Welcome to the Tamalpa Runners' Website: 2008 News

News from 2008

TCRS 2008 Highlight Video

Check out Tim Amyx's 2008 TCRS highlight video.

Article on Firetrails 50

A nice article on the Dick Collins Fireroads 50 appears in this Month's TrailRunner magazine. Check out the photo of Tamalpan Victor Ballesteros at the start of the article and the interview of Ann Trason at the end.

New Saturday Morning Track Workout at Novato High

Ed Corral has sent word that there is now a workout at Novato High School on Saturday mornings. The workout is getting solid attendance and Ed or Nancy Clary are using workouts provided by Kees Tuinzing. For more information on the Saturday workouts, or the other Tamalpa track workouts, see the "Track Workout" page.

Jeff Peterson Wins Rio Resolution

New Tamalpan Jeff Peterson won the 6.5-mile Rio Resolution New Year's Day race in a stellar 32:40, while Jeff's wife Clara Horowitz won the women's race. See The Monterey Herald's Race Story for details and active.com for results.

New Website Feature Added: "Kenny's Korner"

In an effort to improve communications regarding important issues effecting the club, Tamalpa Runners' President Ken Grebenstein now has his own page. See Kenny's Korner for these posts. In his first entry, Ken tackles the distribution of the gear Tamalpa will be getting from Adidas as part of the new sponsorship deal.

Bay To Breakers Offering Special Rate to Club Runners

In an attempt to attract more competitive club runners, the Bay to Breakers race organizers are offering a special deal to club runners, check out the details.

Dave Hannaford Profiled in the Marin IJ

Nice article about Tamalpa's best travaled podiatrist.

Tamalpa Racing to be Sponsored by Adidas

All the details of the deal can be found here.

Mary and Liz Fagan Featured in the Marin IJ

Barry Spitz wrote a very nice article on the Fagans in the December 16th Marin IJ.

Tamalpa Boys Win Under-14 Division Christmas Relays

Congratulations to the team!

29th Team Overall
Will Baker-Robinson-27:10---6:02/mile
Frederick Huxham-29:04---6:27/mile
Johnny Lawson-28:05----6:14/mile
Clayton Hutchins-29:08---6:28/mile
Total Time-1:53:28----avg 6:18/mile

Full Results and Tamalpa Splits

Tamalpa's Female and Male 50 year-old Teams Medal in Spokane

Snow on the ground, temperatures in the low 20s and high winds made for brutal conditions at the 2008 USATF Cross-Country Club Championships in Eastern Washington, but Tamalpa's two women's team and men's team persevered to strong finishes. Karen Steele, Cristina Lachman and Mimi Willard led the women's A team to a fantastic second place, while Mary Wells, Tricia Wallace and Adele Ho ran the B team to a fourth. For the men, Brian Pilcher, Tom O'Reilly, Mark Richtman, Roy Kissin, Brian Purcell and Jim Howard fought through the conditions to a third. Congratulations to all! Full Individual and Team Results and Photos from Adele Ho.

The Tamalpa Calendar Has Been Updated with 2009 Events

Thanks to Tom O'Reilly we have an updated calendar with a total of 81 events. Some of the dates on this calendar are tentative as solid dates are not available for all events. Please email webmaster@tamalparunners.org if you have an event you would like to add to the calendar.

Tamalpa Runners at the California International Marathon

On Sunday, December 7th a group of Tamalpans ran CIM, check out their results below.Full Results.

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Tamalpa Turkey Trot

The 2008 Tamalpa Turkey Trot was a great success and we have the results for both the Kid's Race and the Adult's Race. Pictures are available thanks to Craig Stern, you can find those here. Thanks to Jason Jacobson and crew for putting on another great race.

TCRS Season Final Results

The 2008 TCRS season is in the books and we have the results. Christina Lachman took the overall female title with 1474 points, while Wayne Patton took the male title with 1437 points. For full results and division standings see Overall Results and Division Results. Please say thanks to Diane Prater for tallying the results next time you see her. TCRS will start up again at Tennessee Valley in January.

PAUSATF Cross Country Championships

Tamalpa Racing had a great day at Golden Gate Park on Sunday, November 23. Fielding teams in almost every division, including a strong open men's team, Tamalpa came away with a division win and several individual awards. The men's senior (50-59) team, led by Brian Pilcher's division win and Tim O'Rourke' second place finish, took the team win. Other great individual placings included Janet Bowman's third in women 60-69, Russ Kiernan winning the men's 70-79 and Sam Hirabayshi winning the men's 80-89. Full results are available here and full results should soon be available on the PAUSATF website. Lots of pictures are online, Craig Stern's photos can be seen here. Zinsli.com has photos of the women's race, master men's race and open men's race.

Big Turnout at Final TCRS of 2008 - Photos Added

On Sunday, November 16th 126 runners showed up to race the 5K at Redwood High school and the bike paths of Larkspur. You can find results and Jim Myers' race report here. Dave Waco took some great shots, take a look.

Track Meet Results Online

The 2008 track meet results are now available online. Take a look at these results and others at the Tamalpa Racing Results Archive. Thanks to Dave Covey for getting the results online.

Senior Teams Headed to USATF Club Cross-Country Championships

Led by 2008 USATF 5K Cross-Country 50-54 Dvision Champions Karen Steele and Brian Pilcher, Tamalpa's senior racing teams are heading to Spokane to race at the 2008 USATF Club Championships on December 13th. The women's team will consist of co-captain Karen Steele, co-captain Tricia Wallace, Mimi Willard, Christina Lachman, Mary Wells and likely, Adele Ho. The men's squad will have co-captain Brian Pilcher, co-captain Tom O'Reilly, Mark Richtman, Roy Kissin, Tim O'Rourke, Jim Howard, Brian Purcell and possibly Roy Rivers.

For the women, the main competition is likely to be fellow PA team The Impalas, who they battled throughout the PA season for the Senior Championship. The men, who were second at last year's Club Cross-country Championship, have a great shot at the title. Among the other contenders will be two time defending 50-59 team champion, Club Northwest, which is based in Seattle and will be sure to have a strong team once again. Club teams from around the US come to this event and as always, which teams are in the hunt depends on which teams show up with their best runners fit and healthy.

Tim O'Rourke Rolls at Clarksburg 30k

On Sunday, November 9th, Tamalpan Tim O'Rourke ran 1:49:37.0 (5:53/M) at the 2008 Clarksburg Country Run to win the 50+ age-group and set a new single-year age 50 record. Congratulations to Tim! Full Results.

Johnny Lawson Tamalpa XC Challange

Now get the rest of the story, as written by George Frazier

Final 2008 TCRS This Sunday, Nov. 16

The tenth and final TCRS of 2008 runs this Sunday, November 16th at the traditional Redwood High School location in Larkspur. The flat and fast 5k paved course is a favorite with Tamalpa's speed demons, and is a popular series-ending venue. For those of you in heated battles with your fellow age group competitors, check out your current standings on the TCRS Division standings page here. For overall points standings, check it out here. And for race info and directions, go here. We hope to see you all this Sunday!

2008 John Lawson Tamalpa Challenge Results

Despite a bit of rain, okay a deluge, the John Lawson Tamalpa Challenge cross-country races, held on Saturday, November 1st, were a great success. Congratulations to all of the participants, especially Senior division competitor Brian Pilcher, who won the Men's Masters race outright! Thanks must also go out to all the volunteers and race director Ken Grebenstein. For unofficial race results, go here.

Halloween Track Workout At San Rafael Track

Tuesday evening, Oct. 28th - Plenty of ghouls, goblins and Dodgers (Oh my!) were present at the Tamalpa Halloween Track workout at San Rafael High.

Two Relay World Records Set By Tamalpa Teams In One Day

The following was reported by Tamalpa Team Coordinator Frank Ruona, on the successful assaults on the Men's Veterans (70+) and Women's Senior world records for the 4 X 1600 meter relay, onThursday morning, Oct. 16th:

"The Tamalpa Runners ran their third postal relay race of the year on Thursday morning, 10/16/08, at the College of Marin track in Kentfield, CA. The Tamalpa Veteran Men were trying to break the 70-79 age group record set by another Tamalpa foursome in 1998 and the Senior Women were out to set an age group best in the 4 x 1600M relay after setting a Club age group best in the 4 x 800M and a World age group best in the distance medley relay earlier this year. At 8:30 a.m. the race was on. April Powers sped to the lead for the Senior Women. Bernie Hollander ran the initial leg for the Veteran Men. April finished her 1600M in 6:36.38 and handed off to Mimi Willard for the Senior Womenís second leg. Soon Bernie, who finished his leg in 7:12.31, was handing off to Ralph Harms for the Veteran Menís second leg. Mimi came through in 6:37.34 and passed the baton to Linda Gill. Ralph followed in 7:13.79 and handed off to Tom Guldman. The pace quickened when Linda Gill took the baton, as she ran the fastest leg of the day in 5:47.76. Christina Lachman ran a strong final leg for the Senior Women in 6:08.27 and the Senior Women set another World age group best of 25:10.15. The Veteran Men thought that they had no chance of breaking the record when Tom Guldman, who ran 7:01.24, handed off to Russ Kiernan for the final leg with the time for the first three legs at 21:27.34. No one had checked on what the actual 70-79 age group record was before the race began and we all thought the record was 27:44 +/- and that a 6:16 closing 1600M was a bit too fast to expect Russ to run. Russ gave it his all and ran a very fast 6:22.88. The Veteran Menís team finished in 27:50.22 and they were disappointed thinking that they had just missed the record. Once I got back to my office I received a telephone call from Bernie Hollander telling me that he had checked the Veteran Menís record and the existing record was 27:50.50, not 27:44. I then went out to my car to gather up the timing data from the earlier race and, WHAT DO YOU KNOW, the Tamalpa Veteran Men broke the record by 0.28 seconds! Congratulations Veteran Men! Congratulations Senior Women! Well done!"

Senior Women
1. April Powers 6:36.38
2. Mimi Willard 6:37.74
3. Linda Gill 5:47.76
4. Christina Lachman 6:08.27
Team Total Time 25:10.15

Veteran Men
1. Bernie Hollander 7:12.31
2. Ralph Harms 7:13.79
3. Thomas Guldman 7:01.24
4. Russ Kiernan 6:22.88
Team Total Time 27:50.22

October TCRS - Vintage Oaks East - Novato

October saw yet another TCRS course run in the northern part of the county, again in Novato, near and around Deer Island. On a beautiful bright fall morning, 74 racers navigated the dirt levees and single track trail looping Deer Island behind the Vintage Oaks shopping center, for a total of 4.55 miles. Mark Mcmanus dominated the field once again, to win comforatbly over second-place finisher George Dombroski. Christina Lachman topped the ladies field, with a 25 second cushion of victory over Tammy Gonzalez. For complete results, go here. There is one race remaining on the 2008 TCRS calendar, the traditional 5k course at Redwood High School, on Sunday, November 16th. We hope to see you all there!

September TCRS - Rush Creek

Seventy-five runners participated in the eighth club race of 2008, a return to the Bahia/Rush Creek course in northern Novato. Mark McManus continued to be undefeated in TCRS races this year, easily winning his fourth race of the year, in a strong time of 29:42 on the gently rolling course. Brad O'Brien continued to be a force on the TCRS circuit, finishing second again for the umpteenth time, about 2 minutes behind Mark. Karen Steele returned to the winners circle for the women, finshing 1:19 ahead of second place female Christina Lachman. Karen's time was 36:15. For complete results, click here. October's club race will see a return to Novato, with a brand new course to be run on the levees and trails of Deer Island, in eastern Novato. For race info and directions, go here. See you on the 12th!

Steve Lyons Track Meet A Success

The 4th Annual Steve Lyons Track meet, held on Sep 16th, was yet again a successful and pouplar affair. Dozens of enthusiastic runners and spectators congregated at the San Rafael High School track to enjoy some spirited racing, as well as honor the legacy of one of Tamalpa's greatest runners. Many thanks to the various organizers of the meet - Billie Post, George Frazier, Jim Myers, Kevin Mangan, and others who donated their time and efforts in putting on this fine event. For complete meet results, go here.

Saturday Morning Mountain Home Inn Run Website

Tamalpan Roy Rivers has created a neat website dedicated to the Saturday morning Mountain Home Inn fun run, complete with beautiful photos and comments about recent Saturday runs, and some miscellaneous other adventures. If you want to see how we enjoy our Saturday mornings on the mountain (and occasionally elsewhere), click here.

Headlands 50k

The Tamalpa Runners once again hosted the Headlands 50k Trail race, held on Saturday, August 23rd. This year's race was not the host for the National USATF 50k Trail Championship, which probably affected the overall turnout, as participation numbers were down from previous years totals. Nonetheless, 73 starters toed the starting line in the sand on Rodeo Beach, and 66 runners manages to complete the challenging course. Local tough guy Cliff Lentz led most of the race, before finally succumbing to the pace on the last climb up to Wolf Ridge, where eventual winner Michael Buchanan of San Carlos, CA passed him. Buchanan's winning time was a relatively pedestrian 4:21:10, about 6 minutes ahead of Cliff's second place finish in 4:27:11. Victor Ballesteros was the first Tamalpan male finisher, in fourth place overall, with a time of 4:41:54. The women's winner was Auburn's Julie Young, finishing in 4:57:09, comfortably ahead of second place female Nicole Duke, who ran 5:23:58. Tamalpa's Florencia Gascon-Amyx finished in third place overall for the ladies, in a time of 5:38:58. Many thanks go out to race organizers Guy Palmer, Greg Nacco, and Jerry Leith, as well as the many Tamalpa volunteers who helped pull off yet another successful rendition of this great event. Complete results for the race can be found here.

Cross Country Is Here!

It's that time of year again Ė XC Season! Each fall, the Pacific Association of USAT&F holds a series of 9 cross country races, to foster club-vs-club as well as individual competition. Tamalpa tries to field teams in all divisions. Everyone, fast or slow, can contribute to this team effort simply by participating. All courses are between 3 and 6 miles, mostly dirt, with some moderate hills. There are separate races for women, masters men, and open men, so you can run your race and enjoy cheering your teammates in the others. It's the team that counts in XC, plus it's a lot of fun to join in and be part of the colorful scene!

The next XC race is in Golden Gate Park on Saturday, Sept. 6. See the PAUSATF website for the complete calendar

To be scored for Tamalpa, you need:

  • Current membership in Tamalpa Runners.

  • A current USATF card designating your club affiliation as Tamalpa (Club #100). You can signup online at the PAUSATF Website.

  • A shirt of some kind that says "Tamalpa", preferably the current men's singlet or women's uniform top (available in bra, tank, tee, or long sleeve styles.)

    Highly recommended: Let us know which XC races you plan to run. This helps the team captains and your teammates as well plan their schedules so that we can have complete teams at as many races as possible, especially the ones closer to Marin. (Five Tamalpans make a team for open divisions and men's masters; four for men's seniors; and three for all other divisions. ) The main thing is to avoid defaults - that's why slow runners are so much more desirable than no runners!

    To navigate to the signup page, click on "RACE" at the top of this page, then "Team Signups" in the drop-down menu. Next, click on either the men's or women's Cross Country page. If you don't know the password, request it in an email to any team captain listed on page 2 of the Gazette. Once you are logged in, you will be able to add your name to any blank line, and type Yes, No, or Maybe for each event. Click on "Save" when you're done. This is not a hard-and-fast commitment, just an indication of your intentions. If you want to go back and change something later, just repeat the same procedure.

    Please contact your team captain by email or phone if you have questions or would like to carpool to a race.

    August TCRS

  • The August TCRS on Sunday the 10th saw participation numbers slightly down for the race, probably due to conflicting vacation plans for many club members. It certainly couldn't have been due to the course, as it's a pleasurable 5.2 mile mix of flat bike path and slightly challenging fire trail that rewarded the racers with a gorgeous view from atop the ridge. Race day weather was nearly perfect, with cool temps in the shade of the bike path, and slightly warmer conditions on the hill. TCRS newcomers Jim Sorensen (national-class Masters miler) and Mark Churchill (32 minute 10k guy) battled it out for much of the race, with Jim prevailing over the last mile or so on the bike path, in a strong time of 31:27. Teen phenom Jacque Taylor won the women's race handily in a fine time of 37:42, over second place lady Karen Steele, who edged out Liz Shortino for the runner-up honors. There were 73 finishers overall. Complete results can be found here, and Craig Stern took quite a few photos during the race, which can be viewed here. Next month's club race will be held on Sep. 21st, at the Bahia/Rush Creek course in Northern Novato.

    July Golf `n Race TCRS

    The third consecutive running of the July San Geronimo TCRS once again proved to be a popular affair. Mild weather conditions made for good racing, and Mark McManus continued his dominating ways by holding off a contingent of younger runners, who seem to be increasing in numbers at recent club races. Peter Kissin finished in the runner-up position, nearly two minutes back. An exciting women's race saw Courtenay Brown triumph over a game Laura Schmitt. 92 finishers enjoyed the two loop course around the San Geronimo Golf Course, and many participants and their families partook in the post-race dinner festivities at the golf club's banquet hall. For complete results, go here. **And a notice about next month's club race - The race date, Sun., August 10th remains the same, but the location has changed due to permitting issues. The new location will be a familiar course, in Samuel P. Taylor State park , at the Tocolomah/Jewell Trail location. (West end of the park) Click here for info and directions.

    "Four On The 4th" Race a Success

    The Tamalpa Runners and race director Jason Jacobson report that the inaugural Novato "Four On The 4th" Fourth of July races went off smoothly, with over 100 participants in the 4 mile road race, and "Mayor's Cup" One Mile run/walk. Jason thanks the many Tamalpan volunteers and racers who participated on race day, and invites everyone to return next year to this well-organized event. For complete 4 Mile race results, click here.

    Western States 100 Cancelled Due To Fires

    The 35th running of the Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run was unfortunately cancelled by race organizers a few day before the scheduled start on June 28th, due to the hazardous conditions on, and near the course as a result of the many wild fires that are plaguing Northern California. Alternate race scenarios, including several different variations of the race course were considered, but the unhealthy air conditions prevented any possible substitute race solutions. Race organizers have announced that all runners who were on the Official Final Start List will be given an automatic entry to the 2009 event. For more comprehensive news on the cancellation of the event, go here.

    Berns, Rivers Take Woodminster, Double Dipsea

    Jamie Berns and Roy Rivers, Tamalpa's "Dynamic Duo" of Bay Area trail racing, continued their co-dominance of the "Triple Crown" of handicapped trail races, with Jamie scoring the win at the Dick Houston Woodminster Handicap 9 mile trail race on June 15th, and Roy taking the overall honors at the Double Dipsea on June 21st. This makes it eight "Triple Crown" handicapped trail race wins in a row for either Roy or Jamie. (Go here for the stats.) Talk about dominance! Congratulations to these two awesome Tamalpan trail racers, as well as all the other Tamalpans who have pounded the trails of the three handicapped trail races this month. For Woodminster race results, go here. And for Double Dipsea results, click here.

    Roy Rivers Wins The Dipsea

    Perennial favorite and Heartbreak Kid Roy Rivers finally broke through at the Dipsea today, winning the 98th running of the storied trail race from Mill Valley to Stinson Beach. Roy (age 51, 6 hc min., 53:23 scratch time) won by over a minute and a half in front of second place Russ Kiernan, who had yet another strong run over the Dipsea course. A surprise third-place finisher was 68 year-old Hans Schmid, running in his first Dipsea Invitational race. Look out for Hans next year! Rounding out the top five were Mark McManus, who took the fastest time trophy for the third year in a row, and former champion Melody-Anne Schultz. Tamalpa once again took the team title. Congratulations to all the participants, now we can relax! Complete preliminary results are now posted on the Dipsea Race website here. (Finish line photo: Alan Dep - Marin IJ)

    Great Job, Roy!

    Three of the Good Guys...

    Marin Memorial Day Races

    Under overcast skies, and perfect running conditions, 700+ racers participated in the Marin Memorial Day 10k and 2.5 Mile races. The men's race saw some of the fastest times in years posted, with Phillip Reid leading the way, in a sizzling 29:36. Last years 10k champion, Sergio Reyes was close behind in 29:48. 2008 Women's Olympic Marathon team member Magdalena Lewy-Boulet repeated as ladies champion, winning the race in a fine time of 34:19, 28 seconds ahead of Mill Valley's Clara Peterson. Sixteen year-old Eric Olson, of Healdsburg, smoked the field in the 2.5 Mile race, winning by more than a minute and a half. He will be a definite contender in the Dipsea in two weeks. And as is tradition, the Kids races held after the 10k and 2.5 mi. were very exciting and entertaining for the kids, and parents alike. Complete race results for the 10k and 2.5 mi. races can be found here. Of course, it goes without saying that this great event cannot happen without the *very* hard work and dedication of the many volunteers that contribute their time and efforts towards the cause. Tamalpa extends its sincere thanks and gratitude to race director Janet Bowman for her capable stewardship of the race(s), as well as the many Tamalpan volunteers that have helped out over the past year. Thank you all!

    May Mother's Day TCRS - Northridge (Mill Valley)

    As per tradition, the May TCRS was designed to be a hilly and tough course, in order to help prepare Dipsea entrants for the challenge that lies ahead next month. This course lived up to the billing. A slightly modified 7.1 mi. route along Corte Madera Ridge and Warner Canyon put 123 racers to the test, with all agreeing that this race indeed is a good tuneup for the Dipsea. Mark McManus proved he is more than ready, powering away to a decisive victory, in a speedy time of 44:59. Former Tamalpan Adam Hersh, also a strong Dipsea contender, placed second, 2:43 behind Mark. In that the race was held on Mother's Day, it was only fitting that Mom Liz Shortino took first place for the ladies, just edging out Karen Steele after a great duel on the hilly course. Liz ran 59:03, to Karen's 59:19. Jamie Berns proved that she is still running strong by placing third in a fine effort of 59:56. Complete race results can be found here. There will be no TCRS in June, the next scheduled race returns to the San Geronimo Golf Course for a fun Friday night contest, on July 18th. We'll see you there!

    Tamalpa Summer Youth Running Camp

    Jason Jacobson and the Tamalpa Runners once again will host a summer camp for youths age 6-14 who desire to improve their running abilities and overall fitness. There will be four sessions of the camp, June 19, June 26, July 19, and July 17th. In addition to a structured training program, participants will also receive Tamalpa club membership, t-shirt, and free TCRS and Christmas Relays entries. Camp cost is $100.00 per athlete. For more info, and a printable registration form, go here.

    April TCRS at Mt. Burdell

    Dipsea hopefuls got a chance to burn their lungs and pound their legs at the always popular(?) Mt. Burdell TCRS April club race. The 10k trail and fire road course, with a little bit of pavement 1/2 way though the race served as a reminder that we still have work to do before June 8th rolls around. George Dombroski showed that he likes TCRS courses that run in north Novato, as he won his second Novato TCRS in the past year. Newly minted Master Wayne Best finished in a strong second place, 42 seconds behind George. Karen Steele showed off her hill muscles by taking the women's race, a comfortable 1:16 ahead of Christina Lachman. 107 runners completed the course. Results can be found here. Bernie and Edda once again graciously opened their home for a post-race brunch, enjoyed by a few dozen tired and hungry runners.

    March TCRS and Runner of the Year Awards

    Sunny skies and plenty of short steep hills were the order of the day in the March TCRS club race. 121 racers were challenged by the constantly undulating terrain, as well as the slightly sadistic climb in the last 1/2 mile of the race. Local triathlete Adam Zastrow ran strongly on the hills, to easily outdistance second place finisher Brad O'Brien. Jacque Taylor showed that she's in good pre-season Dipsea shape by trouncing the women's field by over 2 1/2 minutes. Home Girl Karen Steele took second place for the ladies. For complete race results, go here. Following the race was the annual Spring Tamalpa Runners of the Year awards breakfast, with many prizes and awards being doled out to deserving recipients. This years reward for running in at least 5 TCRS races last year was a nice pair of racing socks with the Tamalpa Runners logo on them. Many thanks to Brad O'Brien, Steve Shapiro, Frank Ruona, Dave Pinto, and the many voulunteers who helped make the awards presentations and breakfast a great time.

    Way Too Cool 50k

    Perfect running weather and mostly dry trails at this years edition of The Way Too Cool 50k contributed to some fast times run by a slew of Tamalpans and other racers as well. An impressive 29 runners finished under 4 hours, with Oregonian Todd Braje winning the race in a fine time of 3:32:13. 2007 Quad Dipsea champ Erik Skaggs led for much of the race, before finaly falling a bit off the pace in the last 5 miles. His second place time was 3:34:17. First-place woman, in a new course record time of 3:55:22, was Susannah Beck, also from Eugene, Oregon. Susannah bested Ann Trason's mark of 3:56:55, which had stood for 13 years. Most impresssive! In case you haven't heard of Susannah Beck before, she was the 4th place finisher in the 2000 Women's US Olympic Marathon trials, so she definitely has some credentials to her name! Top Tamalpan finisher was Mark McManus, in a sizzling 3:43:48, good for 10th place overall. Mark's time would have won this race outright at least 4 times in the past. A fast field, indeed. Also having a stellar performance was Roy Rivers, who broke Mark Richtman's 50-59 age group record with a great 3:53:50. Other Tamalpans who had notable performances were Heather Levine-Chesler (8th woman overall), Gary Wang, Dave Bronstein, and Bernie Hollander. Congratulations to all Tamalpan finishers at this always-popular event. For complete race results, click here. For Tamalpa-specific results, go here.

    Twilight Relays

    Twilight Relays meet director Jason Jacobson reports that 32 schools from all over the Bay Area are signed up for this years edition of this great event. The San Rafael Twilight Relays will take place this Saturday, March 8, 2008 @ 4:30 pm @ San Rafael High School. The Twilight Relays is a fun and special running experience. Relay teams compete in unique relay distances at night, under the lights at the beautiful San Rafael High School all-weather track and field facility. There is a $5.00 entrance fee. Races include: Girls and Boys Sprint Medley Relay --Girls and Boys Distance Medley Relay --Coed 4 x 200 Meter Relay --Coed 4 x 800 Meter Relay. This is a chance to come out and watch some of the best track athletes in the Bay area in action! Jason is also looking for volunteers to handle some of the timing of the events. If you would like to help out, contact Jason at Jason.Jacobson@qar.com . For more info about the event, click here. Hope to see you on the 8th!

    February TCRS - Hamilton Field

    A large turnout of 122 adult racers competed in the February Hamilton Field TCRS, with 22 more kids participating in the special Kids 1 and 2 mile races. Mark McManus continued to dominate the flat TCRS races, winning easily in a speedy time of 23:53 on the roughly 4.4 mile course. Always strong TCRS stalwart Brad O'Brien finished second about a minute and a half later. The women's race was a very competitive affair, with the top 5 finishers completing the course within 25 seconds of each other. Liz Shortino returned to the winner's circle with a fine 30:24, just 10 seconds ahead of Christina Lachman. Complete race results for the race(s) can be found here. Also *very* good to see was the return of Tamalpa's own Don Ritchie, who has been absent from the TCRS scene recently. Don has been focusing his energies on battling pancreatic cancer instead of racing. (What's up with that, Don? Heh.Good to see you out there.) Next month's club race on March 30th in South Novato will feature the Tamalpa Runner of the Year awards breakfast following the run. Be sure to be there!

    Tamalpa Runners Couples Relay

    Fifty-seven couples participated in the 2008 edition of the Tamalpa Runners Couples Relay, on Sunday, February 10th. For the first time in recent memory, a married couple took the top prize, breaking the streak of non-married, or "couple for a day" teams that have dominated the event in recent years. Deb and Jon Rushman won comfortably in a fine combined time of 22:29, 21 seconds in front of the second place team of Kelsey Ripp and Rian Nernandez. For complete results, click here. Thanks go out to race director(s) Russ and Marilyn Kiernan, and the many volunteers who helped put on the event. Russ has announced this will be his last year directing this popular race, race creator Barry Spitz has tentatively signed on to direct the race in 2009.

    Roger's Super Bowl Race

    The 23rd running of Roger Gordon's Super Bowl Handicapped 7 Mile trail race took place on a beautful sunny morning, following nearly a week of dreary rainy weather. Although there were a few muddy spots, and the occasional 60 second rain "spritz", the course was enjoyed by all. We even got to see a rainbow while traversing the Blithedale ridge "Roller Coaster"! Numbers were down for this year's edition, with only 54 entrants, as opposed to the usual 80-100 racers. The previous week's rains no doubt kept some of the fair-weather weenies away. The champion of this year's race was long-time Super Bowl race participant Mitch DeShields, who had arguably his best race in years. It's amazing how a fair handicap can motivate runners in this race! Mitch had a comfortable 1:33 lead over second place finisher Max Perry, who also benefitted from a decent handicap this year. Last year Max finished sixth from last, with a not-so-charitable handicap. He took full advantage of his added minutes, as well as experience from last year to improve to the runner-up position. Dave Leipsic also ran very well to garner the third place spot. The top 24 finishers all won a bottle of wine, supplied by Roger Gordon. All runners also enjoyed the traditional post-race breakfast at Roger's, as well as the good-natured heckling and abuse supplied by emcee George Frazier at the awards ceremony. A big thank you goes out to Roger and his band of volunteers for the race - Jim Myers, Dave Waco, Eve Pell, Cindy Goh, Jamie Berns, Roy Rivers, Arthur Beckert, Dimitris, and Dave Covey. For race results, go here.

    January TCRS - Tennessee Valley

    The first race in the 2008 TCRS racing season kicked off in typical fashion, under sunny skies, and crisp, clear conditions. Batbileg Bor returned to the winner's circle, out-racing a game Josh Babiak, and managing to run to a new course record of 19:03, five seconds under Jake Schmitt's old standard. Jacque Taylor cruised to victory in 22:31, 20 seconds ahead of second-place Anna Bretan. 170 racers enjoyed the mildly hilly course down to the ocean and back. For race results, click here. For some race photos taken by Dave Waco, go here. Next month's race returns to the levees of Hamilton Field, on February 17th. We'll see you there!

    Tamalpa Youth and Teen Event

    Tamalpa Youth and Tamalpa Teens are cordially invited to attend the 2008 Olympian Track and Field clinic to be held on Saturday, February 9th from 9 am to about 4 pm. Adults are also invited to attend. Where: Logan High School in Union City (we will car-pool over there) What is it: This is a learn-by-doing clinic. Olympic stars of the past and present guide you through various workouts and teach fundamentals of track and field. Most events of track and field are covered, including distance running.
    Featured Athletes and Coaches:
    Billy Mills--Gold Medal winner in Distance
    Dick Fosbury--Gold Medalist in High Jump
    John Carlos--sprint champ
    Lee Evans-- 400 meter champ
    Andre Phillips--400 Hurdle champ
    Jim Hines--100 meter champ
    James Robinson--800 meter champ
    Eddie Hart--sprint champ
    Wyomia Tyus--sprint champ
    Ray Kimble--triple jump champ
    Joe Newton--top high school cross country coach
    Hal Connolly--5 time Olympian in Hammer throw
    Mac Wilkins--4 time Olympian in Discus
    Ed Seese--National Pole Vault Champ
    Mike Powell--World Record Holder in Long Jump
    Suzy Powell--US record holder in Discus and more....
    This is an amazing lineup of Olympic champions!
    : this clinic is free to current Tamalpa members and includes lunch. Non-members--$10 if 12 and under; $25, if 13 and up. We will be limited to "30" participants (includes youths and adults). For more info or to reserve your spot: contact Craig Stern: cjstern1@verizon.net Craig will be sending in reservations on January 31st--so please respond by then.

    New Years Day Run

    Rougly 70 folks showed up for the first run of the year on the mountain on New Years Day, no doubt encouraged by the sunny skies and aspirations of a strong year of training and racing. The Deer Park School in Fairfax was once again the meeting point, which afforded the runners many enjoyable trail options to explore. Happy New Year, and good luck to all in 2008!

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