This weekend, a small contingent of Strawberries put the “intrepid” in “intrepid,” venturing a hundred miles north to the fantastical Humboldt Redwoods State Park. Six open runners and five masters toed the starting line of the 35th annual Humboldt Redwoods Half Marathon, completely missing the point of visiting the tallest trees in the world as they gritted through 13.1 miles with their heads down and eyes pointed not at the majestic canopy, but at the asses of the people ahead of them.
On the open men’s side, Dan Chebot led the way with his 21.1K debut, gritting through a mostly solo race in 1:11:17 for 11th place overall. David Yu followed four minutes later in 1:15:44, failing to treat the run as a long run as might have been smart for running 30 miles a week. Brandon Brown crossed the line in 1:25:08 in preparation for NYC two weeks down the line.
For the open women, Katy Hollbacher avenged her injury from last year with a 1:27:10, good for 25th overall. Naomi Wilcox notched the blingiest hardware of the day, submitting a 1:30:28 to win the really-young-folks division and earn a
beer bottle of juice. Kim Sanchez rounded out the women’s side with a great PR of 1:31:37.
As usual, the master’s men won the team award for getting their act together, with a full scoring team of five warriors. Tim Keenan led the way in 1:19:44, finishing third in the senior devision despite being struck down with a sideache and having to walk the last mile. Second in scoring was the only actual master’s division runner Bill Salacuse (1:22:00), followed by Jeff Teeters (1:25:46), Thom Trimble (1:26:45), and Alan Dehlinger (1:37:45). The elder Strawberries finished third in master’s scoring, despite four of five actually being seniors. Actually, if you guys do enter the senior divison, you’d destroy the competition and walk away with a grand…$65.
Nice work to everyone who ran!