By Marty Friedman, Ace Reporter

About 40 Club Ed runners descended on Redondo Beach to race and faced the wrong way. The famous Super Bowl races usually start out going North, but the construction which has tormented the Monday Night Madness crowd caused the Race Director to reverse the entire course.

In the 5K, our fastest runner, and owning the shortest name, Ted “Tsunami” Tso blazed in at 17:03 and 5th overall. Ultra runner Will “Windstorm” Weston ran this sprint event and combined with son Chance for our fastest (and only) father/son team. Chance jogged this as a training run. Poor Corrine Sandbag” Schratz, who got tagged after winning the Coach’s Handicap 10K, showed us all up by running both the 5K and 10K. She was 2nd and 4th respectively in her age group. Jim “Nuclear” Newman, who claimed his wife dropped a brick on his toe which slowed him down (4th AG), was seen wandering around the beer garden without any limp. Mark “Keeping Up”Kerper showed he could lead, with a 2nd AG finish. And Marian “Dynamo” Drahnak was 4th in her AG. Michael Moore, not our marathon master, was 3rd AG in 21:26.

Club Ed had 3 entries in the Baby Buggy 10K and snared 2nd, 3rd and 6th. Yes, there were more than 6 entries; 163 finishers to be exact. Mike “Comet” Cortez (and daughter Natalie) was 2nd, Mike “Javelin” Jones (Tamar’s husband and daughter Marisa) were 3rd and Sean “Rehabilitator” Ryan (and son Blake) nailed the 6th overall place.

Most members ran the 10K. Aaron “Meteor” Munger flew through the course in 35:02 and was 3rd overall. Bill “Whirlwind” Weber was close behind, running 35:09, for 5th overall and winning 1st in his age group. Our fastest woman was Tamar “Gliding” Gamliel, 1st AG, in 41:28. I don’t think she caught up to Matt, who had a 10 minute head start. Our strongest AG showing was in the Women’s 50-54, where we took 1st 2nd and 3rd. Great running from Debbie “Rampaging” Richardson, Renee “Scurrying” Williams- Smith and Diane “Sleek” Silva.

Nicola “Leaping” Lowrey claimed that BFF Michelle got lost en route, delivered her bib late, causing her to start in the back of the horde of runners. Michelle “Wanderlust” Wun won the award for marriage enlightenment, by running the race with her husband Dakin and breaking over the 1 hour mark by 13 seconds. Karina “Ballistic” Bird had the misfortune of being in the same age group as Tania Fisher and Kirsten Leach, and ended up with 4th. Other female finishers included Julia “Frenzy” Fretschl (1st AG), Dana “Intrepid” Icaza, and the day’s endurance master “Sandbag” Schratz.

Our fastest husband and wife team was Katie “Magnificent” McKellar (4th, 41:39) and Rick “Masterful” McKellar (3rd, 37:07). The oldest finisher was Matt “Tripping” Tarnay, who at 72 just missed breaking 1 hour.

Humberto “Superman” Sanchez topped the 35-39 AG in 37:31. And we grabbed 2nd. 3rd, 5th and 10th in Men’s 50-54. Respectively, Jon “Mach Speed 2” Megeff (37:12), Jake “Cyclone” Courtney (37:25), Kevin “Swift” Sullivan and Mark “Streaking” Silva. Brad “Airborne” Angle was in that speedy age group too.  We should note that Megeff “decided” to run the day before, even though he is supposed to be coming back on a careful recovery…!

We owned the 55’s as well. Rich “Gusting” Gust was 1st (37:51) and Chuck “Kamikazi Kaminski was 2nd. “Gusting” won the media prize also. His Facebook picture holding 2 beer cans in one hand went viral.

Ed “Air Mail” Avol said he ran a good 5K. Unfortunately the race he was running is was the 10K. He was pushed off his righteous 1st place throne by Dale Campbell of USTAF Masters’ fame, who ran hard the entire distance and finished about 5 minutes ahead of our Coach. Pat “Stealth” Saraceno took 3rd AG in that tough division. Marty “Flying” Friedman said the reverse course would not suit him. And he was right. One engine failed in Mile 5 and another in Mile 6. He was 2nd AG, behind another Grand Prix Master’s speedster from OC. Steve “Notorious” Notaro was 3rd AG and said to watch out this year as he was concentrating on running, not triathlons. Jack McDowell was 5th  behind “Flying” and “Notorious”. Other finishers included Nick Trutanich (40:32), Derk Saltzmann, and Warren Galloway.

Spectators, seemingly from the Beer Garden, included Sharon Lotesto and Wade, Jeff Atkinson, Gretchen and Martin Newman, and “Gusting” Gust’s prettier half, Vicky. Have you all played “Where’s Waldo”? There was a picture of the Start in the Beach Reporter. I saw Avol, Friedman, Gust, Weber, Kaminsky, D. Silva. Who can you find?

And if you got to vote, would you prefer the old course, or this year’s direction?

PS – in a LATEBREAKING NEWS piece, that Club Ed Running is in 1st place after the first race of the 2015 USATF Grand Prix Road Racing Series (the Redondo Superbowl10K) , holding off Cal Coast and The Janes…