What better way to start the year than doing something just a little stupid? Santa Barbara runners took on the challenge of running 100 miles in a week (without doing a 100 mile race). Extra kudos were given to the first runner to complete 100 miles and to the runner with the most miles at the end of the week. On New Year’s Eve, we started logging some solid weekend miles in case we got tired later in the week. A New Year’s Eve run hosted by Mark Fennell provided the perfect excuse for a second Saturday run to tack on those few bonus miles. A 100 mile week – good training for those late winter/early spring ultras.
Santa Barbara Mountain Racing team members Joe, Monica, DeAnna, Ken, Mark, and Stephanie successfully completed the challenge. Phil, another local SB trail runner, was the first to finish all 100 miles and went back for more. Other participants included Ashlee Francis and Lauren McClanahan. Individual runs ranged from short to long, flat to hilly, pavement to dirt to track, slow to fast. Santa Barbara got some much needed rain which meant we also experienced chilly and wet runs. Sometimes two runs in a single day were required. Thankfully many of us founds friends to share some of the miles. It wasn’t easy but by Friday evening, we could all claim success and begin planning a bit of recovery before our next big adventure.
Dave accomplished an amazing goal for his 50th birthday. He ran 50 miles around the Westmont Track as a fundraiser of $50,000 for the Santa Barbara Track Club and the Westmont Athletic Program. The Santa Barbara Track Club supports elite athletes who serve as coaches and mentors to both youths and adults in order to promote physical activity. The Westmont Athletic Program runs the sports programs of Westmont, a local college in Santa Barbara. Donations of any amount were accepted or people could donate a specific amount and join Dave on the track for 1 to 10 miles.
By running 50 miles around the Westmont Track, Dave not only supported two important local organizations but also set the stadium record for the longest distances run on the track. He was joined on his journey by many local runners including DeAnna, Karen, Monica and Joe.
Dave made the local written, radio, and TV news. Check it out on KEYT’s website. What an awesome way to start a new calendar year and to celebrate a milestone birthday!
Congrats Patty, DeAnna and Dave! These runners are starting the year off right with a New Year’s Day road race to get in some early speed and early miles. Every year, the Santa Barbara Athletic Association hosts 5k and 10k races on New Year’s Day morning. Thankfully they opt for later start times of 9am for the 5k and 9:45am for the 10k so runners can get a little sleep after a late night of celebrations (unless you’re participating in SBRSW and then you likely didn’t make it to midnight!).
The flat course runs along the Santa Barbara oceanfront, starting at Leadbetter beach. The morning dawned sunny after the previous day’s rain. Patty took first in her age group, earning early SBAA grand prix points. Dave and DeAnna tackled both races for bonus miles. Congrats Patty, Dave, and DeAnna!