Santa Barbara Tough Enough


Probable date for 2020: April 4
July 26, 2019, 5:56 am
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The first Saturday of April is the 4th. We’ve run the first Saturday for some years, at least when Easter hasn’t been nigh. Figure on the 4th.

‘First Saturday in April’ is kind of bland when compared to the excellent and pagan calculation for Easter (the first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox). (And how do we know it’s Sunday? Because… umm… because.) So let’s admit it: Tough Enough is ducking the competition.



Of interest
July 24, 2019, 5:53 am
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https://digest.bps.org.uk/2019/07/23/episode-17-how-to-make-running-less-painful-and-more-fun/



TE19, TE20
June 17, 2019, 11:57 am
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Tough Enough gave $400 to Direct Relief International, which believes that while teaching a man (or woman) to herd sheep, shear, card, and weave wool may be great, if he or she is near death from cold just giving out a blanket is also great. (This is not their official motto.)

Course change for 2020: more dirt! Leg 2 will start and end at the same handoff points, but instead of E Mountain Drive and Gibraltar Roads, we’ll take West Cold Spring trail. Same fabulous gravitational pull, but worse footing! The trail emerges onto Gibraltar at the ‘180’ that’s been the handoff since the first running in 1986. The meeting point won’t change but the path between points will.



TE 2018
April 8, 2018, 6:45 am
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Tough Enough encompasses time, distance, and elevation change, riparian, meadow, oak forest, and mountain-top ecosystems, fire-scarred, flooded, and lush terrain, temperature ranges, and this year visibility varying from twenty feet to twenty miles. Thinking of all the things that have to be going right in our lives to be able to do this, it is extraordinary.

2018 Results

1 Weaver et al., 8:49
2 Who’s Running This Leg? 9:15
3 Are You Ruff Enough? 9:17
4 Austin Panthers 9:17
5 Pain Cave 9:28
6 Blister Sisters 9:32 (first all-woman)
7 A Bunch of Randos 9:45
8 Just Horrible Enough (ITRC) 9:46
9 The Galz 9:59
10 Otto Normalverbrauchers 10:07
11 Safety 3rd 10:15
12 Oh Truck, Where Art Thou? (ITRC) 10:21 (Wittiest name, hon. mention)
13 Kick Some Ash (ITRC) 10:56 (Wittiest name)
14 Happy Feet (ITRC) 11:09
15 Greg’s Groms 11:13
16 Four Girls and a Boy (ITRC) 11:19
17 Crossfit Oxnard 11:37

Karla and Billy of Just Horrible Enough were ‘distributed ultra’ runners, their alternating legs meaning each ran more than a marathon’s distance, and as a team impressively quickly. Ian Seabury was the sole full-length ultra entrant; he showed the common sense for which ultra runners are widely admired by dropping at the Gun Club with a potentially serious foot issue. Ian of course showed no sign of having run more than 50K when chatting with people at the finish.

Modest year for our annual contribution to Direct Relief International (though the event was in the black): $150.



2016 Donation to Direct Relief
April 9, 2016, 10:59 am
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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.



TE 2016 notes
April 3, 2016, 1:11 pm
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Luck. We were there at that time
Long sight from the ridge, over the chaparral, up through the pines
Later, in the valley, California poppies, lupine, wild mustard
Descending Refugio, oaks overhanging the trail, Spanish moss on north-facing hillsides
Sycamores tracking water

 

Good day. The noble-hearted Amigos de Goleta triumph. The JayKays have to wait another year in their attempt to dethrone We’ve Got The Fronk. How close? Sweet Stephanie and her cohort were roughly one-1000th of a percent faster. Ian and John looked not at all as though they’d just run 65 miles; Jon was graceful enough to look tired.

Sincere thanks to all runners and everyone supporting them. I feel fortunate in the opportunity to support you.

Accounting and donation to Direct Relief next weekend.



Results 2016
April 2, 2016, 8:36 pm
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Commentary and accounting tomorrow.

Soloists
12:23 Ian Seabury
13:23 John Hoenigman
14:20 Jon Zaid
Mauricio Puerto ran 55 but had to zip down to LAX.

Teams
08:18 Los Amigos de Goleta (Mr W. Rossow)
08:36 Why Not!? (Chris L.)
08:46 Trouble Follows Us (Ryan K.)
09:09 The Dillon Panthers (Mia G.)
09:12 We’ve Got the Fronk (Karen B.)

09:12 JayKay’s (Drat. Foiled again!) (Maggie and Kimberly)
09:13 Got the Runs (Oscar D.)
09:28 Inside Track (Kim) (possibly first women’s team?)
09:44 Team Three Generations (Scott Y.)
09:45 Wild Card! (Mike L.)

09:58 Inside Track (Rafael)
10:18 Right Turn Clyde (Matt K.)
10:38 Mount Those Twin Peaks (Eddie M.)
10:48 Without Adult Supervision (Simone K)
10:52 Delusions of Toughness (Valerie T.)

10:54 Atomic Force Awakens (Matt K.)
11:02 Ritardando (Whitney W.)
11:10 Inside Track (Galina)
11:22 Greg’s Groms (Greg L.)
11:29 Inside Track (Craig)

11:31 Inside Track: Joe
11:33 The Hills Have Cries (Jill C.)
11:38 Femmes Fa’trail (Katrin, Sara, Tara, and )
11:44 How Grandma Likes It (DR)
12:07 Inside Track (Erynne)

12:17 Conejos Chasing a Coyote (Diana P-M)

… but first, coffee. (Lauren D.; team ran half-way, had a family event)