Boston Marathon 2017

Congrats SB Mountain Racing Boston marathoners!! You pushed through the hot weather and tough course with some awesome finishes! A large contingent from Santa Barbara qualified and trained for the Boston marathon. Just qualifying can be an achievement in itself considering the recent change in qualifying times. Track work, tempo efforts, marathon pace runs, strength conditioning – these runners put in the work needed to run strong.

Last tempo pre-Boston
Getting in a last tempo run.  Photo Credit: SBRR
SB Boston Runners pre-race
SB Boston Bound!  Photo Credit: SB Running Co.

The Boston marathon course travels from Hopkinton to downtown Boston with a finish in Copely Square. It takes place on Patriot’s Day (a Monday holiday essentially limited to Massachusetts). The course takes participants through a number of neighborhoods and towns such as Ashland, Framingham, and Wellesley. The infamous Heartbreak Hill pops up a little after mile 20. The entire course, especially the streets of Boston, are lined with spectators cheering on the runners. Often they offer kisses at Wellesley and beer at Heartbreak Hill.

Boston girls from Monica
Run Boston in rabbit!  Photo Credit: Monica DeVreese

Coming off cool winter morning runs in SB made the heat in Boston challenging. Nevertheless, our runners persisted. Many sporting their awesome Boston rabbit gear! For many, this year was another chance at running and iconic (and personally meaningful) race. Great job to all our finishers!!

Official Results:

Karen Boris: 18071st overall and 7308th GP, 4:11:58

Patty Bryant: 14719th overall and 5367th GP, 3:56:50

Monica DeVreese: 5503rd overall and 894th GP, 3:24:01

Tyler Hansen: 127th overall and 111th GP, 2:36:57

Heidi Heitkamp: 20428th overall and 8670th GP, 4:25:49

DeAnna Odell: 5922nd overall and 1030th GP, 3:25:45

Full results here


Gorge Waterfalls 100k

Congrats Kevin on a great first 100k performance!! The Gorge Waterfalls 100k attracts a speedy crowd with the promise of two Golden Tickets each to the top two male and female finishers. It’s also a Western States qualifier and offers an awesome post-race party with local micro brew, wood-fired pizza, and live bluegrass music.

The out-and-back course is stunningly beautiful. Located at the Columbia River Gorge in Cascade Locks, OR, this race boasts over 6 waterfalls. Runners even get to run behind a waterfall – how cool! The race starts at sea level with about 12,000 ft elevation gain and loss on mostly single-track trail. Pictures show lots of water, trees, and greenery.

All smiles the whole race as captured by his girlfriend and crew. All your months are training paid off. Congrats Kevin on a strong race!!

Pictures coming soon!

Official Results:

Kevin Cody: 26th overall and 23rd GP, 11:55:24

Full results here

Nine Trails 2017 Edition

Another year, another 9 Trails. This race brings runners back year after year. The SB Mountain Racing team put up a strong showing. And what a perfect day to race. Other than some humidity, temperatures remained cool and there was even a brief spurt of rain. Luis starts the race with the usual oath, this time letting Sebastian, the youngest 9Trails finisher lead the crowd.

Mark & Karen from Heidi
All smiles at the finish.  Photo Credit: Heidi Heitkamp

From my viewpoint at the Romero Aid Station, everyone was running strong at the halfway point. I didn’t even have to kick Mark out of the aid station for staying too long. The total amount of climbing remains challenging with over 11,000 ft of total gain and loss. While the rains have reduced the SB drought and brought an abundance of plant-life, they also even further increased the technical (rocky, rooty) aspects of our trails. Still great to have lush trails and water in the creeks.

Monica, DeAnna, Ron
Half-way there. Photo Credit: Jeff Cygan

Kate finished second for the ladies and third overall!! It was a good day for many of our runners with several PRs and generally stellar performances. Karen and Ken just two weeks post-Backbone! Congrats Karen, Joe, Monica, Kate, Ken, Dave, DeAnna, and Mark!!

Official Results:

Karen Boris: 55th overall and 9th GP, 9:58:37

Joe DeVreese: 12th overall and 9th GP, 7:47:41

Monica DeVreese: 20th overall and 5th GP, 8:27:42

Kate Elliott: 3rd overall and 2nd GP, 7:05:50

Ken Hughes: 40th overall and 34th GP, 9:18:11

Dave Odell: 23rd overall and 18th GP, 8:46:26

DeAnna Odell: 14th overall and 4th GP, 8:08:47

Mark Warren: 28th overall and 23rd GP, 8:56:56

Full results here

Romero Aid Station Crew
Providing plenty of aid.  Photo Credit: Jeff Cygan

Los Angeles Marathon

Congrats Ken on finishing the LA marathon a week after Backbone and a week before 9Trails! What a packed racing schedule. The race takes runners from the Dodger Stadium to the Santa Monica Pier. The route passes through many of LA’s diverse neighborhoods, including Chinatown, Echo Park, Hollywood, the Sunset Strip, Beverley Hills, and more. A very urban yet scenic adventure. Definitely one of the bigger marathons in the US, the LA marathon promises plenty of spectators, aid stations, and support.

The course included some rolling hills but nothing Ken couldn’t handle after tackling the Santa Monica Mountains at Backbone. He sped through this race in less than 4 hours, finishing with a time of 3:58:52. Congrats Ken!

Official Results:

Ken Hughes: 2255th overall and 1845th GP, 3:58:52

Full results here

San Diego Half Marathon

Congrats Tyler Hansen!! A half marathon PR and a super speedy finish. You are going to rock Boston. Congrats as well to his wife Vanessa who also ran a half marathon PR. A half marathon about a month away from a marathon goal race is great time for tune-up race to test fitness and get in a long, supported tempo run. San Diego is a short drive south of Santa Barbara and another beautiful California city. Another awesome aspect of this race is that the net proceeds are all donated to local community service projects and charities.

Tyler was seventh overall with a speedy time of 1:12:22. That’s a 5:32 pace for 13.1 miles! Congrats Tyler and good luck in Boston!!

Official Results:

Tyler Hansen: 7th overall and 7th GP, 1:12:22

Full results here

Tyler & Vanessa
Tyler and Vanessa Hansen.  Photo Credit: Tyler Hansen

Coyote Backbone

Congrats Karen, Ken, and Patty on finishing Backbone!! That race is no joke and finishing is such an accomplishment. The Backbone trail traverses the Santa Monica Mountains from Will Rogers State Park to the Ray Miller trail head at Point Magu. This 68 mile point-to-point course contains almost 15,000 ft of elevation gain with the highest point at about 3000 ft. Despite its difficulty, the trail promises gorgeous views of the surrounding mountains and the Pacific Ocean. The trail shifts between wide, steep fire roads and stunning single-track.

sunset from Karen
Sunset.  Photo Credit:  Karen Boris

Howard and Mike, the race directors, always dish out a good time. Participants are usually assigned nicknames and can often be awarded bonus points (or its opposite) for good (bad) behavior. Previous years have included entrants entertaining the aid station volunteers reading book passages or with ukulele music. Most years, a notable finisher award includes the blood cloaking device, given to the finisher with the most blood left on the trail.

Karen at mile 43 from Karen
Mile 43.  Photo Credit: Karen Boris
Patty at Encinal from Nancy
Duck tape fixes everything!  Photo Credit: Nancy Kaplan
Ken at Encinal from Nancy
Dinosaurs at Encinal Aid Station.  Photo Credit: Nancy Kaplan

Our SB mountain runners had fun out on the trail! Ken spent the day continually trying to chase Karen down. Coming down the final stretch of Ray Miller toward the finish line, he finally caught her and they finished the race together. Congrats Patty, Karen, and Ken!!

Official Results:

No results have yet been posted.