Last year I walked a PB for the half marathon at this Visalia race but this year I only did the 10k because of my lingering chest cold.
Sadly the race couldn’t change my race before I started and lamely told me to just tell the timer when I finished that I dropped down.
I did finish in the 10k chute in around 92 minutes for a 2020 10k walking PB and I planned to try and get to the timer but …
I left instead.
Why did I leave? Well I finished and saw a long table full of Dixie cups with chocolate milk. I like milk so I took one and then so as not to waste a cup I asked the older lady sitting at the table if she could refill my cup.
She rudely and loudly said I could only have one and I should think of the other runners who haven’t finished. Well there were over a hundred filled cups and a sponsor provided the milk so I doubt that was possible.
Maybe somebody told her to be the milk nazi #seinfeld but she didn’t need to be so rude. So I just left and doubt I will return.
Sponsorship by McFarland Running Club
Check In 6:30am Race Start at 7:30am
A youth club, high school and adult club dedicated to promoting running, racing and an education for an athletes future. Money raised will help to send athletes to summer races and running camp.
Location- Browning Road Park, McFarland, Ca. 93250
Pre-Registration– $25.00 before June 30, 2019. Race Day- $30.00
High School Students $20.00 Youth under 13 $15.00
Awards- First 100 runners to register get a custom shirt. Medals to top 5 in each age group.
Age Groups- Elementary, Middle School, High School, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 and over. School Team Awards, Business Awards.
Raffle Prizes- 1 ticket per person, Extra tickets $2.00
More photos and videos are available on my Patreon page.
Since 1967 the Bakersfield Track Club (BTC), which started as a handful of runners who gathered at the bluffs to run, has matured and is now facing a dilemma as the organization looks to 2020 and beyond.
Over the years the BTC has provided support and been a valuable resource to many non-profits and other organizations that have relied on the guidance and wisdom of our Board. Our Board is fatigued, many of us serving over 20 years!
We are facing a crisis and need the next generation of runner to step up and help us. Without active commitment and support from the community we will be faced with stopping those BTC events you have loved for many years (The Bakersfield Half Marathon, The Kern River Trail Runs, and Summer Series) and possibly shuttering the BTC. Over the years, as we have diminished in support we’ve already seen the loss of prior events like the BUMR (Bakersfield Unofficial Marathon Run), Rio Bravo Trail Runs, and The Poker Run. We won’t just be stopping our events, we will be stopping what support/timing we have provided to community non-profits.
How can you help?
This isn’t about just making a pledge to help. This is about actually taking action (i.e. get your hands dirty)! This is about making a commitment to sacrifice for the overall good of something beyond yourself. This includes often losing that training Saturday and spending your Saturday morning (and sometimes Friday afternoon) helping a non-profit to achieve their goals.
Step Outside Your Comfort Zone
It is about the willingness to step outside your comfort zone and take what you have learned by participating in past events to jump in and just do what needs to be done.
How Do you Start?
Come to the BTC Monthly Board Meetings at Rusty’s Pizza (10824 Rosedale Highway, Bakersfield). We meet the second Wednesday of each month (except July) from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Volunteer at an Event
If it’s on the BTC Events page (www.bakersfieldtrackclub.org/events/) then chances are we are at the event helping. Volunteering is not always pretty, it’s not always fun (in the moment), but the memories, the life long friendships, the laughs, and the beers have been what have kept us all going for so long.
Learn to Time A Race
This is where we face one of our biggest obstacles. Timing is not for everyone and it’s not simple. Of all the commitments, timing takes the biggest. The obligation to time doesn’t just happen on race day and isn’t something you just show up to, it happens days up to the race, the evening before, and race day. If you like databases, excel files, and like to tinker with programming then this is something you will love!
All of these being said, the current Board doesn’t have any special skillset that you don’t already possess. We are like you, we didn’t know what we were doing, we made mistakes along the way, we cried, cussed, and drank a lot of beer. But one thing we all have a love for the sport of running. We have a love of the event, the love of seeing the joy in someone’s eye the first time they finish their first 5K, 10K, Half, or even that Marathon (when we had the BUMR). We’ve seen a lot together as group and we want to share our experiences and our knowledge that the next generation can take what we have done and make it even better.
All sound like something you might be in to? Contact the BTC secretary at email@example.com or our general email at
firstname.lastname@example.org to get more info!
Back this year is the Ultra Pride Run, where runners run both the 5K and 10K and the lowest cumulative time is the winner. The 5K Run will start at 7:30 a.m. and the 10K starts at 8:45 a.m., following the Kids Race around 8:30 a.m.
Location & Date
Pride Run 2019 will be on Sunday, June 9, in Griffith Park (same location as 2018). The start/finish area for Pride Run 2019 is the Crystal Springs Picnic Area in Griffith Park. The 5K is one loop around the golf course, the 10K is two loops around the golf course. The course is trail/packed dirt and flat.
Ultra Pride Awards
Awards will be given in the Ultra Pride Run to the top 3 overall males and females. There are also top 3 age group awards in the Ultra Pride Run as follows: Open (29 & Under), Sub-Masters (30-39), Masters (40-49), Super Masters (50-59), and Senior Masters (60+)