Tuesday, January 3, 2017

SDTC Log-in & Memberships

How to log in to the SDTC website:

1. Start by visiting http://sandiegotrackclub.org/


2. After you click login, please click on "RESET PASSWORD".


3. Once you click on Reset Password, you will be directed to put in a user name or email address.  You will want to make sure you use the email address that you have been getting your weekly/monthly newsletters sent to.

4. You will receive an email shortly after you request a new password.  If you don't get it in 5 minutes, please try once more, sometimes it gets stuck in cyberspace.

5. Next steps:

If you have any issues, please email membership@sandiegotrackclub.org


How to view your SDTC subscriptions:

  1. Log into the SDTC website: https://sandiegotrackclub.org/

  1. Click on “My Account” in the “MySDTC” menu.

3. Once on your account page, click on “Subscriptions”.

4. Review your membership and subscriptions.

If you have any issues, please email membership@sandiegotrackclub.org

Friday, December 2, 2016

Winter Track Series

It’s that time of year again - the Winter Track Series starts tomorrow at 9 AMDecember 3 at San Diego State University. Competitors in all age groups are welcome to participate in track and field events including sprints ranging from the 60-meter dash to the 3000-meter run, pole-vaulting, high jump and the javelin. Athletes pay $15 at the gate for day-of meet registration and spectators are free. All proceeds will go to the SDSU Women’s Cross Country and Track & Field Program. 

If you don’t have the time to participate in tomorrow’s meet, fear not, the series picks back up after the holidays on January 21, 2017 at Sweetwater High School. 

Winter Series Schedule

Contact: Sheila Burrell and/or Rick Reaser
sburrell@mail.sdsu.edu & rick-reaser@msn.com

Saturday, January 28, 2017 | Del Norte High School (more details to follow)
Saturday, February 4, 2017 | Balboa Stadium at San Diego City College (more details to follow)

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

How to login!!

How to login to your membership page:

Start by visiting https://sandiegotrackclub.org/ .

After you click login, please click on "RESET PASSWORD".

Once you click on Reset Password, you will be directed to put in a user name or email address.  You will want to make sure you use the email address that you have been getting your weekly/monthly newsletters sent to.

You will receive an email shortly after you request a new password.  If you don't get it in 5 minutes, please try once more, sometimes it gets stuck in cyber space.

I hope this is helpful for everyone.  If you are still having questions or issues, please email either myself of Pat McBride at:

Click Here to see the newsletter

Friday, October 7, 2016

Ursula Rains Balboa Boogie 5k

By: Nancy Morris & Jessie Carey McBride

Ursula Rains Balboa Boogie 5k
Saturday, October 8th
Morley Field, San Diego


This classic cross country race runs through Morley Field on October 8th. Presented by the San Diego Track Club, this race is part of the Dirt Dog Cross Country series.

Saturday, October 8th, 2016
* Masters (40 & over) start: 8:00am
* Open (39 & under) start: 8:45am
* Day of Race registration: 6:30am

* SDTC Members $15. Non-Members $20.
* Ages 17 and under $10.
* Online Registration available at here: https://www.raceit.com/Register/?event=37995


Who was Ursula Rains?
Ursula first immigrated to the US following WWII. She worked in the San Diego District School system until her retirement.

As a means of losing weight, Ursula began running and it did not take long before she started moving up in her age group to the top step of the awards and relinquished it very rarely – to the second step only – she was an awesome athlete.
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Ursula was also one of the kindest team mates ever – she was always there to help and contribute. One year at the La Jolla Half marathon, one of the runners, Mary Storey, fell while heading down the steep La Jolla Cove Road. The EMTs arrived and, although 100 meters from the finish, they would not allow her to continue – loaded Mary into the ambulance and off to the hospital.  Ursula immediately went to meet Mary at the hospital and stayed the day with her until Mary was able to be discharged home. Mary always spoke about how very kind Ursula was – to the point of getting Mary’s shoes and helping her put them on. She then drove Mary home and got her settled in.

Ursula was also the Queen of Carlsbad 5K and ran every one until her death in 2006. Carlsbad 5K consists of 6 races over the course of a morning – at the 2006 race, Ursula was honored at the start of every single race.

Ursula was one of the world’s great chefs and gardeners – she could grow anything and she shared all the fruitful proceeds of her labor of love.
Ursula died )following an accident during a run in Balboa Park (she actually completed her workout and was running to her yoga class) – while crossing a road she was struck by a car and despite fighting for many months, eventually succumbed to her injuries.

With a love of the outdoors and adventure, Ursula climbed Mount Whitney multiple times and the plan at her death was to cremate and spread her ashes over Mt Whitney – so she could rest where she was so very happy.

It is not possible to communicate how very much we miss her smile, laughter, kindness and friendship. To know Ursula was something special and I treasure her friendship and my photo with her at her last Carlsbad 5K – she was an awesome lady.

~ Nancy Morris

This year’s Balboa Boogie 5k will also be honoring Eileen Waters Connolly who passed away in August. We will tell you more about her in our next blog post!!!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Whatever Half Marathon Training Program

Whatever Half Marathon Training Program 

For those that wish to continue with us into the fall, or return after a summer hiatus, we have the Whatever Training Program. Like the summer version, we’re focused on regaining or maintaining fitness but for a wider variety of events. Group size is limited to around 100 runners and the program follows a similar format. The difference is there is no specific race we train for. Thus, we each train for “whatever” we want.
Maybe you aim to run the popular Silver Strand Half Marathon in Nov. Could be you want a couple of hours of support while working up to a full marathon. Maybe you are looking to meet other runners like you training for “whatever” – you define the goal and distance. Events in Nov, Dec. and Jan would be great fit for this program.
Once the weather starts to cool, we move inland more often to run trails in Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve and Mission Trails and San Diego Track Club fall cross-country races. The program ends with the annual Christmas Card Lane Run in December.
The program includes weekly Tuesday night group track workouts and Saturday morning long runs with aid station support, training schedules tailored for three running speeds (12:00 to 10:00 minutes per mile, 10:00 to 7:30 minutes per mile, and 7:30 minutes per mile and faster), seminar speakers, access to a half marathon training web site, and long run course maps/route descriptions and more.
At a Glance:
  • Program runs 9/17/2016 - 12/17/2016. 
  • Fee of $115* includes a technical T-shirt, program coaching, access to exclusive web site content and ‘closed’ group workouts  (Tue & Sat) and one year membership. Log in to see the member’s program only pricing of $65
  • The program is capped at 100 runners
One year membership and entry into the “Whatever” half marathon program together. If you are already a member, log in to see the discounted “Whatever” only price.

Hope to see you out there!


Thursday, August 25, 2016

Men's Teams Wild Duck 5K Recap

Men's Open Team
The San Diego Men's Open team was well represented at the Wild Duck 5K.  The Wild Duck is the opening race of the 2016 Dirt Dog Cross Country Series.  We had nine team members who were able to get the Track Club into 2nd place on the day.  Our first place finisher was Brian Valentini in 16:32 coming in at 14th place overall.  Just behind Brian was Alex Samarin in 16:39 and Charlie Gamble in 16:57.   We will be back racing next at our home course in Balboa Park for the Balboa 4 miler.

70+ Men's Team

 SDTC 70+ Dirt Dog XC Team at the Wild Duck 5K

I am happy and proud to announce that SDTC 70+ team members Gordon Lutes, Tom Sweet, Dennis Kasischke, Doug Kenyon, and Peter Stern ran their guts out at the Wild Duck 5K. 

Gordon Lutes ran a 22:43, Tom Sweet ran a 24:11, Dennis Kasischke ran a 26:02, Doug Kenyon ran a 26:04, and Peter Stern ran 26:32.  

San Diego beat the Florida Track Club by 1 point.  This race couldn't have been any closer!!

Way to go 70+ men!!

Friday, August 19, 2016

Dirt Dog Is Here!!!

Alex Samarin

"I love cross-country... on the track I feel like a hamster."
- Robin Williams

The start and end of any race are the same as every other. As I'm writing this, I'm northbound on a flight to San Jose.Tomorrow, a drive to Bodega Bay - and the next day, Humboldt. I'm accompanied by three friends and teammates on the San Diego Track Club: Charlie Gamble, Brian Valentini, and Bob James. Sunday we'll run the Humboldt Bay Marathon. We're shooting for a Boston Qualifier and although I've put in the long runs, I don't feel completely ready.

It's my first marathon, and Charlie's too.  Brian and Bob are seasoned and reassure us that it will be an "easy long run"... right. Though I'm a lifelong runner, my training and races have usually been geared toward shorter track and cross-country races, with the occasional 20-miler always being a mistake. The marathon training cyle has been a great experience that made me realize why a team is important. I couldn't do it myself.

A lot of you probably came to the Track Club through our marathon training program. You may or may not miss it, but I'm sure the marathon was something you are glad to have done.

I've decided that it's a little crazy since I really only started training two months ago. And again, that's why this start line is the same as every other. In my mind I'm not as prepared as I should be, but there's never a good time to tackle a new challenge. It will without a
doubt stretch my limits because it's something new that I haven't done before. And it's very close to the opening of our cross-country season (legs need time to heal!), so let me tell you a bit about that.

I'll start with a riddle:

There is a line on the grass in Balboa Park, and not everyone knows where it is. 
It doesn't divide lanes of traffic, or countries, or come at the end of a complex math problem.
It is a simple line. It is not particularly wide and no banner is strung along its short length. 
Unlike most lines, it doesn't separate; it brings together.
Though it has been there a long time, most days you can't find it - the line just isn't there.
You'll cross it going one way, but not the other. On one day a year if you know where it is, then you've earned         it -though in getting there you might fall apart. 

What is it?  

In this case, I'm talking about the start line of the Balboa Park 4-miler. But remember how I began: "the start and end of any race is the same as every other."  As I approach the start of my first marathon, let me encourage you to try something new and check out the Balboa 4-miler.  It's a race that the Track Club organizes, and it's part of the Dirt Dog cross-country series.  You may be looking for a new challenge, but you might not be sure that this should be it. Let me reassure you - you've been there before.  You may not have heard about the hills "Zig-zag" or "Powder", but I'm sure they're no worse than a marathon. At least I hope they aren't!

Whether it's at the end of 26.2 or after 4 miles and 3 hills, in the end we'll have crossed another line: difficulties overcome, lessons learned, decisions made. And that's how I approach every race, every new challenge - tackle it, and decide after if you should have done it.

See you at the finish.

-By Alex Samarin