THE CHRISTMAS RELAYS ARE SUNDAY, 12/14/14—ARE YOU READY???
Traditionally the Tamalpa Runners field several teams in each age group for the Christmas Relays. In 2013 Tamalpa fielded 14 Teams, in 2012 we fielded 15 Teams, and in 2011 we fielded 18 Teams! The Christmas Relays are made up of 4 person teams with each person running one 4.5 mile leg. Each 4 person team runs a total of 18 miles. The Relays start at 9:00 AM. Tamalpa will preregister and pay for the entry fees for all teams. You will be responsible for paying for 1/2 of your entry fee, or $9.00. Please send a check in the amount of $9.00 to Frank Ruona, 4 Windmill Place, Novato, CA 94945 prior to the Relays if possible. Otherwise you can pay me the morning of the relays. Also, you need to have a valid 2014 or 2015 USATF card to score for a Tamalpa Team.
If you do not have a 2014 USATF Card, you can obtain a 2015 USATF Card which will make you eligible for the 2014 Christmas Relays and all USATF Races (Road, Cross Country and Ultra Races) in the year 2015. If you need a 2015 USATF card contact me and I can issue you a 2015 Card upon the receipt of $30.00 or, preferably, you can obtain a USATF card online at www.pausatf.org. If you register for your USATF card online, make sure you put down Tamalpa, Club #100 as your Club. If you do not have an USATF card by race day, be prepared to get your USATF card from me on race day. If you are interested in running the Relays, please let your racing team captain or me know before 12/5/14.
This year the Christmas Relays are part of the Pacific Association Road Racing Grand Prix Series. The Relays count as a scoring race on the Grand Prix Series for teams only.
Once we have organized the teams, it will be the responsibility of the individual team members to decide who will run which of the 4 legs of the relay. Certain individuals have advised me that they would prefer to run the first or second legs of the relay because they have time commitments to be somewhere later in the day. Please cooperate with these individuals and allow them to run early legs in the race.
For those Tamalpans who want to car pool to the race, a group will be leaving from the front of the Brew Pub at Larkspur Landing at 7:15 AM on Sunday, 12/14/14. If you drive directly to the start of the race, we will gather at the Lake Merced Parking Lot where Sunset Boulevard meets Lake Merced Drive. Try to be there by no later than 8:15 AM so that we can organize the individual teams. We can make changes to the team at any time up until the start of the race. Please let me know if you can NOT make the race so that we can make an attempt to replace you and field full scoring teams. I plan to have a Tamalpa Table in the Lake Merced Parking lot where we will pass out the race numbers and have bagels, coffee and drinks. I look forward to seeing you there between 8:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. Last year our masters’ women, senior men, super senior men, Veteran men and Veteran women took first place in the relays. Let's see if we can have another good year for Tamalpa at the relays. It should be fun!
Stay healthy and train smart and be ready for a good end of the year race!
Thanks to some spreadsheet magic from Dave Waco, we have overall standings for 2014. The 2014 TCRS results page is available at 2014 Standings. Any errors may be addressed by emailing email@example.com.
A press release from Dave Albee for the first ever run on December 14th may be found here.
Registration is open on the Dipsea Kidz website..
Results are available at October results.
Frank's write-up and results from the September Track Meet are here. Any requests for correction may be sent to Frank. Many thanks to Frank and his crew of volunteers; also the runners for their spirit of competition.
The 34th Annual Mt Tam Hill Climb will be held on September 1 at 8am. Come and tackle our favorite mountain!
Registration is race day only and entrance is $20. Registration starts at 7am in the square in Mill Valley. First come, first serve limited to 125 entrants (as always). No shortcuts, participants must stay on course.
Awards and party afterwards in Old Mill Park - pot luck (plus beer and sausage supplied by host). Tech t-shirts to top 10 finishers in each category. Please contact ryan.stever (at) gmail (dot) com if you have any questions, or you wish to volunteer.
I look forward to seeing you all race day!
Ryan Stever - Race Director
Swim results are here.
This year the committee responsible for the annual TCRS Summer Golf/Run (evening summer dinner) event has decided to make a change. Unlike the Woodminster Cross Country Race (which has not changed a single thing since it’s classic inaugural event 49 years ago), the TCRS Summer biathlon Committee has unanimously (if impetuously) voted to change the venue and the sport combination: from Golf at McInnis to SWIM 300 Yard Time Trial at Marinwood.
6:00 pm. TCRS from Marinwood, over the bridges and thru the woods, middle school, hills and trails. Somewhere between 3.1 and 6.9 miles.
6:30 SWIM - 300 Yard Time Trial at the Marinwood Pool. After you run, you can come into the pool, where there are men’s and women’s locker rooms and showers, you can change into your swim wear of choice. Report to one of our two Time Trial Judges (think Kent Morales, Seth Davis). We will have two lanes marked off for swimmers to complete their race. The Time Judge will record your time in the 300.
There will be two categories of competition:
ONE BIATHLETE competitor for those who run and swim. Both male and female winners will be recognized.
FAMILY TEAM COMPETITORS (son, daughter, sibling, spouse (or ringer) relay. Tamalpa member must run. Son, Daughter, sibling or spouse completes the swim portion.
Another important note: if you have really young kids who would love to compete in the swim portion, they may complete some of the laps [i.e. Seth Davis swims 6 laps, tagging in relay fashion (in pool start to all relays, no diving) and then his son Sawyer completes the remaining 6 laps; total time will be recorded]
The Committee (Tim McCarthy, Brian McCurdy, Dan Lee (and anyone else standing within our periphery) will then meet in an undisclosed location to tally the results and determine the winner of the first ever Tamalpa Run/Swim Biathlon. Awards Presentations to follow in the pool/barbecue/buffet area.
During the swim (and, actually during the run), the pool will be open to everyone to enjoy (bring a sweatshirt and pants and lots of warm towels, you know what Mark Twain said about those “Bay Area” summers).
BYO beer, refreshments, and salads. Tamalpa will provide burgers, veggie burgers and hot dogs to barbecue at the barbecue area.
Bring your nieces, nephews, sons, daughters, friends and neighbors (and friends of neighbors). to enjoy the pool, park and play area.
Spread the word. We hope to have a nice turnout to our first ever Midsummer night’s swim/run/barbecue event. Saturday, July 19th, 6:00 p.m. Bring your family to enjoy an open, recreational evening swim.
The Headlands 50K is run on a single loop on some of Marin's most famous and scenic trails - Coastal, Miwok, Steep Ravine and Dipsea. Founded in 1998, this event is sponosred by Tamalpa and organized by race directors Diana and Tim Fitzpatrick. Get all the info at the Headlands 50K website. If you plan to run, we suggest that you sign up soon, the race sold out early last year - http://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=24172.
If you are not going to race this year, please consider volunteering. Contact Florencia Gascon-Amyx at firstname.lastname@example.org
Results are available as are fantastic photos from Malcolm Fearon of the 5K and 10K (searchable by bib number or name) and from Pam Wendell of the 5K and the 10K. Thanks to Malcolm and Pam for the photos and all who volunteered at the race.
The indominable spirit of the United States was on full view at the Boston Marathon on Monday the 21st, of April. There was a team showing of Tamalpa Runners there that we can all be proud of some of which are listed here.
American Meb Kefleghzi took the win in 2:08:38! Great to see him healthy for race day and pull it off! First American win in at least 30 years... Rita Jeptoo was repeat winner in 2:18:57. She came on stronger later in the race than any of the others- and it seems to be her pattern, e.g. 35-40K , that 5K in 15:44 or 5:01 pace! Wow! last thing I'm thinking about is picking it up after mile 22..There was a strong finish showing in the women's field: many placing in low 2:20's...Note that Gold medalist in 1984, Joan Benoit Samuelson, won the 55-59 division in 2:52:10: that's within a minute or so of Shirley Matson's and Sister Marion's time in their 50's! Our own Diana Fitzpatrick placed 6th in the same division with a 3:17:24. Way to go Diana! Now to point to WS 100..Dean Karnazes always needs a longer workout, so he ran to the start in 3:45 and ran the race in 3:25:48!
Olympian, Magdalena Boulet who lives in the East Bay, placed 3rd in 40+ division with a 2:41:36
Andy Valla, Brendan Donohoe, Bryant Benter, Thomas Parker, Diana Fitzpatrick, Roxanne Woodhouse, Elizabeth Shortino, Dean Karnazes, Terry Hermiston, Kathy Johnson, Wes Estes, Bruce Benter, Gayle Ehrean, Erin Shippey, Tim Fitzpatrick, Joy Norris, Michelle Hermiston, James Morris, Robert J. Gormley. Sr., Susan Kreusch, James Flanigan, Michael Klopefer. Congratulations to all who ran!
April TCRS and Awards Breakfast is on SATURDAY, April 26th. The front page of the Gazette says Sunday but we are indeed running and eating on Saturday at the Lucas Valley Community Center.
As usual, the race starts at 9:00 am. This year's course is a totally new one. It starts and finishes at the Community Center and incorporates the rolling residential streets of Lucas Valley. All but one mile of the 5.5 miles is on pavement, so wear your road shoes. Breakfast and awards start immediately thereafter.
The April TCRS has been rescheduled for Saturday, April 26th. Scheduling conflict with April 27th and the Lucas Valley Community Center. This is the TCRS where we have the yearly Awards Ceremony, and some food, after the race.
Know some kids who would like to get outside and run this spring. Check out youth running opportunities with Tamalpa Bobcats or with Marin Youth Trail Runs here.
Results from the Couples Relay are here. Thanks to Kelly Dunleavy O'Mara for directing again and to volunteers for keeping the buses and cars from driving over the runners.
Super Bowl Sunday, February 2, 2014 - 10:00 AM (If you expect that your time will exceed 80 minutes running time, arrive at 9:30 for an earlier start.)
Prizes: Sparkling Wine to the Winner - Wine Prizes to #2 thru #24 Finishers
New Start/Finish Location: The parking lot at the Mill Valley Golf Course - 287 Buena Vista Ave, MV
Course: The course will hew as close as possible to the traditional Super Bowl race course, but with a different start/finish. For those you who haven't run it: Lots of hills, mostly fire road, some trail - up and down and up over Blithedale Ridge. A fairly tough 7 miles.
Parking: There is no public parking at lot where the race starts and finishes. The nearest parking can be found at the Boyle Park parking lot (Thalia St. access), about a 1/4 mile from the start; or on Bay Tree Lane (off of Country Club Dr.), about 300 yards from the start. Do Not park in the Mill Valley Tennis club parking lot!
Directions: Go West on E Blithedale off Hwy 101. Just past East Street and Boyle Park (at tennis courts), turn right onto Carmelita Ave. Continue on Carmelita past Sunny Side to Buena Vista. You will see signs for Mill Valley Golf Course. Turn right onto Buena Vista and continue to city parking lot just past the club house.
Entry Fee: $15.00
Handicapper: Dave Covey
No Post Race Party - No Food - No Frills
Questions? Call Jack Burns 415-699-9891
We are just starting with TCRS racing for 2014. Results from Sunday's run to the beach are available here.
Just in time for Valentine's Day! Tamalpa Runners is pleased to present the 34th Annual Couples Relay on Feb. 9 at Vintage Oaks in Novato. The female partner runs two laps around the shopping center on a one-mile loop, then tags their male partner, who runs the same course. There are lots of awards â€“ two to five deep in divisions based on the combined age of the couple. And, lots of divisions -- open, married, father/daughter, mother/son, or grandparent/grandchild categories. Ask a special someone to run or get to know someone new to run with.
Register at active.com here.
Come celebrate with your fellow teammates and dance the night away with The Overcommitments, one of the most popular bands in the Bay Area. The Seahorse Restaurant in Sausalito will play host to our private party, serving up a meal to keep your energy going, including appetizers, salads, pasta, dessert and 2 drinks per person (alchoholic or non-alcoholic). There will also be no-host bar open in case you are still thirsty.
Get the details and scoop up your tickets here.
Variety is the Rule for This Year's TCRS's.
2013 was a terrific year for the Club runners who excel in our TCRS races. 2014 promises to be equally enjoyable as we have planned an impressive variety of race offerings that should appeal to everyone. We'll keep some familiar favorites, and throw in some older courses that will take many of you down memory lane.
January (the 12th) starts the series with our traditional Tennessee Valley dash to the beach and back. Will we see another course record this year? In February (the 16th) we'll tackle the challenging hills and single track of Indian Valley. March (the 9th) takes us to a locale we haven't seen in many years - Horse Hill in Mill Valley. April (the 6th) returns us to the Lucas Valley Community Center for our annual Awards Breakfast and a hilly preprandial assault on the surrounding slopes. In May (the 11th) we will run the longest TCRS we've seen in quite some time, almost 9 miles from San Marin High School to the end of Stafford Lake. That's like an ultra for us TCRS'ers. July (the 19th) is our annual and always popular Golf/Run evening duathalon at Smith Ranch. And yes, the big hill will be in play! August (the 10th) gives us a relatively new course high up in Tam Valley. September (the 14th) is almost the mirror of August when we sky along the Alta Fire Road above Marin City. October (the 12th) returns us to the incredibly popular Bahia Vista/Rush Creek trails. Finally, we end the year in November (the 30th) with the 5K at Redwood High bike path. The traditional table view of the 2014 schedule is available here.
As we always disclaim, these dates are subject to change depending on PA races, etc.etc.etc.
Two more things: we will also be awarding some type of prize to the winners of the age divisions. Don't know what yet, but it will be worth having. And, we would love to see many more of you out there for these races. The TCRS is always a challenge with excellent competition. It's also a wonderful opportunity to see some club members you don't bump into on your familiar runs in Marin.
Once again Jack Burns is organizing a New Year's morning run starting at Deer Park. This run always gets a BIG turnout - this year Jack is hoping for a 100+ runners. Everyone starts running together, but the run splits into groups that go varying distances at different speeds. All are welcome!
The run, as usual, starts at Deer Park School in Fairfax at 10:00 AM. I look forward to seeing everyone. Call if you have questions. 415 699-9891 Jack Burns
We are all done with TCRS racing for 2013. Results from Sunday's run along the bike trails are available here. Overall and Division standings to be published in The Gazette this week.
Results from Sunday's run thru the hills of Indian Valley are here. See you at the last TCRS of 2013 in December.
Two photos from Garin Park of some Tamalpans preparing to race thru a field of gopher holes. Click on the picture for a good look.
This event will be held at the SF Running Company and is FREE. More info is here.
Join us at 7pm after our Wednesday 6pm all-levels fun run for a great presentation and Q and A on "Fat Burning Training" with sports nutritionist Sunny Blende! We are also excited to have Tim Fleming join the presentation as head of the eLab at the Endurance Performance Training Center in Mill Valley!
This will be a fantastic presentation and a follow up to what Sunny discussed in her earlier sports nutrition presentations at SFRC. Come listen to the latest approaches on how to transition to use fat as your fuel source for endurance training and racing. Tim will speak on metabolic efficiency training and how to find your ideal zones for fat burning and carb burning while training and racing. Our GM Jorge Maravilla recently worked with Tim on metabolic efficiency testing at his lab.
Tim Amyx sent the video below from back when we were young(ish).
Results from Sunday's run thru the hills above Terra Linda, Sleepy Hollow, San Rafael, and San Anselmo are available here.
Results from the last 2013 track meet are available from the archive page here.
Results from the Hillclimb are here. Thanks to Roger and everyone who helped put the race on.
Results from the San Rafael race are here. Thanks to our fantastic volunteers for showing up early and for your flexibility in handling the many methods that runners use to run a race.
Results from the 2013 track meets are available on the archive page here. Thanks to the many volunteers who help make the track meets go, but especially our organizaer and starter Frank Ruona, the finish line crew of Kevin Rumon, Lon Freeman, and Justine Owens, race sign-ups by Lillie O'Reilly and helpers, and sometime starter George Frazier. Only 1 more Tamalpa track meet remains for this year: September 10th.
Results from the running portion of Saturday's TCRS are here. Thanks to Brad O'Brien, Mike Holland, and the support crew for continuing support of TCRS racing, even thru an evening that almost qualified as a heat wave.
Join the Annual Tamalpa Summer Golf-Run Biathlon
We are just a week away from the 3:00 tee time at McInnis followed by the 6:00 run around the golf course, then onto the levees and back around near the club house.
So, far, we have a smaller group than last yearâ€¦so, let's try to rally two more groups of four! Again, this year, we are going to honor the relay division. Previous winners of the relay division include Peter Eisenberg and his beautiful, non-golfing bride Liz Shortino. The golf run relay division is a great opportunity to compete with a family member on your team!
If you know of anyone that would like to run but not golf or golf but not run.
Perhaps a son, daughter, parent, aunt, uncle,invite them out to golf for you;
we will record their score and then you do the â€˜back nine' with your flats!
The usual golf/run plan and format,(secret handicapping committee will meet while we enjoy post-race beverages). We will add the scores from the links to the time on the trail and come up with our low gross winners.
7:00 â€“ 9:00 dinner, awards, music and cold beverages on the patio.
Please email or text 415-218-2761 (cell) to reserve your spot.
We have plenty of room on the golf course!
Results for the 5k may be found here.
Overall 10k results are here.
PA/USATF Individual and Team results for the 10k are here.
Results from the fifth TCRS of 2013 are here. Thanks go out to Mike Holland for laying out the flour in a mostly understandable pattern, and to the large start-/finish-line group for all or your talent and contributions.
Our first course in 2013 with serious hills. Results from the fourth TCRS of 2013 are here. Thanks to the TCRS team for a great event, to Frank for the awards, to Don Lindsey, Scott Schneider, and Karen Steele for recording the sticks with good cheer, and to Joaquin and Bill for the food and drink.
Another twisty-turny course, with lots of runners racing thru the tall weeds and over the small bumps, but Tamalpa runners are getting better at keeping a sharp eye out for white arrows; this months's lost runner count was lower than that of February. Results from the third TCRS of 2013 are here. Thanks to the management team for another great event.
We had a few teams travel way up to Redding for the John Frank 10-mile. Race reports say it was a strong head-wind heading down the canyon on the return leg. Nevertheless, way to go Tamalpa. Results from Frank include several non-Tamalpan runners that you might know. Full results including team scores may be found here.
|2||Alex Varner||139||27||M||West Valley Track Cl||50:28:00||5:03|
|16||Iain Mickle||36||52||M||River City||55:02:00||5:31|
|67||Christine Kennedy||7||58||F||Run Coach||1:04:41||6:29|
Results from the second TCRS of 2013 are here. Thanks to Mike Holland for a creative and challenging course, and to TCRS volunteers for the smooth operation of the race.
Results from the Couples Relay are here. Thanks to Kelly Dunleavy O'Mara for directing again and to volunteers for keeping the runners in line. Kelly has a long-sleeve polo if somebody lost their top.
Nicole Palkovsky won the race while Alex Varner broke the course record with a sizziling 41:17. Thanks to Roger and all who helped out! Check out the results
Hey, ever wonder what Frank is doing behind the walls of San Quentin?
Or watch the video on Flotrack at San Quentin.
Jack and Gayle did it again; they rounded up stray Tamalpans from all over the county and got them to Fairfax for their first run of the new year. Click the above image for the super-sized picture. Many of the same faces from last year, plus or minus a few. May all of your runs in 2013 be PR's.
On Sunday, February 10th, 2013 at 9:00 AM, Tamalpa Runners will be hosting the 32nd Annual Couples Relay at Vintage Oaks in Novato. The relays consist of two runners running two miles each. Lots of awards in every division and lots of divisions based on combined age, including children. Find more information and register online or using the paper registration form.