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Santa Cruz Endurance Has a New Internet Home!

This week, SCE launched a new website and going forward, you can find all of our new posts there!

So check out what SCE has been up to and what’s were planning at www.scenduranceteam.com.

You can also become a member at the new site!

You can also become a member at the new site!

Wharf to Wharf

Last month, the Santa Cruz Endurance team made an impressive showing at the 41st Annual Wharf to Wharf 6 mile race. The race, which starts just south of the Santa Cruz Wharf and ends at the Capitola Wharf, is a competitive road race that includes runners from all over the world. It’s a popular event with 15,000 registered racers, many bandits, and even more spectators.

SCE runners heading to the start line

SCE runners heading to the start line

Many runners aim to make it in the top 100 finishers in their gender category. SCE runners were no exception. We had five women and three men find spots in the elusive list!

SCE coach Aaron sprinting to his finish!

SCE coach Aaron sprinting to his finish!

Look at Julian's sprint!

Look at Julian’s sprint!

Rhodes's coming in strong!

Rhodes’s coming in strong!

Can't miss Benoit in those green shoes!

Can’t miss Benoit in those green shoes!

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Bob edging past the competition

Additionally, two SCE runners, Leslie Haverstock and Meg Gudgeirsson scored new personal records at the event! Leslie’s PR secured her a spot in the top 100 too! Congrats ladies!

Leslie aiming for that PR!

Leslie aiming for that PR!

Meg finishing her race!

Meg finishing her race

SCE runners crossing the finish line together

SCE runners crossing the finish line together

Finally, SCE wants to congratulate Kim Thomas on running her 10th Wharf to Wharf and also placing in the top 100! Wow Kim!

Kim celebrating her 10th Wharf to Wharf with her dad! So sweet!

Kim celebrating her 10th Wharf to Wharf with her dad! So sweet!

The coveted Top 100 Finisher jacket

The coveted Top 100 Finisher jacket

But SCE isn’t all running and no play! After the race, team members gathered together for brunch, complete with mimosas to toast our fabulous team!

The strong ladies of SCE!

The strong ladies of SCE!

Can't forgot our guys!

Can’t forget our guys!

What a great looking team!

What a great looking team!

Busy SCE Racers!

It’s been a while since SCE had a blog post, but we have an excuse… we have been busy racing!!! Since the Capitola Half Relay, SCE members have participated in 5ks, 5 milers, 10ks, trail runs, triathlon, aquathlons, and, of course, Wharf to Wharf.  We’ll save the Wharf to Wharf recap for a separate post (but spoiler, SCE runners ran a stellar race!) and focus on all the others races. SCE members represented the team not just in California but also Illinois and even internationally! What a great couple of months!

Auburn Half Ironman May 19, 2013
Johann Schimmel kicked off our races by racing the Half Ironman, coming in 5th in his age group and 21st overall. His finishing time was an impressive 5:50:06!

Mardi Gras Mushroom Festival 5k May 25, 2013
Our speedy lady, Leslie Haverstock, began her PR streak at the local Mushroom Festival by winning the women’s race!

San Jose Giant Race 5 Miler and 5k June 1, 2013
Five SCE ladies came to the SJ Giant Race to kick off June. While Meg and Hillary ran the 5 miler for fun and to support their teammates, Elise Nelson, Trinity Magas, and Leslie raced the 5k. Leslie took first place (19:41 another PR!), while Trinity finished right behind her for 2nd place (20:09). Elise took 1st in her age group (21:30).

Meg, Leslie, Trinity, Elise, and Hillary post race

Meg, Leslie, Trinity, Elise, and Hillary post race

Steamboat Classic June 15, 2013
Leslie traveled to Illinois to make her annual run at the 4 mile Steamboat Classic. She finished with a speedy time of 26:30, making her one of the top 25 women finishers at a very fast race.

Reservoir Olympic Triathlon June 16, 2013
The always fast Julian Sunn finished the olympic sprint tri in 2:06:09 in Morgan Hill.

Ironman Coeur d’Alene June 23, 2013
Monica traveled to Idaho to race in the Ironman triathlon. She finished in 12:14:39, a 90 minute PR! Wow!

Monica Martinez rocking the bike!

Monica Martinez rocking the bike!

Merrell Challenge Pachacamac 11k  June 23, 2013
Elise ran her first trail race this summer in Peru! Finishing the race in 1:11:24 made her the 9th woman finisher.

Threshold Racing, Stevens Creek Aquathlon June 23, 2013
Daniel Wirls took first overall in this semi-local event, that includes a one mile swim followed by a three mile run.

Santa Cruz Firecracker 5k & 10k July 4, 2013
SCE had several runners to represent the team at the local Santa Cruz 4th of July race.
In the 5k, Kim Thomas took 2nd her age group (20:51). Johan took 2nd in his age group as well (21:10).
In the 10k, Jeremy Page ran an impressive 45:09 on a hard, hilly course! In his age group, Dan Wirls took 1st and 10th overall (40:05).

Coronado Independence Day 5k July 4, 2013
While her teammates raced in Santa Cruz, Meg ran closer to her hometown at the Coronado 5k. She took 5th in her age group (22:10).

Meg in the 1st mile of the Coronado 5k

Meg in the 1st mile of the Coronado 5k

Santa Cruz Dip and Dash Aquathlon July 14, 2013
Dan W. competed again this time at an aquathlon closer to home. He finished the 1500m and 4 mile run 2nd in his age group and 5th overall (47:20).

Serre Chevalier July 14, 2013
Another SCE international racer! Benoit Pelczar showed off his speed at this night trail race with a finishing time of 46:06.

Jungle Run Half Marathon July 14, 2013
Dan McKinnon finished 3rd in his age group (1:27:35) and looked pretty strong running it too!

Dan McKinnon on the Jungle Run course

Dan McKinnon on the Jungle Run course

Vineman July 27, 2013
In the most recent event, Rohanna McCord competed in the Ironman in Wine County this past weekend, finishing with a time of 13:43:30.

What an exhaustive list of races and impressive performances by SCE team members! Look forward to upcoming recap of our Wharf to Wharf experience and mark your calendars for the Fall Edition of the Whale to Whale rogue race.

Capitola Half Marathon Relay

This past weekend was the 2nd annual Surfer’s Path Marathon & Capitola Half Marathon & Relay in Santa Cruz, California.

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Last year, a few of our members participated in the marathon and half marathon, after entering, but this year, we opted to put together 4 relay teams: a men’s team, a mixed team and 2 women’s teams.

But, before a race can happen, there has to be volunteers to put the race together, and SCE came together in a large part for that.  Elise is a committee member on Surfers Path Marathon & Capitola Half Marathon, and she recruited a few members to do race neighborhood notification a few weeks prior to the event as well as SCE members to work the registration/bib pick up table at the Expo the day before the event.  In return, SCE received free registration for all relay teams, as well as a number of free entries to next year’s event.

The half marathon relay started at 7:00am at the Boardwalk, along with both the marathon & half marathon races.  Being as it was a small event (1800), there wasn’t a big problem with all three events starting at the same time.  Our runners were up bright and early, and the first half of the relay runners were ready to go.

Charmin, Dan, Marty & Hillary at the start

Charmin, Dan, Marty & Hillary at the start

It was a quick start and then they were off.

The start

The start

Marty running into the relay transition

Marty running into the relay transition

Charmin headed into the relay transition

Charmin headed into the relay transition

And just like that, less than 50 minutes later all of our relay teams were onto the second leg.

Rebecca, Benoit, Meg & Leslie

Rebecca, Benoit, Meg & Leslie at the relay transition

Dan & Benoit were strongly in first place for the relay at this point (and therefore first place for the men’s division)

Benoit sprinting into the finish

Benoit sprinting into the finish

Rebecca & Marty were right behind them, in third place overall, and first placed for the mixed relay.

Rebecca striding into the sandy finish

Rebecca striding into the sandy finish

Just behind them were Leslie & Charmin, who took second in the women’s relay (behind two of our speedy friends Michelle & Margaret and another unknown team of 1 person…)

Leslie finishing strong on the beach

Leslie finishing strong on the beach

And our final team was Meg & Hillary, who came in 3rd place women’s relay without actually racing the event.  Imagine what would’ve happened if they had raced!

Meg coming into the finish strong

Meg coming into the finish strong

It was definitely a great day for SCE, two 1st places and very respectable 2nd & 3rd places behind some incredible competition.

The SCE Relay teams at the finish

The SCE Relay teams at the finish

And of course, a shot with the fabulous Laura who is our incredible photographer (and responsible for all photos in this post), and Elise, the fearless volunteer.

Hillary, Laura, Meg & Elise

Hillary, Laura, Meg & Elise

But, contrary to common thought, we’re not all about winning and seriousness, we have fun too:

Charmin & Leslie goofin' off

Charmin & Leslie goofin’ off

What a great weekend for racing, volunteering and just having fun as a team!

Boston Strong Santa Cruz Endurance

This morning SCE and Santa Cruz area runners embarked on our tribute run to Boston. We ran distances ranging 4 1/2 to 12 miles and enjoyed coffee at our favorite coffee shop, Verve, afterwards. We ran with old training partners and made new friends. It was a great morning to celebrate our love for running, the capturing of the second bombing suspect, and Boston.

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Thanks to all who came out!

Boston Tribute Run

Santa Cruz Endurance is hosting a Boston Tribute Run on Saturday April 20 at 7:15am.

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We are runners. We don’t have to run fast, or run marathons to call ourselves a runner. A mile is a mile, and 26.2 is still a marathon regardless of the time. Runners are a community. We chase one another, we cheer for one another, and we support one another. At no time in running history have we needed to do the latter more than right now. Therefore, on Saturday we will do just that.

Leaving from Verve Coffee on Seabright, we will head out for the Memorial Run for Boston. The run will be broken into two phases. At 7:15 a group will leave with the goal of getting in 5.5 miles. We will then return to Verve at 8:00 am to pick up any runners that would like a shorter run. Total distance will be 11-12 miles. Please wear Boston gear if you have it, and if not, please wear the trademark blue and yellow.

You can RSVP on facebook.

Tell your friends!

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April Whale to Whale Rogue Race

Santa Cruz Endurance is again hosting it’s rogue race, the Whale to Whale on April 14.

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Like all of the city, SCE was devastated by the tragic loss of Santa Cruz Police Department’s Sergeant Loran “Butch” Baker and Detective Elizabeth Butler. Keeping that in mind, 100% of the entry fees collected at the April 14 race will go to the Butler/Baker Scholarship Fund. Continuing with the SCE spirit of giving back, we are giving 100% of entry fees to the Butler/Baker Scholarship Fund. To honor the officers that lost their lives in the line of duty, be ready to toe the line with a MINIMUM donation amount of $10 payable to “City of Santa Cruz Baker/Butler Scholarship Fund.” We are happy to accept cash, but a check is preferred.

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The race begins at 8:30 AM outside the Seymour Long Marine Lab. Please arrive no later than 8:15 to sign a waiver, hand over your $$$, and get course directions. The race begins at the whale outside the Marine Lab. The course hugs the coast and ends just past the whale at the Natural History Museum, ending on the Seabright Beach. Join us for the after party at the Harbor Cafe.

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