State Street Mile

Congrats Tyler on a great State Street Mile! An awesome way to tune up for the Dispea race which is fast approaching. The State Street Mile is a mile long race down the main thoroughfare of Santa Barbara. The race is all downhill and the perfect opportunity to snag a PR in the mile. To avoid congestion, heats are often divided up based on age groups. Best of all, there is a dog mile which can actually be quite competitive.

Tyler Hansen dog mile from Vanessa
Dog Mile Success!  Photo Credit:  Vanessa Hansen

Tyler competed in both the mile and the dog mile. And such a cute dog! Both races were speedy! June gloom provided cool temperatures and great running conditions. Tyler placed second in his age group and fifth in the dog mile!!

Official Results:

Tyler Hansen: 2nd AG, 4:30; 5th Dog Mile, 5:19

Full results here


Mountains to Beach Marathon

Our SB Mountain Racing team members hit the roads for a flat, fast marathon! Congrats to Monica, DeAnna, Patty, Joe, and Dave for completing the Mountains2Beach marathon! Mountains2Beach is a great marathon for a PR or a Boston qualifier. The course is net downhill and runs from Ojai to Ventura (near the beach!). There is a marathon, half, and 5K with the marathon containing about 3000 entrants. Definitely a team favorite when looking for a fast marathon.

The course winds through Ojai before descending to Ventura. Some bikepath miles later, runners reach downtown Ventura. From there, it’s beach side running to the finish line. Temperatures were moderate and it was a good day to run.

Speedy rabbits!  Photo Credit:  Monica DeVreese

What a great showing!! Joe and DeAnna were first in their respective age groups and Patty came in 3rd in her age group. Great job team!

Official Results:

Patty Bryant: 755th overall and 234th GP, 3:39:33

Joe DeVreese: 21st overall and 20th GP, 2:51:33

Monica DeVreese: 374th overall and 56th GP, 3:22:36

Dave Odell: 810th overall and 549th GP, 3:41:27

DeAnna Odell: 268th overall and 32nd GP, 3:17:11

Full results here

Born to Run Ultras

Go team! It was hot and miserable but everyone persevered and finished the “30 miler” (actually 32 miles). Born to Run Ultramarathons takes place on a cattle ranch in Los Olivos, a short drive from Santa Barbara. Always a hometown favorite, this race offers a plethora of distances and a weekend worth of fun. The party officially starts on Wednesday with the start of the four-day event (that’s a lot of 10 mile loops!) and continues through Sunday morning. Many of our SB contingent did choose to enjoy the Saturday night Dirtbag Prom!

SB trail runners camper from Heidi
Nancy’s SB Trail Running camper.  Photo Credit:  Heidi Heitkamp

Luis gave the usual pre-race briefing and we tried to listen. The course is long by about 2 miles. Pink, yellow, pink; blue is bad. If I get lost, hurt, or die, it’s my own damn fault. A shot gun blast and the runners take off. Temperatures crept up into the 90s despite an overnight chill. The 10 mile loops are mostly exposed fireroad but offer occasional shade respites. The heat and the additional mileage meant slower-than-expected race times. Nevertheless, post-race relaxation promised cold drinks, cupcakes, and puppies (thanks to the Patagonia contingent).

Kate pre-run from Heidi
Ready to run!  Photo Credit: Heidi Heitkamp
getting ready to run from Heidi
Pre-race huddle.  Photo Credit:  Heidi Heitkamp

Congrats Kate on finishing first in the 30 miler! Our SB Mountain Running ladies showed up en force. Most of us tried to stay hydrated and pace for the heat. Congrats team!!

Karen & Heidi pre-race from Heidi
BTR 2017.  Photo Credit: Heidi Heitkamp

Official Results:

Karen Boris: 52nd overall and 19th GP, 7:05:19

Stephanie Fronk: 14th overall and 3rd GP, 5:06:51

Kate Elliott: 2nd overall and 1st GP, 3:36:28

Heidi Heitkamp: 62nd overall and 25th GP, 7:15:12

Full results here