Hunter S. Thompson introduced a style of journalism that was equal parts spot on social observation, alcohol and drug fueled rant, satire, fanatical lunacy, and biting wit.
But he always called things as he saw them, hazy as they were.
In my Sunday afternoon hopped up state of caffiene and Zip Line induced frenzy I skewed things in yesterday’s report. Thanks to the many of you that called me out/offered corrections.
The 50K Team Nebraska runner was actually 39 year old Michael Morrison of Papillion, bona fide. My sincerest apologies Mike.
Mike was hot on Jerrod’s tail and trail for most of the race. Nice pic here, thanks Gary Dougherty Photography. The cat I mistook was a dude that looked like Ivan Marsh’s little brother, named Jon Kuehler, actually buddies with our own Badass Pete Kostelnick. He was the first runner across the finish line, having started in the first wave, leading to my fallacious assumptions.
The Real Jon Kuehler. “The picture below, like I sent yesterday is Jon Kuehler. The guy you mentioned on your blog is not Jon, but some 1st wave scrub. Jon got 4th overall and was 2nd wave guy in the chase pack all morning. If you get it wrong again tomorrow, I’m kicking your ass.” Thanks Pete!
The Team Nebraska Open Men’s Team repeated history. The LRC Racing Mixed Team stacked their 5 Men up front (Zakaras, Wolford, Marolf, Rathje, Jacob) hoping to build an insurmountable lead before passing to the three women (Peterson, Larsen, Sutter). But the TN lads (Falcon, Kear, Belzer, Cerda, Anderson, Logsdon, Bohlken, Thor) stayed close enough with the LRC fellas. Immediately caught the women and began pulling away fast.
Deja vu all over again. While enjoying the lead something went awry, eerily reminiscent of my navigational folly from a couple years ago. Both vans ended up at the same checkpoint with the incoming runner stranded way back. No more helpless feeling than knowing you are retracing steps while others stride forward.
The story behind the results.
I’ll be honest in revealing that I had hoped my friends from TN would win out over my friends on LRC. While having no particular dog in the fight I was certainly rooting for and against certain mutts and mongrels. Competition on the day being the only order of business, things shook out as they were to, and that’s that until next time.
I’m high on our women’s team that is traveling to Des Moines this weekend. Jessica Pape, Amber Sargent, and Stacy Mangers Shaw will tackle the marathon and the one hundred eighty minute challenge I’ve laid out for them. They are ready. Wishing the best to David Bohlken too, making his 26.2 debut. And whispers overheard that Luka Thor has decided to jump in the full as well, get some son.
And the Governor’s Cup 15K is this weekend. Some top finishers over the last 15 yeras: Mike Morgan‘s 47:05 from 2004 leads the all time performances. Tracy Lokken ran 48:16 in 2002. Christoph Paetzke ran 48:51 in 2006. All three ran for me during my reign of terror, you all know Mike but should never forget Tracy (now age 49, he ran 2:31:10 at Twin Cities a week ago), or Christoph (Omaha Corporate Cup Champ, 2006, 30:mid I believe). Other notables: Ivan Ivanov‘s 49:29 at age 41 for the win in 2011. And Dave Johnson‘s victorious 50:44 at age 45 in 2001. Some studly single age group records. Don’t be surprised if you see a Vivid Peace Sign at the top of this year’s podium.
Christoph was way faster than you and his European Techno Moves at the Max are the stuff legends are remembered by.