say I'm crazy doin' what I'm doin'.'
Well they give me all kinds of advice,
To save me from ruin…."
- John Lennon, "Watching the Wheels"
The Rage is
to the purist of pure John Lennon fans who caught the reference
to Lennon's last piece of work, Double Fantasy, and thanked
me for not quoting the other Side B tunes where the shrills
of Yoko don't reign down.
I'll spare all
the details, but let it be known, that the journey back
over the last several years has been a long, hard, injury
riddled trail, culminating in an unexpected Double Fantasy
on December 2, 2012 (California International Marathon)
and March 3, 2013 (Napa Valley Marathon).
2:59:15 (CIM) and 2:57:56 (NVM).
on the California International Marathon)
California International Marathon Report
Race Report: 2005 McKenzie River Trail Run 50K
Harbick's Country Store in McKenzie Bridge is like stepping
into a time warp. The classic "General Store." They have
generally everything. Hot food, cold food, dry goods, cleaning
supplies, clothing, fishing and hunting supplies, tools
etc. My specific goal was to find the right pair of gloves.
I ran the McKenzie 50k Trail Run in 2002 and fell six times.
I needed gloves that were light, breathable, but tough enough
to protect the palms of my hands when I fell. Not if I fell,
when I fell. It was inevitable. Strangely, it was never
in the technical, rocky, winding, chiseled lava sections,
it was usually after that when you take a deep breath and
relax and start looking more than three feet down the trail,
or taking a drink of water or messing with a GU pack. Catch
a root or small rock and Wham! Get up, brush yourself off
and start again. Each fall reminding you to pay attention
and I managed to forget five more times.
have a hundred and fifty types of gloves to choose from.
I settled on some stretch nylon gloves with rubber coated
palms and fingers. The rubber was a dense light gray coating
that I figured would do a great job of protecting my palms
from rocks and gravel. My thoughtful and caring wife Shelly
thought they might not breath enough so I cut the fingers
off. Now they resembled biking gloves. Perfect. Complete
McKenzie River Trail Report
Race Report: 2005 Scandia Run
“The Babe” pointing to the fence at Wrigley in the 1932
World Series, 12 runners at the 2005 Scandia Run put their
game faces on and called their own number before they even
toed it up.
But even after
all the smack at the DAC, the only safe bet was that after
this year’s Scandia Run, someone was going to walk off with
what was tucked safely away in the truck of K.C. Taylor’s
tightly secured vehicle (e.g. he left his P-Diddy CD playing
with the windows rolled down during the race).
The other safe
bet was this thing was going to be settled on a sultry morning
on one of the fastest 10K courses you’ll find anywhere.
Keep in mind
that a $60 pot is about as serious as these running junkies
ever get having bet five bucks a piece (…we’re talkin’ their
own money here) on predicting their own finishing times,
all of which would test each runner if they were to come
closest to…and beat (a controversial “no sandbagging” rule
put on the table the night before not without a lively debate).
Turkey Trot, 2004
It was a bit
nippy, to say the least. Matt Logan was about to find out
what running a hard three miler on November 26 feels like
in central Oregon (not to mention the 4400 feet of elevation).
Matt runs for
Branham High School’s (San Jose, CA) cross country team.
He was also the only district meet qualifier from Branham
(not too bad for a freshman).
It was about
25 degrees during our warm up, and his hands and face already
were reminding him where he’s used to running. No big deal.
After all, he’d be running with Uncle Rage.
Road from Bangkok to Angkor Wat By Todd Bosworth
It was early
October when my friend Todd called me and asked if I want
to go to Cambodia to run the Angkor Wat Half Marathon with
him and his buddy Paul...The
race is something Todd and I had read about and talked about
doing for years. It was taking on mythical qualities with
the conflicting dates, supposed cancellations and bits and
pieces of information appearing and disappearing on various
websites over the years. Certainly there was no official
website. That would be too easy. Results were nowhere to
be found. At the time of Todd's call one website had it
on Dec 6, another on November 29 and another had it marked
as cancelled. I contacted an event planner in San Diego,
Kathy Loper, who had organized a few trips to the event
and was doing so again this year. She hooked us up with
a member of the event committee and we sent in our applications.
Round trip airfare from Eugene to Bangkok was cheap. The
hard part would be getting the last 300 miles to Angkor
Wat. Overland or fly? Flying was easy but very expensive.
We decided overland would be fun with the trip taking somewhere
between 8 and 20 hours depending on weather, bus and or
taxis as reported on the very informative www.talesofasia.com.
We flew into Bangkok late Tuesday night and jogged early
everyday in Lumpini Park and did some sightseeing. We hired
a taxi Friday morning to take us to the Cambodian border
town of Poipet. After an hour through customs, a Cambodian
taxi took us the last 100 miles in four hours and we were
in Siem Reap by 6pm. It was a fascinating drive.
Steep Hill Chase,
Mark your calendars,
folks. It’s the annual Steep
Hill Chase in Alton Baker Park, Eugene, Oregon (June 12).
It’s also marks the one year anniversary of Rage’s return
to racing, following his devastating back injury and subsequent
lumbar discectomy surgery. We caught up with him out on
a run earlier this week and thought we’d check in and see
how he’s doing. Our 10K Truth field reporter filed this
Q: So, Rage.
How’s the back?
Rage: Fine. The
Steep Hill Chase was my first race back, and I was pleasantly
surprised with a sub-19 showing. I even passed one or two
guys. The course looks great this year and should be another
interesting venue, as we have come to expect from the one
and only Todd Bosworth (Race Director of the Steep Hill
Chase). I’d love to run it this year, but I’m going to have
to scratch. It’s a bunch of other aches and pains I’ve had
since the whole back thing. Calf, hamstring, you know the
drill. I just can’t seem to be patient enough to build the
base I need to start ramping up my training and run injury
free yet. I'm starting yet another comeback and this time,
I'm going to do more hills first before I go back to the
track. It's just great to be finally back running pain free.
I just have to be patient a bit longer and gradually work
back into my speed work before I can start racing again.
Q: Yeah, yeah,
sure Rage. So, that pretty much translates to: "You
can't run fast anymore. You can't run with Bosworth and
Taylor. No team captain in their right mind would think
about carrying your sorry ass on a relay team and you basically
suck." Does that about cover it?
Rage: Yeah. That
about covers it.
Q: So, is it
true that we can look forward to the Rage turning to the
junk mile hugger set and talking about the times he used
to run…not that they were really that fast anyway, right?
Rage: Hey, now
wait a minute…
Q: Is that shirt
too small or is that actually a gut…
Rage: I'm outa
Race Report: Team Kong Captures 3rd at 2003 CWR
it all began with one simple proposal from Coop: “How about
this, Rage: I’ll captain the team if you get us some runners.”
And so the deal
was struck for our entry in the 2003 Civil War Relay…a 50
miler starting at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon and finishing
at Linn Benton Community College on the south end of Albany.
The theme of this relay refers to the annual football match
up between the University of Oregon Ducks and the Oregon
State University Beavers …fondly referred to in these parts
as “The Civil War.”
Civil War Relay Report
part of Coburg, Oregon's Golden Years Celebration, various
running and walking events billed as "Run In The Country"
are held during the third weekend in July. Among these are
The Coburg Half Marathon and Coburg 5 Miler.
Race Report: 2003 Run in the Country Coburg 5 Miler
Warming up, I
noticed the familiar gait of Kyle Gee, who was back to defend
his win in the Five Miler in 2002. Turns out he was injured,
too (hamstring) and hadn't been 100% for some time now.
We then bumped into Todd Bosworth, whose shredded legs looked
like he had been running through the brush. Turns out, while
he had laid a hash down the previous day through thick brush,
he was going to run and wouldn't be pushing Weston, his
young son, which is the only time I am reasonably certain
I can run with him.
Coburg Run In The Country Report
See 2002 Scandia Run
race photos of T-Bone, Manciata (aka Vanilla Thunder), Gee,
Bosworth, and other diehard Scandia runners!
Plus 2002 Scandia Run Video Clips including The
Leaders at Mile 1 and Vanilla
Thunder being cheered (if you can call it that) by the
Report: Scandia Run 2001
you are looking for a fast 10k course, look no more, baby.
This one, billed locally as a "Roadrunners Classic," most
certainly is. Looking back in our race archives here at
10Ktruth, I couldn't believe that we have never covered
this race. Every runner has their course and I would venture
to guess that in the 27 years this race has been run, it
has produced more personal bests than any course, any distance,
anywhere. This race pumps out more sub-40s than St. Georges
pumps out sub-3:00s. The key difference is you don't need
a parachute on the first half of this course. It is as flat
as they come…not a bump in it. That's what I like best about
it. It's one of those "spare me the violin and just gimme
the number" courses.
Scandia Report 2003
Steens Rim Run by Ben Logsdon
AM The race starts in five minutes and the runners
are lined up. I look around and see the nervous anticipation
apparent in some faces, whereas others hold a determined
demeanor. I feel a little nervous myself. A million
thoughts run through my head. Time slows down for
me. I watch the gun held high in the air, and the
words, "Runners to your mark," ring out. In the next
second I feel the space hanging between my heart beats.
Steens Rim Run Report
blizzard survivor 1999 Steens
Rim Run, wearing layers of clothing and a shirt
as an improvised hat at the finish
Steens Rim Run is held on the first Saturday in August.
Altitude is definitely a factor in this race. Extremely
changeable weather also has a huge impact on your race
experience. In 1999, runners and walkers who were slapping
on sunscreen an hour before the gun went off were completely
unprepared for white out blizzard conditions three miles
up the mountain. (Steens
Rim Run Report Continued)
at the start of the Coburg Half Marathon on July 16,
guy named "Manciata" was running with your
number. He finished in the top 20. Looked just like
you. - Mike (1999)
This year (2000) another guy, named "Manclatik,"
was running with your number. He finished 11th place
in the Half Marathon and broke 90 minutes. - Mike
of July Butte to Butte Race 2002 in Eugene, Oregon
trying to get the annual image of T-Bone wearing that pathetic
Fourth of July get-up out of my head, including that tie
that he continues to keep well hidden from Tina, I tucked
in behind a group of runners headed up Donald Street. They
were all good runners, as usual for this race, which attracts
a couple of thousand runners every year.
Butte to Butte Reports
Race Report: 2002 April Fools 15k Run
- Eugene, Oregon
field for this race usually is pretty thin, given that it's
early in the season for a 9.3 mile race. This year was similar
to last year's field, with only 64 runners. The
gun sounded and we were off. I reminded Todd how fast he
went out last year, and he seemed to take note...
for the Rage's view of the Penguin: The New Prophet of Running
less than a mile to go, I knew all them would now be stepping
up the pace, making my 6:05 9th mile a moot point. I was
still five seconds behind Todd and he was digging hard in
the final third of a mile. I was not going to get him. Not
even Bruce holding up that stupid
Runner's World Penquin ad could get my legs churning
any faster. (Excerpt from The Rage's 2002 April Fools 15k
April Fools 15k Run Report
Marathon Relay 2001
to sandbag our way into some hardware, and doing everything
I possibly could to find some way to duck all the fast old
guys in this town and back into a hat, I thought I could
tiptoe quietly into registering for the Open Division, which
I noticed was pretty thin last year. Problem was, I found
out we were too old for the O.D. It looked like we'd have
to run in the Masters Division after all…which I knew meant
we were toast against the likes of Robert Towne, Daryl Egbert,
Dave McJunkin, and a couple other teams who took another
version of Team Killerwatts to the woodshed last year (actually,
Daryl's team basically gave us their hats last year, when
they had a runner take a wrong turn). So much for sandbagging.
I guess I'd have to wait to milk my handicap for Coop and
Manclark on the golf course. (More
on the Oregon Marathon Relay).
Oregon Marathon Relay Report 2001