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Summer fun, TRL style: Summer Series and Tour de Goose

Sedan chair rides were just part of the fun at the 2012 Tour de Goose!

This past month saw the conclusion of two of my favorite Lizard events, the Summer Race Series and the Tour de Goose. Both involve competition, points for the taking, constantly evolving standings, and coveted and colorful apparel for the top finishers, but in other respects they are very different. The Summer Series is based on speed alone, while the Tour de Goose also rewards hill-climbing ability, pacing accuracy, map-reading, puzzle-solving, and teamwork.

This year’s Summer Series seemed to zip by, with six races over a three-month period. On the men’s side, success came down to running the most races, with the top five finishing at least three races each. For the women, the competition was much more wide open, with four different runners winning a race and claiming the 100 points. Still, the top four ran multiple races, and only one of them won a race outright.

The Summer Series races represented a diverse assortment of distances and courses, and my personal favorite and the most memorable of them was the Backyard Half. A difficult test of stamina and hilly trail running ability, this race had one of the largest Lizard turnouts, and the beautiful setting and amazing views helped to disguise the strain of the challenging course.

But as fun as the Summer Series was, the Tour de Goose was even better, because of the variety of stages and activities, each one more entertaining than the last. This year, for the first time, the Tour incorporated each of TRL’s weekly group runs and consisted of eight stages over a whirlwind nine days. While the format proved a huge amount of work for Tour Director Steve Trautwein, I liked the concentrated schedule and the constant swirl of activity and changing standings.

I have especially fond memories of Stage 1, “The Fairview Open”, and not just because I won the stage. No, I was most excited and proud to hit the apple in the pig’s mouth with my marshmallow and win the “Hunger Games” prime and the Katniss Everdeen award. (You had to be there!) If that wasn’t enough, back at the Goose Hollow Inn after the stage, I won the polka dotted cycling hat that Frank Mungeam donated from the real Tour de France. (I really wanted that hat, and put all my raffle tickets in that jar! I wore the hat for the rest of the Tour.)

In fact, the daily raffle after each stage offered a cornucopia of great prizes, and you could have done well just to show up for that alone. But the entire tour was so much fun, how could you not participate? Each stage, the standings would get roiled, and you never knew who would emerge with the polka dot leader’s jerseys at the end of the day. The men’s lead changed five times during the Tour, while the women’s jersey was held by the same person from the start until being wrested away on the final stage, the incredibly fun “Goozard Challenge”.

Putting on the TdG was an amazing undertaking, so if you participated in any of it, please make a point of thanking Steve Trautwein profusely next time you see him! What a great way to spend a week in July!

With the Summer Series and Tour de Goose in the rearview window, it’s time to look forward to the next iconic Lizard event, the Stumptown XC Series this fall.

Final 2012 Summer Series Standings:

Women:

1. Angela Lindbo – 273 – 3 races
2. Kate Gigler – 196 – 3
3. Leigh Ammon – 120 – 2
4. Elle Davis – 104 – 2
5. Christy Runde – 100 – 1
5. Erin Skourtes – 100 – 1
5. Eva Vail – 100 – 1
8. Helen Sherman – 96 – 2
9. Suzanne Ray – 92 – 1
10. Lynn Gibson – 84 – 1
11. Silke Kleinhenz – 80 – 1
12. Bhavana Reddy – 68 – 1
13. Sarah Zwick – 52 – 1
14. Julie Jacobson – 47 – 1
15. Anne Stratton – 44 – 1
16. Gina Williams – 40 – 1
17. Darci Walker – 36 – 1
18. Nicole Kilian – 28 – 1
19. Barb Thomson – 20 – 1
19. Amy Al-Khalisi – 20 – 1
19. Maryalicia Verdecchia – 20 – 1
19. Kelly Barten – 20 – 1
19. Eliza Barten – 20 – 1

Men:

1. Joe Dudman – 457 pts – 5 races
2. Daniel Bartosz – 300 – 3
3. Torrey Lindbo – 277 – 3
4. Eric Barten – 241 – 3
5. David Harding – 156 – 3
6. Brian Davis – 130 – 2
6. Sam Taylor – 130 – 2
8. Mark Mochon – 113 – 2
9. Brian Hansen – 105 – 3
10. Bill Aronson – 91 – 1
11. Steve Sexton – 85 – 1
12. Ben Flaata – 78 – 1
13. Jeremy Eisen – 73 – 1
14. Keith Shishido – 71 – 1
15. David Hatfield – 64 – 1
15. Jeff Malmquist – 64 – 1
17. Steve Steiner – 60 – 1
18. Chris McGinness – 56 – 1
18. Dan Silvernail – 56 – 1
20. Lou Karl – 49 – 1
20. Garrett Smith – 49 – 1
22. Raghav Wusirika – 47 – 1
23. Brad Garber – 42 – 1
24. Jeremy Carter – 40 – 1
25. Christopher Thompson – 40 – 2
26. Tom Deggendorfer – 38 – 1
27. Gary Adams – 35 – 1
28. Jeff Huber – 30 – 1
29. Dave Straube – 29 – 1
30. Ultra Al Miller, Jr. – 27 – 1
30. Brian Willis – 27 – 1
32. Rick Lovett – 20 – 1
32. Sean Murphy – 20 – 1
32. Richard Perry – 20 – 1

Final 2012 Tour de Goose Standings:

Women:

1. Kate Gigler 430 pts
2. Carre Heineck 385
3. Silke Kleinhenz 368
4. Jenny Dziura 305
5. Shannon Sexton 205
6. Bhavana Reddy 163
7. Karla Haggard 155
8. Stephanie Lowe 134
9. Amy Al-Khalisi 130
10. Christy Runde 100
10. Alyssa Tower 100
10. Betty Wagner 100
13. Liz Morehead 95
14. Ilene Vu 93
15. Brenna Lewis 88
15. Kira ? 88
17. Karen Wang 87
18. Julie Canady 80
19. Sari Spencer 67
20. Julie Thomas 63
21. Laura Bright 58
22. Shelley Durant 50
22. Ali Ellis 50
22. Elizabeth Lewis 50
22. Stephanie Liberman 50
22. Nancy Wong 50
27. Leigh Ammon 0

Men:

1. Joe Dudman 688
2. Ben Flaata 664
3. Lou Karl 566
4. Steve Trautwein 542
5. David Hatfield 531
6. Rick Lovett 526
7. Will Spates 444
8. Jeff Malmquist 398
9. Torrey Lindbo 387
10. Mike Rueter 360
11. Tim Ploeger 353
12. Jeff Huber 243
13. Frank Mungeam 235
14. David Dziura 221
15. Jacob Ervin 214
16. David Harding 190
17. Eric Barten 183
18. Gary Adams 180
19. Mike Brown 132
20. Jesse Applegate 130
21. Glen Pak 126
22. Bob Mow 100
23. Clay Morehead 95
24. Randy Goode 92
25. Scott Glazer 87
26. Gareth Price 84
27. Aaron ? 81
27. Ben Hutchinson 81
29. Jon Dotson 80
29. Pat Fear 80
29. Joe Kregal 80
29. Keith Shoshido 80
33. Peter Jensen 79
34. Hari Bhaskaran 78
34. Roy Jan 78
36. David Heineck 72
36. Sam Taylor 72
38. Fred L ? 69
39. Jay Hawkey 67
39. Matthew Johnson 67
39. Kevin Wolcott 67
42. Ronel Cordova 66
43. Adam Zivony 63
44. Christophe Berteau-Pavy 58
44. Paul Hoffman 58
44. Stephen Perrens 58
44. Steve Walters 58
48. Stacy Hargis 53
49. Thomas Graf 50
49. Andres Herrejon 50
49. Mark Mochon 50
49. Koushik Ray 50
49. Steve Sexton 50
49. Tim Swietlik 50
49. Steve’s former roommate, Karl 50

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