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Run It Fast’s Extreme Racer Standings (thru April 2018)

Race season is in full swing with the miles really adding up! April brought in 2,424.25 miles for the month and a total of 7,928.15 for 2018. This update is through the end of April. There is still time to get in on the fun, just enter all your race miles for March on to be included in the next update. The top few are all really close. If you forgot to enter your race miles we will include them in the next update. Looking for races to enter? Be sure to check out the Run It Fast – Club Race Discounts in the Facebook group.

Leading the women is RIF #644 Ila Brandli  with 550.2 points. Second place, RIF #404 Andrea Kooiman with 359.6 points. Coming in third place is RIF #410 Marylou Corino with 307.2 points.

Leading the men is RIF #762 Clint Burleson with 823.1 points. Second place, RIF #638 Ken Fattmann with 584 points. Coming in third place is RIF #190 John Kent Leighton with 535.11 points.  

Here are the standings through April:

Extreme Racer Top Ten Leaderboard

  1. Clint Burleson – 823.1 points (RIF #762)
  2. Ken Fattmann – 584 points (RIF #638)
  3. Ila Brandli – 550.2 points (RIF #644)
  4. John Kent Leighton – 535.11 points (RIF #190)
  5. Joshua Holmes – 387.5 points (RIF #1)
  6. Andrew Glaze – 360.4 points (RIF #658)
  7. Andrea Kooiman – 359.6 points (RIF #404)
  8. Shane Tucker – 355.1 points (RIF #337)
  9. George Southgate – 328.42 points (RIF #279)
  10. Marylou Corino – 307.2 points (RIF #410)


Extreme Racer Women’s Leaderboard

  1. Ila Brandli – 550.2  points (RIF #644)
  2. Andrea Kooiman – 359.6 points (RIF #404)
  3. Marylou Corino – 307.2 points (RIF #410)
  4. Tiffani Glass – 210.2 points (RIF #328)
  5. Pat Cagle – 205.8 points (RIF #707)
  6. Lisa Maddox – 178.2 points (RIF #751)
  7. Kit Brazier – 152.4 points (RIF #548)
  8. Emily Lyons – 152 points (RIF #774)
  9. Christy Bowers – 112.7 points (RIF #60)
  10. Jill Williams – 111 points (RIF #521)
  11. Robin Brunet – 99.86 points (RIF #564)
  12. Christy Brewer – 65.25 points (RIF #766)
  13. Raciel Diaz – 62 points (RIF #709)
  14. Michelle Talbott – 57.2 points (RIF #527)
  15. Marj Mitchell – 52.4 points (RIF #4)
  16. Alicja Grace – 44.1 points (RIF #705)
  17. Juleann Roberts – 22.36 points (RIF #623)

Extreme Racer Men’s Leaderboard

  1. Clint Burleson – 823.1 points (RIF #762)
  2. Ken Fattmann – 584 points (RIF #638)
  3. John Kent Leighton – 535.11 points (RIF #190)
  4. Joshua Holmes – 387.5 points (RIF #1)
  5. Andrew Glaze – 360.4 points (RIF #658)
  6. Shane Tucker – 355.1 points (RIF #337)
  7. George Southgate – 328.42 points (RIF #279)
  8. Aaron DeBord – 293.25 points (RIF #723)
  9. Rich Peers – 262 points (RIF #591)
  10. Michael SK Mortensen – 239.2 points (RIF #553)
  11. Randy Brinkley – 141.5 points (RIF #761)
  12. Jeremy Reed – 120.1 points (RIF #642)
  13. Jared Matsunaga – 117.2 points (RIF #665)
  14. Denis McCarthy – 114.4 points (RIF #263)
  15. Seth Crowe – 106.2 points (RIF #541)
  16. Scott Kufferath – 94 points (RIF #680)
  17. David Essary – 88.2 points (RIF #475)
  18. Darrell Richardson -78.7 points (RIF #625)
  19. Charles Roberts – 41.26 points (RIF #622)
  20. Randy Marks – 27.9 points (RIF #743)
  21. Reist Mummau – 26.2 points (RIF #756)


If it felt good, you didn’t push hard enough. It’s supposed to hurt like hell.” ― Dean Karnazes, RIF #360

[Extreme Racer points are awarded per each racing mile completed. Example: marathon = 26.2 points, half marathon 13.1 points, etc.]

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Badwater Salton Sea 2018 Andrew Glaze Jared Ray Sanchez

Badwater Salton Sea: 81 Miles of Wind and Heat

Badwater Salton Sea 2018 Race Report

I arrived to the start line early on Sunday. The sun was starting to paint a pink line along the eastern hills and reflect on the water. The air was thick with noxious sulfur. The sky was clear with no chill in the air. I had missed the briefing Saturday due to getting mandatoried at work. I hadn’t slept and although exhausted my 2 day taper had me anxious and excited to run.

We used a Lincoln Navigator for our crew vehicle and had 3 crew members, one for each team member. I had Lauren, Ray Sanchez had Sergio Medina and Jared Fetterolf had Candy. We started with 11 gallons of water and 100 pounds of ice. We all brought our own food and nutritional plan.

My team arrived at the start and we started getting the vehicle organized while discussing strategy. Ray convinced us to start slow at a 9:30/mile pace and just maintain it throughout the day. We knew the Anza Borrego trail section and Palomar mountain finish would be difficult and slow us down. Our main goal was to win and get that golden Badwater ticket for 2019. Secondarily, we wanted to beat the course record.

We had to weigh ourselves, get a GPS tracker, take pictures, national anthem, and we were off. Dead fish snapped and cracked under our feet as we ran the first quarter a mile. The first 7 miles were flat and unsupported. I wanted to Run It Fast, but was kept focused and under control by Ray. At mile 7, we saw our crew for the first time and quickly shoved some calories in our mouth and grabbed new water bottles. We sent them 3 more miles down the road and continued on. We followed that routine for 18 miles and were probably in 6th place.

The weather was becoming warmer and drier and so we started using ice bandanas. Around mile 20 the wind started really howling. Suddenly we had 30 mph headwind and were running uphill. The wind zapped my energy and my legs felt heavy and sluggish. I started feeling frustrated and was falling behind Ray and Jared. We attempted to use Ray as a windshield and slowed down but I just felt tired. My mind started turn towards doubt and negativity, “you didn’t taper enough,” “you didn’t sleep enough,” “you’re weak,” etc.

I made the decision to take a minute and eat more calories and drink an entire red bull. I was reborn, my low last 4 miles but never returned.

The heat had us seeing our crew more frequently. Around mile 34 we were getting close to a main checkpoint. Jared was starting to fall back a bit. Something was wrong. Suddenly Jared began projectile vomiting with the ferocity of a head injury. It was a lot of liquid. Clearly heat stress was affecting his ability to absorb the liquid he consumed. We limped him into the aid station and started the process of getting him well again. He was dizzy, pale and thirsty. We cooled him off and started rehydrating him. Fed him mild bland food and ginger. We left walking and spent the next 5 miles at that pace.

At mile 40, we reached the parking lot of the Anza Borrego trail section. The wind was still whipping us in the face. At this point we were passed and went from 1st place to 2nd place. It’s always slightly demoralizing getting passed halfway through the race. Last year the trail section was a shit show. No one brought enough water and multiple teams fell apart. Not wanting to repeat that mistake our crew met us with hydration vests filled with copious amount of water. We were hoping to cover the 9 unsupported miles in 2 hours and instead it took us 3 hours. The course record had slipped away as had our lead.

The wind storm we endured is almost indescribable. The first 3 miles you gain 2300’ of vert on technical sandy single track. I am not a fast hiker and my legs screamed again. We would reach a ridgeline through a saddle and almost get knocked down by the wind. Back down into another valley and back up to another ridge. The wind was around 50 mph sustained at points. Imagine running a single track with 4 foot cactus on both sides while the wind attempted to blow you into the spines. Ray took some damage in one of his knees. For me, the wind made the runnable sections almost unrunnable. I was frustrated. I couldn’t listen to music because my earbuds kept blowing out, not that I could hear the music over the roar of the wind. Inevitably, we survived, came off the trail, and continued on down the road.

We could start to smell the hay in the barn. We were about 8 minutes behind first place with 50k to go. We had a gradual downhill through some picturesque cow filled grassy hills. We were making no progress on catching 1st place and the damn wind was relentless. Pushing downhill and barely hitting 10 minute/miles.

Around mile 60 we put all our night gear on: headlamps, 2x blinking lights and vest. This section of road is my least favorite. The shoulder disappears and the road is busy with speeding cars in both direction. It doesn’t last long but at night you definitely get a couple jerks in cars nearly clipping you.

Finally we started making progress on 1st place. 8 minutes turned into 6 minutes. We started strategizing about the last climb to the top of Palomar mountain. We agreed that we would run the entire 12 miles. And then we saw it. The wonderful red blinking lights in the distance. It reinvigorated us even more and we really started charging. The last turn at mile 69, we were 60 second behind. It got steep quickly, but we could taste the blood in the water and it drove us faster and faster up that mountain. We overtook 1st place with positive encouragement and never looked back.

Relentlessly, we grinded up that mountain without stopping. It hurt so freaking bad. It’s the kind of pain you have to really work for, you can’t buy it or rent it, you have to earn that pain. And earn it we did. Around mile 75 we entered a cloud. Scattered rain with limited headlamp visibility made the climb seem even longer. Mentally I was picturing the nice downhill bomb to the finish. That downhill never really came. It tapered off and flattened a bit, but then we were climbing again. The new finish would be at the top of another climb. Well played Chris Kostman. Nothing easy about this race.

16 hours and 16 minutes after we started we finished. Running to the finish holding an American Flag, just as the 3 of us had done in China two year earlier. We won the 3x team race and each received a 2019 Badwater golden ticket.

We couldn’t have done it without our crew, we had the easy part, all we did was run.

Smile or you’re doing it wrong.

Andrew Glaze (RIF #658)

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Run It Fast’s Extreme Racer Standings (thru March 2018)

Ending the first quarter and the miles are beginning to heat up! March brought in 2,285.3 miles for the month and a total of 5,471.6 for 2018. This update is through the end of March. There is still time to get in on the fun, just enter all your race miles for February on to be included in the next update. The top few are all really close. If you forgot to enter your race miles we will include them in the next update. Looking for races to enter? Be sure to check out the Run It Fast – Club Race Discounts in the Facebook group.

Leading the women is RIF #644 Ila Brandli  with 393 points. Second place, RIF #328 Tiffani Glass with 180.9 points. Coming in third place is RIF #751 Lisa Maddox with 175.1 points.

Leading the men is RIF #762 Clint Burleson with 582.5 points. Second place, RIF #638 Ken Fattmann with 449.9 points. Coming in third place is RIF #190 John Kent Leighton with 338.41 points.  

Here are the standings through March:


Extreme Racer Top Ten Leaderboard

  1. Clint Burleson – 582.5 points (RIF #762)
  2. Ken Fattmann – 449.9 points (RIF #638)
  3. Ila Brandli – 393  points (RIF #644)
  4. John Kent Leighton – 338.41 points (RIF #190)
  5. Shane Tucker – 293.1 points (RIF #337)
  6. George Southgate – 249.52 points (RIF #279)
  7. Joshua Holmes – 206.5 points (RIF #1)
  8. Rich Peers – 181 points (RIF #591)
  9. Tiffani Glass – 180.9 points (RIF #328)
  10. Aaron DeBord – 178.9 points (RIF #723)


Extreme Racer Women’s Leaderboard

  1. Ila Brandli – 393  points (RIF #644)
  2. Tiffani Glass – 180.9 points (RIF #328)
  3. Lisa Maddox – 175.1 points (RIF #751)
  4. Pat Cagle – 166.5 points (RIF #707)
  5. Andrea Kooiman – 165.5 points (RIF #404)
  6. Emily Lyons – 152 points (RIF #774)
  7. Marylou Corino – 126.2 points (RIF #410)
  8. Kit Brazier – 126.2 points (RIF #548)
  9. Christy Brewer – 65.25 points (RIF #766)
  10. Robin Brunet – 63.6 points (RIF #564)
  11. Raciel Diaz – 62 points (RIF #709)
  12. Michelle Talbott – 57.2 points (RIF #527)
  13. Christy Bowers – 51.8 points (RIF #60)
  14. Alicja Grace – 44.1 points (RIF #705)
  15. Jill Williams – 31 points (RIF #521)
  16. Marj Mitchell – 26.2 points (RIF #4)
  17. Juleann Roberts – 19.26 points (RIF #623)

Extreme Racer Men’s Leaderboard

  1. Clint Burleson – 582.5 points (RIF #762)
  2. Ken Fattmann – 449.9 points (RIF #638)
  3. John Kent Leighton – 338.41 points (RIF #190)
  4. Shane Tucker – 293.1 points (RIF #337)
  5. George Southgate – 249.52 points (RIF #279)
  6. Joshua Holmes – 206.5 points (RIF #1)
  7. Rich Peers – 181 points (RIF #591)
  8. Aaron DeBord – 178.9 points (RIF #723)
  9. Michael SK Mortensen – 169.9 points (RIF #553)
  10. Jeremy Reed – 120.1 points (RIF #642)
  11. Randy Brinkley – 115.3 points (RIF #761)
  12. Denis McCarthy – 114.4 points (RIF #263)
  13. Seth Crowe – 103.1 points (RIF #541)
  14. Jared Matsunaga – 91 points (RIF #665)
  15. Scott Kufferath – 80.9 points (RIF #680)
  16. Darrell Richardson -78.7 points (RIF #625)
  17. David Essary – 75.1 points (RIF #475)
  18. Andrew Glaze – 51.4 points (RIF #658)
  19. Charles Roberts – 38.16 points (RIF #622)
  20. Reist Mummau – 26.2 points (RIF #756)
  21. Randy Marks – 21.7 points (RIF #743)

I believe that anyone can conquer fear by doing the things he fears to do, provided he keeps doing them until he gets a record of successful experience behind him.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt

[Extreme Racer points are awarded per each racing mile completed. Example: marathon = 26.2 points, half marathon 13.1 points, etc.]

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Japan’s Yuki Kawauchi won the men’s 2018 Boston Marathon

Japan’s Yuki Kawauchi Wins Boston Marathon in 2:15:58

Japan’s Yuki Kawauchi won the men’s 2018 Boston Marathon on a drearily cold and wet Monday morning in Boston with a time of 2:15:58.

He is the first Japanese to win the race since Toshihiko Seko did it in 1987.

Shamrock Biwott was the highest placing American male with a time of 2:18:35, good enough for 3rd place overall, followed closely by teammates Tyler Pennel in 4th place and Andrew Bumbalough in 5th.

Top 5 Boston Marathon Men for 2018

  1. Yuki Kawauchi – 2:15:58 (JPN)
  2. Geoffrey Kirui – 2:18:23 (KEN)
  3. Shadrack Biwott – 2:18:35 (USA)
  4. Tyler Pennel – 2:18:57 (USA)
  5. Andrew Bumbalough – 2:19:52 (USA)

Congrats to all these men and all the runners who ran today in the Boston Marathon.

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Des Linden Crowned 2018 Boston Marathon Champion

Desiree Linden Wins the 2018 Boston Marathon, First USA Woman Since 1985

Desiree ‘Des’ Linden made history on Monday morning, in cold, windy, very wet conditions winning the 2018 Boston Marathon becoming the first USA woman to do so since 1985 when Lisa Larsen Weidenbach won the race.

From Runner’s World:

Linden, 34, tucked into a slow-moving pack navigating driving rains, a challenging headwind, and temperatures around 37 degrees, for the first half of the race, even aiding fellow American Shalane Flanagan to rejoin the group after Flanagan needed to take a bathroom stop right before the 20K water station.

At that point, Mamitu Daska of Ethiopia made a break for it and gapped the lead pack of women by 25 seconds. Linden and Gladys Chesir of Kenya slowly chased Daska down through the Newton hills, where Linden surged ahead after mile 20.

From there, Linden quickly created a 20-second lead over the final 5K. It was one of the slowest finishes in the last 40 or so years of Boston history, but it was also contested in some of the worst weather conditions.

Linden finished the Boston Marathon with a time of 2:39:54.

Teammate Sarah Sellers (USA) finished less than 5 minutes back in second place. Third place went to Canada’s Krista Duchene.

Top 5 Women Finishers – #BostonMarathon 2018
1. Desiree Linden – 2:39:54 (USA)
2. Sarah Sellers – 2:44:05 (USA)
3. Krista Duchene – 2:44:20 (CAN)
4. Rachel Hyland – 2:44:29 (USA)
5. Nicole Dimercurio – 2:45:52 (USA)
6. Shalane Flanagan – 2:46:31 (USA)
7. Kimi Reed – 2:46:47 (USA)
8. Edna Kiplagat – 2:47:14 (KEN)
9. Hiroko Yoshitomi – 2:48:29 (JAP)
10. Joanna Thompson – 2:48:31 (USA)

USA women dominated the top of the field taking seven of the top ten spots.

USA Women to win the Boston Marathon

  • Bobbi Gibb (1966-1968) *unsanctioned
  • Sara Mae Berman (1969-1971) *unsanctioned
  • Nina Kuscsik (1972)
  • Jacqueline Hansen (1973)
  • Miki Gorman (1974, 1977)
  • Kim Merritt (1976)
  • Gayle Barron (1978)
  • Joan Benoit (1979, 1983)
  • Lisa Larsen Weidenbach (1985)
  • Desiree Linden (2018)

Congrats to these women and all the tough and talented runners braving the conditions in Boston today.

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Aaron DeBord at Virginia Beach Distance Races 50K/100K

Run It Fast’s Extreme Racer Standings (thru February 2018)

Extreme Racer 2018 is off and running! February brought in 1,547.73 miles for the month and a total of 2,999.05 for 2018. This update is through the end of February, a mere 2 months into the competition. There is still time to get in on the fun, just enter all your race miles for January and February to be included in the next update. The top few are all really close. If you forgot to enter your race miles we will include them in the next update. Looking for races to enter? Be sure to check out the Run It Fast – Club Race Discounts in the Facebook group.

Leading the women is RIF #644 Ila Brandli  with 196.5 points. Second place, RIF #751 Lisa Maddox with 159.6 points. Coming in third place is RIF #410 Marylou Corino with 126.2 points.

Leading the men is RIF #762 Clint Burleson with 310.9 points. Second place, RIF #638 Ken Fattmann with 202.7 points. Coming in third place is RIF #190 John Kent Leighton with 186.01 points.  

Here are the standings through February:

Extreme Racer Top “Ten” Leaderboard

  1. Clint Burleson – 310.9 points (RIF #762)
  2. Ken Fattmann – 202.7 points (RIF #638)
  3. Ila Brandli – 196.5 points (RIF #644)
  4. John Kent Leighton – 186.01 points (RIF #190)
  5. George Southgate – 159.92 points (RIF #279)
  6. Lisa Maddox – 159.6 points (RIF #751)
  7. Shane Tucker – 132 points (RIF #337)
  8. Rich Peers – 131 points (RIF #591)
  9. Joshua Holmes – 126.2 points (RIF #1)
  10. Marylou Corino – 126.2 points (RIF #410)
  11. Kit Brazier – 126.2 points (RIF #548)


Extreme Racer Women’s Leaderboard

  1. Ila Brandli – 196.5 points (RIF #644)
  2. Lisa Maddox – 159.6 points (RIF #751)
  3. Marylou Corino – 126.2 points (RIF #410)
  4. Kit Brazier – 126.2 points (RIF #548)
  5. Tiffani Glass – 92.7 points (RIF #328)
  6. Andrea Kooiman – 89.3 points (RIF #404)
  7. Raciel Diaz – 62 points (RIF #709)
  8. Christy Bowers – 51.8 points (RIF #60)
  9. Robin Brunet – 45 points (RIF #564)
  10. Alicja Grace – 31 points (RIF #705)
  11. Juleann Roberts – 16.16 points (RIF #623)

Extreme Racer Men’s Leaderboard

  1. Clint Burleson – 310.9 points (RIF #762)
  2. Ken Fattmann – 202.7 points (RIF #638)
  3. John Kent Leighton – 186.01 points (RIF #190)
  4. George Southgate – 159.92 points (RIF #279)
  5. Shane Tucker – 132 points (RIF #337)
  6. Rich Peers – 131 points (RIF #591)
  7. Joshua Holmes – 126.2 points (RIF #1)
  8. Denis McCarthy – 114.4 points (RIF #263)
  9. Seth Crowe – 103.1 points (RIF #541)
  10. Aaron DeBord – 101.3 points (RIF #723)
  11. Jared Matsunaga – 91 points (RIF #665)
  12. Michael SK Mortensen – 80.6 points (RIF #553)
  13. Randy Brinkley – 59.8 points (RIF #761)
  14. Scott Kufferath – 54.7 points (RIF #680)
  15. David Essary – 44.1 points (RIF #475)
  16. Darrell Richardson – 34.6 points (RIF #625)
  17. Reist Mummau – 26.2 points (RIF #756)
  18. Randy Marks – 18.6 points (RIF #743)
  19. Charles Roberts – 16.16 points (RIF #622)
  20. Jeremy Reed – 9.3 points (RIF #642)

Endurance is not just the ability to bear a hard thing, but to turn it into glory.” ~ William Barclay

[Extreme Racer points are awarded per each racing mile completed. Example: marathon = 26.2 points, half marathon 13.1 points, etc.]

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Andrea Kooiman AC 100 Trail Work

Am I a Real Runner?

Am I a Real Runner?

When did you realize you were a real runner? Such an odd question to ask of someone, but I have been asked it many times. I have actually gone to battle with myself over this question and had difficulty finding the answer when trying to justify it to others.

I guess in order to answer the question; you must first understand what a “real runner” is. defines the words like this:

a person who runs, especially in a specified way.
“Mary was a fast runner”

actually existing as a thing or occurring in fact; not imagined or supposed.
“Julius Caesar was a real person”

So, based on the definitions, I guess the day I became a “real runner” was the day I hit the ground running. Each time I ran, whether for sport, to get to something faster (or maybe get away from something more quickly), I was running in a specified way. Just by the act of doing it, it became real. More importantly though, is the moment when I “owned” the title for myself. The day I decided that I in fact was a runner. That moment did not come until years after taking my first “running” steps. As I write this, I know that deep down I still struggle with the definition and what it means on a much grander scale.

Let’s rewind to my youth. I loved sports, I loved being outside and I loved a good dose of healthy competition. I wanted to win. It didn’t matter what it was, I wanted to give it a shot and I wanted to be the best at it. I had drive (some would say, I still do). I ran a few youth track meets and enjoyed the thrill of the chase and of course the recognition of a podium finish. As I entered high school, I ran with the cross country team, but to be honest, I only joined because the boy I liked was on the team. I was not a fast runner, but held my own for a few years until I lost interest in the sport. I still loved to run. I ran for fitness through early adulthood and would enter the occasional local 10K. It was my sanity at times, my reset button. It was my freedom.

It wasn’t until 2005 when a co-worker, friend and retired ultra-runner challenged me to run my first marathon. I took her up on the challenge and trained with her for 6 months. I ran my first marathon in January 2006 at the Orange County Marathon event. It was amazing. I must have liked it because the year I ran my first marathon, I ended up running three. The year 2006 is when I feel I started my official running journey. Instead of running for fitness only, I was running to complete a series of goals. I began coaching a youth marathon program and found new and interesting ways to insert my life into the running community.

With this new found passion for running and racing, I began to set more and more goals. Places I would like to run, PR’s I would like to set and distances I wanted to conquer. This was a transitional phase for me as I learned how remarkable my body was. I wanted to push harder, I wanted to run faster and eventually I wanted to run farther. A LOT FARTHER!

Here is where my “real runner” phase really begins to kick in. Maybe it was the pressure I placed on myself, or the comparisons I made when meeting other runners, but there was a need for validation in what I was doing. Each and every time I stood at a starting line, I always felt a bit inferior to the others, almost as if I didn’t belong there. This feeling didn’t start to take shape until my goals became more out of the ordinary like when I wanted to stack up back to back races, or run distances of 100 miles. While trying to qualify for Boston, I was reading The Ultra Marathon Man by Dean Karnazes. He speaks about Western States 100 and Badwater 135 in the book. Both of those races seemed far out of reach at that time, but as I progressed in my running and as my hunger for more difficult challenges could not be satisfied, these races became my goals that kept pushing me. They became my desire. I needed to go for it. With that, I started to sign up for races that would help me achieve my goal. Badwater was first on the list. I knew I needed at minimum three 100 mile races completed before I would be considered as an applicant. I also knew that I needed to crew/pace at the event to determine whether or not I should actually go through with this crazy idea that had started to consume my mind. I had already completed two 100 mile races, but they were on loop courses. I wanted to add some trail races to my resume so that it would look better when submitting for Badwater. I registered for the Angeles Crest 100, Leadville 100, Endurance Challenge 100 and Chimera 100. By finishing these, my resume would certainly have the minimum three 100 mile finishes I needed (and then some).

The Angeles Crest 100 Miler was first up and I needed to complete required trail work in order to be allowed to start the race. The day of my trail work, I was partnered up with many highly seasoned ultra runners to do trail maintenance. Many of these runners had run not only the AC100 course a number of times, but had completed dozens of other trail races that I had only heard about. I loved hearing their stories. I wanted to ask them so many questions about trail racing but didn’t want to seem stupid or too eager.

During the course of the trail work I learned so much valuable information from this experienced ultra vets. However, during that time, one of the guys made me feel very bad. While we were discussing upcoming races he mentioned that he would be at Leadville. I was going to be there too! It happened to be just two weeks after AC100. I spoke up, how exciting we would both be racing these two events so close together! He looked me straight in the face and asked how I thought I could pull that off without having any 100 mile trail race finishes under my belt. I felt foolish. The truth is, I really hadn’t thought about it. I just knew I wanted to do it and the only way to reach my goal is to take the start line.

I was too naive to know the difference until he pointed it out. It didn’t matter to me when I signed up for them. My goal was my goal, and I was on my way to achieving it. The only problem with his comment, is that I began to doubt myself. I believe that you should go into every race with a respect for the distance and the course. It is important to go into an event with the ability to SEE the finish line. Picture yourself there. Visualize the medal, buckle or whatever it is that they give to you upon completion. You need to be able to see your completion of the race. Own it. It needs to be YOURS! Until this moment, AC100 was going to be my first trail 100 finish.

Now, well… I wasn’t so sure. Maybe he was right? What made me think I could pull this off?

AC100 came and went. I missed the time cutoff at mile 52 and therefore did not finish AC. My first DNF! I could go into a long story about all that happened, but the truth is, I gave up mentally. I didn’t think so at the time, but after the tears had dried and the dirt was washed away, the harsh reality stared me in the face. I gave up on myself. I doubted myself. I didn’t feel like I belonged there and now in two more weeks I was going to do it again, but this time at 10,000+ feet in Leadville, Colorado.

What made me think I could pull this off?

I decided to pull up my big girl panties and get my head in check. I had trained well, my body was strong, and I had a clean slate with a new starting line. I wanted to finish Leadville really bad. I wanted to have my qualifiers for Badwater and I didn’t care what that guy at the AC trail work said to me anymore. What did he know?

So, two weeks later, I started Leadville and DNF’d at mile 60. This time I missed a cut off, but I gave it all I had. I never quit, I never gave up and I pushed until I was told I was no longer allowed to continue. I felt better about this DNF, but I wasn’t OK with it. Maybe that guy was right. Maybe I had no idea what I was doing, and maybe I had bit off more than I could chew. The cold hard fact is that I had 2 DNF’s 2 weeks apart and it stung.

But I didn’t quit, and I didn’t give up. EC100 and Chimera 100 were coming up and I needed those finishes. I trained hard, I trained smart, and I finished both.

I went on to run Badwater in 2014 and continued running long hard races. Each time I showed up, I never felt like I was a true Ultra Runner. Even after completing Badwater, I still wondered when I would become a “real runner”.

It wasn’t until November 2016 at the Mt. Gaoligong Ultra in China that I finally realized that I belonged on the course. At that time, I already had completed Badwater twice, the Grand Slam of 100 Milers, and many other difficult 100 mile races. I had won some and placed at others. I was close to dead last at a few as well. The difference from my failures at AC100 and Leadville compared to my success at the 100 milers I finished is that I simply believed in myself and my ability.

Starting the MGU 100 Miler race in China was magical. I was one of a few American women who made the trek 1/2 across the world for this inaugural event. It was an incredible honor to wear the US flag on my bib and to represent my country.

I stood there surrounded by some of the most talented athletes with running resumes and accomplishments that would blow your mind. I stood there and looked around and asked myself, “Why am I here? How did I get here?” Then I just started to soak it all in. I took some deep breaths and listened to the sounds of the drums that introduced us to the crowd around us as the heat of the fires burning in cauldrons at the start line warmed me. I began to tell myself in amazement that THIS WAS MY LIFE. I worked hard for this moment and I earned it.

As I ran, I went through many personal and emotional battles. I finally came to the conclusion, over the course of those 104 miles across the rugged hillside of Tengchong, that I belonged there. I finally, after many years, realized I was a “real runner.” I actually had been all along.

I was a real runner the day I laced up my shoes and decided I wanted to start a race. I belonged at every starting line even when others thought I had bit off more than I could chew. It is my journey, and I am proud of it. I am even more proud when I look back on it and how far I have come from those DNF’s at AC100 and Leadville early in my ultra running career. It is my story.

With every misstep, I found my way to greater success. With each mistake, I learned something new about myself. With every tear and outcry of heartache and disappointment, I was awarded with greater victories down the road I could have never imagined at the onset of this journey.

I encourage you to set your goals high and follow your own dreams even when they scare you. Feel the fear, but do it anyway. They aren’t you, and they sure don’t know you like you know yourself.

Do hard things and then find even harder things to do.

And always remember…that you are a “REAL RUNNER!”

Andrea Kooiman
RIF #404

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Run It Fast’s Extreme Racer Standings (thru January 2018)

Welcome to a brand new year of Extreme Racer!  Everyone is off to a good start. January brought in 994.22 miles for the month. This update is through the end of January, just 1 month into the competition. The top few are all really close. If you forgot to enter your race miles we will include them in the next update. Looking for races to enter? Be sure to check out the Run It Fast – Club Race Discounts in the Facebook group.

Leading the women is RIF #751 Lisa Maddox with 131 points. Second place, RIF #410 Marylou Corino with 100 points. Coming in third place is RIF #644 Ila Brandli with 78.6 points.

Leading the men is RIF #190 John Kent Leighton with 148.5 points. Second place, RIF #762 Clint Burleson with 131 points. Coming in third place is RIF #337 Shane Tucker with 70 points.  

Here are the standings through January:

Extreme Racer Top Ten Leaderboard

  1. John Kent Leighton – 148.5 points (RIF #190)
  2. Lisa Maddox – 131 points (RIF #751)
  3. Clint Burleson – 131 points (RIF #762)
  4. Marylou Corino – 100 points (RIF #410)
  5. Ila Brandli – 78.6 points (RIF #644)
  6. Shane Tucker – 70 points (RIF #337)
  7. Raciel Diaz – 62 points (RIF #709)
  8. Tiffani Glass – 57.2 points (RIF #328)
  9. Andrea Kooiman – 50 points (RIF #404)
  10. Robin Brunet – 45 points (RIF #564)


Extreme Racer Women’s Leaderboard

  1. Lisa Maddox – 131 points (RIF #751)
  2. Marylou Corino – 100 points (RIF #410)
  3. Ila Brandli – 78.6 points (RIF #644)
  4. Raciel Diaz – 62 points (RIF #709)
  5. Tiffani Glass – 57.2 points (RIF #328)
  6. Andrea Kooiman – 50 points (RIF #404)
  7. Robin Brunet – 45 points (RIF #564)
  8. Christy Bowers – 16.2 points (RIF #60)
  9. Juleann Roberts – 4.96 points (RIF #623)

Extreme Racer Men’s Leaderboard

  1. John Kent Leighton – 148.5 points (RIF #190)
  2. Clint Burleson – 131 points (RIF #762)
  3. Shane Tucker – 70 points (RIF #337)
  4. Rich Peers – 31 points (RIF #591)
  5. Scott Kufferath – 28.5 points (RIF #680)
  6. Darrell Richardson – 19.1 points (RIF #625)
  7. David Essary – 13.1 points (RIF #475)
  8. Charles Roberts – 4.96 points (RIF #622)
  9. Seth Crowe – 3.1 points (RIF #541)

”I don’t stop when I’m tired, I stop when I’m done.” – Mia Zoe

[Extreme Racer points are awarded per each racing mile completed. Example: marathon = 26.2 points, half marathon 13.1 points, etc.]

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Ila Brandli 2017 Run It Fast Extreme Racer of the Year

Ila Brandli Wins Run It Fast’s 2017 Extreme Racer (Final Results)

Ila Brandli Wins Run It Fast’s 2017 Extreme Racer (Final Results)

Arizona’s Ila Brandli is the winner of Run It Fast’s Extreme Racer for 2017. Ila (RIF #644) ended the Extreme Racer year with an amazing 2,529.1 points.

She is the second female to win the Extreme Racer, and joins RIF legends Karen Vollan, John Leighton, Ed Ettinghausen, David Wingard, and Steve Hughes as winners of this year-long competition.

Ila completed 111 races in 2017 of half marathon distance (13.1) or longer for a total of 2,529.1 points. Extreme Racer awards 1 point for each race mile. She averaged 22.78 miles per race. Very impressive numbers. Congrats, Ila!

First place male and second place overall is RIF #263 Denis McCarthy with 2,172.39 points and third place Extreme Racer is RIF #638 Ken Fattmann with 2,002.5 points.

Run It Fast Members (who participated in Extreme Racer) ran 27,009.06 total miles for the year! If you are a RIF member and have questions on participating in Extreme Racer then simply message us.

Looking for races to enter? Be sure to check out the Run It Fast – Club Race Discounts in the Facebook group.

Top 3 Women for 2017: 1st Place, RIF #644 Ila Brandli – 2,529.1 points. 2nd Place, RIF #525 Karen Vollan – 1,762.8 points. 3rd Place, RIF #450 Patricia Klein – 1,644 points.

Top 3 Men for 2017: 1st Place, RIF #263 Denis McCarthy – 2,172.39 points. 2nd Place, RIF #638 Ken Fattmann – 2,002.5 points. 3rd Place, RIF #279 George Southgate  – 1,379.3 points.

Extreme Racer Final 2017 Standings

  1. Ila Brandli – 2,529.1 points (RIF #644)

  2. Denis McCarthy – 2,172.39 points (RIF #263)

  3. Ken Fattmann – 2,002.5 points (RIF #638)

  4. Karen Vollan – 1,762.8 points (RIF #525)

  5. Patricia Klein – 1,644 points (RIF #450)

  6. George Southgate – 1,379.3 points (RIF #279)

  7. Joshua Holmes – 1,197.5 points (RIF #1)

  8. Teal Clark – 1,077.4 points (RIF #473)

  9. Marylou Corino – 971.3 points (RIF #410)

  10. Andrea Kooiman – 903.5 points (RIF #404)


Extreme Racer Women’s Leaderboard

  1. Ila Brandli – 2,529.1 points (RIF #644)

  2. Karen Vollan – 1,762.8 points (RIF #525)

  3. Patricia Klein – 1,644 points (RIF #450)

  4. Teal Clark – 1,077.4 points (RIF #473)

  5. Marylou Corino – 971.3 points (RIF #410)

  6. Andrea Kooiman – 903.5 points (RIF #404)

  7. Tiffani Glass – 530.53 points (RIF #328)

  8. Greta Reed – 428.1 points (RIF #643)

  9. Cheryl Bryll – 413.3 points (RIF #432)

  10. Robin Brunet – 403.38 points (RIF #564)

  11. Christy Bowers – 387.8 points (RIF #60)

  12. Kit Brazier – 266.4 points (RIF #548)

  13. Diane Bolton – 259.2 points (RIF #159)

  14. Jill Williams – 202.12 points (RIF #521)

  15. Audrena Liu – 169.1 points (RIF #463)

  16. Marj Mitchell – 135.4 points (RIF #4)

  17. Taleighda Crowe – 120.4 points (RIF #628)

  18. Aimee Shilling – 101 points (RIF #418)

  19. Juleann Roberts – 88.08 points (RIF #623)

  20. Candice Graciano – 59.6 points (RIF #545)

  21. Michelle Talbott – 37.5 points (RIF #527)

  22. Sue Peterson – 37.2 points (RIF #648)

  23. Amber Huddleston – 31 points (RIF #626)

  24. Leslie Harwell – 16.2 points (RIF #417)


Extreme Racer Men’s Leaderboard

  1. Denis McCarthy – 2,172.39 points (RIF #263)

  2. Ken Fattmann – 2,002.5 points (RIF #638)

  3. George Southgate – 1,379.3 points (RIF #279)

  4. Joshua Holmes – 1,197.5 points (RIF #1)

  5. Shane Tucker – 814.8 points (RIF #337)

  6. Jeremy Reed – 731.4 points (RIF #642)

  7. Derek Tinnin – 635.2 points (RIF #637)

  8. Seth Crowe – 626.8 points (RIF #541)

  9. Calix Fattmann – 593.6 points (RIF #653)

  10. John Kent Leighton – 545.9 points (RIF #190)

  11. Eric Hunziker – 458.6 points (RIF #660)

  12. Mike Samuelson – 429 points (RIF #282)

  13. Steve Acciarito – 413.8 points (RIF #607)

  14. Chewey BK Lam – 402.8 points (RIF #679)

  15. Michael SK Mortensen – 305.5 points (RIF #553)

  16. Steven Smith – 250 points (RIF #387)

  17. Jean Aponte – 247.2 points (RIF #659)

  18. Jared Matsunaga – 222 points (RIF #665)

  19. Michael Dasalla – 188.6 points (RIF #411)

  20. Darrell Richardson – 173.1 points (RIF #625)

  21. Aaron Braunstein – 166.8 points (RIF #355)

  22. Aaron Smith – 161.1 points (RIF #640)

  23. Stewart Crouch – 120.3 points (RIF #89)

  24. Shane Beck – 72.4 points (RIF #585)

  25. Charles Roberts – 67.86 points (RIF #622)

  26. Matthew Berube – 50 points (RIF #651)

  27. David Essary – 6.2 points (RIF #475)


Past Extreme Racer Winners

2016 Extreme Racer Winner – Karen Vollan (Results)

2015 Extreme Racer Winner – John Leighton (Results)

2014 Extreme Racer Winner – Ed Ettinghausen (Results)

2013 Extreme Racer Winner – David Wingard (Results)

2012 Extreme Racer Winner – Steve Hughes (Results)

“Believe that you can run farther or faster. Believe that you’re young enough, old enough, strong enough, and so on to accomplish everything you want to do. Don’t let worn-out beliefs stop you from moving beyond yourself.” –John Bingham, running speaker and writer

[Extreme Racer points are awarded per each racing mile completed. Example: marathon = 26.2 points, half marathon 13.1 points, etc.]


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Andrea Kooiman and Marylou Corino HURT 100

7 Miles from Glory: Marylou Corino’s HURT 100 Redemption

Marylou Corino’s HURT 100 Redemption

7 miles- a run I can often do in the morning before work or even squeeze in during my one hour lunch break.  I fell 7 miles short of finishing the HURT 100 back in Jan 2017.  That was my first DNF (did not finish).   I took not finishing it quite personally. I have finished everything I had started up until that point and couldn’t leave this unfinished. I am just not wired that way.

As soon as I returned home, I was determined to go back in 2018 to finish it. Needless to say those 7 miles would fuel what would be my most intense year of training to date. In order to succeed the following year, I had to examine what didn’t work the year before.  I figured out three things:  a) I needed to move faster (especially at night). b) I needed to work on my hiking skills and c) I needed to stay fueled and hydrated properly during the race.

photo: Augusto Castro

I really wanted to find terrain that would mimic the race course as much as possible. Anyone who has done HURT knows that is not an easy task to replicate that twisted and grueling landscape.  The HURT 100 boasts 24,500 feet of climbing. It consists exclusively of technical, single track trail on surfaces that include (HUGE) roots, rocks and soil in a wide range of conditions from sun baked clay to mud of varying depth. Sudden hairpin turns and steep inclines of up to approximately two miles in length are a common occurrence. Very few sections of the course can be run with a consistent stride for more than several hundred yards at a time. There are a total of 20 stream crossings.

The Bruce Trail, here in Ontario, is filled with rocks and roots so I spent a lot of time on this trail getting my feet used to that type of terrain.  As a flatlander, I needed to improvise on trying to get some good climbing in. I spent hours doing hill repeats, climbing on the treadmill, stair climbing, and hill work on the elliptical. In addition, I was trying to make the legs even stronger through strength training. I spent morning, lunch hours, afternoons after work and at night getting the training in. Most days were double or triple workouts. I wasn’t even sure I was in the race yet.  (The lottery didn’t happen until August).

Simply put, from February to August I was training for a race I wasn’t even sure I was going to run. I woke up some mornings wanting to do nothing but sleep. But in the corner of my eye I could see the HURT 100 shirt from 2017 hanging in my closet (never worn) and that was enough for me to get up and out of bed. It’s important to ALWAYS remember why you are doing something so you continue to chase it.

I ran quite a few races in 2017 but I felt the following three would help immensely in getting me ready for the HURT 100. I signed up for the Cruel Jewel 100 (close to 110miles) , Barkley Fall Classic ( “50km”) and the Grindstone 100 In Virginia. All three were challenging in different ways. I spent 2 nights completing both hundreds and the BFC had its own unique climbs. I didn’t run any of them fast but with each race I was developing my mental strength and stamina which I knew I would need to complete the HURT 100.

Fast Forward to Saturday January 13, 2018. I was at the start line of my second attempt of the HURT 100. Dan, my husband, was right there by my side.  He has and continues to be my biggest fan and supporter.

As I was trying to soak in this second chance, I couldn’t help but feel nervous. So many hours of hard work and sacrifice brought me to this moment.  I knew there was nothing more I could have done. I had a great support system at the race and back home.  The race started and all those nerves went away.  I broke up the race in parts, just focusing on getting from one aid station to the next.  I finished the first loop in just under 5 hours and 20 minutes. I am not sure even now if that was too fast. All I knew was that I needed to be faster than last year. The course was just as beautiful and tough as I remembered it.

photo: Kalani Pascual

I had a quick bite to eat, changed socks, and started loop 2. It definitely got warmer and I seemed to be getting hungrier faster. I decided to eat every 45 minutes and eat large quantities of food at the aid stations because at HURT there is always a monster climb after every aid station. I got through loop 2 before dark and it was here where I took a few minutes to change clothes, devour a monster cheeseburger from Dan, and get ready for the night portion that would cover the jungle during loop 3.

Last year loop 3 was my race breaker. I lost so much time in the dark that I started loop 4 chasing cutoffs the rest of the race.   I made sure this year to have a good headlamp and flashlight and neither disappointed.  Navigating HURT during the day is hard but having to navigate it during the dark feels like you are running a completely different and more sinister race.  I finished loop 3,  1.5 hours faster than last year. This gave me a huge confidence booster although I wasn’t celebrating just yet.  I still had 40 miles to complete.  I was also very lucky to have shared some good miles with Joshua Holmes. We were never more than 15 minutes apart. I do believe without a doubt he helped push me through that third loop.

I was quite sleepy during loop 4 but needed to stay awake and focused on the trail to avoid a fall or injury. I never felt alone during the race. It always encouraging to see runners on the course and every aid station was lively and celebratory no matter the time.  I got to see Andrea Kooiman not only at the Nu’uanu aid station where she was volunteering but also at night when she paced Joshua. She had DNF’d and time out at mile 93 the year before I did. She returned last year to successfully finish the race. Our paths crossed many times and this always lifted my spirits.  I could often hear her from as far as 2 miles away. The ‘Nu’uanu Boom-Box’ as they called her on the trail.

Both Andrea and Joshua were a great source of support for me as I got ready during 2017 to attempt HURT the second time around. We bonded at several events including the Badwater Salton Sea where we were a 3 person team that had to stay together for all 81 miles.

During the 4th loop (80 miles in) I saw my second sunrise and finished that loop leaving about 9 hours to complete the fifth and final one. I just needed to keep moving to get that buckle. This is where the extra ounce of mental toughness I developed during training and running harder trail races came in.  A pacer ran with me for about 14 or 15 miles and this made the time go by somewhat quickly.  As I left the Nu’uanu aid station at mile 93 (one last time and with time to spare!)  I felt overwhelmingly joyous. I was going to complete those 7 miles that I couldn’t complete last year.  Although it was still 7 difficult miles to finish the race, it felt like a victory lap of sorts. The past 12 months of hard work had paid off.

Coming into the HURT 100 start/finish area for the last time is a feeling I soon will not forget.  I lifted my hands up, rang the bell and kissed the sign in a time of 35:40:15. I had done it…all that hard work…redemption!

And as the sign says  “We wouldn’t want it to be easy.”  That’s good because I wouldn’t want it any other way.

Marylou Corino (RIF #411)
HURT 100 Mile Finisher
January 13-14, 2018

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