Santa Barbara Tough Enough

March 10, 2018, 12:17 pm
Filed under: RUTE event

2018 entries, updated Mon 12 March

Are you Ruff enough? (Jeff M.)
Asylum Research 1 (Thomas K.)
Asylum Research 2 (Matt?)
Extra-schlaue Frauen (Katrin E.)
Greg’s Groms (Greg)
Calliope (Inside Track Running Club) (Camille ‘Stolen Leg’ S.)
The bears just left (ITRC) (Karla J.) (Two-person team)
Troubadours en Provence (ITRC) (Joe B.)
Star shadow (ITRC) (Adriane)
The emerged from the tunnel (ITRC) (Mysterios O.)
Weaver et al (Christina K.)

Mauricio Puerto
Ian Seabury

Road condition: W Camino Cielo
February 28, 2018, 5:06 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

Can/should you drive West Camino Cielo? Sure, if (a) your vehicle has good ground clearance, and (b) you don’t spook easily. For the latter, there’s only one place where it’s nervous-making, but there is that one place. (Where the road cuts across the side of the escarpment.) This year that leg is entirely through burn area, austere and beautiful. Get those entries in, please. And be safe in the coming rain.

Entry forms
February 22, 2018, 7:02 pm
Filed under: RUTE event

It’s often a pain to get a single form signed by five runners. I’m fine with multiple forms from the same team if it’s easier. They don’t even have to come in the same envelope or at the same time. As long as I can connect the runners with the team, please do it however it’s easiest.

Meanwhile, nice gear this year. Thanks to Toad&Co.



Course conditions update
February 19, 2018, 5:41 pm
Filed under: RUTE event

Hi, TE persons. Ran from Cold Spring to Sheffield along Mountain Drive, San Ysidro, and East Valley. Our course is open. (East Valley on a weekday is not recommended.) Haven’t run from Toro Canyon Park to Sheffield yet, so further bulletins to follow. Two safety notes:

  • The stream embankment at Cold Spring is bulldozed rock, not mason-set rock. As such, the stones are not stable. If you go out there please be cautious. Don’t expect the rock to stay in the same place as when you first put your foot on it.
  • If you train before or after work, you’re probably a lot less visible than you imagine. These are not costly. Besides looking extremely stylish, they greatly increase your visibility. Panache, savoir faire, and not getting run into by 7,000 pounds of metal. What could be better?

Course conditions
February 3, 2018, 2:47 pm
Filed under: RUTE event
Walked up Cold Spring to the actual spring — a stream emerging from a stone — and found it a wide treeless moraine. Where there used to be a leafy narrow canyon, there’s a now-wider space with steeper sides and acres of stones. You can see the remnants of sycamores, some of the larger ones stripped trunks tangled behind a boulder, and in the bed ‘trunks’ four inches high that look like the ends of slips of paper put through a shredder.
This is the Leg 1 / Leg 2 handoff. The road is closed to vehicles but is passable on foot or bike.
Hope everyone’s training is going well.

Road closures, openings, and TE18
January 29, 2018, 6:54 pm
Filed under: RUTE event

A number of the Montecito-area roads we use for Tough Enough are closed. I’m assuming the roads will be open, at least to foot traffic, by race day (April 7th). Some of them are now, as the roads that allow residents to drive can generally be passed on foot. Worst case, we can start on Mountain Drive. So: race is on.

Tough Enough entry form
January 9, 2018, 5:57 pm
Filed under: RUTE event

The awaited form: Tough Enough entry form 2018. It’s also on the registration page (linked to the left).

Note that there are no sizes requested on the form. Per a request (instruction) to me after last year I’m working with the great folks at Toad&Co to have this year’s gear be one-size-for all. Depending on what we choose, though, there may be limits on the numbers, so early reg is good.

Also note that I understand logistics can be a pain. I’m fine with multiple forms for the same team if it’s easier to do it individually.

Looking forward to seeing you in April.