Saturday, February 25, 2006

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Australian Centurion News

HI all

Just a quick note to our Australian based Centurions and supporters to
advise that one of our Australian Centurions, Charles Arosanyin, will be
competing in the Commonwealth Games. Charles will be in the Nigerian team
and will contest the 20 km and 50 km racewalks in Melbourne on the
following days

20 km walk Monday 20 March, AM
50 km walk Friday 24 March, AM

We also have one direct further Centurion connection to the Comm Games in
that my son Chris will also be competing in the Comm Games 50 km walk as
part of the Australian team.

And let's not forget that George Audley has already carried the baton in WA
and Fred Brooks will be carrrying it in Victoria closer to the Games.

So if you were in 2 minds as to whether to come to Melbourne for the Games,
this may help you make up your mind.

Congrats to Charles and Chris and good luck to all the walkers.

Tim Erickson

USA 50km Racewalk

"In the men's 50k, Nunn, a 1:22 20k walker, established a 4-minute
lead by 25k, with Ray Sharp (Varsano's Chocolates) second in 2:06 and
Dunn third in 2:08. Fourth, fifth and sixth positions were held by
veterans Theron Kissinger, Dave McGovern and Mark Green, with the
smart-pacing McGovern and Green a few minutes adrift of the hard-
charging Kissinger. By 30K, Sharp (2:31:04) had slightly extended
his lead on Dunn and was beginning to close the gap on Nunn. At 40k,
the 46-year-old Sharp passed the faltering Nunn, who could not
survive the fast yearly pace and omnipresent chilling winds. For the
first time in his 27-year career, Sharp found himself leading a
national title race at an Olympic distance, but by 44 km he had
succumbed to the relentless Dunn, who strode smoothly to victory.
Sharp was rewarded for his efforts with two age-groups records
(3:22:36 and 4:21:01 at 40 and 50k respectively), and qualified for
his third World Cup team, the previous ones in 1981 and 1987.

Kissinger, McGovern and Green maintained that order the entire race,
resulting in 5 walkers under 4:40, a slight improvement over last
year. The first four finishers comprise the World Cup team with 50-
year-old Green as the alternate. Sharp, McGovern and Ian Whatley
won Varsano's Chocolates Racewalkers its second team title of the
young 2006 Grand Prix season, an especially sweet victory because
Whatley had to more than double his yearly mileage just to finish the

Don and Sandy DeNoon and a small army of volunteers and officials put
on an excellent event."

USA 50K RW National Championships

The 43 athletes competing in the fourth stop of the 2006 Race Walk Grand
Prix all felt the weather conditions were atrocious. Though it warmed up 2
1/2 hours into the race, at the start the wind chill had to be under
freezing. However, the strong wind that hit each walker head-on
during the
return lap of the circuit remained. As a race official noted the weather
took a toll on all of the participants during the latter stages of the

The race was not only the USA 50 kilometer National Championships, it was
also the selection race for the USA's World Cup Team. The first five
finishers under the qualifying standard of 4:45:00 were named to the team.

1 Dunn, Philip 34 Unattached 4:17:18
2 Sharp, Ray 42 Varsano's Chocolate 4:21:06
3 Kissinger, Theron 35 Unattached 4:36:42
4 McGovern, Dave 40 Varsano's Chocolate 4:39:01
5 Green, Mark 50 Unattached 4:39:44
6 Bartholomew, Michael 25 Walk Usa 4:57:53
7 Soucheck, John 40 Shore AC 5:00:03
-- Yanes, Juan 65 Guest - Venezuela 5:14:03
8 Walker, Max 59 Unattached 5:14:32
9 Logan, Bruce Edward 41 Unattached 5:36:41
10 Whatley, Ian 46 Varsano's Chocolate 5:49:00
11 Finch, Bernie 66 Unattached 8:04:24
-- Vayo, Bill 41 Walk Usa DNF
-- Parrot, Edward 35 Florida AC DNF
-- Jasionowski, Leon 61 Pegasas DNF
-- Berrett, Tim 41 Guest - Canada DNF
-- Carver, Robert 49 Central Florida DNF
-- Litt, Erik 37 Shore AC DQ
-- Nunn, John 28 Unattached DQ
-- McCullough, Stephen 44 Unattached DQ
-- Quirke, Stephen 25 Unattached DQ
-- Pecinovsky, Steve 51 Varsano's Chocolate DQ

Women's 50K
1 Hauch, Heidi 46 Unattached 5:34:12

The Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men

The Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men.

By Kevin Cassidy

I was feeling reasonably confident of a respectable performance with recent training runs certainly indicating as such. Imagine my dismay when the first raspy feeling of phlegm in the throat hit me two nights prior. By the next afternoon, the runny nose and feverish feeling in the muscles had well and truly taken hold. Indeed, illness had struck at the most inopportune time, I spent race eve without sleep, a nose running like a tap and a thumping head as I dreaded what lay ahead the next morning. Suddenly my plan of a six hour finish became a case of hoping like hell that I’d be able to make it to the finish line without passing out and collapsing! Such is the fickle nature of trying to maintain a “streak”. If this was any other race, I would not have even attempted to get out of bed. Sadly, there are times when common sense just doesn’t enter into the equation.

Congregating at Fernshaw, it was fantastic to see such a huge field of runners, particularly the new faces coming into the ultra scene who really make me feel like an old “Has Been”. I would have loved to have engaged in the usual pre race banter but was purely and simply in no mood.

God only knows what the ragged looking couple in the camper van thought when a large group of runners descended on their quiet Sunday morning to start the journey through the rugged and spectacular Yarra Ranges

Suffering a high fever, I was trailing the pack within 200 metres in the most miserable of physical conditions. I was perspiring so copiously that it was dripping down my legs in a matter of minutes. My joints ached, head spun and the arduous task ahead looked to be nothing short of painful.

In essence, that summed up my day. I was within a whisker of pulling out at 10km and even closer upon returning to Dom Dom at 19km but determined that I had to finish for the sake of Nigel Aylott’s memory. Pushing on up the long climb to Mount Saint Leonards, I made the significant discovery that unless you expel the phlegm from your throat quickly, you almost vomit! My whole world seemed to be spinning on the ascents, while my joints ached like rotting teeth on the descents. Perspiring at an astounding rate, I felt sure that I’d be able to put an end to our water restrictions. The sensation was as if I had gone 12 rounds with Mike Tyson, although both my ears were still intact. Despite my sorry state of affairs, I had to chuckle at the “Running Race in Progress” sign, given that I was rolling along so slowly that I wouldn’t have even called it walking. Further on, a couple of stray deck chairs sitting alone had me somewhat perplexed as to their origin and purpose while the dead wombat just prior to Saint Leonards smelt worse than a fish market in a heat wave. The abundant maggots, however, thought it was Christmas as they made a veritable smorgasbord of the rapidly decomposing carcass.

A force more intelligent than I [which encompasses an overwhelmingly high percentage of the World’s inhabitants] was furiously encouraging me to pull out as I staggered into St. Leonard and the delights of the Mason family aid station. What a set up. Boston buns, cakes, fruit, coke, pies, red salmon, caviar, pink champagne on ice, roast beef and after dinner mints. I may be exaggerating somewhat but it was impressive to say the least. Resembling the kitchen of a five star restaurant during the dinner hour, such an array would have sent an entire Weight Watchers convention into a total frenzy.

Much to my consternation, I was lumbered with the honour of being stone motherless last [by a long way, I should add] along with the added indignity of having the ribbons pulled down behind me as I descended ever so slowly towards the dam. Knowing the trail well, I eventually sent our bike riding race official up ahead, not wishing to delay him anymore.

Drooping across the finish line several hours slower than my capabilities, I strongly suspected that race Director, Mark Mex, would have long since discarded his stop watch in favour of a calendar!

Feeling about as jovial as a polar bear in the Sahara Dessert, it was of no surprise to find the area almost deserted. I couldn’t even bring myself to enjoy my customary post race consumption of hefty quantities of Diet Coke and Cheesymite Rolls. To those who waited so tolerantly, let me apologise for the ordeal. I can’t recall the last time I had suffered so much, all for the sake of maintaining that streak. Was it worth it? No, I don’t believe so. To those who congratulated me on toughing it out, I have to reject such a notion point blank. It was nothing short of stupidity, lunacy and a severe dose of taking leave of one’s senses. To borrow a well publicised line from our former PM, Bob Hawke, “Silly Old Bugger” is the only term that I could apply to myself with any degree of accuracy.

Being ordered into the car with a rather profound “You’re An Idiot, I’m Tired And It’s Time To Go”, I was trying to think of a situation that would be less convivial but couldn’t come up with anything until partaking in a toilet stop at a nearby pub. Staggering through a room full of poker machines, I came to the bleak conclusion that such places are the absolute heart of social misery. Stony faced individuals with glazed over expressions in their eyes, clearly taken in by the environment of lights and bells, were mindlessly wasting their pensions and housekeeping money. I stood aghast as one ample bellied woman ran quickly to the ATM in the foyer to extract several hundred dollars, only to make a beeline back to the machines!!

For no other reason than the requirement of a Medical Certificate to cover some sick leave, I crawled across to the local doctor on the Monday with the stock standard complaint of a head cold. “That’s No Head Cold”, she stated in the most sanctimonious of tones, “You’ve Got Bronchitis”. I didn’t dare let on to the foolish manner in which I’d spent the previous day.

Maroondah Dam Trail - 19th Feb 06

1 Jarod Kohlar 4:20:40
2 Paul Mckenzie 4:41:03
3 Stephen Callahan 4:46:02
4 Glen Campbell 5:07:29
5 Julian Callahan 5:08:15
6 Kelvin Marshall 5:12:06
7 Charles Chambers 5:13:19
8 Mike Gustus 5:17:09
9 Chris Murphy 5:19:02
10 Bryan Ackerly 5:28:09
11 Brent Dower 5:31:46
12 Adrian Panozzo 5:31:46
13 Shaun Mooney 5:31:46
14 Michael Norden 5:31:46
15 Peter Bignell 5:33:16
16 Brian Harrison 5:38:21
17 Neil Rampling 5:38:21
18 Graeme Allen 5:43:28
19 Nicholas Bignell 5:43:47
20 Garry Wise 6:05:00
21 Steve Hyde 6:05:00
22 Andrew Hewat 6:15:00
23 Scott Thompson 6:23:00
24 Michael Pickavance 6:31:00
25 Neil Thompson 6:36:00
26 Richard McCormick 6:38:00
27 Simon Brewer 6:43:00
28 Alec Hill 6:49:00
29 John Dobson 6:49:00
30 Robert Boyce 6:55:00
31 Andew Baker 7:28:00
32 Kevin Cassidy 7:45:00
DNF Rudolf Skrucany

World 24hr Live this Weekend



25 FEBRUARY---04 MARCH 2006


Well known Dunleer athlete David Carrie will undertake to run 7
Marathons in 8 days with the aim of creating awareness of Sudden
Adult Death Syndrome(SADS)and raising funds for the Mater
Hospitals Heart House and the Pilot Family Screening
Clinic.This venture by David will form part of the Arts,Culture
and Sports Week activities which will culminate with the 37th
annual Ras na hEireann International Cross Country event on 5th
March 2006 in Termonfeckin Co Louth.

After a very successful Juvenile and Junior career with Dunleer
A.C.David at 22 years old won the National Intermediate Cross
Country on a very muddy course at Ballybofey in 1989 and
followed this up a few weeks later with 7th place in the Senior
Inter Club at Killenaule.This run earned him selection for the
World Cross Country Championships that year in
Stavanger,Norway.A consistantly high placed finisher in road
races all over the country David has a Marathon P.B. of 2hrs 27
min 17 sec from his run in Dublin in 1998.Eight times Louth
Senior Cross Country Champion he currently holds the Cross
Country,Road and 3000m track titles in Louth.A dedicated member
of Dunleer A.C.he was Chairman of the club for a number of years
and at present is coaching a number of the successful distance
running Juveniles the club keep producing.An NSSM Sports Massage
course has enabled him to repair the injuries and strains of
club athletes and other sports people in the locality.

The Mater Foundation based at 53-54 Eccles ST.Dublin 7 needs
funds for a Pilot Family Screening Clinic to reduce the
incidence of Sudden Adult Death Syndrome(SADS) for those most at
risk.Davids run will help raise awareness that such a facility
exists and also raise funds for continued
development.Contributions can be made to the dedicated Heart
House Bank of Ireland account in Dunleer,Sort Code 90-34-29 a/c
no 21874743-89.

Accompanying David will be fellow Dunleer athletes Micheal
Mulligan,Eugene Burns,Mark Hoey,James Rothwell and Graham
Townsend with other joining in.As athletes we are all more aware
of our heart and its function but we would like to spread
awareness about SADS and that help through screening can save
lives.Please come out and support David in what ever way you

Route details:

Day1 Saturday 25th February 23 miles
Run1 9.00a.m.UCH Galway to Oranmore to Craughwell 11.00a.m.
Run2 3.00p.m.Craughwell to Loughrea arrive 4.10p.m.

Day2 Sunday 26th February 25 miles
Run1 9.00a.m.Loughrea to kilreekil to Aughrim arrive 11.00a.m.
Run2 2.00a.m.Aughrim to Garbally to Ballinasloe arrive 3.00p.m.
Run3 4.00p.m.Ballinasloe to Ballydangan arrive 5.00p.m.

Day3 Monday 27th February 21 miles
Run1 9.00a.m.Ballydangan to Cornafalla to Athlone 10.30 a.m.
Run2 2.00p.m.Athlone to Fardrum to Moate arrive 4.00p.m.

Day4 Tuesday 28th February 23 miles
Run1 9.00a.m.Moate to Horseleap to Kilbeggan arrive 10.45a.m.
Run2 2.00p.m.Kilbeggan to Tyrellspass to Rochfordbridge to
Milltownpass arrive 4.00p.m.

Day5 Wednesday 1st March 26 miles
Run1 9.00a.m.Milltownpass to Kinnegad to Clonard 10.40a.m.
Run2 2.00p.m.Clonard to Moyvalley to Enfield arrive 3.30p.m.
Run3 4.00p.m.Enfield to Kilcock arrive 5.00p.m.

Day6 Thursday 2nd March 28 miles
Run1 9.00a.m.Kilcock to Maynooth/Leixlip arrive 10.50am Lucan
Run2 2.00p.m.Lucan to Mater Dublin arrive 3.30p.m.
Run3 4.45p.m.Mater Heart House to Swords arrive 6.00p.m.

Day7 Friday 3rd March 26 miles
Run1 9.00a.m.Swords to Balbriggan arrive 11.00a.m.
Run2 2.00p.m.Balbriggan to Julianstown arrive 3.15 p.m.
Run3 3.45p.m. Julianstown to Drogheda arrive 4.30p.m.

Day8 Saturday 4th March 10 miles
Run1 4.30p.m.Drogheda to Dunleer arrive 5.45pm

Wednesday, February 22, 2006


Things are finally starting to move at the Wakely Dam website.
RD Jim has posted a date for the start of registration: 5 MAR 06.

The Mountaineer in Keene, NY has also filed for a permit to hold their run again. You may recall it was this event that drew the attention of the fringe tree huggers and started a huge fight over runners on the trails. Nothing yet on their website:

Ohlone Wilderness 50k Trail Run

The 19th annual running of the Ohlone Wilderness 50K Trail Run will be
this year on Sunday, May 21, 2006.

Registration is now open, and information is available at the race web

They are expecting this race to fill up fairly quickly.

2006 Miwok Filled

The 2006 Miwok 100K filled on February 16th. However, spots inevitably open up due to injuries, scheduling conflicts, etc. SO - please e-mail the RD (Tia Bodington - ) to see if there are any cancellations or to get on the waiting list. If you can't race this year, this is a great chance to come out and volunteer and cheer on your friends and colleagues. Click on Volunteer in the column at your left (on the race website: ( ), scroll down to Opportunities, and e-mail me with what you'd like to do. The race can't go on without you!" Thank you all for enjoying 62 miles of the beautiful Marin coastline and forests so much that the race filled to its' permit max so quickly, and I empathize with anyone who will have to wait until '07 for an official Miwok finisher's pin. Who would've thought it would fill so soon? have fun out there, Tia Bodington, RDMiwok (

New Race By SURF.

Lost Boys is no more, but the San Diego Ultra Running Friends (SURF) has resurrected the PCT 50 to take its place.We will be holding the race on May 13. 50 miles out/back on the Pacific Crest Trail in the Cleveland National Forest just about an hour's drive east in the mountains outside San Diego. Start at 3,000 foot elevation and climb up to 6,000 feet, with plenty of up and down in-between. Best part--Cuban party at the finish line (roast pork, black beans, rice, and plantains!!!)

Check it out:

Monday, February 20, 2006

Orange Curtain 2/18/2006 Results Liberty Park, Cerritos, CA

100 km
Michelle Barton (F) 10:24:21
Robert Harris 10:49:33
Xy Weiss (F) 11:34:00
Jeff Stein 11:56:39
David Overstreet 13:26:06
Hwa Ja Andrade (F) 13:39:03

50 km

Matthias Schoeck 3:39:52
Bill Braun 3:54:20
Mark Ziobro 3:58:11
Fernando Montijo 3:58:13
Dan Montgomery 4:09:50
Ernesto Henriquez 4:15:17
Gabriel Flores 4:24:20
Kevin Gray 4:25:14
Phil Yim 4:29:00
Anita Fromm (F) 4:54:15
Brian MacKenzie 4:57:48
Gabor Kozinc 5:00:31
David Campbell 5:02:34
Benjamin Gaetos 5:08:33
Jennifer Henderson (F) 5:09:16
Steve Funke 5:22:58
Francisco Fabian 5:24:50
Jerome Wirz 5:28:59
Jan Iocco (F) 5:35:08
Joanne Taylor (F) 5:44:08
John Mireles 5:46:42
Leigh Corbin (F) 5:59:44
Cassandra Johnson (F) 6:01:47
James Simpson 6:04:11
Kimberly Yang (F) 6:8:16
Mark Ryne 6:23:03
Charlie Alewine 6:31:57
Paul Piplani* 6:32:15
Fred Pollard 6:46:50
Marlene Henry (F) 6:53:20
George Velasco 7:32:22
Jeff Robbins DNF

* unofficial finisher in 100k after cutoff

Cold Weather Gear

Article published Feb 19, 2006
Out in the cold? Take some of this stuff

*By Stephen Regenold*

Special to the News & Record

In early February, I participated in the Arrowhead 135 Ultramarathon, a
self-supported 135-mile race through Minnesota's remote North Woods. I
a bike down the snowy Arrowhead State Trail and spent two days outdoors
temps as low as 19 degrees below zero.
Along the way I put several pieces of cold-weather gear to the test.
a quick look at what worked, and what left me a bit, er, out in the
• Heat Factory footbeds: The Heated Footbed is a $10 shoe insert from
Factory ( that has a chamber under the toes to
insert a
small air-activated footwarmer pouch. Heat slowly rises from the pouch
keep your toes toasty, or so the theory goes. During the Arrowhead 135
Ultramarathon I used Heated Footbeds in a pair of bike shoes, along
neoprene shoe covers and thick wool socks. During the coldest parts of
race my feet were quite numb and cold. That said, I do believe the
Footbeds made a difference.
•Psolar balaclava: Though I felt like Darth Vadar in this black face
the HX Helmet Balaclava from Psolar Inc. ($42, was
tremendously effective against the cold. The company's unique QXtec
a filter that sits over the mouth to let you breathe naturally through
balaclava, kept me warm and kept my face dry. Invented by Lee Bagby, a
mechanical engineer, the heat-exchange breathing module has a special
desiccant-coated plastic filter that, according to Bagby, grabs
moisture out
of your breath and warms the plastic. This warmth is then transferred
to the
air as you inhale.
• CamelBak winter hydration pack: The CamelBak Scorpion is a winterized
hydration pack insulated in key areas to keep water from freezing. Its
which has a neoprene covering, snakes through one of the pack's
straps, and CamelBak ( built in a mesh pocket in the
to accommodate an air-activated hand warmer pouch. This keeps the hose
and prevents freezing. Because of the extreme cold encountered on my
bike ride through the woods, I wore the $60 Scorpion underneath a shell
jacket. For the most part the system worked. Without a hand warmer next
the hose, however, the nozzle quickly froze up.
• OR Water Bottle Parka: To keep my extra water supply from freezing, I
a Water Bottle Parka from Outdoor Research ($17, The
closed-cell foam insulation kept my water from icing over for several
though the brew was slushy by day's end. The OR Water Bottle Parka
3.2 ounces and holds a standard 0.5-liter water bottle.