Proliferation of ImPRessive PeRformaces at Marin

Blame Thom Trimble

If the Marin 10K was a dessert, it would be an ice cream sundae, albeit on Monday. This sundae would be loaded with Strawberry topping. Strawberries topping their personal best that is! Who could have PRedicted the PReponderance of PRs at this event? PeRhaps it could be PRedicated on the PRecipitous downhill nature of this flat course, or the PRoclivity of tailwind over the entire loop route? PRobably not. PRformance enhancing drugs? SPaRe me. Its talent baby!

The PRuning of PRevious bests was no doubt due to the PRudent and PeRsistent PReparation of our PRoud members. That, and maybe the fact it was held on a Monday; the day of speed and pain that is familiar to all those who endure the Coach Carl treatment at Edwards each week. You can’t just buy a fast race; you have to make many small installment efforts over many months to earrrrn one.

Enough of the annoying PR-isms. Wah happened? What happened was nearly two dozen Berries traveled to a race known for fast times, fast competition and a kick-ass track finish. Boo yah! It is also one of the few remaining Classic 10K events left in the Bay Area. Devil Mountain? Nah. Mercury News? Gone. Run for the Parks? AWOL. Run to the Far Side? We miss you Gary! All this talent from the East Bay and it’s not till now that many of the Berries are finally reaping the times so indicative of their hard work. The 10K PR was once the gold standard in determining the “wheels” a runner had. “What’s your sign?” Get out of here. In RunLandia, at least back in the 80s and 90s, we judged one’s worthiness with “What’s your 10K PR?” “Bob’s a mid-34” or “Wendy’s looking to crack 40” may seem like pant size estimation or a significant birthday to most sedentarians, but the real runners knew exactly what that meant.

The parade of PRs was led by Digger Lauter with his 32:10; a totally different zip code from his previous PR. Like a minute. Whoa! Right on his tail in 32:11 was ex-Prez Joe Binder. Joe, fresh off an amazing 100K Worlds effort, decided to take a zero off his race distance and sprint a 10K. Who says ultra guys can’t throw down a quality “middle-distance” effort. Not me. Do not look for Joe to be running the 110 HH any time soon, however, despite the extrapolated time prediction of low 14s.

Following those speedy guys on the “A” team was a somewhat-injured Tom Haxton gutting out a 32:54 and recent club transferee George Torgun (33:45) to claim the 3-4 spots. Completing the scoring team, and yet another PR to boot, was Jack Wallace. Jack whacked nearly a half a minute off his previous 6.2 mile best with a 34:28. This PR will not last long if Jack can find another friendly 10K soon. You betcha. As a team, the open guys placed about 3rd or 4th.

Other open notables from the Berry Patch, making up the “B” team, include Bernie Jones in 34:48, new-member Craig Wildman in 35:33 and Josh Seeherman in a PR 37:39. Long way for a two-lapper ya know.

On the more seasoned-runner side, a few Strawberries showed that their expiration date is still well down the road. Darin Banks hammered out an amazing 34:31 to place 5th in the masters div. Following politely close behind was Rob Elia with a 34:52. Neither were PRs, but when you have been so fast for so long, PRs don’t come knockin quite so often.

Tim Keenan continued his streak of 50-54 blue-ribbon efforts with a near-club-record time of 35:28. Finishing 3rd and 4th in that division were Barry Smith (36:22) and Jeff Teeters (36:27). Tim was dropped down to the masters team to earn us a 2nd place finish, while Barry and Jeff led the 4-man senior squad to yet another victory. The three-four hitters on that awesome senior foursome were Thom “back from Oz” Trimble and Eric Gulikson (PR effort of 39:15). Four in a row baby! Watch yer back Spurs! We now officially lead both the masters and seniors LDR Grand Prix. First time in like…ever.

Chris Dodge took up 4th-man duties on the 40’s squad with a masters-PR time of 37:05. Fifth man Bill Salacuse joined Josh on the “38 Train” , which arrived well ahead of schedule in a 37:34 PR. Next stop for Bill and Josh – a 10K pace that starts with a five! Finger-sizzle on that! The masters managed to grab 2nd place ahead of strong Pamakids and Excelsior teams but just behind a resurgent Aggie quintet. Winning is nothing with a weak field. This year’s masters teams are definitely a big step up from year’s past. Makes winning more worthinessy.

Holding down the 4 and 5 holes for the solid open “B” team were Mike Singleton in 38:20 and da coach Carl. Carl gave his all (and even some of his “some”) over that last 300m on the track, to just crack the 40 minute barrier – 39:59 gun (39:56 chip). Carl, who registered under the name of “C Rose” can now use his full name at the next race. Dassa nize.

On the women’s side of the Berry Basket, Anne Ruminsky charged in just under 39 min, with a chip time of 38:58 to claim 29th female, and 8th spot on the club 10K record list. High Schooler Julia Gulikson nearly reeled in her dad with a 39:25. Just 10 seconds down. No wonder dad ran a PR! Her time was good for numero uno in the under 20 division. The PA is hereby warned.

On to the MILE!! (July 15 in San Rafael) BE THERE!!!