Caren Ware's Blog

September 29, 2012

Reading….”My LIFE ON THE RUN”. Can I relate!!!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Caren Ware @ 9:38 pm

Bart Yasso has written a book, My Life on the Run published by Rodale Press.  It is a great read.  He IS running history.  Runner’s World Magazine had him try every new and adventurous race concoction that came up.  He ran Badwater to  WHITNEY when it went all the way to the top, below sea level to 14,000 plus .  He trekked the miles across the 100 miler Himalayas.  Was charged by Rhinos in Africa.  Ran marathons on both Poles. Rode his bike across America.  Married an ultra runner and wed in Italy.   And contracted a life threatening case of Lime’s disease.  But it’s not what he did, it’s who he is.  Bart is just a good guy that interacts with everyone. He has that satire, smirky, all in the name of fun sense of humor.  He is one of us, that loves to run a lot and go to all these wacky, interesting,  places that take travel.  Runner’s World has benefited by allowing him to.  I met him 20 years ago when I went to race director’s conference the first year I started timing as PRIME TIME.  He was giving a spill on how to put on a race.  He was doing so with a straight face while all his audio visual examples were from a race called the BARE BUNS RUN.  Can’t ever forget a speaker like that!  He has always made me, and thousands of others, feel like we were one of the club.  Yes, I would say that Bart Yasso is the runner’s world’s icon.  It’s a good read.

And no, I did not get back to the pines and have the luxury to read his book.  Good thing I got to enjoy a lot of it on the plane flight back from Maui…and the connector flights back up to Jackson.  For once here, I am up and running.  I am launching a timing company called ITz ABOUT TIME for the west, southwest, and pacific northwest.  Many of the events up here need professional timing.  This area is budding into the fitness mecca and  is a place  worthwhile to travel to. In all my travels, there is no place like it.  And in all my eventing, there are no events like these.  They are a combined athletic pour out, fun first timers, picnic, band, food, hang, hotel or camp out stay day.  Not one of the events I attended or timed were anything, but this friendly.

September 22, 2012

Run, Everyone, Run!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Caren Ware @ 8:55 pm

Race Director, Rudy Huber starts marathon

Maui Marathon draws a large number of participants from Japan.  I can see why.  Most the Japanese marathons sell out and have lotteries.  Running is becoming a national fade.  A plane hop away, and they are running the coastline on a Hawaiian island.  Well, sort of.  The marathon starts on one side of the island, crosses it, and then comes up a long, long stretch of blue skies and blue seas.   It is pretty.  But this particular year, it was pretty HOT. The pavement baked many down to a crawl.  Even Bart Yasso’s first words when he corssed the finish line, “Brutal, that heat back there.”

The PRIME TIME guys know their programs and are very versed in the equipment.  They deftly unpacked all the timing equipment and made it happen for the crowds.  We were entertained with a volunteers space ship ,remote-controlled, flying camera that he and his electronic ace brother designed.  Hover.  Hover.  The sidelines comments were,  “This could come in handy if you wanted to ask a girl lounging on the beach on a date.  Hover. Hover. Note drops.  Yes.  That guy holding the remote over there.  Best electro nerd pick up line out there.”   It was different entertainment than we noramally get at a marathon finish.  And finish we did.  8 hours and 25 minutes later we got to finally take an evening and the next day to island it.  Plunging into clear seas was blist.  Thank you, Rudy for doing such a great job to make this a real island themed race on a really island themed island!

September 12, 2012

Run, Forest, Run!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Caren Ware @ 9:52 pm

What’s the WARRIOR CHALLENGE? It’s offered by Rudy Huber, Maui Marathon’s race director who is dedicated to making the event a full island experience.  The Challenge is seeing if you can do 3 events in one weekend:   1 mile, 5k, half or 1 mile, 10k, full.  As if a full marathon wasn’t enough!  The draw of the Front Street Mile, sponsored and staged right in front of the Bubba Gumps in Lahina, is the phenominal field of elite 1 milers…sub 4 minute milers for men, and sub 4:30 for women.  These elites are surrounded by kids and their parents, masters runners, and open runners.  Lots of islanders come to test out their own speed.  The narrow Front Street is lined with cheering spectators and the clock is ticking. It is an intense set of heats to time.  It’s intensity gives it a flare all its own.  I actually love what the Front Street Mile does to running.  Encourages everyone to try.  I personally thanked the firmly fit elites for making the journey to run this race.  They all chided, “You are thanking us for coming to Maui! Shhhhzzzz” You can go to www.resultsbyprimetime.com and click on the results and find out who they all were.  “The girls?  Well.  They are so cute and teeny I want to put them in my pocket and take them home with me” comments one of our staff.  The boys are lean and Prefontainy.  Only a very few can run a mile under 4 minutes. Only an elite few.  And there’s Bart Yasso from Runner’s World going to Warrior on, Runner’s World road racing icon .   Having him there completes the ‘this is a cool event’ package.

September 10, 2012

CONTRAST THIS, best of both in the USA

Filed under: Uncategorized — Caren Ware @ 11:40 pm

Ryan Henry and Michael Allen are graduates from Boston Universities and from the east coast.  They are the very capable and competent energy that bought PRIME TIME .  I had to encourage them to explore this destination island…because we were about to take on  Maui’s very own WARRIOR CHALLENGE.

September 6, 2012

One for the road…

Filed under: Uncategorized — Caren Ware @ 11:23 pm

No.  No more drinks.  I am leaving Jackson in the prime season. Though tourists are all  back to work and school, this place is at its prettiest.  I have to fly to Los Angeles and meet up with the NEW PRIME TIME TEAM and go to Maui, Hawaii.  Everyone is saying, oh…poor you.  But I am sincerely torn.  Both Maui and Wyoming have great sunsets this time of year. So I bag a peak.  That’s west talk for hiking up something that could take more than a day, but you just do it.  One of the skinny ski workers lives in Alpine and was letting us know there is an entire backyard of rarely traveled to mountains.  I had to see. And of course, I huffed up it like a horse.  What’s with my lungs?  They finally give up and start cooperating, but that start-up is pretty noisy.  Guess I am getting that older engine sound! 

September 5, 2012

Buzzzzzed…

Filed under: Uncategorized — Caren Ware @ 11:10 pm

After a breezy day of cycling, I returned to my live aboard apartment…the one that is the size of a sailboat, and started laundry.  I was hungry. Really hungry.  Someone said the good thing about Jackson is that it has so many outdoor activities that  churn up an appetite , than it has so many good places to eat to satisfy that appetite.  I chose PICA’s, a very tasty South American  restaurant.  My mouth was dry and I had been warned that this altitude and the arid air of Wyoming required lots of hydration.  Though only two blocks away, I drove to PICAs because my laundry was in the queue to have to be put in the dryer. I  could have easily walked.  The line to order was out the door. PICA’s,and almost all the Jackson restaurants,are packed June, July, and August. The waiter apologized that the ‘to go’ order would take a while.  He offered a good option.  Have one of their sought after Margueritas.  Sounded perfect to my parched lips.  I rarely drink alcohol.  So rarely, I can count only two times that I have every been soundly drunk.  This was the third.  That salted glass went right to the whooze.  I was stunned as I high stepped it home, leaving my truck soundly parked at the curb.  Here’s a trick.  Try to put quarters in a coin operated dryer when….buzzzed.   So…is the lesson of the day,  altitude dehydrates and alcohol intoxicates faster when dehydrated?

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