10kTruth.com Web Letter - April 2001 - Issue #3

Rage Race Report: Run for the Shamrock (And It's Tough to Be a Race Volunteer)

St. Patricks Day, 2001 in Eugene, Oregon was a great day for a race. Cool, cloudy and lots of runners showing up for the 5k and 10k races with proceeds going to support the Sheldon High School Irish track team. I peddled down to the start, camera poised and ready, trying to spot my training partner (Coop) at the start of the 10k. K.C. Taylor, a high school classmate of mine (a sub 2:00 half miler at South Eugene High, whose son now runs track at Sheldon) also on a bike, would be calling splits at the first mile not too far from Pre's Trail (yeah, lots of running lore in this town). They were a couple of fries short of a happy meal and needed splits called at mile 2. It looked like I was it. When the gun went off, I finally discovered what the usual local leaders, including Dale Londos look like from the front during a race ( http://www.10ktruth.com/the_result/official.htm ).

I peddled across the Autzen Footbridge over the Willamette River on to mile 2 and waited for the runners. It didn't take long. The leaders came by in 11:04. They made 5:32's look easy. I couldn't resist a confident "Stay on it, Dale" as Londos went by, and immediately felt like one of those idiots intentionally trying to be overheard, like I run with him all the time or worse yet, could if I wanted to. I thought I caught a glimpse from him as if to say "just stick to the watch and leave the color commentary to Dwight (Stones), o.k., buddy?" My confident barking out of the times suddenly got quieter. And right on the button, here comes Coop. He wanted to hang on to 6:45's and he hits mile 2 at 13:30. It was no surprise to me. He was running better than I had ever seen him run. The two key indicators in the last two weeks were a dry run we did on a course a couple hundred meters short of a 10k where he runs 43 and some change plus a 5 x 800 workout, with the last rep his second fastest. Over 90% of the race course covered the same route as our dry run about 9 days earlier. The only question I had was whether his first two miles were more even than his dry run, when he went out too fast. As strong as he looked, my guess was that he was running smart. I withheld the temptation to talk smack as he came by, giving him a safe "you're looking good, Coop." This must have really caught him off guard, knowing me all too well. I thought I caught a look of "what's up with the positive reinforcement, Mr. Sultan of Smack?" (see Rage article on Smack & Trash Talk at http://www.10ktruth.com/the_rage/rage.htm ).

I started thinking to myself: "This volunteering thing is harder than it looks." After the last runners came through, I crossed back over the river to catch them coming in. The view offered a great background for some good pics looking down river as the first runner came into my view finder http://www.10ktruth.com/the_races/shamrock.htm#river .

The lead pack of mile 2 was no longer a pack, with the first three runners spread out over a hundred meters. Next, I got a puzzled look and a question from Robert Towne as he ran by. "That's not a mile mark, is it?" having confused him and probably a dozen other runners seeing the same guy down the course and assuming I was at another mile mark (I tried to make sure I was well back of the 6 mile mark Oops, again!). At this point, I was thinking I would have caused a lot less damage if I had just run the race. When Coop came by, I thought it would be best to minimize any additional damage. I turned my bike around, tucked in behind him and peddled ahead to the finish. I couldn't help but notice Joe Henderson, of Runners World, looking on as Coop rounded the last turn for the final straight to the finish. As I held my camera up, I thought I saw him frantically fumbling for his note pad to scribble down his number as he broke into his .2 sprint, hitting the shoot in 42:04 and lowering his personal best by 1:30.

I tried hanging out with Coop, Dale and Robert at the finish, but every time I walked over, it would get real quiet. At this point, I thought I could go bond with Henderson, offer up some of my photos for the next issue and sort of chew the fat with him on his upcoming column plans kind of one professional to another kind of a thing with me being there sort of on assignment covering the race for 10k Truth and all. I must have just missed him. I then wondered what Bruce and Cory were doing at about that time. And that's The Truth.

See Pictures from the 2001 Shamrock Run at http://www.10ktruth.com/the_races/shamrock.htm

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Choice Sports Quotes of the Month!

"We're only a couple of short breaths away from being a carcass. I'm talkin' serious roadkill here..." A candid assessment on the state of the U.S. Pro Bowlers Tour from a high ranking PBA Official.

"Why aren't you signed up for the 401K? I'd never be able to run that far." Scott Adams, Dilbert (4/2/01)

"The Babe is here. Who's coming in second?" Babe Didrikson Zaharias

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10kTruth.com Features Babe Didrickson Zaharias who first came into national prominence as a basketball player. Though but a teen-ager, she was nominated for three All-American teams and once scored 106 points in a game. Of the 634 track and field events in which she was entered, she won all but 12. She also excelled at golf, winning the U.S. Amateur title in 1946, the British Amateur in 1947 and the Women's professional titles in 1948, 1950, and 1954. In baseball, she toured the country with a team composed mostly of men and could throw a ball 300 feet on a straight line. (She also threw a third strike past Joe DiMaggio.) In bowling, she rolled a 237 game and averaged 170. (Source: The Great American Sports Book by George Gipe, Doubleday & Company, Inc., New York)

Read More Great Quotes by The Babe at: http://www.10ktruth.com/the_quotes/babe.htm or check out the general sports quotes page at: http://www.10ktruth.com/the_quotes/quotes.htm

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Remember, you'll find some good races around the Northwest this April! http://www.10ktruth.com/the_races/schedule.htm Also, congratulations (we suppose?) goes to our own Manciata (aka Bruce Manclark) and guest 10kTruth writer and runner, Terry Parks, for their mention in an April 7, 2001 Tacoma News Tribune article titled, "If you're not careful, running can be a funny business." You can read it online at: http://search.tribnet.com/archive/archive30/0407c72.html

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Copyright 2001, Mike Logan, Bruce Manclark & Cory Eberhart. All Rights Reserved.

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