Welcome to the Tamalpa Runners' Website: 2009 News

News from 2009

The State of Tamalpa Racing

Club President Ken Grebenstein reflects on the current state of Tamalpa racing and the outlook for next year in Kenny's Korner.

2009 Final TCRS Standings

The final standings for the 2009 TCRS Season are now online. Overall Standings -- Division Standings.

TCRS schedule for 2010 Announced

Sunday, January 17 -- Tennessee Valley
Sunday, February 14 -- McInnis Park, San Rafael
Sunday, March 14 -- Sorich Park, San Anselmo
Sunday, April 11 -- Crown Road, Kentfield
Sunday, May 16 -- Mount Burdell, Novato
Friday, July 23 -- McInnis Park, San Rafael
Sunday, August 15 -- Coyote Ridge (Shoreline and Panoramic)
Sunday, September 19 -- Ring Mountain
Sunday, October 10 -- Bear Valley, Point Reyes
Sunday, November 14 -- Redwood High School, Larkspur

Tamalpa Senior Women Take 3rd at USATF X-C Club Championship

The Tamalpa Senior Women’s team captured the bronze medal at the 2009 USATF Club Cross Country Championships in Lexington, Kentucky. Team members included Christina Lachman (26:43), Linda Gill (25:39), Karen Steele (25:34), Mimi Willard (27:01), Mary Wells (27:58) and Judy Rabinowitz (25:58).

Christmas Relay Results

Tamalpa had an amazing 19 teams at the 2009 Christmas relays. Full results are not yet available, but thanks to Dave Waco and Frank Ruona we have Tamalpa specific results with splits.

Holiday Shopping With Tamalpa

Fill your family's stocking with Tamalpa clothing and gear from Marin Running Company. Right now the very cool half-zip warm-up shirts are in stock and a selection of other items. Take a look at some of the available clothing and hurry on over to get yours.

California International Marathon Results (Updated 12/11)

Some good results by Tamalpans on a cold and windy day. Thanks to Frank Ruona we have Tamalpa specific results and full results are also available.

Sign-up Now for Christmas Relays

Get all the info at the Tamalpa Christmas Relay Page.

Tamalpa Turkey Trot Results

The Tamalpa Turkey Trot had a big turnout and some really fast times. Thanks to all who ran and volunteered at the event. Results

Quad Results


Marin High School Runners Roll at X-C State Championships

On the boy's side Novato's Erik Olson took the division III title and Tamalpais' Daniel Milechman won the division IV tile. On the girl's side Marin Academy's Lucy McCullough wons the division V title, Jacque Taylor, who has run numerous TCRS races, of Casa Grande HS in Petaluma took the girls division II title and Marin Catholic's Theresa Devine took second in division IV. Congratulations to them all. Results.

PAUSATF Cross-Country Championships - Results Are Up

Results are up and Lynn Walker has great coverage which includes race stories, photos and videos.

November TCRS Results


Tamalpa Challange Results and story

Results and Lynn Walker's race coverage which includes a report, slide show and video for each race.

Tamalpa Member Adidas Discount Period

Adidas, as part of its sponsorship of Tamalpa Racing, is offering all current Tamalpans a 30% discount on all Adidas shoes and a 50% discount on most of their running apparel. The next order period will be November 1-15. Tamalpans can place their orders at Marin Running Company in San Anselmo or email Marin Running Company's owner Charles Yoakum at charles.yoakum@gmail.com with their order. A current Tamalpa membership card must be presented when picking up your order.

Whiskeytown 50K Results

The Whiskytown 50k, which served as the PAUSATF 50k Trail Championship, was won by Jason Reed with John Catts as the first 50 year-old. Congratulations to both! Full Results.

Shoreline Cross-Country Results and Story

Full results are up and Lynn Walker came through with more great PAUSATF cross-country coverage including photos.

Humboldt Half Results

The Humboldt half-marathon, part of the PAUSATF long road race series, had numerous strong performances by Tamalpans. Top Tamalpa performances included Yiou Wang taking second woman overall, Tanya Fredricks winning the masters women race with Patty Shore taking third, Jeanie Sawaya, Gayle Shimokaji and Kathy Barton going 1 through 3 in the 50-54 division, Tim O'Rourke running fast enough to win not only the seniors division, but the masters as well, and Russ Kiernan winning the 70s and Sam Hirabayashi winning the 80s. Full results are available on the race website.

Johnny Lawson Tamalpa Challange Coming Up

Due to California State Park budget issues, Tamalpa was forced to move the Johnny Lawson Tamalpa Challange from China Camp SP. Tamalpa Club president and Tamalpa Challange Race Director Kenny Grebenstein has set-up a nice course in beautiful Rodeo Vally (and worked through all the permit issus.) The race will be on October 31, 2009. Get all the details on the The Johnny Page. Be sure to check out the video of last year's race (on the old course) created by Tim Amyx. And of course, there will be plenty of volunteer opportunities at the race, contact Kenny to volunteer today. You can see the full PAUSATF Cross-Country schedule on the PAUSATF website.

Willow Hills Cross-Country

Results are now available and Lynn Walker continues his outstanding coverage of the PAUSATF cross-country series. Judging by the video, the Tamalpa senior women got a strong team out to the race, but it looks like not many other Tamalpans raced.

Weekend Results

TCRS Results and Firetrails 50 Results.

Tamalpa Specific XC Standings

Quantity and quality have been the hallmark of Tamalpa Runners in this year's PAUSAT cross-country series. After five of nine races Tamalpa has teams and individuals contending for top spots in almost every division. We have Tamalpa specific team and individual standings and you can see the full standings on the PAUSATF website.

Presidio XC Results

Good Tamalpa showing at the race led by Anna Bretan, YoOu Wang and Val Young going 2-3-4 in the womens' race, take a look at the results and Lynn Walker's race coverage with photos.

Brian Pilcher 4th at USATF Masters 5k Champs

Brian ran 16:28 to take 4th in the 50-54 division at the Syracuse Festival Of Races 5k. The results for the fast field are here.

Current TCRS Overall and Division Standings

TCRS standings through the September race have been posted: Overall Standings - Division Standings

Garin Park XC Results and Story from Lynn Walker

Lynn Walker has great coverage of the July 25th Garin Park Cross Country race in his story for the San Jose Running Examiner. His article includes full results, race coverage and photos. Congratulations to all the Tamalpans who ran yesterday, the club had a great day with several team and individual wins.

September TCRS Results and Photos

Results and thanks to Isabel and Stephen Tracy we have Photos

Steve Lyons Track Meet Results

The Steve Lyons Track Meet had great attendance and an even better vibe. Take a look at the Results.

New TCRS Results - By Runner and Runner vs Runner

Since January of 2001 Tamalpa has been keeping TCRS results in a database. (Thanks to Diane Prater, who didn't want any recognition for this, but deserves it!) We now have the TCRS database online and you can check any runner's TCRS results since 2001 or see how any two runners have done in head-to-head battles. Please email the webmaster with any problems that you encounter.

Golden Gate Park XC

Full results are available and Tamalpan Lynn Walker wrote a nice article with division resluts and photos for the Examiner. Zinsli.com has excellent finishing photos of the women's race, the men's master race, the men's open race.

Mt Tam Hill Climb Results

Results and article in Marinscope papers and the same article with a different photo.

Annual Steve Lyons Track Meet is on September 15

Get all the details about Tamalpa's biggest track meet which is held to honor the memory of Steve Lyons.

Banana Man 5k Cancelled

Just got word from Kees Tuinzing that there will be no Banana Man 5k this year. The race had been scheduled for September 13. If you were planning on running the Banana Man, you might want to instead run the 4 mile Golden Gate Park XC which is the day before.

Empire Open XC Results and Photos

Tamalpa had a great turnout at Empire XC on August 29th. Results are on the Empire Runners' website. Liilie O'Reilly took a bunch of great photos or go straight to the slide show

July and August Track Meet Results

The July track meet results and August track meet results are available. The next track meet is on September 15, go to the track meet page for all the info.

Great Showing by Tamalpa at Santa Cruz XC

We have a Tamalpa specific race report from Frank Ruona and full results on the 2009 Santa Cruz XC page.

August TCRS Results


Crosss Country Starts this Month

Starting with the Santa Cruz Challange on 8/22, the cross-country season is just around the corner. For inspiration check out this nice article in Running Times and take a look at the 2009 PAUSATF XC Schedule for full details.

No Headlands 50k in 2009

Primarily due to permit issues, there will not be a Headlands 50k race in 2009.

August TCRS Details

Details for TCRS #7 on the Corte Madera Marsh are up on the TCRS Schedule/Results Page. This course is similar to the TCRS held on the marsh in 2007, but with more dirt and less pavement.

Adidas Discount Gear Purchasing

Marin Running Company (formerly Fleet Feet Sports San Anselmo) and Adidas are pleased to announce another ordering period specific to Tamalpa Runners! From August 4th to 18th, Marin Running Company will be taking orders for the core Adidas running shoes that are offer to current Tamalpa members at 30% off retail. Also, orders will be taken for Adidas apparel at 40% off retail price. Please see Charles Yoakum at Marin Running Company, 649 San Anselmo Ave for further details if you have any questions.

July TCRS Results

Get your results and capsule report here.

4th of July Race Results

Results are available for the Novato four mile race and one mile race and the Kenwood Footrace 10k and 3k.

Top Three Dipsea Results

Brian Pilcher won, McManus 2nd, Alex Varner 3rd.

Alex Varner and Julia Maxwell (13 yo) had the fastest times.

The big surprise of the day was that Tamalpa won the team trophy.

Craig Stern has posted photos and the preliminary results are up on the Dipsea website, although the top 35 don't show Roy Kissin's top 20 finish.

Tamalpan David Scharf Wins at PAUSATF Master's Track Championship

David, 46, took the M40-49 200 Meter Dash with a time of 26.05 into a strong headwind. Congratulations to David. Full Results

Dipsea Cutoff Times

Bernie Hollander sent this table to me awhile back and I forgot to put it up, here it is for your viewing pleasure.

San Rafael Road Mile Race Results

Jason Jacobson sent the results for the inaugural San Rafael Road Mile.

Dipsea Top 35 Prediction Contest Lists

The Dipsea Top 35 Prediction Contest is closed for submissions. Sixteen lists were created which you can see here and we also have some data on the prediction lists. Good luck to all the predictors.

This Week's Tuesday Night Track Workout at COM

Due to graduation activities at the San Rafael High School Track this week, the 6/9 Tuesday Track Workout will be held at the College of Marin Track. The workout will start with a warm up at 6:10 p.m. and the interval workout will start at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday Track Workouts will return to San Rafael High School the following Tuesday, 6/16/09

Don Ritchie (1946-2009)

Don passed away of pancreatic cancer on Monday, June 1st. There is a nice obituary in the Marin IJ which inlcudes service dates and a thread on the Tamalpa Message Board. We'll miss you Don.

Inaugural San Rafael One Mile Race This Sunday

Get the details on the Marin Runs website.

Tamalpa Website Stats

For anybody who might be interested I've put the May usage stats for this site online, which one of you is checking out www.tamalparunners.org from Burundi?

Marin Memorial Day Races Results and Photos

Full Results are up as are photos from Craig Stern.

We also have Tamalpa specific results, courtesy of Frank Ruona, and a couple of race reports:

Open Women - by Kathleen Helmer

Anna Bretan overall 36:45 per mile 5:55
Allison Tables overall 41:28 per mile 6:41
Kathleen Helmer 42:22 mile 6:49
Megan Greene 42:57 mile 6:55
Jen Lanciault 43:48 mile 7:32
Amy Sonstein 48:11 mile 7:46

Masters Women - by Michelle Wilcox

What a perfect running morning! The Masters Women's Racing Team was out in force yet again at the Memorial Day 10K Race. A total of 13 Masters ran, with our own Valerie young taking 3rd Overall in the Women's Division! Way to keep your streak alive Val! We are all so proud of you. Here are the results as posted on BuzzWord Productions:

Women 40-44
Valerie Young 1st in AG 35:35-3rd OVERALL WOMAN!
Tanya Fredricks 4th in AG 38:39
Julie Ziegler 9th in AG 41:14
Michelle Wilcox 10th in AG 41:40
Christine Heilmann 11th in AG 42:11
Traci McCarty 12th in AG 42:14
Beth Freedman 15th in AG 43:43
Michelle McLaughlin 18th in AG 44:47
Ashley McCulloch 19th in AG 45:35

Women 45-49
Leigh Kenny 5th in AG 42:46
Anna Slattery 7th in AG 44:19
Vicki DeMenno 10th in AG 45:43
Alice Miller 28th in AG 59:01

Senior Women - by Tricia Wallace
The senior women showed up en masse on a perfect racing morning Monday winning the senior division with 2nd through 8th places. Once again it was our powerhouse, Karen Steele, who led the charge followed a few minutes later by Mary Wells then the group of Janet, Gayle, Kathy, Karen K. and Jeanie, all finishing within seconds of each other:

Karen Steele 41.11 2/21 F 50-54
Mary Wells 44.44 3/21 F50-54
Janet Kjelmyr 46.37 4/21 F50-54
Gayle Shimokaji 46.40 5/21 F50-54
Kathleen Barton 46.43 6/21 F50-54
Karen Kiely 46.46 7/21 F50-54
Jeanie Sawaya 47.08 8/21 F50-54

Masters Men - by Rob Flatland

To add to the awesome showing by Tamalpa Runners, the Men’s Masters Team had some great performances at Monday’s Marin Memorial 10K. New Tamalpan Tim Wallen finished 45th in a time of 34:41, followed by Brad O’Brien (61st; 35:20), Tom Lyons (90th; 37:05), Tom Schmitt (115th; 38:06), Tim McCarthy (189th; 40:34), and Jeff Rosenthal (229th; 41:57). Congratulations to all who ran.

Veterans Men - by Sam Hirabayashi

The Tamalpa Veterans Team had a great showing at the Marin Memorial 10K, along with Russ Kiernan's 46:03, best among all veterans, Darryl Beardall's 49:28 and Bernie Hollander's 50:40 made up the "A" Team for a total time of 146:11. Other Tamalpa Veterans in the race included Elmo Shropshire, Phil Phythian, Dick Couvillion and Sam Hirabayashi with Dick and Sam being in the Super Vets category, i.e., 80 plus!)

TCRS Standings Updated Through May Race

Thanks to Diane Prater we have fresh Division and Overall Standings

First Tamalpa Track Meet of 2009 Draws Big Crowd

Check out the results and to learn more about Tamalpa track meets and see the schedule for future meets, go to the 2009 Track Meet page

May TCRS Draws 104 Tough Souls

We have the results and Jimmy's capsule report and a great set of photos from Malcolm Fearon. To see the photos go to Malcolm's photo site at http://www.blissimages.com and click on login, then choose tcrs5 from the pull down menu.

Article From Runner's World on Running from Lodge to Lodge in Marin

Article features several Tamalpa runners and some great photos. Runner's World kindly let us reprint the story here

Tamalpa Club Racing Heats Up

The next couple of weeks will bring two opportunities to do some of the best, and best value, racing around. TCRS Number 5 is just around the corner on Sunday, May 10th and Tamalpa Track Meet Number 1 follows closely on Tuesday, May 19th..

Great Tamalpa Performances at Big Sur 5K

Thanks to Frank Ruona we have Tamalpa specific results and full race fesults. are also available.

We have a race reports from Mark McManus and Tricia Wallace.

Men's Open
by Mark McManus
The following open runners were apart of Tamalpa's 2nd place team at this weekend's Big Sur 5K:
Jeff Peterson
Mark McManus
Nathan Leefer
Jack Wallace
Wayne Patton

I'm really excited considering that in years past we consistenly placed either last or didn't score a team at all. Thanks to all who have aided in the development of this division. This is just the beginning.

Women's Masters
sent by Michelle Wilcox
(First hand from Beth Freedman):
"The 5K course is hilly -- the first mile is a mild uphill climb on HW1 into an oceanfront neighborhood. The next mile is flat and sandy along the coast and then the final mile starts with a short climb towards the downhill/flat finish. The weather was perfect -- overcast and mild with no wind. Christine Heilmann lead the Masters with her 20:58 finish (6:45 pace), followed by me (Beth Freedman) at 21:43 (just shy of 7 minute pace), followed by Tamara Gonzalez in 21:53."

Way to go Masters Women! Not only for trekking all the way down to Big Sur (and Beth had to scramble back home to Marin for school fundraising obligations-quick shower, and off to a fancy party) but for securing a second place victory! We as captains are so incredibly proud of the efforts of each and every one of the masters women's team members. Each race has consisted of different racers, but together they forge forward as an incredible force to be reckoned with. Keep it up, the Memorial Day Race is just around the corner!
-Michelle and Tanya

Women's Senior
by Tricia Wallace
The Senior ladies weekend jaunt to the Big Sur 5k proved very successful as these Tamalpa ladies romped away with a division win: Karen "the leader" Steele, Linda "this isn't the flat, fast, Carlsbad 5k!" Gill, Mary "well worth the 8 1/2 hour drive from Arcata" Wells and Tricia "the sweep" Wallace. Plus, the weather was superb and the scenery excellent.

Female 50-59 Division
2nd place - Karen Steele (20:30)
4th place - Linda Gill (21:05)
5th place - Mary Wells (22:03)
7th place - Tricia Wallace (23:17)

Tamalpa Has Big Day at Zippy 5K


With Val Young and Anna Bretan going 1-2 and followed by a huge and competitive group of women in the women's race, Tamalpa women's racing had one of its finest days. Good turn out by the men also. Full results (Note that there is a link at the bottom of the results page to switch between women's and men's results), photos of both the men's race and the women's race and a race video are available on the race website.

Click on the photo from Kathleen Helmer above to see the full size image.

Captain's Race Reports
We post team results and team reports as we get them from the team captains.

Women's Open
by Kathleen Helmer

2nd place Anna Bretan 17:36:27
26th place Leah Sawyer 19:19:24
50th place Kathleen Helmer 20:23:37
81st place Jen Lanciault 22:11:08
89th Place Amy Sonstein 22:55:19

Women's Masters
by Michelle Wilcox

Here are some Masters numbers to report, most notably VAL YOUNG's AMAZING WIN of this year's ZIPPY!!! Way to go Val!

Val Young 17:30/1st Place
Tanya Fredricks 19:01/18th Place
Liz Shortino 20:06/40th Place
Julie Nacco 20:38/53rd Place
Michelle Wilcox 20:46/58th Place
Christine Heilmann 20:48/59th Place
Leigh Kenny 20:48/60th Place
Tamara Gonzalez 21:11/66th Place
Anna Slattery 21:55/75th Place
Alice Miller 29:04/146th Place

Women's Senior
by Karen Steele

The Senior Women's team finished in first place at Zippy's with the following performances:

2nd Karen Steele 20:11
3rd Mimi Willard 20:45
5th Mary Wells 21:50
6th Janet Keilmyr 22:42
10th Karen Kiely 23:30
11th Gayle Shimakai 23:47
13th Tricia Wallace 24:54
16th Sunny Blende 26:05

Women's Super-Senior
by Janet Bowman

The Tamalpa Super Senior women fielded a team of three at the Zippy 5K:

Janet Bowman, 25:29 - 2nd Overall
Edda Stickle 27:01 - 4th Overall
Ann Hardham 28:50 - 6th Overall

Overall, the Tamalpa SSr Women took second place to Impala's 1-3-5 finish.

San Quentin 2009 Track Meet

As many of you know, Frank Ruona helps run the running program at San Quentin. On February 20, 2009 Frank helped to organize and put on a track meet for inmates. Check out the story and results.

TCRS Overall and Division Standings Through April TCRS Are Online

Thanks to Diane Prater we have up-to-date division and overall standings.

April TCRS Results

Thanks to quick work by TCRS incorporated, and especially Jim Myers, we've got results.

American River 50 Miler Results

Thanks to Dave Covey we've got Tamalpa specific results below, or check out the full results.

"*" Denotes non-Tamalpan, "?" Mean's we don't know if they are or not:

O'All Place Name Age Age Group Time Pace
1 Maxwell King* 29 M 18-29 6:04:44 8:25/M
2 Dave MacKey* 39 M 30-39 6:12:13 8:42/M
3 Chikara Omine* 26 M 18-29 6:12:46 8:51/M
7 Victor Ballesteros 38 M 30-39 6:19:09 8:27/M
15 Kami Semick* (1F) 42 F 40-49 6:45:51 9:01/M
24 Jen Pfeifer* (2F) 37 F 30-39 7:03:25 9:24/M
27 Annette Bednosky* (3F) 42 F 40-49 7:11:21 9:56/M
42 Greg Nacco 49 M 40-49 7:40:58 10:21/M
49 Craig Bronstein* 53 M 50-59 7:50:08 10:20/M
56 John Catts 55 M 50-59 7:54:50 10:43/M
66 Gary Wang 41 M 40-49 8:04:21 11:07/M
75 Mary Churchill (12F) 33 F 30-39 8:15:09 11:48/M
131 Will Aarsheim (?) 40 M 40-49 8:58:30 12:06/M
202 Dan Williams (?) 60 M 60-69 9:42:41 14:07/M
338 Charles Savage 61 M 60-69 10:50:53 15:09/M

Brian Pilcher Shares His Dipsea Training

Brian wrote a nice article about his training for the Dipsea on the "Younger Legs for Older Runners" website

Kid's Race Added to April TCRS

This month's race is this This Sunday, April 4, in the Marin Headlands, get the details on the TCRS Schedule Page. Kid's race will start after the adult race with the distance as age approipte as possible for the kids who show up.

New List of Marin County Library Running Resources

Sometimes forgotten among all the amazing attributes of Marin County is the incredible Marin County Library System. Elmer Jan of the Marin County Library was kind enough to send us an updated list of the Library's running resources, take a look at the list and please note that there is now a link to the list in the "Quick Links" section of the right-hand column.

Tamalpa Racing Uniforms Now Available

Tamalpans who have been awarded racing uniforms (List Here) will be able to pick them up starting on March 25 at Fleet Feet, San Anselmo. Adidas, Tamalpa Racing’s sponsor, has been very generous in the number of uniforms that we have been gifted. Any Tamalpan who will commit to running six Pacific Association races during 2009 is eligible to receive a Tamalpa Racing uniform. If you are not on the award list and plan to run six PA races this year, contact Ken Grebenstein at kengreb@comcast.net to get your name on our list.

Tamalpa Racing uniforms are also available for purchase at Fleet Feet for $25 for those who cannot commit to the six races, but would like a racing uniform. Tamalpa will retroactively reimburse anyone who buys their uniform and then runs six PA races. If you were one of the three who paid full price for a Tamalpa racing uniform please go back to Fleet Feet and you will be rebated half of your purchase price. Unfortunately, most of the women’s uniforms that we have been gifted are size small. We are currently working to obtain larger sizes and hope to have this rectified in a few weeks.

2009 SFSU Distance Carnival This Friday, March 27

This meet will have some Tamalpa flavor with Tamalpan Tom Lyons as meet director, Brian Pilcher going after the 50-54 American 5K record, Anna Bretan racing in the women's 5k, "The Mike Fanalli Men's 10k", the "Tony Nogueras Men’s 800m" and the "Anna Bretan Women’s 5000m" among many other races and a few jumps. Details can be found on the SFSU website

Adidas Discount for Tamalpa Members Starts April 5

Get the details on great deals.

Time to Dust Off the Spikes

2009 Tamalpa track meet dates are set, get all the details on the Track Meet Page.

March TCRS Results and Photos

We've got results, plus Stephen Tracy sent a link to some nice photos that his daughter Isabel shot and Nick Wilton sent another photo set.

Brian Pilcher Takes 3rd in 3000 and 4th in Mile at Indoor Nationals

Brian ran 9:24.91 in the 3000 and 4:47.50 in the mile, check out the results and the 3000 Meter Race report for details.

March TCRS this Sunday, March 22nd

The Across The Bay 12K and Cool 50K tune-ups are behind us and now it is time for the real deal, this Sunday join the fun atop the Terra Linda Ridge for TCRS version 2009.3. This will be a challenging and fun course with some great views as a kicker.

Also just added to the festivities is another ‘under the radar’, fun Tamalpa Kids' race of a distance between one and two miles on the rolling, wide fire road. The kids race will start right after the adults race and will have the usual course volunteers, parent leaders and REWARDS for the kids.

And wait, there's more! Directly after the TCRS will be the Tamalpa Runners' Awards breakfast at The Terra Linda Recreation Center at 670 Del Ganado Rd, just down the hill from the race. (This is NOT the Sleep Hollow location where we have had the awards breakfast before.)

Does Tamalpa offer a lot for $30 a year or what? I think I may be starting to channel "Snorkel Bob," so with out further nonsense, here's the link to the course details and driving directions (with da kine map): TCRS Schedule Page.

SFSU Distance Carnival Offering Free Entry to Tamalpans Who Meet Time Standards

Tamalpan and San Francisco State University cross-country and track coach Tom Lyons sent the following note about the San Francisco State Distance Carnival to be held on 3/27/09:

Hey gang,
With the support Adidas has given Tamalpa and my interest in promoting the opportunities for Tamalpans who are now racing with the club, I want to extend an invitation to all those who want to run in a fantastic distance-oriented track meet next week and waive the entry fee for anyone who wears the Tamalpa uniform and is currently racing the PA/USATF races for the club. This includes the Tamalpans already entered.

Adidas has come forward and provided a ton of awards for the meet. The connection with Tamalpa is there and Adidas's Mike McManus (on SF State's school record lists) has been very supportive of our team this year.

We have some time standards and this meet is full of collegiate runners from around the country as well as local open runners. Up front this is going to be an awesome meet. For example, we will have three heats for the men's 5K and currently have 25 guys entered at sub-14:55! Come out and watch Tamalpa's Brian Pilcher go for an Age Group American Record in the 5K... Watch Tamalpa's Anna Bretan run the 10K with six women entered at sub-36:00 seed time.... Or come out and run in your Tamalpa uniform....

Here is the website with the meet information and entry procedure. Be sure to list Tamalpa as your club.

Time standards are:
men - 2:09/4:10/10:30/10:45/16:30/35:00
women - 2:30/5:25/12:45/12:45/19:45/40:00

-Tom Lyons

Amazing Quality and Quantity from Tamalpa Runners over the Weekend

Quantity ? A quick count through the results shows at least 70 Tamalpans raced at Emerald Across the Bay 12K, another 37 at The Way Too Cool 50k and 4 more raced up Haleakala at the Run to the Sun. That's a minimum of 111 Tamalpans lacing up their shoes and going after it! Quality? Tamalpa had division wins all over the place, including a few stunning performances highlighted in red in the race reports from racing captains below. Full results are available for The Cool 50K, Emerald Across the Bay 12K and Haleakala Run to the Sun. There also some Across the Bay photos taken under tough conditions by Silver Lumsdaine and some photos of Way Too Cool taken by Dave Covey.

Open Women at Across the Bay compiled by captain Kathleen Helmer

We had a GREAT turnout today. A total of 9 (I think) Open Runners. This was a big turnout as last year I was scraping for 5. Our new Open Runners all placed in the top ten of their age group. Anna Bretan - Won her age group 20-24. Followed closely by Leah Sawyer from Berkeley who took third in her age group. Lindsay Meisel right behind them took 6th in her age group. These girls are all the new recruits from SF and Berkeley. They are very speedy and its really fun to have the new young energy out there. Rosy Castaneda, Kees's Daughter in Law to be, also ran with us. She took 7th place in 48:17 25-29 age group. Megan Greene - new runner from Marin came out for a fast first Tamalpa PA race. Jennifer Lanciault, also new Tamalpan, ran a great first race with us! She recently moved here from Vermont. We may have fielded two teams depending on how Frank scores us.

Anna Bretan 45:10 Took 1st in her age group 20-24 !!!!!!
Rosy Castaneda 48:17 Took 7th in her age group 25-29
Leah Sawyer 49:34 Took 3rd in her age group 20-24
Lindsay Meisel 49:58 Took 6th in her age group 20-24
Megan Greene 53:27 Took 19th in her age group 30-34
Ashley Lin 55:15 age Took 8th in her age group 20-24
Kathleen Helmer 55:37 Took 15th in my age group 35-39
Jennifer Lanciault 58:42 Took 23rd in age group
Amy Sonstein 59:48 Took 27th in age group
Paula Glodowski 1:07 Took 57th in age group

Masters Women at Across the Bay compiled by captain Michelle Wilcox:

Valerie Young 1st in 40-44 division, 5th overall woman finisher 44:29 blazing finish time
Liz Shortino 5th in 40-44 division 50:39
Michelle Wilcox 6th in 40-44 division 52:02
Christine Heilmann 11th in 40-44 53:46
Julie Nacco 12th in 40-44 53:47
Traci McCarty 13th in 40-44 53:56
Beth Freedman 16th in 40-44 56:05
Michelle McLaughlin 17th in 40-44 56:50
Leigh Kenny 9th in 45-49 division 54:20
Anna Slattery 12th in 45-49 division 56:49

Senior Women at Across the Bay compiled by captain Tricia Wallace

As with our Masters racers we had a pack of very impressive senior racers at Nuts: In the 50-54 division Karen Steele continuing her very successful 2008 racing year finished 2nd in 50:20 followed by Mary Wells, Janet Kjelmyr, Jeanie Sawaya and Karen Kiely in 5th through 8th place and Kathleen Barton in her first race for Tamalpa in 10th. We convinced Sunny Blende to race "short" not ultra and she placed 7th in the 55-59 age group.
Not too shabby a showing for Tamalpa senior racers! Way to make a statement ladies!

Super-Senior Women at Across the Bay compiled by captain Janet Bowman

Janet Bodle 1:03:25 (3rd, F60)
Ann Hardham 1:13:16 (2nd, F65)
Lynne Stevens 1:27:36

Also from Janet Bowman:

Looks like we also had Super Senior Men's (Gormley, Kiernan, Hollander) and Veteran's Men's (Phythian, Shropshire, Hassler) teams as well. That means we had complete teams, competitive teams, in EVERY division. When has that EVER happened? What club but Tamalpa could accomplish such a feat?

Open, Senior and Master Men at Across the Bay compiled by Senior Men's captain Brian Pilcher:

Open Men

With a good portion of our top open men figuring they were Way Too Cool to go Across the Bay, we were left with 6 runners, with our pillar Jeff Peterson being sick all week. He bravely came out to give it a try but unfortunately had to pull up with a stomach ailment at about the 10k mark... However, even with all that, we managed to score an open team with a composite time of 3 hrs and 37 minutes, anchored by our new stud youngster Nate Leefer, who ran 41:04 finishing 35th in the race and 8th in the competitive 20-24 age group.The rest of the open team were Pete Cushman 43:29, Jack Wallace 43:39, 1st in his age group 16-19, Will Hawthorne 44:17, and Wayne Patton 44:47... I don't know how many years it has been since we have scored an open men's team in Across the Bay...

Masters Men

We had another great showing in Master's Men even though Wayne Best got injured during the week and couldn't go. Brad O'Brien ran 43:42 4th in his age group, Rob Flatland 46:14, 7th in his age group, Don Lindsay ran 46:55 11th in his age group, and John Lundy 47:36, 14th in his age group.

Seniors Men

Our Seniors men dominated not only the Seniors, but also the Masters. Brian Pilcher ran 40:44, top in both his age group and the Masters, Tim O'Rourke ran 42:53, second Senior and 4th Master, Tom O'Reilly ran 44:49, 5th Senior, Ken Grebenstein ran 48:01, second in his age group, Stein Onsrud ran 48:59, 13th in his age group, Steve Gray was 16th in the 50-54 age group at 50:04 and Richard Cordone ran 53:44 for 11th in his age group. Ken and Stein's huge showing allows us to drop a Senior and still win the Seniors, although it is also possible we might do the unprecedented and drop 3 Seniors to win the Masters race...

All Tamalpans at Cool as compiled by ultra captain Dave Covey, men's open captian Mark McManus and woman's senior captain Tricia Wallace:

Tamalpans willing their respective age divisions were Mark Richtman, Dave Ripp, Mimi Willard and Edda Stickle. Victor Ballesteros ran an exceptional race, placing 5th oveall.

As far as we can tell, the Tamalpa finishers are:

Place Name Age Age Group Time Pace
5 Victor Ballesteros 38 2 M 35-39 3:51:12 7:26/M
41 Jed Tukman 38 16 M 35-39 4:24:28 8:31/M
45 Mark Richtman 53 1 M 50-54 4:27:09 8:36/M
50 Mary Churchill 33 2 F 30-34 4:30:41 8:43/M
57 Greg Nacco 48 3 M 45-49 4:31:48 8:45/M
60 Charles Ehm 39 25 M 35-39 4:32:46 8:47/M
66 Karl Hoagland 44 12 M 40-44 4:35:18 8:52/M
71 Tim Knudsen 34 9 M 30-34 4:39:46 9:00/M
77 David Bronstein 47 7 M 45-49 4:42:46 9:06/M
79 David Leipsic 44 13 M 40-44 4:44:55 9:10/M
82 Jim Howard 54 3 M 50-54 4:45:49 9:12/M
84 David Ripp 57 1 M 55-59 4:46:22 9:13/M
90 Gary Wang 41 17 M 40-44 4:47:54 9:16/M
104 Nicholas Wilton 47 10 M 45-49 4:55:41 9:31/M
105 Stephen Itano 49 11 M 45-49 4:56:16 9:32/M
138 Robert Dick 40 23 M 40-44 5:10:51 10:00/M
140 Ted Knudsen 39 43 M 35-39 5:12:44 10:04/M
142 John Catts 55 3 M 55-59 5:13:50 10:06/M
148 Mimi Willard 55 1 F 55-59 5:15:59 10:10/M
179 Carrie Sisk 33 8 F 30-34 5:31:43 10:41/M
194 Jakub Plichta 37 52 M 35-39 5:37:59 10:53/M
225 Robert Smith 53 14 M 50-54 5:55:00 11:26/M
273 Adele Ho 50 4 F 50-54 6:15:11 12:05/M
274 Michael O'Donnell 42 45 M 40-44 6:15:58 12:06/M
288 Douglas Armstrong 56 9 M 55-59 6:23:17 12:20/M
292 Eric Spector 61 4 M 60-63 6:24:39 12:23/M
313 Catherine Filippone 41 24 F 40-44 6:34:06 12:41/M
316 Alan Cherrigan 56 11 M 55-59 6:34:12 12:41/M
340 Tim Aregger 54 28 M 50-54 6:44:00 13:00/M
355 Edda Stickle 67 1 F 65-69 6:49:37 13:11/M
359 Lois Edblad 49 13 F 45-49 6:52:35 13:17/M
369 Angela Del Ponte 37 18 F 35-39 7:02:11 13:35/M
380 Carl Jacob 56 18 M 55-59 7:08:45 13:48/M
390 Mary Kitchens 52 11 F 50-54 7:15:48 14:02/M
410 Gary Cronk 40 62 M 40-44 7:31:53 14:33/M
443 Walter Underhill 61 11 M 60-63 8:04:12 15:35/M
451 Sam Hirabayashi 81 2 M 70-99 8:17:52 16:01/M
459 Total Finishers

Haleakala Run to the Sun as ripped off from Kees Tuinzing's Fitness Blog

....we leave from Maui in two hours...so doing short update for now...I will be writing our Haleakala adventure for the Gazette... This was the wildest weather for this 36M ultra in 24 years! Absolutely fierce, cold, hypothermic from 8,000 feet on up but our group really toughed it out....Vicki deMenno placed 3rd in her 40-49 age group and Gayle Shimokaji placed 1st in 50-59; don't know placement of Kevin Porter and organizer Dave Champagne yet: the focus of the organizers was to get runners off that mountain safely!. Times don't mean much as the course was shortened to 34M due to almost life threatening conditions on top...so much for the "Run To The Sun" this year: anything but sunny on top. What an experience and I was glad I had the support vehicle for this one! Those of you who ran it last year had it easy in comparison. more to come.

Tamalpa Founder Kees Tuinzing Profiled in Marin IJ

Barry Spitz wrote a nice article on Kees.

Tamalpa Facebook Group Online

You need to be a member of Facebook of course, but Tamalpa now has it's own Facebook group, join today.

Tamalpa Runs Strong at John Frank 10-Mile Road Championship

Tamalpa had a successful day on March 7th at the 39th NORCAL - John Frank Memorial Run PA/USATF 10-Mile Road Championship held on the Sacramento River Trail in Redding. Led by 2nd master's woman Liz Shortino, the women's masters team finished second in their division. A super fast 57:51 by Tim O'Rourke won the men's 50-59 division and Russ Kiernan took the men's 70-79 division. Pictured above is the master's women team, left to right: Traci McCarty, Leigh Kenny, Carolyn Hutchins, Julie Nacco, Liz Shortino and Beth Freedman. Congratulations to all who went to Redding to compete.

Results below reflect everyone who was listed as a Tamalpan in the results. Full results.

22Tim O'Rourke51M0:57:515:48
41Tom O'Reilly52M1:00:556:06
79Peter O'Reilly50M1:09:196:56
85Elizabeth Shortino44F01:10:027:01
86Bill Neer50M1:10:397:04
87Frank Ruona63M01:11:047:07
93Russ Kiernan71M1:12:227:15
97Traci McCarty41F1:12:597:18
101Leigh Kenny45F1:14:077:25
103Julie Nacco44F1:14:137:26
108Carolyn Hutchins47F1:15:227:33
109Jim Myers60M1:15:367:34
125Beth Freedman40F1:17:327:46
212Ann Hardham66F01:38:379:52
223Phil Phythian75M01:46:3110:40
243Dennis Hassler75M2:14:2313:27

Brian Pilcher runs 15:47 5K at SFSU Gator Preview

52 year-old Brian Pilcher continued his amazing 2009 with his run on Saturday, March 7. 15:47 is only 5 seconds off the men's 50-59 American record as published on the USATF website.

Twilight Relays Are On Saturday, March 14

The Twilight Relays at San Rafael High School is one of the largest sporting events in Marin County, bringing together some 30 Bay Area High Schools and over 500 athletes. Exciting relay action under the lights starting at 4:30 pm, plus Michael Johnson and Shannon Rowbury will be making special appearances. $5.00 entry fee. Get all the info at Marin Runs

Current TCRS Standings Available

Tamalpa's database guru Diane Prater has created the TCRS standings through the February race, we have overall standings and division standings.

Tamalpa Racing Uniforms Are Now Available

Our first batch of Tamalpa uniforms are in and can be picked up at Fleet Feet, San Anselmo. Unfortunately, we haven’t yet received all of the uniforms that we are awarding. We expect the balance to be available within the next few weeks. If you are planning on racing at Redding, Across the Bay or Cool you can pick up your uniform starting March 2. If you are not racing one of those three races please wait until the next batch. We will post on the web site when the next batch arrives. If you would like to purchase a uniform please wait until the next batch arrives. Any questions please contact Ken at kengreb@comcast.net.

February TCRS

The second TCRS of 2009 is in the book. Thanks to Jimmy Myers we have corrected results, we also have some great photos from Malcolm Fearon that give the flavor of the morning.

Tamalpa Racing Committee Announces Details of Adidas Equipment Distribution

Distribution of the equipment from Adidas has been worked out and the details are here. For more information on the Adidas sponsorship deal check out the sponsorship details.

Bay to Breakers Offering Special Deal to Tamalpa Runners

In an effort to get more club runners racing at the Bay to Breakers, Outreach Development & Elite Athlete Manager Joshua Muxen is offering a special deal to Tamalpa Runners.

Couples Relay Results and Photos

Couples Relay results are available and check out the 313 photos that Craig Stern took at the event.

Brian Pilcher Wins USATF XC Championship!

Tamalpa's Brian Pilcher went to Maryland to face the Nation's best at the USATF Cross-Country Championship and beat them all in the 50-54 division. Top three are below (Note that John Tuttle is an Olympian and masters record holder.) Full results at the USATF webpage

50 - 54 Results
Race Distance - 8K

1 Brian Pilcher 52 Ross CA 27:47
2 John Tuttle 50 Villa GA 28:40
3 Mark Rybinski 53 Manlius NY 28:53

Superbowl Race Results and Photos

Thanks to Dave Waco we have full featured results and thanks to Hans Loedolff we have some nice photos.

February TCRS on the 15th and Will Include Kid's Race

Start is at McGinnis Park, get all the details on the TCRS Schedule Page.

RRCA Convention Coming To San Francisco in March

San Francisco will host the Road Runners Club of America in San Francisco from March 26 to March 28 at the Hyatt at Fisherman's Wharf. The RRCA is offering a $50 discount for Tamalpans who would like to attend. Tamalpa is a participant club hosting a run over the Dipsea for runners from outside of the Bay Area. You can obtain your $50 discount by registering for the RRCA Convention online at www.rrcaconvention.org. Please enter TAMRUN09 under code.

Tamalpa Hosts PA banquet

Brian Pilcher came away from the PA banquet named top PA Cross Country runner of the year and was also runner up for top road honors coming in second to Olympic marathon qualifier Sergio Reyes. Brian also won Senior Cross Country and Senior Short Road honors. Fellow Tamalpan, Tim O'Rourke who set a national age group record at the Clarksburg 30k in 2008 came away with top honors for Long Road. Russ Kiernan had a clean sweep winning top honors in the Veteran category in cross country, long and short road. Sam Hirabayashi dominated the new Super Veteran category, winning cross country and road. Karen Steele coming off of a tremendous year won the Senior Short Road against stiff competition. Tamalpa won several several age group team awards and was named Men's Ultra team of the year. Bill Neer sent some Photos of the event.

Many thanks to our to speakers, Don Bowden, the first American to break the four minute mile and ultra legend Tim Twietmeyer.

A very big thank you to all who helped put on the banquet: Bernie Hollander, Gary Wang, Laila Rezai, Frank Ruona, Tricia Wallace, Bill Near, Greg Nacco, and Mike Holland. Lillie O'Reilly did an extraordinary amount of work and really made this a great night.

January TCRS Has 211 Racers!

Check out all their results, Isabel Tracy took great photos of just about everyone which can be seen here and be sure to peruse the Tennessee Valley All Time List already updated with the 2009 results by Tom Lyons.

Couples Relay on Febuary 8th

The two person Valentine's run is right around the corner. Learn more.

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