Santa Barbara Tough Enough


Road conditions
March 17, 2019, 4:01 pm
Filed under: RUTE event

Update Mon, 18th.

Nick D (in comments) asked about road conditions. Cold Spring at 192 is still a streambed, so last year’s rule of running to the edge and waving vigorously stands. You can’t drive across.

UCSB Walker reports W Camino Cielo is good, at least for a 4×4.

Refugio not yet known. A couple of years ago I ran down Refugio, thinking it wasn’t bad at all, totally passable, until near the bottom. There, a huge boulder blocked the road. So empirical evidence is what we want.



Entries
March 5, 2019, 2:47 pm
Filed under: RUTE event

Tough Enough. Lots of scholars this year. (Like last year, and all previous years. Our intellectual nobility.) Note to bipedal locomotion enthusiasts: no ostriches, no kangaroos. (It’d be kind of cool, though.)

Ultra
Scott Y
Just Horrible Enough (Billy and Karla)
Ian S
Possibly Garrett H

Relay
Competitive Bipedal Locomotion Enthusiasts (Erin McC)
Delusions of Toughness (Valerie T)
Four Lasses and a Lad (Lisa E)
It’s OK to Walk (Marta K)
Just Here for the Views (Spencer A)
Not Medical Doctors (Christina K)
Old Souls Plus One (Michelle M)
Our Moms Think So (Tracey M)
Sub-24 (Kim R)
The Machines and the Sexy Men (Ana C)
The Return of the Pink Ladies 1 (Sharon H)
The Return of the Pink Ladies 2 (Lauren McD)
We’re On Our Last Legs (Joe B)
What’s My Leg Again? (Whitney W)



Tentative date and ultra overlap
October 13, 2018, 3:05 am
Filed under: RUTE event

Hi, all,

Will be asking for April 6th for the 2019 Tough Enough. Put a tentative mark on your calendar. Firm date in mid-November when the race directors meet to reconcile the schedule. We’ve had the first Saturday in April for a decade or more, so we’re on solid ground.

For ultra runners, be aware of the Backbone 68M and 100M event in the Santa Monica mountains on the same day. If you’re not beat up by Nine Trails (24 March) I recommend Backbone over TE for an ultra. Trails, fewer long downhills, no asphalt. Ultra runners are always welcome, and our views are wonderful. But you have alternatives.



Tough Enough 2017
April 2, 2017, 10:43 am
Filed under: RUTE event

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
April 9, 2016, 10:59 am
Filed under: RUTE event, Uncategorized

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.



Donation to Direct Relief
April 5, 2015, 10:13 am
Filed under: RUTE event

We — the local runners (including you) who comprise Tough Enough — are sending $1,538 to Direct Relief.

These people are just good; probably need a capital letter on Good. They embody a kind of essence of being good.

Many thanks from the race director for making the party so fun.



2015 Race report
April 5, 2015, 7:39 am
Filed under: RUTE event

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.)