TALES FROM THE TRAIL (AND SOMETIMES THE ROAD TOO)

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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Buffalo Alley 2011

This morning Camp Pendleton’s Marine Corps Buffalo Alley’s race, honoring the fallen and the wounded, commenced.  I ran Buffalo Alley in honor of Tyler Holtz, who at age 22 was in the special forces, an Army Ranger.  A 2007 alumni of Mater Dei (an OC Catholic  high school) Tyler gave the ultimate sacrifice for his country last month.  On September 24, 2011, Tyler Holtz was killed in Afghanistan. 

I hope not to upset anyone who knew him by placing his picture here.  I did not know Tyler, but I very well may have stood next to one of his parents or three brothers in a grocery store line without even knowing it.  We live in the same town.  My heart goes out to his family and those who knew him. 

Tyler Holtz

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Today was the 4th year in a row I have run Buffalo Alley.  And I do not run it so much for my passion of trail running.  I run it because I am also passionate about honoring and respecting the men and women who sacrifice so much for their country. 

Though this race is full of smiles and laughter, there’s a solemn moment at the Start Line.  I can’t help but think of the hardships soldiers face as we run up that first mile long hill of this 10k race. 

I ran as fast as I could the entire race.  I never stopped, even when I grabbed fluids from the aid stations.  I drank on the run.  I took pictures on the run.  My ipod’s battery drained about a mile into the race, even though I thought that I had fully charged it the day before.  So, I ran without music today and focused on Tyler’s memory.  The image of a four-leaf clover flittered into my mind off and on.  I’m not sure why.  Perhaps because I am so very fortunate to have my sons to hug today. 

Elevation Profile:My Activities Buffalo Alley 10-15-2011, Elevation - Distance

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This year’s time:  1:11:07

Last year’s time (2010): 1:18:42

4 comments:

  1. Sorry to hear about that soldier. Im sure he was in many peoples minds during that run.

    Nice taking time off of last years run!

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  2. Great race for a great cause. Love all the photos! Good time improvement, well done Lauren!

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  3. Thanks for reading Khourt. Hope you had a great weekend!

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  4. Thanks again Johann. The photos were sure fun to take. I am pleased with time improvement, but was expecting a little better improvement. Oh well.

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