PAUSATF Awards Banquet

This past weekend at the annual PAUSATF Awards Banquet, Pamakid teams and star individuals were honored for the accomplishments over the 2018 racing calendar. The ceremony, which highlighted the accomplishments of teams and individual runners in the Pacific Association Road Racing, Cross Country, and Ultra Grands Prix last year, was held at Laughing Monk Brewery in Bayview, San Francisco, and we had a good group of Pamakids chirping in attendance.

 
 

Greg McMillan, famed coach of McMillan Running, was the guest speaker and provided some insightful coaching and training wisdom that can apply to all. If you weren’t able to make it but are curious, feel free to ask anyone pictured below about his or her thoughts, but I think the best take home message was to “do the training so you can do the training so you can do the training required for your goal race.” Essentially, the idea is that injury and other mishaps with running occur most often because we view training as one progression to our goal instead of several. You have to finish successive stages of fitness before you can expect to be in your best fitness to tackle your main goal. We often want results more quickly or skip steps in building the foundation of our fitness before tackling the next stage, and then get frustrated when we blow up, burn out, or are sidelined with injury. Be aware of where you are, focus on what you need to do now, holistically, and think long term (e.g. USATF XC Club Championships are coming back to SF in 2020!).

Our awards were numerous! The Pamakids won the Ultra Grand Prix for Men, Women, and Overall!

 
 

Next year we need only capture the Mixed section to sweep.

 
 

We also won the Cross Country Grand Prix for Men 50+.

 
 

William Dai was the Ultra Grand Prix Men 40-49 Champion, and Pen Perez was the Ultra Grand Prix Women 50-59 Champion.

 
 

Congrats to all! What a great year. Everyone’s dedication to training, competing, and the team spirit paid off in big ways. Let’s make 2019 even better. Three PAUSATF Ultra races have already been completed, early season Road races are right around the corner, and the XC schedule has a new race in Vacaville. It’s time to get excited for racing!

Pamakid Runners