Aug 312009


I had fun this morning being interviewed for Coach’s Corner with Jim Whelan on AM1590. I’m glad this is getting easier to do. The first couple were nerve-racking. There are no oops or take-backs or apologies. What comes out goes out. But it does get easier. I had prepared for this morning’s interview and it went no where that I thought it might… But I think it went well and reflected a positive image on the program at CHS. For a listen, click here.

Aug 222009


I’m sitting here watching the World Track & Field Championships from Berlin and I about jumped off my seat to find out that once again the women’s and men’s 4×100m Relay teams are not in the finals because of missed exchanges! The same thing happened in 2004 and 2008. It is very disappointing to see this and hard to understand how it can happen so frequently. Is it as simple as more practice? Do we have more of a commitment to the individual events than we do the relays?

Running Camp 2009

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Aug 182009


I started out the summer a little disappointed that things didn’t work out for Coldwater to join Otsego and Fremont, IN as we did last year. But if I had sat around and dwelled on that I would have really missed out on the cool experience I had this week!

About 23 high school and middle school athletes participated in a local day-camp for runners. Our schedule consisted of 5 workouts in three days, 4 logbook sessions in a classroom setting, swimming, aerobic games such as Frisbee football, and lots of recreational games at the First Baptist Church of Coldwater! The logbook sessions included topics on goal setting, running form, team building, and training concepts for beginning runners and advanced runners. On Sunday night and Tuesday night the parents were invited for dinner. About 40 people were at the two dinners!

I am very excited to see the positive setting that has formed over the summer. Athletes are really pulling for one another to do well. The parents are getting a jump start on planning activities. And the training has been terrific. The athletes are going to enjoy some fast times soon.

Aug 122009


Not much time for blogging in August. It’s all about a mix between work, cross-country, and family. But here is another quick pic of the kids having fun in the tube. The little guy is named Graham and this was his first time that he allowed me to go fast with him in the tube.


COLDWATER – On Friday a light drizzle and 75 degrees made for perfect 3-mile running conditions. The Fair Race every August has been sunny and 90+ degrees in recent years. The 4H Fair 3 Mile Run started and finished at Waterworks Park. The route is flat and fast and passes through the Fairgrounds Amphitheater. This year’s overall winner was Jay Bilsborrow nearly breaking the course record with a time of 14:37. The women’s winner was fifteen year old Gabbie Bates with an outstanding time of 18:53. Age division winners were Mitchell Klingler (Male 18 & Under, 16:02), Gabbie Bates (Female 18 Years & Under, 18:53), Jay Bilsborrow (Male 19-29, 14:37), Tricia Rzepka (Female 19-39, 24:11), Bob Bates (Male 30-39, 16:12), Sharon Demeester (Female 40 & Over), Danny Higbee (Male 40-49, 17:52), Dan Washburn (Male 50-59, 18:50), Steve Dobson (Male 60 & Over, 25:05).

For a couple of higher quality pix, click here and here2.

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