Tough Enough 22 results

The return after pandemic years on a near-perfect running day (if a little difficult for driving). Tough Enough in novel form:

Noir. The Bull Canyon coyotes could barely make out the human forms moving in the pre-dawn dark, their muttering, and but for the occasional flare of a headlamp invisible.

Romance. Mauricio raised his chiseled jaw, gazing across the expanse ahead, his chest burning with hard-won confidence.

Early-90’s erotic thriller. The dense fog nestled its soft cheek close to the rough stubble of chaparral.

Literary. Michaela d’C. leaned back, looking cooly at her mother across the 52nd floor Manhattan café tabletop, wondering idly when she should text her driver, whether she should have rented a private jet—she wanted to be fresh, she had Legs 6 and 9—and too, when that Ursus americanus californiensis had replaced the maitre ‘d.

Natural history. Coreopsis, a non-native, has colonized the lower reaches of California’s Sierra Madre, and is easily seen when the west fork of Cold Spring trail ascends from the main watercourse.

Self-help memoir (including tragic backstory overcome by grit and pluckiness): I lay face-down on the trail in California’s remote Sierra Madre, bruised victim of my own too-loose shoelace. I overcame that travail, and you can too.

Fantasy/adventure: They appeared above the clouds, then descended again, running, endlessly running.

Plus some actual results:

7:17 Against Coach’s Orders (Chris F.)
8:52 Los Aztecas (Ana C.)
9:09 Trail Queens (Michaela C.)
9:28 We Run for the Hill of It (Lisa E.)
9:45 Hills, What Hills? (Jim C.)
9:55 Born to Squirrel (Karen P.)
10:50 Start Slow, Taper Fast (Valerie T.)

8:58 Hill +/- One (Kim R.): One injured runner on a bike
10:35 Cougars on the Rum (Holly B.): A little loose on handoffs after a couple of adventurous runners got lost decided to explore some exciting alternate routes on West Cold Spring trail (Leg 2).

Everybody finished in the top ten!

In the ultra:
8:44 Ex’s and O’s: Ian Seabury & Rachel Entrekin, a CR for a two-person team
13:46 Alway Looking for Adventure: Mauricio P. & Laura B.
13:46 Nopaleros: Carlos R. & Maria N.
13:54 Jon Z., who utterly dominated the solo category!

Los Aztecas and the Trail Queens

Where has the money gone?

Expenses
Insurance
Scarves
Embroidery
Park fee
Total

Income

Direct Relief donation


$252
$998
$514
$140
$1641

$2750

$1099

Candidate changes for next year
—Adding Venmo, maybe Skrill, for payment for those who wish
—Electronic forms
—Massive advertising campaign, like maybe letters to a few local companies, posting on calendars, &c, though with a limit on entries I think and preference given to those who’ve done it before

Hats are the leading candidate for next year’s swag, based on a pretty informal survey at the finish. Suggestions open, though.

Thanks to Los Aztecas for introducing me to nopales, cactus pads that are easily prepared and delicious.

And wholehearted appreciation for Kim R., recently moved to Kauai, long-time trail boss for Ventura’s Inside Track Running Club, ever-supportive consultant and advisor on things TE, friend, a woman of integrity and honor.

TE19

We are deeply fortunate to be able to this.

Ultra: Ian Seabury was first full ultra finisher in 11:12; Scott Young ran 12:57 for second. Billy and Karla, running alternating legs, ran 9:38. That means each ran 32-33 miles in under 4:50, on what few would describe as a fast course.

The relay fell out as:

  1. Just Here for the Views, 8:45
  2. Not Medical Doctors, 9:01
  3. Rapid Thigh Movement, 9:03
  4. What’s My Leg Again?, 9:16
  5. Our Moms Think So, 9:35
  6. Competitive Bipedal Locomotion Enthusiasts, 9:48
  7. Old Souls plus One, 10:07
  8. Four Lasses and a Lad, 10:10
  9. Beer Run (or Beerrun), 10:17
  10. The Machines and the Sexy Boy, 10:22
  11. It’s OK to Walk, 10:45
  12. The Return of the Pink Ladies, 10:46
  13. Delusions of Toughness, 11:22
  14. We’re On Our Last Legs, 11:23
  15. Sub-24, 12:36

Will Tough Enough be back next year? Yes.

Addenda: The course has roughly 9345′ total climb, 9140′ total drop, for 18,485′ of elevation change. Numbers based on USGS data, via OnTheGoMap.

Tough Enough 2017

This is why California is known world-wide for its natural beauty. Within California, Santa Barbara is particularly dramatic. What fortune to be able to run, to immerse unreservedly!

Ian S.led the ultrarunners, finishing in about eleven and a half hours, then looking fresh and filled wiht energy after the run. Scott Y. was at 13 1/2, remarkable for his training, Steve VanD at 14:38, and Mauricio and Luis, wearing brilliant headlamps, were epic in 16:32. Ian, by the way, got the course at 64.7 miles.

The teams were led by Nasty Women and Bad Hombres (7:58). Conejo Valley made a claim that they were the slowest team ever, finishing around 14 1/2 hours. Could be they’re the new number 1-inverse. In between, the She-Ra’s were first women-only team (3d overall), and in some order, Team Leaky Cheek, Operation Ivy,Take Warning, Dude Dillon Panthers, Lady Dillon Panthers, Pink Panthers, Greg’s Groms, Woody’s Wabbits, Always Bet on Black, Breaking Wind, Nightlife, I’m with Stupid, Pimp My Stride, and RIP Fun Bus.

Alert readers may note some vagueness regarding finish times. Somnolent readers might note it, too. The race director wrote the final ultra runners’ times on the results sheet, put the clipboard on top of the car, talked with Luis and Mauricio for a few minutes, and drove home. On arrival, the clipboard was no longer on top of the car.

We’re sending $1,245 to Direct Relief this year.

Three more notes:
o Many thanks to the redoubtable Kim Reale who organized the six teams from Inside Track.
o Do not judge the entry fees of other races based on TE. Most races have far more in expenses than we do (port-a-johns, Highway Patrol, big municipal fees, and so on). If you’re curious about the breakout of income and expenses, write me, happy to share.
o A sincere thank-you to everyone who had a good time!

2016 Donation to Direct Relief

The Tough Enough community — that’s you — donated $2,440 to  Direct Relief this year. Particular thanks to Mauricio and Leif for extra donations.

Please write to me or post comments with improvements or tuning you’d like next year. For example, one runner suggested having a 4WD patrol long, hot Leg 6 with water and snacks.

From the Race Director, thanks to Kimberly Burnell and Toad&Co.

On behalf of all of you, thanks to all of you.

2015 Race report

Tough Enough 2015: Finishers and random awards

1. 7:19 Super Friends
2. 8:27 Cacahuates
3. 8:35 Average Joes
4. 8:47 Chains for Brains
5. 8:53 Segway Pelotron
6. 8:55 C.A.R.E.4Paws
7. 9:32 Young Dr. Fronken’s Team
8. 9:33 DNR
9. 9:38 Jay Kays
10. 9:55 Inside Trackers 2
11. 9:56 Controlled Bypass
12. 10:08 SB Training 1
13. 10:13 SB Training 2
14. 10:14 Between a Walk and a Hard Pace
15. 10:30 Inside Trackers 2
16. 10:34 People who know… things…
17. 10:39 SB Training 3
18. 10:43 Triple threat
19. 10:46 Team Three Generations
20. 10:48 “That’s What” She Said
21. 10:50 Team Nine Trails
22. 11:09 Delusions of Toughness
23. 11:26 Inside Trackers 3
24. 11:45 Four Legs, One Dream (two-person team)

Ultra
1. 13:41 Jon Zaid
2. 13:44 Luis Escobar
3. – 5. 16:47 Kim Bengelsdorf, Manley Klassen, Mauricio Puerto
6. – 7. 18:13 Rob DeCou, Alissa Sears

Notes
Good day, warm but not hot, light breezes but no wind. As a group we ran a little over two thousand miles yesterday, enough to get us from Santa Barbara to Minneapolis with a little to spare.

Thanks to the ultrarunners who dropped. A small event with self-support on the course relies on the good judgement of the participants. Appreciated. Pacer of the day to Alissa Sears, not intending to run the whole event, did. She gets this year’s Chris Clemens Award for “As long as I’m this far, hey, it’s only another 30 miles.”

A few awards:

  • Style and sophistication. The Jay Kays with their tastefully decorated team car, colors chosen to match their shirts.
  • Teammates. A seemingly serious discussion at the finish line about a teammate getting lost on leg 10. (For those who didn’t run that leg, there are no turns or side roads.) “We love her, but she might have.”
  • Urine samples. Young Dr Fronken’s Team, looking sleek in lab coats, raising their golden-liquid-filled urine sample cups in a toast at the end. (Suspiciously carbonated.)

2014 race report: $3,144 to Direct Relief Int’l

2014.04.06

Closed Kinevan required re-routing, but only one error by relay runners, which was self-penalizing since the temporary route was a little shorter. The soloists ran the full distance on a windy-but-clear day. Magnificent vistas. ‘Magnificent’ an overused word, now most often applied ironically, but for yesterday a simple description. If Wordsworth and Coleridge hadn’t dropped at the last minute, they’d have loved it.

Some notes.
o Runner of the day: Sara Kida. Thirty-three weeks pregnant. Nonchalant. Sara was awarded lifetime free entry, for herself and her heirs.
o Wind on Gibraltar. A runner’s sandwich was blown out of her hand.
o Route. A woman left E Camino Cielo to energetically follow a steep trail. ‘What are you doing!?’ ‘I’ve always wanted to run up this!’
o Tired meets wired. Close third place to the Fugawi, with only three runners, Steve Harding, John Loftus, and Scott Devore. Finishing in 7:06, a time that even accounting for the short course would have won all but a couple of previous runnings.
o SB life. Pre-race conversation with a couple of runners who are designing lasers for space to help capture an asteroid and drag it around to orbit the moon.
o Ah, youth. Chris Clemens sort-of inadvertently stayed out until 1 the night before the race, showed up for the 5 am ultra start, and decided somewhere on Gibraltar that instead of alternating legs, as planned, with his brother, hey, why not just run the whole thing?
o Running dog. When soloist Mauricio was passing the Gun Club, a neighborhood German Shepherd slipped under a backyard fence to run with him. Text to owner received little response (‘tell her to come home.’) Friendly dog looked ready to do it again as she checked out Nojoqui Falls and hung with her ultra running buddies. With some recreational off-course cow-chasing, to break things up.
o Happiness. The general tone at the finish line; the reason for the event.

Grateful thanks to Kimberly Burnell and Horny Toad, Adam and Sara at CoMotion, Elle, and all you participants.

We’re sending $3,144 to Direct Relief, in gratitude for what they do.

2014 race results

2014.04.06

The route was roughly a mile shorter than normal. When comparing times with other years, please take that into account.

Event report “soon.”

Errors? Please let me know.

Soloists:
11:13 Jadd Martinez
13:52 Tiffany Guerra
13:54 Mauricio Puerto
13:55 Chris Clemens
14:18 Luis Escobar

Tyler Clemens ran half, episodically; Jeff Cygan ran from 154.

Teams:
7:02 RUTE Beer (Jill Himlan) (new mixed team course record)
7:04 The Joes (David Walker)
7:06 FUGAWI (Steve Harding) (new category of record, three-person team)
7:29 Los Amigos de Goleta (Willy Rossow)
7:47 Byrds (Monica DeVreese) (1st women’s team)

8:14 Team Elite (Todd Tressler) (tenth year, unbroken string)
8:18 Team Cacahuates (Matthew Tague)
8:49 C.A.R.E. 4 Paws (Isabelle Gullo) (dominating the women’s masters)
8:53 Run with Lakas (Dan Shimizu)
8:59 Team No Fun Time (Leah Etling)

9:12 Brian and the Snot Rockettes (Whitney Wilkinson)
9:14 SBT 1 (Mike Claytor)
9:16 Three Generations (Scott Young, with his father, son, and niece)
9:16 Sloan’s Angels (Stacey Bailey)
9:28 Bonafide Tough Enough (Brendan Murphy)

9:28 Y-Not (Andrew Perkin)
9:46 Team DSA (Ray Gamboa)
9:48 Your Pace or Mine (1) (Jessica Baker) and (2) (Kristie Chapman)
10:14 Tank’s Team (two generations, Dave and Diana Odell and son Walter)
10:16 Pink Ladies 1 (Sharon Hughes)

10:17 SBT 2 (Lydia Kituhare)
10:18 Pink Ladies 2 (Sharon H.)
10:20 SBT 3 (Scott Reed)
10:24 Happy Trails VI (Jill Martin)
10:26 Happy Trails VII (Julianne Hastings)

10:29 Inside Trackers 1 (Kim Reale)
10:37 DNR (Nichol des Jardins)
10:44 Ice 9 (Dave Parker)
10:45 To Be Defined (Simone Kleinschmidt)
11:00 Inside Trackers 2 (Kim R)

11:20 Delusions of Toughness (Valerie Tyler)
11:25 Inside Trackers 3 (Kim R.)
12:34 Call Us a Cab! (Laura Hollander)

Race day 2013!

2013.04.06/07

Lucky day for a long race. Easy-for-running temperatures, despite some not-bad wind, and those vistas that open out.

The soloists. Ubaldo Lopez was on sub-10 pace for the ultra through the bottom of Refugio, but then some previous foot problems reared their twenty-six-boned heads. He still took fifty minutes off his time for last year, finishing in 11:13. John Hoenigman (12:34), Steve VanDenburgh (12:41), Chris Clemens (13:53), and completing, Rob DeCou (15:29).

There were two ultra teams this year. Have 2 TRI (Taj Hudson, Josh Shultz) ran 9:47, Double Trouble (Ali Aghayan, Sheri Hammond), 12:44.

The teams spread out a little more at the front this year than sometimes happens, but that was balanced by lots of racing as the middle of the curve rolled in. (Not a series of typos, below, only the accident that three of the spacing breaks coincide with teams who finished in the same minute.)

1 7:28 How’s the Knee? (Matt Skenazy)
2 7:35 The Forbidden RUTE (Jill Himlan) 1st mixed team
3 8:05 Los Amigos de Goleta (Willy ‘El Mayordomo’ Rossow)
4 8:26 Reynolds, Rockets, & Speed, LLC (Dave Saunders)
5 9:12 C.A.R.E. 4 Paws (Issi Gullo) 1st women’s team

6 9:17 Running on Empty (Carly Pon)
7 9:20 DND/DNR (Nicole des Jardins)
8 9:31 Team in Training (Danielle Muller)
9 9:32 SBT 1 (Scott Reed)
10 9:34 Quick Feet Elite (Yvonne Castillo)

11 9:34 Ligers (Stephanie Tanimoto)
12 9:50 SBT 2 (Katy Larsen)
13 9:55 Up Down (Brian Carroll)
14 10:06 SBT 3 (Sloane Claytor)
15 10:26 Happy Trails IV (Jules Hastings)

16 10:26 Killer Bunnies (Simone Kleinschmidt) (best headgear)
17 10:27 Snot Rockettes (Whitney Wilkenson)
18 10:33 Happy Trails V (Adam ‘Illegible’ Shaikoy)
19 10:42 WTF 1 (‘Where’s the finish?’) (Tamra Murphy)
20 10:44 WTF 2 (Juliana Fabio)

21 10:44 IT Banditos #3 (Elva Hernandez)
22 10:20 Team Awesome (Jeff Mumm)
23 10:10 IT Banditos #1/Inside Track (4 person) (Kim Reale)
24 10:32 IT Banditos #2 (Rafael Ojeda)

25 11:24 TAP Crew (The Asphalt Pounders) (Tino Munoz)
26 11:28 Conditioning Specialists (Erin Desharnais)
27 11:31 Save Us some Food (Valerie Tyler)
28 11:51 Pace Makers (Laura Hollander) Three-person team

Thanks again to Kimberley Burnell of Horny Toad for help in all regards for the shirts. I haven’t done the final accounting yet, but it looks like we’ll send around $3 thousand to Direct Relief, matching last year’s race record–nice going, people!

Thanks to all the runners who had a great time.

See you next year.

— jk, Sunday morning