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Rosedeer Hotel, Wayne, Alberta
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Ashes to Ashes: 2016 in the Rearview Mirror

New Year's Eve at the Blackfoot Truckstop Diner Blackfoot Truckstop Diner, in Calgary, watching fireworks go off at the zoo across the river with a handful of folks all of whom had seen better days. New Year's Eve, Rhubarb Pie, having spent…
Layers
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Calico 50K, 2016

Calico 50K was the first ultra I ever ran, six years ago. My bib number for that race was 666, which disturbed a lot of folks who urged me to request a new bib or at least wear it upside down. This year, 2016, was the sixth time I've run the…
Scree, mile 18

Calico 50K, 2014

The race begins with a two mile or so gentle downhill, and then there's about 16 miles of gradual uphill. I don't run enough uphill, it seems. The climbing in the San Gabriels is usually too steep to run, and only the guys in front will be…

Calico 50K on video

The original plan was to fully document this race. That turned out to be a bad idea.I set out to run with a camera attached to my head and another in my pocket - too much gear, especially when it started malfunctioning (which is the way I explain…

Calico 50K 2012

A return visit to my first ultra. Flashback to January 2011. I'd just run a marathon distance long run - 'round and 'round the Silverlake Reservoir 12 times on the day after Christmas, after an autumn of nagging injuries and canceled road races.Kista…
Joshua Tree

Desert: Calico 50K, Joshua Tree, Salvation Mountain.

I haven't posted in a while. This site is about to undergo a major overhaul. I've gotten so dissatisfied with this presentation that I haven't been feeling like adding any more to it. Of course, I'm tinkering far too much with the new design…
Calico Hills

Calico 50K

2 weeks before the race, my friend Kista suggested I run Calico with her. I said yes. It would be my first 50K, just as it was her first 5 years ago. I loved it. It was, for me, the best 50K I could've picked for my first. Yes, the…
Calico Hills

Yermo

My friend Kista and I headed out to the desert early the day before the Calico 50K so that we'd have a bit of time to roam around, see the sights, maybe even take a few pictures before picking up our race packets and then settling in for the…