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Love and Running

Posted in Uncategorized by Andy Chan on February 10, 2010
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With Valentine’s Day 2010 just a few days away, what better time to write about love and running.

After all, the story of meeting the love of my life centers around running. It was the spring of 2000 that Malinda wandered over to the join my group for a Thursday night track workout. She was in training for the New York City Marathon and Tyler Abbott suggested she do speed work with my group. She was only a semi-regular attendee for the rest of the year but sometime around the Christmas Classic and the DSE Christmas Blind Date Relays race, I started seeing her more and we began to talk. Next thing I know, I am driving out to run on the Dipsea trail, running the DSE Hangover Run, and going to Stockton for the Cal-10 ten mile race, all so I can spend more time with her. You could say our romance is one that started with running. Since we incorporated a running event (the Tying the Knot 7K run and 1400 meter walk, on 7/14/07) as part of our wedding celebration, we even got a mention in a Runner’s World article entitled, “Love and Running.” 

We aren’t the only romance that blossomed thanks to Thursday night track. Nathan Wong and Leah Evans began attending track workouts in 2004 (Nathan in June, Leah in December). Nathan wanted to get faster and meet other runners. Leah, after some reluctance was finally convinced by Tomas to try the track workouts. By January 2006, Nathan the musician, and Leah the teacher, soon became Nathan and Leah, the couple. Three years later they got engaged (on a run, the Thursday before the 2009 Boston Marathon). They now live in Boston and are attending law (Nathan) and medical (Leah) school.

A former SHCP assistant coach, Mary Fagan, and her husband Mark Churchill had an even crazier wedding race than I did. The two hardcore runners actually met at a snowshoe race. Their four mile race (called “Mark and Mary’s Race to Tie the Knot”) took place the morning before their actual wedding and it was a competition. Every runner was either on Mary’s team (yellow shirts) or Mark’s team (blue shirts). Team scoring was a rather complicated system based on finish place in your age group, with bonus points for participating and travel distance to the wedding race. At stake? Last names. If Mark’s team won, Mary would change her name to Mary Churchill. If Mary’s team won, Mark would change his name to Mark Fagan. Later that same day, after the successful race, the minister closed the wedding ceremony by announcing that Team Churchill had defeated Team Fagan by ten points as he presented the newly married couple, Mr. and Mrs. Mark and Mary Churchill.

Love and running certainly go together. You can run with your significant other. You can meet your significant other at a running-related event, and you can celebrate your romance with more running!

I wonder who will be the next running romance?

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Tying the Knot 7K Run and 1400 Meter Walk

Posted in Pamakid Runners,Race/Meet Report by Andy Chan on July 14, 2007
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Place Name Time Pace Division Age Gender Bib # Awards
1. Andy Chan 26:26 6:08 Groom     7  
2. Nick Alvarado 26:33 6:10 Other Runner     126 1st Male Overall
3. Michelle Gallagher 26:59 6:16 Andy Coached You at SHC   female 113 1st Female Overall
4. Steve Holcombe 27:25 6:22 Know Andy/Malinda Through Work-AC     139 2nd Male Overall
5. John Spriggs 27:29 6:23 K-Star or Pamakid masters-46   84 3rd Male Overall
6. Paul Rechsteiner 27:34 6:24 Current SHC team     161 1st Male Current SHC team
7. Jared Wicklund 28:01 6:30 Current SHC team     76 7th Overall
8. John Gieng 28:53 6:43 Andy Coached You at Lowell     83 1st Male Andy Coached You at Lowell
9. David Hoatson 29:18 6:48 K-Star or Pamakid masters-48   52 1st Male Master K-Star/Pamakid
10. Tomas Palermo 29:20 6:49 K-Star or Pamakid     144 1st Male Open K-Star/Pamakid
11. Brian Conway 29:37 6:53 Andy Coached You at SHC     34 1st Male Andy Coached You at SHC
12. Tommy Redmond 29:41 6:54 Current SHC team     145  
13. Michael Cunningham 29:54 6:57 Current SHC team     112  
14. Jocelyn Rodriguez 30:00 6:58 Current SHC team   female 82 2nd Female Overall/1st Female Current SHC team
15. Ethan Wicklund 30:02 6:59 Andy Coached You at SHC     57 2nd Male Andy Coached You at SHC
16. Carlos Urrutia 30:05 6:59 K-Star or Pamakid     38 2nd Male Open K-Star/Pamakid
17. Bob Bowman 30:07 7:00 Andy Coached Your Kid at SHC     31 1st Male Andy Coached Your Kid at SHC
18. Brian King 30:30 7:05 K-Star or Pamakid     163 raffle
19. Monica Zhuang 30:37 7:07 K-Star or Pamakid   female 120 3rd Female Oveall
20. Leah Evans 30:40 7:07 K-Star or Pamakid   female 98 1st Female Open K-Star/Pamakid
21. Nick Cannata-Bowman 30:46 7:09 Andy Coached You at SHC     127 raffle
22. Nathan Wong 30:47 7:09 K-Star or Pamakid     124 7th K-Star/Pamakid
23. Joseph Sciancalepore 30:50 7:10 Current SHC team     85  
24. Trevor Marshall 31:06 7:13 K-Star or Pamakid     159  
25. Adrian Jue 31:25 7:18 Other Runner     21 1st Male Open Other Runner
26. Mike Kim 31:28 7:19 K-Star or Pamakid     117 raffle
27. Kim Fanady 32:05 7:27 Other Runner masters-46 female 93 1st Female Master Other Runner
28. Rhiannon Cadelinia 32:45 7:36 Andy Coached You at SHC   female 134 1st Female Andy Coached You at SHC
29. Raymond Yu 32:46 7:37 Andy Coached You at Lowell     132 raffle
30. Jackie Flynn 32:49 7:37 Current SHC team   female 72 7th Current SHC team
31. Colin Vranizan 33:19 7:44 Andy Coached You at SHC     46  
32. Christine Jegan 33:31 7:47 K-Star or Pamakid masters-41 female 44 1st Female Master K-Star/Pamakid
33. Amy Sonstein 33:51 7:52 K-Star or Pamakid   female 25 2nd Female Open K-Star/Pamakid
34. Joseph Wettstein 33:56 7:53 Andy Coached You at SHC     86 7th Andy Coached You at SHC
35. Hua Yang 33:57 7:53 Just Plain Other   female 68 1st Female Just Plain Other
36. Theo Jones 34:01 7:54 K-Star or Pamakid masters-68   141 raffle
37. Reilly Hall 34:27 8:00 Current SHC team   female 133 raffle
38. Ian Brown-Mendieta 34:36 8:02 Current SHC team     155 raffle
39. Patrick Lee 35:04 8:09 K-Star or Pamakid masters-59   128  
40. Tom Dennison 35:24 8:13 Andy Coached Your Kid at SHC     157 raffle
41. Asit Panwala 35:29 8:15 K-Star or Pamakid     28  
42. Nerissa Martinez 36:29 8:29 Current SHC team   female 125 raffle
43. Natalie Buchwald 36:29 8:29 Current SHC team   female 123  
44. Meghan Holland 37:25 8:42 Current SHC team   female 110  
45. Kaya Balke 37:28 8:42 Know Andy/Malinda Through Work-MW   female 90 1st Female Know Malinda Through Work
46. Malinda Walker 38:04 8:51 Bride   female 14  
47. Monica Fernandez 38:06 8:51 K-Star or Pamakid   female 119 raffle
48. Hang Nguyen 38:11 8:52 Malinda’s Friend   female 63 1st Female Malinda’s Friend
49. Long Doan 38:34 8:58 Andy Coached You at Lowell     101  
50. Mike Daniels 39:11 9:06 Know Andy/Malinda Through Work-AC     115 1st Male Know Andy Through Work
51. Emily Colker 39:31 9:11 Just Plain Other   female 56  
52. Malissa Thomas 39:34 9:12 Andy Coached You at Lowell   female 102 1st Female Andy Coached You at Lowell
53. Megan Nguyen 39:42 9:13 K-Star or Pamakid   female 109 raffle
54. Mike Harper 39:46 9:14 K-Star or Pamakid masters-42   116  
55. Kings Ghosh 40:00 9:18 K-Star or Pamakid     154 raffle
56. James Hammack 40:13 9:21 Andy’s High School Friend     74 1st Male Andy High School Friend
57. Cammie Dingwall 40:33 9:25 K-Star or Pamakid masters-44 female 37  
58. Ariel Parrish 41:26 9:38 K-Star or Pamakid   female 27  
59. James Enright 41:32 9:39 Andy Coached Your Kid at SHC     73 raffle
60. Dave Parrish 41:34 9:40 K-Star or Pamakid     51  
61. Kim Pacatte 41:44 9:42 Andy Coached You at SHC   female 94 2nd Female Andy Coached You at SHC
62. Frank Alupay 41:51 9:43 K-Star or Pamakid     59  
63. Gary Cannon 42:10 9:48 Know Andy/Malinda Through Work-AC     61  
64. Mary Hurley 43:56 10:13 Know Andy/Malinda Through Work-AC   female 107 1st Female Know Andy Through Work
65. Doug Post 43:57 10:13 Just Plain Other     162 1st Male Just Plain Other
66. Tony Yeo 44:31 10:21 K-Star or Pamakid     148  
67. Spencer Allen 44:31 10:21 Other Runner masters-59   138 1st Male Master Other Runner
68. Daniel Koch 44:51 10:25 Current SHC team     156  
69. Bob Vranizan 45:49 10:39 Andy Coached Your Kid at SHC     32  
70. Brent Eberling 47:09 10:57 Andy’s High School Friend     33 Mike Kim Award for 47:09 (closes to 47:14)
71. Tina Gong 47:41 11:05 Andy’s High School Friend   female 142 1st Female Andy High School Friend
72. Ciccina Guagliardo 47:41 11:05 Know Andy/Malinda Through Work-MW   female 45  
73. Tony Rossmann 52:32 12:13 K-Star or Pamakid     147  
74. Carol Enright 52:40 12:14 Andy Coached Your Kid at SHC   female 40 1st Female Andy Coached Your Kid at SHC
75. Carol Robinson 53:47 12:30 Just Plain Other   female 41  
76. Marian Brady 53:50 12:31 Malinda’s Friend   female 106 Traveled The Farthest
77. Damir Sudar 53:57 12:32 Know Andy/Malinda Through Work-MW     47 1st Male Know Malinda Through Work
78. Nanette Perez 56:28 13:07 Know Andy/Malinda Through Work-MW   female 122 7th Know Andy/Malinda Through Work
79. Sarah Joost 56:29 13:08 Know Andy/Malinda Through Work-MW   female 137 raffle
Self-Timers              
ST Brigid Walsh     Just Plain Other   female 36  
ST Jack Shepherd     Andy Coached You at SHC     71  
ST Jeanie Jones     K-Star or Pamakid masters-71 female 78  
ST Josh Ling     Andy Coached You at SHC     87  
                 
1400 METER WALK              
W-1 Tim Wason     Other Runner     160 1st Walk
W-2 Margaret Gallagher     Andy Coached Your Kid at SHC   female 105 2nd Walk
W-3 Matas Stungys     Malinda’s Friend     108 3rd Walk
W-4 Teresa Rechsteiner     Andy Coached Your Kid at SHC     164  
W-5 Cheri Labadie     Family   female 43  
W-6 Michelle Miller     Family youth-16 female 114 Youth
W-7 Philip Kegelmeyer     Malinda’s Friend     130 7th Walk
W-8 Sandy DeVries     Know Andy/Malinda Through Work-MW   female 136 raffle
W-9 Amy Akbarian     Know Andy/Malinda Through Work-MW   female 24  
W-10 Laura Kegelmeyer     Malinda’s Friend   female 97  
W-11 Greg Rechsteiner     Andy Coached Your Kid at SHC     165  
W-12 Dixon Ly     Andy’s High School Friend     53 raffle
W-13 Tyler Ly     Andy’s High School Friend infant-3 mo.   150 Youth
W-14 Katherine Ly     Andy’s High School Friend   female 89 14th Walk
W-15 Paula Rowbury     Andy Coached Your Kid at SHC   female 129  
W-16 Lisa Azbill     Just Plain Other   female 100  
W-17 Jay Anderson     Malinda’s Friend     77 raffle
W-18 Jenny Anderson     Malinda’s Friend   female 79  
W-19 Jack Anderson     Malinda’s Friend youth-3   70 Youth
W-20 Keith Conning     Just Plain Other     91 raffle
                 
Volunteers              
vol Carol Chan     Family   female 39 raffle
vol Fred Chan     Family     60 raffle
vol Heather Johnson     K-Star or Pamakid   female 64  
vol Janet Jew     Andy Coached You at Lowell   female 75 raffle
vol Krystal Yee     Andy Coached You at SHC   female 95 raffle
vol Steve Woo     Other Runner     140  
vol Brian Fong     Family        
vol Laura Fong     Family youth female   Youth
                 
Spectators              
  Zack Hedling     K-Star or Pamakid     152  
  Tina McDevitt     Know Andy/Malinda Through Work-MW   female 143  
  Aeden Dea     Andy’s High School Friend infant-1 mo.   22 Youth
  Helen Kwan     Andy’s High School Friend   female 65  
  Lex Dea     Andy’s High School Friend     99  
                 
83 – Run              
20 – Walk              
8 – Volunteers              
5 – Spectators              
116 TOTAL ATTENDANCE