Caren Ware's Blog

October 26, 2011

Wanna know what?

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 The Laker Girls are fun to have at an event.

Paul, Eric, and Harry have the largest family in Los Angeles,  Over 3,000 kids benefit each year from these guys and their inspiration.  They train kids willing to try for the LA Marathon.  We have watched them grow up and their kids grow on to hope filled futures through the confidence and accomplishment that comes from training  and finishing a marathon.  This year’s crop of happy to try going for the distance just finished their 5ks and are now into the 10Ks.  By January, they will be doing half marathons, and a final prep run in February called the Friendship 18 Miler they stage at Hansen Dam on February 5, 2012.  Definitely, in it for the long run. 

Paul, Eric, and Harry making a difference through Students RUN LA.

Randy Simmons was a LAPD swat officer that was killed in the line of duty.  His comrades host a celebration race about his energy and life.  We timed the Randy Simmons run last weekend, held at Elysian Park, the former police academy.  Those trained officers must be hard core.  Their track is paved asphalt!  It was a fun, festive picnic atmosphere.  And the addition of  a CROSSFIT CHALLENGE had the runner crowd all hanging around.  Crossfit Marina Del Rey brought row machines, plyo boxes, kettle bells, and those infamous, push them over or they push you over tractor tires. People got to try their skills at jumping, rowing, and luffing tires.

 I grew up at this academy.  My dad was a LAPD police officer and had a term as the captain of the academy.  We swam in the pool.  And us kids LOVED the annual LAPD family picnic they sponsored…good ole days type picnic with potato sack races , running with an egg on a spoon relays, and water filled balloon tosses.  Randy Simmons 5k had that same magical picnic appeal.  Sometimes, the little benefit 5Ks are gem races.    This was one.

Another ‘gem’ 5k was held on October 22 at Woodley Park.  The Dream Mile,

which is actually a 5k, was put on my a community of Los Angeles based Indians who are raising money to build schools and fight poverty in India.

Check out  I was impressed with the family feel this event had

as everyone pitched in to set up tables and canopies.  They brought in Starbucks coffee and bagels,  invited the public, ran a race, and then served them all a catered lunch from a fabulous Indian restaurant.  How often does that get to happen at a 5k race?  I just had finished reading a great book ,Three Cups of Tea.  A climber, Greg Morris,  lost his way off of a failed attempt to summit K2.  He stumbled into a village far from the intended descent.  Thought immensely poor, the villagers offered  him  food, warmth, and a sense of welcoming he could never repay.  After watching kids scribble in the dirt, assembled outdoors in rows that had to weathered the weather just to be in school, he vowed to return with materials and money and build a real school. Returning to the states penniless from his failed expedition lead him on a school drive to have kids in the states save their pennies for the school.  The incredible life devotion he has taken to supplying Pakistan and Afghanistan, working right through the perils of 9/11, is one man’s way to make a difference.  It would help anyone to understand that conflict strands the innocent and children are the victims…unless helped.

Vibha was formed help in India.  Yeah for the  community heading up the Dream Mile in Van Nuys.  People were bringing in change jars and sacks of money, pennies at a time, but enough to build hope in the heart of  India’s poverty-stricken children.  The food was fun.  And  I drove away from this event with a sense of how gentlemanly this group was to the women, helping them carry things and giving them first place in the food lines.  I liked them and their invite for the open public to share in their cause.  Look for this gem of a race next year.

October 25, 2011

Lets Go Prime Time/ Main Street Run cheers us on.

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October 3, 2011

Working up a BIG APPETITE

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]Ok.  We have to let you in on a PRIME TIME reward.  Any LA based race gives us an excuse to eat breakfast at CICI’s.  Doesn’t matter if that race location is over an hour away, ANY excuse to eat at CICI

on 18912 Ventura Blvd, Tarzana, Ca. 91356.  Goggle it.  Navigate to it.  And you will say, was a joke played on us.  The restaurant is in a dingy strip mall across from a McDonald’s.  But then you will see a line and wonder what the wait is all about.  They must know something.  The something is the food is fabulous.  It is the BEST breakfast ever.  You can pick from wheat pancakes with every fresh fruit on them to Taramsu pancakes.  I might have already blogged about this place, but I have to brag on it again…and again.  I have never not loved what I ate here.  Stylish omelette, fresh salads.  The breakfasts are so inviting I have yet to tire of the combinations that I have not tried their sandwiches. But they palm by us and look very tasty.  Walk through the tiny, very packed CICI’s and you will like the buzz because the buzz is about good food.    Always know you are going to have to wait unless you do not mind the few seats outside.  They are first come first serve. 


A workday…

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This weekend? When that 2:30 a.m. alarm goes off   I always ugh.  But not for long.  The events start filling with personality.

The Saturday dawned at  The AutoClub Speedway in Fontana. The Speedway and neighboring cities  hosted something rare…a FREE run, walk, bike, roller, stroll with a stroller for ANYONE who wanted a healthy tour of a racecar race track. They called it the Lefty’s Healthy Community Run/Walk.   It was FUN.  Home Depot was there with stations to build things. The speedway had their NASCAR car out on display.  A soccer clinic was giving soccer agility drills.  We liked the idea of a well staged event from start to finish that encouraged everyone and anyone to participate.  Thousands did. Lefty is a little toy remote speed car.  And the Lefty’s program lets kids read their way to seats in Nascar races. 

It is even more challenging when that same alarm buzzes at that same robbing hour the next am.  Sunday had the morning rays peaking through high-rise buildings in Century City on Ave of the Stars for the Justice Jog.  Once registration and the finish line were in place before the soon to arrive crowd, I stole a few minutes and jogged through the fully deserted am streets.  These buildings were grand statements of keen architects.  The beauty and serenity of running among this towering feats with the first sun beams casting lines and welcoming shadows was as rewarding as flying at eye level along the Andes.  I was surprised that these glass and metal giants produced a sense of awe that I thought would only arise on top of a mountain or on a sunsetting, sandy beach. Is it because the Creator of the Mountains gave us a touch of His creativity.  There is something soley different about mankind.  That was my second of ponder for the day.  Got to get back to that race.

Yes, people are  different.  This Justice jog crowd was very enjoyable.   People at the Justice Jog seemed to be there in style, with their families or dogs or both, hoistering balloons  ordoing the event in  high heels.  The race was won first overall by a female.  That is as race as a free race.  But this gal is rare.  Rosario Castaneda trains and runs for RUN WITH US.  She said she would email me and tell us a little about herself.  There are some very talented Los Angeles based women who are dedicated to running. I think Rosarios’s secret is she is a strong hill runner so when there is a flat course she hammers. 

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