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Afton Trail Run Added! (My first “Ultra”) June 30, 2010

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I will be competing in the Afton Trail Run 50k event this Saturday at Afton Alps, MN.

Description from the race director:
The Afton Trail Run is one of the premier 25K and 50K trail races in the country – the greatest athletes in our state and beyond choose to challenge the course each year, which features relentless / wicked climbs, beautiful wooded trails and extreme summer beauty. Come find out if you have what it takes.

30 miles of nothing but up and down trails.  The elevation profile of this event looks scary.  This will be my first Ultra (if a 50k counts) as well as my first trail run of considerable distance.   It will also be my first run with virtually no flat spots – elevation is a  a rarity in Minnesota.

I am looking forward to the event with cautious apprehension  – my goal is to merely finish……….

Friday night, 9:30 pm:

While not exactly the same build up as Grandma’s, I am in jitter mode.  The forecast for tomorrow is calling for 90 degrees.  ughh.  Those of you that know me, know I live in Minnesota for the winters, not the hot humid summers.  I have been eating like crazy this week – had a bag of Sunrise Creative Gourmet’s tri-colored pasta over the course of a couple days.  Tonight included a wild rice with cranberries and almonds, as well as a quinoa artichoke dish.  I am washing it down with what else – a guinness or two.

I have had a good mix of hard workouts (running and yoga) and rest since Grandma’s marathon 2 weeks ago.  My body feels as good as I could expect.  My mind, on the other hand,  is wandering as I try to plan how I will race tomorrow.  This mental exercise is proving to be an enigma as the distance and elevation profile are two factors I have never encountered. The plan is wake at 4:00 am, drive to Afton,  deal with the pre-race activities and work my way to the start line.   Overall I am excited and can’t wait to just get out there and run.


Grandma’s Marathon 2010 Recap June 30, 2010

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This is all I can articulate for describing last weekend.  WOW!  There it is again!

As long as I am running marathons, I will be running Grandma’s.  The event is amazingly well organized to be sure, but there were a lot of other factors that contributed to this special weekend.  My ultra supportive parents started the weekend off right by getting a room downtown and sharing it with Cooper (my Alaskan Husky pup).  My dad, the consummate “gotta get a ride in” guy in every city he goes, took a couple hours to mountain bike while my mom and I attended the expo and packet pick up.  We then all met up for dinner and then made it to the friendly west end of Duluth to catch one of my favorite acts right now –  a local band from Minneapolis – Communist Daughter.  They played a set at Beaner’s Central, a great little coffee shop with an intimate, slightly  larger then your average family room, setting that serves coffee and a decent selection of beer.  My parents were quite impressed with Communist Daughter and was checking the concert calendar for dates in Wisconsin later this summer.  Gotta love it when you and your parents can dig the same live act!

Saturday morning the weather had cooled (90 friday afternoon) to the mid 50’s.  The options for getting to the start line included riding buses or taking the train, of which I opted for the latter.  How cool to ride a train up the scenic north shore to the start of a marathon!  Once at the starting area I found my friend Carrie and her cousin, Jason – I would be pacing them for the marathon.  I want to take a little detour here and share a bit of their story.  Their  Grandma “Duds” passed away last fall.  In honor of Duds and in memory of the amazing woman she was, 5 cousins ran Grandma’s for Grandma, Carrie and Jason included.  Here is a link to the article – definitely worth a read – http://dailyme.com/story/2010061700004781/cousins-race-honor-grandmother.html

The Grandma’s Post-Party is as well organized as the marathon.  The food/beverage/music tent is literally steps from the finish line.  There were no lines for food, drinks or bathrooms.  Plenty of places to sit after a long run and the entertainment was rocking!

So many things have to go right in a marathon to hit the goal you set for yourself.  While, my friends didn’t hit the pace they wanted, I feel lucky to have been able to watch them persist, especially when it became evident they weren’t going to hit their times.  It would have been easy for them to let up and take it slow, but they both pushed themselves to the max.  Seeing them acknowledge the situation, and then digging deep for the real reason they were running (Duds) and deciding to push themselves past the disappoint and pain was the real victory for them.  And it was inspiring to me and something I will take forward in my own running journey.

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City of Lakes Tri-Loppet added to the Where’s Chris Scotch campaign! / With Recap June 25, 2010

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I am competing in the City of Lakes Tri-Loppet tomorrow morning.  I will be kayaking (tandem kayak)  with a good friend, Ryan, and then we are each on our own through the trail run and mountain bike.  I did this event last year and had a lot of fun.  It is a well run event and very close to home.

Proceeds Proceeds from the Tri-Loppet benefit the City of Lakes Nordic Ski Foundation. The Foundation runs youth ski and fitness programs, helps maintain and enhance trails in Theodore Wirth Park and runs events like the City of Lakes Loppet, Tri-Loppet and Trail Loppet.

I expect the paddle to be the hardest/longest part, as it was last year.  The trail run will be slightly challenging as there will be some up and down.  The mountain bike looks to be mostly on paths – my only complaint about this event.  There is plenty of singetrack available at Theo Wirth to run us on some more challenging routes.

If anyone plans to come and watch the event, let me know and I will look for you!

Thanks for your support,



Tri-Loppet Recap

For the second year in a row, large amounts of rain the night before the Tri-Loppet made the race sloppy fun.  Ryan and I met at the bike transition area to prep our bikes and then drove to the start of the race on the south beach of Lake Calhoun.  Slightly overcast skies sprinkled a few drop on at the mass water start providing a nice base layer of moisture before we hit the trail run and bike.  The paddle went smoothly and took about 56 minutes.  Once we hit the shore and started running it took about a half mile for my legs to wake up, but from there I had a great run – good enough to rank me 12th in our category for the run.  I was feeling pretty good, and knew I had at least a few minutes on Ryan going into the bike transition (I knew I would need a cushion as Ryan is a top notch rider).  Unfortunately at my arrival to my bike, the rear tire was completely deflated.  I prepped my Big Air canister to fill the tire and thought I was good to go.  But then it all rushed out – I was riding a tubeless setup and now I realized I didn’t have a proper seal.  I carry a tube for situations like this, but I was now out of air.  I prepped the tube and waited for Ryan to come through – he generously gave me his pump and I started the tedious process of getting enough pressure into the tube to ride.  This all took about 20 minutes, plus a couple more when I had to stop 3/4 of the way through the first lap to add more air.  The bike course was shortened considerable due the rain, and the two laps only took about 20 minutes to complete.  I figure I spent more than that fixing my flat!  All things considered, it was another great event and Ryan and I are already plotting for next year.  Ryan did very well, finishing 8th in the bike and 48th overall.  Not bad at all!

The event is a great opportunity for people of all experience and skill levels to participate in an urban tri – and without the swimming!  There were all types on the course – even a grandson/grandmother combo, which was great to see.  The post race festivities included a 70’s cover band and lots of watermelon – can’t go wrong there!

Grandma’s, Here I come! June 18, 2010

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Grandma’s Marathon is at 7:30 Saturday morning and I can’t wait!  I have been stuffing myself full of the best pasta around – http://www.sunrisecreativegourmet.com (thanks Tom Forti!)

Tuesday I mixed  in a salmon fillet with a pure Wisconsin maple syrup glaze, onions, orange and red peppers, jalapeno, mushrooms and shallots and you have yourself a meal!

Tonight’s meal include the sunrise past again, this time with a red meat sauce (fresh vine on tomatoes, mushrooms, shallots, mushrooms and grass fed hamburger – http://www.thousandhillscattleco.com/ ).

My parents will be meeting me in Duluth.  I am incredibly thankful to have them by my side supporting my running and my campaign for St. Jude.

Many friends will be running the marathon or half marathon and I am looking forward to celebrating with them all!

The focus of this race will be to pace a friend of mine to a Personal Record – sub 3:39.  I am excited to be able to give back to someone who has given me so much in my own running journey.

I know I still owe an update on the Boulder Boulder 10k – it is coming as soon as Grandma’s is in the books, along with some more changes/updates to the blog and campaign.

Thanks to all of you that are supporting me on my journey,


Dog Day 5k June 12, 2010

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The Dog Day 5k – June 12, 2010.

The inaugural Dog Day 5k was the first event that I have done with Cooper, evidenced by the fact we used a short leash while most others had some kind of elastic rope tied their bodies.

A great concept for a race along a wonderful stretch of pathways around downtown Minneapolis.  Cooper was a champ and all my pre-race anxiety about how Cooper would do in a race around other people and dogs was quickly squashed, leaving me only concerned with trying to keep up with Coop.

He just goes straight ahead and leaves the socializing for the finish line.  We managed to overtake the two huskies we trailed for the first 4 k and Cooper coasted into the finish line in first place!  Great job Coop!

Off and Running - Photo Credit to RGB Studios

Cooper trying to get me running faster! - Photo Credit to RGB Studios


Sit Cooper, sit. Good Dog. - Photo Credit to RGB Studios

Chris Scotch’s St. Jude Donation Page June 9, 2010

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Chris Scotch’s Page.


Logo Design Contest June 3, 2010

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I need some input – I would like to create a logo for the website and I am also going to have some gear made  I have some design ideas bouncing around in my head, but my creative skills stop short at stick men.

If someone has the time, or knows someone that would be interested, I would be very appreciative for some help designing a logo.

Boulder Boulder Recap June 3, 2010

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Folsom Field

The Boulder Boulder 10k was an impressive event to say the least!  An article from the Colorado Daily is below and has a nice recap of the event.  For me personally, it was a bittersweet race.  The sheer magnitude of the event was impressive (just shy of 54,000 registered runners) and the energy in Boulder was undeniable.  There were so many options for food and drink from the spectators along the route – I had a difficult time decided between bacon, ice cream, coffee, beer (cans, bongs and kegstands all option) that I passed on all them!  The finish into Folsom Field, the University of Colorado football stadium, has to be one of the best finishes to a race ever.  The stadium was full of cheering fans as we circled the inside of the stadium and watched the live feed on the big screen.  The finish was the highlight of the actual race for sure.

The bitter part of bittersweet would be the pace at which I ran – less than impressive in my book.  I had hoped to pace under 7:00 minute miles but ended up a titch over 8:00.  The altitude (5,300 feet at the start)  played a part I am sure, but it is hard to say how much….I also had an issue with finding an open porta potty in the first mile – but I found a starbucks that worked even better than a smelly plastic shack!  The need for the bathroom was the result of having some difficulty getting to the start line and getting my race number – something to be expected perhaps for my first time at the event.

A big “Thank You” to Hammond’s Candies and Erin Koelzer for transportation to the race and showing me around Boulder after the race.  The post race scene was fantastic – a group of us were able to watch the rest of the race from the patio of a couple of great restaurants.  Picking out the best costume was a highlight for sure.

According to a little tradition I have, whenever I am in Boulder I have to stop in at Walnut Brewery for a beverage – someday I will have a mug hanging from the bar!!  Of special mention as well would have to be Mountain Sun Pub and Brewery – their ISADORE JAVA PORTER is exquisite!

bib number:
overall place:
St. Paul, MN
division place:
114 out of 495
gender place:
3841 out of 22077
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net time:
08:03 (based on net time)

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This year’s race saw 53,992 runners register – second only to 2008’s total of 54,040 – and a record 50,421

complete the 6.2-mile course.

Runners were met with warm, sunny weather, although race day itself was marked this year by crippling traffic and a medical emergency at the finish line: A 13-year-old boy’s heart stopped as he completed the race, but medics at Folsom Field were able to revive him and save his life.

For runners, getting to the race was half the battle.

Construction on north Broadway snarled traffic throughout the city; some Regional Transportation District buses took 90 minutes to reach the starting line from Frasier Meadows. Race officials even pushed back the start-time cut-off by about half an hour to accommodate all the latecomers.

Runners and walkers wound through Boulder, leaving the starting line in 89 separate waves. The final wave hit the 6.2-mile course at about 10 a.m. The professional racers started at about 11:40 a.m.

The race ended at Folsom Field at the University of Colorado, where it was followed by a Memorial Day tribute with skydivers, a 21-gun salute and a flyover by four military jets.

Brian Medigovich, 22, of Alamosa, won the men’s citizens’ race; Cassie Slade, 26, of Highlands Ranch, won the women’s.

Party scene

While the first waves mainly were comprised of serious runners, others treated the race as more of a party than a competition. Costumes are a Bolder Boulder fixture, with bananas, chickens, crayons and a wide assortment of other characters making an appearance.

“It’s a happening,” said Tammy Brown, of Broomfield. “The best part is watching all the other people.”

Along the course, 35 entertainers sang, danced and jammed. The Goonies, an ’80s cover band, made its first B

older Boulder appearance.

“We had a blast,” said Nathan Halco, who plays guitar, bass and keyboards with the group. “We are Boulder’s band and this is Boulder’s thing.”

All the usual suspects also were in their designated places. The Blues Brothers played “Soul Man” and other famous hits near 30th and Pearl streets, belly dancers swayed just before the 7-Eleven on Folsom Street and Elvis was in the house a little further down the road.

Lots of spectators — not always sober — also lined the streets to shout encouragement and spray the runners with

hoses and water guns. At the starting line at 7 a.m., one group on an apartment balcony littered with beer cans held up a sign that read “We drink, you run.”

Max Boykoff, whose house is along the route on Walnut Street, sat in his yard with friends and served as Whittier Elementary School’s Bolder Boulder running club “support station.” About 100 parents and students, including Boykoff’s wife and 7-year-old son, ran the race.

“It’s fantastic,” he said. “It’s more than I expected.”

Something for all

From babies in carriers to seniors, the race holds wide appeal.

For 22 students from Thornton’s Niver Creek Middle School, the race was both a motivator to get physically fit

and an opportunity for a new experience.

Jovanny Carillo, 14, described the Bolder Boulder as “amazing.”

“I like running,” he said. “It’s an individual sport. You’re able to push yourself. The race is a good tribute to the ones who fought for America.”

Terry Aragon, a 71-year-old from Boulder, is one of 71 members left in the “Bolder Boulder’s Boldest” group — pe

ople who have run every race since the event started in 1979 with 2,700 participants.

Aragon was almost sidelined this year by a blocked artery in his leg and some blockages around his heart that will require surgery. But his daughter and son-in-law agreed to push him in a wheelchair so he could cross the finish line for the 32nd time.

“I’ve been doing it for so long, it’s in my blood,” said Aragon, who carried a sign that read, “32 going for 42.” “This was the easiest race I’ve run. They did all the work.”

Traffic nightmare

While the race itself went smoothly, getting there on the RTD’s shuttle buses proved a frustratingly slow ex

perience for some participants.

Marie Blaney, whose start time was about 9 a.m., gave herself an hour to get there on the bus. Instead, the shuttle that picked her up at Baseline Road and Mohawk Drive took 90 minutes to make it the starting line, taking the long way around and getting bogged down in the one-lane construction traffic on Broadway.

“It was horrible,” she said. “We missed our start time and barely made the cut-off time for the whole race.

She said some of the riders gave up and got off the bus, trying to walk to the start line. A different route or policemen to direct traffic should have been in place, she said.

Scott Reed, an RTD spokesman, confirmed Monday afternoon that bus trips along that route took as long as 90 minutes at that point in the morning. He noted there are “very few fast routes through Boulder on race day.”

“Because Broadway was shut down to one lane, traffic was moving at a crawl,” Reed said. “People made the best out of a very difficult situation.”

He said RTD shuttles continued to pick up people in Longmont and Broomfield who arrived late, while race officials pushed back the race cut-off time by about half an hour because so many people — arriving by RTD shuttle or otherwise — arrived late.