Tuesday, May 30, 2006


Griffith Park (GP) and San Fernando (SF) WMRS Dominates 5k & 10k race held Memorial Day, 2006 - Descanso Gardens



2/ 1 ROBERT "The Ringer" LEONARDO 34:52 5:38 - GP
13/ 3 CHRIS QUESADA 37:21 6:02 PR - GP (Chris dukes it out with Hector to the finish line)
17/ 2 ANTONIO AREVALO 38:00 6:08 - SF
20/4 ABEL IBARRA 38:43 6:15 - SF
24/6 DOUGLAS MARTINEZ 39:40 6:24 - GP
33/3 EDWIN PALENCIA 41:01 6:37 - SF


36/ 1 ROSA AREVALO 21:33 6:57 - GP
37/ 2 BOB MACIA 21:37 6:59 - GP

51/ 5 LARRY MENDOZA 22:34 7:17 - GP

Monday, May 22, 2006

Did he cheat?

Did you know that this year's winner of the LA Marathon 65-69 division was a guy named Jimmy Toyama?

Jimmy Toyama lives in Hawaii. He is 68 years old. He was also listed as the age division winner last year, but he didn't receive his plaque. He didn't receive a plaque this year either. He didn't receive his plaques because he was disqualified, yet his name is still listed on the website. Why?

The real winner was Freddie Perez, Wild Mountain Runner Founder. Freddie is still listed as second place on the official LA Marathon website; however, Freddie has the 1st place plaque. He was unfairly pushed to second place by Jimmy. Furthermore, another local Sylmar runner named Trini was pushed from 3rd to 4th by Jimmy. Why Jimmy?

We would love to hear Jimmy Toyama's story. What happened Jimmy? Why did you do what you did?

Jimmy is currently running for the chairman of the Democratic Party of Hawaii (read about it here)

I wouldn't vote for him. In my book, he is a big-time LOSER.

However, I hope that I am wrong. I hope that it is just a simple misunderstanding. If it is, I will be the first to apologize to Jimmy, and I will be the first to congratulate him.

Let us know.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Wild Mountain Runners Spotted at Griffith Park

On any Sunday, you can find a bunch of Wild Mountain Runners over at Griffith Park.

The Boston Marathon Experience

More WMR Boston Finishers:

#10150 German Gutierrez 3:33:32
#4658 Ismael Favela 3:15:57
#6627 Ruperto Romero 3:14:13
#4165 Mario Tamayo 3:10:18
#3741 Jose Rosales 3:27:08
#8426 Julio Jaramillo 3:28:44
Hoberto Serrano 3:48:21
#10858 Alfredo Reina 3:48:48
#6891 Juan Romo 4:05:12

Photos courtesy of Chris Quesada WMR Staff

Chris and Betty just before the bus pick up.

Rosa lining up for the pasta dinner party.

Julio & Rosa

Pasta and all you can drink Harpoon Ale (Bostons most popular beer).

Main street historic Boston.

Party time!

Boston post-party happen to be on Chris' Birthday .

Rosa and I (Chris) were walking around downtown on our last day of stay in Boston and spotted this on somebody's apartment window. I thought it was very artsy display.

Like your first 5k race, half marathon, and first Los Angeles marathon or like your first date in high school or kiss from kindergarten. The first Boston Marathon was as memorable and exciting experience for all of us. It was a tough very hilly course. The women cheering from Wesley College (all girls school), the Hearth break hill, the crowd support, and the weather was unbelievable.

I knew that my goal of a sub-3 hour marathon was not to be. Even though I didnt set a PR, my time of 3:04:24 was still my 2nd fastest yet. Between now and 2007 Boston Marathon, Ill try to acheive that elusive sub. 3 hour marathon here in our own backyard. Good ol Flat Westcoast courses of Los Angeles County.

Id recommend to any runner that has the chance to qualify for Boston to participate ** at least once in their lifetime anyway.



(more photos will posted as they are submitted)

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Fast 12 Mile Run Hansen Dam - Sunland - Glen Oaks

From the Hansen Dam Swim Lake up to Foothill, over to Sunland Blvd. down to Glen Oaks all the way to Osbourne. Fast pace 12 mile training run.

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Malibu Creek Trail Challenge - 14 mile trail race 5/13/06

WMRs' Participate in Extreme Running!

This course is extremely rocky and a runner must expect to navigate over boulders, downed trees, and hidden roots the entire distance. The trail is tricky trail with plenty of opportunities to fall or twist an ankle or take a wrong turn. The top of the hill gets foggy so much that you cannot see further then 15 feet. I had to backtrack a couple of times to get back on the course.

With an overall winning time of 1:31 ish, shows this course is very tough race for even the toughest of road racers.

L-R Rosa, Chris, Jr, & JV

JVs' finishing time: 1 hr 59 mins. 28th overall

Rosa places 2nd (4 mi) in her division

Chris slips and fall while running down hill at the edge of a single track and crashes into a bush at mile 13.

Finishing time: 1 hr 58 mins. - 26th - overall

*I sat there for a while waiting in pain worst than a sting and tried to figure out what the hell happened.*

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Hahamonga Park 7 miles up and 7 miles down - SF

Click Here for Aerial Map of today's run

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

Friday, May 05, 2006

Father and Son run Big Sur Marathon 2006

By: Chris Quesada
Congratulations to marathon finishers father and son Gilbert and Marcos Varela. Marcos crossed the finish line in 3:26:41 . They say you should re-adjust your time goal to atleast 20 minutes more on this hilly but scenic course.

Macos did very impressive considering his very first marathon and limited training time. *You certainly picked a tough one Marcos... must have been your Dads idea*

Gilbert smiles for the camera as he crosses the bridge.
(Details to follow)