Monday, May 30, 2005

Griffith Park Gatos Party at the House of Chris

Sunday, May 29, 2005

Griffith Park 11 Miler - SF/GP

Roberto "Kadafi" Perez

Gilbert Varela

Sunday, May 22, 2005

Big Tujunga Canyon Lake Run 13 Miler - SF

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Friday, May 20, 2005

Placerita Canyon 20 Miler - SF

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Dago brought ceviche today!!! It was delicious. A bunch of us were waiting for Abel, Pepe and Bette to finish the Placerita Canyon run (around 20 miles), but most people left before I could take a photo, so I just took a photo of the 3 brave souls.

Saturday, May 14, 2005

Palos Verdes Marathon

Wild Mountain Runners Freddie, Patti and Ted before the race.

Thanks to Sal for getting us in for $10.00 each!

30 7 3203 TED MCDONALD 40 M M4044 SUN VALLEY CA 3:31:51 8:06 7th Place in Division

48 3 3202 FREDDIE PEREZ 64 M M6064 SYLMAR CA 3:41:42 8:28 3rd Place in Division

155 4 3201 PATTI KAHN 46 F F4549 GRANADA HILL CA 4:27:47 10:14 4th Place in Division

Palos Verdes Half Marathon 2005

4 250 RAMON CUEVAS 3303 63 1:52:30 4th Place in Division

177 20 3205 RODOLFO TREJO 49 M M4549 SYLMAR CA 1:48:40 35:04

What a marathon! Hills and heat and beautiful scenery. A real challenge.

Sunday, May 08, 2005

Veterans Memorial Park, Sylmar 14 Miler - SF

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Today's run was brutal...7 miles UP, and I mean UP!, and 7 down.

Monday, May 02, 2005

Wild Mountain Runner -- The legend of the name

By: Gilbert Varela

One early morning while running through the mountains of the Los Angeles National Forest, Freddy Perez, our club founder, suddenly crossed upon several large paw prints. He slowed his pace but continued on the narrow trail. Then again there they were, great paws prints that appeared and then suddenly disappeared into the thick brush. Freddy thought about the danger but it was excitement and inspiration that suddenly overwhelmed him. There he was running in the path of a wild animal. This animal was free to run and roam the mountain unhampered by civilization.

It was in the early 1980s when Freddy Perez began to run the mountains near his Sylmar home. By then, he and other San Fernando runners would sometimes get together for long runs in the mountain trails. Inspired by the giant foot prints of the mountain lion, he and his friends began to call them-selves the Wild Mountain Runners. It was Freddyâ??s admiration for the wild creature of the mountain that inspired the Wild Mountain Runners

Sunday, May 01, 2005

WMR Newsletter - April 2004

Jimmy Stewart Relay Marathon 2004
By: Chris Quesada

The participation of the WMRs at the Jimmy Stewart Relay Marathon event once again turned out to be a huge success. 45 WMR Runners consisting 9 teams, 5 from L.A. and 4 from San Fernando, competed in different divisions. The cat logo imprinted on our new uniform enable us to proudly advertise both our outstanding running club throughout the years and our level of commitment in running. The results we were able to achieve were impressive.

Congratulations to the following Jimmy Stewart Medalist -

WMR V placed 1st in the Seniors (corporate) Mens Division (Time 3:42) Team captain Ray - Our runners in this division are looking even better each year.

Team members: Ray, Benito; Gilbert; Carlos

WMR IV placed 1st in the Coed Division (Time 3:00) what a remarkable accomplishment! Just being in the top 3 would have been something to brag about, but to win it! Well done to team captain Larry and his team mates Araceli, Ricky, Rosa & Fernando.

Team members: 2 mile - Larry , Rosa , Fernando, Ricky & Araceli.

WMR Dream Team place 2nd in the Master (corporate) Men Division (Time 2:55). Team captain Roberto Perez once again lead a great team of runners. His only comment at the end was *not to brag, but we pull out the times, which prove us one of the best in the Masters Division of Jimmy Stewart (you show off.)

Team members: Roberto, Bob, German, Faustino & Sergio

San Fernando Valley WMR II placed 3rd (Time 2:56) Master (corporate) Men Division (If I were you Kadafee, Id closely look over your shoulder next year). Way to go San Fernando Gatos!

The fastest time of all the Wild Mountain Runners this year goes to WMR III who placed 9th overall in the Open Division @ 2:48 Team Captain Chris Quesada who began to strategize on where, how and when to exchange the baton paid off. Team members Victor, Ismael, Ramon, and Rodrigo all did excellent times (yah, we didnt get any recognition, but who wants a cheap medal anyway!)

Team members: Chris, Ramon, Victor, Rodrigo & Ismael

More results-

San Fernando WMR III placed 11th @ 2:57 Running Clubs Men Division
San Fernando Valley WMR III placed 5th 3:02 Master (corporate) Men Division
WMR IV place 15th @ 3:10 Running Clubs Men Division
WMR II place 29th @ 3:55 Coed Division

On behalf of the WMR Running Club, wed like to say special thanks to
By: Chris Quesada

To Angel -Keyano- from the Amarillo Running Club who helped to obtain major discounted rates on our entry fees. His networking has certainly been a bonus to the Wild Mountain Runners.

To Gilbert Varela whos responsibilities not only included raising money for the entry fees; barbequing delicious chicken (donated by Gilbert) and carne asada (donated by Julio), but also taking care of those who hung out just a bit too long at the beer garden (you know who you are)

To Steve Borough and Kitty, who arrived before the bats returned and reserved the tables for us at the park before the race. Last but not least, thanks to everybody who contributed to the picnic.

Quote to reflect on *

"In running, it does'nt matter whether you come in first, in the middle of the pack or last. You can say 'I have finished.' There is a lot of satisfaction in that"

-Fred Lebow

Almost Famous *
By: Chris Quesada

For those who were watching Fox 11 News @ ten p.m. on Wednesday, April 28, 2004 Maggie was interviewed by the news media after a mountain lion sighting at Griffith Park. She was very calm, very informative, very focused and clear on her responses. By the way, Maggie has been appointed our official WMR spokeswoman (she doesnt know about that yet).

Chris and Araceli who were caught on camera while stretching during the interview, have been offered a modeling contract with Nike. Both were admired by their *runners legs*. Both are still pending decision on the lucrative offer.

Cool Website *
By: Donna aka Ms. Speedy

For those hard-core runners who have internet access and want to seek information about international track and field, cross country news, as well as interesting articles and tons of information on injury treatment, nutrition, shoes, etc. check out this website:

This will definitely help you improve, focusing more into comprehensive training and running publishing.

Where is Di Di?????

Is he incognito dressed as a mountain lion? Stay tuned for more news.


Gato Profile: Roberto *Kadafi* Perez
by: Gilbert Varela

Roberto Perez trains like he competes and competes like he trains. Those who join his Sunday training runs know that they are in for a serious workout. Those who challenge him in any race know that they will have endured a lot of pain keeping up. To beat Roberto, you will have to spill your guts as the great Steve Prefontaine would say when challenged by competitors. Challenging himself and others has been Robertos trademark.

Roberto was born in Mexicali, Mexico, the youngest of five children. His love for competition began at an early age. At age 8 his baseball team, Los Piratas, won the Baja California state championship. At age 13, he immigrated with his family to the United States. Roberto later attended Belmont High School where he competed in soccer. At the Los Angeles City Soccer Championships he became a school hero when he scored three goals against Garfield High School capturing the championship. His interest in running began when he saw Belmonts cross-country team compete. Upon seen the competition Roberto said *I knew I could beat them* and soon joined Bob Macias (WMR member) who also ran for Belmont.

After graduating from Belmont, Roberto was drafted into the arm forces where he was honored as a distinguished airborne school graduate. He became a member of the 82nd Airborne Division and was sent to Vietnam soon after the massive 1968 Tet Offensive. No sooner was he in Vietnam when 5 of his 12 man killer team were lost in an ambush. He was soon chosen to be part of a 5 men recognizance team. It was in this capacity that he experienced more action against the Viet Cong. After serving honorably, he was discharged, enrolled at LACC where he studied police science and joined the MECHA Teatro Campesino. Roberto has two adult daughters and one adult son. He is a loving grandfather to Charisma, his only granddaughter. He is married to a wonderful lady named Estela. Roberto owns and operates Runner Freight, a truck delivery business.

Roberto joined the Gatos in 1984 when Freddy Perez met him at Griffith Park and asked him to join his then fledgling team. Since then he has remained a loyal and committed member. As a Gato, Roberto has run 32 marathons, including the Los Angeles Marathon, which is his favorite. He ran his best marathon time at the first LA marathon in 2:50. His fastes ½ marathon was at the grueling San Pedro ½ in 1:17:48. His best 5k was 17:03 and his fastest 10 k was 35:06. However, he is quick to say that his favorite run will always be Lake Isabella. At Isabella, Roberto competed in the 38 mile ultra and as a member of a relay team.

Roberto loves to train. His favorite training run is los columpios, a short but intensive farklet style run that uses part of the Tetrick trail. Those who want to get ready for a tough run should try it. (If you dare!). But be careful--Roberto hates *People that cut the course while training*


Newsletter article: December 1989

The Wild Mountain Runner Pack Shows Great Stamina
By: Roberto Perez

On Nov ember 22nd, the Wild Mountain Runners places seven runners in the top 30 slots at the Arturo Barrios Reebok Invitational. Despite the rain and cold morning, Javier (Guajach) Perez led the Wild bunch with an outstanding time of 31:03, which is an average of 5:03 per mile and was good enough for an overall 3rd place finish. Carlos Navarro finished 4th with a time of 31:24 and Roberto *El Chino*Rodriguez finished 7th with a time of 31:49.

Leading the seond pack of Lions was Master runner Steve Keyes. He crossed the finish line with a time of 33:22 and was the first master runner overall. Hot on Steves heels were Pepe *El Brochero* Gomez and Joel Sanchez with times of 33:30 and 33:34, respectively. German *Sorullo* Alonzo was right there with Pepe and Joel with an equally impressive time. German who has been coaching many of the Wild Mountain Runners at the Cal State LA track, accomplished what he had sad he would do, which was to break 34:00.

Salvador Arellano completed the course in 34:07. He said that he was disappointed with his performance, but considering that he was fighting a bad cold he did remarkably well. Faustino *El Cuete* Campos proved to Gilbert *4-mile* Varela that he is a force to be reckoned with by almost ousting Gilbert and finishing in 35:31, which was only a second slower than Gilberts time. I myself ran the race in 36:16, which is the fastest 10K Ive done in a long time. To everyone, CONGRATULATIONS.

JPL/NASA Trail from Hahamonga Park 14 Miler - SF

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Today, we ran the the JPL/NASA trail, starting from Hahamonga Park up 7 miles and down 7 miles.