Saturday, January 21, 2006

Ricketts finishes around Aust Walk

Ricketts finishes around Aust Walk

3rd person to complete the Journey walking.


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Big Walk of South Africa

It all started on 5 June 1903 when the Spartan Harriers committee decided it was time to organise a long distance walk and benchmarked its success with the popularity of walking races in the United Kingdom. Spartan Harriers wanted to be the pioneers of such a race in the South Peninsula and planned for the route to kick off from Montagu Bridge to Somerset West and back. The route was however changed and on a very rainy 13 August 1903, a grand total of 61 competitors set off from Greenmarket Square in Cape Town, becoming part of South African history. Spartans have been involved in the Cape Times FNB Big Walk for a century now. It wasn’t an overly auspicious start, however, for the club lost money organising the event, and so it wasn’t until 1923 that it the event was staged again.

Inspired by the London to Brighton walking race, Spartan Harriers reintroduced the 50-mile challenge and this time firmly cemented it as a Cape Town event.That was due in part to GG Fick, the first of many walking legends, who picked up five wins in the first six years.Today very much a family outing, the walk attracted its first female competitors in 1926, when a Miss May won the event. However, it proved a controversial aspect of the race, with women limited to just 25 miles up until 1930, and although that was subsequently extended to 30 miles, the walk became a men-only domain from 1937 to 1952. World War II played a significant role, interrupting the walk from 1940 to 1945.

It also marked the life of another walking great, Cecil Rightford, who returned from a spell in a German concentration camp to win a then-record sixth 50-mile race. Martin Bester, who in 1981, took the long distance title for a quite remarkable twelfth time, has since broken that record. But it is the number of competitors that has become the central figure of interest, with an estimated 22 000 walkers set to follow eight different routes criss-crossing Cape Town in 2004.The participation has certainly overtaken the racing as the defining nature of the Cape Times FNB Big Walk, with exploring the city, getting some exercise and helping charity more than enough motivation to have thousands of Capetonians lacing up their walking shoes. A hundred years ago the Spartan Harriers started it all and they are no doubt pleased with the status of the current status of the event.

Whether you are an old hand at this event or a novice competitor, encourage your friends, families and loved ones to join you for this momentous occasion and be part of the oldest walk in the world.The Cape Times FNB Big Walk is not just a day of fun and camaraderie but also an opportunity to give to those who are in need. This charity driven event gives back to the community each year by donating proceeds to selected charity. This year Habitat for Humanity and the SA Guide Dog Association will be the main benefactors.

2006 Australian Centurions Event

22-23 April 2006

The 2006 Australian Centurions 24 Hour Walk will again be held in conjunction with the Coburg 24 Hour event, on 22-23 April 2005. The total field will be restricted to 45 runners and walkers and events on offer will include the traditional 6 Hour, 12 Hour and 24 Hour walk categories.

The event will also include Racewalking Australia 100 km Walk Championships for men and women. This event will be run under the auspices of the Australian Federation of Race Walking Clubs. The event will be judged according to Centurion rules rather than the stricter racewalking rules.

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Dutch and Continental Centurions

The town of Ramsey on the Isle Of Man (between Great Britain and Ireland) will host the 2006 Centurion event. Saturday August 19th and Sunday August 20th of 2006 will be the probable date. O.L.A.T. is thinking of organizing another trip there, just like this year.

The British Centurions

New Zealand Centurions

The New Zealand Centurions Endurance Walking Club is a young organisation, having been founded November 29, 1998. The word "Club" in the title might suggest the organisation is a local one, but it is in fact a national body. The club has close links with the New Zealand Ultrarunners Association, with some people being members of both organisations.

The club recognises two types of members: full and associate (also known as supporter). Full members are those who have qualified as a centurion in New Zealand. So far 14 people have. Associate members are those who have joined the club but have not qualified as a centurion. Most associate members participate in long distance walks, but this is not a requirement and anybody can join the club.

As well as recognising centurion status, the club recognises the achievement of walking 100 kilometres in 14 hours 30 minutes.

The club, like many other national bodies in New Zealand representing minor sports, does not have a lot of members and is currently looking at ways to attract more people to centurionism and ultrawalking. One possibly being considered is to recognise other achievements such as walking 80 kilometres in 12 hours or 40 kilometres in six hours, two achievements recognised by the Australian Centurion Club.

Like the New Zealand Ultrarunners Association, the New Zealand Centurion Club usually does not organise its owns events. Instead the club members enter events organised by other organisations, such as by Sri-Chinmoy. The club, as part of its effort to raise the profile of centurionism and ultrawalking, hopes to run its own events.

Some good advice for runners and walkers on this page

Mongolia 100km

Next race dates: June 28th 2006
Mongolia Sunrise to Sunset is an annual event that allows runners to experience some of the most spectacular and pristine trail running in the world as well as an opportunity to visit Mongolia - the land of Genghis Khan, nomadism and infinite wilderness. Whether you come to challenge the Mongolian champions over the 100km distance or to challenge yourself in trekking your first Alpine marathon, Mongolia Sunrise to Sunset offers you a week of discovery and exploration

24hr World Challenge News

24hr World Challenge goes to Canada in 2007

Running links page

Belgium website

Isle's Sergeant tackles 100-mile races

Friday, January 20, 2006

Jesper Olsen Vancouver World Run - Sunday, March 26, 2006


  • 50km, 25km or shorter distance on mostly paved, bike paths and roads.
  • A run with Jesper Olsen, the first human to complete a documented run around our beautiful Earth.
  • A fundraiser for Jesper (he is planning to run the Earth north to south) and the BC Lung Association.
  • Plans are in the making - more details to come.

When and Where?


--Constance Karras

Medical Observations for Across the Years race

Medical Observations for Across the Years

By Andrew Lovy

The race conditions at Across the Years offers some unique challenges medically that I feel every runner and crew person should be aware of to plan for their best performance.
The race director Mr. Bonnet made it clear at the outset that dehydration and blisters are the most common reasons why individuals drop out or have less than optimal performance.

Having said that at the outset the predictions were still quite accurate. The track itself is crushed gravel. This makes for a rather soft surface initially but as the runners trample the gravel down it becomes slightly harder. However, recovery is much quicker than when running on concrete or asphalt or even artificial turf. However, there will always be micro variations in the surface, since each footfall can be on a peak or a valley of the hard surface causing the foot to land ever so slightly differently each time. This can create more hot spots and problems for the runner as the race goes on. My first suggestion for the runners is to bring at least two pairs of shoes that have slightly different lasts, so that when the foot tires in one and the hot spots develop another shoe either of a different make or a different model will result in slight footfall differences and help compensate somewhat for this.

My next suggestion is that aside from some elite runners training is essential for maximum performance as is entering the race relatively injury free for the past two to three months. Even the slightest injury at a different race may result in a cumulative effect of stress or strain on various body parts, again leading to musculoskeletal problems. There are many blister formulas out there now and I would suggest trying several until you find at least one or maybe two that work best for you under these conditions. Most blisters can be prevented if the shoe fits properly and blister control elements are utilized. I have a formula that I have used for over ten years that has been of great benefit for friction points resulting in far fewer blisters in most individuals who use it. All the ingredients can be purchased in a dollar store so literally a lifetime supply can be had for fewer than ten to twelve dollars. The basic ingredient is Vaseline, any manufacture, and generic works well. Desitin ointment, not cream is another major ingredient. It can also be found generically as Zinc Oxide ointment. The third major ingredient is A&D ointment, be careful when you shop since  A&D is a trade name and is on many tubes that actually are Zinc Oxide. What you want is the vitamin A and vitamin D ointment, which usually comes in tubes or tubs and is yellow and this is the only somewhat costly element. Mix equal parts of these three to a smooth consistence. Then add aloe vera ointment or cream vitamin E ointment or cream to this mix using less than a third of these two ingredients than the original two. Again mix these to a consistent paste. If you suspect rainy conditions slightly more Desitin and A&D will help made your foot more waterproof. If there are lots of rocks and the opportunity for many scratches, abrasions due to a surface add slightly more aloe vera and vitamin E. Vaseline is an excellent lubricant that does wear out fairly quickly. Desitin is healing and a water block as well as a lubricant as is A&D. The other two ingredients promote healing as one runs.

My next suggestion is to run with a double sock. These are commercially available, I would try different brands. What I use is a nylon socket, which is very inexpensive, and a thin cotton sock. Lubricate the foot, the heal, between the toes and anywhere there may be friction and put the nylon sock on removing all wrinkles and then the cotton sock again, being careful to remove all of the wrinkles. The two socks rub against each other dissipating the heat and friction into the shoe and not into the foot. Also, if conditions are wet, such as running through puddles or in the rain the combination sock acts as a wick and pulls the moisture away from the foot and into the shoe. The shoe may feel soaked but the feet remain dry. I have uses one application of this, which was sufficient for six days, however, if grit, sand, dirt gets between the socks or on the foot it is wise to wipe that off and then reapply. It is also advisable to have at least one pair of shoes that is a half to one size larger for later in the race since feet have a tendency to swell in time. Loosening the shoe with differential lacing has always worked for me but sometimes half way through the race another larger shoe with a different last may feel more comfortable for the second part of the race.

Conditions in Arizona are quite dry. Dehydration occurs much more rapidly and with greater devastation than with moderate or high humidity. I usually drink every mile and a half to two miles but at ATY frequently it is every second or third loop. Water is a mainstay, however, it is very necessary to include electrolytes to keep the mineral content up and the sodium and potassium levels adequate. With a decrease in sodium, potassium and water the muscles do not respond as well and the likely hood of injury to the muscles and/or dehydration is great. It is almost impossible to over hydrate during a twenty-four to seventy-two hour race. A standard and reasonable guideline is urinating clear. If one does not urinate within five to six hours it may be necessary to super hydrate ever loop until one not only urinates but also urinates clear.

There is a product out called E-Caps which has been found to be very useful to maintain sodium, potassium balance and I would suggest using them as directed unless you are going faster than anticipated, in which case I would increase the dosage moderately. The race has potassium pills, which are also very useful for muscle fatigue and do not adequately “twitch”. There may be a drastic temperature change at night, do not be fooled into thinking that because it is cooler and you are not sweating as much that you do not need as much hydration. If anything you may need more in order to keep the core body temperature at its optimal. It really doesn’t matter whether it is cold or hot liquids since the core body temperature will neutralize. Warm liquids, such as hot chocolate, coffee, soups, etc., may taste better warm so you will hydrate more, but you can survive on cooler drinks as well. It is also necessary to maintain sufficient levels of carbohydrates to fuel the muscles as well as some protein to prevent tissue breakdown. I would suggest experimenting on long distance training runs or other races as to what feels optimal for you. It is not unusual for runners to do quit well for a period of time and then apparently completely crash. Re establishing carbohydrates, simple such as honey, fructose as found in fruits and complex carbohydrates such as found in breads, pastas, etc., are optimal. It is also advisable to have a certain amount of fat since that helps to metabolize the carbohydrates. Peanut butter seems to be an almost ideal fuel for this as are any of the soft cheeses with a high fat content. The high fat content cheeses are not really advisable at all times under all conditions, but as part of a race regime can be very very helpful.

Another danger at night is the muscles will cool. Some people run well under those circumstances but once you stop and you feel chilled it is better to stay slightly warmer and compensate with increased hydration than to chill and have a muscle spasm. When one takes a break of more than a few minutes it is reasonable to attempt to stretch the muscles using any protocol available with repeated contractions going around the track the muscles will tend to shorten and want to stay short and stretching them out can revive them considerably. Once again, it is much easier to prevent any form of depletion type injury than to attempt to treat it once the damage has been done. Blisters are not fatal they are the bodies defense against friction. However, if not appropriately treated it can cause the individual to shift their balance utilizing muscles differently to compensate so that there is no pain ultimately leading to more tissue breakdown in other muscles. It is best to address hot spots as quickly as possible, after all a three to five minute break to prevent an injury is time well spent.

Chris McLaughlin is one of the best blister treatment people I know. Once he has worked on a blister early they seldom return to cause further damage. There are also massage individuals available at different times during the race and if you feel fatigued the muscles don’t appear to be functioning as well as you would like these individuals can do quite a bit to work the lactic acid out, stretch you and to bring those muscles back to full function. Massage therapist can do a considerable amount of damage if not done appropriately during an event, however, the massage therapists at ATY are specifically and specially trained and sensitive to the needs of ultra runners and can change your thinking from there is no way to go on, I can never again get into a decent stride to a I am feeling pretty good and then can go on. For runners who are naves to the longer distances keep in mind that your marathon times are not indicative of how well you can do in a twenty-four aor forty-eight, if you attempt a forty-eight or seventy-two hour race be forewarned that it is not X number of marathons or three twenty-four hour races but one continuous race and one needs to go at a speed that will ensure the ability to complete the race unless one has entered a twenty-four hour forty-eight seventy-two with a more limited goal in mind such as one hundred miles, fifty miles APR at a distance etc.

A beauty of a twenty-four hour race is that one can set a pace finish rest and come back and put on more miles or chose not to. It is also an advantage that one is never more than two hundred and fifty meters from assistance. The medical team can work with you and assist you in many ways during the race but are quite limited in scope when you enter the race with a pre injury status. Again for the more naves runners it is not unusual to feel tired, have pain, discomfort, etc., and a good general rule is to list to your body and then attempt to compensate if the pain discomfort and drive cannot come back to the level you want keep in mind this is a race, it is a test of your capabilities and potential and there is no shame in either slowing down or stopping all together and re evaluating the situation and possible even terminating your participation in the race.

Upcoming Ultras - Pacific USA

28th Annual Jed Smith Ultra Classic 50 Mile and 50K, Sacramento, CA, 8:00am, Sat, Feb 4, 2006. 3.31-mile loop course, flat and fast; half road, half dirt trail. Two well stocked aid stations per loop. 6:00pm cut-off for all events. Fee-pre $45/50; Fee-post $55/60 after January 20. Dri-release shirt to all entrants, awards to top 20% of each 10-year age-group. Also a 30-km. Steve Wetmore, PO Box 19908 Sacramento, CA 95819. (916) 362-8112 (h). Email:; Web:

4th Annual Lord Hill Trails 50K, Snohomish, WA, 7:30am, Sat, Feb 4, 2006. Eleven-mile repeated loop course with 1,850 feet of gain per loop. On trail and gravel/rocky roads through hilly wooded surroundings. Time limit: 8 hrs. Field limit: 100. No fee, minimal aid at end of each loop and finish to include water, sports beverage, soup, fruit, and some snacks. No shirts or awards. Tim Lofton, 8316 74th Dr., NE, Marysville, WA 98720. (425) 280-6158 (h). Email:; Web:

Susitna 100 Mile, Big Lake, AK, 9:00am, Sat, Feb 18, 2006. A 100-mile wilderness race on frozen lakes and woodland trails in Alaska, north of Anchorage. Some of the race is on the histroic Iditarod Trail, which is sued on the annual Iditarod dogsled race to Nome. Survival gear required. Remote checkpoints located about 20 miles apart. Mandatory pre-race meeting and gear check aThursday, February 16, 5:30pm. No race day registration. Time limit: 48 hours. Fee-pre $225; fee-post $350 after January 1. T-shirts, finishers' awards and post-race dinner. Rita Wade, 14424 Canyon Road, Anchorage, AK 99516. (907) 345-2282 (h).
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Little Su 50K, Big Lake, AK, 11:00am, Sat, Feb 18, 2006. A 50-km out-and-back course on forzen lakes and trails. Turnaround is at the scenic sign "Nome 1,049 miles" on the histroic Iditarod dogsled trail. Required gears is an insulated two-quart container of water and a light source. Time limit: 12 hrs. Field limit: 100. Fee-pre $50; fee-post $80 after January 1. T-shirts, finishers' awards andn post-race dinner. Rita Wade, 14424 Canyon Road, Anchorage, AK 99516. (907) 345-2282 (h). Email:;

Hagg Lake Trail Runs, Forest Grove, OR, 8:00am, Sat, Feb 25, 2006. Two loops on single-track around Hagg Lake. The course is approximately 90% trail with the remainder on paved and dirt roads. Kickoff run for the 2006 Oregon Trail Series. Time limit: 8 hrs. Field limit: 125. Fee-pre $50; fee-post $55 after February 1. Patagonia shirt, post-race food. Ronda Sundermeier or Stacey Bunton, 16200 SW Pacific Hwy., Suite H, PO Box 194, Tigard, OR 97224. (503) 590-3293 (h). Email:;

3rd Annual Fund Run 50K, Snohomish, WA, 8:00am, Sat, Feb 25, 2006. Mostly flat, paved converted rail path, out-and-back. Fee: $25. No shirt, no awards, limited aid, fund-raiser for YMCA Invest in Youth Program. Alternative shorter distances may be run. Kendall Kreft, 11305 30th Street NE, Lake Stevens, WA 98258. (425) 334-8401 (h).

15th Annual Way Too Cool 50K, Cool, CA, 8:00am, Sat, Mar 11, 2006. ENTRY CLOSED. Greg Soderlund, 2217 Ryedale Lane, Sacramento, CA 95835. (916) 387-8796. Email:; Web:

2nd Annual March Mudness 50/100K, Portland, OR, 7:00am/9:00am, Sat, Mar 25, 2006. Single-track trail in world's largest forested city park. 50-km one way, 100-km out-and-back. Field limit: 300. Fee-pre $60; fee-post $70 after March 15. Fleece jacket to all participants, three deep finishers' awards in open and masters, unique trophies to the event. Burgers, chili and drinks at finish. Bob Boss, 3316 N. Williams Ave., Portland, OR 97227. (503) 970-4228. Email:; Web:

27th Annual American River 50 Mile Endurance Run, Sacramento, CA, 6:00am, Sat, Apr 1, 2006. Starts in Sacramento and follows paved bike trail along the American River Parkway for first 24 miles. Last 26 miles follow the North Fork of the American River from Folsom Lake to the finish line in Auburn, using fire roads and single-track horse trails. 1,000 feet of climb in last three miles. Time limit: 13 hrs. $80 before March 11; $95 after March 11. Entries close March 18. Quality finishers' garment. Pre-race banquet and trail briefing. Limited to 500. Ideal Western States 100 Mile qualifier and first-time 50-miler. Greg Soderlund, 2217 Ryedale Lane, Sacramento, CA 95835. (916) 387-8796.
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4th Annual Peterson Ridge Rumble 60K, Sisters, OR, 8:00am, Sun, Apr 9, 2006. Mostly trail with some dirt road sections. Gentle, uphill first third, rolling middle third with a few short "grunt" sections, and gentle, downhill final third. Fast finish. Mud likely, and snowy sections possible. Dog-friendly 30-km option. Time limit: 8 hrs. (9 early start). Field limit: 300. Fee-pre $35; fee-post $40 after March 25. Post-race BBQ, showers, and finishers' rumble socks. Sean Meissner, PO Box 2082, Sisters, OR 97759. (541) 549-1298 (h).
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2nd Annual Captitol Peak 50 Mile, Olympia, WA 6:00am, Sat, Apr 15, 2006. Forested, single-track, trail course with three 15 to 20-mile loops throughout Capitol State Forest. Elevation gain is approximately 7,300 feet. Biggest climb 2,000 feet up Capitol Peak at 2, 659 in elevation. Race also includes a 50-mile, two and four-person releaty team division. Time limit: 14 hrs. Field limit: 200. Fee-pre $60; fee-post $70 after March 31. Entry fee includes polypropylene t-shirt and post-race dinner. John Pearch, 5040 Donavan Dr., SE #3, Olympia, WA 98501. (360) 455-1400. Email:;

14th Annual Leona Divide 50 Mile Run, Lake Hughes, CA, 6:00am, Sat, Apr 22, 2006. One loop plus an out-and-back on dirt roads and the Pacific Crest Trail in the Angeles National Forest. 9,000 feet of climb, with a 28.4-mile run for runners 60 and older on same course as the 50 to mile 24.5, and then back to finish. 50-mile is a SoCal Series race. Time limit: 13 hrs, both races. Fee-pre $55; fee-post $70 after April 18. Custom shirts, finishers' awards, unique age-group awards, free drawing of sponsors' products for all runners, pre-race dinner, and post-race food. Glenda Kimmerly, P.O. Box 305, Santa Ysabel, CA 92070. (760) 765-1149 (h). Email:; Web:

23rd Annual Mount Si 50 Mile and 50K, Snoqualmie, WA, 6:00am, Sun, Apr 23, 2006. 90% on the Snoqualmie Valley Trail. 10% country roads. Trail has gentle grade, generally wide. Time limit: 12 hrs/8 hrs. Fee-pre $40; fee-post $50 after April 6. Tech shirt. Willie Sato, P. O. Box 3321, Kirkland, WA 98083-3321. (206) 300-4585.
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3rd Annual Spokane River Run 50K, Spokane, WA, 9:00am, Sun, Apr 23, 2006. All unpaved, loop routes along the Spokane River. Field limit: 500. Fee-pre $49; fee-post $59 after April 14. T-shirt and finishers' awards. Mike Aho, 2527 N. Stevens, Spokane, WA 99205. (509) 324-8804 (h). Email:; Web:

Cosumnes River College 24 Hour Track Run, Sacramento, CA, 9:00am, Sat, Apr 29, 2006. Scenic, college campus setting on a 400-meter dirt track. Restrooms/showers close by. Lap counters provided. Stadium lights for night running, Participant, age-group awards. Limited to 35. Helen and Norman Klein, 11139 Mace River Court, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670. (916) 859-0821.

Source: UltraRunning Magazine, "ur calendar," January/February 2006 issue.

--Constance Karras

Upcoming Ultras - West USA

14th Annual Rocky Racoon 50/100 Mile, Hunstville, TX, 6:00am, Sat, Feb 4, 2006. Single-track, jeep roads, and minimal elevation gain. Pine needle-covered trail complete with roots, forgiving surface; many small, wood bridges, and fast. Time limit: 30 hrs. Fee-pre $100; fee-post $130 after January 15. Very nice half-zip sweatshirt, buckles for finishers' awards (100-mile) and medals (50-mile). Pre ($10) and post ($5) race meals. Joe Prusaitis, 1101 Plymouth, Austin, TX 78758. (512) 895-6100 (w). Email:;

Pemberton Trail 50K, Fountain Hills, AZ, 7:00am, Sat, Feb 4, 2006. Two-loop course on trails in the beautiful Sonoram desert; total climb of 800 feet per loop. Limited to 150. $50 by January 1; $60 thereafter. New this year: 50-km, two-person relay: $75 by January 1; $85 thereafter. Brian Wieck, 1815 Knight St., St. Helena, MT 59601. (406) 443-8042 (h)
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12th Annual East Texas Ultra Runners 50K , Tyler State Park, TX, 7:00am, Sat, Feb 11, 2006. Three loops of approximately 10.5 miles with fully-stocked aid stations on the rolling hills and picturesque trails of Tyler State Park. Also a 25-km for novice trail runners. Time limit: 8 hrs. Field limit: 300. Fee-pre $45; fee-post $55 after January 28. Beautiful, multi-color t-shirts to all entrants; distinctive awards to all finishers; post-race hamburger lunch. Paul Stone, 211 Hickory St., Bullard, TX 75757. (903) 894-3788 (h). Email:; Web:

5th Annual Far West Texas Jackrabbit Rally 43K, El Paso, TX, 8:00am, Sat, Feb 18, 2006. Trail races (also 30-km, 12-km and off-road duathlon) in the USA's largest urban park, 25,000 acres in the southern Rocky Mountains. Single-track trails through craggy foothills and canyons overlooking mountain ranges in Mexico and New Mexico. 4, 305 to 5, 190 feet elevation. Aid stations, t-shirts, many prizes, and post-run party. $40 for longer races. Mark Dorion, (915) 581-9541 (h). Email:;

5th Annual Houston Ultra Event Weekend, Houston, TX, 3:00pm, Fri, Feb 24, 2006. Flat, two-mile asphalt loop in a park. Fee-pre: $40 to 80; fee-post $50-90 after February 15. T-shirts and achievement awards. Wes Monteith, 4242 Tiny Hur Dr., Pasadena, TX 77503. (281) 930-0720 (h). Web:

25th Annual Cross Timbers Trail Race 50 Mile, Sherman, TX, 6:30am, Sat, Feb 25, 2006. Tough trail race along cliffs of Lake Texoma on narrow, hilly foot paths. Time limit: 12 hrs. Fee-pre $60; add $10 after February 1. Race t-shirts for all entrants, unique awards, and pasta dinner night before. Teresa McCoul, 94 High Country RD, Sherman, TX 75092. (903) 271-3587 (m). Email:; Web:

Waco Five-O 50K Ultra Trail Run, Waco, TX, 7:00am, Sat, Mar 4, 2006. Three-loop course through Cameron Park along the scenic banks of the Brazos River. Hilly, rocky, and challenging, fun course. Mostly single-track. Also a 10-miler. Time limit: 8hrs. Fee-pre$45; fee-post $55 after February 21. CoolMax t-shirts and hats to all entrants. Top three awards for open and masters male and female. Post-race hamburgers and hot dogs. Tim Neckar, 4403 Wigton, Houston, Tecas 77096. (713) 724-2611 (c). Email:;

First Annual Lone Star Trail Run 25/50K, Coldspring, TX, 8:00am, Sat, Mar 4, 2006. Out-and-back trail through Double Lake Recreation Area (One hour north of Houston). Fee-pre $45. T-shirt and finishers' medal, age group awards (10-year age groups) for each distance; awards to top male and female and male and female masters for each distance. All kids will receive medals and t-shirts. Charles, 19503 Oak Station, Humble, Tecas 77346. (713) 240-3814 (c). Emal:;

Old Pueblo 50 Mile Endurance Run, Sonoita, AZ, 6:00am, Sat, Mar 4, 2006. Loop course on forest service roads and trails through thte southeastern part of the Santa Rita Mountains. Average grade is six percent with 7,000 feet of climb and descent. Time limit: 15 hrs. Field limit: 125. Fee-pre $70; fee-post $90 after January 27. Duane Arter, PO Box 31794, Tucson, AZ 85751. (520) 529-2985 (h). Email:;

12th Annual A-OK 50K, Atoka, OK, 8:00am, Sun, Mar 5, 2006. T-shaped out-and-back course on well defined, private roads through pine and hardwood forest. Time limit: 7 hrs. Slower runners may start at 7:00am. $25 entry fee by February 18 ($20 for 60 and over and NTTR members); no refunds. Limited to 50. Mary Ann Miller, 3217 Greenbriar, Plano, TX 75074. (972) 509-2552 (fax). E-mail:; Web:

20th Annual Crown King Scramble 50K, Morristown, AZ, 7:00am, Sat, Mar 18, 2006. Starts in Lake Pleasant Regional Park, tours Prescott National Forest and finishes in the historic mining town of Crown King. Mostly on dirt roads. Time limit: 8 hrs. Field limit: 300. Fee-pre $55; fee-post $75 after December 31. Technical running garment, overall and age-group awards, and post-race BBQ. Gary Culver, 15615 W. Whitton Ave., Goodyear, AZ 85338. (623) 856-5000 (h). Email:; Web:

1st Annual Antelope Island Buffalo Run 25/50K, Syracuse, UT, 8:00am, Sat, Mar 18, 2006. 15.5-mile figure-eight loop run once or twice. Half-mile gravel road per loop. At 4,200 to 5,200 feet altitude, but mostly flat. Time limit: 8 hrs. fee-pre $40/50; fee-post $50/60 after March 4. T-shirts to entrants, race shirts to 50-km finishers, and hats to 25-km finishers. Camping available on site. Jim Skaggs, 4988 W. 4250 S, West Haven, UT 84401. (801) 732-9242. Email:; Web:

Grasslands Runs, Decatur, TX, 7:00am, Sat, Mar 25, 2006. Cloverleaf 50 miles of rolling, sandy, single-track horse trails and jeep roads through scenic Oak groves, wildflower prairie and stream crossing. Fee-pre $50. Entry closes March 13. Also a marathon and half-marathon. RaceReady trail shirts to all entrants. Completion awards presented at the finish line. Winners receive a pair of Montrail shoes. Post-race BBQ. Dave Billman, 1110 Misty Oak Lane, Keller, TX 76248. Email:; Web:

14th Annual Hog's Hunt 50K, Hunstville State Park, TX, 7:00am, Sat, Apr 1, 2006. Two loops of 15.5 miles each over the gently rolling trails and jeep roads inside Huntsville State Park, approximately 55 miles north of Houston. Time limit: 8 hrs. Field limit: 500. Fee-pre $45; fee-post $55 after march 18. All entrants receive a beautiful, multi-color t-shirt and all finishers a distinctive award. Also a 25-km for novice trail runners. Paul Stone, 211 Hickory St., Bullard, TX 75757. (903) 894-3788 (h).;

1st Annual Bluff Creek Ranch's "Doogies Run", Warda, TX, 7:00am, Sat, Apr 1, 2006. Fast, rolling hills; well-shaded pine and hardwood forest; hard, packed ground to loose, sandy sections with some bare roots and rocks in between; 100 feet elevation gain and loss. Fee-pre $40; fee-post $50 after March 25. Redwood plaque, t-shirts, and camping. Damon Nolan, Box 110, Warda, TX 78960. (979) 242-5894 (h). Email:;

Desert R.A.T.S. Camp, Fruita, CO, Fri, Apr 21, 2006. Three days of supported running on the same trails as the Desert R.A.T.S. (Race Across the Sand) race that takes place Mon, Jun 11. Coaches and helpful hints on running multi-day desert races. Camp shirts and pasta dinner included. Reid Delman, 3506 Feather Reed Ave., Longmont, CO 80503. (303) 249-1112 (c). Email:; Web:

4th Annual Spring Desert Ultra Trail Running Festival 50 Mile, Fruita, CO, Fri, Apr 21, 2006. Scenic, rugged loop courses on trails overlooking the Colorago River. Time limit: 13 hrs. Field limit: 200 per day. Racer mementos, awards for top three in each age group and finishers' awards. Pasta dinner. Also 5, 10, and 25-mile races, guest speaker and raffle. Reid Delman, 3506 Feather Reed Ave., Longmont, CO 80503. (303) 249-1112 (c). Email:; Web:

15th Annual Zane Grey Highline 50 Mile Endurance Run, Payson, AZ, 5:00am, Sat, Apr 29, 2006. Course traverses the entire 50 miles of the historic Highline Trail from west to east in the Tonto National Forest, below the Mogollon Rim. Elevations range from 5,500 to 7,000 feet. Time limit: 16 hrs. Field limit: 150. Fee-pre $75; fee-post $85 after April 1. Quality running shirts, caps and buckles to all finishers. Pre-race dinner $11. Post-race meal included in entry. Bob Redwanc, 2941 N. Swan Rd., Suite 115, Tucson, AZ 85712. (520) 318-1288 (w) (520) 232-8900 (h). Email:; Web:

Source: UltraRunning Magazine, "ur calendar," January/February issue.

--Constance Karras

Badwater Ultramarathon Apps Due January 24, 2006!

January 19, 2006

AdventureCORPS Presents News & Views from Death Valley and Beyond

Hello fellow athlete-adventurers!

If you hope to race the Kiehl's Badwater Ultramarathon this July, you must submit your application through the website by the 24th of this month! So there are just FIVE DAYS left to apply. Also, all associated paperwork must be received at the race office by January 31st, so do not delay with that part of the process, either. Click for all the info.

Please not that a record number of applications are being submitted, so this will be the most competitive entry process in the history of the race.


Special thanks to Anna "WebGirl" Boldon in Madison, WI for her help in getting lots of updates made to our websites. Be sure to check the "AdventureCORPS People and Events In The News" section at, as well as LOTS of new first-person stories from Badwater at and lots of new Badwater training and preparation articles at

Chris Kostman,
Chief Adventure Officer
638 Lindero Canyon #311
Oak Park, CA 91377

--Constance Karras

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Edmund Fitzgerald 100km road Race

Ireland Coast to Coast Fundraiser

Hardrock Hundred Entry Applications Due February 5, 2006

Originally posted to the Dartmouth Ultra List
January 6, 2006
by Blake P. Wood

Happy New Year! We're now accepting entry applications for this summer's Hardrock Hundred, which will start in Silverton, Colorado, USA on Friday, July 14. Entry applications can be downloaded from If you have trouble opening this, let me know and I'll email it in some other format. Entry requirements are detailed at

Note that entry applications must be RECEIVED by Sunday, February 5, 2006, when we will conduct the lottery. We plan to use the same selection algorithm for the weighted lottery as we did in 2004 and 2005. It is described at

Blake P. Wood

RD contact information:

Dale Garland
PO Box 55 Silverton, CO 81433
(970) 259-3693

--Constance Karras

Across The Years Race Report - Jim Skaggs

Jim Skaggs, of Layton, Utah, USA, veteran ultrarunner and RD of the Antelope Island Buffalo Run coming up March 18, 2006, shares his race experience at last year's exciting Across The Years 24 Hour Run, his first attempt at a fixed time run.

First, it was my first attempt at a timed run rather than a distance run. I had this lofty goal of 100 in 24 hours. I figured that I had done a trail 100 in under that time, I should be able to run 100 miles worth of flat circles in that time. My training wasn't the greatest from Thanksgiving on, low miles that week, low miles the week after due to a cold, low miles the week after due to very cold weather (I hate running in cold weather), then it was taper time. So I ended up having an extended 4 week taper. Could I still do the 100 miles?

I drove to Tucson 2 days early to stay with my brother and his family, went for a short 4 miles the day before the race and generally took it easy. I arrived at Nardini Manor at 7am or so on the 30th, set up my stuff (not much, and chair and sleeping bag), and watched the runners that started on the 29th. There was a group of about 12 that started on the 30th at 9am, mostly 24 hour runners, but some 48 hour runners as well. The weather was perfect for running, mid 40's at the start, rising to about 70 during the day, a slight breeze and lots of sun. I actually got a bit of a tan during the day. I started out running easy 3 minute laps (9+ minute pace) with the goal of doing that for the 50k or so. I managed to do that and just kept right on going, hitting 50k in just over 5 hours, 50 miles in about 9:30, and 100k at the 11:45 mark. The day was going well, I had no physical issues to deal with, stomach was fine and I had a great time watching and tracking the progress of the other runners. Yiannis was something to watch, like a metronome with his laps. Andy Lovy, 70 years old and doing 72 hours was like the energizer bunny. Every time I turned around, there he was clicking off the miles. He mentioned to me something about us younger runners being an inspiration, and I told him that he was the inspiration and that I hoped to be doing this when I turned 70. Michelle, always with an encouraging or funny comment, was running interference for Yiannis.

Meanwhile, my day was still going great. I was still on track to complete at least 100 miles. The night came and it had to be the longest night I have ever run thru. I did hit one kind of bad patch at about 1am. I went intothe nice, heated tent, sat in my chair, set my watch for 10 minutes and slept for 45 minutes. Guess I needed this because I felt much better afterwards. Still, the miles clicked off. By this time, I was running 8 laps and walking 2, with the lap times coming in at about 3:45. Not too bad I thought. Occasionally I would feel the need to speed up a little and I could turn a few 3:20 laps.

At around 6:30am, I started looking at the eastern sky on every lap, looking for the smallest hint of daylight. Finally, the night was over and there was only 2 hours of time left. I was still on track to complete 100 miles and it was looking like I might get it in less than 23 hours. That boosted my spirits. The other thing that kept me going was that for the 24 hour runners on the 20th, I was second in terms of distance, Carolyn Smith was pulling away from me big time, but I knew that would happen. At around daylight, the runners starting on the 31st started showing up. That seemed to infuse some new life into those of us on the track. I know my lap times started coming down a little bit. I finally hit the 100 mile mark at 23:55, not my best 100 mile time, but given the last few weeks of training, I was very happy with it.
After that, every mile was just bonus miles and smiles.

Finally, the last lap was upon me. I crossed the timing mat for the last time with about 2 minutes left, and took a picture of the screen showing my mileage. Final tally, 103.77 miles. Good enough for 9th place. I was very happy the running was over and that I had made my goal and got that nifty 100 mile belt buckle.

How did I like the race? I loved it. Rodger and Paul and crew did a phenomenal job with everything, from the venue, timing, facilities, aid (nothing like an aid station every 500 meters), food (the fresh hot lasagna was a huge hit with me) , people, weather, etc. The e-mails were great. I had e-mailed a bunch of friends and family and they came thru. I received 22 e-mails all thru the day and night. I loved being able to see how I was doing on every lap.

Will I run this again? You bet, I'm planning on signing up as soon as I can for this year's race.

Jim Skaggs
Layton, Utah, USA

Get your entries in now for Jim's First Annual Antelope Island Buffalo Run 50K in Syracuse, Utah, USA, on Saturday, March 18, 2006 at 8am - the race is filling up fast. Jim Skaggs, 4988 W. 4250 S., West Haven, UT 84401 (801) 732-9242. Email:

--Constance Karras

Dextrose and Ribose - Just How "Sweet" Are They?

Originally posted to the Dartmouth Ultra List
January 18, 2006
by Richard Schick

Dextrose/Ribose - medical news

Jan. 17, 2006 - Dextrose supplementation enhances athletic performance compared with ribose supplementation, according to the results of a randomized, double-blind trail reported in the January issue of the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine.

"It has been hypothesized that ribose supplementation rapidly replenishes adenosine triphosphate stores and thereby improves exercise performance, " writes Laura Dunne, MD, from Ohio State University in Columbis, and colleagues. "Sports medicine journals have described ribose as a 'rising star' on the supplement scene."

In this 8-week study, 31 female collegiate rowers were randomized to receive ribose or dextrose supplementation, 10 g each in 8 0z of water, before and after practice and a 2,000-m time trials.

In the time trials, dextrose was associated with more improvement at 8 week than was ribose (median, 15.2 vs. 5.2 seconds; P = .031).

"We doubt ribose impaired, and hypothesize dextrose enhanced, rowing performance," the authors wrote. "Further research is needed to define what role, if any, detrose and ribose play as athletic supplements."

The better rowing performance in the dextrose group than the ribose group was unexpected, and the authors suggest it might be due to the efficient transport and conversion of glucose and dextrose to adenosine triphosphate and muscular energy.

Study limitations include failure to control for phase of menstrual cycle; and not all rowers completing all the time trails because of missed practices due to schedule contflicts, illness, and leaving the crew team.

"Ribose may be ineffective as an athletic supplement, or ribose may be effective only for sustained anaerobic activity, or the generally suggested dose of ribose may be too low to result in performance enhancement," the authors conclude. "We can identify no reason why ribose should impair exercise performance. Therefore, it appears low-dose dextrose may improve athletic performance."

(The General Pediatrics Research Fund of the Children's Hospital, the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, supported this this study. Bio-Energy, Inc. provided the dextrose and ribose for this study).

Clin J. Sports Med. 2006; 16:68-71

Rich Schick

--Constance Karras

"Ageing and Human Muscle: Observations from Sweden: Canadian Journal of Applied Physiology

"Ageing and Human Muscle: Observations from Sweden:" Canadian Journal of Applied Physiology, vol. 18(1), pp2-18, 1993

Thoughts? Post a reply.

--Constance Karras

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Three Days of Syllamo

It is the “Three Days of Syllamo” held March 17, 18 and 19 in the Ozark Mountains north of Little Rock Arkansas.

Day 1 is 20k, day 2 is 60k and day 3 is 50k.

Official website is at

A very good and detailed race report is at


Hello UltraRunners. My new documentary film about David Horton and
his PCT run was just accepted to the Park City Film Music Festival.
For those of you who live in or will be in the Park City Utah area on
Friday the 27th of January at 11:30 AM in the Main Street Mall at 333
Main Street-Second Level. Please come see the film and show your
support. Come say hi to me if you can make it. Also here is a list
of additional screenings.
January 21st, Lynchburg, VA - Liberty University, Campus
North - FREE
January 27th, Park City, UT - 333 Main Street-Second
Level - See Link.
February, 3rd Seattle, WA - Seattle Running Company - FREE
February, 22nd Los Angeles, CA - TBD - Check Web page for
exact location and Date.

Happy Trails,

Australian Alpine 100 Mile Ultra marathon

Saturday 22 – Sunday 23 April 2006

If you think you’ve run hard, think again. The inaugural 100mile (180Km) Australian Alpine Ultra marathon is set to be run over 22 / 23 April in the Bogong Alpine area.

Taking in over 5,500 metres of climb and 5,500 metres of descent, this run is set to become the classic 100 miler in Australia and will test runners to the limit. Set in the spectacular high country of north eastern Victoria the run takes in Mt Feathertop, Mt Hotham, The Fainters, Bogong Village, Spione Kopje, Mt Nelse and Mt Bogong itself – some of the best high country in Australia, and some of the harshest. People have died walking and skiing the course that the run will follow.

The inaugural run will be a “Fat Ass” style run with limited if any support. The aim will be to
a) See if it can be done
b) See how long it takes
c) Verify distances
d) Verify heights
e) To celebrate my 50th birthday

So if you’re looking for something different, if you want to have a fantastic run, great scenery, totally unpredictable weather and do something that will push you to the limits let me know.

Alternately if you want an enjoyable weekend acting as support to a bunch of dedicated lunatics you would be more than welcome..

A full run briefing sheet is currently being finalized.

Mandatory equipment will include
Full blizzard gear and waterproofs
Gortex bivi bag or lightweight tent
Sleeping bag
Map, compass, whistle
Mobile phone and /or EPIRB
Change of thermals (long)
Head torch, spare bulb and batteries

All runners MUST be prepared to camp out overnight in inclement weather or due to geographic misplacement – read getting lost

At present it is anticipated that the run will commence at 0400 on Sat 22 April at Harrietville, climbing the Bungalow spur to Mt Feathertop, who knows when it will finish.

To register your interest please let me know by return email or on 0418 136 070

Happy running
Paul Ashton - “A winner never quits and a quitter never wins”

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

From the archives - GUMBOOTS TO GLORY


Cliff Young was a farmer

A young man at 61,

He toed the line with the best of them,

For the Sydney to Melbourne run,

The critics said he had no chance,

‘Cause the pros know all the tricks,

But they didn’t bank on the big heart,

Of the shuffler from the sticks.

(Chorus) I am just a farmer,

He told the cheering throng,

As he ran the line in Melbourne,

Proving we can all be strong,

But it won’t turn his head,

I am just a farmer,

That was all he said.

Exercise helps reduce dementia

ReviewSEATTLE, Jan. 16 - Older adults who exercise three or more times a week have a 30% to 40% lower risk of developing dementia than their more sedentary counterparts, reported investigators here.

In other words, exercising the body also appears to keep the mind nimble, Eric B. Larson, M.D., and colleagues at the Group Health Cooperative here suggested in a prospective cohort study published in the Jan. 17 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.

They followed more than 1,700 adults ages 65 years and older with normal mental function for six years, and found that the rate of dementia for those who exercised more than three times each week was 13.0 per 1,000 person-years, compared with 19.7 per 1,000 person years for those who exercised less often. The study only measured frequency and did not quantify exercise.

"We learned that a modest amount of exercise would reduce a person's risk of dementia by about 40%," said Dr. Larson. "That's a significant reduction." The age- and sex-adjusted hazard ratio of dementia was 0.62 (95% CI, 0.44 to 0.86; p=0.004). The shape of the survival curves suggested to the investigators that exercise did not prevent dementia but rather led to a delay in onset.

Those who benefited the most were frailest at the start of the study, Dr. Larson continued. "So this means that older people really should 'use it even after you start to lose it,' because exercise may slow the progression of age-related problems in thinking."

The study is the "first to report an interaction between level of physical function and physical activity and dementia risk," wrote Laura Podewils, Ph.D., of the CDC and Eliseo Guallar, M.D., Dr.PH., of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in an accompanying editorial.
Dr. Larson and colleagues conducted a prospective study of 1,740 members of the Group Health Cooperative who were age 65 and up and cognitively normal at baseline.

The participants were asked to report the number of days a week that they engaged in at least 15 minutes of physical activity, including walking, hiking, bicycling, aerobics, or weight training.
The study participants were followed for a mean of 6.2 years between 1994 and 2004. They were assessed for cognitive function and dementia every two years.

At six years, 107 participants were diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, and 51 were determined to have other forms of dementia.

The investigators found that for those who exercised three or more times weekly the rate of dementia was 13.0/1000 person-years, compared with 19.7/1000 person-years for those who exercised fewer than three times weekly. The difference between the groups translated into a 32% reduction in risk for the more active group.

While the study does not demonstrate a causative effect of exercise on dementia risk, it supports results of other observational studies showing an association between exercise and reduced risk of cognitive decline, noted Dallas Anderson, Ph.D., program director for population studies in the National Institute of Aging's Dementias of Aging Branch, which funded the study.
"Physical activity has been shown to be beneficial for health and aging in a number of areas," Dr. Anderson said. "This emerging association between exercise and cognitive health is increasingly important to understand."

It's possible that exercise is a proxy for social interaction or other lifestyle factors that could help stave off dementia, Drs. Podewils and Guallar commented in their editorial. They called for randomized trials and additional research into the specific types, frequency, intensity and duration of exercise that could be most helpful for preventing cognitive decline.

Exercise may help to ward off dementia by improving cerebrovascular blood flow to brain regions involved with memory, Dr. Larson suggested.

"Earlier research has shown that poor blood flow can damage these parts of the brain. So one theory is that exercise may prevent damage and might even help repair these areas by increasing blood flow" he said.

"Even if you're 75 and have never exercised before, you can still benefit by starting to exercise now," he added.

Primary source: Annals of Internal MedicineSource reference: Larson EB et al. Exercise Associated with Reduced Risk of Dementia in Older Adults, Ann Intern Med 2006; 144: 73-81. Additional source: Annals of Internal MedicineSource reference: Podewils Lj and Guallar E. Mens Sana in Corpore Sano. Ann Intern Med 2006; 144: 135-7.

Houston - feb 25th Centurions walk

Ultrawalkers and friends:
I’ve cc’d race director Joe Sellers so he’ll know Andy Cable’s entry is for the walk.
You’re probably all conscious that a race director, especially for an event like this which lacks an established corps of volunteers such as a charity might provide, has more to do than time allows. Thus I’ve undertaken to line up the walking awards and the walk judges. Registration, lap scoring, and food/drink aid will be managed by the director’s regular volunteer staff.

One thing Joe hasn’t found time for is to modify the vintage wording of the entry form, seen at , to reflect the walk. I’ve posted a version showing the walk at and suggest that walkers use it for their entries. I’ve sort of lost track of who’s said they’re coming, but I anticipate about six people will have a reasonable shot at walking 100 miles in 24 hours. I hope they can all handle a flat asphalt course with only one right-angle turn. I’ll try to send this list one or two updates on walk entries during February. Total participation among the whole slate of races is likely to be 50-70.

I’d be interested in feedback, to the list or to me, this week (after that it’s too late!) on determining the top male and female walkers. My own inclination is that the first person to reach 100 miles is the winner, even if some walkers go farther before the end of the 24 hours. I didn’t see a way to squeeze this onto the entry form, so if there’s an overwhelming response in opposition, we can still change that and make the long walker the first place walker. All walkers will show up on the 24 Hour Run results with their completed distance but are ineligible for the running awards.

So whom are the awards named in honor of?

The Joe Duncan award is named for the man who founded the U. S. Centurion movement with his 1967 (and subsequent) race walks at Columbia, MO. Joe still directs the Heart of America Marathon, which by my moderately-informed reckoning is the second-oldest continuously-held annual marathon in the U. S.

The Ulli Kamm award recognizes that Ulli brought life back into a walking genre which seemed extinct in this country at the turn of this century. Ulli actually walked the Houston 48-hour a few years back. Ulli and Traude head up several ultra walks in Colorado each year: . Alas, one of them is the same weekend as the upcoming Centurion event.

Dave Gwyn, Treasurer
Race Walking Committee, Gulf Association, USATF
281-498-0027 fax 281-544-7512
6502 Briar Bayou, Houston, TX 77072

Avalon 50 Benefit run

Here are the results of the Avalon 50 Benefit Run held this weekend on
Catalina Island, 26 miles off the coast near Los Angeles.
I have the complete results with splits and will email them to anyone who
requests them off line.
Booth Hartley

Avalon, CA January 14, 2006
Dirt roads & paced roads
1 JORGE PACHECO,38,CA 06:31:50
3 AMBROSE FISHER,37,CA 07:47:20
7 KELLY RIDGWAY,47,CA F 08:01:50
8 RUPERTO ROMERO,42,CA 08:06:54
9 ROB BYRNE,48,CA 08:06:55
10 MIKE ARTINO,33,CA 08:08:50
11 BILL BRAUN,57,CA 08:10:07
12 KARALEE MORRIS,27,CA F 08:11:44
13 KIM GIMENEZ,41,CA F 08:16:10
14 KENT TACONY,31, 08:23:45
15 TRACY BAHR,34,OR F 08:29:03
16 ANDY BRAND,46,CA 08:37:48
JODY CHASE,37,AZ F 08:39:05
20 WAYNE MANDELBAUM,50,CA 08:41:47
21 VARLAMOVA OLGA,36,OR F 08:44:15
23 DAVE JAMES,27,CT 08:53:03
24 PAUL VYRIOTES,43,AZ 08:55:06
25 RON HARDING JR.,57,AZ 08:55:38
26 ROBERT HARRIS,38,CA 08:56:25
27 MARIA LEMUS,41,CA F 09:01:01
28 TONJA CHAGARIS,32,AZ F 09:01:55
30 JOHN JR RADICH,51,CA 09:02:50
31 ALLI LACROIX,29,AZ F 09:02:58
32 BILL KEE,48,CA 09:15:22
33 STEVE SHAPIRO,39,CA 09:16:35
34 MICHELLE BARTON,34,CA F 09:17:10
35 DON LEROY,56,CA 09:19:20
36 ROBERT SCHIPSI,45,CA 09:23:51
37 TREVOR SHAND,31,VA 09:23:56
38 CHRIS POSEY,47,CA 09:28:30
39 JACK CHANG,46,CA 09:32:34
40 DAN BRENDEN,54,AZ 09:34:00
41 BOB SILVERMAN,59,CA 09:37:30
42 MONICCA BURT,35,TX F 09:37:43
43 THERESA APODACA,43,CA F 09:39:08
44 MATTHEW MOORE,49,CA 09:40:00
45 STEVE OWENS,51,CA 09:41:44
46 SY VU,38,CA 09:42:08
47 GENE JOSEPH,53,AZ 09:43:25
48 DAVID RICHMAN,42,CA 09:44:21
49 KIMBERLY YANG,34,CA F 09:46:40
50 KEVIN B. BRADSHAW,45,CA 09:55:17
51 NORM SHEPPARD,48,MA 09:55:27
52 PHILIP WILEY,44,CO 09:56:28
53 SQUIRREL RUIZ,48,NV 09:56:39
54 CAROL MORTIER,56,CA F 09:56:41
55 RICHARD HAYES,54,CA 09:57:53
56 DAVID OVERSTREET,45,CA 09:59:40
57 MICHAEL HAYDEN,16,CA 10:00:00
58 RAVI RAJAN,32,CA 10:00:35
59 MICHAEL KOGUTEK,56,CA 10:01:22
60 ANITA FROMM,34,CA F 10:05:19
XY WEISS,44,CA F 10:05:19
62 KIM ABUNDIS,46,CA F 10:07:32
64 LAURIE SINGER,45,CA F 10:08:01
65 LES MARTISKO,61,MN 10:12:25
66 MELANIE JOHNSON,52,OR F 10:12:50
67 FRED POLLARD,66,CA 10:14:50
69 TONY CHERBAK,51,CA 10:19:33
70 JOHN ROWE,42,CA 10:32:11
71 BRENT SPEERS,48,CA 10:33:37
72 JIM HINKLEY,46,CA 10:47:00
74 JEANNE BERRY,55,CA F 10:48:25
75 ROBERT RAINEY,47,CA 10:48:45
76 JOE MAGRUDER,59,CA 10:52:25
77 LEIGH CORBIN,44,CA F 10:54:00
78 MIKE BOUSCAREN,58,MA 10:54:05
79 JEFF VINION,45,CA 10:54:06
80 KEN BERRY,57,CA 10:57:05
82 DARCY YEN,49,CA F 10:59:30
83 KEN NAGY,59,CA 11:03:58
AHREN PUTNAM,24,CA 11:03:58
85 JASON STEPHENS,64,CA 11:11:50
86 DAVE SAINE,56,CA 11:12:09
87 DON BERGERON,35,CA 11:13:56
89 WILLIAM HARNS,60,CA 11:16:21
90 DAVID KUHNER,49,CA 11:20:14
91 JACK SPJUT,61,CA 11:20:24
BRAD NORRIS,52,CA 11:20:24
CHAD JACKMAN,41,CA 11:20:24
94 JOHN MIRELES,48,CA 11:25:09
95 LESLIE HALLIMORE,55,CA F 11:25:38
96 PATRICK CLARK,60,CA 11:28:55
97 SUSAN HANDING,50,CA F 11:29:48
KAREN TALLMAN,48,CA F 11:29:48
99 JERRY VICICH,47,CA 11:31:47
100 DAVID PENILTON,47,OR 11:32:35

Zane Grey 50 mile

The 2006 Zane Grey Highline 50 Mile Endurance Run
is nearly half full. We should fill by April 1st.

Get your entry at,
www.zanegrey50.com_ (

Bob Redwanc, RD
Zane Grey

Effects of Caffeine on the heart -

Any comments?

Rucky Chucky Roundabout 50K/50K Relay Registration Update

Hi all,
It was brought to my attention while in FL doing the Goofy Challenge with
other listers that I put the wrong date for the race. I updated the info
below. Sorry for any inconvenience.
If you are looking for a great early season race run on the WS 100 course,
look no further than the Rucky Chucky Roundabout 50K/50K Relay on March
18, 2006. The race is run from Foresthill(mile 62) to Rucky Chucky(mile 78)
and back. This is a more challenging race to help get you ready for WS 100.
Visit where applications are now available.
The race is limited to 200 runners for a less crowded and more enjoyable
We offer SportHill Dri Release Shirts, Age Division and finisher awards,
prizes, and a great post race buffet of Chili(meat and veggie), Stew,
Pasta, Corn, Green Beans, Green Salad, dessert, and much more.
This is also the first race in the 3rd Annual Race Series
presented by Fuel Belt. This year we will offer over $30,000 in prizes.
If anyone would like to volunteer, please email me.
Robert Mathis
2006 Race Series presented by Fuel Belt
RD Rucky Chucky Roundabout 50K/50K Relay
RD Pony Express 100K/50M/50K/30K
RD Lake of the Sky Trail Run
President- Lake of the Sky TrailRunners Running Club

Ghost town 38.5

If you just want to see results - here's the link:

AND here's the report:

Wow, what a weekend! I think I averaged 4 hrs. sleep/night for the week, but things went really well.

I think I left you with the craziness of Thurs. Friday I spent stuffing packets, organizing the studio and cabin, making calls, fielding last minute questions - including a runner from NC who called late Fri. asking if she could register Sat. as she'd found a flight from Atlanta...there were one or two similar emails. My only request was that if people were registering late, they had to do it on 3am registrations would be processed on Sunday! (I can be a tough director if I have to be.)

Friday night my first runner showed up. She was very excited, had traveled with a friend, and I took the ladies to the registration center in the studio where all the rules were explained - Rule #1 - don't leave the course without checking out through an aid station; Rule #2 - a strict cutoff would be enforced - 12 hours to my place (about mile 30) and 6:00 pm to the finish (14 hrs. - our start was at 4am and if you want to know the reasons, I'll be happy to share but I won't unless you ask).

I think I got to bed at a reasonable hour on Fri. but honestly don't remember. Things are a bit blurry.

Sat. we were up early, getting more organizing done. And then registration opened for real. People came, it was fun to match faces to emails and phone calls. The lady from NC arrived, tired but excited to have pulled off such a last minute trip. The guy who'd emailed really late Fri. actually came and so my field grew a little. Then the team from the Alamo Res. arrived...3 runners/walkers had to drop out as they had a relative on a deathbed, and my runner from OK just never showed up. So out of the 44 registered,40 were here.

Shortly after 6 we headed to the cafe that offered a pasta buffet on their menu. This was special for the racers, as this cafe is not usually open in the evenings. The owners knocked themselves out. All special dietary needs were taken care of. I was told by more than one participant that they felt spoiled. It was a great atmosphere.

The three from the reservation were sleeping in my studio for the night. There were two other runners in campers parked at the back fence. We hurried and moved from the studio to the cabin everything I'd need for the early start the next morning. I spent a couple of hours organizing gear drop bags into bins and boxes, making sure I had my stop watches properly set, and generally flying around doing director stuff. I actually got to bed by 10pm.

The alarm was set for 2am as the runners were arriving between 2:30 and 3:00 for the usual prerace foods: bagels, bananas, my homemade muffins, coffee, tea, hot choc. etc. The shuttles would load at 3 and we were scheduled to depart at 3:15 for the 40 min. drive to the start. I had a couple of runners who were late arrivals - one from DC had called - he'd had flight problems and had to fly into Tucson and then drive 4 hours to get here. He was actually coherent, but did tell me he'd gotten here just in time to change clothes in his car and drive straight to my house. Ugh! The second runner lives in El Paso, TX and had asked to pick up his packet on Sun. morning to save driving over an extra time...I felt it was right to accomodate him, he was already registered so it was just a matter of handing him a packet, a waiver to sign, and his bib.

I got them loading into the shuttles at 3. One guy from FL protested - he was still tagging his gear bags "but you said be here by 3:15"..."No," I replied, "I said be here by 3, we pull out at 3:15...and gear drops were supposed to be made yesterday, so move it". I wasn't rude, but emphatic (at least I hope that's how it came across). If I'm not on time, I am usually early, and we pulled from the drive at 3:13am.

We arrived just before 4 at the start, I ran and unlocked the potty there, and hustled everyone to the start line. A few had managed to get themselves there so they checked in with me. All were impressed that I'd managed to have a full moon for them. In the desert, out here where there are no lamps of any kind, I have to say that the landscape is amazing in the shadows of light that fall from a full moon.

One last person needed the potty, and ran to the start. I blew the whistle at 4:01 and away they went. It was great seeing headlamps bobbing, though that big ole moon made it possible for many to go without flashlight or headlamp. Too cool!

I stopped at the first station, stayed til the first runner went through - at that time it was Bobby Keogh from Ablq. and then moved up the line. I promised the volunteer at station between markers 15 and 16 that i'd keep him company until the first runner came through, as this volunteer was the lone soul at his spot. We had a great visit, but the temps. had dropped from the balmy 41 we'd had when we left my house into something that was beginning to get very uncomfortable. I kind of lost feeling in my feet from standing in the cold, but eventually a very relaxed runner without light came up the hill and around the bend. It was eerie seeing the dark shape moving along the dark road...we were between two hills and were definitely in the shadows. I called out and asked if that was indeed a runner and got a gentle reply 'is that you susan'? I knew the voice of that first runner - Joe Gaebler, age 28, from Reserve, NM. He'd taken the lead, something he'd keep right to the end of the race! And he was moving smoothly but fast!

From there I checked on the next stations, stopped at the cabin to eat something between 7 and 8 am. I realized I was beginning to drop into some serious shivers from the wanting to avoid hypothermia I took off my hiking boots and wool socks and stood barefooted in front of the furnace with my socks hanging from my fingers so they warmed as well. After about 15 min. the worst of the shivering stopped and I shoed-up once more and headed out to check the rest of my stations. I traveled with a portable station in the back of my truck in case some volunteer overslept. I had enough goods to serve several runners should the need arise.

There was a glitch with setup of the finish line so after quick consult with hubby it was decided that I'd stay there - at the finish - and he'd patrol the course for me. I had a good friend to assist me, once her station closed. She is also one of our first responders. By 9am I was set up and ready. I would stay there the rest of the race...cheering each runner in as he or she arrived.

Joe Gaebler was the first in - in very fast time - he completed his 38.5 miles in 5:28:01. I was wowed. He's a humble guy who apparently had some great times in big races a few years ago and then pressure to do better and better got to him and he quit running. He came to the Ghost Town run to try and recover some joy of running. His grin at the finish said it all! He rec'd his medal and his handmade dark chocolate truffle and then I gave him his "trophy" - an antique Union Pacific Railroad spittoon. I had come up with it some months ago - just seemed appropriate to the theme of the run and the place.

Second runner in was Joe's buddy Russ Roberts. Russ is 52, his time was 5:59:36. I don't know a lot about his background except he's paced winners at Leadville. And he's a pleasant guy.

But then they were all great. So many diff. backgrounds and experiences, but one of the nicest bunch of people I've met at one time. This little village I live in was bowled over with their fitness and cheerfulness and general enthusiasm. Ours is a great sport and people sharing the passion of it are pretty much delightful.

And so the runners came in. Third in was Marty Duchow. Marty's 43 and from CT and done many-a-race. I loved what he had to say when he arrived at the finish. You've heard me talk about my roller coaster hills. They were at about miles 27-30. Marty was a little blue in the lips when he arrived and announced, "Well, I got through those hills coming into the village and realized I was out of legs...then I headed up the last 8 miles (they're a climb of 1100 ft.) and I realized I was out of oxygen." He just grinned and shook his head and began to say how gorgeous it all was and that it was an amazing course.

Joe, btw, had said that he would have loved to run the last 8 miles back the other direction just to soak them up from the other side...he called today and asked me to make the event a 50 miler for next year. My husband asked me to hold off for at least 48 hours before beginning the planning for next year, he's still recovering!

The wind was now up and was very cold. If it was still the day was lovely but eeee, I had to keep adding layers. Eventually I gave up trying to feel my toes and pulled my hat on a little lower, but the sun shone and I have a little sunburn and a little wind chafe. I was asked today how I felt about the event and I had to answer that I am really happy with how it all went.

There were no injuries, no emergencies, and everyone was happy at the finish. There were a few funny/interesting stories from the course. I loved the little 2 yr. old girl running through the finish 'gate' forwards onto the course because her daddy was coming in. She ran with arms held out happily calling to her dad. He was about 20 ft. from the finish when she got to him and she held his hand to the line. His running buddy held back so girl and dad could cross together.

My last minute guy...the one who registered Sat....realized Sat. night he'd forgotten his running shoes and had to squeeze into his wife's tennies. She was stumping around in his leather shoes, and he finished in hers, but I think with some pretty serious blisters. Talk about dedication to the run!

Everyone made new friends, the bbq after was great. A number of locals donated door prizes, we have way too many leftovers, but no one went away hungry. I've been giving food away all day! There are a few 'lost and found' items that I will mail back to their owners. And today, after 8 hours sleep, I am feeling relieved and happy that all went well.

I've been thinking a lot about Joe, my first place guy. When he called I got to visit with him a little more - he'd stayed out of town and not come to either party. Sort of an elite runner deal some speculated. We talked about the pressure he's felt in the past, how one of his friends kept telling my other runners and volunteers all of Joe's stats etc. Something about all those stats struck may or may not agree...but to me, statistics simply show what you can do, they're not what you are.

Anyway, my last two finishers were my youngest and my oldest participants. I gave them each a prize. People choked up when the 13 yr. old ranch kid got his. Such a little guy, yet with such a big heart. My 78 yr. old had used trekking poles the whole time til that last half mile down the straight stretch and then he came in swinging them from one hand. He was so tired that he couldn't hold his spittoon and a volunteer had to carry it into the lodge for him. But he came to the bbq, so he was still had something left in him!

Lots of comments were about how beautiful this area is. People crossed the finish with something of awe and anguish in their faces. Even the most experienced 100 milers commented on how tough the hills were. I told them I was glad I could share! I was even told that of the 10 ultras one guy has run, mine got #1 for both tough course and friendliness. I can live with that!

And so today the phone calls started early....someone about to leave town was looking for a lost 'most valuable dad' sweatshirt - could he stop by? Of course, just give me 10 min. to dress. And then the owner of the b/b called ... two of the runners had tried to book rooms for next year, but she encouraged them to wait until I had my dates set. No problem, same weekend next year.

There will be some course changes...I want to run them into the Gila Forest on trails a little bit. And with my slowest runner finishing around 12 hours, I think we can opt for a couple more hours of sleep before the start. And who knows, requests are flowing in for a 50 mile big brother to the original two distances may run simultaneously. I've got some great ideas for "dressing up" my finish line. But there's no doubt the race will run again. I didn't know this, but mine is the only ultra in New Mexico and if things go as well in the future as they did this year...well, a director couldn't ask for anything more!

Oh, I almost forgot...several of the runners also requested I find a good dirt route for a 100 miler....I've been offered oodles of help...actually "anything you need" is how the offers went. These people are serious! It won't be in 2006, but I think there's a pretty good chance in 2007 that it just might happen.

Cheers! susan

Upcoming South/Midwest USA Ultras


13th Annual Manasota Track Club 50/25K, Sarasota, FL, 7:30am, Sun, Feb 12, 2006. Four figure-eight loops, all trail, in Oscar Scherer State Park, south of Sarasota. Contains sections of soft sand, totally flat. Plenty of food an drink on the course. Field limit: 60. Fee-pre $45; fee-post $55 after January 28. Post-race food for all. Windbreakers or sweatshirts for all starters. Overall/age-group awards. Dave Siegwald, 2349 Hibiscus Ct., Sarasota, FL 34239. (941) 356-6470 (h/w). Email:;

3rd Annual Louisville's Lovin' the Hills 50K , Louisville, KY, 8:00am, Sat, Feb, 18, 2006. Challenging, scenic, late-winter, mostly single-track course wtih two views of distance Louisville skyline. Two different loops, then an out-and-back in the Jefferson Memorial Forst. Numerous climbs of 250 to 300 feet. Time limit: 10 hours. Field limit: 100. Fee-pre $40; fee-post $40. No shirt after Feb 1. Technical, long-sleevesd shirt, unique finisher's awards, post-race food. Joan Wood, 2606 Wendell Ave., Louisville, KY 40205. (502) 452-6623 (h). Email:; Web:

2nd Annual Silver Comet Ultra Run (SCUR) 50K, Rockmart, GA, 7:30am, Sat, Feb 25, 2006. Out-and-back of 25-km on a flat, paved bike path (closed to vehicular traffic), winding along the Silver Comet Trail. Time limit: 11.5 hours. Fee-pre $40/60; fee-post $70/90 after January 15. Patagonia long-sleeve Capilene shirt to all entrants; special award for all finishers; prizes to top three men and women, open and masters. 50-km is Georgia USATF championship. Janice Anderson, 668 No. Saint Mary's Ln., Marietta, GA 30064. (678-778-8211 (h). Email:; Web:

1st Annual Black Warrior 50K, Moulton, AL, 7:00am, Sat, Feb 25, 2006. Scenic, 27 miles of single-track trail with a small section of gravel road at the beginning and end. No major hills. Time limit: 9 hrs. Field limit: 75. Fee-pre $35; fee-post $45 after January 1. Awards to top five male and female overall, top three male and female masters, and the top male and female grandmasters finishers. All finishers receive shirt. Keith Hallmark, 3295 CO RD 343 Mount Hope, AL 35651. (256) 306-2652 (w). Email:;

Mount Cheaha 50K, Cheaha State Park, AL, 7:30am, Sat, Feb 25, 2006. Point-to-point. Start off Highway 77 at Porters Gap Trail Head (Pinhoti Trail), finish at Cheaha State Park at 2, 407 feet, the highest point in Alabama. Transportation provided to start. Scenic overlooks, waterfalls and over 90-percent single-track trails through Talladega National Forest. Includes a few minor creek crossings, moderate hill climbs, and rocky areas. Fee-pre $45; $60 after January 15. Time limit: 9 hrs. Pre-/post-race dinner available at mountaintop facilities in the Cheaha State Park. Web:

1st Annual Iron Horse 100/50K, Jacksonville, Fl, 6:00am, Sat, Mar 4, 2006. Fast and flat. Scenic, paved and shaded Jacksonville to Baldwin rails to trails course. 50-km once out-and-back, 100-km double out-and-back. Buckles to 100-km finishers and medals to 50-km finishers. Fee: $75 for 100-km; $45 for 50-km. Time limit: 15 hrs. (100 km). No entries after March 1. Chris Rodatz, 986 Lakeridge Dr., Orange Park, FL 32065. (904) 655-6511.

7th Annual Oak Mountain 50K, Birmingham, AL, 7:00am, Sat, Mar 25, 2006. Rugged, single-track trail with no repeats; aid at four to six-mile intervals, with about 4,000 feet of elevation change. Time limit: 9 hrs. Field limit: 150. Fee-pre $30 w/shirt; $22 w/o shirt. No entries after March 21. Finishers' awards and post-race cookout. Scott Parker, 671 Summit Point, Hoover, AL 35226. (205) 403-3234 (h). Email:;

12th Annual Umstead 100 Mile Endurance Run, Raleigh, NC, 6:00am, Sat, Apr 8, 2006. ENTRY IS CLOSED. Web:

16th Annual Ouachita Trail 50 Mile/50K, Little Rock, AR, 6:00am, Sat, Apr 22, 2006. Out-and-back course with six miles of asphalt and the remainder on rocky, hilly, single-track trails. Time limit: 13 hrs. Fee-pre $45; fee-post $60 after April 8. Custom finishers' awards and post-race BBQ. Chrissy Ferguson, 17 Caddo Dr., Conway, AR 72032. (501) 329-6688. Email:; Web:

3rd Annual Cancer Relay Virginia 24 Hour, Hampton, VA, 7:00am, Sat, Apr 22, 2006. Repeat loops of a flat. 3.75-mile all-dirt nature park trail, passing by a small lake. Field limit: 50. Fee-pre $75; fee-post $100 after April 15. T-shirts to all entrants. Finishers' awards for 50, 75, and 100-mile. George Nelson, 407 Belton Place, Newport News, VA 23608. (757) 874-4635 (h). Email:; Web:

28th Annual Strolling Jim 40 Mile Run, Wartrace, TN, 7:00am, Sat, May 6, 2006. 40-mile loop on rural country roads. Soft, base blacktop. Technically a road, but soft as a trail. Jugs of water every two miles. Handlers allowed. T-shirts to all finishers. Post-race cookout for runners and crew. Gary Cantrell, 233 Union Ridge, Wartrace, TN 37183.
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Paint Creek 50K, Rochester, MI, 9:00am, Sat, Jan 28, 2006. Two loops on Paint Creek Trail and some dirt roads. Two challenging hills per loop. No fee. No aid. Craig Mulhinch, 2510 Binbrooke, Troy, MI 48084. (248) 646-7277 (h). Email:

2nd Annual Psycho WyCo Run Toto Run Trail Races 50K, Kansas City, KS, 8:00am, Sat, Feb 11, 2006. Loop course on rocky, rooty, and hilly bridle trails and single-track trails. Also 10- and 20-mile. Time limit: 9 hrs. Fee-pre $30; fee-post $40 after January 27. Hot soup and "normal" ultra foods and homemade cookies at manned aid stations. Prizes for age-group winners. Ben Holmes, 13302 W. 80th Terrace. (816) 810-0440.
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3rd Annual Land Between the Lakes 60K and 24K Trail Runs, Grand Rivers, KY, 6:00am, Sat, Mar 18, 2006. Mostly single-track dirt trail loop with several short, challenging hills. First and last 1.5 miles on asphalt. Time limit: 10 hrs. Field limit: 150. Fee-pre $55; fee-post $70 after February 18. Long sleeve CoolMax shirts; custom belt buckles. Aid stations every three miles. Steve Durbin, P.O. Box 1136 Paducah, KY 42002-1136. (800) 456-9404 (w) M-F. Emai:; Web:

10th Annual Kentucky Ultra Trail Sojourn 50 Mile/50K, Farmer, KY, 7:00am, Sat, Mar 25, 2006. Rocky, rooted, muddy trails; stream crossings, hills, and fire tower climb. Time limit: 12 hrs. Field limit: 100. Fee-pre $50. Shirt, Friday bugget, mug, door prizes, post-race soup and sandwiches. Herb Hedgecock, 210 Leasure Ln., Moorehead, KY 40351. (606) 780-1392 (h). Emai:;

8th Annual Rockin' K Trail Run 50 Mile and Marathon, Kanopolis State Park, KA, 7:00am, Sat, Apr 1, 2006. Mostly single-track horse trail with some four-wheel drive pasture roads, includes hills, rocky sections, sand, and numerous shallow water crossings. Marathon course one loop, 50-mile two loops. Time limit: 13 hrs. Field limit: 100. Fee-pre$55/45; Fee-post $70/60 after March 31. Entry includes pre-/post-race dinners, long-sleeved Supplex Windshirts, Unique finishers' awards. Phil or Stacy Sheridan, 302 S. Grand Ave., Ellsworth, KS 67439. (785) 472-5454 (h). Email:;

8th Annual Lake McMurtry Trail Run 50K, Stillwater, OK, 8:00am, Sat, Apr 15, 2006. West shore of Lake McMurtry, 96-percent single-track trail, a 7.4-mile loop and a 7.7-mile out-and-back trail run through oak/hickory forest and Red Cedar meadows, secluded. Also a 25-km. Time limit: 8 hrs. Field limit: 120. Fee-pre $40; fee-post $45 after March 28. Dri-Release long-sleeved T-shirt or sleeveless T. BBQ afterwards. Earl Blewett, 137 E. 34 St., Tulsa, OK 74105. (918) 744-1562 (h). Email:;

8th Annual Double Chubb 50K, St. Louis, MO, 7:30am, Sat, Apr 22, 2006. Trail varies from a gravel service road to a mostly dirt trail aong the Meramec River. Also a 25-km. Some hills with two railroad crossings. Time limit: 9 hrs. Field limit: 100. Fee-pre $45/35; Fee-post $55/45 after March 1. T-shirts, finishers' awards for 50-km. Age group and overall awards. Victoria White, 1590 Highway HH, Chamois, MO65024. (573) 763-5704 (h). Email:; Web:

Source: UltraRunning Magazine, "ur calendar," January/February 2006 issue.

--Constance Karras

Monday, January 16, 2006

Mansfield to Mt Buller 50km

This coming Sunday sees the next edition of one of the ultra calendars unique "cult following" events. The field is starting to take shape.....however, the more the merrier. Come and experience a very spectacular race and everything else that goes with it. The post race feed and presentation at the lodge atop the mountain is worth it all on its own.More info at: Race organiser is Peter Armistead on 03 9781 4305

by Kevin Cassidy

Rocky Mt. Double Marathon

The 29th Annual Wyoming Marathon Races will be held at 6:00 am on Sunday,May 28, 2006. You can register for the Rocky Mountain Region's oldest continuous ultra on line at the following link.

Best regards,

Brent Weigner, Race Director
Wyoming Marathon Races
Always on the Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend

Gosford Coastal Classic - Provisional placegetters

Male Run
John Mergler 121.423
John Robins 111.803
Rodney Ladyman 107.072

Female Run
Viviene Kartsounis 115.133
Michelle Thompson 103.922
Carol Baird 101.267

Male Walk
Peter Bennett 97.880
Patrick Fisher 87.813
Robin Whyte 84.703

Female Walk
Val Chestertom 69.503
Sharon Cromyn 40.000

Crawley 6 and 12 hour Track race

From Tony Mangan