Updated All Comers Meet

2017 Lincoln Twilight Track Meets

Pretty simple.  Show up. Sign up.  Race.  Use these as a tune-up for summer racing in July and August.  Maybe a way to get some speedwork in without doing a formal workout on your own.

Proceeds go towards LNS XC and Lincoln Food Bank.  Email me if you have questions.  Everyone is welcome and encouraged to come and run.  Bring a friend, tell a friend.

Doughnut Race continues to be a Lincoln tradition.

Lincoln All Comers Track Meet

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 Thursday, June 29th   (Lincoln North Star)

700-800pm. 

Adjusted schedule for all-comers meet Thursday:

 

 Registration starts at 6:00pm at North Star Track
 Cost is $2 per event (proceeds to Food Bank/LNS XC)
Runners of all ages and abilities (seriously, the more people there are the better) are welcome. Get ready for an upcoming race, get in a workout, meet some folks, whatever.  Volunteers are always welcome to help time and cheer.
 
Events (in order)
 
7:00 pm-400m
 
7:10- 800 
 
7:25- 200
 
7:35:- Predict a 1600m (prizes given)
 

7:50- Mile (true mile, no 1600m)

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Taking Action

SPEAK UP LINK (Click here to send a message to the Department of the Interior)

I try to keep this site apolitical.  I try to keep it positive.  I try (and generally fail) to keep it updated once a week.

I would love to be more poetic or illustrative of how I feel about this.  But I don’t have the time in me.  I will say this though.  My time is given to my children and the runners I coach (anything leftover is for my wife and my own running, in that order).  My kids distract me at times from the hobbies that I enjoy.  But they are getting old enough for me to take them out on little adventures and experience the outdoors.

There are some places under threat to private development right now.  The short-term gains of selling open spaces to business for who knows what use.  But taking wild places and digging them up for profit is not the direction we need to go.  Those of us who spend time outdoors, so all of you, get why being outside is important and wonderful.  So you need to get your voice out there.  At least try.  While I may not have time because of my kids, I want them to have time to visit some of the greatest places our country has to offer when they get older.

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Cayuga Trails 50

6am Start Line. Hell of a great morning (and afternoon) for running PC: Mountain Peak Fitness

I debated even writing this. Most debates involve time and multiple rebuttals and counterarguments.  This one really didn’t have those elements. Keeping me from writing this were two simple fears.  One is that there is no way I could capture the essence of what I wanted to convey.  The other is my reluctance to share various parts of my life via social media.  There are certain components of our individual worlds (experiences, feelings) that might be better kept to those that know you best, as opposed to being put out for public consumption.

However, being psyched up and proud of an experience added to the mere possibility that someone might read this and take on a challenge they didn’t think possible was enough for me to put it out there.  So here you go. Those of you have who have been through this get it.  Those that haven’t, maybe you can relate or want to give it a shot.  Anyone else doesn’t care or doesn’t understand, but maybe they have their own thing.

So here is the story that belongs to me.

Red Newt Racing’s namesake, um, a red newt.  Looks a pic of the yeti, but best I could do with phone

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Perspective

Cayuga Trails 50 Miler from Shai Ben-Dor on Vimeo Preview video of an upcoming peak race for me.

We each have our own journeys.  I have always known this.  But knowing and realizing strike me as different things.  We have these people who support us, and encourage us, and run with us, and challenge us.  On occasion (okay, maybe more than one occasion) you might compare your paces or mileage or splits to other runners.  Despite the shared experience of running, we each bring a very different take to the start line.  Talent, perspective, workout philosophy, social media presence, work ethic, knowledge, motivation, the list goes on and on.  Too often I have compared my own path to the ones that others are on.

My life has taken me away from this project the last four months.  Dad life, teaching, coaching track, and training have soaked up the time I have had available for one of the few creative outlets that I have allowed myself.  That being said, I know I am getting what I can out of my life in virtually all aspects.  The challenge of getting ready for races and balancing the other WAY more important parts of my world has at times been frustrating.  I want to race well.  While I measure my performances against my past self, and even others, the less important that becomes to me.  Though at times I think I just tell myself this to make me feel better about a poor race.  But the process of preparing for a race, at least this time around, has been surprisingly constructive in how I view running.

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2017 Lincoln Twilight Track Meets

Pretty simple.  Show up. Sign up.  Race.  Use these as a tune-up for summer racing in July and August.  Maybe a way to get some speedwork in without doing a formal workout on your own.

Proceeds go towards LNS XC and Lincoln Food Bank.  Email me if you have questions.  Everyone is welcome and encouraged to come and run.  Bring a friend, tell a friend.

Doughnut Race continues to be a Lincoln tradition.

Lincoln All Comers Track Meet

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Thursday, June 8th  (Lincoln North Star)

 Thursday, June 29th   (Lincoln North Star)

600-800pm. 

 Registration starts at 5:20pm

 Cost is $2 per event, $10 for donut race (see below)

Runners of all ages and abilities (seriously, the more people there are the better) are welcome. Get ready for an upcoming race, get in a workout, meet some folks, whatever.  Volunteers are always welcome to help time and cheer.

 Events (in order)

6:00 pm-400m

6:10- 800m

6:15- Predict a 1600m (prizes given)

6:30- 200

6:40- Mile (true mile, no 1600m)

7:00- 3000 or 5000 (only by request, so please email me)

 7:35pm- DONUT 2k

(This event will be at 7:00 if no one requests for the 3k or 5k)

Eat a donut, run a lap format, specific rules given at event

 

Presented by LRC, Hy-Vee, Pink Gorilla Racing, simplesoleproject.com

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6 donuts, 5 laps total

 Pre-Registration will get you a customized coffee mug.  NEED TO EMAIL ME BY JUNE 12th TO GUARANTEE A SPOT. 

 There will be extra doughnuts for day of registration, but limited.

 CONTACT BRIAN WANDZILAK:  bwandzilak@gmail.com

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Joy and Luck

Let’s get the name drop out of the way first.  Ivan Marsh. He recently continued one of the most unsung streaks in Nebraska running by winning an 11th straight Trek Up the Tower in Omaha.  Unreal on so many levels.  It also inspired me to get back on this horse of trying to write on a regular basis.  So let’s get to it.

Running has brought me so many things in my life.  A whole laundry list of personality traits has been drawn out, highlighted, exposed, sharpened, and appreciated.  Many friends and a whole mess of acquaintances in a wonderful shard experience.  Experiences and travels and starting lines to many to list but somehow come back to me when sharing the stories during miles.  Even a little peek into what I might be capable of via a little big thing where I try to move as fast as I can over a set distance.

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