Monthly Archives: October 2019

#VALLEYSTRONG

Please notice the new  tab up top, 2020 Winter Fitness Series.  Our 501 (c) 3 not for profit Nebraska Run Guru Elite, Inc. has set these events up to help our Valley/Waterloo communities by providing healthy lifestyle opportunities for youth and adults.  And to show how we have recovered from this past March’s devastating flooding.  We are kicking things off on January 4th with the Rust Buster 5K  Then we’ll have a howling good time on January 18th at the  Full Wolf Moon 5K   Our series wraps up with the 8th annual Two Rivers Valentine’s Day 5K on February 8th, registration opening soon.

The 14th annual Nebraska Trail Run is set for Saturday April 4th.  Some very exciting news coming regarding our return to the storied Platte River State Park course.  Dubbed the “8th Most Challenging Trail  Run in the United States} by Business Insider Magazine.  We listened to our trail running community and are bringing back the pain and suffering that makes this a one of a kind event.  Did I mention the beer garden?

That is just the beginning of our efforts!  The 2019 Valley 7 Lakes Marathon course was wiped out by the floods.  We’ve set the 2020 Valley 7 Lakes Marathon date for Saturday April 25th and  are hitting the ground running!  Douglas County has resurfaced the scenic country roads with a nice soft asphalt finish, perfect for 13.1 or 26.2 miles of running.  Registration is open: https://runsignup.com/Race/NE/Valley/Valley7LakesMarathon

Our recovery winds up with the Valley Days 1500 Meters, Nebraska’s only Metric Mile.  Saturday August 8th.  Proceeds will benefit the Valley Days Foundation established to help further the recovery effort for those that have lost the most.  Registration coming soon.  Thank you for marking your calendars.

RACE RESULTS MONDAY

Good morning United States of America Track & Field fans!  Be sure and check in tomorrow for some exciting news!

The World Championships wrapped up in Doha Quatar.  The men’s marathon a showcase for the Ethiopians, Gold and Silver.  The men’s Steeplechase won by one hundredth of a second, race of the games, Kenyan dominance uninterrupted.

Some fine American performances and American records in the sprints and throws.  Shelby Houlihan ran an American Record 3:54 in the Women’s 1500 meters for fourth overall.

Biggest shocker of the games for your scribe was no false starts and no baton drops.  I’m old enough to remember every single edition of the World Championships, the first in 1983.

The USA 10 Mile National Championships were held in conjunction with Twin Cities Marathon.  31 American men lined up, top 5 shook out like this:
1.  Futsum Zienasellassie                46:55
2. Abbabiya Simbassa                      46:57
3. Connor McMillan                          46:58
4. Marty Hehir                                   46:59
5. Agustus Maiyo                              47:05
Johnny Rutford  (49:07) of Omaha finished 24th and ran the fastest 10 Mile by a Nebraskan since Mike Morgan’s 49:29 in 2005.  Nice work Johnny!

36 Women toed the line and top 5 were led by everyone’s darling Sara Hall
1.  Sara Hall                                       53:11
2. Makena Morley                            53:17
3. Katy Jermann                                53:44
4. Bridget Belyeu                              53:47
5. Annie Frisibie                                54:00

The White Light Mile in Fremont was a barnburner Saturday night, if you haven’t run this gem before be sure and get it on your schedule for 2020.  Nolan Border used a furious kick at the end to nip Will Henry of the Kansas City Smoke  by .25 of a second.  Fourteen year old Britt Prince took the women’s title.  Forty three year old Angee Nott (Run Guru Elite, Inc) used the race as a final tune up before next weekend’s USA Masters National 5K champs in San Diego.
1.  Nolan Border                  4:22
2.  Will Henry                        4:22
3. Kyle Johnson                   4:28
4. Matt Fayers                     4:36
5. Thomas Taylor               4:36

  1. Britt Prince                    5:25
  2.  Angee Nott                   5:51
  3. Kristen Griffen              5:57
  4. Emalie Clement            6:12
  5. Ayva Darmento           6:15

92 SQUARE FEET

Linda and I have passed the 6 week mark living in our rpod.  Sixteen feet long, six feet wide.  Take away the bed and bath and we’re at 10’x6′, 60 square feet of living space.  And Desi makes three.  Its been nothing but lovin, huggin, and squeezin.  A little chilly last night, add snugglin.

How about you and your significant other?  Could you be this close?  Could you stay this close?  This testament to how much we love each other, the ultimate test of respect and even adoration.  Our buddy Ronn Baker joked during the first week that our “life in a box” would close in on us, shrinking digs testing even the most committed.  We giggled then and are giggling this morning.  Me maybe a little more than Linda.  She always races with elbows out after all.

I grew up dirt poor, decidedly lower class.  Five people in a slightly bigger box in Atwood, Il.  Linda grew up with 4 brothers in modest middle class digs.  We took our turns living in Richerville (West-O is the Best-O).  And chose austerity and happiness instead.  Working the land at the Bar None, the peasant lifestyle.  Turned that sow’s ear into a silk purse.  Wiped away by the Great Flood of 2019, we’re starting over.  Bought an acre, West of the Platte!!  On a hill.  Small charming community.

Linda’s cousin Vince Kunasek is one of the top architects in Nebraska (and a Cross Fit beast of a man!).    He’s designed a Modern Mountain home for us.  Our forever dream home.  New buddy Tim with Quality First Construction also on board.  We pulled the trigger yesterday, hoping to break ground before month’s end.

We looked in Wyoming, we looked in Colorado, we looked in South Dakota, we looked in Iowa.  But our hearts and soles remain in Nebraska.  We’ll spend the next 6 months or so traveling and researching material for “Phineas Taylor and His Dandy Road Show Boys.”  My great novel that will celebrate and lampoon everything.  (Any similarities between the characters and any living people purely intentional).

Don’t cry for me Argentina!