Turkey Trot/Snow Shoe Competition/Book Review/Ann's Bike Ride
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Community Food Share 5K Turkey Trot

November 26th, 2015
The weather wasn't the best but,
we had 400 pounds of food and $400 donated, that morning.

There were 20 pairs of shoes donated to
One World Running.


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Hi, All!
 Since last March, we have talked to many of you about the United States Snowshoe Association National Championships.  They are being held at Powder Mountain Resort in Ogden, Utah (it rotates across the U.S. from year to year).  It has a number of activities starting on February 26th and ending on February 28th.  We have been to the last four and Rick & Jean Nistico have joined us for the last two years.  We have had a really great time.
 We are hoping to get a substantial contingent from Colorado.  You don’t have to be a hard-core snowshoer.  There are events for all different ages and all different levels of capabilities.  On Friday, February 26th, one can preview the Senior (Adult) 10K or the Junior 5K (two divisions: 14 and under and 15-19) National Championship courses and register for the race if you haven’t mailed in the entry or registered online (since there hasn’t been a penalty in the past for registering then or on race day, we usually do it then).  While the highly competitive people register for the Adult 10K or Junior 5K, we have seen all different abilities do this race.  Friday evening there is a nice athletes reception for those who have registered, usually with some nice food (they also announce the venue for the next year’s championship as well as hold a raffle that includes some snowshoes).
 Saturday is the Junior 5K and the Senior 10K Championships.  After that is a kid’s 1K race and then a 5K citizen’s race for anyone.  A little later they have the Awards’ Ceremony usually with another drawing, which includes some snowshoes.  In the past there has been a really nice sit-down pasta dinner for registrants (extra cost for the rest of the family).  They frequently have a speaker and do another drawing that includes some snowshoes.  I don’t know if they are having the dinner this year but I think that is what is meant by “Ogden Wide Open!” on the schedule for 7 p.m.
 Sunday is a half marathon race and, new this year, a marathon starting in the morning.  Shortly afterwards, they hold the 4-member team 10K relays (they have all different divisions), with each person doing a 2.5 km leg (one after another, not at the same time).  Rick, Jean, Bill, and Pat made up a team and had a lot of fun last year.  If you don’t have a team but want to be on one, you can usually find some others to form a team that morning. (It’s $10 per person)
 You don’t have to own racing snowshoes.  Virtually all the vendors are present and will provide you a demo pair that you can use in any of the races.
 To qualify for the National Championship 10K or Junior 5K, you just need to join the Association (the link is; click on the red “Membership” link on the left hand side of that web page; the cost is $30 plus $2.90 processing fee; there is a form you can mail in, too).  There is some information  about the race on that web page.  To obtain the times for the events and the costs, download the National Championship Entry Form further down that web page or go to   Part way down, you can click on “Visit Ogden” for more information about the area.  They will probably post more information about the races and race conditions as it gets closer to the Championships.  Also note that this is being held in conjunction with the USA Cycling Fat Tire Bike National Championships so there will be a lot going on in the area.
Pat Tolleson ( and Bill Faulkner (

The club has always had a great turn out for this event.  Run or volunteer and wear your BRR gear.
Dear Boulder Road Runners,
Many thanks to those of you who donated to the Young Survival Coalition ( for my Tour de Pink West Coast bike ride ( I had a great time, and now that I’ve had a few weeks to recover from a three-day, 200 mile bike ride, I can even claim to still like cycling.
Day 1: 70 mile ride from Santa Barbara to Culver City, California. I haven’t spent much time in California, so I arrived early for some pre-ride carb loading (read: wine tasting) and then picked up the bike I would ride for the next three days. The ride from Santa Barbara to Culver City was pretty spectacular. We rode along the beach, inland a little bit and down the Pacific Coast Highway. Views on this day were hard to beat.
Day 2: 60 miles from Culver City to Newport Beach. This day was probably the least pretty day of the three. Mostly because day 2 was spent riding through Los Angeles and Long beach. There was some riding along the beaches, which was nice, but when I think about day two, I think about LA.
Day 3: 56 miles from Newport Beach to Carlsbad, CA. Now I understand why so many of you head to Carlsbad for the 5K race in the spring. That is some pretty spectacular scenery. Day three was only day with any real elevation gain, some nice rolling hills along the coast on the Pacific Coast Highway. At least, I can now think of them as nice rolling hills, at time with 2 days and 130 miles on the saddle, I wasn’t so charitable.
At dinner every night, we heard stories of breast cancer survivors. Many of the riders were survivors and they were very young. As the name Young Survival Coalition implies, they focus on younger women who are diagnosed with breast cancer. I would say that all of the women I met that weekend had been diagnosed in their 30s or 40s; very sobering. So, I’m glad I took the opportunity to fundraise for this group because they do fill an important gap in cancer care for young women.
Thanks Again!
Top Left: Day 1:  South of Santa Barbara along the Pacific Coast Highway. Lovely day for a ride!
Top Right:  Day 1: The end, at Zuma Beach
Bottom Left:  Day 2: Beaches…
Bottom Right:  Day 3: And Done! My friend Jenny and I at South Ponto Beach. 
Book Report
by Anne Bartuszevige
In November, the Boulder Road Runners were sent the book “Two Hours: The Quest to Run the Impossible Marathon” by Ed Ceasar. The book jacket says that the book describes the “, physiology and psychology involved in running so fast for so long.” The book follows Geoffrey Mutai from his “world’s best marathon” at the 2009 Boston Marathon (2:03:02, a time that is not an official work record due to the requirements of marathon courses to be considered eligible for setting world records; which the Boston Marathon does not meet) until the 2013 New York City Marathon.
The book provides an interesting look at the lives and training of Kenyan runners. It also provides a brief history of marathoning, including how the current distance was established. But, the book has precious little to do with running a 2 hour marathon. There is one chapter describing the genetics of endurance athletes (there is little physiology in the book, and the only psychology is that of Geoffrey Mutai’s struggles) towards the end of the book. Throughout, the author mentions some early exercise physiology work that estimates who and how fast could run a sub-two hour marathon and briefly describes that shoe companies are trying to design a sub-two shoe, but doesn’t go into any real detail. In fact, even the book’s main character Geoffrey Mutai is not working to break the two hour mark in the marathon. He is entirely focused on setting an official world record (i.e. on an acknowledged course).
All this was disappointing to me. I’m a scientists by training and so was ready to geek out on some serious exercise-related science, shoe design engineering, and debate among marathoners and scientists alike about the potential for a two hour marathon. The book does spend a chapter addressing the so-called elephant in the room, doping. But, given all the recent revelations about doping among endurance running athletes, the chapter is somehow wanting. It is wanting for two reasons. First, it doesn’t seem to take the allegations about doping at this high level exactly seriously. Second, it doesn’t really describe the science and physiology of the drugs.
Having said all this, I’ve gotten over my disappointment of not getting a science-y book and I can say this is a good book for what it does do. The writing is excellent and the author is able to keep Geoffrey Mutai’s story moving; it’s hard not to root for the guy to achieve his goal. The insight into the Kenyan training world was also interesting to an amateur such as myself (those who run and train professionally probably already know this information, however).
So, pick it up for a quick weekend read.

Up Coming Events

December 7th, First Monday, Deb Conley's/ Tevis Morrow's house,

Club Elections, Members Night  Share Running Stories From the Past Year,     Pot luck/BYOB, 5:30-7:00
December 12th, USATF National Club X-C Championships, San Francisco

February, USATF National Cross Country Championships, Bend, OR.
March, USSSA National Snowshoeing Championships, Ogden, UT.

Coaching Coming to Boulder Road Runners
Devin Croft, one of our 60+ Men's division runners has offered to provide coaching services to any interested BRR members free of charge. Devin began running in 1967 as a student at Concord-Carlisle High School (MA) and continued at the University of Massachusetts where he established lifetime bests of 1:53.5 (880) 4:09 (mile) 9:09 (2 miles) and 14:30 (3 miles). He continued running in his post-college years for the Greater Boston Track Club, Kennekuk Road Runners (Danville, IL) and with the Rocky Mountain Road Runners and Colorado Masters Running/Racewalking Association. As a Master's runner Devin has run times of 32:48 for 10K and 1:20:09 for the half-marathon distance. In 2015 Devin has participated in all three of Boulder Road Runner's National Championship teams in the 60+ division at the National XC Championships, 5K Road Race and 15K Road Race Championships.
Devin can provide assistance in setting realistic, achievable goals; short-term and long term training plans for races up to the half-marathon; injury prevention and recovery practices; mental preparation and racing strategy. Even if you aren't interested in coaching advice, he will be happy to answer any running related questions you have. Devin's approach to training can be summarized by the following: 
"It's always better to be a little bit under-trained than it is to be the least bit over-trained. No one ever missed the starting gun for their goal race because they were under-trained, but every year thousands of runners miss the starting gun for their goal race because they were over-trained."
The main influences in his own training are derived from the writings of Arthur Lydiard and Jack Daniels.

(Details to follow)
Devin can be contacted at

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Monday Fun Run at Fleet Feet- 6 p.m. 
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