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2012 Coyote Logo

  The Coyote 5K and 10K is the kickoff for the Dirt Devil Grand Slam Summer Beer Series. The race is in Tecolote Canyon Natural Park right in the heart of San Diego.  The field was limited to a total of 115 runners in the 10K and 185 in the 5K.  Only 5K runners are […]

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cougar pic for website

Sunday June 10, 2012 was the Cougar Half Marathon on the San Pasqual Trail in Escondido, San Diego. The San Pasqual trail is part of the Sea to Crest trail that connects Del Mar to Mt. Vulcan near Julian, CA. The trail is mostly flat for the first 4 miles before ascending 350 ft. over […]

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The Inaugural Wildhorse Trail Half Marathon went off without a hitch this past Sunday.  300 eager Half Marathon trail runners showed up at Otay Lakes to compete in this inaugural event.  The weather was warm…..really warm.  Only in San Diego on January 21 can you expect 75-80 degree weather! The runners went out in 2 […]

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Today is the Carlsbad Half Marathon and Marathon. Once again it dodged a bullet called rain. In typical fashion it rained the day prior to the race and spoiled a newcomer to San Diego called the Diva Dash. The Diva Dash is a women’s only 5K obstacle course run put on by some outside company […]

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So last Sunday was the Dirt Devils Stairway to Heaven 5k and 15k at Mission Trails Regional Park -what a race! Emily and I were at the aid station around mile 4.8 with another volunteer, Andrea. Although it was a tough course (even for me!), everybody looked great and enjoyed the course. It was so […]

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The finish line was a big hit this year offering runners icy sponges to cool off with and FLUID Recovery drink to satisfy their thirst. After the race runners were invited to the Bay Hill Tavern located about 1 mile from the finish. Once there Tony from Airdale Brewing poured them a free pint of Airdale Dark and Stormy to help their recovery efforts. Runners were given the option of a all-you-can-eat buffet or simply ordering off the menu. Ted, the owner of Bay Hill had all of his staff present to help make sure everything went smoothly, and it did

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WHAT A GREAT RACE!!!!! We held the Sidewinder 5K/10K yesterday at Marian Bear Park. This is the second race in our series. As part of the series, we are giving out commemorative pint glasses instead of medals as well as tech shirts. I was at the turn around point for the 10K runners. Abbey and […]

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The most common shoe I saw this year was the Saucony Kinvara. Surprising since BROOKS is the official sponsor of the San Diego Rock and Roll Half Marathon and Marathon. The most common gimmick shoe I saw out there was probably the NEWTON. I have something personal against the way this shoe is marketed. It promises to transform a runners gait from heel striking to forefoot running with the additional promise that this new form will decrease their risk of injury and enhance their performance. What a load of crap! I stood there at mile 15 watching NEWTONIANS plod by, heel striking on their way to a 4:30-5 hour finishing time. If this shoe was encouraging a forefoot style of running than Newton must think your heel is your forefoot.

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When you near the finish you can see Highwaya 8 as you descend the long switchbacks. It seems like forever until you finally get to the bottom and run under Highway 8. At this point I am almost home. Getting the the finish of the PCT is anticlimatic. John says “good job” and hands you a medal. No marching band or models in bikini’s….just a buch a tired ultrarunners drinking beer. What a great day it is going to be.

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Starting from Mt. Laguna, the PCT winds in and out of switchbacks and leads us 17.2 miles to the jeep trail on top of the peak just before Mason Valley Truck Trail. Since Mt. Laguna is at a higher elevation than Oriflamme Canyon, this is a great, breezy, downhill run. After the winter and spring […]

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Oriflamme Canyon 50K was scheduled for March 21, 2011. Rain or shine, sleet or hail, gale force winds or not this race was going to happen. The San Diego weather gods had called for a high of 54 and a low of 32 at the 5000-foot start on Sunrise Highway. They promised that where we […]

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The last time the Lost Boys 50 Mile Trail Run was put on was in 1998. When we heard the Scarborough’s were bringing it back the decision was made. We were running it. The LOST BOYS 50 starts in Pinyon Wash, 75 miles east of San Diego in the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, heads west […]

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