Tuesday, August 6, 2013

2013 Road Mile Championships "On Ramp" Tour

  • July 30: Track Club LA - Santa Monica College - 6:30 pm

    Track Club LAThe 2013 On Ramp tour starts with Track Club LA, home to the original 2009 Road Running Grand Prix Champions. Coach Eric Barron is training members of this motivated Santa Monica team to run the legendary Cahn mile on Tuesday, August 20, before taking on the 2013 USATF Southern California 1 Mile Championships at Dockweiler Beach on Saturday August 24.

    Join members of this USATF running club Tuesday evenings at Santa Monica College, warm up around 6:00 pm, workout at 6:30 pm.

    Track Club LA Online- Contact coach Eric Barron email at eric@trackclubla.org or phone 310-471-8988.
  • August 7: Run MDR (Marina Del Rey)- The Starting Line - 6:30 pm

    Run MDRFor runners looking for a friendly Wednesday evening run in the Marina del Rey area, there is no better place to meet than in front of The Starting Line (114-A W Washington Blvd, Marina del Rey, CA 90292) to join up with the RunMDR social running club. The Wednesday pm runs offer a variety of distances that wind around the beautiful canals of Venice, California.

    RunMDR is helmed by organizer Harry Mitterbauer and his team of volunteers. Lace up with Run MDR, now celebrating their 4th year of running in the beautiful Marina del Rey!

    Run MDR Online- Contact Harry Mitterbauer at info@runmdr.com Starting Line phone: 310-827-3035
  • August 8: A Runner's Circle - A Runner's Circle - 6:00 pm

    ARC RunPerhaps no local evening runs brings out more participants than the super popular "A Runner's Circle" Thursday evening fun run. Show up on Thursday night, and you will quickly understand why: well-trained pace leaders take runners on a variety of courses: 3 or 5 miles, flat or hills, run primarily on the soft and scenic trails of Griffith Park.

    Starting and finishing at the ARC store, there are always plenty of refreshments on hand, making this an ideal way to spend a Southern California evening. ARC is very active with USATF, not only as a running club, but also organizing the Bell-Jeff Cross Country Invitational, part of the 2013 Cross Country Grand Prix.

    A Runner's Circle- Contact email: info@arunnerscircle.com or phone 323-661-8971.
  • August 14: Club Ed Running - Mira Costa High School- 6:30 pm

    Club Ed RunningClub Ed Running stormed the USATF Southern California Road Running Grand Prix, winning back-to-back club victories in 2010 Road Running Grand Prix and 2011 Road Running Grand Prix.

    In addition to the solid coaching skills of Ed Avol, Club Ed Running boasts some of the most talented masters runners in Southern California, winning several USATF Southern California titles. Wednesday nights offered a structured workout at the Mira Coasta High School, with a variety of alternatives runs on other days around Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, and Palos Verdes.

    Club Ed Running Online- Contact coach Ed Avol email at ed@clubedrunning.com.
  • August 14: LA Running Club - Santa Monica High School - 6:30 pm

    LA Running ClubThe LA Running Club describes itself as the place where "friendship and fitness meet." I will bet you have seen their runners training in Santa Monica, with their inspirational slogan: "Run in Feet, Dream in Miles." Many of the participants are loyal LA Marathon runners, who use this Wednesday night track workout to work different muscles from their long marathon training runs.

    This group is coached by David Levine, a USATF certified coach and also co-author of the marathon training book: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Marathon Training.

    LA Running Club Online- Contact LA Running Club at info@larunningclub.com

  • August 21: Top-to-Top - Top-to-Top - 6:30 pm

    Top-to-TopIn addition to being one of Santa Monica's premier specialty running stores, Top-to-Top also hosts their own running club, beginning at 6:30 pm every Wednesday night in front of the Santa Monica store, with fun announcements and special guests, followed by your choice of runs (5k, 5 miles, 10k), after which they supply food and drink for all. And don’t forget about the raffle prizes!

    Santa Monica is home base for some of the fastest runners in Southern California, and if you are looking for a challenge on your Wednesday night run, Top-to-Top may be just the place for you. In addition to the casual runners looking to get their legs moving after the work day, you stand a chance of finding the right partner for a fast-paced tempo run as well.

    Top-to-Top Online- Contact email at customerservice@toptotop.com or phone (310)-829-7030.
Special thanks to USATF members Brian Panosian and Lily Zepeda for their help in meeting with running clubs and getting the word out on the 2013 Road Mile Championships!

Saturday, June 8, 2013

LA84 Cross Country Coaches Clinics

You will not want to miss the clinic which is absolutely free for all coaches who would like to attend. The June 22 clinic will feature this incredible line-up of championship high school coaches: http://www.la84.org/coaching-clinics/
  • Jim O’Brien: Arcadia High School: 2012 National High School Cross Country Champions.
  • Roger Evans: Simi Valley: Coach of two time National Individual Cross Country Champion, Sarah Baxter.
  • Doug Soles: Great Oak High School: 2012 California State Division 1 Girls Cross Country Champions.
  • Dr. Jeff Messer: formerly coach with six time Arizona State Cross Country Champions, Xavier College Prep.
  • Joe Snyder: Westlake High School: 2012 California State Division II Boys Cross Country Champions.
We will also offer a full slate on Beginning Level sessions at the same clinic, so you can bring all of your coaches and interested adults who would like to attend and there will be appropriate sessions for everyone.

Also, don't forget the very special July 20 clinic which will feature Dr. Joe Vigil, Steve Chavez and Marco Ochoa.

June 22, 2013
High School Cross Country Coaches Clinic
Advanced “Champion Coaches Clinic” & Beginning Level Clinic
Mt. San Antonio College | Walnut, CA
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July 20, 2013
High School Cross Country Coaches Clinic
Advanced Clinic Featuring Dr. Joe Vigil & Beginning Level Clinic
Mt. San Antonio College | Walnut, CA
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August 18, 2013
Youth/Age Group Cross Country Coaches Clinic
Balboa Middle School | Ventura, CA
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August 25, 2013
High School Cross Country Coaches Clinic
Beginning Level Clinic
LA84 Foundation | Los Angeles, CA
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Tim O'Rourke

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

2012 SCA Mountain, Ultra, Trail Report

This is the 2012 United States of America Track and Field (USATF) Southern California Association Mountain Ultra Trail (MUT) Report from the 2012 Southern California Ultra Runners Grand Prix Series. The Series roster as of December, 2012, for the Southern California Ultra Runners Grand Prix Series was at 45 participants, with 9 runners registered as USA Track and Field members. Given California’s economic trends, USATF participation continues unpredictable for 2012 and 2013. We are hopeful that forwarding USATF emails and other USATF on-line news items will help increase the enthusiasm for belonging to the Southern California Ultra Runners Grand Prix Series and USA Track and Field for 2012 and 2013 as we continue to promote USA Track and Field and the benefits of membership.

The 2012 Southern California Grand Prix Ultra Series had 20 event dates and 23 event distances for 2012, including the USATF Southern California Association 50k Trail Championship at the High Desert 50k in December. For 2013, the High Desert 50k event will again represent USATF Southern California Association as the 50k Trail Championship.

For 2013, the Series will have 23 event dates and 28 event distances, including the 2013 Southern California USA Track and Field 50-mile Trail Championship. We have added five ultra events on the 2013 Series Calendar. The Series offers a unique variety of running courses and challenges. Events range from the trails on Catalina Island to the unpredictable High Desert. This includes all areas from the San Diego area to the west San Fernando Valley. And, if you like mountains and forests, our events include the Santa Monica Mountains, the Coastal Mountains of the Los Padres Forest, the San Gabriel Mountains of the Angeles Forest, the Cleveland Forest, and the San Bernardino Forest. All the additions will increase the popularity of the existing calendar.

For the second consecutive year, Race Directors Steve and Anny Harvey offer the Nanny Goat 24/12 Hour,….the Ultra Series’ only 24/12 Hour event. What makes this event uniquely special is that each “lap” is totally counted for each runner. Yes, each runner knows the place of every other runner, both in front AND behind them.

Here’s how Series points are tabulated…..Points are tabulated for each race using this formula: 100 mile, 100k, 50 mile, 50k: The winner’s time is divided by the individual’s time. Then that decimal is multiplied by the distance (in miles). In the 12/24 hour: the runner’s miles are divided by the winner's miles (to establish a percentage). Then that is multiplied by the maximum possible points (100 in a 24 hour/ 50 in a 12 hour). If the winner runs less than 100 miles in a 24 hour or less than 50 miles in a 12 hour, that 2 distance will be used to calculate total points. The maximum point total for any 24 hour run is 100 points and 50 points for 12 hour runs.

For 2012, Ricardo Ornelas of San Dimas won the Series Overall Crown and the Mileage Crown with 305.4 points and 732.7 Series race miles. Former Series Champion and USATF member Jack Cheng of Temple City followed with 222.7 points. Tin Tse was the Men’s Mileage Runner-up with 485.7 Series race miles. Yen Darcy, USATF member, won both the Women’s Overall Crown, with 190.8 points, and the Women’s Mileage Crown, with 479.5 miles. Yen’s mileage total was third overall amongst men and women. The ageless woman-wonder Haw Ja Andrade, 71, USATF member of Cypress, California was the Women’s Mileage Runner-up with 160.0 Series race miles.

For the Complete Series Results and schedule go to http://socalultraseries.org. The following text is a wrap-up of the 2012 year-long Southern California Ultra Runners Grand Prix Series events. Please read and enjoy. AND PLEASE….JOIN USATF TODAY! You will support much needed programs while increasing your health insurance, if you get injured!! USATF Insurance covers emergency Helicopter lifts!

MEN Point total BEST 6 races Series Races Miles AGE
Ricardo Ornelas 305.4 16 732.7 30-39
Jack Cheng 222.7 5 342.5 30-39
Tin Tse 249.4 10 485.7 40-49
Larry Rich 200.7 8 389.0 50-59
Larry Ramaekers 149.5 5 224.0 60-69
Bill Dickey 52.6 3 112.0 70+
WOMEN Point total BEST 6 races Series Races MILES AGE
Yen Darcy 190.8 11 479.5 50-59
Nancy Tinker 32.4 2 62.0 60-69
Haw Ja Andrade 103.8 3 160.0 70-79