Monday, April 6, 2020

#OperationInspiration Virtual 50K Race (#49 Ultra) done!

Wow, what a day full of good times, good runs, all for a good cause! thought this whole virtual race up in which all people who took part donated and supported funding the WHO in the midst of this Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund.  They generated over $52,000.00 and all the funding is going directly to helping people in need all over the world.  I feel honored to have taken part in this.  Lori, and daughters Della and Abby also did their own workouts to contribute as well.  Lori ran 11 miles, Della did a total of 16 miles and Abby did a 1 hour cardio dance.  Everyone who took part in this did at least a 1 hour workout and then share it on many different social media platforms.  I ended up doing a 50K around our neighborhood using all the social distancing guidelines, etc. Della and Lori each ran a few miles with me too, so I wasn't bored at all!  I listened to an audiobook a lot on the run around the neighborhood so that helped as well!

We had great weather the whole day too.  Some neighbors even cheered us on!  I even had my own aid station set up in front of my house so I could easily get what I needed from time to time.  Very convenient! 

Well,  thanks again for your support.  Here are a few pictures of my run.

$100.00 on 4/5/20 donated to the Shirley-Marcos Alzheimer's Disease Research Center

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Grandmaster 54K Accomplished!

This last Saturday, February 8th, my 48th Ultramarathon was completed.  What was supposed to be 50K, turned out to be 33 miles - 2 more than I thought it would be.  Oh well, the ultra running community thinks that these are just "bonus miles".  Good for the soul!  Oh yeah!

The race was the Grandmaster Ultra race held in Littlefield, Arizona - only 20 minutes from my home in St. George!  I finished 4th overall - out of a field of 9 in the 50K.  All of the runners had to be 50 years old or older to run either the 50k, 50 mile, 100 mile, 24 hr. or 48 hr races.  There were a lot of runners in the 100 mile and 24 hr races.  I finished in 8:01 and placed 3rd man.  (kind of funny really, because there were only 4 men in my race!) 

However, I did win a very cool, hand made, sandstone arch trophy for my efforts!  I have it pictured here.  I love it!  So cool!  I'll take it man - I never win anything anymore!  I did this race last year so I knew what I was in for.

It was a long race for me, lots of long straight stretches of 4 wheel drive rocky and sandy trails in the middle of nowheresville.  Good thing I had my music and ear pods though to get me through!
Lori, Della, and dog Sunny met me on the trail about 1/2 mile from the finish and ran in with me!  What a delight!  Thank you very much you three!

Well, here are some pictures near the finish and my "major award" ha ha.

Thanks everyone for the support!

Take care everyone!


$100.00 Donated to the Shirley Marcos Alzheimer's Research Center on 2/11/20

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Shirley-Marcos Alzheimer's Disease Research Center

I now just wanted to update everyone where my 100 by 100 donated funds go to.

The Shirley-Marcos Alzheimer's Disease Research Center is one of a few in the country that work on just the research on getting a cure for Alzheimer's.  I'm very proud of them for their continued work and strive to work with the best people all over the country.  Working directly with the National Institute on Aging, the ADRC conducts a wide variety of research studies dedicated to understanding the causes, clinical features, and treatments for Alzheimer's disease and related memory disorders.

I am so glad my donations go DIRECTLY to this research and not anything else!

If you feel you would like to help fund this research, please donate if you can!

Here is the website of this great center.  There is a lot of great information here as well.

Thank you for your continued support of my 100 by 100 goal!

Sunday, October 27, 2019

2nd Annual Red Cliffs Desert Reserve 50K !!!

#47 Ultra is now in the books!  With daughter Della running with me the whole way, we completed our 31 mile ramp through the desert in high fashion!  Lori and new dog, Sunny, helped us along the way making sure we had water and food at the 10 mile, 20 mile and at the end which was desperately needed for sure.  Thank you so much Lori!!!  Lori and Sunny even ran with us for awhile before the our 10 mile aid station which was, our car!

Starting way up in Leeds, Utah,  Della and I traversed almost the entire portion of the Red Cliffs Reserve, right outside St. George, Utah.  We had perfect running conditions the entire day and so thankful for it.  We started around 10 am and finished at 5:30 pm.  (7:31)  Della was stellar leading the way for me and her encouragement was abounding!  I was so thankful that I had the opportunity to run an Ultra with her.  This opportunity does not come along too much, so I am so grateful that we pulled this off together!  Thank you so much Della Helen!  You're the greatest!

We took a lot of pictures of our adventure, so here are some of them!  Thanks again for all everyones' support of 100 by 100!

10/27/19  $100.00  Donated to the Shirley Marcos Alzheimer's Research

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

#46 Ultra - Flagstaff to Grand Canyon 55K

On September 21, 2019 I completed my 46th Ultra Marathon for 100 by 100.  It felt so great because Lori and my daughter Della were there every step of the way to support my efforts!  I finished the 55K (actually 35 miles) in around 8:40.  I believe I finished actually 4 minutes faster than last year! 

Anyway, the course was just as great as last year and the weather was actually perfect for running.  Lori and Della and our new dog "Sunny" also had a great time running some of the course trying to find me, but for some reason, they missed me.  Not a biggie!  They did see me at the 10 mile relay exchange and of course at the finish however - which was greatly appreciated!  I did have some issues during the middle and later stages of the race, but I don't need to go into all that..........  Anyway, we all had a great time in Flagstaff - especially at dinner at a great place down Highway 180 in Flagstaff.  Celebrations were in order for sure!

Well, thank you all for your support and here are some pictures!

9/25/19  -  $100.00 Donated to the Shirley Marcos Alzheimer's Disease Research

Saturday, May 25, 2019

#45 Ultra Marathon now completed!

The Jem/Hurricane Rim Trail is a beautiful trail system in Hurricane, Utah!  I decided to do another adventure run by myself in Hurricane, Utah - only 30 minutes away from my home.  The whole trail system there runs almost entirely near the Virgin River with astounding views in all directions.
I picked a great day to do it too!  I decided to do another 50K since I was feeling pretty good since the last go around.  I'm glad I did.  I even met some bikers who I talked with for awhile on the trail.  Real nice people originally from Alaska, now living in Oregon.  We had a lot to talk about!  Great conversation!

I did the 50K just under 8 hours and felt reasonably well afterward. Go figure!  The route I chose was basically doing the whole Jem Trail and then the Hurricane Rim Trail.  Turns out, the Hurricane Rim trail was a third longer than expected, so I turned around early - but I was satisfied with what I ended up doing on it.  I parked my car in the middle of the run so I could go back to it and refill what I needed for the next segments.  Great aid station!

Lori met me at around the 25 mile mark and we both finished running to the car on the Jem Trail.  What a great way to end the day! 

Here are some pics!  Thank you for your support!

$100.00 Donated to Alzheimer's Research on 5/25/19

Monday, May 6, 2019

3/4 Zion Solo Traverse - #44

I will let the photos speak for a lot of my words on this solo Ultramarathon!  Wow, is all I can say!
#44 Ultra Marathon was completed yesterday in Zion National Park with a total distance of 31 miles (50K) in 8:15.  I took so many pictures of this run (for good reason as you can see) it must've cost me nearly 1/2 hour - but it didn't matter as I took it all in.  Time doesn't matter - I had no "cut offs) to meet like in races.  This was a spectacular run on a spectacular day!

I started at the Hop Valley trailhead first with a 5 mile out and back run with Lori - then basically headed to Zion Canyon via the Connector trail, then Wildcat Canyon trail, then the spectacular
West Rim trail high above Zion - which eventually leads into Zion Canyon.  I ended right at the road near The Grotto right at 31 miles right after 5:00 pm.  Lori met me right there waiting for me.  It was so good to see her there - so nice!  She had everything I needed too - change of clothes, shoes, everything - so nice!  Love you Lori!  How nice and thoughtful too.  We immediately took the shuttle down the canyon to our car, changed, then drove to the Brew Pub in Springdale  to catch a few beers and dinner before we headed for home.  We drove the entire 40 minute drive with the windows wide open in the wonderful 80 degree breezes!  What a wonderful day indeed!

Here are a few shots of this fantastic National Park - high above Zion Canyon few people actually get to see.  I would highly recommend getting up to the West Rim trail.  It is strenuous, but worth it!

Thank you for your support.

$100.00 donated to Alzheimer's Research  5/6/19

Monday, February 11, 2019

#43 Ultra Marathon !!!

On a very cool February day in Littlefield, AZ. I completed my 43rd Ultra for 100 by 100!  It was called the Grandmaster Ultra 50k.  All runners had to be 50 years of age or older.  I finished in 7:26 which was respectable for me given that I didn't really have that much time to prepare for the race.  I really only trained for a month prior, so I'm just happy I finished with a smile on my face!  The motto of the race was called, "Old is Cool".  You got to like it!

Pretty much the entire run was run under cool cloudy conditions with a little rain and snow, with the sun peaking out every now and then.  It turned out really nice around 2pm and I finished in nice mid-fifties in sunny conditions.  The  50k was part of many races of 100 miles, 48 hours, 50 miles, 1/2 marathon and marathon run out in the stark desert on 4 wheel drive roads.  With only 1500 ft of elevation gain in the 50K, it was easier for me than most - which is welcomed!  My run got a little long, but it was broken up by meeting and talking with the ultra legend, Ann Trason who was doing the 100 miler.   It was great talking with her.  I also found out later that another ultra legend Gordy Ainsleigh was also running the 100 mile.  I did not see him during the run.  He might have been taking a break somewhere.  There were quite a few RV's parked on the course and used as aid stations.

The only thing I was a bit turned off was the few and uninspiring spectators and aid station people along the course.  Cheering and applauding was nowhere to be heard - even at my finish!  I got a few high fives from other runners after finishing who finished ahead of me, but that was about it.  Kind of strange compared to most ultras where runners are always cheered on and encouraged to keep going.  Oh well, that is NOT why I do these runs!  I do it for Alzheimer's Research and my cherished mother who died of this dreadful disease.  I Love you Mom!

Thanks for reading!

$100.00 donated to Alzheimer's research on 2/11/19

 This picture was taken by a photographer on the course who I do not know.  Thank you!

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

#42 Ultra Done, Oh Yeah!

The 1st Annual Red Cliffs Desert Reserve 50K Traverse is now completed!  I've been wanting to do this traverse for a long time, so I finally said, "what the heck, now is a good time" while I'm still in good shape.  3 1/2 weeks after my last race, I was "good to go" again.  Since I volunteer being a trail steward on the RCDR I know most of the trails, so I had a great route all planned out for years.  It's about time I did this run.  I ran it by myself and Lori and Shady crewed me in several spots along the way.  It was so great seeing them too at the critical points because I needed my fluids and food to keep me going! 

The route basically started in Leeds, Utah, right outside the RCDR, traversing southwest along the red rock mountains surrounding St. George, Utah and ending at a trail head called Yellow Knolls in the RCDR.  A cool stiff breeze was at my back for virtually the entire day making my run a lot easier and enjoyable!  It is really a beautiful and very scenic part of St. George just minutes from my home.  I'm lucky to be here and to be able to do this sort of thing.  I appreciate all the support everyone gives me too, so thank you!

Here are a few pictures along the way of this area for you to view!

Thanks again for your support!

$100.00 Donated to the Shirley Disease Research Center on 10/17/18