Thursday, November 30, 2006

The Very First Annual WMR Tetrick Fun Run - Post Party - Group Shots

Full race event coverage to be updated

Fernandos angels -- Melissa and Rosa

Hungry Julio

South Gate WMRS

Amarillo Running Club

San Fernando WMRS

Hansen Dam WMRS

A big thank you goes out to all of the WMR volunteers and to all who donated food, water, drinks etc. .

Gilbert Varela * Race Director
Maggie Fernandez * Award search and posting * Finishing time captain
Roberto Kadafi Perez * Starter * Course worker
Rosa Arevalo * Award announcer * Place card director *Official timer

Rocky Aguilar * Pull tag worker
Bob Mancilla * Course worker
Julio Jaramillo * Post race entertainment (you had to be there)
Chris Quesada
* Photographer

Without your help this event would not have been possible .

Tetrick Fun Run - Award Ceremony

Top - Males *** Top - Females
1st Robert Leonardo -50.32 ***1st Janet Lam - 1.03.52
2nd Hector Lopez- 51.08 *** 2nd Donna Pittman - 1.08.17
3rd Carlos Larios - 52.47 *** 3rd Maria Loera - 1.17.17
4th Hilario Martinez - 53.08 *** 4th Ada Mestayer 1.23.17
5th Furgencio Motebello - 53.19 *** 5th Alejandra Trujillo 1.23.41
6th Ariel Rodriguez - 53.50 *** 6th Betty Khan - 1.24.19
7th Hector Soria - 54.32 *** 7th Sonia Ramos- 1.29.43
8th Carlos Galdames - 54.35
9th Jose Fernandez - 55.11
10th Jose Lopez - 55.48
3rd Place Carlos & 1st Place Roberto

All top finishers strike a pose with Freddie Perez, Founder of

the Wild Mountain Running Club Maria Loera 3rd Overall Female Finisher

Donna 2nd Place Overall Female Finisher

Ada 4th Place Overall Female

Alex 5th Place Overall Female

Roberto 1st Place Overall

Hector 2nd Place Overall

Carlos 3rd Place Overall

Tetrick Fun Run - Mile 3

Maria Loera

Mario Molina

Freddie Perez

Donna looking fresh @ mile 3


Hansen Dam Runner

Toby and Kenyano Jr. running and chatting

South Gate Gato

Salvador running effortless downhill

Fernando (again)


Angel Kenyano

Antonio Arevalo



Carlos (Hansen Dam Gato)


Hector Lopez still leading @ mile 3

Tetrick Fun Run- On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!

From L - R
Aguilar, Maria, Mario & Maggie

Roberto & Carlos

Rosa and Alex

From L - R

Abel, Alex, Maribell, Nancy, JV, Yvonne, Flaco, Kenyano

Donna and Janet

Fernando (again)

Monday, November 27, 2006

Tetrick Fun Run- Finishing Line

Am I really the last runner?

Patty finishing strong

The sky is falling

Mario, Maribell & Nancy

Mario looking good! (or atleast trying)

Big Dogg Felipe

Add Image

Apache running like the wind

Donna almost caught Freddie at the finish line



Janet 1st Female finisher

Vamonos Flaco

Angel JV in da house!

First Overall Winner!

Roberto Leonardo

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Gato Profile: Larry Mendoza

Posted by: Chris Quesada
I'd Like to dedicate this post to Larry Mendoza. A long time member of the Wild Mountain Running Club, and one of my few training mentors. Along with his many experiences and accomplishments, Larry has not only trained and competed at the elite level, but has personally coached me from time to time. One of Larry Mendozas running highlights was the San Diego Americas Finest Half Marathon back in August 23, 1987 where he ran 67 minutes ranking in sensational 8th place overall. *I can still recall that race said Gilbert Varela, he was in the front pack following the elites*.
Larry is someone you cannot miss at the park. Hes always saying hi and introducing himself to everybody that runs by. Like the bar called Cheers, where everybody knows Norm Peterson, Larry is just as popular at the park.

Click the following link to redirect article from Occidental College Faculty and Staff Newsletter.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Official Results Santa Clarita Half and Full Marathon - Nov. 05, 2006

By: Chris Quesada, WMR Staff
In Sunday's run, the team once again showed its domination in different age divisions. We had so much fun at the Santa Clarita Marathon. I want to extend special congratulations to all WMRS and to one in particular, Rafa Ramos, we are so proud of you! For those who didnt know, Rafa had to do physical work the day before with intensity and duration. Yet still after finishing second overall, on the strength after a long hard day on the job, the one question I asked Rafa. 'You were only a few seconds behind, do you think you would have come in first if you didnt have to work?' His only response was 'that is no excuse'. Spoken like a true Wild Mountain Runner.

I myself was very happy with my performance. One of my goals going into this race was to push my body beyond moderation to find out where Im at in all my trainings. Sorry Fernando. BTW, thank you Rosa, Coach Ismael, and Kadafi for your support and encouragement throughout the race course. You kept all of us motivated.

Special congratulations to our first place medalists: Donna Pittman (5K), Freddie Perez (Marathon) and Antonio Arevalo (Half Marathon). These guys rock!
Half Marathon

Go Rafa go ...


Rafael Ramos
2nd place overall - 1st age division 40-44
Pace 5:37

Carlos Larios
3rd place age division 30-34
Pace 6:00

Chris Quesada
3rd place division 35-39 (PR for 2006)
Pace 6:15

Hector Soria
Pace 6:24

Antonio Arevalo
1st Place Division 50-54
Pace 6:27

Fernando Mejia
Pace 6:37

Gonzalo Burgos
Pace 7:53

Raymond Prizgintas
2nd Place DivisionM 65-69
Pace 9:34


Robert Leonardo
3rd Place overall - 1st Age Division M-44
Pace 6:48

Freddie Perez
1st Place division M 65-69
Pace 8:12



Donna Pittman

Los Angeles, CA

1st Place Divison

Sunday, November 05, 2006

WMRs Sweeps Awards @ the Santa Clarita Full and Half Marathon - Nov. 05, 2006

(Click on Photos to englarge)

2nd place division finisher Ray

Rafael Ramos
2 nd Place Overall - 1st Place Division

WMR top finishers and family -

Ray, Chris, Antonio, Carlos, & Rafa

Chris (3rd place division) & Rafa (2nd place overall - 1st place division)

Im very happy with third place considering Rafa and I have been in the same age division (until this year), but I know I could build off of that .

From L - R

Chris, Freddie, Rosa, Ray, Alex

Freddie (WMR Founder) & Ray

Roberto Leonardo (1st overall marathon finisher 2005) and Rosa

Group shot from L - R

Rafa, Toby, Donna, Roberto, Rosa, Alex, JV

(more photos and full story to follow)