February 28, 2015
HAPPY 23rd Anniversary to the WTRS & Big Baz, RD
Winter Trail Run Series WTRS 12K Story - January 4, 2014
There was only one unhappy person this morning… Dean Dobberteen's van broke down and we didn’t get to see his smiling face in Blue Jay, but he will be at the 30K. As for yours truly, it really is hard to put into words, nice ones of course, how much I enjoy my Saturday mornings up at Blue Jay. I am so f----g lucky to be able to show off, just a little… and have such magic people around to enjoy the races. It really is a team effort, having Julia, Rick, Matt and big Scott on race day to take control of all the real hard work and I get to play. For those who came for the first time to a series race I do hope you enjoyed the fun, the magic trails and all the new friends you met. As for all the scallywags that want to bring me down and make my life miserable every race… I am not easily bent over, as you might say! I am sorry the weather wasn’t a typical Southern Cal winters day, but I did my best. There were no complaints, not even from Doug the oldest old fart out there.
I was sorry for the 53 runners who did not make it, besides Big Dean, but the 67 finishers , judging by the nice comments where totally satisfied. To one question I was asked several times, yes, if I don’t fall off the perch before next January we will do the WTRS again next winter.
As for the race, all went well out on the tough 12K course, even the little rain we had was accepted. Me mate Leon was still walking out when I took my trip to change the marking…. So good to see him back on the trails. We had 24 of the best looking Sheilas in the race (Sheilas are women in Ozzie lingo) As for the blokes we had a new series winner again, Big Rick Herr ran a magic race as always, finishing only 80 seconds in front of Mark Donaldson. The two oldies did good to beat me math teacher mate Matt Ruiz, with our local military mate Justin Mejia coming in fourth. To close out the top ten finishers was our favorite speedster Laura Morris, she just loves winning. Thirteen year old Amy Lambert just beat her dad Graham to place second with mum Catherine coming in third place in the women’s division. The oldest Sheila was my good mate Linda Kessman. Of course, all these women are much too young for this old bloke… shame!
Well folks we have one last race next week, the 30K… I hope you can make it. I am still looking for a couple to help man an aid station down on Chiquita Trail, call if you can help. I think we have been doing the WTRS about 24 years and I have been at the game 31 years now! Over all those years I have met some magic people and like I have said, being in the sport as a runner and RD I am so bloody happy I made it this far. If only I could turn up in running shorts and join in the competition. That would be worth giving up sex and my red wine… OK, OK just the wine! I do have my magic Shadow of the Giants 50K and 20K Fun Run on June 6th this year up in Fish Camp, California… This will be the 26th year. Before I close, again I want to thank you all for all the hugs and kisses, but Dave B will have to cut back on wanting to touch me… once is enough!!!! If I don’t get to see you all next week, just keep enjoying your running on the trails, be good to each other and dink more red. Much Love Big BAZ XX
Ps… Thanks to all my help, Jezza included (the checks are in the mail!)
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67 RUNNERS TURNED OUT FOR BIG BAZ'S 2015 WTRS 12K!
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