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Race Report – Pasadena Half Marathon

13.1 miles, 2:30 time

Start time for race was 7am. Sunrise was 6:55am. So, it was the zero dark early when we arrived and met at the Rose Bowl. Thermometer on the car read 41F, which is cold for LA. The Pasadena Half Marathon is produced by the same folks that put on the LA Marathon, so they advertise a lot. I heard that there were 10,000 runners this morning. That’s a lot of cold runners. The course is iconic. We started in the front of the Rose Bowl and headed south on the Arroyo. Then up California to Old Town Pasadena, along Green, down and back Lake, down and back Wilson at Cal Tech. Then, back through Old Town, across Colorado Bridge, then down to the Arroyo and around the golf course. Finish line is inside the Rose Bowl Stadium at the 50 yd line. For me, this was a tough run. My heart rate was through the roof for the first 2.5 miles (151-174 bpm). I walked a bit on Orange Grove just to get it back to normal. I felt okay from Miles 4-9. The last slough around the Rose Bowl Loop was mental push. After the race, I saw Eddie and MikeO, also Alvin, Monte and other billy goat trail runner friends. Lynda and crew went to the Brookside Clubhouse for breakfast. I hustled home to make it to church on time. Great race.


Pic: RobE, MikeW, Bill, Lynda, Kirk, Steve, Peter, Ryan, and Joe . Not pictured: A bunch of folks: Alvin, Monte, Eddie, MikeO, Gregg, Daryl, Sezin, Graziano, Scott, Tyler, Neal, Matt. Some did the 5k: Bjoern, Sven, Paul.


Tyler: 1:28:03
Scott: 1:28:11
Peter: 1:29
Ryan: 1:37
Monte: 1:41
MattB: 1:41
Graziano: 1:44
MikeO: 1:46
Alvin: 1:47
RobE: 1:52
Kirk: 1:52
Steve: 1:56
RobW: 1:59
Daryl: 2:01
MikeW: 2:02
Lynda: 2:04
Neal: 2:23
Joe: 2:30

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Ride Report – Resolution Ride. Happy New Year. Every Mountain. Pizza and coffee. Arbor Challenge.

39.4 miles, 3:41 moving time, 5,249 ft elevation

PTC’s first ride of 2018. The Resolution Ride. Improved. Climb every mountain in Pasadena, La Canada, Glendale. Great turn out on a mild day. It was perfect ride day.  Not cold; not hot. We started at Jones Coffee in Pasadena. We rode east through Pasadena and then turned north and it was all up, up and up. Top of Lake. CHANEY TRAIL!!! Whew. Descanso Garden regroup. A Group went up the Hwy 2 for bonus time. Hampstead. SUGAR LOAF!!! Emerald Isle (new addition to Resolution Ride this year). St. Augustine. Glen Oaks. Arbor Challenge: 2x for baseline, then incentivized $5 starbucks for each time after that. Tyler, Bjoern, Sven, Lynda, Gregg, GT were all winner (might be more, i lost track). Club bought Pizza and Coffee afterwards. Wives and kids met some of the riders and shared in the pizza party. Well Done on a great climbing day!

Blake, Jonathan, Alvin, Peter, Bjoern, George, Sven, Jerrit, Mike, Ryan, Lynda, Emfrey, Susan, Rudy, GT, Gregg, Bob, Bill, Deanna, Steve, Haroon, Julie, Johnna, Tyler, Joe.


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Ride Report – Back Side of GMR

38.0 miles, 3,918 ft elevation, 3:03 moving time

On a crisp December morning, the club rode up the backside of GMR. Starting from Sierra Madre, the club picked up a large crew from Encanto Park Duarte, including me. GT changed a flat at the parks while the C group (Haroon) and B group got a head start. We rode up the San Gabriel River Trail bike path into stiff cold head winds. A Group caught us by the first bridge. The dams were still filled with water, but the air is cold and dry. We’re lucky no brush fires are in our area. We rode to East Fork and turned right over the bridge. We re-grouped at the Cafe. The gate closed the Glendora Mountain Road (GMR) to cars. It made for a nice quiet ride. There were several rock slide areas which would have been hazardous if we descended down the backside. The scenery was awesome, we ride in and out of the shade. Although the sun was out, it didn’t warm up much and the descent down the front side of GMR was quite chilly. The gate on the front side was also closed to vehicular traffic. Great day for a ride.

Lynda, Bill, Bjoern, George, Sven, Peter, Hank, Bob, Gregg, Jonathan, Rudy, GT, Jerrit, Tyler, Tiffany, Deanna, Haroon, Julie, and Joe.


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Race Report – Holiday Half Marathon Pomona

13.5 miles, 2:27 time elapsed

On a chilly morning, we raced the Holiday Half Marathon in Pomona Fair grounds. Once the sun came up, it warmed up just enough. This race is all rollers, up and down. There are some big hills too. And it finished with a couple miles of flat. The fun part of the race is all the people dressed up for Christmas. This race has the best medals, which are snowflake designs. A special bonus this year, they gave out soft fuzzy hats. Awesome. I felt pretty good from miles 1 to 6. I walked a little of each to the last few miles.



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Ride Report – River Trails

36.7 miles, 2:09 moving time, 1,240 ft elevation

In the crisp morning air, we met at Sierra Madre. We picked up a few more in Encanto Park in Duarte, by which time it had warmed up just enough for a comfortable ride. We rode down the San Gabriel River Trail to Whitter, then crossed over to the Upper Rio Hondo Trail back to Arcadia. Peter, Sven, and Bjoern got extra credit down the Lower Rio Hondo Trail to the Bridge. We had a nice cup of iced coffee back at Starbucks. Some of the folks who are running tomorrow at the Holiday Half Marathon in Pomona, were saving their legs. It was great to see Michael, Haroon and Johnna back!

Rob, Sven, Bjoern, Lynda, Michael, Peter, GT, Bill, Kirk, Joe. Picked up at Encanto Park: Johnna, Haroon, MikeW.


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PTC End of Year Party

The Pasadena Triathlon celebrated the End of Year with a party at La Cabanitas in Montrose. We had the whole back room to ourselves. Everyone wore their favorite 2017 finisher’s medal. Excellent margaritas and beers kicked off the night. Dinner included Chicken Mole, Beef Fajitas, Potato Flats, and Chile Rellenos. Four kinds of flan and empanadas for dessert. GT put together a great slide show of all the cool events we did this year. Bob brought in a bunch of raffle prizes from our great sponsors.

Congratulations to the new 2018 Board of directors
President: Joe Wong
Secretary: Todd Fujimoto
Race Director: Alvin Hom
Training Director, Treasurer: Lynda Neuman
Membership Director: GT Erguiza
Sponsorship Director: Bob Montes


Raffle Winners


Ride Report – Anaheim to Solana Beach

81.7 miles, 2,716 ft elevation, 5:08 moving time, 150 strava trophies

What an epic ride! Wahoo. Perfect weather and the riding packs stayed together. Details below.

George, Mike, Peter, Ryan, Danny, Rob, Bryan, Tyler, Lynda, Amy, Bill, GT, Jim, Paul, Bob, Joe, Danny, Kirk, Gregg. (not pictured): Alvin, Dino, Jonathan.


PTC met at the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center. (ARTIC). We threw a day bag into the U-haul and rode south along the Santa Ana River Trail. Homeless encampments lined the bike path for several miles. The B Group had a long train riding down at a comfortable pace; awesome. It was great to hear Bryan and Lynda spar all the way down. The bike path ended at Pacific Coast Highway PCH in Newport Beach. We regrouped for a short stop. We rode along Balboa Island and crossed the Ferry. The ride along Newport Beach and Laguna Beach was breathtaking. Sparkling beaches. Steep rollers through Dana Point until a coffee stop, where I dropped off my vest and sleeves at the U-haul. The B Group took a Scenic detour through Dana Point, while A Group went straight. We rode along the sand and then the bike path through San Juan Capistrano. The bike route through San Clemente is rolling through residential neighborhoods with lots of turns. The ride through San Onofre is flat and straight along the beach campgrounds. A Group had 5 flats. We caught up and passed them a couple times. We checked in at the Marine Base Camp Pendleton and rode through the base. High clouds cooled us off. We regrouped at the gas station in Oceanside. The ride through Oceanside, Carlsbad, Encinitas, and Solana Beach is pretty straight forward. Rollers along the beach and through town. Clouds were rolling in and it cooled off a lot. At Pizza Port, We met the U-haul and dropped off our bikes and changed our clothes. We feasted on pizza and beer and frozen yogurt. Barry and Johnna and Deanna met us at Pizza Port! The Amtrak train was delayed about 45 minutes. So we waited around with more snacks and beer and triathlon chat.

Thanks to Lynda for making all the arrangements! Thanks to Yuri and Lucas who spent the day following us in the U-Haul!

Loading up in Anaheim

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PCH in Newport Beach


Balboa Village and ferry ride


Corona Del Mar Beach (Newport Beach)


coffee stop at Dana Point


Dino’s flats


Peter’s flats


San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant


Camp Pendleton. Marine Base.




Made it to Solana Beach


U-Haul took our bikes back. Thanks, Yuri and Lucas!


Race Report – Revel Azusa Canyon Half Marathon

13.1 miles, 2:20 time

On a dark and chilly morning, we drove out to Azusa for the Revel Azusa Canyon Half Marathon 2017. We got a ride to the West Fork of Azusa Canyon. It was a full moon. Last bus to the start was at 5:30am, but we got a ride with Sue and Gregg who were the SAG in the cars for the Half and Full marathon. Door to door service, Thanks SUE and GREGG! There was about 45min freezing wait. It was quite a funny scene with all the space blankets and gloves (from the packet pickup). We started on time at 7am and headed down and up and down and up and down the hill. The aid stations are randomly spaced due to the available turnoff on the road. Miles 1-6 are rollers. 7-10 are steady downhill. 11-13 are flat. The finish line in front of Azusa City hall, which was a mile longer than last year. We saw our buddy Nicole, who volunteers at this race. Rudy and Ryan enjoyed the beer garden, and then we went for some breakfast.


Ryan cleaning up on the beer tickets.




At the cold start, before the sun really came up. Ryan, Rudy, Lynda, Yuri, Bill, and Joe

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Race Report – LA Rock N Roll Half Marathon

13.1 miles, 2:22 time

The Club had 20 folks downtown on Sunday Morning for LA Rock n Roll Half Marathon. We caravanned with Lynda’s Sprinter van and my minivan from Eagle Rock to LA. It was a cool but not cold morning. Foggy. The sun never came out and it never got hot. Perfect running weather. The course changed a little from last year. Instead of running around the Coliseum, we ran along one side of Exposition Park and then along the other side. It was a climb up Figueroa to Wilshire, then rollers all along Wilshire out to Western. There was plenty of times to see friends on the switchbacks. The first couple miles felt pretty good. I ran with my Apple watch instead of my Garmin and listened to loud musics on wireless earbuds to drown out my body complaining about running. All our GPS’s were reporting more than 13.1 miles due to the GPS signals bouncing around then skyscrapers downtown. The finish line was right in front of LA live. The gear check was there too. Very convenient. After the race, my minivan went home early and the rest stayed for breakfast at the Ritz Carlton, next door to LA live.

Lynda compiled all the results

Name Time Age Group
Paul Maurin 1:53:50 4/18
GT  Erguiza 2:00:20 123/379
Lynda Neuman 2:08:22 3/27
Eddy Gerovian 2:05:30 152/379
Joe Wong 2:22:55 210/343
Rudy Quintero 1:52:35 56/343
Kirk Cassidy 1:56:08 14/90
Amy Avilia 2:00:54 45/517
Bob Montes 1:59:30 59/230
Todd Fujimoto 1:54:26 81/379
Yuri Kalashnikov 2:00:45 151/448
Graz Casale 1:50:59 88/448
Sue Montgomery 2:29:28 19/79
Robbie Ferrito (5K) 20:52 1/37
Ryan Thomas 1:40:24 43/435
Tiffany Birkett 1:53:00 15/517
Danny Keshishian 1:57:23 99/379
Mike Wade 2:31:31 14/30
Bill Truax 1:47:43 8/91
Neal Genda 2:48:55 5/7
John Caufield 2:03:04 23/90
John J Caulfeild 1:48:49 13/99
Ryan Caufeild 2:12:21 51/99

Ryan, John, John J, Bill, Danny, Graziano, Paul, Yuri, Bob, Neal, Amy, Mike, Kirk, Sue, Rudy, Ryan. And not pictured: Tiffany, Lynda, Joe, GT, Sebastian, Robbie, Todd, Lisa, Corrina, and Eddie.


Bob, Kirk, Rudy, Joe


Lisa, Corrina, Amy, Joe


Starting line: Bob, GT, Rudy, Tiffany, Kirk, Todd, Joe


Finish line and medal


Flyer Sebastian!


LA Live: GT, Lynda, Amy, Joe


John, Bill, Yuri, Sue


Paul, Kirk



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