The Interurban Runner
I R C Newsletter
May, 2009 www.interurbanrunners.net
President’s Report My Favorite Run ~ June
As the saying goes, ―April showers bring May flowers.‖
This year I‘m wondering what the abundance of May Teddy’s Trail Run
showers will bring in June? Fortunately for the IRC,
the rains of May have let up just when needed.
June 20 at 9:00 a.m.
Rain was predicted the morning of the Tacoma City
Marathon, but both the sun and the IRC‘s Blues
Brothers came out to brighten the day for marathon
Hosted by Becky &
runners and walkers. More than 20 IRC members, Jake, with Teddy
dressed as the Blues Brothers, provided aid and a little
comic relief for runners at the 11 and 13-mile marks.
Many thanks go to King Turtle J. Ellis for organizing
the IRC Blues Brothers and for providing the music. Some of you may be wondering what happened to
Also thanks go to John “Elwood” Kokes for his contin- Alex‘s Soos Creek Trail Run which normally takes
ued improvements on the Blues Brother theme. John‘s place in June. As it turns out, we both ended up with
props and series of signs greeting runners on the climb schedule conflicts so we just swapped our Favorite Run
up the hill to the aid station really add to the Blues dates—the Soos Creek run is now scheduled for Sept.
Brothers experience. Teddy, our yellow lab, challenges you all to join him
IRC’s Cinco de Mayo Run for his favorite run on the Clark‘s Creek trail in Puyal-
The rain also held off just long enough for the IRC‘s lup. In mountain bike terms, the trail is a moderately
annual Cinco de Mayo run at Lake Youngs. A small technical single track—meaning there are some good
but dedicated group of runners, and one biker, took on hills to climb, rocks to watch out for and puddles to
the rolling 9-10 miles of trail around the lake. Rob splash through. Stopping to roll in the puddles is op-
Willis enjoyed the run so much he did it twice! Thank tional for everyone except Teddy. NOTE: trail shoes
you Jeff Haas for hosting May‘s ―My Favorite Run.‖ are recommended as the trail gets fairly slippery with
even a little rain so watch your step.
IRC Summer Race Series
The run will start at Becky & Jake‘s house (10308 72nd
The first IRC summer race was also affected by less
Avenue Court East, Puyallup, WA 98373) with a gen-
than ideal weather. Race day was filled with heavy
tle .8 mile warm up on the road to the trail – then the
rain and strong winds. Fortunately, the rains again let
adventure begins!! There are three and four mile routes
up just long enough for the IRC Mothers Day 5K.
on the trail and then you‘ll follow the same .8 mile
Cool temperatures and strong winds didn‘t stop 18 run-
route back to Becky & Jake‘s for a potluck brunch –
ners from completing the first IRC race of 2009!
we‘ll make the crepes, you bring your favorite filling.
James Matsusaka from Seattle led from start to finish,
covering the 5K in just 17:18! Coming across the finish For more info contact Becky Jacobsen at 253-740-2880
line in second was Mitch Parker from Kent, followed by or by e-mail at email@example.com. Directions
Kent Sizer of Renton. will be forwarded with the e-mail reminders.
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The Interurban Running Club Welcome New Members!
Alex Juchems, IRC president, is happy to announce
is an organization for runners of all ages and abili- that we have five new members! New members are
ties. The Club provides the opportunity to meet Mitch Parker from Kent, Donald Davis from Des
other runners and improve running performance Moines, Greg and Regan Nolten from Renton, and
through regular workouts. The Club also organizes Courtney Williams from Auburn. Mitch, Greg, Regan,
social gatherings and outings for members, their and Courtney ran the IRC‘s Mothers Day 5K. We look
families and friends. forward to seeing Mitch, Donald, Greg, Regan, and
Everyone is welcome! Courtney at the next race and to joining the many IRC
events whenever they can.
IRC Officers & Board Members
President ……………. Alex Juchems ……….…253-529-8996
Vice President ………. Larry Coyne ………....253-653-4456
Treasurer ……………. Jeff Johnson ………....253-927-7235
Secretary ……………. Rick Garrison ………....253-638-0476
Program Manager ….. Jim Brewer …….......253-752-0536
Member at Large …… J. Ellis ………....253-564-4340
Race Director ………. John Kokes ………....206-932-9355
Membership Dave Hardt ………....253-970-9074
Coordinator …………. firstname.lastname@example.org
Becky Jacobsen ………....253-740-2880
Newsletter Editor …. email@example.com
May Board Meeting
By Rick Garrison. This month‘s board meeting was ~Planning and organizing for the Spring Social, the
held Tuesday evening, May 5th, at Star lake Tavern in Summer Race Series and Jacobsens' My Favorite
Auburn. In attendance were Alex Juchems, Larry Run (June). The board ran through a preparation
Coyne, John Kokes, J. & Meridith Ellis, Rick Garrison, checklist and task assignments for the Spring Social.
and Jeff Johnson. Jim Brewer could not attend. John says the Mother's Day race is as ready as can
~The bills are getting paid and we have a comfortable be. Becky and Jake's trail run is also set to go.
level of funds according to our treasurer. ~The web site feature allowing people to sign up for
~Positive reports regarding the Cinco de Mayo My Fa- the races and renew their membership needs some
vorite Run hosted by Jeff Haas, as well as the club‘s tweaking.
manning two water stations along the Tacoma Mara- ~Already talking about new board members and
thon route. There were discussions about how we can gauging about who is going to return to the board
improve for next year. next year.
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The Mothers Day 5K was a success thanks to the follow- IRC 2009 Events &
ing volunteers; John Kokes – Race Director, J. Ellis - My Favorite Run Calendar
Assistant Race Director, Kathy West – registration,
Larry Coyne, Jeff Haas and John Pontarolo – course
marshals. My volunteer duties were ―assistant‖ regis- June 6 Green River Marathon
tration and ―sock man.‖ Steve Barrick
The ―Fathers Day 5K‖ is the next race, scheduled for June 13 Spring Social
Wednesday June 17th. The race will again start and Becky & Jake Jacobsen
finish at ―Three Friends Fishing Hole‖ park in Kent. If
you or someone you know is interested in running one or June 17 Father‘s Day Race 5k
more of the IRC races, check out the club‘s web site for
on-line race registration and directions June 20 Teddy‘s Trail Run
www.interurbanrunners.net. Becky & Jake Jacobsen and Teddy the Dog
IRC Spring Social: July 15 Mid-Summer Race 5k and 8k
Save the date of Saturday June 13th for the IRC‘s
spring social. Becky and Jake Jacobsen are again open- July 18 3 J.‘s Winery Run, Woodinville
ing their home as hosts. The club provides grilled meat, Jeff Haas
hot dogs and a vegetarian option. The Spring Social is a August 6 Liar‘s Mile
great time to visit with IRC members and enjoy deli-
cious food. See Becky‘s article for more details on what August 12 Summer Sizzler Race 5k and 8k
August ?? Mt Si Run/Hike
IRC’s Used Shoe Drive: John Kokes
At last years Spring Social, the IRC began collecting
used running shoes for donation to those in need. Many September 12 Soos Creek Trail Run
shoes have been collected and IRC members continue to Alex Juchems
donate throughout the year. The IRC will again spon-
sor a used running shoe drive at this year‘s spring social. September 19 Chili Feed and Membership Meeting
So bring your favorite summer side dish, lawn chair, and
October 22 Trick or Treat Run
any pair(s) of used running shoes, no matter the condi-
tion. Just make sure each pair is tied together. Shoes October 24 Tacoma Triangle & Tunnel Dash
are donated to Operation Nightwatch, a homeless shel-
ter in Seattle www.seattlenightwatch.org. November 7 Starbucks to Starbucks Run
Looking forward to seeing you at an IRC race, regular December 12 Christmas Party
workout run, or social event soon!
December 19 Black Diamond Bakery Run
Train on! Steve & Dee Israel
If you have a favorite run that you would like to
share with fellow IRC members, you can do so by
hosting a ―My Favorite Run‖ for 2009. There are
open months, or we could have more than one ―My
Favorite Run‖ in a month. If you‘d like more infor-
mation about organizing an event, contact Jeff Haas
(253-630-4196; firstname.lastname@example.org) or any board member
and they will assist you. Don‘t worry about the de-
tails — you will have a lot of support.
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Regularly Scheduled Runs Events
~The Balanced Athlete, Kent, 5:00 am. 4-6 miles.
Eric Sach 253-239-6301; http://thebalancedathlete.com
TUESDAY Saturday, Jun 6. Flight for Sight 5K & 10K. Everett.
~Kentwood High School, 5:30 pm. Track workout. Benefits Guide Dogs of America, 800-763-1301 ext 3319
Rick Garrison 253-638-0476 or windblown@ Saturday, Jun 6. Green River Marathon, Kent WA.
netscape.com Becoming one of the largest Free Marathons in the
~The Balanced Athlete, Kent, 6:00 pm. 2-8 miles. country. Visit greenrivermarathon.com for details.
Eric Sach 253-239-6301; http://thebalancedathlete.com Sunday, Jun 7. Furry 5K. Seward Park, WA.
WEDNESDAY 10:00 AM, www.furry5K.com
~The Balanced Athlete, Kent, 5:00 am. 4-6 miles. Friday, Jun 12. Fremont 5K & Briefcase Relay,
Eric Sach 253-239-6301; http://thebalancedathlete.com Seattle, WA. 6:00 PM. 206-729-9972.
~Tacoma Waterfront, Katie Downs, 6:30 pm. 4-8 miles. Saturday Jun 13. Sound to Narrows 5K & 10K.
John Schaphorst 253-298-7608 or email@example.com Tacoma, WA. 253-403-3065
THURSDAY Saturday, Jun 13. Five Mile Lake Triathlon, Five
~The Balanced Athlete, Kent, 6:00 pm. 2-8 miles. Mile Lake Park, Auburn, WA. 206-920-3983
Eric Sach 253-239-6301; http://thebalancedathlete.com
Wednesday, Jun 17. IRC Father’s Day 5K, Three
~Scoreboard Pub, Federal Way, 6:30 pm. Varied dist. Friends Fishing Hole Park, Kent WA. 6:30 PM. $10
Larry Coyne 253-653-4456 or firstname.lastname@example.org entry fee. Visit interurbanrunners.net for more details
FRIDAY Saturday, Jun 20. White River 5K, Buckley, WA. Gla-
~The Balanced Athlete, Kent, 5:00 am. 4-6 miles. cier Middle School. 253-862-8890
Eric Sach 253-239-6301; http://thebalancedathlete.com
Saturday, Jun 20. Fort Lewis Triple Threat Triath-
SATURDAY lon Series, Fort Lewis, WA. 253-967-2604
~Cedar River Trail, Maple Valley, 7:25 am. Varied dist.
Lake Wilderness Park. Rick Garrison 253-638-0476 or Saturday, Jul 4. Fourth of July Triathlon and Duath-
email@example.com lon. Elma, WA. 10:00 AM. 360-273-9684.
SUNDAY Saturday, Jul 4. 1st Annual Run/Walk For Freedom
~The Balanced Athlete, Kent, 8:00 am. 4-20 miles. and Independence. 15k, 10k, 5k, 1 mile. Lakewood,
Eric Sach 253-239-6301; http://thebalancedathlete.com WA. Fort Steilacoom Park 6:00 PM 253-983-0100
Saturday, Jul 11. Chuckanut Foot Race 7 miles. Bel-
lingham, WA. 9:00 AM. 360-676-4955
Remember to Renew Saturday, Jul 11. Kent Cornucopia Days 5k Run and
For most IRC members, but not all, membership dues Walk. Kent, WA. At Three Friends Fishing Hole Park
are payable at the end of each year. Check the mailing 9:00 AM 253-856-5050. Interurban Runners Club certi-
label on this newsletter for your membership expira- fied course, courtesy of the IRC for all the City of Kent
tion date. You can mail your dues with the form on does to help us with our summer race series.
the newsletter or renew electronically via a link on the
Saturday, Jul 25. SeaFair Torchlight 8K, 5K Run,
IRC website or by going directly to the following site:
Qwest Field, Seattle. 206-728-0123.
http://www.databarevents.com/irc.asp. Don‘t miss http://seafair.com/events/torchrun
out on any club news or activities by letting your IRC
membership lapse. Thanks for being a member!
May, 2009 Page 5
IRC Mother’s Day 5K Apr 4 Yakima River Canyon Marathon, Ellensburg
to Selah, WA. 6:29:40, 2nd 75-79 Male
Apr 28 Wenatchee Marathon, Wenatchee, WA.
5K 6:16:39, 2nd (of two) 75-79 Male
Overall Name Time Hometown
Place Gary Wright—Marvelous!
James M 40- Apr 18 18th Annual Leona Divide 50 Mile Run,
1 Matsusaka 17:18 49 Seattle Angeles Nat‘l Forest near Lake Hughes, CA.
Mitch M 40- 17/17, Men 50-59; 93/98, Men; 130/138 OA
2 Parker 18:34 49 Kent ~Beautiful views of mountains & desert; 22
Kent M 50- miles on the Pacific Crest Trail.
3 Sizer 19:31 59 Renton
Mike M 50- Terri Stewart—Extraordinary!
4 Hominda 21:59 59 Auburn Apr 20 Boston Marathon, 3:48
Randy M 60- ~Perfect Northwest weather, cloudy, and in
5 Smith 22:15 69 Vashon the 40s. Next time she‘d like to try it without
Judy F 60- the headwinds!
6 Fisher 24:39 69 Auburn
Bill M 50- Gig Judy Fisher—Remarkable!
7 Barmore 24:40 59 Harbor Apr 25 Redmond Elementary Hawk Run 5K
23:32, 2nd Female 60-69
Valerie F 40-
Apr 26 Mt. Rainier Duathlon, Enumclaw, WA
8 Beyer 25:19 49 Auburn
1.6 Mi. Run, 14.4 Mi. Bike, 3.8 Mi. Run,
Greg M 30-
1:42:25, 1st Female 60+
9 Nolten 26:02 39 Renton
May 3 Tacoma City Half Marathon
Regan F 30- 1:49:25, 1st Female 65-69
10 Nolten 26:05 39 Renton May 10 Kirkland Half Marathon
Katie F 30- 1:49:46, 1st Female 60-69
11 Sifferman 26:17 39 Kent
Ray M 60-
12 Arrington 26:35 69 Kent
Wayne M 50-
13 Cofer 27:44 59 Kent
Janine F 40-
14 Wright 27:57 49 Kent
Neal M 60-
15 Stoddard 28:29 69 Kent
Cindi F 50- Maple
16 Williams 35:12 59 Valley
Courtney F 20-
17 Williams 35:13 29 Auburn
Ruggles Memorial Day May 25
18 Larson 39:01 M 70+ Tacoma
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Large Member Report
IRC Spring Social
I made it to one of the water station we had they Mark your calendars now for Saturday, June 13, the
Scoreboard Thursday wondered where the music date for our Spring Social. This year‘s event is a family-
Nights this past month was, but then later found friendly cookout at the home of Becky & Jake
like I said I would be do- out we were at two water Jacobsen, 10308 72nd Avenue Court East, Puyallup.
ing more of. Meridith and stations. That first one at We‘ll start around 4pm with dinner around 6pm, and
I met there for the social- mile 11 was just a taste of then socializing until ??? The club will provide beef and
izing after the run. Hey, I what was to come and I chicken, as well as veggie burgers, and sodas. We‘re
made it there. The turn don't think the neighbor's asking everyone to bring their favorite ‗tizer, sidedish,
out is pretty large, at in Ruston would really salad, or dessert and adult beverage. Also, weather per-
least for the socializing, have appreciated loud mu- mitting, we‘d like to invite folks to enjoy the deck and
and if I get there for the sic on a Sunday morning. patio so you might want to bring along a lawn chair.
run then I can see how Thank you all for volun- Please call Becky Jacobsen at 253-740-2880 or e-mail
many turn out for that teering. her at firstname.lastname@example.org and let her know by
portion. I do have strong May 30th if you plan to attend and how many folks
There were a few slight will be in your party. We hope to see you all there!!
intentions to get out and
glitches on Sunday morn-
run or walk with my fel- Directions: From Hwy 167 take the exit for Hwy 512
ing setting up the 13 mile
low IRC members, I just west (toward Tacoma), stay on Hwy 512 then exit the
water stop. First, I was
need to make it a reality. exit for ―Hwy 161 South, South Hill, Eatonville‖; go
pulled over by the Ruston
Another good training right at the light onto 104th Street; stay on 104th
Police when I turned down
experience for me was Street until you come to a 4 way stop at Fruitland
a blocked off one way
traveling to Mexico for a (you‘re almost here); go straight through the intersec-
street to get runners to the
three day cruise. Despite tion then take the second right onto 72nd Avenue
11 mile water stop. I
lowering my immune sys- Court East by the large periwinkle colored house –
jumped out of the Yukon
tem by drinking libations, we‘re the next to last house on the dead end street.
with my Blues Brothers
staying up late and not outfit on, sunglasses and From I-5 (north or south) take Exit 128 which is Hwy
eating properly, I did not hat on my head, to talk to 512 east; stay on Hwy 512 then take the Canyon Road
come back with the swine the officer who did point exit; go left at the light onto Canyon Road; go right at
flu. Nor did my lovely out I was still going the the first main intersection onto 104th Street; you‘ll
flight attendant wife wrong way on a one way come to a 4 way stop at Woodland (you‘re almost
which the media said was street. Luckily no ticket. here); go straight through the intersection and then
the cause for the swine flu The next glitch came after take the first left onto 72nd Avenue Court East by the
entering the USA, flight setting up the stereo, run- large periwinkle colored house – we‘re the next to last
attendants going back ning the speaker wires a house on the dead end street.
and fourth to Mexico. 100 feet out and hooking
I had a lot of volunteers up the speakers, plugging
for the 3rd Annual Ta- in to the generator and
coma City Marathon wa- then realizing I didn't
ter station's that the IRC bring the cables to hook
manned. I heard from the CD player up to the
many runners that we stereo receiver. Thanks to
really pepped them up, some quick thinking by
music was heard from a my neighbor and IRC
long way off and it drove member Steve Scoles, but
them up that hill. They not so quick action,
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did say that the first
May, 2009 Page 7
Wenatchee Marathon, Apr 18, 2009
By Bob Dolphin, Edited by ive parks and ran two ten- [… Large Member Report continued from page 6.]
Lenore Dolphin. Running mile loops counter- Steve was able to ―jerry rig‖ the two together with
the Wenatchee Marathon clockwise on each side of speaker wire and it worked Very Loudly. The only
in the city in Washington the Columbia River. runner that missed the loud Blues Brothers music
with the same name was Crossings were made at a was Michael Lyons who was the this years over all
something that I had foot bridge and a pedes- winner, again. He was in the zone and probably
wanted to do since its es- trian walkway on a high- wouldn't have noticed or maybe the lack of music is
tablishment in 2005. Race way bridge. why he was two minutes off from his record previ-
conflicts prevented my ous time. We will have to see next year when I know
There was quite a contrast
running it until this year. I will have all the equipment I need for the stereo.
between the two sides.
I looked forward to explor-
The south side had three The first IRC race of the season saw the lowest turn-
ing the paved trails on
city parks, and the north out of runners we have ever had so I sure hope we
both sides of the Columbia
side was ―natural‖ with get more support from our own IRC members than
River during the run.
woods, fields & sagebrush. we did this last race. We need runners to make it a
Packet pickup the day be- good club race. See you at the Father's Day 5K.
The course was relatively
fore the race was held at Support your club.
flat with a few minor hills,
Arlberg Sports in down-
mostly on the north shore
town Wenatchee. Lenore See you running
and at the access to the
and I renewed our ac- and stay tenacious.
bridges. In the first out-
quaintanceship with the J. Ellis, Member at Large.
and-back miles it was pos-
race directors who also
sible to see the entire field
conduct the Leavenworth
and to greet friends.
Marathon in the fall.
Near the sport store, the Cinco de Mayo Recap
various events started and
finished by the Perform- By Jeff Haas. This years Cinco de Mayo run had a lowly turnout of six brave
ance Arts Plaza on race souls who all made the 10 mile loop around the Lake Young's reservoir. It was a
day. Early-bird half mara- balmy 57 degree day with misty rain. The Tacoma Marathon was May 3rd so
thon and marathon walk- many IRC members were involved with either running or volunteering at the
ers left together at 7:30 Blues Brothers water station. Regardless Jeff Haas, Rob Willis, Cyclist Alan Sofi-
a.m. The half marathon nowski, John Kokes, John Schaphorst, and Alex Juchems, made the event. The
started at 8:00 a.m., while conditions were perfect for the grueling yet scenic course. Afterwards we all en-
the combined field of 10K, joyed great Mexican food at La Fuentes in Fairwood. Alan was the first customer
marathoners and mara- ever known to order a pitcher of tequila and the rest is a blur from there.
thon relay runners left at
The temperature was 40
degrees, and the sky was
clear and calm as we ran
north on Wenatchee Ave-
nue and on several side
streets to the River Trail.
At the 5K mark in a park
there was a turn-back for
the runners as we contin-
ued south through attract-
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