Craig Curley ran the 29th Annual Oracle Run as if zombies were chasing him (fast zombies)! Craig claimed the Overall Mens Championship smashing his own Oracle Run record by 15 seconds, sprinting the entire challenging 10K in an incredible 32:48. Craig says he loves this course and had to bargain with his coach, Greg Wenneborg, to even race Oracle for a new record. So…he warmed up by knocking out 11 miles, set the new record with a 5:16 pace, and then assisted Greg at the finish line. SCARY!
Twenty-two year old Katie Williams was apparently not afraid of any Halloween goblins lurking in the Oracle boulder formations…or the Oracle hills…as she blazed in with a time of 39:50. Katie claimed the Overall Womens Championship, finishing ahead of six-time Oracle Run Champ, Paula Morrison, who was all smiles with her 41:22 clocking. Paula, 38, said she stayed with Katie for the first three miles and was happy with her finish as she continues her comeback. Polly Campbell, 44, finished next to Paula and was the third woman overall. Polly’s time also won her the Female Master’s Championship. Benito Gonzalez, 55, garnered the Male Masters Championship with a 6:48 pace finishing in 42:16. Richard Senti was close on Benito’s heels and won the male Seniors division (60+); his time 46:25. Judie Shyman brought home her second straight female Seniors award with a time of 61:27.
The Oracle Historical Society, sponsor of the 29th Annual Run, thanks all the participants, both runners and volunteers, for making this fundraiser another successful, fun, healthy, happening. The Oracle Run has again been designated as a 2012 SAR Grand Prix Race. See you next October for the 30th Annual Oracle Run!!!
Pre-Race Starting Line Rap
Hey there-hi there-ho there…
On behalf of the Oracle Historical Society, we welcome you to Oracle and the SAR Grand Prix Oracle Run.
We think its fine-its divine-its mighty fine you all are lined up here at the starting line of Oracle Run number Twenty-nine!
Yah, it’s the 29th day and our 29th anniversary, and we’ve run it all without much adversity…
...except for those Hills!!! Those Hills are nothing to pooh pooh…but once you get back to the finish line,
you’ll be yelling Woo Hoo!!!
We runners run for our life; we hope it will help save us.
Hence the (t-shirt) art-work, “running against death,” by Oracles’ own Turner Davis.
One thing I must mention to you jogging folks, you will be running through manzanita, boulders and oaks.
And if you listen closely, you might hear a twitter, coming from our own Oracle critters.
So go out and be safe…have some fun…are you ready for the Oracle Run?
Well…“let’s get ‘er done!!”
THANKS. Darrell Klesch, Race DirectorMore
A gorgeous autumn morning greeted 200 plus gorgeous runners in Oracle on Saturday, Halloween Eve. A fantastic 28th Annual Oracle Run ensued!
Ian Johnson tied the third fastest time ever, winning the 10K SAR Grand Prix event in a sizzling 34:43! Ian was followed by 19 year old Stephen Shaefer (36:36) and Masters Champ (40+) Shaun Haley who finished in 37:45.
Tia Accetta claimed her first win in this run with 40 “flat”, clocking a 6:36 mile pace on this hilly terrain. Another top Tucson runner, Stephanie Wenneborg, placed second overall in the women’s division. This year’s female Masters Champion went to Polly Campbell, who was the third lady crossing the finish line in 42:37.
Last years champion and course record holder, Craig Curley, sat out this year due to a training schedule for some other event—-the 2012 Olympics! Good excuse but we missed him. Also missing was Paula Morrison, who has dominated this tough run for the last few years. Paula is recovering from hip surgery and is shooting for a complete recovery.
Other notable times were recorded by runners such as 68 year old Norris Taylor, who came in 63rd, finishing in 51:34 and 73 year old Paul Robilla who crossed the finish line a minute later in 52:51! Paul bested legendary runner Don Branaman in the 70+ age group. Don (57:52) garnered second place—-adding to his impressive trophy collection, 1850 and counting! Don won the first Oracle Run. Don’s running mate, Sue Smith, completed her 28th Oracle Run and nabbed first place in the women’s 70+ category. Sue also possesses an incredible racing career. Miriam Hyatt, 75, proudly accepted the second place award. And lastly, the Seniors Championship (60+) went to 67 year old Judy Shyman. She won with a time of 61:32. Richard Senti nailed down the senior male division in 47:52!
The reality is that everyone who participated, both runners and run helpers, were the real winners on this beautiful fall day in the historic town of Oracle. The Oracle Historical Society, sponsors of this 10K SAR Grand Prix event, is truly gratified by the turn-out and is already looking forward to seeing you all next Halloween!
All unclaimed age group awards can be picked up at the Running Shop after Wednesday, November 10th, 2010! Awards were given to top three in each age group.
Enjoy the 2010 Oracle Run ditty!
The Oracle Run Is Only Fun…
On behalf of the Oracle Historical Society…WELCOME!!
We think it’s fab—it’s just great
that you all are running in Oracle Run #28!
This year, for your revelation,
we’ve marked the courses’ elevations.
You know—-the highs and lows of…those….hills!
the ones with the thrills,
hopefully no spills…
the inclines—the declines
which makes you want to recline.
Again, we want to express our gratitudes
for you all running through these latitudes.
And always remember this:
THE ORACLE RUN IS ONLY REALLY FUN——-
————————-WHEN ITS DONE!!
peace on—-Darrell Klesch—-race directorMore
On a clear Halloween Morning, close to 250 runners set out to conquer the hills of the 27th Annual Oracle Run, a SAR Grand Prix event. Defending champion and course record holder Craig Curley set the breeze as he led from start to finish, blazing in a second over the 34 minute mark. Craig said he really loves this run as it reminds him of running in his home town on the Navaho Nation. He also said he let up, saving himself for an upcoming important Pima College run.
On the ladies side, Paula Morrison completed a “six-pack”, defending her 6th straight Oracle Run Championship. Paula averaged a cool 6:32 pace to finish at 40:32. Paula also claims Oracle as one of her special races and is totally supportive of the event remaining a premier “not for sissies” 10K.
The Women’s Master Championship went to Barbara Leinweber, 26th overall, who had a remarkable finish at 46:43. Barbara edged out Merry Dearmon and Tejal Parikh, who crossed the finish line at 47:14 and 47:37respectively.
A Britt from “across the pond”, Paul Faulkner, claimed the male Masters’ title. Faulkner, who was in Tucson for the weekend, saw the race on the SAR website and decided “to give it a go” (as they say over there). The 40 year old “bloke” did just fine and came in third overall, setting a 38:15 winning time. Defending champ, Shaun Haley, was less than a minute behind at 39:01.
Other notable times were established by Oracle Run regulars: Melody Mustafa in 51:55, Dave Mellady in 52:35 and Don Branaman in 59:32, who continues his assault on a world record of “placing” in the most number of foot racing events. Matthew Zhine brought the pack home; Matthew is 86 and strong.
This years Grand Prix event generated nearly $3000 and was TOTALLY APPRECIATED by the board of the Oracle Historical Society. The historical society uses these funds for the Acadia Ranch Museum restoration and for preserving the significant history of the Oracle region. The Board extends a big “Gracias” to all who participated in our biggest run to date.
A successful fun race like this clearly illustrates that our “running community” not only supports healthy life-styles, but also community awareness and consideration.
In conclusion, enjoy Race Director Darrell Klesch’s 2009 rap (HILLS R US), which is always presented to the runners before the race (to soften the blow):
HILLS R US
On behalf of the Oracle Historical Society, I want to welcome you all to the 27th Oracle Run Anniversary, a SAR Grand Prix event.
A little about Oracle since you’ll be running in our “suburbs”, on the northern foothills of the Catalinas…Oracle has 2 dollar stores, 2 Circle Ks, and a bunch of javelinas. We are the “highest” town in “Pinal County”...
But I’m talkin’ ALTITUDE and ATTITUDE, Dudes…Yah. Today there will be no slope jokes folks ‘cause today I’m featuring our Boulders and Oaks….yes, the scenery—-the greenery!!!! So, when you’re out there on ole Buffalo Bill’s trail and you view some unusual rock formations, those we fondly call Oracle Granite formations, and the oaks, I’ve found are the only trees around that stay green and provide shade year round.
So get out there and run and enjoy the environment. Have a great time, and when you get back here to the finish line….
You will know those hills are “doable”; those hills are rewarding;
THOSE HILLS R US!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!