One Fast Coach

Two time US Olympic Trials Qualifier. Four time NCAA Division I All American.  Three time Big Sky Conference Champion. MSU Bobcat Track and Field record holder – 3000 M Steeplechase. MT High School State Cross Country Champion.  Currently serving as  Assistant Cross Country/Track and Field Coach, Montana State University.  And yes – running and training hard.  Find out what is next [...]

Good Dog Bad Dog

When I saw the big dark brown ball of fur heading our way at full speed I kicked into high gear. This growling dog with teeth showing and hackles raised meant business. No time for discussion – time to get on down the road.  All of a sudden I was running by myself across the plains of Eastern Kansas. Glancing [...]

Don’s Dream Season

Upon reaching the age of 50 – something clicked for Don and he has gone off on a tear.  A dream season of sorts.  USATF National Champion at 50 miles, a 2:47 road marathon, 5 (repeat 5) 50k trail races, another road marathon (training run) and finally a 7k cross country race all run in 7 months.  Was it speed [...]

Beating The Beast

Three indoor track and field meets, five days of competition within nine calendar days. Wow. Enough to make any track addict giddy with the latest fix. Officiating all five days gave me a trackside seat for each race, jump and throw.  I witnessed middle school kids, junior high, high school, collegiate, post collegiate and masters compete for the prize.  The [...]

Rattlesnakin’ . . . and a Setback

The rattlesnakes near where I live are about to emerge given some consistent warm weather (currently an illusion).  Sage brush lined single track will be moving off of my trail list and hopefully be replaced with USDA Forest Service Trails.  The rattlesnake running I am referring to are the beautiful trails found in the Rattlesnake Recreation area near Missoula, MT.  [...]

Favorite Road Race 2010

As a race participant my rating of races has changed over the years.  Appears most recently that a fun factor has trumped setting a personal record on a flat fast course.  So when applying the fun factor – my choice of a favorite road race for 2010 was easy.  A Ozark 5k in early November, run at night, through a [...]

Favorite Trail Run of 2010

s promised here is my favorite trail run of 2010; the Lake Trail found south of Red Lodge, Montana in the Custer National Forest.  Why?  No motorized vehicles, just wide single track trail meandering along a whitewater mountain stream, gentle grade, mix of lodge pole pine and fir trees, with sharp ascents to the mountain peaks above.  Warning! There are [...]