Congratulations Art and Mieko!

Most of us in the club have run many parts of the 70 mile Backbone Trail. Sometimes it is hard to get a perspective of the whole trail when done in short segments at different times. Art and Mieko have a pretty good picture of the trail that runs from Will Rogers to Ray Miller. This year, in 3 consecutive days, they ran the entire trail. January 2 they ran 25 miles from Will Rogers to Tapia, then January 3, 26 miles from Tapia to Mishe Mokwa, and finally on January 4th, the last 16 miles from Mishe Mokwa to Ray Miller.

Attention Trail Runners--Black Widow Danger!

Large Black Widow

There has been a resurgence of western black widow (Latrodectus hesperus) in our local mountains. Although varying greatly in size, she is very easy to spot-- The female is black, and has a red hour glass shaped marking on her belly. As her name implies, she has a habit of causing the demise of her male partner after she has no more use for him. It is best to avoid contact with this species if seen on the trails. Common symptoms of black widow infection include swollen knees, tendonitis, and utter exhaustion. Look for her as depicted in this image, and beware:

Exciting New Spring 2009 Schedule

The Spring 2009 schedule is posted, and has some exciting events. We are running Morgan Creek, off the Ortega Hwy. followed by brunch at Sarducci's on Feb. 15th. On March 28th, we make our yearly trek to Santa Cruz Island with a new 8 mile course to Montanan Ridge. April 26 ushers in a new loveable 12 mile Backbone course from Kanan Dume to Encinal Road and back. Try not to miss our Chantry Flats run May 17th. And the weekend of June 6th-7th is a trip to San Francisco with a heavily forested Pt.

Palisades Post article about the Trail Runners Club

The Palisades Post recently printed an article about the Trail Runners Club.  Unfortunately, the online version doesn't include the great picture of some of the members.  The full text of the article is available, though.  Click here to read the full article.
If you're wondering why the article seems to be just about men, it's because this article ran in a special section of the paper called "Everything for Men". 

Just Another Saturday Morning Run for Thomas and Mieko

In trying to increase their fun and weekly mileage, Thomas and Mieko have been doing their long runs on Saturdays.  Their idea of long runs is 30+ miles in rough terrain.  Last Saturday was no exception--a fun 40 miler.  Thomas, with Google maps, elevation charts and rosary beads plotted quite a course for himself and Mieko.  Unfortunately, Google Maps has not mastered showing areas where "NO TRESPASSING" signs are posted.  According to Thomas, they only had to do these "violations" 6 times.  In Mieko's own words,

27th Annual Turkey Trot Fun Run

Come join us for the Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot Fun Run.  It's a great way to start off the special day with a calory-burning spectacular run.  I can't think of a valid reason why you can't make it.  It's free, you are not working that day, and it will remove any guilt associated with overeating later in the day.  The course will take us through Santa Ynez Canyon on a 10 mile loop.  It is well-attended by a bunch of fun-loving runners--Don't miss out--See Details.

Deer Me!

Louise had a little extra excitement on our Sept. 6th Yosemite Run:

John's view of Yosemite

Just back from this year's Yosemite special event, John Weiler offered up this review of the new course:

The 4 Mile Trail was not as tough as I imagined.  The last mile or more before Glacier Point was flat enough to run and was a smooth surface.  The views from Glacier Point were spectacular.  The Panorama Trail had wonderful views and a good surface for running but was tougher than I expected.  The Muir trail back to the valley is still the rocky mess it has always been, difficult to run.

King's Canyon the hard way

I received this note from our very own Irving Hoffman who just returned from a hiking adventure in the Sierra's:

I had a great time backpacking in the High Sierra’s for 5 days from the 3rd of August through the 7th of August.  I did some strenuous climbing with a 50lb backpack and learned about all the stuff I really didn’t need to take with me. 

Jes Does Disney (Tri)

So – for anyone who is interested – a brief (ok – maybe not so brief) story of my first Triathlon.

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