2011 Post Race Discussion

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  • #45

    Philip (Wednesday, 09 March 2011 11:29)

    Thanks for the kuddos Debbie, I also have some new ideas, features and plans for the next RRR #3 Website.

    Joe, I think I was sleeping at the 23rd hour of the race, lol... Did you check the "NO BIB" photos? It's also really tough to take photos that early or late at night when it's dark and drizzling. I was at the start at 5:45 AM and I didn't leave until 7:30 AM. I hit up different photo spots too, which allowed for a variety of awsome pics! It was also tough counting and remembering bib numbers, making sure I at least got a shot off of everyone. I have over 220 unidentified runners due to hidden bib numbers, so check those ones out and I'll due my best to snap a shot of your soul next year!

  • #44

    Charlie (Wednesday, 09 March 2011 11:07)

    I just want to let everyone know that your great comments and suggestions are immensely appreciated. We learned a lot from this year's race, and as a result, things will be even better for RR #3 next year. All you runners, volunteers and sponsors made RR #2 an enjoyable and gratifying experience. Thanks.

  • #43

    Charlie (Wednesday, 09 March 2011 11:03)

    Hi Mimi,

    Yes, Yen did get her headlamp back from Debbie. Thanks for all your kind comments. I've also had a lot of great comments about the tech shirts, and everyone seemed to love Tom Hosner's soup at the fire station. Being a great runner himself, he seemed to know exactly what the runners needed and when they wanted it. We had it at the Sports Park a bit later, but Tom was on it much quicker.
    The clean porta-potties were just a result of having so many ultrarunners there. They tend to be a lot cleaner and more considerate than short distance runners.
    I hope you, Jeff, Lindsay and Emily will all come back for RR #3. Thanks again!


  • #42

    Mimi Ko (Wednesday, 09 March 2011 10:51)

    Hi Charlie!

    I just wanted to thank you and Debbie for putting on a great race last month! My friends (Jeff, Lindsay, and Emily) all had wonderful experiences, and we are so thankful that we got to participate in the event!
    Some things that I really wanted to emphasize:
    1. the cleanliness of the porta-potties. Did you instruct the volunteers to keep them clean? Because they were the cleanest porta-potties that I have ever seen at a race!
    2. the soup at Fire Station and start. The best food on the course!
    3. the friendliness and dedication of the volunteers. Made all the difference.
    4. the classy, bold T-shirt. I have been wearing mine proudly.
    This is definitely the most beginner friendly course that I have ever been on. I have such great memories from the weekend. Thank you so much for your time, effort, and dedication.
    Lastly, I wanted to make sure that Yen Darcy got her headlamp back? I gave it to Debbie to give to her when she returned in the morning. If she didn't, may I have her phone number or email? I would like to buy her a new one.
    Thanks so much!

    Best wishes,
    Mimi Ko

  • #41

    Joe Reilly (Saturday, 05 March 2011 15:50)

    I agree with Debbie. The photos were fantastic. I actually looked at all 31 pages of them. What a great way to re-live an extraordinary experience. ///// My only question would be, where was Philip? In my 23 hours of running, I never so him once. But I reckon that Philip never saw me either, since I never popped up in any of the photos. Which is okay since I am not actually into having my pix take (might steal my soul). Besides, my mug shot has been known to break cameras (lol). ///// But I really got a kick out of seeing the rogue's gallery of weary warriors tramping along the Coto horse trails.

  • #40

    Debbie (Saturday, 05 March 2011 14:14)

    Kudos to Philip for doing such a great job with the RR site, and all the photos are great. It's easy to see that you put a lot of time and effort into this.

  • #39

    Divya (Friday, 04 March 2011 22:05)

    This was my first 50 miler and i thoroughly enjoyed this exhilarating experience. It helped to have a race so well-organized and with such supportive staff (thanks Charlie, ROb and Debbie) and volunteers. I will be back!

  • #38

    Linda (Friday, 04 March 2011 21:33)

    Thank you organizers, volunteers and runners for an enjoyable weekend of running.

  • #37

    Rachael Kadell (Friday, 04 March 2011 12:45)

    Fun event! Well organized, great volunteers, inspiring runners. Nice to see so many familiar faces and meet a bunch of new ones. Well done Rob, Charlie and Debbie!

  • #36

    Carlos (Friday, 04 March 2011 00:59)

    Charlie! I had a great time doing my first and LAST 100 mile event! Everyone from the volunteers to the photographer was on top of their game and I give them props for being out there on a cold day/night. No complains whatsoever on my part. Definitely one of the most organized races I've ever been a part of.

  • #35

    Philip (Friday, 04 March 2011 00:08)

    Yeah!!!! I finally got all the photos up!!! Go check them out, rate them, comment on them, revisit those miles of memories until next February...

  • #34

    deo (Thursday, 03 March 2011 19:19)

    thanks charlie, debbie and rob and to all wonderful volunteers!! it was my first 50 miler...and eventhough ben lapped me:),i think i did well.i love seeing other local ultra runners. it will be my regular annual race. probably i might do the 100 miler next year..hmmmm.

  • #33

    Yolanda Holder (Thursday, 03 March 2011 18:46)

    Charle, Debbie and Rob! Awesome race! Well done guys and Debbie...see you next year and maybe I might do the 100 miler...Excellent job!

  • #32

    Joe reilly (Thursday, 03 March 2011 18:05)

    Thanks Rob,
    I reckon that I can wait until next February. That will give me plenty of time to strategize and train properly. No excuses allowed, I will definitely hit the 100 mile mark in 2012. ///// Also, I would like to thank you, Rob, for assisting Charlie and giving us the use of Coto. ///// I would also like to give a shout-out to some of my running pals that I kept crossing paths with during Rocky Road #2: Dr. Jim Grimes, Cadillac Steve, Jessica Wabbitz, Eric Schnautz, Jean Ho, Marina White, Deo, Chris Haines, Jim Simpson and Eddie Hahn. I hope that I didn't leave anyone out. I did mentione others in an earlier posting. Let's see, only 358 days to go.

  • #31

    Wil Godinez (Thursday, 03 March 2011)

    Charlie, Debbie, Rob and all the Volunteers,

    Thank you for all your work in putting this event together, it was an incredible experience. My goal was to complete my 1st 50 Mile run and not worry about time, I got to experience that and much more! I got to run alongside great people full of encouragements and smiles, the volunteers were exceptionally helpful and the course was great for a first timer. I will definitely run this event again, so please keep me posted if you host it before next year and by next year maybe the 100 miles. I want a belt buckle!

  • #30

    Chris Haines (Thursday, 03 March 2011 16:55)

    Charlie, Debbie and Rob, You did it again! What an incredible event! Everything was perfect! The course was beautiful. The aid stations were well-stocked. The volunteers were helpful and friendly. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves! Thank you very much for your thoughtful planning, excellent communicaion before and during the race and an attitude that's hard to beat! I can't wait to complete the Rocky Road 100 again next year. Chris Haines

  • #29

    Erik Schnautz (Thursday, 03 March 2011 16:48)

    I want to echo the high praise for the race organizers and volunteers. This was my second RR 50-miler and although there were LOTS more runners this time, it was nice to still be recognized by name and to see others enjoy the same treatment. It was such a joy to see Marina at Hawthorne and Tom Hosner at the fire station; your encouraging words were more valuable than you could imagine. Same to Deb at the start and finish--your smile and that great big hug at the end (Gosh, I was stinky!) really made my day. Charlie, your events are always enjoyable because YOU make them that way. RR was no surprise. And thanks, Rob, for making it happen in Coto!

    There's one thing that struck me and that I share with all my non-running friends: each time I saw Ben Hian and Eric Clifton (and shouted my cheers), they returned with cheers for me too. How cool that two guys with first class credentials would shout encouragement at me. This was a great event that was made great by the people. Whatever the weather, the terrain, the self-doubt, through endorphins, exhaustion and exhileration I'm proud to have spent my day with some of the classiest people I know!

  • #28

    Rob Cowan (Thursday, 03 March 2011 14:21)

    Sorry Joe, you'll have to wait until next Feb for Rocky Road #3.

  • #27

    Jim Grimes (Thursday, 03 March 2011 12:50)

    I ran the marathon starting early with the 100 milers(probably as close as I'll ever get to running 100 miles!) At first I was a little intimidated to be in the company of these incredible people---but I found you all to be inspiring, helpful,and filled with the spirit that brought me to running almost 40 years ago. It was an honor to have shared a small part of your quest. Thanks Charlie, Debbie, Rob and all the aid station voluteers for making this one of the high points in my running.

  • #26

    Joe Reilly (Wednesday, 02 March 2011 19:42)

    Hi Charlie,
    Rocky Road #2 was truly an other-worldly experience. It was one of the most self-satisfying 24-hour periods in my entire life. ///// Hey! Do we have to wait until Feb. 2012 for Rocky Road #3? I certainly hope not. I really want to redeem myself sooner than that. ///// Next time out, I will definitely register all 100 miles. I learned a lot from my 67 miles last weekend. From now until the next Rocky Road, I plan to practice running at the proper pace that will guarantee my finish. ///// I want to thank Debbie Alewine and all of those great volunteers who made this experience possible. I also want to thank my fellow runners for the great comraderie. I especially want to thank Big Ed for the loan of a flashlight until I was able to retrieve mine. And I would like to thank Richard "Dick" Vogt for being my running companion for about 10 of my 67 miles. And, of course, knowing that the Great Yolanda was on the course was an inspiration in and of itself.

  • #25

    DNFs (Wednesday, 02 March 2011 19:22)

    #235 stopped at 45 miles, an #233 stopped at 30 miles, so your end was obviously different than their end. Yes, there were several DNSs, which shouldn't be of concern. Who cares who didn't show because they didn't want to get their hair wet?

  • #24

    50 Mile Results Complete? (Wednesday, 02 March 2011 14:43)

    Seems that there were about 40 total entrants (M&F) as of race day, but only 20 finishers? Bibs 233 and 235 were with me to the end, but I don't see them on the results list at all. That many DNFs or DNSs?

  • #23

    Charlie Alewine (Wednesday, 02 March 2011 11:33)

    I want to thank all of you for an incredible event. Sure, we got a little wet during the first hour of the 100 Mile run, but overall the weather was better than predicted. We witnessed some gutsy running this weekend, from Ben blasting away the competition, to many who completed their first 50 Mile or 100 Mile run. Awesome!!!! I have never been around so many great people in my life.
    The volunteers were up for the challenge as well. They could have been at home, keeping warm and dry, but instead they chose to weather the cold and rain to serve and cheer on you runners. They deserve major kudos as well.
    I can't wait to do this again, however we learned a few things the hard way. We will be even better prepared for the next Rocky Road, and you will enjoy it immensely. Thanks again!

  • #22

    Joe Reilly (Wednesday, 02 March 2011 10:34)

    The rain wasn't as bad as had been predicted. The race had started at 6:00am Saturday morning in the cold rain. But fortunately, the real rain only lasted during the first hour or two of the race. Then it was mildly intermittent sprinkles for the remainder of the weekend. The spotty drizzle lasted well into Sunday morning, but nothing to complain about. So, I guess that we did catch somewhat of a break. But the damage had already been done to the trails. The extremely muddy, slippery course was bad enough in daylight. But in the darkness of Saturday night/Sunday morning - Ugh!. And, shockingly, we did get some hail early Sunday morning. But that oddity just added character to the overall experience. I might also add that those who finished before Saturday night (marathoners and 50 milers) were not subjected to the brutal cold of sub-freezing temperatures. Therefore, the under-50 milers might have had an entirely different take on the weather conditions than those of us who ran 50 to 100 miles.

  • #21

    Laura Bailiff (Wednesday, 02 March 2011 07:28)

    Although I didn't make my 100 goal (dropped at 47.2 when the rain and hail hit), I enjoyed myself so much. The trails were amazing as were my fellow runners. Everyone had a smile or words of encouragement and the volunteers were exceptional. I am not giving up on this...I'll be back. Thanks to Charlie and Debbie, Rob and everyone involved. You rocked the RR!!! Happy trail to all.........

  • #20

    Joe Reilly (Wednesday, 02 March 2011 06:17)

    Thank you Charlie. Thank you! Thank you! /////
    Great ultra-marathon food: Pizza, boiled potatoes, PBJ sandwiches, bagels, bananas, pretzels of all types, Fig Newtons, chicken soup, assorted fruit, crackers, cookies, M&Ms, candies, Coca Cola, hot chocolate, hot Starbucks coffee, hot Folger's coffee, Hammer Gel, and Heed. ///// I partook of everything except the cookies and the Heed. I am not a cookie-guy, never have been. ///// The one thing that I might have added would have been chocolate milk (major protein). But I am not going to greedily push it. The thing about running for almost 24 hours is that you can eat and eat with impunity. I probably should have eaten half of what I actually did eat, but what the heck. ///// Hey! It wasn't just the chow. Rocky Road #2 was a nirvanic experience of the first order. Thank You! Thank You!

  • #19

    Craig Bronstein (Wednesday, 02 March 2011 00:58)

    A truly memorable day, sharing the course with ultra legends Eric and Ben; RD legend Charlie (and Rob and the entire team); and my buddies Armando and Ray, friendly competitors and hearty gents for sure.

  • #18

    Ron Bacon (Tuesday, 01 March 2011 21:36)

    I don't mean to trivialize this, but a big huge DITTO to all of the good things said below regarding the race and the people who put it on. It was my first 100 and after 18 months of preparation, the emotions I felt as I crossed the finish line were beyond description (kinda took me by surprise to be honest).

    My special thanks to Coto local Chris for hanging with me for almost 60 miles and listening to my boring stories. I'm not sure I make it to that finish without your help. I look forward to running in future races together.

  • #17

    John K. (Tuesday, 01 March 2011 20:41)

    The comments on the blog are all well deserved. The preparation for this event was certainly more challenging given the weather conditions, so it was all the more reassuring to see that the event was ready to start on time. Like a number of others, this was also my first ultra.

    Carilyn, Emilie and Lindsay were awesome. I was lucky enough to finish behind them. Suzy was great, very energetic and happy. I ran with Geoffrey for a while, he was encouraging, as was a lot of the runners on the course whose names I will probably never know. The volunteers were great, thanks Kiley (hope I spelled that right) for your help, and remembering my name.

    Two minor suggestions for improvement next year: 1) For those having never been to Coto De Caza – a route map that includes street names so that interested runners can use mapping tools to better visualize the course, and 2) For those interested in bringing RVs – set a limit up front on the number allowed. I’m sure the request for RV parking ballooned into something unexpected, as I followed the pre-race blog.

    Oh, and thanks for being well stocked with all the essential supplies, especially the electrolyte pills! That was probably the most important item there, second only to the soup I had at the end of the run.

  • #16

    Jean Ho (Tuesday, 01 March 2011 16:35)

    THANK YOU TO EVERYONE that was out there volunteering and/or cheering and the other runners that would say Hi as we passsed (or as you lap me -- tee hee).

  • #15

    Leslie Carboni (Tuesday, 01 March 2011 15:03)

    Thanks to the RDs and all the volunteers but especially Kimberly at Hawthorne who loaned me her headlamp when my primary and then my backup headlamps both failed. I'll be sure to pay that forward. That is the biggest buckle I have ever gotten (bigger than even RR in Texas and everything is supposed to be bigger there) and I dig my rock trophy.

  • #14

    Jeff Coon (Tuesday, 01 March 2011 13:56)

    Thank you for setting up a great race. It was my first 100 and I really enjoyed it! A bid shout out to the race directors and volunteers. The entrants were a great group of people also, and it was great to see people throughout the race.

  • #13

    Gregory Foote (Monday, 28 February 2011 20:09)

    This was my first 50 miler. Really enjoyed experience. I have gone from a non-runner to 50 miles in a year and a half. Nothing spectacular in my time, but already looking forward to my next ultra.

  • #12

    Kimberly Manfred (Monday, 28 February 2011 19:56)

    I had the pleasure of running the 1/2 then returning for the overnight shift at the Hawthorne aid station with Emmett. I can truly say everyone who raced and paced, as well as volunteered and organized were amazing. You have all inspired me in many ways !! You guys rock !! Thank you so much ;-)

  • #11

    Ric Munoz (Monday, 28 February 2011 19:28)

    Even though the course kicked my you-know-what, it's because of that very fact that I came away feeling exceptionally proud about finishing. I came THISCLOSE to dropping out at mile 75 because I was so incredibly sleepy! Thanks to Charlie and Rob for waking me up after I took a 30-minute nap. Without that nap, I'd probably still be sleeping in my car. Thanks, too, to Debbie and all the fabulous volunteers -- you were the stars of the weekend!

  • #10

    Ben Hian (Monday, 28 February 2011 18:10)

    Charlie, Rob, Debbie and all of the volunteers-
    Thank you very much for putting together an awsome race at the 2011 RR100. It was an amazing experience!It was very well organized and I appreciate the attention to detail including the Rocky Road candy bar.I am currently in the market for a bigger belt that can handle the size and weight of my new buckle. Thanks again.

  • #9

    Rachel Spatz (Monday, 28 February 2011 17:15)

    1st 100 finish. GREAT race. Volunteers were so friendly. Thank you Charlie. I will be back next year :)

  • #8

    Carilyn Johnson (Monday, 28 February 2011 15:24)

    Thank you for such a great race! It was so well organized - the aid stations, the volunteers, the support - everything was fantastic! Charlie, Debbie, and Rob, I really look forward to future events.

  • #7

    David Larson (Monday, 28 February 2011 15:08)

    WOW, that was a grand experience! My first 100 was the perfect day. Awesome volunteers, aid stations and really fun course. The enthusiasm of everyone was very contagious and helped push me across all 100 miles. Rob, Debbie and Charlie Thanks again for a fantastic event.

  • #6

    Tom Hosner (Monday, 28 February 2011 15:02)

    From the Fire Station volunteers, congratulations to all of the runners on your accomplishments. It was our pleasure to serve you and support your efforts. The hot soup was the "best choice" based on the comments received throughout the afternoon and evening hours. Run long and stay strong!

  • #5

    Emilie Lincoln (Monday, 28 February 2011 14:12)

    My first 50 miler!! And what an incredible experience thanks to Charlie, Debbie, Rob, all the awesome aid station volunteers, and of course all the other runners who motivated and inspired me. Thank you all so much; I wouldn't have managed without you. Hopefully I'll be back in the future!

  • #4

    Charlie & Debbie (Monday, 28 February 2011 13:29)


    What a great way to finish your first 100 miler. Incredible!!!! Also, thanks for letting us use your EZ up. I've already had several bids for it on eBay. Just kidding. I'll get it to you later this week.

  • #3

    Charlie & Debbie Alewine (Monday, 28 February 2011 13:26)


    You were totally awesome! Congrats on winning the women's division of the RR 100.

  • #2

    Buddy Jones (Monday, 28 February 2011 13:24)

    A big hearty thank you to Charlie, Debbie, and Rob for putting on this race. You guys did a fantastic job. Also a very special thank you to the aid station volunteers. All the positive energy and help really made a difference.

  • #1

    stacey costa (Monday, 28 February 2011 13:14)

    Had a great experience at the RR100. The volunteers were simply amazing! Would totally recommend this race.


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