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Updated: 2017-11-21T23:25:34.353-08:00

 



I love your blog and have added it to my Yahoo and...

2005-03-22T16:14:00.000-08:00

I love your blog and have added it to my Yahoo and my blog armchairtriatlete.blogspot.com. Thanks for entertaining me and keeping me informed.



Scott, aren't you coming to the Malibu Creek Chall...

2005-03-22T13:52:00.000-08:00

Scott, aren't you coming to the Malibu Creek Challenge again this year? It's on 5/7, so you could fit it in before Big Basin. You gotta do at least one of the LA trail runs!!!!

Jesse



All Catalina hotels will keep deposits if you don'...

2005-03-22T13:49:00.000-08:00

All Catalina hotels will keep deposits if you don't make it. They are a small community. They should have given you a year to use it so you can come to the '06 marathon. I don't think you would be out more money than any other destination race.

We hope to see you next year!



Thanks, Angela! Sounds like it was wet, wild, and ...

2005-03-21T12:08:00.000-08:00

Thanks, Angela! Sounds like it was wet, wild, and fun. I like your friend's "plastic to wetness ratio".

I've had some e-mails come in saying everybody had a great time in Catalina. Kudos to both the Catalina Marathon and Rucky Chucky race directors for keeping smiling faces on all the racers despite the rain - a sure sign of a well-organized race and a great community of runners!

SD



SD,Nice meeting you briefly as you ran the other d...

2005-03-21T00:12:00.000-08:00

SD,
Nice meeting you briefly as you ran the other direction at Palo Alto. Sorry you didn't make it to Catalina. Here is my report on the marathon you missed. Hope to see you at Double Dipsea...
The Catalina Marathon was March 19, 2005 under overcast skies and strong winds. Although it was drizzling steadily at 5:00am in Avalon, the boat ride to the start at Two Harbors was blessedly calm. About 50 runners/walkers opted for the early start at 6:30am while 530 runners started at 7:00am. Many runners who were at the rainy Buffalo Run (Catalina Island 2/12/05) were immediately recognizable by the amount of grocery store apparel they wore. Hefty, Glad, and Zip-Loc attire was almost as popular as Adidas, Brooks, and New Balance. I didn't recognize one of my friends at the start line because only her left eyeball was visible from beneath her tightly bound hood. She told me her plan was to get "half as wet" as she did at the Buffalo Run, so she had to wear "twice as much plastic." The clouds looked ominous and there was a headwind for much of the first half, but a strong mist didn't actually start falling until around 9:30am. Somewhere around mile 18, the cloud cover became extremely heavy and the visibility was limited to about five feet (measurement based on the fact that I couldn't see my own feet). Then, for a while, the sun played hide and seek with the clouds. Eventually, I figured out that it was actually me in control of the weather: every time I put my sunglasses on, the sun disappeared behind a cloud, so whenever I wanted to work on my tan, I simply removed the sunglasses again. Although the rain & mud was not nearly as bad as it was during the Buffalo Run, there were numerous river crossings so everyone's feet got wet and I personally had about six juicy blisters. I had hoped to see a Buffalo or two, but didn't see much of anything due to the cloud cover. However, it made for good running conditions, assuming you weren't wearing too much plastic, didn't mind wet feet and remembered to wear a fog lamp.
Catalina Marathon results are at: http://www.y-events.com/05catmara.htm
American Trail Championship results are at: http://www.y-events.com/05atcpoints.htm
-Angela Brunson