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YOUR PIE WHOLE

How far has Nebraska running come since 2000 (b.w.)?  You decide.

Prior to 2004 there were no post collegiate opportunities for talented Nebraska runners.  Most retired or moved away.  A very few stuck around, continued to train for training sake.  Maybe hit up a local fun run.

This past weekend Nebraska athletes peppered the competitive landscape.  On Trails.  On Roads.  On Track.

Stacy Shaw (23:55) won the USA 100 Mile Trail 50+ medal, 6th USATF,  13th overall.  Kyle Clouston finished 5th USATF under 40,  7th in his  age group in 19:20.  Jerrod Anzalone made 80 miles in 15 hours before hip issues sidelined.

Joe Coil (20:07) narrowly defeated Ivan Marsh (20:12) at the Camp Carol Joy Holling 5K Trail Run.

Jay Welp ran 15:44 for the 2nd fastest Certified and Sanctioned road 5K of the year by a Nebraskan.  Nicole Norris ran 19:51 at the same Dalton Gang 5K to set a new 2017 Best Mark for our association.

Nolan Zimmer ran a fast 14:46 track 5K at Frank Sevigne.  Peter Falcon turned in a nice 15:19 on the same oval.

Pick a slice, any slice!  You’ve got the whole USATF pie!

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MAN AS EARTH

The second in my “Philosophical Friday” series.  Building on last Friday’s “MAN AS ALLIUM”.

Billions of cells alive and dead.  Plants, animals and all things,  utterly dependent on those smallest organisms, alive and dead.   Man above all with the highest call and purpose.  Ability to use some of those cells for cognition, consideration, free will, and action and joy and regret.

Hierarchical cells.  Assuming important  roles at every level.  Autonomic most primitive and advanced.  Breathe.  Pursuing comestibles for the food slit.  Eat.  Bacteria and flora and fauna.  Excrete.  Man.  You are you and you are what you eat and you are what you excrete.

Earth.  Its crust made of man.  Man made from earth.  Earth made from man.  Civilizations.  Cells.

What remains then?  What is left in a millennia?  Cells.   Alive and  dead.

And Spirit.  Imbued cells.  Gift to Man.  Greater Good.  Educating.  Enlightening.  Entertaining.  Enduring.

What will your living cells do  with the gift?

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USA 100 MILE TRAIL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Nebraska has established itself as one of the premiere trail running states anywhere, thank you very much Kaci Lickteig, Ivan Marsh, Pete Kostelnick, Jeremy Morris, Todd Nott, Tim Langdon, Tim McGargill, Justin Mollak et al.

Trails and trail runners everywhere you look.  Its popularity unquestioned.  It has become relevant like never before.  The 11th annual Nebraska Trail Run holding the distinction of longest continuously held in the state.  And most challenging.  But this isn’t about April 1st.

This coming Saturday is the USA 100 Mile Trail Championships!  Rocky Raccoon down in my old neck of the Texas woods.  Known for blazing fast times, it tempts and attracts runners from all over the US.  And $4000 in prize money.

Nebraska is sending down 4 athletes to contest what I deem unimaginable.  Three of them run for Nebraska Run Guru Elite.   Kyle Clouston, Stacy Shaw, and Jerrod Anzalone are registered, ready, and raring to go.  Their NRGE mate’s Jeff Gregg and Pete accompanying to crew.  Joining them will be Cyrstal Foust (unattached) of Fremont.

Even though I don’t know how they do it, how they make it, I am probably the happiest and proudest guy around.  NRGE representing my state, my spirit, and my USA Championships.  Good enough.

Some of the roadsters will race at the Dalton Gang 5K this Saturday.  We’ve been fortunate with cooperation by the weather gods and look to have another near perfect morning to RUN FAST.

The days are lengthening.  The more sun the more Bar None work to be done.  But these moments of morning musings must remain.

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The 2007 Swamp Stomp, the first was held in 2006.  Sponsored by Omaha Sports Physical Therapy and brought to you by USATF Nebraska.  Competitive Trail Running in Nebraska started with The Swamp Stomp and Ni-Bthaska-Ke Trail Runs.  It has morphed into one of the most popular aspects of putting one foot in front of the other.

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I used to dare have a fair bit of flair in the air even with no hair up there.  *2009

 

ELMWOOD PARK TRACK CLUB

With thanks to Lou Soukup

In my never ending quest to find Excellence in Nebraska Running I’ve had to go all the  way back to what seems to be the very origin, the root, the genesis as it were.  As disclaimer, if you prefer alternative facts, please exit here…

The Elmwood Park Track Club was established in 1963.  Ken Gould placed an add in the Omaha World Herald, asking runners to “Meet at the Big Tree” in Elmwood.   “In the late 60’s, the group that met was comprised mostly of elite college and high school athletes. The list includes many Big Eight and NAIA gold medal winners. Training runs were held daily – meets were once a week. Cross-country one week – track the next”

“The UNO track club would change gears and its name – to the Plains Track Club. The first road race would be held at Lake Manawa in 1973. A track coach at Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln named Mick Freeman would host the first event (and he is still at it today).”

A common theme through Lou’s descriptions of Nebraska’s earliest efforts:
“Today’s running club with the Holiday Lights Fun Run and the Couples Relay is the antithesis of what was started back in 1963.”    Lou makes a very clear and definite distinction between what the club was founded on and where it sits today.

“The early pioneers of organized running in Omaha were fast. And they were serious competitors. They had big goals. The initial group, which included track stars such as Tim Hendricks, Greg Carlberg and Elliot Evans, were training for events like the Pan Am Games, World Cross Country Championships, and the Olympic Trials. They needed fast guys to push them harder – and they recruited local college and high school distance runners to join them for their nightly training runs – typically 10 miles. Word spread.  And the training sessions ended up being a “Who’s Who” of local runners.”

”  Plains Track Club (PTC) finest moment came in 1975 when it broke the USA record for a 24-hour relay. The club hosted the event at the UNO track. There were several 10-person teams entered – but the PTC team stole the show. Each person would run one mile – and then pass the baton to a teammate. Over the course of 24 hours, the PTC team averaged 4:46 per mile. “

Lou goes on to describe the major differences between the current climate (fundraising and participation) and days of yore when most races were put on by serious athletes.

Another point out sums up what I’ve tried to describe for the last 16 years, he seems to have it on the head.  Today, the Omaha Running Club, as an entity, is far more involved in assisting other groups with their races.  By contrast, The  Lincoln Track Club* “owns” their own race calendar.  Think about this  with your morning coffee, it is really quite deep.  No right or wrong way really.   Two Ways, see?  But does describe the vastly disparate cultures better than I have been able  to.  *Lincoln Track Club est. 1975

I hope you’ll take the time to read Lou’s chronology.  I’d like to rename his  series, The History of Excellence in Nebraska Distance Running, or, The History of Excellence in Eastern Nebraska Distance Running.  And then I would add the following chapters:  1.”USATF LDR, 2001-present”, describing the founding and foundation of today’s USATF Clubs and programs.  How Team Nebraska bridged the  Platte for over a decade.  Names like McGown and Morgan and Henry and Adams and van der Westhuizen.  How LRC Racing sprung from that model.  How Nebraska Run Guru Elite, embodiment of my competitive spirit, answered the call once again.  Names like Kostelnick and Wintheiser etching their names into the history of Excellence in Nebraska Distance Running.    2. “The Omaha Running Club Today”, to describe the credo that has held sway for at least the last 16 years  “a non-profit organization that supports local running and walking, “.   Tom Whitaker, over a decade and a half with his hand firmly on that wheel, deserving his own chapter.

Ken Gould, Mick Freeman, John Hawkins, Elliot Evans, I’d like to buy you a cup of Joe.

 

 

 

 

RON HILL

Farther than you.  Longer than you.  Faster than you.  It could be you.

Ron Hill ended the longest running streak in history this past weekend.  Saturday’s 1 Mile was the last day of 52 years and 39 days straight with at least that distance.   My old buddy *Alex Galbraith from Houston moved up a notch to 4th on the active U.S. list.

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Ron Hill’s Sportscaster Card, circa 1979.  When Real Men wore Real  Running Shorts.

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Celebrating over half a century of Commonwealth Games Gold, World Records and permanent place in the history books.

The Coverts (45+ Years)
Rank, Name Streak date (MM/DD/YYYY) City, State, Occupation, Age Streak days (years)
1. Jon Sutherland 05/26/1969 West Hills, CA, Writer, 66 17418 days (47.69 years)
2. Jim Pearson 02/16/1970 Marysville, WA, Retired, 72 17152 days (46.96 years)
3. Stephen W. DeBoer 06/07/1971 Rochester, MN, Dietitian, 62 16676 days (45.66 years)
4. Alex T. Galbraith* 12/22/1971 Houston, TX, Attorney, 66 16478 days (45.11 years)
 

LOVE TO LOVE YOU BABY

Jaws!  Rocky Horror Picture Show!  One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest!  Mandingo!
The Hustle!  Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds!  My Eyes Adored You!  Jive Talkin!
I was a senior in high school in 1975. Anxious to run away from Atwood Illinois.
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Fast forward 42 years and I still Love To Love You Baby, sixteen minute extended play style.  A dozen eggs to every runner under sixteen minutes at this coming Saturday’s Dalton Gang 5K! 

Fellas!  Hey fellas!  Say Hey Fellas!  Valentine’s Day Runs    As of this morning we’ve got 55 women and 18 men registered, just saying.  Come find that lovin feelin!
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Love me some racing!  Lauren Stroud from my old digs in Lake Jackson, TX continues to impress taking the overall at the 3M Half Marathon in Austin, 1:17:07.  Let’s dial that race a little closer to home, Chris Kimbrough won the Lincoln Marathon with an Olympic Trials qualifying 2:44:57 in 2007.  Now age 47 she covered 3M in 1:23:00.

Cory Logsdon celebrated a birthday weekend with the W in the 1 Mile (4:31.01) at the Dennis Young Classic at Buena Vista University.  Our mate Jay Welp was 5th (4:37.70) and Cory’s Team Nebraska mate Ross Lorber (4:41.42) followed in 6th.   In the 3000 Meters Cory finished 2nd overall (8:48,72), his mate Peter Falcon (8:55.19) was 5th,  Jay 6th in 9:07.72 and Ross 7th in 9:08.55.

No Frills 5 Mile went off without a hitch or its race director thanks to the kind contributions by Tom Whitaker and the  Omaha Running Club.
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Kaci joins Miguel, Tim and Todd.  No Frills, plenty of competition!

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Jen Freeman always tough in Plattsmouth!

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Likely the men’s lead pack, one of Shannon Stenger’s  boys up front.

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Team Nebraska always loads up No Frills competition.  *photos courtesy of Jose Badillo

Doesn’t matter whom or where you race.  Just Giddyup!

 

 

 

MAN AS ALLIUM

What is a guru?  Simply a teacher.  Today I want to stimulate more than competitiveness in the  running community.

Who are you?  Really?  Two ways.  As I and others see you.  As you see yourself.   Inextricable.  Both are correct.  Both are wrong.

I see you as runner.  You’re also son, brother, father, daughter, sister or mother.  Your employer sees you as accountant, pipefitter, electrician,  librarian, or deli master.  You are all of those.  You are none of those.

You see me as scribe, firebrand, ass, gardener, coach, friend.  You are right.  You are wrong.

I see me as you see me.  I see me as I see myself.  You are right.  I am  right.  I see me as you see me.  I see me as I see myself.  You are wrong.  I am wrong.

Opinions.  Onion’s tearful layers protecting the pearl of truth.  That center of us all that needs no proofing.  Who we Really Are.  I am you are we are us.  Exactly the same and completely different.

Now to the mundane.  Good luck to everyone going down to Maryville for this weekend’s 5 mile or wherever you may roam.

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HUMPTY TRUMP

Humpty Trump
Built a Great Wall
Humpty Trump
The Wall of them All
Better Than China’s
(It’s pronounced Ji-nus)
Hurdle to those
Hombres Mas Mal
Humpty Trump’s
Really Great Wall
All Those Worst Kind
He warned us about
His Really Great Wall
Will keep Them All Out
That’s What Humpty’s
Wall’s All About
Keeping Ornery Hombres out
Now who pays for Humpty’s Wall?
Not Mexico, No!  Not At All
You over there and you over there
We’ll all be donating our little share
Me and you and All Y’all
We’ll be paying for Humpty’s Wall
To keep those
Ornery Hombres Out
That’s what Humpty’s
Wall’s All About

GIANTS

Allan Steinfeld

I claim few heroes but I lost one yesterday with the passing of Allan Steinfeld.  He was a friend and mentor.  I was privileged to work with him and his New York City Marathon, honored to make the trip to Rio with him in 2008.

Appropriate that I spent the day with two of Nebraska’s most recognizable icons.  Ronn Baker and Ron Olsen.  In my search for excellence in the annals of Nebraska distance running, these two men occupy upper rungs.      The Greatest Nebraska runners of the 70s and 80s, B.G. (before guru).

Ron Olsen.  Has run every single Lincoln Marathon.  He’ll be 70 for the 2017 edition.  With no plans of retiring his Run Guru Elite kit.  Decades of consistent top age group finishes, solid lifetime personal bests from 1500 meters to the marathon.

Ronn “BIX” Baker.  No Nebraskan (other?) has etched their name so indelibly on the streets of Davenport, Iowa.  Holds multiple single age and age group records in one of the largest and deepest fields of any race in the United States.

It wasn’t their accomplishments they wanted to talk about though.  Preferring to talk of their own heroes.  Omahan’s Rinn and Dooling and Carlberg and Hall and Julin.  The Greatest Nebraska runners of the 70s and 80s.  B.G. (before guru).    Runners that came to Omaha and inspired them.  Athletes they raced. Names like Marty Liquori and Jim Ryun and Bill Rodgers and Mark Curp  and Jon Sinclair.  Olympians.  National Champions.  American and World Record Holders.  Names that today’s generation likely have never heard of and more’s the shame.

Each generation needs their heroes.  Those shining the light brightest to show the way.  Ron and Ronn, thank you for your deeds that have inspired me and countless others.

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Giants.  I’ve walked among them.