Tuesday, December 26, 2006


By: Gilbert Varela and Chris Quezada

After having delivered several billion gifts to children all over the world, Santa Clause (Angel *El Kenyano*) had enough energy to join the Wild Mountain Runner/Amarillo 2006 Christmas Run. If you look carefully at pictures of Santa, in order to get ready for the early morning Christmas run, Santa managed to lose 100 pounds going in and climbing out of chimneys. By the time Santa and his reindeers arrived at Griffith Park with a sack packed with dozens of tamales and champurrado, there were already scores or runners wearing Christmas red shirts and Santa hats ready to run.

By 7:45 a.m., the parking lot was teeming with excitement. By 7:55 a.m. the traditional team photograph was taken and off we went being led by old Santa himself. The route took the red horde through the Los Felix district until we arrived at the Bear statute, our traditional photo site. We then headed down Western until we hit Hollywood Blvd. and turned west towards Highland. Seeing Santa in full gear being followed by 50 taller than average elves, many curious and jolly motorists and bystanders honked and shouted out Christmas greetings ** not to mention a few Scrooges and sleeping drunks who might have shouted out a few expletives for having been awaken by the sounds of our chimes and cowbells.

After running approximately 3 miles, Santa, in consultation with his elves, decided to take photos at the Chinese Grumman Theatre. As we approached the theatre we were spotted by throngs of mostly Chinese tourists and immediately they began to take photos. Fascinated that we may be all part of a planned Hollywood act, they posed with the group and clamored to take photos with Santa and the group. Ernesto *Mostachon* Davila appeared to be the most popular with the ladies, one of them actually sat on him lap. This was one of the best parts of the run as little children eyed Santa with delight. I could not help notice the sparkle in their eyes. We then headed off to the Highland/Hollywood Metro Station. All rides are free on Christmas so we headed towards the Sunset/Vermont station.

On the way several of our female and male members (Guiellermo, Rosa, Donna and Chris) gave us a short but enticing dance performance that includes a twirling around a metal bar (!).

From the Sunset/Vermont Station we headed off to Donnas house. Climbing a short but steep hill we arrived at her Silverlake house (a beautiful house with a great view of the lake) and there we were treated to Donna?s hospitality with snacks, water, soft drinks, and of course ? Beer! Sergio Palomares, otherwise known as *Cuarto Marathon*, sang for us and after 15 minutes of rest, we headed off to Griffith Park. To replenish our body strength, tamales and champurrado was distributed by Santa Clause and some of his helpers. It was another wonderful Christmas Run!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Years to all runners and children around the world!!

Leonel Avalos and friend

(Leonel came in 1st overall at the Long Beach International City Bank Marathon 2006 with a finishing time of 2:27:24)

When Guiellermo is not training for 100 milers, he conducts classes for exotic pole dancing.

(Pole dancing in the train going 40 mph is not easy as it looks)

Santa's most wanted

Chinese theater (below)

Fern Dell

One lucky Santa

Douglas and Maggie

El Coach and his student Rosa

Mario, Rosa, and Douglas

Santa's Huntington Park helpers
Coach Paco's students

Santa's sssspecial helpers (oooh la la)

Seriously... that is one lucky Santa!

Sunday, December 17, 2006

San Fernando WMRs Brave Cold & Run JPL Mountain

14 miler with snow visable in the mountains.
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Wednesday, December 13, 2006

The New Las Vegas Half and Full Marathon Dec. 10, 2006

Alex poses with Chris' Ex-girlfriend

Alex Trujillo 1:58:17

Victor Rodriguez
One of our newest WMR member finishes strong @ 1:37:53

Ismael Favela 3:46:30
(Ismael suffered from injury while on the race course. Hope you feel better coach)

Mario Oscal 1:42:12 half

Chris Quesada 3:02:38
*Everything was great through mile 8, but then the cold headwind slowed everybody bigtime* said Chris

Carlos Larios 2:59:48

Rosa, Chris & Alex pose before the race - taken 5:15 am

Photos to come...

Felipe Reynoso 1:45:33 half

Julio Jaramillo 3:39:00

Rosa Areval 2:00

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Los Angeles Inaugural Half Marathon - December 03, 2006

Congratulations to all top finishers:
Melissa - 1st division, Rafa - 1st division, Antonio - 2nd division, Carlos Larios - 3rd division, Carlos Galdamez - 3rd division

Melissa Peralta
Women: 4 out of 1809
F 25-29: 1 out of 284
FINISH: 1:31:02
pace: 6:58
(thanks to her conejo Chris )

Rafael Ramos
Place Overall: 5 out of 3648
Men: 5 out of 1839
M 40-44: 1 out of 283
FINISH: 1:13:36
pace: 5:38

Rigoberto Contreraz
M 25-29: 5 out of 185
FINISH: 1:23:21
pace: 6:22

Los Gatos

Carlos Galdamez
Place Overall: 11 out of 3648
M 40-44: 3 out of 283
FINISH: 1:20:19
pace: 6:08

Antonio Arevalo
M 50-54: 2 out of 181
FINISH: 1:26:04
pace: 6:34

Carlos Larios
Men: 9 out of 1839
M 30-34: 3 out of 293
FINISH: 1:19:56
pace: 6:06

Roberto Perez
M 55-59: 4 out of 118
FINISH: 1:39:15
pace: 7:35

Felipe Reynoso
FINISH: 1:40:58
pace: 7:43

Mario Molina
FINISH: 1:51:49
pace: 8:32

Magdalena Fernandez
FINISH: 1:53:01
pace: 8:38

Douglas Martinez
FINISH: 1:30:38
pace: 6:55

Maria Loera
FINISH: 2:02:59
pace: 9:23

Julio Jaramillo

Gilbert Varela

Jaime Ortiz

Gonzalo Burgos
M 50-54: 22 out of 181
FINISH: 1:45:53 pace: 8:05

Mario Oscal

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Rafael Ramos Wins 5k at City of Commerce Turkey Trot

By: Chris Quesada
Let's all congatulate Rafa, a dedicated Wild Mountain Runner who won 1st place overall at the City of Commerce Turkey Trot on November 23, 2006. Rafa has been one of our most consistent and top WMR runners over the past years. With a personal best of 2:30:15 marathon, his current training regimen, running skills and performance are compared with elite-level athletes. Rafa ran cross country for Glendale College for a few years and has accelarated since them. * Running many years and experience has taught me how to train, what works for me and what doesnt* said Rafa. Now in the masters division, Im sure his performances will be unbelievable. Congratulations again Rafa!


Rafa gets interviewed by the local media, after handed a huge 1st place trophy



Carlos poses with Rafa