Fun was had by all. Many great performances and tons of medals. The weather cooperated and the inaugural event was a huge success. The Ridge Runners were happy to be part of this local community event and we thank Bryan Clay and his Foundation for all they do. We are already looking forward to next year's event!
Xander, 17.50, 3rd Overall! Wolf, 19.55, 1st AG (just 2 weeks after the NY Marathon!) Brian, 20.15, 1st AG Leon, 20.18, 2nd AG Bert, 21.29, 1st AG, Enrique, 21.32, 3rd AG (just 2 weeks after NY Marathon!) Andrea, 22.02, 3rd Woman Overall! Ed, 22.20, 1st AG Amber, 22.23, 1st AG Tyler, 22.26, 2nd AG Tim, 22.41 Kate, 23.08 1st AG Eric (the Chef), 23.20 Dawn, 24.04, 2nd AG (just 2 weeks after Greece Marathon!) Linda, 24.05, 1st AG Patia, 24.30 Richard, 28.03, Joan B, 39.59, 3rd AG, Amity, 44.29, 1st AG, (Congratulators to the Ridge Walkers!) Peggy, 44.30, 2nd AG Libby, 46.00, 3rd AG...
It was a beautiful morning to run. 57 at the start. Only about 65 at the finish. Clear blue skies. I am so happy with my time and I am very grateful. I was blessed to be able to hold that pace today. I ran the first 10 miles with a 3.05 marathon pace group. I just hung on for dear life until the marathon and half marathon split at 10 miles. Thanks to all you. I couldn't do it without great training partners! See you out there.
Andrew finished 2nd overall in the inaugural Monrovia Fountain to the Falls race on Saturday in Monrovia. He had a time of 46:01! A few of us ran it on Thursday and it's a very tough 7 mile course. The first half is "all" up hill and much of it fairly steep.
Andrew 46:01 2nd O.A.!
Richard D. 1:11:29
We would have all come in 1st in our age group if they had recognized placement by age groups. It was a great day for a race. And we all enjoyed the Monrovia Fire Department's Pancake Breakfast after the race!
The weather was great and we had a wonderful time!! There was some pretty good times, and Bert placed in his age group!
Brian - 19:55 - 10th AG Leon - 20:36 - 9th AG Bert - 21:32 - 3rd AG Andrea - 21:36 - 6th AG Ed - 22:13 - 4th AG Tyler - 22:43 - 16th AG Tim - 22:43 - 17th AG Big Mike - 27:00 Sue - 28:32 - 16th AG Richard - 28:46 - 6th AG Ron - 29:59 - 58th AG Amity - 41:58 - 21st AG
Visiting the village of Urique in the Copper Canyons was truly an amazing experience. From the two day journey through Mexico by train and bus, to the two 18 mile group hikes in the days leading up to the race, and the cultural exchange all made for one of the best weeks of my life! Though I wasn't very fast, things went surprisingly smoothly on race day, I started out at a nice easy pace that I held for the flat sections, and walked the uphills. I felt pretty strong until about mile 22, when I started to hit the wall. At that point I slowed to a pace alternating between walking and running, which I kept up through the toughest climp of the course. Then surprisingly I started feeling stronger as I neared the 30 mile point. I guess it was the adrenaline and excitement of how close I was to completion of my first 50 miler. From then on things went pretty smoothly, I wasn't moving very fast due to my stiff ham strings, but slowly but surely I was inching toward to finish line and feeling stronger and more excited with each passing mile. I crossed the finish line in just over 12 hours and was awarded a voucher for 500 pounds of corn, which I gave to Caballo Blanco to distribute among the local schools and people of Urique. I think it's very unfortunate that Mexico has such a bad reputation right now, when in reality the majority of the people down there are very friendly and hospitable. Caballo Blanco has dedicated his life to helping support the Tarahumara and their running culture, in working hard to collect donations, and organize the race, in addition to Supplying the money for all of the corn out of his own pocket. I strongly recommend this race to anyone not only for the running and beautiful scenery but for the cultural exchange, and what is truly a remarkable experience! More Photos...
Congratulations to Big Mike for completing the Houston Marathon in 3:50 under not so good weather conditions. It was a bit warm 60 degrees at 6 AM and it was very humid and windy. Normally its in the low 40s at start time. Mike ran with the 3.30 pace group up to mile 16 until he started cramping in the hamstrings. He ran/walked the last 10 miles and finished the race.
Glendora Ridge Runners running club provides a fun, comfortable atmosphere for runners of all abilities. Thank you to Hollie Reina for writing an article on the Glendora Ridge Runners. See the glendora.patch.com.