The ceremony was held at a Chinese restaurant in San Francisco last Sunday night (I don't particularly like events on Sunday night because I'm too busy with work during the week to blog right after, so here is the belated report). If you are acquainted with our club or one of my club mates, you might have already seen our Quicksilver President's live coverage of the event on Facebook starting with this post: "Picking up some hardware with Quicksilver Running Club..."
So, as a team, for 2013, we took home the Women, Mixed and Overall titles, leaving the Men title to the youngsters and speedsters of Excelsior, Tamalpa taking second in that category (see all the results on the PAUSATF website). Here is Greg with the Mixed Team plaque, isn't he handsome?
In the women division, Amy Burton placed first in W30-39, Bree Lambert first in W40-49 and Kat Powell won her W60-69 age group.
the men division, only two top wins this year, Jim Magill in the M60-69 and myself for my last year in the most competitive M40-49 age group (a record 66 participants in that group alone), in the largest USAT&F association in the nation.
Jon's blog "Just a Hobby:)" for more details on this inspiring story.
Among these exceptional ultra runners, you will find many who spent hours and days volunteering to serve other ultra runners, the essence of our community spirit. Then you find a few who devoted years of their lives to our sport. After Hollis Lenderking and Gary Wang who received life-time achievement awards these past years for serving on our Mountain Ultra Trail committee for more than 20 years, it was the turn of Stan Jensen to be recognized for his countless hours he gave back to our community at aid stations and maintaining his run100s.com website.
Omnipresent on the road racing circuit, Mark Winitz was also recognized for a quarter of century serving our Pacific Association with such dedication and passion for promoting our amazing local athletes and races. Here is Mark (right) presenting a special bib to Carl Guardino, the CEO of the Silicon Vally Leadership Group and organizer of the Silicon Valley Turkey Trot, last November.
"Why we run" is such a broad topic, let me finish this attempt at an answer with an excerpt of a questionnaire from Dr Martin Hoffman of UC Davis as part of one of his recent studies to help us understand ultra running better. You see from the length of the list, this isn't a straight answer, we are all different... But here is a good resource in case you are still waiting for a good reason to get started and join our healthy (and slightly crazy! ;-) community! Oh, and for you ultra runners, what is the primary reason do you run?
1. To help control my weight
2. To compete with others
3. To earn respect of peers
4. To reduce my weight.
5. To improve my running speed.
6. To earn the respect of people in general.
7. To socialize with other runners.
8. To improve my health.
9. To compete with myself.
10. To become less anxious.
11. To improve my self-esteem.
12. To have something in common with other people.
13. To add a sense of meaning to life.
14. To prolong my life.
15. To become less depressed.
16. To meet people.
17. To become more physically fit.
18. To distract myself from daily worries.
19. To make my family or friends proud of me.
20. To make my life more purposeful.
21. To look leaner.
22. To try to run faster.
23. To feel more confident about myself.
24. To participate with my family or friends.
25. To make myself feel whole.
26. To reduce my chance of having a heart attack.
27. To make my life more complete
28. To improve my mood.
29. To improve my sense of self-worth.
30. To share a group identity with other runners.
31. It is a positive emotional experience.
32. To feel proud of myself.
33. To visit with friends.
34. To feel a sense of achievement.
35. To push myself beyond my current limits.
36. To have time alone to sort things out.
37. To stay in physical condition.
38. To concentrate on my thoughts.
39. To solve problems.
40. To see how high I can place in races.
41. To feel a sense of belonging in nature.
42. To stay physically attractive.
43. To get a faster time than my friends.
44. To prevent illness.
45. People look up to me.
46. To see if I can beat a certain time.
47. To blow off steam.
48. Brings me recognition.
49. To have time alone with the world.
50. To get away from it all.
51. To make my body perform better than before.
52. To beat someone I've never beaten before.
53. To feel mentally in control of my body.
54. To get compliments from others.
55. To feel at peace with the world.
56. To feel like a winner.