8 Dec 2012
Again, we were lucky with beautiful weather for
the Jingle Jog! Around 60 people turned up for the
event – it was good to see so many families
with children of all ages and a good assortment
of canine companions. Everyone did the standard
Jingle Jog (a 5k-ish run up and down the road) with
quite a few people opting in for the very mean elf’s
addition to the basic 5K. Oh yes…there were push
ups, sit ups, jumping jacks, leaping about, zip
lining, and a few dances with the elf.
Afterwards we shared baked ham, mimosas, and
other treats. The little ones (and some of the big
ones) roasted marshmallows.
Thanks everyone for the great turnout. We do
have a little girls’ purple velvet jacket that was
left behind, and a knit cap with a monkey’s face
and ears. Please give me a call if these items belong
to you – 375.2856.
Until next year! But beware…this elf gets meaner
and meaner as time goes by :-)
The OTHTC 2012 Ultra was run December
The date for the 2013 OTHTC Ultra is December
big congratulations to all of the 325 runners that braved
fierce winds to finish the High Desert Ultra or the
30k run on Sunday!
One veteran local who ran on Sunday stated that she
could not remember running in more brutal winds. At
the finish line, it became a constant challenge to keep
the finish chute standing upright. Eventually
the fight seemed futile, and the stanchions were allowed
to remain flopped over on the ground.
Ricardo Ramirez (pictured), 40, of Sun Valley, CA, won the 50k
race in 3:39:00. Kate Martini Freeman of Los Angeles,
31, was the women’s winner in 4:31:30. The military
award went to Joe Baumgarte, 42, of Las Vegas, in a
time of 4:37:07.
Winner of the 30k race was Fernando Blanco, age 33,
from Encinitas. He finished in 2:06:06. Lisa
Fink, 43, Valencia, was the first female finisher, in
Jim Madonna traveled from Fairbanks, Alaska to obliterate
the men’s 70-79 division course record in the 30K. His
time of 3:01:09 beats the old record of 3:48:57 set
by Marvin Powers in 2001. (Powers still holds
the 80-89 division records in both the 50K and 30k.)
Of the 325 finishers, 228 completed the 50k, while
97 finished the 30k.
You can take a look at results by clicking 50k
results and 30k results.
Tom Rafalski at the Highway Crossing
aid station posted over 600 pictures on Picasa. You
should be able to access them by clicking
Inyokern 10 Mile
May 5, 2012
for a few pictures at the finish.
Over the Hill Track Club PCT Fun
Saturday, May 12th
Runners and hikers gathered at the Pacific
Crest Trail intersection at Walker Pass. The air
was crisp and slightly cool at 7:30am, however the sun
was peaking over the mountains and promising a warm
ventured North on the PCT and began the immediate climb
on the welcoming single track trail. After a nice climb,
we were treated to views to the West and East and the
trees provided pleasant shade for the morning’s excursion.
It was a beautiful morning on a great trail with good
people and tasty treats at the end. Isn’t this the essence
of the OTHTC? The runners/hikers who enjoyed the PCT
fun run to the Jenkins Plaque and back were:
James Furnish (pictured)
2012 Laurel and B-Hardy ½ Marathon
March 31, 2012
people participated in the short or long version. The
short version ended up at 9.7 miles and the long course
was 14.7 miles or there abouts depending on how many
detours the runner took. The day was good for
running, cool with a nice breeze for the way back to
the start line. In the long course the first place
male was Joseph French with a time of 1:57 and the first
place female was Lena Comer with a time of 2:36. Big
thanks to Rick Miller for helping to mark the course
and manning the aid station. Also thanks to everyone
that came out and enjoyed the run. Female
winner Lena Comer (center) with her sister and
here for all results
River 50 Mile Endutance Run
April 7, 2012
Eric Kajiwara and Corky Furnish participated in the
American River 50 Mile Endurance Run on April 7th.
The race starts in Sacramento near the College
and ends at the Dam Overlook in Auburn.
The first 27 miles are run on the asphalt bike
path and the remainder of the course is on single track
path with both sections following the American River.
The last three miles to the finish were on an
uphill road. Eric finished in 10:58:03, barely
qualifying him to enter the Western States 100 Mile
Endurance Run lottery. Runners need to finish
a 50 mile race in under 11 hours to be able to
enter the lottery. Eric was paced for the last
1/8 mile by running legend Kathy D'Onofrio. Corky Furnish
was unable to make the cut off time at Rattlesnake Bar
and was pulled from the race at 41 miles. Both
runners were crewed by Jo Kajiwara and Della Delanda.
get into WS, an applicant will enter the lottery along
with 2000+ other runners and compete for about 400 open
spots. Tough odds.
We did get to visit with some running friends which
included a local runner from the past, Kathy Griest,
who is living and working in the Sacramento area. She
was crewing for a friend in the race.
with friends: Lee Jubian, Catra Corbett, Andy Kumeda,
Kathy D'Onofrio, Kathy Griest, Corky Furnish, Lori Black
and sitting is Ironman George Velasco
The 2nd Annual OTHTC Prediction
Saturday, March 3, 2012
total of 34 entrants completed the approximately 4.35
mile very hilly course. The objective of the race
was to predict your finish time with the winners being
the ones who finished closest to their predicted time.
The weather was absolutely beautiful and a great day
for playing in the hills.
Carol Wolfe again exhibited her ability to predict
her time with a difference of only 33 seconds between
her predicted and finish time, finishing as overall
and female winner.
Will Gossett completed the course with a difference
of 1:04 between his predicted and finish time, capturing
first for the male runners.
The results for all runners are here.
A shout out to Eric, Jo, and Brian Kajiwara and Randy
Klassen for their assistance in putting on the run.
Sent on behalf of RD Andrew Mitchell
Masochistic 8 mile Fun Run
February 11, 2012
Results of the tough
hilly trail run from race director Rick Miller
1. Joseph French
2. Lener Comer
4. Andrew Andrade
6. Ashley Yamo
8. Barb Harlow
10. Tom Miller
12. Paul Woodworth
13. Carol Wolfe
15. John Auborn
16. Sicily Easley
18. Cheryl DeMumbrum
Special thanks to:
Eric Kajwara (Course Marking/Aid
Jo Kajiwara (Course Marking)
Chris Rios (Course
Fred Kallberg (Aid Station)
year's Jingle Jog was a record-breaker! Somewhere between
40 and 50 people attended. Perfect running weather and
a few fun extras helped make it a great event. The standard
course was an easy out and back of just under 3 miles.
For those wanting a little something extra, they were
treated to the "he-man/she-woman" version
of the Jingle Jog. (click
for more details) Afterwards, we ate food and enjoyed
the weather. There was marshmallow roasting for the
little ones, a trampoline to jump on, and the zip line
was a big hit for kids of all ages. There were around
10 dogs who ran the course, too!
everyone, for coming out. You've brought the Jingle
Jog back from extinction. I'd like to host it again
next year - with a little help from the elves. Carol
High Desert Ultra and 30k
December 4, 2011
Ultra Results 30K
Another successful edition of the High Desert Ultra!
Once again we had a blast, sharing our backyard
running trails with fellow runners. We had
326 of them sign up, and 295 finishers—219 in the 50K
and 76 in the 30K. Most of our runners came from
Southern California, but we had 32 from out of state,
and a few from as far away as Alaska, New York, and
Pennsylvania! Luckily, we were able to provide
them with ideal running weather. The nasty cold
winds that had been bothering us for several days died
sometime during the night before the race, and the day
magically dawned cool and quiet.
First to finish in the 30k was Bartolome Sequen,
24, of Los Angeles. His time of 2:03:09 was fast
enough to capture the 20-24 age group course record.
Local runner Jennifer Williams was the top female
30k finisher, in 2:47:38.
Meanwhile, 50k winner Roberto Leonardo, 49, of Lancaster,
was battling for the lead with eventual 2nd place finisher
Ricardo Ramiez over the first 20 miles. By Pack
Rats’ aid station, however, Leonardo had developed a
two-minute lead, and continued to pull away over the
final miles. His finish time was 3:32:00. Leonardo
is the owner of our 50k course record—3:16:37.
Megan Laib, 31, first-time ultramarathoner and Santa
Monica resident, captured first place in the female
50k race, with a time of 3:52:10. Megan
finished fourth of all 50k runners, and now holds the
30-39 F division course record.
Winners of our military finisher awards were Joe
Baumgarte of Las Vegas (50k, 4:59:49) and Ridgecrest
runner Brett Pugsley (30k, 3:04:22).
OTHTC Halloween Run 2011
Over 40 runners and walkers, young and old, navigated
the 3.1 mile course south of the College, at the Over
the Hill Track Club Halloween Run. Many of the participants
were in costume. Part of the fun during the event was
the Kids Candy Dash where the little ones ran to witch's
caldrons and grabbed candy out of them before the witches
Nineteen intrepid runners and walkers showed up on
Labor Day weekend to participate in the two-mile run/walk.
Everyone completed the hilly course and partook of goodies
afterwards. There were graham crackers and scrumptious
ripe melon. Photos of the first finishers were taken
by Tim Lottis, who also ran the race.
First Runners - Grace Williams & Bernie Mondragon
First Walkers - Ann
Rizzardini & William "Scotty"
June 11, 2011
18 runners attended the June 3 mile Breakfast Run.
winner was Jenny McLaughlin.
Entrants got to enjoy a breakfast of juice and
muffins after the race.
Thanks to Kathy Martin for hosting the event.
April 30, 2011
25 participants showed up this year, on a very windy
and cold day for the 37th Annual Inyokern 10 Mile. Thanks
for all those voumuteers who helped to make this run
a success, and to club members, Scotty Broyles, 82 and
John Anderson, 77 for coming out in support of our walking
portion of the event!! --- Sher
Barb Harlow 1:29:27
Male Joseph French 1:05:59
Male Age Groups
Michael McEvoy 1:26:38
2 Mark Rhodes
1 Jeff Andrus
2 Vic Argobright 1:08:23
McLain Cox 1:09:51
Eric Toler 1:33:45
Female Age Groups
Elizabeth Surcek 1:33:33
2 Meghan McGinnis
3 Kristi Staheli 2:02:13
Sicily Easley 1:45:26
2 Denise Allen
1 Janet Toler
2 Kriss Dennis 1:54:27
Over The Hill Track Club
March 19, 2011
Participants were told the course distance of 4.85
and the start/finish location in the dirt parking area at the end of College Heights
Blvd. Participants were required to predict their finish time without
knowing any other details regarding the course. The winners were the male and female
participants finishing closest to their predicted time. Participants were not allowed to
carry any timing devices which
included GPS units, cell phones, egg timers, or sun dials.
A total of 14
participants ran the event, following the course markings of fluorescent blue
and yellow ribbons. The female winner was Carol Wolfe who predicted a time of
59:42 to complete the course, finishing within 41 seconds of her predicted
time with a finish time of 59:01. The male winner was Andrew Andrade who
predicted a time of 43:00 to complete the course, finishing within 1:02 of
his predicted time with a finish time of 41:58.
2011 KO Half Marathon
25 runners and walkers participated
in the approximate 13 mile run/walk, starting at 7:00
AM for a chilly 40 degree start. Overall
female winner in the running event was Stephanie Stites
finishing in a time of 1:56:40. The overall male
winner was Jeff Andrus with a finishing time of 1:31:08.
The first place in the female walking event was
a tie between Kate George and Diana Sliva with an identical
time of 3:39:00. Congratulations to all of the
finishers, many attempting this distance for the first
time. Complete results are here.
OTHTC Members Work at BLM Public
The OTHTC helped clean up a site at one
of the shooting ranges located South of town. We removed
approximately 3000 lbs of shotgun shells, and pistol
and rifle brass, trash and shot up targets that included
TVs, Satelite dishes, furniture, toilet fixtures and
other unidentifiable objects. The BLM BBQ'd hot dogs
and hamburgers for lunch. The BLM is planning another
clean up day in the spring.
Participants from left to right, Richard Niska,
Rob Enriques (BLM), OTHTC members Terry Mitchell, Andrew
Mitchell, Jenny McLaughlin, Don Snyder, Chris Rios,
Jo Kajiwara, Eric Kajiwara, and Norm Brunson. Not
Pictured Dana Jacobs BLM who took the picture.
Ridgecrest Run and Ride Off-Road Biathlon
Winners were Steven Pearl for the biathlon and Buzz Baizert and Eddie Cornell
for the team biathlon. Click
for complete results. Eric Kajiwara has posted more
Laurel and Be Hardy
April 9, 2011
Piotr “Buzz” Baizert, first male
finisher, Rick Miller, Race
Direstor, Sarah Roessler, first female finisher.
LAUREL & B HARDY ½ MARATHON RESULTS
1. Piotr “Buzz” Baizert
3. Jeff Andrus
4. Dan Kunkel
6. Justin Linsmeier
7. Andrew Andrade
9. Doug Philbrick
10. Jerry Killeen
12. Eric Kajiwara
13. Mark McKinney
15. Laner Comer
17. Dennis Wolf
18. Kayna Jacobs
20. Paul Woodworth
21. John Faria
23. James Furnish
24. Chris Rios
LAUREL & B HARDY
9 MILE RESULTS
1. Curt Schneider 1:19:00
Mike Derkey 1:26:00
Jo Kajiwara 1:38:20
Sher Davis 2:05:52
Kriss Dennis 2:05:52
Nicholas Woodworth 2:14:07
John Anderson 2:54:47
LAUREL & B HARDY “ENJOYED THE DAY”
Ellen Roessler 1:06:04
Mikies Masochistic Trail
Run for the
Wounded EOD Warrior Foundation (WEODWF)
Forty-Five runners braved a cold and windy 8:00 start
for their donations,
Special thanks to race sponsor Gary D. Charlon Insurance
for a very generous contribution.
$2203.00 was raised for the
for a write up with complete results.
Piotr Baizert “Buzz” - 1:11:00
Roessler – 1:42:34
Masochistic-Light 5 Mile
Barnes – 52:49
Beverly Wood – 58:07
Mile Fun Run
Gregory Ostrom – 17:34
Ibanez – 49:41
Welcome to the Over-The-Hill Track
Club Website. We are a recreational club serving Ridgecrest, California
and the Indian Wells Valley. Here in the high Mojave desert, we enjoy a
year-round schedule of races and other sponsored activities and charity
drives. All events are open to the public. Contact us using one of our
links below if you are interested in participating in our events or would
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Andrade Vice President - Jenny
McLaughlin Secretary - Diana Feist
Treasurer - Tom Miller
Publicity - Eric and Jo Kajiwara
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