Men's Masters 15K Road Race Championship
October 25th, Tulsa, OK
BRR men's 60+ Team 2nd in Age Group
Doug Bell, Jan Frisby and Devin Croft
Sunday Run from Fleet Feet
November 3rd, First Monday Avery Brewing, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
November 6th, Board Meeting Avery Brewing, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
November 9th, Sand Creek Healing Run Talk Alfalfa's, 5 p.m.
November 15th, Colorado Club X-C Championships
December 1st, First Monday Avery Brewing, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Members Night- share your year in running!
February 7th, USATF National Cross Country Championships at
Flatirons Golf Course
MEET TOM O’BANION
by Gail Hunter
The holiday season is approaching, and you’re stopped at a light in town. Next to you is a silver SUV with a toy reindeer clinging frantically to the roof rack. Then you notice the bumper stickers on the side windows. The SUV pulls away, and the license plates are TRY2TRI. When you meet for your next run, that same SUV is in the parking lot. No one can accuse Tom O’Banion of taking life too seriously.
Tom was born in north Denver near a 1,000-acre field and the Pillar of Fire church. He grew up in the same area, with the exception of four years when, after his parents divorced, he lived on his mother’s family farm near Quincy, Illinois. That was Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn country, about ten miles upriver from Hannibal, Missouri. Tom attended high school in Denver and the University of Colorado in Boulder, where he received a degree in Chemical Engineering in 1981. While in high school, his first competitive sports were drag racing and raising tropical fish. He was a crew chief at Taco Bell, worked hard, and bought a 1967 Pontiac Firebird that had been raced at Bandimere Speedway. He never lost a street drag race. He also won a taco-eating contest and confesses to still enjoying Taco Bell food.
Tom was the youngest of four children. His sisters are 12, 10, and 7 years older than he is. Tom grew up in a very academic household. His parents never attended college, but they realized its importance, and he and his sisters all have advanced degrees. Tom didn’t participate much in sports in high school, as his mother would say, “If you want to waste your time with sports, go ahead, so long as you are getting straight A’s, have been admitted to college, and have money in the bank.” Tom ran cross-country and track, but he was more of a tennis player. He professed to being mediocre at all three sports but loved the camaraderie.
After college Tom took a job in Houston, where he worked for what is now the engineering firm Kellogg, Brown and Root. He has recently discovered that Bill Buffum was at the University of Houston when he was living there. Houston has a big running community, and by the time he was in his mid-20’s, Tom became serious about running and lost the twenty pounds he had gained in college. He began racing in 1982 and ran his first marathon, in the north part of Houston, in 1985. He met his goal precisely; his time was 2:59. Tom was mostly self-coached except for one year, when he was coached by Benji Durden, who helped him get his marathon PR. He read everything he could find about running, and his training paid off with a sub-five-minute mile and a marathon PR of 2:38 in 1994 in Houston. In the Bolder Boulder, he has run from Wave A to Wave Z, the latter after finishing his volunteer work at the start of the race in 1986. His Bolder Boulder PR is 34:14. His PR for the 10k is 32:40, a time set in Salt Lake City on his 30th birthday. As Salt Lake City’s Pioneer Day coincides with his birthday, and as his sister and her husband live in Salt Lake, he has returned there every ten years to race.
Tom moved back to Denver in 1985 and obtained an MBA from the University of Denver in 1987. In graduate school, he was running up to 75 miles per week and decided to do his first triathlon. He signed up for a beginning swimming class and began swimming four days a week. He now owns wet suits for racing and six bicycles: three road bikes, and three mountain bikes. He rides twice a week. He now considers himself a “retired” triathlon racer, having done around 60 races, including a full Ironman in 1992. One of his favorite triathlon memories is racing against Lance Armstrong in a half-Ironman in Provo, Utah. Tom was 31 and Lance was 17. Tom beat Lance out of the water and had a faster run time (10th fastest run overall, including the pros). Tom rode 24 mph on the bike, but Lance rode 30 mph, so they finished 5th (Lance) and 72nd (Tom). He managed this while working full time and traveling twenty weeks a year out of the country.
Since obtaining his MBA in 1987, Tom has worked for Micro Motion, which manufactures Coriolis flow meters used in chemical manufacturing, refineries, and pharmaceutical production. Tom is involved in international sales and marketing and travels frequently. He has visited thirty-six countries and has run in every one. He has raced in eight, including Brazil, Canada, and China. In 1992 he took 7th place in a half-marathon in Shanghai, where the bibs were made of cloth and hand-stenciled. At the aid stations, volunteers offered dried fish and hot tea.
Tom joined the Boulder Road Runners in the fall of 1987 and has recently become much more active. He is a member of the Board of Directors and works with track meets and has worked on cross-country nationals meets. He is mindful of the need to keep the club running and solvent. He has ridden the lead or the tail bike in races, and is now the 4-Mile co-chief with Steve Boselli at the Bolder Boulder, where the original wave start planners were in his MBA program at DU. He also volunteers with Lending Sight and has guided blind runner Amelia Dickerson in a record-setting 5k run at one of the All Comers Track Meets. She got faster, and he got slower, so Amelia had to get an upgraded guide. As a racer, he found he had to become a part-time defector to Revolution Running in order to find teammates in his age division for cross-country nationals.
Prior to competing in drag racing, he had seventeen aquariums and competed in shows where you were judged on how many species you could breed. Tom now owns two tanks, one of 72 gallons and one of 125. The fish in one are from the Amazon, and those in the other are from Lake Tanganyika, a rift lake in Africa. Tom hasn’t only kept fish. After Hurricane Wilma, he and his sons, now aged 16 and 20, fostered four hurricane cats and 23 kittens. He loves being a dad and ranks that as his #1 life experience. Tom’s activities have been extremely diverse. He has participated in competitive bowling off and on since his teen years, and last year bowled a 289 game and a 7-14 series. He also has bowled a 103 in league play, which almost got him “fired” from his team. He learned to scuba dive this year in preparation for attending his niece’s wedding in Kawai. Upon traveling to Hawaii for the wedding, he visited his 50th state.
Tom really enjoys being re-involved with the Boulder Road Runners, with new friends and the friends he has known since the late 1980’s. For the Eerie Erie, he recruited his twin sisters, Thomasina and Tomalina, into the running movement.
Tom O'Banion with blind runner and record holder Amelia Dickerson and his alter ego at this years' Eerie Erie.
SAND CREEK MASSACRE SPIRITUAL HEALING RUN TALK
5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9 ... Free
Alfalfa's Community Room (No parking for talk in Alfalfa's lot)
Bring shoes and running gear to donate to Native American runners today when One World Running head Ana Weir gives a presentation on past Sand Creek Massacre Spiritual Healing Runs and provides information on how you can run, walk or otherwise support the 2015 Healing Run, set for Nov. 29-Dec. 3. One World Running supplies shoes and running gear to the Cheyenne and Araphoe runners, doing the Healing Run in honor of their ancestors killed in the Nov. 29, 1864 attack. Shoe distributions on the Yankton, Pine Ridge and Rosebud reservations, as well as in other countries, will be discussed. Details: www.oneworldrunning.com or (303) 545-6147.
Selected Boulder Road Runners and Friends
NEW York City Marathon
Kara Goucher Lee Troop 25th Overall 2:25:09
88th Overall 2:27:03 Todd Baldini 3:05:17
Dee Dee Beard 4:34:57
Rachel Lukshok 4:27:36 Jed MacArthur 4:54:39
Note: The training group will continue to meet at the Colorado Athletic Club on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 a.m.
South Boulder Creek Trial underpass at US 36 will be closed until February!
Community Food Share 5K Turkey Trot
The Turkey Trot will be held one last time at the CU Research Park, November 27, 2014 at 10 a.m. We will need your volunteer spirt to help this be a success. Aside from a volunteer coordinator and marshals we will need someone at our club tent, helping with prize drawing, water station help and other opportunities. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer or more information.
Needed: person with Dreamweaver experience to help redesign the BRR website. Some compensation possible. Contact:
Panicking Poultry 5K
We'd like to offer all Boulder Road Runners a $5 discount to the Panicking Poultry - here's the code and the registration website it below:
Saturday November 22, 2014 at the Boulder Reservoir
BRRPP5 - this code needs to be entered at checkout