WAKE UP MAGGIE

I’ve gotten a lot of emails and conversation over my position concerning Boston.  Some people got it spot on, others, not so kind, and a few simply idiotic.

The bombings will Never Define Boston for me.  Never.  I’m sick of the endless bandwagon tragedists with their sayings and slogans and t-shirts and wrist bands, all showing support for the marathon, many to most of whom have never even been.  How chic to sport your blue and yellow themed bauble, evidence that you are empathetic and sympathetic and supportive.  Determined to show the world and especially the running world that Boston means so much to you.

Attempting via a single horrific act of terrorism, to redirect the consciousness of the World’s Greatest Marathon.

No way Jose.  Those of you that insist on focusing on anything other than the Race itself are missing my point completely.  Boston is the Mecca of Racing, not only to the U.S. but to the world.  If you let last year define this year or any other year, in a way the terrorists achieved their purpose.

My love and appreciation for the Boston Marathon goes far beyond a single year.  My own rich history with the race but a blip.  We are after all, temporary and bit players in the grand scheme of things.  The 2013 chapter of Boston will always be, and appropriately so, remembered with a poignancy, unwanted and foisted by fate.  Their will be numerous and appropriate and solemn times over the next few days.  As there should be.  But after all is said and done, let’s return the race to the people of Boston and to the athletes that are there for the most important day of their running lives.   One hundred eighteen years of history the bedrock of Running and Racing.   As it always was, as it always should remain.

More tomorrow.

 

 

 

 

BOSTON WRONG

I’ve got a deeply personal relationship with the Boston Marathon.  Ran it just the one time, the 100th annual in 1996.  It was for me, at the time, as should be for you today, The Mountaintop.  The Pilgrimage.  The Privilege.

Does Boston mean something a little different to me and my generation of runners?  Yes.  To start with runners of my era had to run <2:50 to get in.  Period.  Unless you wanted to run in the bandit corral, which was always embraced.  I hit that mark many times but refused to run Boston until I felt I could give it the Race it deserves.  My Very Best Effort.  And I did.  And don’t see much reason to ever go back and give less.

Which largely dictates how I see the event now.  Open to the masses either via soft qualifying standards or through fundraising.  That Golden Badge that only a very few were entitled to wear now merely a bucket list item.  I don’t care for this new “sense of accomplishment” at all.

Unless of course you line up in Hopkinton with the sole purpose of making this the best marathon of your entire running career.  Unless you have Proven your Fitness and Worthiness to stand where Legends have stood.

If you’re there “just for the experience” or for any other reason than making this the most important running day of your life, then it is you this column speaks to.  I don’t like what you’ve done to the race but you will never, ever, change what it means to me.  I can only hope you approach it with the same reverence and respect that the athletes of my generation insisted on.  And give it your very best.  And be satisfied with what you gave and took from the Boston Marathon.  Twenty years from now.

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CATCHING A BUZZ

And busy as a bee.  Good weekend’s worth of work all done on Saturday.  Yard raked and seeded.  Almost 6000 square feet of garden tilled, anxious earth now at the ready, second only to my own impatience.  The bobcat pushing and lifting and dumping and filling and leveling.  Tending the Good Mother in hopes of bountiful reward.  Work begun too on the new chicken coop, expanded digs to accommodate the growing brood.

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Got a quick tutorial in bee keeping Saturday.  Over 7000 bees in each box.  Gunnar had 18 boxes, riding around Saunders county with 126,000 buzzing bees.  Honey is money.

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Pete and Kyle and Cackie and Cayu taking like ducks to water.  It really is true, ducks are the pigs of the poultry world, nasty little buggers, cute as they are.

Still managed to get in a couple of good runs.  Friday afternoon’s 6.5 mile tempo followed by Saturday’s little 8.5 mile game of hare and hound.  Legs exquisitely trashed yesterday.  Raring to go this morning.

Speaking of raring to go.  I heard from Mario Macias recently.  He touched base concerning entry into the Lincoln Marathon.  I assured him as two time defending champ we are thrilled that he is not only coming back but with a fire in his belly.  2013 women’s champ Camille Herron won’t be returning so should be wide open.

The Novartis 10K was Saturday.  Some decent times and good competition across the top spots.    NRGE mates Kyle Clouston, Jerrod Anzalone and Stacy Mangers Shaw all running well.

1 Eric Rasmussen        York NE             31 M     1/52     32:22  5:13 
    2 Eric Noel             Lincoln NE          26 M     1/33     32:47  5:17 
    3 Ryan Dostal           Omaha NE            24 M     2/33     32:50  5:17 
    4 Neil Wolford          Hastings NE         26 M     3/33     33:02  5:19 
    5 Jason Zakaras         Omaha NE            31 M     2/52     33:33  5:24 
    6 Cory Logsdon          Omaha NE            26 M     4/33     33:40  5:26 
    7 Thompson Herman       Lincoln NE          33 M     3/52     34:08  5:30 
    8 Chad Sellers          Lincoln NE          35 M     4/52     34:16  5:31 
    9 Cheto Cerda           Lincoln NE          28 M     5/33     34:25  5:33 
   10 Ryan Regnier          Lincoln NE          38 M     5/52     34:33  5:34 
   11 Logan Watley          Elkhorn NE          26 M     6/33     34:41  5:35 
   12 Pierce Tallichet      Lincoln NE          20 M     7/33     35:11  5:40 
   13 David Bohlken         Omaha NE            28 M     8/33     35:37  5:44 
   *14 Kyle Clouston         Lincoln NE          29 M     9/33     35:55  5:47 
   15 Matt Seiler           Columbus NE         26 M    10/33     36:22  5:52 
   16 Nathan Stack          Lincoln NE          29 M    11/33     36:41  5:55 
   17 Danny McClenahan      Lincoln NE          32 M     6/52     36:54  5:57 
   18 Kelly Crawford        Gretna NE           51 M     1/16     36:57  5:57 
   19 Chris Dunker          Lincoln NE          28 M    12/33     37:32  6:03 
   *20 Jerrod Anzalone       Omaha NE            26 M    13/33     37:51  6:06 
   21 Derek Sekora          Lincoln NE          25 M    14/33     38:25  6:11 
   22 Tim McGargill         Omaha NE            32 M     7/52     38:53  6:16 
   23 Trevor Scoville       David City NE       31 M     8/52     39:01  6:17 
   24 Austin McKillip       Lincoln NE          34 M     9/52     39:10  6:19 
   25 Frankie Petersen      Lincoln NE          31 F     1/51     39:23  6:21
   *37 Stacy Shaw            Omaha              48F      1/35     42:12  6:48

FLAYED FRIDAY

One of the better stories from the Fremont Bicentennial book is how Rawhide Creek got its name.

In the early 1850s a “Dandy” from the east coast joined a party in Omaha that was headed west to seek their fortunes in gold.  A real hot shot, he had promised to “shoot the first Indian I see.”  As the party was camped near the present day site of the creek a poor old Indian woman came to beg, as was generally accepted custom.

The Dandy took the opportunity to make good on his evil vow and shot her dead.

The party of adventurers numbered around 150.  They were soon surrounded by a group of Indians numbering close to 400.  Either bring forth the dandy or the whole party gets a haircut.  So the dandy was turned over and tied to a tree next to the creek.  He was then flayed, or skinned alive.  Crosshatching the entire surface of his body they followed by removing each square of flesh.  The dandy lasted a few hours, his tale lives yet today.

Rawhide Creek.  Aptly named.

We will have three mates (Jerrod, Kyle, Stacy) racing Novartis tomorrow morning.  Should be a perfect morning, wishing everyone good luck, great racing, and Giddyup!

 

SPRING ROLLS, GRASSY KNOLLS

It is high gear at the Bar None.  I’m doing more than ever and falling further behind.  Lacking every known labor saving implement, learning from scratch and trial and error.  Cobbling attempts to mimic my neighbor’s flourish.  The promise of the Good Mother’s yield motivation enough to keep my efforts sincere if slightly askance.  Duct tape and bailing wire, more than a myth.

For those that supported our trail run last weekend, thank you.  Proceeds went directly to a wood burning stove (thanks for the sweet deal Mandy Sue!) and to a half of beef (thanks for the meaty deal Stacy!)  Linda and I will keep warm and fed, and well loved.

The Source.  The Horse’s Mouth.  The Truth.  Me.

The whispers are finally making it back to my ears.  Why I can only get one or two of my former mates to support the events I put on.  Why I haven’t had a Team Nebraska female run any of my races in over two years.

While I can’t stop others efforts “We need to meet”, I can set the record Perfectly Straight.

There are no grassy knolls.  No smoking guns.  Only vague scenarios blithely turned to insinuation and suggestion.

Anyone else tries to “Explain” things to you, shame on them and their agenda.

The Facts:  I founded and headed up Team Nebraska from 2001-2012.  It became a 501 not for profit in ~2006 or 2007.   I was/am a visionary, not a businessman.  ”The Books” were always and exclusively tended by the club attorney.  It was either with calculated malice or ineptness that certain documents were either not filed or mis-filed.

In 2011 a new club attorney was brought on board.  Due to personal issues between our then club vice president (my Dear Sweet Linda), myself, and the former counsel.  The new attorney and his wife (also an attorney) found anomalies in what should have been filed but had not.  New attorney’s wife submits corrective documentation.  

End of story?  Should have been.

If anyone tries to tell you otherwise, they have their reasons I’m sure.  If you are really interested you can do what I did in February.  File a Freedom of Information document to see the books of the Nebraska Running Club, dba Team Nebraska.  You’ll get the three most recent years, enough to educate beyond a single doubt.  All not for profits are required to provide same, its always been that way and that easy.

But maybe not as easy as the sly whisper.

The Truth Will Set You Free.

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RIDE MY SEESAW

Final thoughts from Ni-Bthaska-Ke:

I’m surprised by how many people read RGS.  Those of you that approached me and let me know you enjoy my musings make it all worth it.

I failed to mention that Ivan Marsh is now 40.  He’s signed up for Lincoln and may well be the guy to beat for that title and the cash that goes along with.

Jeff Cole reads.  I liked his suggestion that we should have a T-shirt for next year’s race with my quote from last Friday: “This is a competitive event, not a hand holding, back patting, nose thumbing, we’re all winners hobby jog.”

Darin Schlake is a fun and funny guy.

Brian Kelley reads.  I need to point out that he was the 55-59 USA National Champion at February’s USA Cross Country National Champs.

I dig the LRC Masters studs.  Good talent and better attitudes.

I’m still busting the totally rad 80s run chops.  The day after our event, didn’t see any results anywhere.  I’m sure there were a bunch of costumes and posing and woot wooting.  I have heard that the race director is trying to sell the event.  No I’m not interested, maybe somebody from Kansas is, its just business after all right?  Lets me know how dedicated to Omaha, the sport, and the athletes the event really was, not at all.

I thought my distinction as the worst ever Ni-Bthaska-Ke injury was in jeapordy.  Saw an elderly gentleman falter just prior to the finish line.  Went down ugly and hard but then popped right back up.  It wasn’t a cartwheel or a toe click but we did have one painfully executed somersault.
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We added the 4 Mile in 2010, I was the first masters champ, but with a cost.  I ran it wearing Vibram Five Fingers, stepped wrong on a stick and tore my second toe away from its home of 50+ years.  I’m all better now and am hoping Craig didn’t rattle too much either.

How about Bea Sides.  Over 60 years old and has ran each and every 12K.  Only person to hold that distinction.

Replacing water lines under the front porch.  Getting the sand point well up and running for the garden.  Potatoes going in.  Tilling and drilling, oh how thrilling!

Wednesday Night Track Work tonight.  See you there.

 

LONG RUNNING COMMENTARY

No better way to relate Pete and Jeremy’s accomplishments than through their own words.  For your reading pleasure:

From Jeremy Morris on his Rockin K victory and course record:
“My time was 7:32:12 previous cr was 8:03:51 by thomas mckenna in 2008.  Official results have not yet been displayed on the website.  The weather was perfect and it was my first ultra that i didn’t have any cramping issues.  Basically i had my perfect race even bettering my own expectations.  My goal for the last 5 years has always been 8 hrs which is pretty fast for this extremely difficult course.  The hardest 50 mile i have ran or even read about so kind of shocked myself that i ran so well.  Hoping this is the beginning of great results to come.  My next ultra is the freestate 100k in two weeks.”

And from Pete Kostelnick at Brew to Brew (thanks to respecttherun.blogspot for the interview):

Age: 26
Born and raised: Boone, Iowa
Currently lives: Lincoln, Nebraska
Family: Married, no kids
Occupation: Accounting/Finance
Respect The Run:  When did you start running? How long have you been running ultras?
Pete Kostelnick:  I started running cross country my junior year of high school in 2003.  I ran JV the entire year, and then varsity my senior year, never a very serious runner.  Funny thing about Boone High is my fellow classmate Danna Herrick (Kelly) is an olympic marathon qualifier, good friend Logan Gonzales was a 800-1600m repeat state champ who then ran at Texas, and there have been several state champs in CC and track since my time (Brogan Austin, Chandler Austin, Albert Meier). I quit running from ’05-’08, and ran my first marathon in 2008, and first ultra in 2011 at Brew to Brew.
RTR : Congrats on a big win on April 6 at the Brew to Brew 44 mile ultra in Kansas City! What kind of strategy or pacing got you the win this year? Looking back at results I see you have run Brew in the past but never won the race…
PK: I went out easy like I always do for this race, which is probably a smart move in itself.  Realistically, I probably went out slow (~8 min pace) since it’s still dark at 6 AM, and the course can get you lost if you aren’t careful and navigating with others.  I went out with several guys who had never run it before, so I was the one who knew the course. Pretty soon, at mile 15, I noticed I was in a pack of four with an “older” guy on my tail.  Brew to Brew has a 10 min handicap for each age group starting at 40 and increasing on up, so I freaked out a bit knowing I hadn’t gained any time on someone who had 10-30 min of age grade to work with.  So honestly, I started to push the pace closer to 7:15 min miles from 7:45 min miles in hopes this guy would stick with me and have to walk later, where I would gain my time (ultra running isn’t always a friendly sport).  My goal was a 7:30 pace overall, with negative splits, which I did just barely. That is about the time my neighbor, Ryan Regnier, ran in 2012 when he got 1st place and I placed 3rd (we didn’t know each other until a year ago).  So I just had to beat his time, right?  I’ve placed 2nd or 3rd all three years I’ve run it, so I wanted to get over that hump this year.

RTR: What does your race day nutrition look like? breakfast? how much/what form of calories taken on the run?
PK: I usually eat a breakfast of oatmeal or a bagel and banana before a race.  This morning I went with a donut and Clif Bar since they were at the gas station.  I used to fill up to the max before an ultra distance race, but lately I’ve tried to limit my calories, and ensure that they come 2 hours before the race so I can take a Vespa pouch 30-45 min before the race without a full stomach to optimize fat sources of energy.  I ate just under two Clif Block packs along the way, and that was it for eating.  I had some Tailwind mixed in with my water for the last 14 miles to replenish some sodium.
RTR: How do you recover from a race like Brew? (days off, compression, ice baths, etc) How long to get back into normal training mode?
PK: Usually I only take a day or two after Brew to Brew–it’s an odd distance where you don’t push the pace too hard, but don’t really break down the muscles like a 100 miler.  I don’t have any recovery traditions, other than letting the legs rest until they crave some miles.
RTR: What does a typical week of training look like for you building up for a race like Brew? (Mileage, any hard workouts, etc.)
PK:  I’ve been doing more 5 – 10 mile races this year than I typically do, so I made sure to mix in a couple 30+ mile easy runs in March, with the faster runs saved for weekend races.  Coach Will Lindgren (Nebraska Run Guru Elite, www.rungurusays.com) got me motivated and in shape earlier than I thought was possible in January after taking a couple months off.  Say what they will about his (Lindgren’s) ability to stir the pot, he’s the best running coach in Nebraska by far.  I’ve been getting in 80-100 miles per week consistently since February.
RTR: What is your goal race for 2014 and what specific preparation will that require?
PK: Badwater 135 is the ultimate goal.  I also want to do well at the Lincoln Marathon in May and the Superior 100 in September, but they’re all completely different mindsets and strategies.  For Badwater, I want to see if I can hang with a big name or two.  I don’t really know what my training for that will look like yet, other than a few June Saturday runs where I’m wearing a hoodie, winter hat, and 100 oz camelbak.  I’ve had the benefit of running two of my hundred mile finishes with Cath Todd, the lady’s Badwater winner last year, so I may need to pick her brain a bit more before then.
RTR: What are your favorite shoes for training and racing? What other gear is a must for “going ultra”?
PK: Brooks Pure Grit (2′s)–I run in these things every day from 1 to 100 miles on any surface.  They flex well to give you a natural landing and push-off, but still provide great support.  If Scott Jurek wears them, they must be perfect, right?  The 3′s (2014) feel a little narrow for my square feet, so I’m not sure if that’s psychological or not.  For ultras, my must-haves are Body Glide, handheld bottle (50 oz camelbak if > 7 miles/1 hr between aid stations), Vespa, Tailwind, Clif Blocks, and Jolly Ranchers.  Salt is important, but I try to get it through more natural sources than pills.  I also try not to touch any “sandwich” type food for 50 miles or less, but have noticed I need “real” food past my 100k plateau.  Every runner is different, though.  I know some people who don’t eat at all during a 100 miler.

 

EXTRA! EXTRA!

I interrupt my regularly scheduled broadcast for important breaking news!

Nebraska Run Guru Elite dominates weekend of Trails and Ultras!

My lead story after Saturday’s USATF Nebraska Association 12K Championships was originally Ivan Marsh making it a six-peat and Kaci Lickteig making her successful debut at Ni-Bthaska-Ke.  How by All Counts this was the best edition ever of the Toughest Trail Run in the Midwest.  How we’ve finally nailed the course marking and had only a couple of people stray from the saturation of flagging.   Kaci’s quote “You don’t follow anyone else in a trail run, you follow yourself” summing it up perfectly.  How our NRGE mates Kyle Clouston (4th) and Mike Wasson (5th, 1st master) and Stacy Mangers Shaw (3rd, 1st master) showed their range and prowess.  How Kyle now has jumped into the top spot of the Grand Prix Series.

How our volunteers, led by John & Cindy Tully and Carrie Dayton and Mike Manna and Chef Draper (Guru of the Griddle) and John Hall addressed every issue with aplomb.  How they get my attention deficit and somehow make things right.  My analogy of being a dyslexic spelling bee champ being perfect.  How our sponsors provided the BEST (spelled f-r-e-e) Post Race party of the year.  Omaha Steaks hamburgers and Upstream Brewing Company beers, seriously can you beat that?  The support by Cabela’s and Rotella’s Bakery and Complete Nutrition and Gretna Family Health and SUBWAY making this a local, Nebraska event.

Shame on those other races this weekend that hired from Kansas rather than Omaha’s Precision Race Results to do their timing!  Something about walking the Nebraska walk if you’re going to pretend the Nebraska talk.

How our participants, from near and far, challenged themselves and came out with Bragging Rights for conquering the 8th most challenging trail run in the United States.

How NRGE, LLC set a high early bar on hosting our USATF Nebraska Association Grand Prix Championships.  We didn’t enjoy having an “official” presence outside of Linda, myself, and the member athletes, though the offer was made to provide a table to promote the rest of our champs and especially the Grand Prix.  Those in attendance did see multiple instances of our pride in hosting, replete with signage and announcements.  As author and architect of the program I wanted to show our new leaders and membership how to do it right, and we did!  Outside of Kyle there wasn’t a single board member present.  They’ll have to trust to the fine photography of Gary Dougherty for tutorial.

How Lincoln Running Company Racing supported the notion of Real Racing at the Association level by having a host of runners on the line.  How Brian Wandzilak led LRC and how much I appreciated Frankie Petersen and their tough ass masters cadre for Bringing It.  Scratched my head that only Jimmie Doherty and Casey Kear represented Team Nebraska.  I would find out later some information that helps explain the ongoing lack of support from my former team, that bombshell will drop later this week.  How Shannon Stenger made his debut and finished a very solid 3rd overall.

All that was to be my lead.

Until I heard from our boy Pete Kostelnick.  How he freaking rocked the Brew to Brew 44.4 Miler.  His Overall Victory in  5:24:37, the fastest time since Henshaw’s course record in ’09.

Until I heard that our mate Jeremy Morris crushed the Rockin K 50 Mile course record by over 30 minutes.

Until I realized that Nebraska Run Guru Elite, these cats that are proud to say “I run for Will”, are more than just a bunch of crazy ultra and trail runners.  They are the best damned Ultra and Trail runners in the Midwest.

What?  You expected less?

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Pete!  Hells yeah!

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See, Racing is Fun!  Stacy fears no distance or discipline or competitor.

IMG_0285 (1)Gary captured the essence of the morning.  No better shot than Kyle wishing Ivan good luck prior to the gun.  LRC, Team Nebraska, NRGE, and Ndorfnz all represented on the line.  It might have taken me over a decade but folks here’s your pudding!

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Me and my baby.  We are USATF!  You bet your bottom I’ve got plenty more coming the rest of the week.

 

WILLIE-THE-POOH

Count all the bees in the hive.  Chase all the clouds from the sky.  Our crew of volunteers are making sure your experience tomorrow is a Great One!
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Busy, busy, busy.

Good Clean Living = Perfect Weather for tomorrow morning.

Couple of housekeeping items:  Results will be posted at onlineraceresults.com

Photos, courtesy of Gary Dougherty will land at:   http://www.gdougherty.com/ni14

Our mate Pete Kostelnick will be crushing the competition at the 44.4 Mile Brew to Brew on Sunday.  Not on a relay team, he’s running it solo, walk in the park for our NRGE V.P.  Show them how we do it Pete!

Congratulations to my old buddy Jim Sutfin on being named the new Millard Public Schools Superintendent.  He and his family have been regulars at our Wednesday Night Track Workouts, perfect person for the position.

Clancy’s believe it or not:  Tarzan wears Konas!

Full recap and more on Monday!

 

 

GET SOME

Everyone’s favorite Trail Race is just over 48 hours away.  Best Trail Race in Nebraska.  Toughest Rail Race in the Midwest.  #8 most challenging Trail Race in the United States.

We might not be the only event of the weekend but we are the only one that caters to Real Racers as well as those hoping to challenge themselves to a most difficult morning of accomplishment.  Hope you caught the front page of the Living Section in Monday’s OWH.  Some spot on coverage of Nebraska’s only Spring Trail Race.

This then is the reputation that we embrace.  This is a competitive event, not a hand holding, back patting, nose thumbing, we’re all winners hobby jog.   You know where to go for that.  I’m sure, as last year, we’ll see a whole plethora of same out on our course Sunday morning.  Proving my point to a tee.

Those that do show up Saturday morning won’t be doing heel clicks or cartwheels at our finish line.  Save that for your totally rad run the next day.  For those that are in this Race, this is a totally bad(ass) run.  You want bragging rights?  We’ll be there.

Ranking

State/Province/Region

Country

Number of participants

1

Nebraska

United States

178

2

Iowa

United States

15

3

Missouri

United States

6

4

North Carolina

United States

3

5

California

United States

2

6

Kansas

United States

2

7

Colorado

United States

1

8

Minnesota

United States

1

Add in the invited elites and special guests and we’ve got a nice turnout of serious runners of all abilities.

These cats are coming in for much more than a fun run.  They know what they’re in for.  And we’re going to make sure they Get Some.

Registration and packet pick up from 3-7 this afternoon at Omaha’s original, Peak Performance, 168th & W. Center location.  Proud to have Peak on our list of Nebraska supporters.  Keeping it local.  The only event this weekend that can boast that!   We insist on keeping our commerce right here in Nebraska.  Please bring cash or check as we are not set up for credit card transactions.

Thanks one more time to the following Nebraska based businesses for their kind support:
OMAHA STEAKS
CABELA’S
UPSTREAM BREWING COMPANY
ROTELLA’S
COMPLETE NUTRITION
NEBRASKA RUN GURU EVENTS, LLC
USATF NEBRASKA ASSOCIATION LDR PROGRAM
GARY DOUGHERTY PHOTOGRAPHY
PRECISION RACE RESULTS