Touchstone Running Club Spring and Summer Success
The Touchtone Running Club has had an active and successful spring and early summer with members participating in all sorts of events and racking up some impressive results.
Power house TR Club member, Carol Baker recently clinched the prestigious Ruth Anderson Cup. This series of three races is sponsored by Lake Merrit Joggers and Striders (LMJS) and is named after the pioneering ultra runner, Ruth Anderson. In order to win the Ruth Anderson Cup, a runner must be (1) female; (2) at least age 50; (3) the runner with the fastest total time over the course of three grueling East Bay races which include: the Tilden Tough
Ten, the Lake Chabot Trail Challenge (half marathon) and the Dick Houston Memorial X-C Woodminster Race (9 miles). Carol met and exceeded the test on all counts and with her final victory at Woodminster on June 20th, took home the Cup.
In Carol’s own words: “The races were great. Tilden Tough ten was the easiest as I am very familiar with that course. It was cold and windy as heck that day but that was OK. Touchstone had people on bikes all through race route to provide support which was awesome as I knew them all (Wendy organized that!) Lake Chabot ½ marathon was tough, long, and humid that day so it was hardest. Big hills for sure. Woodminster was intimidating but only two harsh hills (one mile long called the Woodmonster), weather was nice, and was not as hard as I thought it wouldbe.”
Needless to say the Touchstone Running Club is extremely proud of Carol!
From Left to Right: Touchstone Runners Deb Georges, Judy "Doc" Martin, Carol Baker, Tom Harrington
In addition to Carol’s wonderful accomplishment, here are a few notable mentions:
Susan Abrahamson PRs in the Oakland Marathon.
Nicole Churchill, Tom Harrington, Laura Walpert, Phil Yip all complete their first marathon in Oakland.
Deborah Georges, recently returning to the running scene, places 4th women overall at Bear Creek Half Marathon (Briones Park).
Wendy Georges competes in her 6th Ruth Anderson Ultra Marathon and wins her age group and sets a new 50 mile course record.
Judy Martin PRs on Tilden Tough Ten and finishes second in her age group.
Pat Ross finishes 3 women overall and 1st in her age group at the Oakland Running
Festival Twilight 5K- Marc Trotz finishes his first 50 mile ultra marathon at the American River 50 Mile Endurance Run.
Marc Trotz trotting along
The Touchstone Runinning Club consists of running enthusiast, many of whom spin at BIW and compete in various running events. Marc Trotz is the coordinator of the club and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information. The next club run (known as Trotting With Trotz) is Sunday, July 18, 2010. Meet at the intersection of Spruce and Grizzly Peak (in Berkeley) at 9:00 am for an approximately 2 hour recreational run in Tilden Park (mix of trail and road). Runners are invited back to Marc’s house for brunch following. If planning to join the run, RSVP to Marc via email.
Labels: Carol Baker, Marc Trotz, Touchstone Running