June 2022 The Strider

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30 Jun, 2022

T h e   s t r i d e r

            In this issue:  BERNIE BOETTCHER &TARYN CEGLOWSKI are quickest to “Summit & Plummet”!   Next month?  (hoo nose)  anybody (besides John F) run in the Strawberry Shortcut?

As mentioned last NL issue, the Desert Rats Trail Running “Festival” occurred north of Fruita on April 16 & 17.  As previously noted, “local” runners had some high places.

77 hardy souls (double-that for soles?) finished Saturday’s Trail Marathon, paced by Jesurun Small (who was 2nd in the recent Canyonlands half-marathon) – with 3:18:07 of fun.  He was almost 20 minutes ahead of 2nd-place.  In 3rd over-all was the women’s winner, Reese Ruland (age 34) in 3:59:45.  15 of the top 20 runners were women!

The 50k had 221 finishers – paced by Sean Van Horn (35), 3:50:08.  Women’s winner was Mary Baughman (26), 4:27:55 – and “local”s Kat Robinson was 2nd (4:46:19) and Tracy Thelan 1st “master”.  The half-marathon was also popular (192 finished) – led by Kyle Lund, 1:24:48, only 20 seconds ahead of Ryan Sullivan – and Michelle Oberndorf was women’s winner and 7th over-all (1:50:07).

And for us “short-distance” runners, there was a 10k (128 finished), won by Gabriella Brinkley in 45:17, followed by men’s winner George Simpson, 45:41.  1st place for mens 60+ was Eric Krch-56:55, 3rd place for women 60+ was Pam Krch-1:10, 4th place for women 60+ was Jeanne Blatter-1:15 & Sheryl Douglas's time was 1:30.  They didn't have a 70 age group.  (Sheryl sent a message to the race organizers that they should consider having a 70 age group.)  

May 14, Black Canyon Ascent 6-Mile Uphill

38 people RAN this event, while approx. the same # participated in the walk.  Joe Gray (30+) may have set the course record? – with 37:41.  Amazing, when you consider that not many runners negotiate a flat 10k in that time.  Morgan Elliott was next, 39:27, and 3rd over-all was KIM DOBSON, 45:06.  Okay, consider that on June 18 (yesterday as I type this) Kim and Mr. Gray BOTH WON the prestigious Mt. Washington Uphill Race – going up the highest peak in the NorthEast U.S. of A.   

1. Gray   2. Elliott   3. Dobson   4. C J Hite, 47:26   5. Bernie Boettcher, 48:06

6. Lindsey Herman, 50:00 – women’s runner-up

Sheryl Douglas walked -1:37.  And among the runners - Bernie Boettcher was 1st Master, Ernie Langelier was 1st in mens 70 age -1:14, Jeannie Blatter was 1st in female 60 age -1:33.   Montrose – sjmr.club 

May 15, Fruita Trail half-Marathon (actual course is 13.8 mi, more-accurately, a 53% of a marathon?)  This event, like the desert-rats, was held north of Fruita, in the 18 Road vicinity.  123 runners finished, led by Calvin Swomley (1:43:32) and Tracy Kovaleski (1:55:07).  No home towns were noted on the results (which the editor could find) – so we couldn’t note many of “you locals” who were in this.  However, Chris Wright was 19th, 2nd in the age group (2:16:09) and Esmeralda Rostel was 40th with 2:28:22.  geminiadventures.com

     May 21, were the women’s-only Thelma and Louise Trail Race 15K, Half Marathon, & Marathon – sort of near Moab.  The “Big M” was won by Analisa Colglazier (40), from Nebraska in 4:25:43.  In 8th place of the 27 finishers was Dawn Gwin (55, wins age group) with 5:22:06.  109 runners finished the 15k, won by Hanna Demler (25) from Lander Wyoming.  She had 1:03:43 of fun.  Finishers from our Happy Valley included (6th) Cassidy Herringer (1:15:56); Sarah Lanci (13th) – 1:22:44; (39th) Lindsey Rider – 1:38:43; and Jennifer Ramirez, 58th with 1:48:02.  And the popular half-M (228 finished) was paced by 19-years-young Shayla Hacking (Provo, UT) in 1:46:28.  Grand Valley racers included Jane Pizem (11th) – 2:03:05; Laura Partin (58th) – 2:22:46; and H B Dennis, 103rd with 2:36:10.


MAY 28 à the whirled-infamous  GARFIELD GRUMBLE

This ‘prox 5-miles feels like a few miles more than that – no doubt due to 2500-some feet to “Summit”, after which is the “Plummet”.

1  Bernie Boettcher, 59      47:34            2  Ian Rogers, 28    53:39

3  Mike Burnham, 47         1:00:01         4  Buzz Burrell, 70   1:00:09

5  Levi Hamer, 29              1:01:24         6  Caden Klein, 19   1:02:22

7  Brian Johnson, 52         1:02:41         8  Matt Johnson, 54 1:03:37

9  Taryn Ceglowski, 23      1:04:53         10  David Fay, 53    1:05:04

11  Joel Homan, 41           1:05:09         12  Nick Jorenby, 23          1:06:48

13  Mark Waltermire, 58    1:11:57         14  Nick Andrews, 43         1:12:05

15  Ernie Langelier, 70      1:12:12         16  CJ Barella, 33    1:12:19

17  Megan Sand, 32          1:13:37         18  Joe Evans, 41   1:14:30

19  Mitchell Petersen, 32   1:14:31         20  Esmerelda Rostel, 36   1:19:19

21  Steve Ela, 59               1:21:24         22  Anne Swanson, 49      1:22:25

23  Jessica Bela, 36 1:23:56         24  Sean Blumhardt, 32     1:24:54

25  Will Ward, 35               1:25:27         26  Lauren Pratt, 28 1:25:38

27  Evan Rich, 42              1:25:39         28  Cheryl Castle, 55         1:25:50

29  Sue Bardsley, 60         1:26:45         30  Kerry Hicks, 45            1:27:24

31  Gordon Harbert, 62      1:30:35         32  Abby Ceglowski, 23     1:38:45

33  Sioux Ceglowski, 56    1:40:07         34  Trevor Fuchs, 22         1:50:28

35  Ray Jensen, 57           1:58:59         36  Dee Plunkett, 57          1:51:50

37  John Sasso, 67            1:52:33         38  Donnie Tietsema, 37    2:09:48

39  Lily Grisafi, 27             2:09:57        

          The downside course was in relatively good shape. We had to repair one of the younger bridges and add a ladder to escape a deep gulley. New ownership was evident along the frontage road. Only one small opening in the fence along 33 ¾ road yielded access to Rudy’s property from the south. Fences were going up and I didn’t know how much longer we could get in to the finish line that way. Rudy, the landowner of our finish line showed me how he gets to his property. However, that involved obtaining permission from his friend Martin on 33 road. With a little detective work I managed to make contact and get the permission for the week of the race. So, remember folks, we can’t just go in that way any time of the year.

We had a good turnout for the race. Lou V. and Bella A. turned around at the summit leaving us with 39 finishers. The race saw the return of Bernie Boettcher to win this one. It was also great to see Buzz Burrell after many years. Donnie and Lily would have had much better times if they started with the group.  Looking at winning times, it appears that the course has gotten about 5 minutes slower in the past 15 years. Thanks to Levi for all the course work and hauling up the ladder. Chris and Jessie for staffing the aid station. Gordon Harbert for the free finish line fuel, and Joe Schwarz who did course work and supplied prizes but had to go out of town before the race.  And, there almost always are folks who are always out there helping the runners.  Our president Karla was at Garfield finish line handing out t shirts. The membership chair, Tom E. was busy stoking the fire. And, editor Jay operated the harmonica to facilitate some sort of traditional start of the race.  (The MMS thanks Conrad Cole for putting this on for so many years !)

June 3, 21st annual MIKE THE HEADLESS CHICKEN 5k

The 21st running-like-a-headless-chicken saw 223 finishers.  TYLER STOGSDILL and KARA ROPER won the over-all men’s and women’s – Tyler with 16:32.9 and Kara in 18:36.  She was also the over-all master’s fastest.  Close race, though, for women’s over-all! (see results, following 9th & 10th places)

1.  Stogsdill (17), 16:32.9             2. Max Robinson (29), 16:38       

3. Shalom Trowbridge (17), 17:22          4. Hunter Prather (20), 17:28

5. Whit Blair (24), 17:36     6. Zenon Reece (17), 17:58         8. Benjamin Hughes (38), 18:36

9. Roper (40), 18:36          10. Tristian Spence (18), 18:38    13. Simon Kingston (50), 19:32

16. Maddie Grossman (15), 20:54 – 3rd female


          MMS Directors meeting, April 19: 7 directors in attendance. & Roxie. The Editor’s notes from this convocation stated that “we” (the Directors as representing the membership) have adopted a RRCA policy regarding “gender categories.”  You are welcome to check this out in/on the MMS website.  And that is almost entirely what we talked about.  Also, financially, the MMS is in good shape.  Weird meeting, the Editor was the only one drinking beer. 

The M M S Directors, currently, are:

KARLA NEPHEW – President (& Jaguar-Timing-System).

ANDY WINNEFELD – Vice-President (& frequent medical insight).

TOM ELA – Membership (among many other things).  ROSCO BETUNADA – Secretary, NL.

LARRY INGRAM -- Calendar, Race Director Consultant.  MARTIN WIESIOLEK -- Web Site &. SHERYL DOUGLAS (former President).  CONRAD COLE – Treasurer & Purchaser of Stuff.

Flaunt your Striderness with an official t-shirt or trucker cap! Available at the Monday and Thursday evening group runs or by contacting [email protected]

Please note that we are trusting that if you show up for group runs or events, you are either vaccinated or you will adhere to recommended safety protocols of masking and distancing. Thanks for keeping the community healthy!

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Doesn’t have to be a ‘submission’!  Let me know of O-missions, etc.

or ‘regular’ mail to MMS, c/o Betunada, 230 Sunset Hills, Grand Jct., CO  81503

MESA MONUMENT STRIDERS websitehttp://www.mesamonumentstriders.com



Note: all phone numbers “970” unless indicated otherwise

Saturday, June 25   Bears Ears Ultras 30K/50K/50Mile Monticello, UT

Striders move up out of the heat above Glade Park for another great trail run amongst wildflowers and aspens and pines 
Sunday, June 26, 9 AM   Turkey Flats Run, 9.6 miles
Registration on race day only, well-marked route but no aid stations.  Call Tom 970-773-3124 or 
[email protected]   For directions and a good trail description, profile and map: https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/7004931

July 4: Many! Races today – Meeker Massacre “run for your life” 5k / Gothic-to-Crested Butte 8.3 mile / 32nd Aspen “Buddy” 5-mile / Ourayce 10k / Silverton “Blue Ribbon” 10k / ETC.

July 17, Sunday – 9 a.m.  CRAG CREST TRAIL, 10.5-miles.  At Island Lake trailhead on Grand Mesa (Delta county side).  Tom:  773-3124

July 30, Saturday, 30k, 55k, and 50 mile.  Start times vary (but EARLY).  www.grandmesaultras.com

August 27, Saturday, Kokopelli Classic Trail Runs !  “More Trail, Less Road” – start times are:  1/2Marathon, 6:30 a.m.; 8-mile, 7:00 a.m.; 5k, 7:30 a.m.   Entry fees increase after July 31 and go up $10 if entering on race day (no t-shirt guarantee if registering then).  Yes:  all events are at the Mary’s Loop Trailhead.  https://mesacountysearchandrescut.org/kokopelli

OCTOBER 8: ROUGH CANYON TRAIL RUNS!  Aravaipa is bringing a race to the Grand Valley on this day, with a mtn bike race the next day. These people put on quality races including one of my favorites, the Kendall Mountain Run in Silverton July 10 (you can register now for both!).  https://www.aravaiparunning.com/rough-canyon-trail-runs/

Group training run every Monday, 6 PM   6/27 Pollock Canyon Trailhead, run Pollock Bench Loop   7/4 Mary's Loop Trailhead, I-70 Loma Exit   7/11 Devil's Canyon Trailhead   7/18 Pollock Canyon Trailhead, run Flume Canyon Loop

          We will rotate through these four locations in this order through the season. For all but Mary's Loop, take Colo Hwy 340 south from Fruita across the river and turn right at Kings View Rd. Follow through the subdivision and onto the gravel road. Devil's Canyon parking is soon after on the left, Pollock parking is a couple of miles further on the left.  Mary's Loop Trailhead is off the I-70 Loma Exit.  Like the Thursday night group, this is casual and all abilities are welcome with various distances to choose from.   Tom 970-773-3124  

Group training run every Wednesday, 6 AM   Tabeguache Trailhead on Monument Road (Lunch Loops)  Cathy 970-201-6741

Group training run every Thursday, 6 PM   Tabeguache Trailhead (“Lunch Loops”) on Monument Road            We'll be out there rain or shine. As always, this is casual and all shapes and speeds are welcome with various routes to choose from. We'll look out for you. 

Tom 970-773-3124

MORE running websites:

sjmr.club ( SJMR )    San Juan Mountain Runners, 631 S. 2nd Street, Montrose, CO  81401  

West Colorado GIRLS ON THE RUN:  gotrwesterncolorado.org 

Steamboat Springs:  www.runningseries.com – this site should show all you need to know about most (or all!) the Steamboat-area races.  Get on their e-mailing list!

   rrca.org (road runners clubs of america)  and   colorado runner:  www.coloradorunnermag.com 

Support the underwriters / sponsors of the MESA-MONUMENT STRIDERS:


The following:  Summit Canyon Mountaineering, ALPINE AUTO-HAUS, the FOOT SUPPORT GROUP, WEBCREATE.COM, and Dr. Andy Mohler, family practice, have assisted in keeping membership costs lower than they could be.  And:  they support running in the Grand Valley (& elsewhere).  Support them if you can!      

          ALPINE AUTO-HAUS, 539 BOGART LANE – (970) 248-8004

Consider this auto-repair/servicing shop – especially for your Audi or BMW or VW or MINI ~

FOOT SUPPORT GROUP  Foot/gait/orthotics/bracing/modification specialists 

“European Craftsmanship – Biomechanical Design”  3212 F Road, Clifton, CO  81520

888-242-3881     or, in the 970 area code:  434-2727  

Summit Canyon Mountaineering  461 Main Street, Grand Junction, CO 81501  

Ask about a possible MMS discount ~ (970) 243-2847 

Dr. Andy Mohler, family practitioner – with the Primary Care Partners PC, 3150 N. 12th (G.J., 81506), 245-1220

WEBCREATE.COM – just as it appears:  need help with your website? [email protected]