3/30 – Running in the Time of COVID-19

Practices canceled. Social distancing enforced. Shelter-in-place laws enacted. Races of all distances canceled or postponed. Even the 2020 Olympics are postponed to 2021, too. All of this is part of the new normal that we runners (and non-runners too!) find ourselves in. These adjustments may be overwhelming, stifling, and depressing. They may feel unfair and upsetting. You may have trained for days, weeks, months, or even years for that new goal race or time. And now, you may feel a sense of loss or lack of purpose because there is no specific date or race to work towards. But all is not lost. All those miles have almost certainly imparted a few life lessons that you can use during this difficult time. Lean into them.

So, here’s a little reminder of what running has already done for you to help get you through the COVID-19 outbreak. Because staying home and away from others is not only necessary and important, but it is also vital to protecting yourself, your friends and family, the barista at your favorite coffee shop, the dog walker that comes twice a week to walk your dog, and not to be dramatic, but also the rest of humanity.

Here are four lessons that running has already taught you to keep you mentally and physically healthy during the COVID-19 outbreak:

  • Accept what you can control, and adapt to the things that you cannot. You may have experienced waiting in long lines before a race, only to be caught sitting on a porta potty when the gun goes off. You may have had your shoe untie in the first 100m turn of a 5000m race on the track. You may have lost your gels during the marathon and had to try out new ones at mile 18. You may have forgotten to wear a trash bag and gotten soaked on the start line. We may not be able to control everything that is going on with COVID-19 just like we can’t always control what happens in running, but we sure as hell know how to adapt. Bad races give runners perspective. There are things in running that you just simply cannot control, no matter how much you prepare, but learning to make the most out of a jog, workout, or race can completely change the way you feel about the outcome. Running is all about adapting. So, let us, runners, adapt.
  • Every crisis is an opportunity. Everyone remembers that time two months ago when you couldn’t be bothered to do abs after practice or those pre-hab exercises you’ve had on your to-do list for years. You know all too well what your body’s weaknesses are, and now you can spend all of your time doing those embarrassing-looking, but super effective glute and hip exercises that all the runners are posting on the on the internet. And if that doesn’t float your boat, you can use this time to finally dust off your favorite cross-training companion, that bicycle that’s been in the backyard or garage for way too long and can now get your adrenaline going almost as much as Carl’s workouts. Almost. Even though you may not be able to run campus loops with the team, you can still make the most out of this extra indoor time. Stave off those injuries, do those PT exercises,  or work on your pre-hab, because it will translate to a lot more fun running and racing with friends when this is all over.
Don’t be afraid to get in some solo miles in the fresh air
  • Solo miles for the soul. Running requires a lot of work when other people aren’t watching or cheering you on. You are your own cheerleader. There isn’t a medal at the finish line of your daily workouts, and yet you do them. Even when you know it will be hard or painful; even when you know you didn’t hydrate enough or probably needed to stretch more, or shouldn’t have had that extra beer last night, you still get out there. And, you do it even when you don’t have a friend or a team to run with. Runners run solo miles. You may do it because you need to, because you feel cooped up, or because it’s a stress release. Whatever the reason, you get out there on the days when there are no fans to cheer you on or a coach to keep your time. Running during COVID-19 is no different. You are, as Des Linden would say, not necessarily training for a race, but training for “Life, motherf*cker.” What matters most is that you do get out there, and that you know how to get out there, because you already have. You know how to rely on yourself. So, go on and pound that pavement. Take advantage of the fact that you know exactly where to run such that you will always be six feet away from any person you might see. Running solo miles is not only good for you, but it is also good for the world right now. #socialdistancing
  • Our sport is your sport’s punishment. A classic slogan in running, but also very true. You may be feeling stifled because of the shelter-in-place order, but don’t forget, you are a runner. Unlike your friends who can’t go to the gym and are learning to run for the first time, you can keep doing what you love.  Running is a part of you, and taking it away would be punishment.  When all other activities have been limited by COVID-19, relish in the fact that you CAN still step outside your front door, wear your new kicks (or the ones that have been around the block too many times), and enjoy the fact that you can still get your miles in. And, every mile is a mile still worth putting in because it means a mile outside, stretching your legs, and sometimes even more importantly, stretching your mind.  Finding gratitude in the hardest of times can help get you through them. So, be grateful that you can still get out on your favorite runs, and that you have years of accumulated knowledge of secret trails, backways, and side streets. Hold on tight to that joy that running brings you because it is going to carry you through this difficult time.

Yeah, some things have changed in the last few weeks, and thing are probably going to keep on changing in the weeks to come. There are a lot of unknowns. But one thing is for sure, running is there. It’s been there for you, and it will continue to be there for you. All you have to do is let it.

Post written by Emma Krasovich with contributions from Julia Sizek.

2/28 – Two Berries To Take On The Olympic Trials

On February 29th, 2020, for the first time in club history, Strawberry Canyon Track Club will have athletes competing in the US Olympic Trials. In Atlanta, Georgia, Megan Gentes and Julia Sizek, both running in their second career marathons, will line up with the best distance runners in the country, in a race all of us are excited to watch.

Both Megan and Julia debuted at the marathon distance just a few months ago in October, hitting their qualifying standards at the Chicago Marathon with respective times of 2:41:03 and 2:41:58 – well under the 2:45:00 cutoff. Both took a brief period of rest to recover from the race, and then dove right back into training for the Trials. In general, their buildups have gone well, but have not been without their challenges.

“As it turns out, there’s not actually that much time between the races, so it was back up and running by mid-November!” said Julia speaking of quick the turn-around. “I’ve in general felt pretty good about this buildup, but a little injury-y after Kaiser [a tune-up half marathon in San Francisco], so I’m watching out for my body, as always.”

Megan is excited for race day

Megan similarly has had some bumps in the road but had put in a solid block of training. “I took a few days off after Chicago and then wasn’t really able to start ramping up mileage and doing workouts until late November. There were  also a couple small issues in the buildup; my hip was giving me some trouble in the middle of January but has mostly gone away. I was still able to get in some 100 mile weeks with solid runs though so I’m pretty happy overall!”

SCTC Coach Carl Rose remains extremely optimistic for their prospects on race day. “Megan and Julia are very well-prepared and ready to take on the extreme challenge of a red hot race environment. Both have looked extremely relaxed in workouts. They’re not pressing and clipping along at 6-flat pace for tempos.”

Coach Carl has also thrown in some challenging workouts which Megan and Julia responded to well. Long power runs at Lake Merced, under the watchful eye of Carl and assistant coach Ernie Rivas, provided a solid backbone for their training cycles. For Julia, it was an 8 x mile workout that, while tiring, was a true testament to her fitness. For Megan, easily rolling through 800 on/off tempos under 6-minute pace was the true confidence booster.

The course in Atlanta, which features constant rolling terrain over three-loops, will be a challenging one for all athletes. “We have done some things to simulate the course (rolling, choppy hills) at Atlanta and that should help but they might not even need it,” Carl told us. “For those who don’t know it, both Megan and Julia are straight up assassins on hills. In my opinion, they will be a couple minutes faster than the pure track specialists who get the deer-in-headlights look with the hills. Another fun fact at Chicago is they went out in 1:22 and came back in 1:19. So there was room to spare there.”

Julia qualifying for the Trials at the Chicago Marathon in October

In a race that will be hyper-competitive and consisting of approximately 500 women, both Megan and Julia are going in with the mindset to have as much fun as possible and enjoy the experience. “I’ll try to run sorta quick but my main goal is to have fun!” said Megan of her race day ambitions. “I’m most likely not going to make the Olympic Team, so I’m just going to make the most of this experience. Hopefully I can make some new friends too like I did in Chicago!” For Julia, it’s also straight forward, as she aims to “mostly just to get through to the finish line in some sort of speedy time.” Time is not everything, of course; “it would be great to run decently fast, and I’m looking forward to getting to hang out with lots of fast people.”

All things considered, Coach Carl gives us a true insight for what to expect. “I promise you this, our runners will compete  ferociously and compete well. They will punch well above their weight, turn a lot of heads, and leave it all out on the course. I also think it will be hugely beneficial for them to hang together for at least part of the race. They can support each-other in real-time. Buckle up, ladies and gentlemen, this is going to be quite special.”

Megan and Julia, who also happen to be the club’s President and Secretary respectively, are not only two of the fastest Berries, but are also cornerstone members of the SCTC family, and no matter the outcome, we couldn’t be more proud of them! Good luck in Atlanta!

Follow the weekend action with us on our Instagram!

Post written with contributions from Colin Gannon and Emma Krasovich, with Q&A responses from Megan, Julia, and Carl via email.

12/31 – 2019 SCTC Year in Review

2019 was yet another banner year for the Strawberry Canyon Track Club, which saw 20 new club records set in events ranging from the 110 hurdles all the way to the marathon. Beyond these marks, some of the most notable achievements included Megan Gentes and Julia Sizek securing US Olympic Marathon Trials qualifying standards during their debuts at the Chicago Marathon, and the Open Men’s team claiming their first ever PAUSATF Road Grand Prix title for their strong team outings in the 14 race, year-long road race circuit. Of course we also cannot overlook the truly inspiring and hard fought races, massive PRs, and next-level breakthroughs for many Berries in track, road, and cross country races throughout the year.

Below, Julia Sizek recaps the record-breaking times and adds a few shout-outs for some other exceptional performances.

Men’s Track Highlights:

Sprints: Andrew Orellana gets two club records in the 200 (22.54) and 400 (50.02), while the men deepen the field in the 200 with the top 4 all time performances in 2019! (Noah Shamsai 23.89, Stephen Bailey 24.04, Chongdu Xu 24.73). Stephen Bailey continues to improve in the hurdles with two new club records (110H 16.01, 400H 56.57).

Club record count: 4

Middle/Long Distance: Steve Correa takes home the club record in the 1500 (3:49.09) with John Hogan close behind at #2 (3:51.11). Hogan (twist!) gets the club record in the 1600, at 4:11.25 (converted from mile time), but Correa gets 2 on the all-time 800m list with a 1:54.59. Not to be outdone, David White gets the #2 seniors time with 4:36.67 in the 1600.

In the 3k, Harmen Hoek gets the new club record (8:26.37), and Hogan and Correa snatch 1 and 2 spots in the 3200 (9:00.32, 9:13.14).

On the track, Jonathan Briskman takes home the 10k club record in 31:03.

A notable performance in the 5k: Bernat Masvidal takes the #6 all-time performance in the 5k (14:51.2).

Club record count: 5

Womens Track Highlights

Middle Distance/Long Distance: Elizabeth Ordeman takes the #1 time in the women’s 1500 (4:38.19) and the second-fastest time in the women’s 5k (17:09.45).

Phoebe Johannsen takes the #1 time in the 3k steeplechase (11:05).

Club Record count: 2

Masters Women Road Highlights

Vanessa Lordi takes home the club record for the masters road mile in 5:43. In the Masters Plus division, Kathleen Ruffle takes home the #2 time at 5:59.

Club Record Count: 1

Open Women Road Highlights

In the 5k, Phoebe Johannsen is tied for #1 at 18:03. Michell Sumner and Jackie Davis take #12 and #14 at 19:00 and 19:07.

Shellin takes the #2 spot in the 10k (38:00) on her way to a PR in the marathon later in the season.

In the 10 mile and half marathon, Julia and Megan G go 1 and 2 (10 mile: 57:56, 58:22; Half 1:17:21, 1:19:59). Sarah Klass gets the #5 spot (1:02:57).

In the marathon, the team remade the top of the list with Megan G at #2 (2:41:03), Julia at #3 (2:41:58), Regina at #4 (2:45:44), Sarah Klass at #8 (2:55:53), Shellin at #9 (2:57:52). and Megan L at #11 (3:00:59).

Record Count: 3

Mens Road Highlights

Masters Men Mile

Ed Hill takes the #2 spot in the masters men all-time list (4:38).

Open Men

In the road mile, we had a bunch of athletes add themselves to the top 10, including Kyle Bystrom at our new club record of 4:17.8, Matt Tarduno close behind at #2 (4:20.9), and Cielo Aguilar at #9 (4:30.7).

In the men’s 5k, Ryan Smith added himself to the list at #6 (15:23), only to get the club record in the 10 mile at 50:31. Kenny Rayner got the #4 spot at 51:48.

In the mens half, Jonathan Briskman and Kenny Rayner go 1-2 with 1:06:25 and 1:08:20.

In the men’s marathon, we went 1-2-3 with Jonathan Briskman (2:19:12), Ryan Smith (2:19:20), and Kenny Rayner (2:22:31), and Collin Jarvis rounded out our top 10 with 2:27:29.

At Bay to Breakers in May, the club fielded two team in the Centipede division, in which each team consists of 13+ people connected together by bungee cords. The open men’s centipede this year secured a new club record with a time of 42:29 on the hilly 12k course, finishing 3rd overall as a team.

Club Records: 5

Congratulations everyone on a year well done, and be sure to congratulate everyone on their performances in the new year!

8/24 – Run with us this fall!

Even as summer winds to a close, things are heating up for Strawberry Canyon Track Club. We are busy getting geared up for the fall PAUSATF cross country circuit and have a formidable marathon crew just now hitting their training stride in preparation for Berlin, Chicago, and California International marathons.

As always, we are welcoming new members who are dedicated to improving their running times and fitness, and who are looking for a great community of new training partners across a wide range of skill levels.

Please contact us if you’re interested in joining or checking out a practice!

6/6 – Record-Breaking Spring Season Ends on a High Note

A rainy spring in the Bay Area may have been great for growing strawberries, but was maybe not quite as nice for running. That was far from stopping the Strawberry Canyon Track Club from putting on a six-month long exhibition however, shattering records on the tracks and roads in events ranging from the 200m to the marathon. In the end, fifteen records fell, and many, many more personal bests were set.

  • Men’s 110m Hurdles – Stephen Bailey (16.01)
  • Men’s 200m – Andrew Orellana (22.54)
  • Men’s 400m – Andrew Orellana (50.04)
  • Men’s 400m Hurdles – Stephen Bailey (56.57)
  • Women’s 1500m – Elizabeth Ordeman (4:38.19)
  • Men’s 1500m – Steve Correa (3:49.09)
  • Men’s Mile – John Hogan (4:11.25)
  • Men’s 3000m – Harmen Hoek (8:26.37)
  • Women’s 3000m Steeplechase – Phoebe Johannensen (11:05.67)
  • Men’s 3200m – John Hogan (9:00.32)
  • Women’s 5k road – Phoebe Johannensen (18:03 – tied)
  • Men’s 10000m – Jonathan Briskman (31:03.63)
  • Men’s 12k Centipede – SCTC “A” Centipede (42:49)
  • Women’s Half Marathon – Julia Sizek (1:17:21)
  • Women’s Marathon – Madeline Duhon (2:38:32)
Regina Scarpin won the Avenue of the Giants Half Marathon

In addition to all these records, there were many impressive individual and team victories and podium finishes. Among these many highlights were Harmen Hoek winning the Dutch Student’s National Championship in the indoor 3k; Jonathan Briskman defending his title at the San Francisco Hot Chocolate 15k, then finishing third at the inaugural Napa Valley Half Marathon several months later; Julia Sizek finishing runner up at the Oakland Half Marathon and then later winning the Tilden Tough Ten; at the Humboldt Avenue of the Giants races, Regina Scarpin winning the half marathon and Sarah Klass finishing 2nd in the full marathon; Megan Gentes landing a podium spot with 3rd at the Clarksburg Half Marathon (setting a club record at the time).

Open men won the Oakland Marathon Team Relay

On the team front, the open men earned team victories in the PAUSATF Road Grand Prix at both the Oakland Marathon Team Relay and Stow Lake Stampede, in addition to second place finishes at the SACTOWN 10 mile, Devil Mountain Mile of Truth, and Reach for a Star 5k. The open’s women team’s season so far has been highlighted by a second place finish at the Reach for a Star 5k and third place finish at the Oakland Marathon Team Relay.

The spring season ended with the open men’s Bay to Breakers Centipede (wherein 13 runners are tied together to race 12k across San Francisco), setting the new club-best mark and finishing 3rd place as a team; a second SCTC centipede also ran, helping to make it one of the most highly-attended races for the club with 28 Berries running in total. This wonderful event highlighted the camaraderie that makes this club so special, and capped off a truly spectacular spring season!

We will continue to practice and race throughout the summer, meeting at Edwards Track every Monday and Thursday at 6pm. New comers are always welcome – we hope to see you out there!

Stay up-to-date with our latest news, accomplishments, and shout-outs on our Instagram page!

Two SCTC teams raced in the 2019 Bay to Breakers Centipede competition

1/20 – Canyoneras Crush Houston; Track Season Begins

Strawberry Canyon Track Club continued its impressive first month of the 2019 campaign over the weekend, sending two women to Houston for the half and full marathons, and fielding a healthy turnout at the first of three Cal All-Comers meet.
 
In Texas, two Canyoneras competed in the Chevron Houston Marathon and Half Marathon, which were highly stacked, competitive races. Conditions were breezy and “too” cold, so not quite optimal for turning in the best possible performances. However, Madeline Duhon, who was actually born in Houston, clobbered the marathon club record by over 11 minutes, finishing in 2:38:42, good for 13th overall. She will be looking towards the Olympic Marathon Trials in Atlanta in February of next year.
 
Also in the mix was Karen Eckberg, who has never seen a half marathon she didn’t like, ran to 1:22:14 gun time, but may have eked a razor-thin PR on chip time. Despite the fairly difficult conditions, she still ran to the best of her ability and was the 59th place female in the half marathon.
 
At the Cal All-Comers meet in Berkeley, perfect weather greeted the athletes after a month-long rainy spell. Stephen Bailey was thrown into the fast section of the 60-meter hurdles event and  responded well. His attention to technique and detail has really paid off for him as he skimmed over each hurdle en route to a mark of 9.09, which took 0.35 seconds off both his PR and club record.
 
Kyle Bystrom and Andrew Tey entered the 1500, and Kyle, normally a slow starter during the season, had by far his most impressive early-season performance in history, taking third in the 1500 in a time of 4:10.29. Andrew, who has just started doing Monday workouts with us, finished in 4.44.29.
 
We had several athletes take a crack at the 400-meter dash, and Stephen Bailey emerged victorious over new teammate and training partner Noah Shamsai. Stephen’s 53.48 was only 0.23 seconds off of his PR so that is very encouraging for so early in the season, while Noah ran 53.75, at top 5 time for the club. Also in the race was Kyle Bystrom (54.41) and Andrew Tey (57.17) coming off their earlier 1500s.
 
Anchit Desai ran a gutsy 800 but seemed to make one tactical error in fighting for the lead after 500 meters. Though a bit disappointed, he still ran 2:18.81 and will drop that time considerably before all is said and done.  
 
Stephen Bailey and Noah Shamsai squared off again in the 200 meter event, and this time Noah prevailed, thus evening the scoreboard between the two training partners at 1-1. Noah (24.25) was only .10 off of Stephen’s club record. Stephen missed that but still ran well in 24.48.
 
The 3200 was the final event and Denny Rich kind of went for it, but didn’t have his usual “pop” which was presumably the result of a fairly relaxed training bloc during Christmas break. He ran 9:54.02, and Mitchell Negus ran 10:07.90, and is deliberately trying to peak later in the season so he can optimize his efforts at the more significant races.
 
At the Los Gatos All-Comers meet, Bill Brusher ran to a 3:12 800, a top age group time for Super Seniors+, and Matt Bogdanowicz competed in the shot put.
 
This post was written by Coach Carl Rose.

1/13 – Gentes and Briskman kick off 2019 in spectacular fashion

Megan with pacesetter Ryan after her club record half marathon

It didn’t take long for 2019 to feature some stellar road race finishes for Strawberry Canyon Track Club. 

 

At the Clarksburg Country Run Half Marathon, Megan Gentes shattered the club record by two minutes, and her own PR by four minutes, by running 1:19:59 to finish 3rd place. The race capped a long season for Megan which included her winning the 2018 Open Women’s PAUSATF XC Grand Prix.

Jonathan at the Hot Chocolate 15k

In San Francisco, Jonathan Briskman defended his title by winning the Hot Chocolate 15k for the second straight year with a time of 49:41. This is a promising start to 2019 for Jonathan, who is coming off a club record time in the marathon from CIM just over a month ago.

 

This is just the start for what promises to be another strong year on the roads for Strawberry Canyon Track Club. But let’s not forget, track season is already upon us. January 19th will feature the first of three Cal All Comers meets, in all of which we will have a strong presence. 

See you out there!

12/31 – 2018 SCTC Year in Review

2018 ended on a high note as the Berries wrapped up a record setting year of track, cross-country, and road racing. We look back at the second half of 2018 (first half recap here) and review the year that was.

Roads

2018 saw the first time in which a Strawberry Canyon team targeted the PAUSATF Road Grand Prix Circuit, and the results could not have been any more exciting. The 12-race circuit, running from February through December, constitutes a year-long season in which teams compete at races ranging from 1 mile to the marathon. With the circuit a key goal for the open men, the Berries fielded a team at every single race throughout the year, which landed them at 2nd place in the overall standings. There were many great highlights along the way – they captured the team titles, always a impressive feat, at both the Los Gatos One Mile Bang and the Christmas Relays (the latter in dramatic fashion), the first ever road race team victories in club history. Club records fell in many events as well, from the road mile and 5k, all the way to the marathon.

Ryan, John, Collin, Steve, and Carl after winning the Christmas Relays

Perhaps most impressive was the team effort that brought home the 2nd place open men team finish – 24 different Berries scored on the 12 road race teams throughout the year, a true testament to Strawberry Canyon’s hallmark depth and camaraderie.

The open women also made their first appearances on the road circuit – for the first time in history Strawberry Canyon fielded women’s teams at a PAUSATF Road Race, scoring squads at the SACTOWN 10 mile and California International Marathon. It feels as if it is just the beginning for the open women, as the club’s marathon presence has been steadily growing. 

Kyle (left) and Cielo (right) both had strong years on the road

There were some tremendous finishes on the individual side as well, with respect to the year-long PAUSATF individual standings. There are two tiers for individuals, one for short distance races (1 mile – 10k) and one for long distance (12k and up). In the short circuit, three Berries landed in the top 15 to claim the coveted “comp” spots (they will get to enter all PA races for free next year); Kyle Dunn snagged a podium spot by finishing third on the season, while Colin Gannon was close behind in 4th and Cielo Aguilar came in at 11th. In the long circuit, an astounding five Berries finished in the top 15 after a year of steady running; Jonathan Briskman was 4th, while Colin Gannon was 11th and Ryan Smith 12th, and Kyle Dunn and Ryan Lok rounded out the comp spots in 14th and 15th respectively.

Cross-country

Always a club favorite, the Berries were out in force yet again in 2018 for the PAUSATF club cross country race circuit. The ten race series began in August in Santa Cruz and continued throughout the fall into November at the PA Championships. 

Open men’s race start at the Golden Gate Park Open

The highlights of the season were Megan Gentes capturing the open women’s and David White the Senior men’s Grand Prix individual titles, which totals points scored at races throughout the season. Megan earned the honor after six stellar performances throughout the year, the third woman Berry in club history to achieve this prestigious finish, while David White took the crown in dominant fashion, by winning his division in all six races he competed in.

On the open men’s side, three Berries worked their way into the top 15: freshman phenom Denny Rich finished fifth on the year, while Kyle Bystrom was 11th and Harmen Hoek 15th. Greg McMillan and John Hill both finished 9th in their divisions, Masters and Seniors respectively.

On the team side, the open men and Senior men both finished 3rd on the season-long circuit, while the open women finished 7th.

Berries after Nationals in the Spokane cold

The cross country season culminated with four Berries competing at the USATF Club Cross Country National Championships in Spokane, Washington. Megan Gentes continued her amazing season by finishing 79th in the extremely competitive 6k race. Elizabeth Ordeman also had a strong race in the open women’s field, while Vanessa Lordi, the newly minted USATF Master’s LDR Champion, ran to a great finish in the Master’s division. Ryan Lok, fresh off an impressive Chicago Marathon performance, was the lone open men competitor. 

Looking ahead to 2019

2018 was one of the busiest race schedules in Strawberry Canyon’s club history, and we’ll look to equal that claim again in 2019. As club membership has grown, we have increased the depth of specialties ranging from sprints on the track to longer road races. As always, keep up with us on Instagram, Strava, Facebook, and right here on our website for our latest adventures. In the coming weeks, we’ll post a Spring 2019 preview, so stay tuned! See you out there.

Join us for practices every Monday and Thursday in 2019, 6pm at Edwards Stadium in Berkeley

12/2 – Eleven Berries Run to Fantastic Finishes at CIM

The California International Marathon took place on Sunday, December 2nd, serving as the USATF National Marathon Championships and the center piece race of the year for eleven Berries who competed. Coach Carl recaps the day in Sacramento.
 
Sunday proved to be rather astonishing day for many Strawberries – I was a little uncertain how things would shake out because of two weeks of not being able to run outdoors due to wildfire smoke. However, people did what they needed to do – treadmills, pools, cross-training in the gym – to salvage all of the hard work they had put in to get to this point.
 

Jonathan Briskman finishes in a new club record time

First across the line for the Berries was Jonathan Briskman who absolutely KILLED it with a new open men club record of 2:20:18, missing the US Olympic Trials qualifying time by only 78 seconds and setting an 8-minute PR; I have to think that was the best race of his life to date. 

 
Shellin Chuong ran a 15 minute PR in 3:03:29 and surely has a sub-3 is in the cards. At this point, I really would not put anything past her – she is an absolute metronome.
 
Big shout out to Ryan Smith, who had battled several injuries of varying degrees in the past six months, and missed quite a bit of time, yet STILL beat the old club record with an amazing debut in 2:23:47! Just wait till he gets a solid run-up under his belt!
 

Kimmie Pavela and Silvio Temprana (right) both ran to PR times at CIM

Silvio Temprana has been getting better himself by leaps and bounds and damn near got a Boston qualifying time. Today he popped a 3:09:29 mark, right on the heels of Kimmie Pavela, who crossed the line in 3:09:28 – a PR for her!
 
Matt Perez also PR’d, betting his previous best by 12 minutes, although his old PR was some time ago, while pacing Shellin to a Boston qualifying time (today he ran 3:06).
 
Matt Weber ran a strong debut marathon in 2:44:50. We were happy with that although we also know there is room to improve and he would have gone faster with uninterrupted training… the smokocalypse did seem to affect him some.
 
There were a couple of off days: Colin Gannon PR’d by two minutes but was expecting to go a lot faster. However a combo of shin-calf issues and quads that seem to lock upon him in longer races contributed to a 2:39:20 time. Regina Scarpin still ran a solid 3:00-flat time, although she didn’t have her “A” game after running only once in the smoke (probably a very smart move long-term) and losing some of her edge. 
 
Rafael Oeschger broke the three hour mark, and Melanie Miksis ran 3:30.30, which amounts to a whopping PR for her!
 
Congratulations to all who ran!
 

 

8/22 – SCTC Fall Time Trial to be held Aug. 22

Strawberry Canyon’s annual Fall Time Trial will be held Wednesday, August 22nd at Cal’s Edwards Track in Berkeley. The event is open to all and will feature one heat of the 600m and 3 heats of the 5000m.

Heat start times:

600m: 5:30pm 
5000m Heat 1 (~sub-19:00): 5:35pm 
5000m Heat 2 (~sub-16:15): 6:00pm 
5000m Heat 3 (~16:00-22:00): 6:20pm

Contact us for more information.