Another collection of notes from the running world.
Badwater 135 highlights
The Jan. 19 Facebook live by STYR Labs Badwater director Chris Kostman and Badwater ambassador Andrea Kooiman produced the following:
A sumo wrestler once applied to the 135-mile race through Death Valley, saying he had finished a marathon in 12 hours. A kayaker with no ultrarunning experience also submitted an application.
“The entire field is elite,” said Kostman, who obviously rejected the above submissions.
The field is limited to 100 due to the availability of hotel rooms in Lone Pine and Furnace Creek for runners, pacers and race officials, said Kostman. Also, there is only so much ice that can be produced and sold on the course for the July 23-25 race.
There is also limited parking at the Badwater basin start as well as the finish at Mt. Whitney Portal campground where the race ends.
In the 31 organized Badwater 135 races, there have been 1,782 entrants and 917 of them have finished.
Hopefuls have until 5 p.m. PDT Feb. 2 to submit their applications. Kostman plans to announced the field on Facebook live from Lone Pine on Feb. 9.
Entries can be submitted at www.badwater.com.
More Badwater updates
▪ Keith Straw, the Pennsylvania runner known for the pink tutu he has used in eight previous Badwater finishes (he dropped out past the 90-mile mark last year) has indicated he will not race this year. He plans to return in 2019 and 2010 to round out 10 finishes.
In a letter to his crew, Straw said he didn’t adequately prepare for 2017 and said a “more eager athlete deserves the spot.”
▪ Kooiman, a three-time Badwater finisher, will not run this year but hopes to be part of someone’s crew.
▪ Congratulations are in order for Germans Ricarda Bethke (a 2015, 2017 finisher) and Jens Vieler (a 2011, 2017 finisher) who are planning a May wedding. In last year’s race, both ran together. He finished in 39:19:29, and Bethke was one second behind.
He is a computer scientist, and she works in human relations.
Cabada headed to London
Fernando Cabada ran and won the inaugural Library for London 5K (Tulare County) in 2014. Now, his sights are much higher as one of the elite runners for the London Marathon.
The 35-year-old Cabada, a graduate of Buchanan High School, notified Facebook followers he is has been selected for the race’s elite field.
“Very happy and excited to announce that I will be racing with some of the fastest marathoners in the world on April 22, 2018 at the London Marathon,” he announced Jan. 25.
Cabada, who won seven NAIA titles at Virginia Intermont College, has a marathon-best of 2:11:36 (Berlin, 2014).
The London field includes 2016 champion Eliud Kipchoge, a Kenyan who won in a course-record 2:03:05.
The only other American in the elite field of 23 runners is Samuel Chelanga, the Kenyan-born American who has never run a marathon but posted a 1:00:37 at the Houston Half-Marathon earlier this year.
Boston Marathon movie
If you live in the Fresno area and are interested in the Boston Marathon, Fleet Feet Fresno is presenting a special screening of ‘Boston: An American Running Story’ at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 10 at Edwards Fresno Stadium.
The organizers need 40 people minimum to reserve tickets by 3 p.m. Jan. 30 in order to hold the screening. As of Thursday afternoon, there were about half the needed number that had purchased tickets.
You can reserve your tickets at: https://gathr.us/s/22207
▪ 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
▪ Feb. 3: Fruit Tree 5k Run/Walk, 8:30 a.m. at 500 N. Westberry Blvd. in Madera. All finishers will receive a fruit tree. There is also a 2-mile option. Registration is $25; $10 for children under 10 and those over 60. You can register at www.runsignup.com. Details: Benny Madrigal at (559) 960-4527 or Inder at (559) 232-5005.
▪ Feb. 4: Hanford Cow Run Half Marathon, 8 a.m. There is also a 5k race. Details: hanfordcowrun.com
Juan Esparza Loera is a sometime-avid runner who has run 15 marathons. Send questions, suggestions, comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org