|TECHNICA CATCH ME IF YOU CAN |
Contest is in full swing. There's $150 up for grabs to the top male and female runner who can make the trip up and down Malan's Peak from 27th Street in Ogden. As of today our top runners are:
Corbin Talley - 47:41
Shay Hoellein - 1:07:18
Shay is not only the top female right now but she's in 3rd place overall too. The contest ends on August 15th, so be sure to report your time to us by then. GPS watches are available at STRIDERS to check out for this run and you can also come in and take a pair of Tecnica Diablo Max's to demo on the trail too. It's all FREE, so don't miss out. For details visit www.stridersrunning.com
|AUGUST SPOTLIGHT RUNNER|
Registration for the BAIRGUTSMAN opened in early April and Lizz Bennett was the first person to sign up. She's never run it before but she's aware of the reputation the GUTSMAN has, she understands trail races are inherently dangerous and races like the GUTSMAN are at the mercy of Mother Nature. When the course for the GUTSMAN changed this year I asked Lizz if she still plans on running it; unwavering she says "YES! I've been wanting to run it for years, I'll see you Saturday." If Lizz had a book, the chapter titled "Being Tough" would be long and very impressive. See, Lizz has conquered Ironman St. George, Bear Lake Tri, Women of Steel Tri, the Salt Lake Marathon, St. George Marathon, Park City Marathon, Layton Marathon, Ogden Marathon and our favorite; the Memorial Day Classic ½ Marathon (note that the Memorial Day race is usually in the rain, very cold and often the course is flooded). Lizz manages to be a competitive runner and triathlete in addition to being a full time wife and Mom, fitness coach and business owner. Lizz is the co-owner of GPP Fitness in Centerville (www.gppfitness.com) they're getting after it over there at GPP with a full schedule of fitness sessions that cater to athletes and their specific sports; runners, triathletes, football players, basketball players, swimmers, cyclists, MMA fighters, tennis players, Utah Jazz dancers and everybody and anybody who just wants to gain GENERAL PHYSICAL PREPARDNESS. Lizz doesn't run your typical gym, they're hitting the weights and doing lots of "burpees" yes, but they're also running up mountains, swimming in lakes, riding across deserts and getting in the mud. They have a tri camps coming up in Tucson, AZ, St. George, UT and Henderson, NV and if you have ever thought of being a Jazz Dancer, find Lizz over there at GPP. We're lucky to know her, she's a great person and she's our August Runner Spotlight. You can read up on Lizz at www.stridersrunning.com
|GUTSMAN THIS SATURDAY|
Okay, let's talk about the 2011 BAIRGUTSMAN - the race is on for this Saturday, August 6th at 6:00am. If you don't know where the church is on Mountain Road, it's across the street from the Fruit Heights City offices - 910 S Mountain Rd. The race starts at 6:00am, you need to get their early to pick up your race number and to listen to the pre-race instructions. Is it going to be sketchy this year running down Baer Canyon? Absolutely it will be, but it's a heck of a lot safer than driving down Farmington Canyon.
This is the BAIRGUTSMAN, the risks are stated. NO REFUNDS, NO TRANSFERS and no whiners; either run or don't run. Yes, you have to finish the race to get the shirt and the medal.
FAQ'S FROM THE RACE DIRECTORS:
Yes, the race in insured
Yes, the insurance people are aware of the course changes
Yes, the Forrest Service is aware of the course changes; it was their idea. The USFS issued the permit for the race.
Yes, there will be a professional Search & Rescue team on the course. There will also be a surgeon on the course and emergency medical responders.
Yes, there will be an aid station at the turn-around point. Every runner will need to check in at the aid station. If you don't check in, we're going to assume you didn't make it to the aid station and you won't be included in the final results.
Yes, trail bullies will be disqualified and banned from ever running the BAIRGUTSMAN again. Same thing if you're caught cheating.
Yes, ultimately this is the race you registered and paid for.
Yes, The BAIRGUTSMAN will survive your rants, insults and threats. There's plenty of crazy hardcore runners out there that love what the BAIRGUTSMAN is and what it stands for. CONQUER THYSELF!
Yes, you can still register for the BAIRGUTSMAN, but it is almost full. You have through Thursday to register at STRIDERS. Online registration will also close on Thursday. After Thursday if you want to run you can still register the morning of the race; assuming the race still has room.
|MORE UPCOMING RACES|
The NUTS Wolf Mountain 10K & 5K has been rescheduled for September 17th. More details at www.northernutahtrailseries.com
If you're still in the mood for trail running later in the day on August 6th, there's a Charity Carnival and 10K & 5K trail runs at Black Island Farms in Syracuse (3178 S 3000 W). They're trying to raise $20,000 for Dennie Denhalter who is a home bound, paraplegic Syracuse resident who needs a special needs van with a lift so he can get to his cancer treatments. Right now he has to have an ambulance transport him every time. Event time is 3pm - 9pm. Details at www.dollars4dennie.blogspot.com
18 Hours of OGDEN - August 13th. Trail relay; one location, one loop, 6 runners. Check it out - www.r-scape.com
Hurt In the Dirt - August 20th. Check it out at www.goalfoundation.com
SATURDAY AUGUST 20TH SYRACUSE POLICE 5K FUN RUN: Registration 7am. Race begins 8am. Community Center in Syracuse 1912 W. 1900 S. For more information call 801-825-4400.
Skyline Mountain Marathon & ½ Marathon - August 20th. This is a dream course for mountain runners; 200 runner limit both races combined. Run up to Ben Lomond, run down to North Ogden divide then run up to Lewis Peak then run down to Ogden Valley into Eden - bring an extra set of legs and a spare stomach. http://skylinemarathon.com/
They're raffling of entries to the St. George marathon and also have a referral discount if you send runners their way to register. Check out the details on their website. Great tune up run for WasatchJ
The Huntsville ½ Marathon & 5K is scheduled Labor Day weekend; Saturday, September 3rd. This race is well over 30 years old and one of the oldest road races in Utah. It's also one of the most scenic. If you got into the St. George marathon, this is a great tune-up race. The Huntsville race is also a fundraiser for the Weber State Track alliance. So, let's get all the runners, joggers and walkers who bleed purple up to Huntsville this Labor Day weekend. Registration is now open at STRIDERS and online at www.strideracing.com
SEPTEMBER 24TH - 8AM ELITE TRAINING CHARITY 5K. Visit www.facebook.com/elitefitnessculture for more details
The Antelope Island Mountain View Trail ½ Marathon is on and scheduled for October 15th and the Antelope Island 100K & 50K is scheduled for November 5th. All the details at www.buffalorun.org
OV50 - October 22nd. Registration is available at STRIDERS. Race is limited to 50 runners. Finishers receive a tech shirt and belt buckle. Chili and baked potatoes at the finish line. Old Snowbasin road is a mess so it looks like we're going to use the course from 2006 - http://www.usatf.org/routes/view.asp?rID=65654
For a full list of Utah running events, be sure to visit www.utahrunning.com
HAVE A GREAT WEEK!
JOHN AND KRISTIN WOJCIECHOWSKI