Friday, January 3, 2014

2014 Caballo Blanco Ultra Marathon Kids Run Needs Your Help

This message goes out to all Mas Locos 
(those who have ran the UMCB) 
All Future Mas Locos
 (those racing for the first time in 2014)
All Poco Locos
 (those who aspire to be a Mas Loco) 
To anybody who has a kind heart and values the happiness of children.
2013 marked the Inaugural Caballo Blanco Ultra Marathon Kids fun run. 
Thank You Josue!
Over 400 Kids showed up participate in the event free of charge and every single one of them received a T-shirt, a medal, and a bag of school supplies.  
From all over the canyons kid's came to run.  Some leaving their home on foot as early as 4 a.m. just to participate.  It a beautiful event that hopes to be even bigger this year and is looking for sponsors.

Why does this matter to me? 
Because some of my best memories are of the good times with the children of Mexico.
The first time I went to race the Caballo Blanco Ultra marathon the  most memorable moment of the whole adventure was not the race? While scouting the course a few days before the event In a neighboring town o about 5 miles away we were invited to race a bunch of school kids in Rarajipari (Tarahumara Ball race)
The kid's were all very sweet and showed excellent sportsmanship.  When we lost our ball over a fence they stopped racing, climbed the fence and didn't proceed till we were ready to go.  The race was close but team gringo was beaten by a superior squad of kids.  Then as gesture of friendship these kids who don't have much, gave us one of their balls to keep which now resides as a cherished memory in the Luna Sandals factory.
One of the highlights from my 2012  adventure was playing basketball with some local teenagers whom seemed to be getting just us much joy out of playing with us as we did with them.  The bleachers were filled and the crowd cheered raucously. 
A couple of weeks before arriving in the Canyons last year I participated in the Fuego Y Aqua 100 km. Race directed by my friend and race director for the 2013 UMCB Josue Stephens.  
Unbeknownst to me  (because I don't read the race websites as well as I should) there was a kid's race held the next morning. Hundreds of kid's showed up and each kid I believe got a free pair of shoes.
(sorry about the blurry pic it's all I got)
Once again it was one of the major highlights of my trip.  The coolest moment of the race came when I saw Johnson Cruz local hero and winner of the Survival Run a few hours earlier running down the street wearing a big smile as he cheered on his young nephew or cousin.

My first day in Urique this year I went on impromptu an jog with UMCB race Director Josue Stephens and Luna Sandals CEO Bookis up to Guadalupe Coronado to the school where I had the ball race with the kids a few years prior.  
 Josue asked them if anyone was running in the kids race?  Smiles filled there faces and nearly every raised their hand (about 20 or 30 of them) We talked for a bit about who was gonna win the Ultramarthon and the kid's were very proud to root for their local champion Miguel Lara winner of the 2011 and 1012 race.

I don't we remember if we challenged the kids to a race or if they just started running with us but the next thing I knew all of us were sprinting out of town and most of these kid's I couldn't keep up with. 
They were excited about the race  and so was I.
Race day I planned on just taking pictures.  I was literally running late as I jogged to the starting line with my buddy Luis Escobar minutes before the race began.
The excitement was overwhelming  and a few seconds later I found myself swimming downstream in sea of happy children.
These are the memories I won't soon forget.
I am grateful to all the 2013 sponsors that helped make these kids lives a little happier as well as my own. 

The 2014  Kid's Run needs your help! 
As of right now the 2014
does not have same level of sponsorship that it did last year plus there is expected to be even more kids. It doesn't take very much to make I difference and I thank you in advance for your support.

If you are coming down to the 2014 UMCB I would suggest you spend $20 and bring at least a small bag of  school supplies to give out.  Even if it just a pencil or and eraser these kids don't have very much, they are very thankful and I promise that you will not regret it.

If you can not make it down to Mexico and you have access to cheap or free school supplies or know a corporate sponsor that wants to get involved please email either myself 
Race Directors 
Josue Stephens:
Maria Walton:

A few weeks ago I was back at the School at Guadalupe Coronado playing frisbee with the local  kid's.  I asked them if they are gonna run again this year?
They are already very excited!

I'm hoping that in the week leading up to the Kid's Run and the Ultra Marathon, during our  hikes to scout the course we can visit a few school's.  While there we can hold  training runs with local children (a few laps around each school would be fine) where we can share gifts (school supplies) share our excitement about the event, make some great memories and 
most importantly make some new friends.

Are you with me?

(We are one)

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

2013 Year of the Beard

Well I'm glad that year is over.  Not that it sucked, I probably smiled more last year than other I and I did go on some pretty amazing adventures but from a health stand point I never got to full strength.  I am excited about the future and hope I am able to embrace whatever comes my way in 2014

The Year In running.
My body would not let me run as far or as often as I would have liked to have done.  My guess is that I covered around 2,600 miles 2,000 barefoot, 500 in sandals and 100 in shoes.  Race wise I participated in around 25 races winning a few 5km's a bunch or beer miles and one Ultramarathon.

The Bad
  last year I st the bar pretty low running personal worsts in just about every distance. 

5 km - Leadville -  
Fist time ever over 18 mins (elevation got me, finished 2nd)

Marathon - Red Rock- 
my first marathon over 4 hours (I was gimpy)
50 km - Speed Goat -
 over twice as long as my pr (Tough Course Zero training)
100 km - Fuego Y Aqua-
 almost twice as long as my pr (Hydration problems)
100 miler - Leadville
22:41 Slowest finish and first time I got chicked in a 100 miler I finished

Slowest Krispy Kreme Challenge (It was on a trail, still finished 2nd)
First loss running naked (finished 3rd)
Lost a beer mile for the first time (I shouldn't have drank IPA's)

The Good
Being injured the entire year made me a better runner.  Half the time that I raced I probably shouldn't have even been running but on a rare occasion I ran smart rather than reckless.

Faster than the year before. 2 weeks before the race a Dr. told me to stop running completely and I ignored his advice 
(after the bombing 's happened I received so much support from concerned family and friends. Never have I felt so loved.  Thank you for that.)
- Cooper Canyons -
8:11 I ran my fastest time by far by not trying to race at all, I focused on drinking water and having a good experience and it payed off.

- Born to Run 50km - 
1st place 3:48
I was probably still legally drunk and a bit hung over when the race started. My body wasn't working well till late in the race when I found my happy place and nearly finished with  a PR
I went from 2nd to last to first place in just one week

I had a lot of other good moments but I bored of writing and want to go play frisbee golf
(maybe I will add them later

Plans for 2014
I don't need another tech shirt medal or belt buckle.  The only race I am currently signed up for is the Boston Marathon (thank you Sport Kilt)  I don't plan on signing for any other event ahead of time although it is a pretty safe assumption that I will race at Born to Run  and at UMCB. As for anything  else who knows?

It's my goal to become more comfortable with  uncertainty. Like most people I get stuck living a routine life because of its security.  With such  security comes a lack of growth as person. Last year I spent about 4 months of the year away from home.  In 2014 to at least 6 months away (preferably 8). I don't have much clue wear I am headed and that makes me excited. 
Everyday is new opportunity for my best day ever.