Monthly Archives: June 2017


Grandma’s Marathon and Garry Bjorklund Half, this Saturday.  The full starts at 7:45 in the scenic burg of Two Harbors on the North Shore of Minnesota.  The half starts at 6:15 at the halfway point of the marathon.

Sarah Culver, Race Director.  Scott Keenan’s Right Hand for the many years he hosted our USA Half Champs.  She is still dedicated to developing American athletes.  Towards that end kind enough to treat our Grant Wintheiser to the full Elite Package.  Grant’s NRGE mate Nicole Norris will be making her marathon debut.

LRC Racing will have a much, much bigger representation.

I’m amending my prediction for Grant, still sub 1:05, Top  5 overall.

My last Real Marathon was Grandma’s 2012.  In the “age-graded” shape of my life, dnf’d due to hypothermia, dropped at 18, Linda suffered the same fate only 3 miles from the finish.  We will be Sarah’s guests this weekend,  happily returning to one of the  Great American Road Races.

Happy Camper Run and Cornhole to Cornhole on the local calendar, muy, muy popular events that should be ripe for the picking.



I’m at the point in my life where I appreciate things a whole lot differently.  Old soldiers recognize blessings that a younger man, full of piss and vinegar, is simply too self absorbed to count.  I’ll be 60 on November 28, veteran of the  US Navy.  My hardest battles occurred right here in the Good Life.  And my greatest victories.  And personal growth, thanks mostly to my dearest, sweetest Linda.

Put a bow on it!  At this morning’s track session I had  the pleasure of seeing fruits of labor.

Sam Runde.  2 x 100, 2 x 200, 1 x 400, 2 x 200, 2 x 100.  14.01, 15.15, 32.06, 31.99, 65.7, 31.14, 13.41, 15.31, 12.88 (!).  Not your typical 14 year old.

Jackson Runde. 2 x 100, 2 x 200, 1 x 400.    20.25, 20.58, 38.87, 38.43, 79.67 (!).  Not your typical 11 year old.

Caitlyn.  Flying 50s like nobody’s business.

Their gift to me.

Caitlyn and Jackson getting ready to enter 7th and 6th grade.

Sam, entering Burke as a freshman.  My gift to Coach Mike Mingo.

I’m more confident than ever that Sam will re-write the distance record books.





Starting at the very top.  Nebraska, so many talented athletes in this state, so deserving.   I’ve dedicated the last 16 years advocating for you.  Pitting you against the rest of the best in the U.S.  For development, pathway to potential realized, excellence.  I sent you everywhere.  Coast to coast.  Sometimes pleading with event directors to just please give this fine young athlete a chance.  Built Team Nebraska while a small group of us from around the U.S. worked hard to create a legitimate USATF Club National Championships program.

I’m still able to do this, Buddha willing and  the creek don’t rise.

The KC Smoke took the Big Apple by storm this weekend, carrying the passed torch.   But there were some heated USATF competitions on the track right here in Omaha.  One a youth competition at Bryan High, the other the first sanctioned adult meet that I  can remember since the 2012 USATF Club National Champs at Burke, I hope a few of you greybeards remember that.  The Jim McMahon Invitational good work  by Derek Fey, perhaps the only person in Omaha that could enlist the support of the Omaha Running Club for a USATF event.

One thing hasn’t changed, and that is the expectations of the athletes that run for me. That is why they are drawn to Nebraska Run Guru  Elite, Inc.  after all.

Saturday’s meets were hot and windy.  At Bryan, Sam Runde continued to show he is the class of his class (14-15 years old).  Swept the 1500/3000 (4:39, 9:59), big nod to his main competitor Zack Jones of Club 402 for pushing.  Both Sam and brother Jackson are entered into this Thursday’s  USATF Junior Olympics qualifier.

At Jim McMahon, Jay Welp (4:24.10, 16:12.8) cemented his spring with more victory, besting Team Nebraska’s Colin Morrissey (4:29.32, 16:21.98) in both the mile and 5000.  Jay is undefeated at less than half marathon distance.  Fearless, has faced the very best of all the rest, proving his mettle.  The only cat (scalp) not on his belt is his mate Grant Wintheiser.  Grant is Olympic Development caliber, he’ll be racing Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon this Saturday, sub 1:05 baby.   Grant nor I would suggest that will be good enough for the “W”, I’m hoping for a top 10 American in the most competitive half marathon of the spring/summer.  NRGE’s Nicole Norris will be making her marathon debut in the Grandma’s Full (please, please, please, don’t call it Grandmothers!)


June 8th All Comers meet at Houston’s Rice University.  Weekly competitions aimed at developing talent, both national class as well as everyone else.  My old buddy and curmudgeon Bill Shaw (President For Life, West End Closet Runners and Walkers League-WECRAWL) setting 70+ personal bests in the 400 and 800, proving you’re never too old or too slow to enjoy the oval.


I split my time in Texas between cowboy and runner.






The Morning Blend is a KETV Channel 3 mainstay here in Omaha.  9-10 every morning, hosted by Mike DiGiacamo.  They’ve had my mug up there before touting the Vala’s Monster Dash and  Omaha Mile.  Being on television is no big deal.  I’ve been interviewed dozens of times, all across the  U.S.  And once in Japan.  Talking about running and racing has always come easy.

If you’ve the notion you can tune in tomorrow morning.  Linda and I won’t be talking running though, rather we’ll be talking about what is fresh and in season at Bar None Produce.

As always, we will be set up at Village Pointe Farmer’s Market from 8:30-12:30 Saturday morning.

Blending our passions of Nebraska Run Guru Elite, Inc. and Farm To Table, best organic practices, locally sourced produce.

Excellence In.  Excellence out.



Charity.  The most abusive aspect of our sport.  We once offered running to deserving groups as a fundraising tool.  Now the tool owns the sport.

You must allow me this.   I have volunteered as much or more than anyone else for this sport.  My time you see has value.  I  donate it.   I’m charitable to running, not from it.

I hardly recognize this.  What charity has done to our sport.  A just barely visible outline of Real Racing, leaving some running purists outside their own passion.

I say the Real Runners Take It Back!  No longer having our shots called by stuffed shirts and  arses that have never pushed themselves beyond comfort.  Bean counters and civic pros completely at a loss as to what 42 kilometers equals.

Our only other hope is to get Real Runners in position of power, both civically and in our local club leadership.  Those that would value Competition and Records over dollars turned over.  Those that Run the Race instead of pose with the winners.  Those that will rise and run again tomorrow.


Not quite half way through the year, here are some personal favorite competitive highlights:

Jay Welp coming around the State Farm campus ahead of Colin Morrissey and Johnny  Rutford, arguably two of Team Nebraska and LRC Racing’s best 5K runners.

Grant Wintheiser clocking 50:51 at the 10 Mile  the  same morning, nearly breaking Kurt Keiser’s 20+ year old record.

The Lincoln Half Marathon.  Grant showing Nebraska the way, his mate Jay running tough to put two NRGE athletes in the  top 10, only club in Nebraska to do so.

Jay Welp showing he  fears no  other runner.  Setting a new course  record (8:33) at the venerable Havelock 3K last Saturday.  How  impressive was his race?  Peter Falcon in 2nd (8:48) set a new Team Nebraska road 3K club record.

How many fellas you know that have outrun  Johnny Rutford and Peter Falcon and Colin Morrissey?  Only Jay.

We welcome Mark Abrams to Nebraksa Run Guru Elite.  Mark was 3 time GPAC 10000 meter champion including 2017’s title (32:04).  He will play a key part in our continued efforts to become the top USA Track & Field club in Nebraska.


Get used to these boys.  Sam has battled Zack for the last few years.  Their lack of fear of competition has led to a resurgence in my hopes for the future of Nebraska distance running.  Fun fact:  Seth Hirsch’s middle school mile best was 4:39, Sam’s 4:46.


Jackson, age 11, showing the fierceness common to those sporting the NRGE kit.




Long ago and far away……  Cock of the Walk High Level Training and Meditation Center.   In the mid 2-aughts I used the fictional setting to launch a vision.  Insulated as I was in West O is the Best O,  an absurd notion, no idea that it would/could become reality.

We aren’t quite enlightened, but we are learning to try.
Working  with athletes, teaching them  to fly

Last week at the Bar None (CWHLTMC).

The Runde boys Monday.  Robert Borer Tuesday.  Tristan Nelson Wednesday.  Grant Wintheiser Saturday.  Jay Welp and Mark Abrams Sunday evening.  That’s a typical week of athletes.  It was the group that came out to run yesterday morning that has left a better man.

There was a whole lot to catch up on, we hadn’t been together as a group for maybe 10 years.  These fellas that were there in the  beginning.  Watched the birth, witnessed messy growing pains of USATF LDR in Nebraska.   Enlightenment and Growth dependent on making make peace with these cats that saw it all.   There’s still a few on my  list…..


Dave Sutej.  Gary Dougherty.  Tom Lewis.  These guys heard me rage that I wasn’t in Nebraska to make friends but to build a program.   I told them on our run that was still the case, but the  friends I have made, especially those that shared the battle and are willing to forgive, are so very appreciated.  Thanks fellas for being Real Friends.



Desiccated by ages.  Ancient seeds.   A single drop of rain bringing life anew.  Wonder.
Man no such phoenix.  Upright hands and chin, receiving blessings.  One shot  Wonder.



Thanks to my new buddy Don for the save!  Always some maintenance at the Bar None, some more unexpected than the rest.  The sand point well in the barn provides water after our stock tanks are exhausted, an integral part of our operation.  The old pump took a crap last week, I took it out and started to replace the aged galvanized fittings.  A break in the threads just above the floor left me no recourse but to call in a heavy hitter.

AWS in Mead, big tip of the sombrero!


Fast and friendly.  The well is better than ever thanks to the experts at AWS!