Today was chilly with a persistent rain all day at our house. Neither of us
was motivated to get outside to run or walk. It was a perfect day to hunker down
inside the house on our comfy recliners in front of the fireplace and read.
Since we're considering selling our house and going on the road in our RV full
time, we've been organizing and sorting some things that we can sell,
donate, hand down to younger family members, or recycle before listing the
place for sale. We have to carefully
balance what we really want to keep versus what is extraneous to our lives at
Whenever empty nesters and older folks downsize, some hard decisions often
have to be made. In our case, we plan to purchase another house or condo after
several months or years indulging our gypsy muses. (Where did I get this nomadic
DNA? My other close family members are so stable!) That means storing the
"keepers" after selling our house, not getting rid of almost everything like
some full-time RVers do.
Camping at Huntsville State Park, TX last winter; we're
headed there again in a few weeks.
Because of our traveling lifestyle we don't subscribe to very many magazines
any more. Several of them, like Consumer Reports and traveling/camping
magazines, we get online now. We've had no trouble donating or recycling most
of the old magazines we've had lying around the house, even Trail Runner magazine.
But there are two publications we've definitely decided
to keep and store: all the AT Journeys and
UltraRunning magazines we've gotten since initially subscribing to them.
PERUSING OLD ULTRA RUNNING MAGAZINES
I started getting UR in late 1990 or early 1991, about two years before I actually had the
guts to run my first ultra marathon, the 1992 Mountain Masochist 50+ miler in
Virginia (which is fairly close to our current house). I learned a lot about training for ultras, the races that were
offered then, and the names of people who frequented them. I wanted to be one
those people who could run all day on mountain trails!
My first ultra -- not some easy 50K, but
MMTR with its notorious
"Horton Miles" (i.e., 3-4 miles longer than advertised)
It was a thrill to
find my own name among the finishers when I started running ultras
myself. Of course, back then we didn't have real-time internet updates as
the races were being run, or even final results on the race website within
a few hours after the race was over. Ha! I don't think there were any
race websites then. We had to wait (gasp!) two or three months to see published
Today Jim and I sat and leafed through three or four dozen UR issues from the
The black-and-white magazine was edited and published in those days by Peter Gagarin,
Fred Pilon, and Stan Wagon (emeritus), before Don Allison's long tenure as
editor. For those new to the sport, UR didn't include any colored ads or
photos until recently, after being sold to John Medinger, Lisa Hensen, and Tia
Even though Jim didn't begin running ultras until
1997 he really enjoyed reading some of the early-90s race reports and other
articles, especially those by our favorite writer, Gary "Laz" Cantrell.
I noted with
interest the races I marked as "want to run someday" -- some I
have, many I haven't, and some bit the dust before I could run them. I
especially enjoyed re-reading about
the races I did run back then. Those were the days when I placed well in classic
ultras like Mountain Masochist, Strolling Jim, and LeGrizz, races that were
well-established then and still
challenge runners to this day.
Jim and I marveled at how many of the runners we know, how many we've heard of but
may have never met, how many are still actively participating in ultras today
(running, directing, and/or volunteering), and how many have
dropped off our radar screen. Sadly, some have also died in the ensuing years.
I'm going to list many names in alphabetical order that I saw repeatedly in the
1991-1994 issues of UltraRunning. Please forgive me if yours was there
and I missed it; this is by no means an exhaustive list, just folks with
whom I'm more familiar (many who lived in the East, since I was in the Atlanta
area at the time).
See how many names you recognize and think
about "where they are now" in terms of running or enjoying other
Runners who are newer to the sport will see some names they've never
heard. As my own role in ultra running diminishes with age, I wonder who will
recognize my name in ten or twenty years.
FAMILIAR ULTRA NAMES FROM THE EARLY 1990s
WOMEN: Eleanor Adams Robinson, Po Adams, Janice (DeHaye) Anderson, Ruth
Anderson, Mo Bartley, Sally Barwick, Suprabha Beckjord, Claudia
Berryman-Shafer, Pat Botts, Randi Bromka, Sandra Brown, Lorraine Bunk, Bonnie
Busch, Danielle Cherniak, Kris Clark-Setnes, Shelby (Hayden) Clifton, Mary
Croft, Dipali Cunningham, Theresa Daus-Weber, Pat and Vicki DeVita, Kathy D'Onofrio
Bobbie Dixon, Nancy Drake, Linda Elam, Chrissy (Dureya) Ferguson, Lucinda
Fisher, Lin(da) Gentling, Lorraine Gersitz, Susan Gimbel, Eldrith Gosney, Nancy
Hamilton, Kathy Harshbarger, Terri Hayes, Margrit Howard, Margaret (Smith)
Heaphy, Dot Helling, Marge (Adelman) Hickman, Anne Huntzicker (below) . . .
Anne Huntzicker (L) is wearing her 1992 MMTR
sweatshirt after the race.
Anne is still running and I still have that sweatshirt to commemorate my first ultra!
extraordinaire Leland Gammon is on the right.
. . . Kristina Irvin,
Sue Kainulaninen, Betsey Kalmeyer, Sandra Kiddy, Geri Kilgariff, Helen Klein,
Mary Ann Klute, Carol LaPlant, Maria Lopez, Dixie Madsen, Nancy March, Louise
Mason, Jo May, Ellen McCurtin, Linda McFadden, Donna McGovern, Maureen McGrath,
Barbara McLeod, Diana McNamara, Barbara Miller, Rebecca Moore, Jonie Mork,
Claudia Newsome, Sue Norwood, Janice O'Grady, Susan Olsen, Lynn O'Malley, Alene
Nitsky, Rose Papp, Debbie Peebles, Lou Peyton, Margaret Phillips, Pam Reed,
Noel Relyea, Linda Sledge, Melissa (Lee) Sobal, Laurie Staten, Suzi
Thibeault, Sue Ellen Trapp, Ann Trason, Luann Turrentine, Geraldine "Lady G"
Wales, Kathy Welch, Pat "Trail Patty" Wellington, Suzanne Williams, Margie
Withrow, Louise Wholey
Mike and Marge Hickman are all dressed up for the 2004
Leadville Boom Days celebration.
This is a different Mike Hickman than the runner made
famous in the recent book
"Born to Run," who is now known as Micah True.
MEN: Don Adolf, Carl Anderson, Jurgen Ankenbrand, Gordy
Ansleigh, Rob Apple, Kirk Apt, Byron Backer, Ernst Baer, Dan Baglione, Jim
Ballard, Ralph Balsamo, Richard Benyo, Harry Berkowitz, Patrick Binienda, David
Blaikie, Bob Boeder, Alfred Bogenhuber, Bruce Boyd, Dan Brannen, Dan Brenden,
Jack Bristol, Gary Buffington, Tom Bunk, Buzz Burrell, Pat Caffrey, Gary "Laz"
Cantrell, John Cappis, Doyle Carpenter, Matt Carpenter, Trishul Cherns, Ken
Chlouber, Don Choi, Joe Clapper, Rae Clark, Eric Clifton, Alan Cohn, Dick
Collins, Dave Combs, Ted Corbitt, Sean Crom, Joe Dabes, Anstr Davidson, Cliff Davies, Ed
Demoney, Henry Deupree, Bill Dickey, Mark Dorian, Dave Drach, Jim Emig, Bill
Finkbeiner, Alan Firth, Jim Fisher, Bruce Fordyce, Robin Fry, "Frozen" Ed
Furtaw, Peter Gagarin, Dale Garland, John Geesler (below) . . .
John Geesler (L) and Ray Krowlewicz
celebrate the finish of
their 72-hour run at Across the Years (ATY)
on January 1, 2009.
. . . Bill Gentry, Prasad Gerard,
Henri Girault, Aaron Goldman, Rob Grant, Tom Green, Jeff Hagen, Jussie
Hamalainen, Rick Hamilton, Gordon Hardman, Mark Heaphy, Herb Hedgecock, Dennis
Herr, Ben Hian, Mike Hickman, Gary Hilliard, Jeff Hinte, Kent Holder, Bob
Holtel, Al Howie, David Horton, Heikki Ingstrom, Rick Innamorato, Randy Isler,
Tom Johnson, Lou Joline, Andy Jones, Ben Jones, David Jones, Errol "Rocket"
Jones, Bill Keane, Johnny Kenul, Karl King, Norm Klein, Dennis Klute, Ray "K"
Krowlewicz, Leo Lightner, Andy Lovy (next photo) . . .
Andy Lovy is all smiles at the end of
the ATY 72-hour race on January 1, 2009.
. . . Joe Lugiano, David Lygre, Joe Magruder, Steve Mahieu, Leonard Martin, Rob McNair, Don
McNelly, John Medinger, Bill Menard, Milan Milanovic, Dana Miller, Scott Mills,
Andy Milroy, Stu Mittleman, Art Moore, James Moore, Jim Musselman, Tom Nelson,
Andy Nicholl, Ray Nicholl, Blake Norwood (no relation to me), Valmir Nunes, Joe
Oaks, Jim O'Brien, Kevin O'Grady, Phillip Parker, Steve Papp, Fred Pilon, Roy
Pirrung, Ray Piva, Jim Pomroy, Rolly Portelance, Tom Possert, John Price, Brian
Purcell, Paul Reese, Fred Reimer, Jesse Dale Riley, Kurt Ringstad, Larry
Robbins, Wendell Robison, Tony Rossman, Tom Rowe, Mike Sandlin, Johnny
Sandoval, Dwayne Satterfield, Ray Scannell, Rich Schick, Joe Schlereth, Lee "El
Burro" Schmidt, Chris Scott, Dave Scott, Kevin Setnes, Regis Shivers, Sr.
(below) . . .
Regis Shivers, Sr. on the cover of the
November, 1991 UltraRunning magazine.
. . . Steve Siguaw, Larry Simonson, Marv Skagerberg, Jim Skophammer, Tom Sobal,
Karsten Solheim, Rick Spady, Tom Sprouse, John Stowers, Pete Stringer, Brandon Sybrowski, Herb
Tanzer, Mark Tarr, Dink Taylor, Gene Thibeault, Dan "Dirt" Thompson, Charlie
Thorn, Carl Touchstone, "Micah True" AKA Mike Hickman (not the same Mike
Hickman above), Rick Trujillo, Glen Turner, Bill Turrentine, Tim Twietmeyer,
Marshall Ulrich, Fred Vance, Steve Varga, Dick Vincent, Dave Waraday, Jeff
Washburn, Scott Weber, Max Welker, Richard Westbrook, Danny Westergaard, Nathan
Whiting, Jose Wilke, Ed Williams, Don Winkley, Hal Winton, Gary Wright
Like I said, I've listed folks whose names are familiar to us, not everyone
who was running ultras back then. I wonder if Bob and Tom Hayes, Liz McGoff,
and Peter Bakwin were doing ultras then? If I've missed someone really obvious or have
misspelled any names, please let me know.
TO KEEP OR NOT TO KEEP?
After immersing ourselves in old issues of UltraRunning for several
hours, Jim said we should definitely keep them. I had wanted to do that all
along, but figured he'd want to offer them to local friends or folks on the
ultra list so we didn't have to store them. I'm glad we decided to keep them!
We have almost every issue from April, 1991 through this year. Several years
ago I threw away a few older issues, then realized what a treasure I had and
kept the rest.
And we'll definitely be keeping the November, 2005 issue(s)!!! For those
readers who didn't follow our AT Adventure Run, we were on the cover of that
one -- a once in a lifetime event for average runners like us! When Don
Allison sold the magazine, he generously sent us a bunch of copies of that
issue to give to friends and relatives.
Of course we framed it! You would, too.
There are some other running items besides old issues of UR that are no-brainer "keepers" for me,
at least for
as long as it's practical, either in storage or with us in the camper
as we traipse around the country:
- 30 years of my running logs; Jim keeps his information on his
computer, but I prefer to do it the old-fashioned way with pen and paper
- photos and albums from races BWJ (before website journal)
- much of our running gear and supplies, even if we don't take all of it in
the camper with us; you never know when we might need some of it (typical
excuse of everyone who hoards too much stuff!)
- most or all of our ultra race folders, although I can
eliminate some of the papers in them and toss the ones we know we'll never run
- the box full of 1996 Olympics memorabilia when I volunteered throughout
the Games and carried the torch a few
hours before the opening ceremony in Atlanta (I have my torch, too!)
Definite keepers from the 1996 Olympics Torch Run
- everything to do with our Appalachian Trail and Colorado Trail journey
runs -- maps, books, articles, albums, album supplies, patches,
certificates of completion, etc. Those were the absolute high points of my
running career, even better than the Olympics because I was the athlete, not
Some other running-related items are more problematic to me as we decide
what is practical to keep (it's not always easy being "practical").
What about all the running books we've collected? There are three or four
dozen of them. Some are real classics, like John Parker's And Then the
Vulture Eats You. That compilation of several ultra distance events by
various runners is going for a minimum of $88.95 on Amazon.com right now!! No
way I'd sell it anytime soon.
Parker's Once a Runner. Noakes' Lore of Running. Sheehan's
Running and Being and other classics. More recent books like our
Roanoke friend Neal Jamison's Running Through the Wall? We'll definitely
keep those, but we can't keep all the others forever and forever.
What to do, what to do?
I simply can't keep all the notebooks I compiled during my road running days
with race numbers, results, and articles from hundreds of races, but gosh, they
are interesting to go back and read. Nor do I need three years' worth of
Atlanta Track Club minutes, notes, and budgets when I was a board member. That
box is easier to shred.
Then there is our ever-growing collection of shirts. Ironically, some of the
ones we like the best are race volunteer shirts, not even entrant or
finishers' shirts! We each have 20-30 favorites that we wear the most
frequently; they have a special place in our closets and drawers. But even though we've
donated dozens of race shirts and sweatshirts over the
years, we still have six or seven large plastic bins of them in the basement.
How many should we keep? How do we decide?
My first and last Peachtree Road Race shirts: 1982 - 1999
To save space, I've already cut out the designs on the ones I most
want to keep, either to remind me of the race or to maybe someday make quilts
or more wall hangings -- like the eighteen Peachtree Road Races I ran, the
intricate Nature Conservancy and Tar
Baby designs, the prestigious Boston Marathon and Western States shirts, the first
and I ran together, my first marathon, my first sub-40 minute 10K, the first
road race I won . . .
How can I possibly give those away??
I can't, at least not yet.
Nice pottery from Miwok 100K (our finishers'
medallions at bottom), senior masters awards at
Bighorn 50-miler (Jim's L center, mine R
center), and my AG award from McDonald Forest 50K
Figuring out what to do with our remaining race trophies, plaques,
medallions, buckles, pottery, posters, and other memorabilia is another challenge for similar
reasons. We worked hard for those! I gave away most of those objects from my
road running days (marathons and shorter distance races) when I moved from
Atlanta to Montana ten years ago, but there are some finishers' and age group
awards that are harder to part with, especially the ultra-distance ones from
the past seventeen years.
They are part of who I am.
100-mile buckles (clockwise from top):
Western States, The Bear, Wasatch Front, Across the Years,
Arkansas Traveler, and Leadville.
All are Jim's except Arkansas Traveler, my first 100-miler finish.
Maybe we can keep a couple boxes of awards to look at when we're in a nursing
home thirty years from now . . . along with the photo albums, race
shirts, running logs, and UltraRunning magazines we simply had to keep!
"Runtrails & Company" - Sue Norwood, Jim O'Neil,
and Cody the Ultra Lab
© 2009 Sue Norwood and Jim O'Neil