillmer won Angeles Crest 100 mile trail run (7th overall) and looked fantastic through the end! Was over 2 hours ahead of 2nd place female. Jamil Coury finished just ahead in 5th place overall, both of them just under 24 hours. Reports and photos forthcoming. Stay Tuned.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

WMRC 7/20

We are on for a 6ish mile trail run in the PMP tomorrow morning at 5:16 am. Meet at the top lot of SQ PK DR.

Not sure if anyone raced this past weekend so you know what that means, by default Runner of the Week goes to Blue Dog. Why....why not?
Good luck to PJ Zillmer, Jon Roig, Steph Beuttner, Jamil Coury, Chip Gosewich, and Dan Brenden. They are all running the Angeles Crest 100 miler in Calif this weekend. A great trail run on almost all single track thru the San Gabriel Mtns from Wrightwood to Pasadena. Here is a pic of Nick, Jamil, Andrew and Chip (day dreaming) from the 2008 AC 100.
This is one tough run but I know our crew will do great! Follow live this Sat here AC100

See everyone tomorrow morning at 5:16 am.

Monday, July 11, 2011

WMRC 7/13-HR recovery run

"It's gonna suck to be you"

This was the name of an article in Outside magazine a few years back. The topic...The Hardrock 100. The most brutal 100 mile race on the planet. We had 3 WMRC'ers taking the plunge this past weekend in the San Juan Mtns in Colorado. All 3 have finished this race before.
Runner of the week goes to Robert Andrulis. He finished HR for the 5th time! This is one tough Marine! On a rough day when even the great Karl Meltzer dropped out, Robert gutted it out for a 46 hour finish. That is the good news, the bad news, he automatically gets in from now on.

Runners up- Nick Coury and Andrew Heard. Previous finishers of this tough race. Both had a rough day full of issues. Nick battling a bad back for the past month and Andrew had what we believe to be some head and stomach issues due to altitude sickness. Nick pulled the plug at mile 56 and Andrew at mile 82. This is always a tough decision but usually the correct one. Well done men, I know you will go back and conquer again someday.

We are on for a trail run Wed morning at 5:16am. Meet at top lot of SQ PK DR. Run about 6 miles with friends and dogs, not a better way to spend a Wed morning.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

2011 Hardrock 100 mile Endurance Run

This is one Bad Ass Mountain trail run!!!The eighteenth running of the Hardrock Hundred Mile Endurance Run is scheduled to start at 6:00 am, Friday July 8, 2011, in Silverton, Colorado. In 2011, the course will be run in the counter-clockwise direction - a big loop through the San Juan Mountains of beautiful southwest Colorado: 100-miles plus 33,992 feet of climb and 33,992 feet of descent for a total elevation change of 67,984 feet with an average elevation of 11,186 feet - low point 7,680 feet (Ouray) and high point 14,048 feet (Handies Peak).

WMRC runners Nick Coury, Andrew Heard & Robert Andrulis are running. Follow along here at the Webcast and live video feed at HR HQ.
I Run Far also has great race coverage and twitter updates.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Thursday Salomon Demo Day

We are on for our normal WMRC tomorrow morning at 5:16 am. Big Thursday news!!!!
Salomon trail running will be at the WMRC trail day on THURSDAY at 5:30am. Come try the latest and greatest from Salomon trail shoes. The XR Crossmax will be the featured shoe at demo day, there will be lots of giveaways and Salomon will be at the store later to do a gift with purchase of any Salomon trail shoe. Don't miss this event!

Good luck to Nick Coury and Andrew Heard this week in the Hardrock 100. Runner of the week goes to Granda Jim for his outstanding performance in the Black Hills 100k last weekend. 16 hours and a top ten finish! Great job Jim!

Don't forget!!!! Thursday is Salomon XR crossmax demo day at the regular WMRC parking lot.

Monday, June 27, 2011

WMRC 6/29

Heyo! We are on for a group trail run of about an hour Wed morning at 5:16 am. Meet at top lot of SQ PK DR.

Runner of the week goes to WMRC veteran and real life veteran Bill Barthen. Bill finished the WS 100 for the 2nd time. 23 and a hlf hrs, battling stomach issues and some sort of limp. Bill is a tough MoFo. Congrats bud!
Other Phoenix runners at States this year were Craig Norquist-27+hrs, Rich McKnight-29:50, Dan Brendan-Duh-if there is a 100 he is there, Toni Vaughn 29 hours. Wanna know how it feels to finish at WS 100...

Coming up.... WMRC'ers in the Hardrock 100 in about 3 weeks. Andrew Heard and Nick Coury, both are looking good for a strong showing up in Silverton.

See everyone Wed morning. 5:16 am.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

WMRC 6/22

We are on for a 5.86 mile run tomorrow morning at 5:16 am. Meet at the top lot of SQ PK DR. It will be the 2nd longest day of the year. Random huh?
Runner of the week goes to Lisa Osinga. She finished her first 50 mile race this past
weekend. San Juan Solstice. She decided to just cross that off the list by running the hardest 50 in the country for her first. She finished with 30 minutes to spare. Despite what the picture says, she is not turning pro after this event.
Also running the SJS, were JJ, Steph, Kate and Jody. Sounded like a really tough course. Way to go everyone.

Also big shout out to Mark Hellenthal for his Bighorn 100 finish. Well done!

See everyone tomorrow, btw, Ozzie Jones is now on WMRC probation for chasing a deer off leash and trying to run away while vacationing in Lake City.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

WMRC 6/15

Heyoh! Another 100 bites the dust. We are on for a 1:04 trail run tomorrow morning at 5:16 am. Meet at the top lot of SQ PK DR.

Runner of the week- Congrats to Paul Rondeau for completing his first 100 miler in San Diego this past weekend. He overcame some serious heat and a pretty tough course to finish in just over 28 hrs. Way to go Paul, you get tomorrow off if you want it, but we want a full report next week.

Runner up to Jay Danek who quietly has run 455 days in a row. At least 4 miles each day but most days much more, way to go Jay! All that running and avoiding FB for 1.5 yrs is pretty impressive, One streak down, keep up the other.

Mark July 7th on your calendar as Salomon Running will be coming to do a trail demo for us. Come test drive their XR Crossmax shoes. Further details coming soon.

See everyone tomorrow. 5:15 am

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

New Runner of the week!

Scratch that, Long time WMRC'er Andrew Heard ran the SQ PK 50 outside of Provo UT. He got 5th overall in 9:46, very sorry to Andrew for the oversight of this. I have put Blue Dawg on probation for this fowl up. He is grounded from WMRC for 3 months. See everyone tomorrow.

WMRC 6/7/11

We are on for a 5.77 mi trail run tomorrow morning at 5:16 am. Meet at the top lot of SQ PK DR.

The runner(s) of the week are the double crossing crew that took on the 45 mile Grand Canyon this past weekend. Honey (duh) Jeremy, Jody, 2 Debs, Lizzie, Paulette and Jon Roig (solo) all did the night time crossing this past weekend. Great job everyone, I have attached Jeremy's blog post about it, very good read. Great Job everyone.

Runner up goes to Blue Dog for his record setting time in the 22nd st Honey loop. He will now be taking the rest of the summer off just concentrating on swimming and being cool.

Good luck to Paul Rondeau this weekend as he takes on the San Diego 100 miler, his first. He is being paced by his son, Dan. What a great experience for these two. Paul is ready and I really think he will do great!!

See everyone tomorrow morning, bright and early!!

Late Update: What is our group coming too? How do we ignore a 5th place finish at one of the grandest 50 mile races in the country? Oops! Congrats to Andrew Heard for his great run at the Squaw Peak 50 mile in Utah.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Goose Bumps On The Arm

Just read Anton's blog post and thoughts on Western States. No doubt its going to be a hell of a race for 1st. Going down the list it could be just as much a battle for top 10 (us old guys can appreciate those kind of battles!)

JB Benna's trailer for his upcoming WS 100 documentary gets my goose bumps going. I guess I still love this sport, challenge, adventure, camaraderie, personalities, etc...

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

National Running Day / WMRC 6.1.11

No June Gloom here in Phoenix. The weather is now some of the best in the country. Time for a group trail run tomorrow morning in the Phoenix Mountains Preserve. 5:16 AM. Top lot of Squaw Peak Drive north of Lincoln / Glendale. Plan on a little over one hour at a slow to moderate pace. Wednesday is National Running day so come on out.

Last week Wednesday a group of 25 showed up to do the Gym / Cave route. Fun had by all. The Runner of the Week goes to Jim Fowler aka "Grandpa Jim" for his group best 17 pull-ups. I hear he didn't want to show off and add a few claps in between.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

WMRC 5/25

Hey there. We are on for an extra special route this week. We are doing the gym- mining cave loop. Bring water as there will be no stopping on this loop. It will be a little longer so show up on time so we can start on time. This will be about 1:15ish with 5 miles and 1300 ft of climbing.

The runner of the week should be prepared since he just did the Jemez 50 miler in NM. Matt Schmidt ran 50 miles with 12,000 ft of climbing this past weekend. Way to go Matt, can't wait to hear more about it.

Runners up are the participants of the inaugural Squaw Peak Circumference challenge. A bunch of us ran the circ loop from Bourques house on Sunday afternoon. 4.05 miles and 1200ft of climbing. Nick and Nathan Coury came in first at about 41 minutes.

Here is great article about iRun employee and WMRC member lil James Bonnett. The kid is back. http://runningtimes.com/Article.aspx?ArticleID=22870&cm_mmc=Twitter-_-RT-_-Content-Runner-_-Bonnett

Well done kid. See everyone tomorrow for a fun route!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

WMRC 5/18

Hey all, we are on for another great weather week. Let's run 5.8 miles tomorrow morning. Meet at the top lot of SQ PK DR at 5:16 am tomorrow.

Runner of the week goes to Melisa "Momo" Angelone. She rocked the Whiskey Row marathon in Prescott this past weekend. She is also early leader for WMRC newcomer of the year. Momo shows up every week, smile on her face, ready to tackle the trails. While she does like to do races as evidenced by her multiple Ironman finishes, I think she just likes to train and run with friends on the trails and that is what this group is about. It also doesn't hurt to wear such a cool shirt if you want to impress the committee.

Runner up goes to the JJ, Paul R, Bill Barthen and Steph B crew that went up and ran across the big hole in the earth known as the GC double crossing. Great job, below is the video of the event. If you ever have the opportunity to do this run with a group, do it.

James, Jamil and Nick are heading up to the canyon today to run, that may be a little faster than most of us want to go. Have fun kids, be safe.

Good luck to Kirk in the Texas Ironman this weekend.

See everyone tomorrow morning.

Rim Cubed 2011 from Jeff Jones on Vimeo.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

WMRC 5/11

Heyoh! We are up for a 5.75 mile trail run tomorrow morning on the PMP. Meet at 5:16am at the top lot of Sq PK DR.

Runners of the week goes out to the Coury boys and crew the ran/scrambled the Pariah Canyon this past weekend. Check out the pics on Facebook.

Runner up goes to Blue Dog who has been dominating the canal lately. He opened up a running store for dogs and has been holding group runs on the canal and chasing ducks and small birds for his tempo workouts. iSlobber is on Indian School and 48th st right next to iRun.

This weather is perfect so if there was ever a time to make it back to the group, time is now.

See everyone tomorrow.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Group Run 5.4.11

Group trail run in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve. Tomorrow morning 5:16 AM. No Headlamp. No Jacket, Very Nice. Plan on a one hour run at a slow to moderate pace. Top lot of Squaw Peak Drive north of Glendale / Lincoln. Heeee's Baaack! Congrats to Runner of the Week James Bonnett who ran and won the Leona Divide 50 mile race in California on Saturday. 6:24:46. James ran without a watch and missed the course record by only 90 seconds. Doesn't James work at i-run? I know they sell real cool watching there!

Also, running in the 50 mile race was Paulette Zillmer. Under 8 hours. Wow. 7:59:07. Good for 2nd female. Nice work you two!!

Good news: Over the weekend the police conducted surveillance at the 32nd street trail head. They finally apprehended two individuals breaking into cars. As most of us know, on and off for years cars have been broken into at trail heads around the Phoenix Mountain Preserve. This is a good reminder to keep valuables at home and / or leave items out of sight in the trunk.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

It's On! WMRC Run 4.27

Holy Crap the day almost went by before we posted a run reminder. No fail. Don't worry. Since 2004 we have always had a Wednesday group run. Same place. Phoenix Mountains Preserve. Top lot of squaw peak drive north of Glendale / Lincoln. (7400 N Squaw Peak Drive). Plan on a little over one hour at a slow to moderate pace. 5:17AM.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Saturday Go John/Overton Loop Run

Come one, come all! This Saturday, April 23rd. For a run in Cave Creek Regional Park on the Go John-Overton Trail Loop. Run one or two laps. Each lap is about 6 miles and takes a little over an hour. Start time for first lap is 5:30 a.m. 2nd lap at 6:30 a.m.

There is a $6 fee to enter the park. Follow the signs to the Overton Trailhead.

Left over Zane Grey swag will be given to all who show up.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Headlamps no longer needed celebration run - April 20

Come join us on a run in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve without a headlamp Wednesday morning at 5:16 a.m. It’ll be a casual run as many of the gang ran the 22nd Annual Zane Grey Highline Trail 50 mile run this past weekend. It is one of the hardest 50-milers in the country. Some of the notable WMRC finishers include: Boone Ebel, 10:09:27, 6th overall
Andrew Heard, 10:59:28, 11th overall
“Grandpa” Jim Fowler, 12:10:51
Paulette Zillmer, 12:40:22, 5th woman
John Pearce, 13:07:55
Jeremy “I’m never doing this again” Daugherty, 13:23:17
Liz Everly, 13:31:50
Jody Chase, 13:54:42
Jeff Jones, 14:32:45
It was a rather hot day and there was a lot of carnage out on the course. But then again, it wouldn’t be “Zane Grey” if it were easy. Also running this week, was Team Taylor out at Pat’s Run. They made up the largest team with over 100 Runners participating.
Runner of the week goes to Grandpa Jim Fowler. At 52 years old, he’s not slowing down at all with his impressive Zane Grey finish.

The i-run shop website is up and running. www.irunshop.com Check it out.