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.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Quick Zane Grey Update

Courtesy of Nick Coury: Geoff Roes won in a time of 8:13:30. Hal Koerner 2nd in 8:35. Dakota droped at 33 miles. Warm clear skies. Full WMRC report forthcoming.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Zane Grey 50 Taper Run 4.13.11

Big week ahead. Lets get it rolling with a group trail run in the Phoenix Mountains Preserve Wednesday Morning. Meet at the very top lot of Squaw Peak Drive (7400 N. Squaw Peak Drive) North of Glendale / Lincoln. Plan on a little over 1 hour at a slow / moderate pace. 5:16 AM. Last week I didn't use a headlamp!! Yippy!!

Saturday is one of Arizona's greatest Ultra Marathon runs. The 22nd annual Zane Grey 50 mile Endurance run. Known as one of the toughest, roughest, and most beautiful 50 mile races in the country. As always, there will be a strong WMRC contingent running and helping out. The race director Joe Galope will be at the run Wednesday morning and will be available to answer preliminary questions, trail conditions, etc.. The Course Marking coordinator Honey will be there too! Honey has guaranteed the best course marking ever!! Don't shoot the messenger if you get lost:)

An element which makes the race fun is to see which athletes show up. This year looks to be very competitive. Headlining the mens field is Ultra Runner of the year Geoff Roes. Giving Geoff a good run is fellow Montrail runner Dakota Jones, multi Western States winner Hal Koerner, New Phoenix resident Dave James, Flagstaff's own Ian Torrence and Brian Tinder, and WMRCr Andrew Heard and Boone Ebel. The women's field is super competitive as well. Amy Sproston from Oregon, Hardrocker Diana Finkel. Those two women will be pushed by Arizona runners Paulette Zillmer, Andi Felton, Jody Chase (now Colorado resident) and Honey. Good luck to all.

Another important event on Saturday is the Pat Tillman Run in Tempe. Monday is the one year anniversary of Baby Taylor's passing. Over 200 friends and family of Mark and Katie formed "Team Taylor" to run in the Pat Tillman event. We'll have the largest team out of 25,000 runners. Please keep the thoughts and prayers with the Cosmas Family. For those who ordered "Team Taylor" shirts, they will be available for pick-up at Mark's soon to open running store, i-run. Thursday and Friday from 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM. The i-run store is located at the NWC of 48th and Indian School Road (Safeway center). Checks in the amount of $15.00 per shirt should be made to Team Taylor.

Have a great weekend and see you tomorrow!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Run Reminder 4.6.11

Its time to start ramping it up. Get out and enjoy the great weather! Group trail run in the Phoenix Mountains Preserve 5:16 AM. Meet at the very top lot of Squaw Peak Drive. Plug in 7400 N. Squaw Peak Drive into google maps. You can't get lost. Plan on a little over 1 hour at a moderate pace. Runner of the Week: Saturday a contingent of WMRC's went to Raleigh, North Carolina and ran the Umstead 50/100 mile run. Runner of the Week goes to Debbie Leftwich who beat her PR by over 30 minutes in the 100 mile and finished with a time of 21:02:00. Almost under 21 hours!2nd Place: Joe Galope completed his 100th Marathon / Ultra with his 50 mile 6th overall Umstead finish. Well done Joe. The Traveling Courys also ran Umstead. Both Jamil and Nick ran the 100 mile race. Jamil ran a quick 18:06:00 with Nick finishing just behind in 19:32:00. New pole: When will Nick shave? Within a week, 6 months, 12months or never?

According to reports the Highline trail is now marked and ready for Zane Grey 50 race day. Honey reports the course is in great shape thanks to Chris Thornley spending thousands of hours clearing and sawing. Thanks to all the others who worked on clearing and marking too!