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Date Event Temescal Canyon Meeting Time Trail Head Start Time Distance
Apr 27 Entrada/Dead Horse Tr./Musch Tr./Eagle Rock--Restaurant 6:15 6:50 9 miles

Meeting Time

The standard meeting time on Temescal Canyon Road at the Palisades High School track is:

6:15 AM

(leaving for the trailhead at 6:30am SHARP!)

See the Run with us page for directions and map.  For trailhead meeting times please see the schedule.  Some special events may have earlier meeting times.

Bob Peitzke's Passing
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The New Spring Schedule is Out
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Truly A Day for Thanksgiving
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Backbone Leg #E--Mishi Mokwa Pk. Lot to Ray Miller
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Backbone Leg #D--Kanan Road to Mishi Mokwa Parking Lot
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The Trail Runners Club meets every Sunday morning in Pacific Palisades to run one of many courses throughout the beautiful Santa Monica Mountains. We run primarily on trails and fireroads. If you live in or are visiting the Los Angeles area and enjoy running in natural settings with great people, you will love the Trail Runners Club. For more detailed information about our runs refer to the Run With Us page.

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Pillaging the island
This is what we do, and I'm glad we do.
Queenie at Cavern Point
Gary and Art
Bud getting close to the edge
A Bed of Mustard Grass
This is what it is all about
Phil, Gary and Ann

Bob Peitzke's Passing

Hello Trail Runners,

I am so sorry to tell you that our good friend Bob Peitzke has passed suddenly yesterday. Those of us who knew Bob, will sorely miss him. Corey, Bob's son-in-law, has graciously communicated us that Bob's life in celebration will be at St. Matthews Church in Pacific Palisades May 3rd at 1 PM.

In Peace,

Ernie

The New Spring Schedule is Out

OMG Trail Runners,
Are you ready for our 2014 Spring Schedule?  Do Not miss it!  We will start in January up the beautiful Sam Merrill Trail to Echo Mountain and through the self-guided Mt. Lowe Railway.
Then, in February and March we will run the entire BackboneTrail in 5 manageable segments, and it will be very exciting.
Santa Cruz Island running is a gem--You won't ever forget it, so remember April 5th.
Finally, The Grand Canyon Trip will be definitely memorable in May.  Those who run Rim to Rim or doubles, remember,  "It’s like trying to describe what you feel when you’re standing on the rim of the Grand Canyon or remembering your first love or the birth of your child. You have to be there to really know what it’s like." – Jack Schmitt
Lace your kicks and get ready blasting our new schedule.

Ernie

Truly A Day for Thanksgiving

As usual, the rain gods halted the impending rain for a beautiful Thanksgiving Day on our 9.5 mile run from the Santa Ynez trailhead. It was so good to see our friends running, chatting, eating and hugging.  Stan appeared at the finish of the 32nd Annual Turkey Trot.  How much better can it get any better? 

Of course we were very thankful for the plentiful year and next year should be very exciting with our upcoming schedule. 

Ernie

Montana de Oro Weekend--DON'T MISS THE WEEKEND NOV. 15-17

Montana de Oro

Don't let your opportunity slipping away from the weekend of November 15-17 with the exciting club event in Cayucos.    Driving from Friday afternoon, you drive north about 3 1/2 hours to  the seaside city of Cayucos at Shoreline Inn on the beach ($109/day)--You have to call the hotel directly for the "Hot Winter Special" at (800) 549-2244.  Saturday we caravan south (14 miles/22 minutes) to Montana de Oro, running a 15-mile loop  from Spooner's Cove.  Many centuries ago the Chumash  Indians lived near and used many of these same trails.   Average November temps are 69/49, then after the run,  we can retreat to Morro Bay to get a bowl of hot chowder before returning to our Cayucos hotel.  There is a very, very nice restaurant across from the hotel.  The next morning, just north of town,  we can run for an out and back run along the beach/bluff, and there is plenty of room to shower and check-out.  For breakfast before going home, you could eat at Cayucos or drive 15 miles north to the picturesque village Cambria.  Also, if any members would like to camp, Morro Bay State Park is also an option.

Trembling with excitement,
Ernie

Stan--a Fitting Tribute

Come out and meet us all to celebrate Stan's 25 years of directing the Trail Runners Club. We will have brunch together Sunday September 15th, 11:00am at the Wolf Creek Restaurant, 26787 Agoura Rd., Calabasas, CA 91302. Stan Swartz founded the Trail Runners Club in 1988. Through his club, for 25 years, he hosted a run every Sunday morning on the beautiful trails in the Santa Monica Mountains. He created wonderful club courses and bundled them together in his well known book "50 Trail Runs in Southern California". He directed the Sunday runs and the many special event runs. For most of us, the Trail Runners Club was our first introduction to trail running and these wonderful trails. We want to thank our founder and celebrate his years of hard work and dedication, and for setting the trend in the expansive trail runners community we know now. Thank you -- Stan Swartz -- Director Emeritus.

Two INKnBURN BadAss Mommas

El Fin--Stage 6.jpg

The last Stage 6 was 4,900 ft in elevation gain over 20.9 miles.  Nothing was easy here.  Skye and Ann consistently kept in 1st place again over this punishing course.  It couldn't have been any better---Congratulations Badass Mommas.


Stage 5 is on the books.  The Dadass Mommas took the stage and gained 26 minutes more.  Over 23.6 miles with 4,200 ft.gain, these girls ran from 8,700 ft to 11,701 ft and back on tough trails in less than 5 hours.  Also, they bathed into the vistas and took pictures too.  Don't ever challenge them to anything--PERIOD.


Ann and Skye took 1st place in Stage 4 which started from 9.200 ft. to 11,678 ft. and there was 2,900 ft. over 14.1 miles.  The Mommas gained 10 minutes and lead by 39 minutes overall.  Tomorrow will be Stage 5 spanning 23.6 miles over 4,200 ft. gain.  I have a feeling they are ready for it.


Team Two InknBurn Badass Mommas, Skye Colclough and Ann Ongena, bounced back from a second place Stage 2 finish to notch their second win of the week in the 80+ Women’s division of Stage 3.  Their time of 4:40:55 placed them seven minutes ahead of Kim Kortz and Megan Anderson and widened their overall lead to 28:59. Stage 3 climbed 2 peaks to almost 11,000 ft.over 24.2 miles with an elevation gain of 2,800 ft.  Lookin'Good.


The Mommas are still holding their 22 minute advantage after Stage 2.  The team of Megan Anderson and Kim Kortz won Stage 2 by 2 seconds over Ann and Skye.  This was a very tough 13.3 mile course.  The first 7+ miles gained 3,250 ft. and was reached at 12,536 ft elevation  --Ouch!  Hope Pass is a fitting eponym.  This is so exciting--here is the Stage Post 2.

 


Ann and Skye had an awesome start in Stage 1 Women 80+  of the TransRockies.  The stage covered 20.9 miles with 2,550 ft of elevation, and they started at 7,900 ft. to 9,300 ft and back to 8,300 ft.  You are rockin'.  See the posted stages each day.

 

TransRockies Run 2013 - Stage 1
Date: Aug 13, 2013     
Unofficial  Results
    Location: Colorado, USA
Host Club: TransRockies Events   
      
 TRR - 80+ Women 188.3 km. Mass Start      117 mi     
PL     Name     Bib/Teammate/Team     Time     Diff
1     Skye Colclough     #87 Ongena, Ann   Two INKnBURN BadAss Mommas     3:40:40.2     

Two INKnBURN Badass Mommas

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Meet the team--Ann and Skye

Competing in the "TransRockies run" six days stage race in the high country of the Colorado Rocky Mountains.  Photo by Garry Valle.

Summer-Fall Schedule IS OUT

Well Trail Runners, the Fall/Winter schedule is out. Our schedule in our northern-most Santa Monica Mountains will look a little different. The recent fires of our run courses will soon begin with new fresh growth. Then our moonscapes will flourish in the canyons of Pt. Mugu in our schedule.

Also, we have a special event the weekend of November 15-17th in the seaside town of Cayucos.  The course Saturday will be a 15 mile run in Montana de Oro, and half of it will be downhill.  Sunday, we will run on the bluff of the shore or possibly on the beach if the tide is low enough.  Don't miss it.

This Fall, we will have 2 runs in the San Gabriel Mountains. September 22nd--Altadena/Sam Merrill Trail to Inspiration Point and Mt. Lowe and back, and November 3rd--Chantry Flat/Mt. Zion OR Mt. Wilson Loops. Tattoo these dates on your hand.

Also, we have a new course from Leo Carrillo Park to Nicholas Flat and Mulholland and back-- thanks to Ann and Art.

Enjoy---Ernie

The Rim Trail--Sept. 23, 2012

Last Sunday the club ran a 19 miler with an uncommon path looping from Chantry Flat to Mt. Wilson.  From Chantry Flat, we ascended Sturtevant Trail through Spruce Grove and after 4 miles we climbed up to Newcomb Pass.  Reaching the pass, we turned along the Rim Trail that follows to Mt.

A Very Memorable Memorial Weekend

Our weather was perfect on the Memorial Weekend running from Sycamore Canyon to the Chamberlain Rock and back.  Here are the photos.

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