This week, I just want to focus on some odds and ends that have been collecting dust.
5k on Fresno High track
Some runners have complained races at Woodward Park have become too redundant. Sure, the park is a wonderful place but runners would like a change of scenery every once in a while. Remember when the Mother’s Day and Father’s Day races were held downtown?
Seems like Fresno High School cross country coach Jesús Campos has been paying attention. He will host a 5-kilometer race on the school track this Saturday (Jan. 20) for folks who would like to experience running on a track.
The fun starts at 9 a.m. with a mile run. The open 5k starts at 9:25 a.m., followed by the invitational 5k (sub-17 minutes for men; sub-19 for women).
Plus, Campos has added a 4-by-400 relay at the end.
“Let’s see how fast you can run one lap on the track!” he said.
We’ll be out there to see the action.
The end of 2017, runners usually check their Garmin, Strava or other device to see how many miles they’ve run.
One thousand miles is usually a top mark. That averages to about 20 miles a week.
Now, you read in awe what Sandra Villines’ Strava read for last year: 5,553 miles!
Strava recorded her with 272 PRs and 1,156 hours of running.
Of course, it helps when you break the women’s transcontinental U.S. run (55 days).
Badwater on FB Live Friday
STYR Labs Badwater 135 race director Chris Kostman will be on the ultramarathon site’s Facebook Live at 9 a.m. Friday (Jan. 19) to talk about the 2018 edition of the 135-mile endurance run from Badwater to the Mt. Whitney Portals.
After the live feed, which will be co-hosted by Badwater ambassador Andrea Casella Kooiman (a three-time Badwater finisher), the application for the 2018 race will go live.
The field of about 100 runners for the July 23-25 race will be announced on Facebook Live on Feb. 9. (See the link below).
Battle of the sexes
It was only a matter of time before female runners began to close the gap with their male running counterparts.
Need proof? Ask Colorado schoolteacher Courtney Dauwalter, who ran 155.39 miles at the Riverbank One Day run last year. That is the American women’s record. (The male winner managed 154.485 miles).
Organizers will not hold the event this year.
Dauwalter has outright won eight of the 38 races she has entered since 2011. That includes the MOAB 240, a 240-mile race in Utah where competitors take three to five days to finish. She won in two days, 9 hours, and 59 minutes. The runner-up, a man, finished more than 10 hours behind.
Winchell Cove trail run
For those who want a taste of what a trail run might look like, the Winchell Cove 10k/10-mile race is the answer. The Jan. 14 race at Millerton Lake doesn’t have major elevation climbs, plus the distance is pretty manageable.
Of course, if you’re Madera South High teacher Benny Madrigal, the run is fun. He finished the 10-mile race in a record 1 hour, 3 minutes, 14.1 seconds, which was more than 2 minutes ahead of the runner-up.
(See photos from the race below)
Signs of the week
The following were posters that participants of the Jan. 14 Houston Marathon got to see:
▪ “Naked Cheerleaders: Next mile”
▪ “Wow, you’re on pace to finish in less time than World Series Game Five!!!” (That 10-inning game took 5 hours, 17 minutes)
▪ “Almost There-ish”
▪ “You are NOT almost there.”
▪ “Find a cute butt and follow it.”
For the record, Ethiopia swept the races (Bazu Worku won the men’s in 2:08:30; Biruktayit Degefa the women’s in 2:24:51).
▪ Jan. 27: Pirate Booty Run, 9 a.m. at Woodward Park. Details: www.piratebootyrun.com
▪ Jan. 28: Sycamore Island 5k/10k Run, 8 a.m., near Valley Children’s Hospital. Details: https://runsignup.com/Race/Events/CA/Madera/SycamoreIsland5k10kRun
▪ Feb. 3: Inaugural Jimmy Run, a 5k and 2-mile run/walk, 8 a.m. at Woodward Park. The race will honor local runner Jim Harris. Details: www.jimmyrun.com
Juan Esparza Loera is a sometime-avid runner who has run 15 marathons. Send questions, suggestions, comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org