Saturday November 20, 2004
Saddleback Mountain Trail Marathon

(26.2 miles with 5,000 feet of ascents)
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Rated "The Toughest Marathon In California"
Michelle places 2nd female in age 30-39 age group

Photos by Doug Malewicki
The Official RND Running Inc web site is:
110 people started this trail marathon. 106 finished!
(Click on any thumbnail picture to see a larger version)

Michelle Barton at our traditional pre-race photo spot on the way up to Blue Jay.

Michelle posing with Dad's "new" 1987 Ferrari Testarossa

Everyone knows you need a Ferrari to deliver home baked goodies warm to the trail marathoner runners.

Head chef, Sierra Barton, slaved
over four hours in the kitchen baking cakes, brownies, lemon cupcakes and chocolate cupcakes!

Michelle was assistant coach for the Laguna Beach High School Cross Country team this season.

Michelle & Dad. Doug had to cancel his entry this year.  Picked up a nasty cold while in Chicago for his Mom's 85th birthday on Nov. 7th.

Allen Bursey, Michelle, Robert Baird and Kyle Hoeng

Michelle says the license plate "X R S" means Extreme Running Senior (I like X-Rated Senior better!)

The line up for getting race bib numbers and goody bags.

Angel Perez & Michelle

Michelle & Doug

Michelle with LA District Attorney & finisher of five  100 mile ultras in 2004 - the beautiful, sexy Chrissy Weiss

Chrissy ALSO sews and made cool gators for all her friends.  These are Michelle's.

Saturday December 4th update:  Michelle got accepted into the famed Western States 100 ultra trail race - Squaw Valley to Auburn, California - 100 miles with 18,090 feet of climbing - SATURDAY, JUNE 25, 2005.  For those of you who finished the Saddleback Mountain Marathon, imagine doing it 3 more times without stopping.  What is wrong with my beautiful daughter??  It is OK for me to do mildly sane things, but her? Yikes! 

Sunday December 12th update: Michelle was doing a lovely training run from Hot Springs to Blue Jay & back with Alan Bursey, Kyle Hoeng and Robert Baird.  A very scenic 23 mile round trip route.  On the way back from Blue Jay she rolled her left ankle on a fast downhill section.  She heard it snap!  Instantly the left foot collapsed under her and she crashed bad.  The entire side of her right leg got scraped up and bloody as she fell down.  Yes - she broke the left ankle. 

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(Note: the results page is a long 250k download.  Approx 50 seconds with a 56k modem!)

AND everyone was exceedingly happy that the race was not the NEXT day!
(Our Orange County flatlander's view of Saddleback Mountain - from Jeffrey and the 405)

Race Directors Randy & Vicky Davis
along with super volunteers Jim & Carol Pivonka
woke up Sunday morning to a rich blanket of beautiful SNOW!

Randy gets up early to heat up yesterday's yummy hot soup.

The meadow adjacent to the parking area.

Jim (left) & Randy.  Are we having fun yet?

Firewood coming right up!

Run 26.2 miles through this stuff? 
I don't think so.

Big 5? - Quick send up 110 pairs of snowshoes!

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