A great big thank you for all your efforts in the 2002 edition of the
CTRR. The results have been posted (Check the discussion forum on the CTRR
web site and look for Jeff Warnica's comments) and it looks like we've
finished 61st out of 65. Can't say it's our best placement over the years,
but everyone finished what they started, and no one got hurt. We all had
exercise, fun, a bunch of laughs, and that's the main thing. I realize
there are some mistakes in the results. (Ron's and possibly one more.)
I found lapel pins, and programs, in the Captain's Bag, that was packed
with Gatorade. If you give me your regular mailing address, I'll send them
out to you.
It seems that Bill Campbell miss-spoke. We should have picked the best
water stop over all, not just the 5 K mark. The consensus was the guys
with the masks at the 10 K stop. I've already spoken to Bill about this an
he will update the web site with the correct information and a heartfelt
apology to the Hounds.
I'll send you the pictures as soon as I get them developed. My digital
battery died, so I missed some pictures. Next year I'll be smart enough to
charge it up, the night before. When you get pictures developed please
send them to me for my scrapbook. Next year I hope to bring a Cabot Trail
anthology of pictures.
My cell phone was found where I left it. The front seat of my Maxima. (It
slid down in the corner where you loose all your lose change.
Sorry for getting a bit snarkey at our checkpoint on Leg 8. In my
experience, Morrison's Restaurant in Cape North, is the worst restaurant
in Victoria County. I've never dealt with them during the Cabot Trail
Relay. My observations have been done during the regular tourist season. I
felt personally wounded that any of "My Teammates" would even darken the
door. I never told you the difference so why would you know any different.
I thought you guys were going to have food during Leg 6 in Neil's Harbour,
and I guess, except for price, you got our relatively unscathed. Count
yourself lucky. My final straw happened last year, so I wrote to the
tourist association and copied whomever I could to explain what terrible
operators they are. Some day I'll explain chapter and verse. You buy the
Speaking about beer, at the Beer Garden, I bought a fist full of beer
tickets when we first went in, and gave them out to as many team members
as I could find. I ran out, and didn't go back for more. "Lord I
apologize, for all the pygmies..."
As in previous years I like to individualize my comments so here goes:
Leg 2 - The Lovely Ann was not caught between a rock and hard place, she
was caught in the "privy" when her leg started. She quickly made up for
it, but the breakneck pace to get her back in the pack, cost her dearly
the last 7K. Except for the brown streak left behind her, she did very
Leg 3 - Ron Kaszor did another splendid job. He's just like Old Man River,
he just keeps rolling along. The finish line crew did however mess up his
time. He finished in the 30's with a much faster time that the results
Leg 4 - This leg was the longest run of Gary Dunbrack's life. I did not
know this before I asked him to do the leg. Like the rest of the Fine
Family of Dunbrack Athletes, he came through in flying colours. The last 5
K was a killer. Now he wants to do a marathon, and try Smokey again next
year. Gary was amazed to see people in their 60's and 70's doing the race.
maybe that will be him one day!
Leg 5 - As a captain, you're concerned that people show up when they are
supposed to show up. I never had any concerns with Pat Dunlop. Although
this is the first time she ran with us, she's a pro. I knew if there was
one runner I shouldn't be concerned about it was her, and I was right.
Good job all the way. I still think I have a hiking stick you were
supposed to give away. Stop by at the house, and I'll give it to you.
Leg 6 - This is the first year in many years both Bruce and myself didn't
do any hill or speed training for the race. For me it was hell, for Bruce
Murphy, just another day at the office. The headwind was the worst in
years, but he still managed to beat a 65 year old man (George Poyhier -
one of the fastest, if not the fastest, Golden Master Runners in the
province) to the finish line. Bruce was quite pleased to know he passed
George plus 4 others on the 3K climb to Cabot High. He wasn't so pleased
with himself when we saw George running the next leg. He did have some bad
words to say to George. Thank goodness George wears a hearing aid.
Leg 7 - Colleen Fidgen, when not making snappy comments, ran like a deer
in heat. Or is that a dear in heat? She kept chasing those hard bodies,
and I don't want to know if she caught one. She probably wouldn't know
what to do with them anyway.
Leg 8 - Just how fast could Nick Slaunwhite run if he didn't have to stand
around for 12 hours before his leg? You talk about getting some rest? I
think he just wanted to piss Ron up by playing with his finishing time.
Nick is a great kidder and a pretty good runner to boot.
Leg 9 - I knew Yukon's Peter Menzies was in for a big shock. He thought he
saw some steep hills the last time he was in the Cape. He didn't hit the
Highlands. Now he knows what to expect, and you'll never see him run there
again. He'll drive, but I'll bet he won't run. You lost your virginity, I
hope it didn't hurt too much. Keep in touch after you go back to the Yukon
in a week or so.
Leg 10 - Robert Proctor (Doctor Proctor) wants to do the tough one's while
he still can. Well they don't get much tougher than MacKenzie (Peter might
disagree but he hasn't run it yet.) It's one hell of an effort for a
placemat. "Tanks, bye, I enji'ed dat."
Leg 11 - Dedicated to the unknown runner (&*%$%***) that didn't show
up.....I hope she reads this and feels a bit bad.
Leg 12 - New guy, Mike O'Leary was in for an unusual experience, the least
of which was running his leg. I figured if he survived the day with Don,
he would be in perfect shape to get away from him, and run his ass off. He
did, and he did.
Leg 13 - What can be said about Don MacNeil, a man who runs to the woods
to do his "thing', and still puts on a great show. I'd hate like hell to
see the people that were running behind you, before and after your session
in the woods. Too bad about your t-shirt. Maybe we can find it if we just
look for dead animals and foliage.
Leg 14 - Eric Lee (U.S. of A - NATO BOY) ( Harrier name - One Pack) Eric
is just too dam loud and outspoken for his own good. Don MacNeil kept
saying he couldn't get a word in edgeways with Eric around. Sorry, that
was not Eric I was talking about. I don't know what came over me.
Leg 15 - Hal Montgomery can now add distance runner to his sporting
resume. Along with hockey, golf and acting as sidelines. Hal finished in
the highest placing for a Replica. Although not the fastest pace per KM he
seemed to be enjoying his run better than most. He did have the best line
for the weekend. When I asked him how he was feeling (at the 11-12 K Mark)
he casually said, "My hammies are starting to tighten up, but I'm still
clicking them off." Spoken like a true veteran. Welcome aboard. If I'm not
mistaken, this was Hal's first real race.
Leg 16 - Kathy MacDonald seemed so relaxed while she was running it was
disgusting. She even stopped during her leg, to take off some clothing.
Not all, just some. Just another run in the park for her. If you're out in
Tantallon, stop in and have a bite at Jac Tanaha's. She's the Queen of
Leg 17 - I know it's hard to believe, but Mary-Lou MacDonald's legs move
faster than her jaws, or that's what I think happened for the Glory Leg.
She looked relaxed, and "well appointed" throughout the race. A very
positive way to end this years race.
Gregor - Kink Of the Replicas