Next time you complain about running up Heidorn Hill in downtown Fergus, think of this...
Mick Bakker, formerly of Fergus Falls, just competed in the Turnagain Arm Trail Run (otherwise known by the trail runners as Sufferfest) near Anchorage on Tuesday.
According to Mick, last year the leaders were delayed a mile into the race because a brown bear would not get off the trail. There were no delays this year.
Mick is seen wearing white in the first photo preparing for one of the big climbs. The course climbs 2000 feet over 8 miles, and was muddy at times.
Mick may make an appearance on an FFAR run this summer.
It was a blustery Saturday morning...with sustained winds of 25 mph and temperatures hovering in the mid thirties, the weather was ideal for staying in bed. The suboptimal conditions did not discourage ten runners from pounding the pavement for 5 to 12 miles.
Wes drove by with an encouraging word before participating in the Central Lakes Cycle Duathlon. It was the second annual running of the event.
Dave Jenson finished first overall.
Nick Mariotti finished fourth overall.
Wes Borowski placed third in his age group.
For the last month, FFAR runners were frequently greeted by a friendly pheasant in the early morning hours. The hen would often run frantically along the sidewalk, as runners passed by. (She had great bursts of speed, but poor endurance.) Runners encountered the hen between Grace United Church and the high school.
This morning, we were saddened to see that our small running partner had run her last group run.
Mike Breen reflected about the morning he witnessed the pheasant trying to jump on top of a snow pile. The hen jumped up, but never quite made it to the top of the pile, and repeatedly slid down the snow to the sidewalk.
ThreeFOUR FFAR parents have children graduating from high school this year. Congratulations to Mike (sunglasses guy) Lee, Lynn and Wes and their children Cody, Clay, Madison and Emily on a great year. We are proud of them!
On April 3, 2013 Baby Ivy went on her first "run" with her mom Jill and, car look out partner, Lynn. Ivy completed a great 5 mile run with flat tires and a little nap. They all look forward to many more runs but in nicer non-sloppy summer weather!
Don't miss out on the Second Annual Running Wild Trail Run to be held on June 15, 2013 at Maplewood State Park. It is the only trail run in the lakes area. Registration is now open so follow the link below for more information and pictures from last years event.
All proceeds go to Health Resources Center.
On April 15, 2013 our very own Scot Rownd will be running in the 117thBoston Marathon. It has been a
difficult winter to train and prepare for an early season marathon due to the
cold and snowy winter we have had this year. Scot has followed (with
alterations) the Hanson Marathon Method which focuses not so much on the “long”
run but on mid level but intense runs. Scot’s goal is “to have a great
run and enjoy the event”.
CONGRATULATIONS Scot and we all wish you the
An early St. Patrick's Day run was held on Saturday with a small crew decked out in GREEN! Outside temps this year were 6 below -real feel, last year temps were in the 60's and we were wearing shorts. Note how well reflective gear works in picture below. Jill was Super St. Patrick's Day Women!
The oldest marathoner finished his last race at 101 years of age so when you wake up with a few aches and pains in the morning try to keep it in perspective. Fauja Singh ran a 10K this past weekend at the age of 101, finishing in 1 hour 32 minutes and 28 seconds.
The "Turbaned Torpedo" born in India didn't start running until he was 89 as a way to overcome depression after the death of his wife and son. In 2000 he ran the London Marathon which was his first marathon and in 2003 he ran his best marathon with a time of 5 hours and 40 minutes at the Toronto Marathon.
Because Singh does not have an official birth certificate he is not listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest marathoner.
So when we say or when we hear "I am too old to run a marathon" we need to keep things in perspective. There are many people who take up running later in life and go on to have great success both physically and mentally.
It was a "brisk" 16 below at the start of the 2nd Annual Frozen 5K race at the YMCA. Approximately 20 brave participants attacked the run. Jake Krohn and Jill Iverson were the first to cross the finish line for the men's and women's division.