Monday, June 28, 2010

Catching Up on the Wulfman

A bit behind on this; but, check out the results of the Wulfman CDT 14K Trail Race on the Butte's Piss & Moan Runners website.

Full results by overall, male, female, age groups and age graded (40+); plus, a race summary by the Muddy Buzzard himself.

The Piss & Moan Runners site is @

Also, check out the race's Facebook page @!/group.php?gid=214474434957&v=wall&ref=ts to check out some pix from the event.

See you on the roads, tracks and trails

The Muddy Buzzard

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Naegeli Ranch Run

Up here in the northwest part of the state - we're having a bit of a struggle to continue to have our schools support high school cross country.  Both the Plains and Thompson Falls programs are at risk of losing school funding and having to "self fund" in order to keep the sports alive.  We're not quite there yet; but, with the impending fiscal issues that will be coming out of the 2011 legislative sessions, we expect that we could be at the tipping point where we move from partial funding to self funding.

So, to try to be proactive and get our fundraising solidly in place, the Clark Fork Valley Running Club will be hosting a fun little trail race on the Naegeli Ranch outside of Thompson Falls.  Sarah Naegeli is the coach at Thompson Falls H.S. and her family will be opening up their property to any and all Trail Nerds.

Below is the information from the entry form.  So, if you're open that day, want to have some fun at a new race and help out the next generation of runners - head up on up Higway 200 and visit the Naegeli Ranch.  Put a smile on the Muddy Buzzard's face and help out some fellow harriers.

Here's Da Facts:


A Trail run located just outside of Thompson Falls, MT

3K and 5 mile Trail Run on Saturday, July 24

This race might include trees, logs, hay bales and creeks to cross, hills, forests, irrigation systems, cows, hay fields, and anything else you might imagine on a ranch!

Race Day registration starts at 9:45am RACE BEGINS AT 11:00 AM

Entry fee: $15 for 3K, $18 for 5 mile for entries received by July 17

$18 and $22 day of race registration

Entry fee includes unisex sized , t-shirt

Make checks out to Clark Fork Valley Running Club

Mail to: Carol Brooker PO Box 794 Plains, MT 59859

Or turn entry forms in to The Runner’s Edge, Missoula, MT


We are located 12 miles west of Thompson Falls, MT.

Travel north on Hwy 200 approximately 10 miles past Thompson Falls.

Turn left (west) on Big Beaver Creek (before the 40 mile marker).

Travel ¾ of a mile up Big Beaver Creek and turn left on Little Beaver Creek Road.

We are the first driveway on the right, approximately ½ mile up Little Beaver Creek.

Contact Sarah at or 827-4887, or Tony Banovich at or 672-6700 for more information

Many thanks to Runner’s Edge for sponsoring the race.
Proceeds to benefit Cross Country teams of Clark Fork Valley (Thompson Falls Bluehawks and Plains Horsemen)

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Wulman CDT 14K Preview

Wulfman 2K10 – Who To Watch

Another year of hot, hot racing is in store at the 3rd Annual Wulfman’s CDT 14K trail race. This 3rd edition of the race, to be run from Homestake to Pipestone in this even numbered year, looks to continue the same high level performances seen at the first two editions.

The women will have a new champion in 2010. The winner of the 2009 event (and course record holder for northbound route), Nicole Hunt will be focusing on her race director duties and leave the running to others this year - which makes the race up front wide open.

Early favorites would have to be Marta Fisher and Michelle Bazanella, both of Helena. M & M finished a strong 1-2 at the Don’t Fence Me In 30K Trail Race in Helena in early May and a 2nd and 3rd at the Big Butte 11K in April. Trail and endurance race specialists, they should both perform well at the high altitude and on the southbound trail climbs. A dark horse could be Maurie McLaughlin. Getting the win at the Wulfman Frigid Digger 7-miler in February, she’s looking take the honor’s in the Wulfman’s warm-weather race.

Master’s ace Debbie Gibson could also be a factor in the race for the title. With a 5th place in 2009 and top finishes at the 2010 Snow Joke and Run To The Pub ½ Marathons, Debbie looks ready for a top 3 finish.

Other women who look to make the elusive top 5 podium finish include Jennifer Burke and Laura West, together with a couple of teenagers in Rebekah Kirtley and Olivia Wood. All the women will be chasing the southbound course record set by Sarah Keller in the inaugural (2008) event of 1:10:36.

The men’s field looks to be deep, deep, deep – especially on the master’s side. Thomas Jodoin, the event’s one and only winner, will be back to try for the 3-peat (and to challenge his record time of 58:51). And, Thomas has been on a bit of role this year. With wins at the AOH 3-miler, the Vigilante Road Mile and the Don’t Fence Me In 12K, together with a 3rd at the Ice Breaker 5-mile, Thomas is looking sharp in the 2010 season. But, the converted middle distance track specialist will have his hands full. Keifer Hahn, the 2009 CDT runner up will return to give chase to Thomas. He doesn’t race a lot; but, his runner-up finish in the Riverbank Trifecta shows that - like always - when he races, he runs for the win. And, fresh off another stellar season at the University of Montana, Lynn Reynolds will look to improve on his 4th place finish in 2009.

A few of the other open men running to reach the podium include Matt Choquette, Colin Gaiser, Josh Panasuk, Adam Peterman, Ben Phipps, Doug Wadle, Brian Wieck and Dylan Zitzer. But, these youngsters will have to hold off some old guys as the top echelon of Montana master’s runners are coming to race along the great divide. In the first two editions of the event, master’s athletes took several of the top 10 spots; and, with this year’s group, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see up to half of the slots going to the 40+ crowd.

Two-time top 10 finisher Mike Telling (and masters champ in 2008 and 2009) will be back and will certainly have a start position at the front of the pack. Scott Gaiser and Jeff Braun have both have had a string of excellent performances dating back into 2009. Don’t overlook a couple of 50+ athletes in Kirk Keller and Mad-Dog Marvin Speece. And, mountain specialist Jeff Thomas is having his best season in the last several years and loves to run the hills and at altitude. Although both have fought a few injury issues the last couple of years, Ray Hunt and Tony Banovich are always a threat. Ken Newhall and Mark Slater will also be in the mix and ready to rumble.

With a sold out field, clear trail conditions and the hospitality of the Homestake Lodge, all the pieces are in place for an amazing mix of racing, camaraderie and a celebration of the Wulfman and the trail he loved.

Saturday, June 05, 2010


The last month has been a flury of activity. 

A big chunk of my time went towards remodeling our living room.  When we bought the place, only the back half of the main floor was finished.  The basement was completely unfinihsed - just open studs.  We've put in a bedroom and an entryway (although there is still a bit of finish work to be done; but, we do have functional spaces) in the basement and a laundary area. 

The primary living area on the main floor was finished with old, dark-dark, paneling.  Think 1970's basement type stuff.  It was on all the walls and the ceiling.  It was like living in a cave.  Well, we finally got things put together to get the room upgraded.  We had sheet rock put on the walls and toungue and groove pine on the ceiling.  I had contactors do the drywall and install the tongue and groove; but, I had to stain all the boards (some 140 of them), stain the boards for the window and door trim, install about half the door and window trim and install all of the base boards.  Also installed some new lighting fixtures.

It turned out great.  The room fits well with the existing finish work in the rest of the house; and, it brightened up the space so much.  With the high ceilings (19' at peak) and open beam structure, it really gives it the look of a light, open lodge type setting.  It's made a huge difference in the space.  We're super excited about seems like a whole new house.  Erin is very pleased that we finally jumped in and got the job done.

But, for most of May I was working from the time I was off work-work until somewhere between 9 - 11 at night.  And all of my open time on the weekends was spent on the house as well.

On top of that, we spent lots of Saturdays traveling to track meets to watch Zoe and the rest of the Plains kids.

And, last weekend (Memorial Day) we took an extra long weekend to take my parents out to the Seattle area to see my brother's new house. 

Needless to say - with all that going on I haven't really had the energy or time to get to the Buzzard.  But, over the next few days I intend to get caught up on what's been going on in our sport and some big things that are coming up.

See you on the roads, tracks and trails.

The Muddy Buzzard