Friday, September 29, 2006

Have a great weekend

 Hi all!
We are back from vacation. You know how it is when you need a vacation from your vacation?:):)
I was not able to get much running in at all, my toe is not great but hey tomorrow is another day:)
It is so nice to be back to my own bed, its sunny and 75 degrees outside, snow in the mountains. So much to be thankful for.
One not so great thing, my wallet was stolen out of our rental van. I always keep it in glove compartment. Here we don't have to worry to much about things being stolen but it was stolen right out of the driveway at night. I feel so violated and disappointed about this. Hey take the money and run but leave me my driver license and all the other things you wont be able to ever use. 2 days went by and the credit cards were not used so all they wanted was money. Money was also stolen out of the car next to mine.
Who knows, it may get sent back to me or found by someone. I really do trust that there are many, many good people on this earth!
I leave you with a weekend prayer that I love!
     Saint Theresa's prayer: 
     May today there be peace within.  May you trust God that you 
are  exactly where you are meant to be.  May you not forget the 
infinite  possibilities that are born of faith.  May you use those
gifts that  you have received, and pass on the love that has been 
given to you.  May you be content knowing you are a child of God. 
Let this presence settle  into your bones, and allow your soul the 
freedom to sing, dance, praise and  love.  It is there for each and 
every one of us.
Happy Trails


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Thursday, September 28, 2006

MAHALO - A Big Thank You from Hawaii

Hello Everyone,

I am so excited and proud to share a story from my friend, Janet

Janet has been a friend of mine for the past 6 years. She is the one who really got me interested in Hot Yoga. She is an amazing teacher.

Janet moved to Hawaii after living for many years in the Tetons with her son. I have such admiration for Janet and all the many things she has done in her life, one is being a single mother and raising an amazing child!

I asked Janet what inspired her to complete this challenge and journey and she said that she followed my Badwater Double journey on the blog and it became clear to her she was ready to go for it! Very cool:)

I am so honored to have friends like this and to know so many people doing so many wonderful things to help make this world a better place to live.

Have a great day!



Janet Lawson and kayak guide Brett Alan Rouse
successfully circumnavigate the
island of Kauai... raise money and awareness for the
American Cancer Society
Kauai Unit

CLICK the links below to read more about their amazing journey

The Challenge: Circumnavigating Kauai
The Cause: American Cancer Society Kauai Unit
The Brave Participants: Janet's
Bio & Brett's Bio
Victory! A Challenge Completed

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

BW double article

Hi Again!

Below is a link to an article that came out last week on the BW double. It is a magazine in Mexico! You might have trouble reading it if you can't read Spanish but the layout of the photos and the magazine is wonderful. $180,000 and the money is still coming in!!!:):)

Go to page 3

Happy day


above the clouds

Good morning!
It was an action packed weekend full of rain:)!
Vermont was wonderful but it rained most of the time. Jay, Joe, Anthony and Meredith did very well in the race considering the conditions were slippery trails! Richard sprained his ankle! So sorry Richard, I hope you have ice on it right now!
I took my girls apple picking. Annabella so loved this, running all over the orchard in the rain picking apples off the trees. Guess it is time to teach her how to bake an apple pie. I bet most of you don't know this but I love to cook and to bake:)
Below is a site you must check out. It is about many things but for one an amazing story/film about what another person is doing to help others!
Have a great day

Sunday, September 24, 2006


Guest Blogger: Colleen Woods at

Hello Everyone,

We are selling long-sleeve and short-sleeve Patagonia t-shirts from this year's Grand Teton Races. The shirts are Patagonia's Lightweight Capilene, a great material for wicking away moisture and for layering as the weather grows colder. Long sleeve shirts are $35 (plus $5 shipping and handling). Short sleeve shirts are $32 (plus $5 shipping and handling).

Quantities are limited and available on a first come, first served basis. If you are interested in purchasing a shirt, please send an e-mail to me at

For more details, please go to:

Thank you!


Friday, September 22, 2006

Happy Friday

Happy Friday!
We are still on vacation:)
Our kids have been to the zoo, have watched the Buffalo Sabres practice hockey and have had Birthday cake and cupcakes about everyday:) So you can guess who else is eating these to?
Fall is in the air! I love the smell in the air of summer turning into fall. The leaves falling off the trees and the brilliant colors. We will be driving to Vermont today until late Monday. The colors of the trees will be worth the drive! Our friends have a farm that we will be staying at as well as checking out the area to put on future events.
Looks like I wont be running the Vermont 50 this Sunday. I made my decision last night. Walking around the zoo my foot hurt so running 50 miles on it would not be smart. The old Lisa would have not even thought twice about a broken toe or any kind of pain!
Maybe this is called the aging process or even growth? I have no desire to start a race in pain:) I have several coaching clients running the race and Jay is running to so I will get to stand on the sidelines and help out this way.
I hope you all have a great weekend.
Many Blessings


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Thursday, September 21, 2006

Read a Book, Watch a Movie And Call It Training!


I have been lucky to learn about running from so many incredible people, including each one of my clients. I have also had the privilege of learning from greats like Arthur Lydiard.

One training method I use that does little to raise my VO2 max, but lots to raise my running IQ is to read books and watch movies about running. Some are informational and some are inspirational.

I can't tell you how many times Jay and I have watched the movie MIRACLE about the 1980
US hockey team it makes me want to run and be a better coach!

Here's a link to some of the titles of books I'd recommend and movies to watch. Authors include my friends Pam Reed and Dean Karnazes.

I have also added this TOP PICKS webpage as a permanent feature of my Blog under the LINKS section on the right-hand side of the page. What books and movies do you use to fire yourself up? To get you through a long treadmill workout? I'd love for this list of favorites to grow!

Happy Feet!


Tuesday, September 19, 2006


Coach Lisa,
Just wanted to give you all the details of the North Country Trail 50 Miler I ran this past Saturday.  It was my first "ultra" and it was a blast.  The location was in the beautiful Manistee National Park in northern Michigan.  It was a 2 loop course on a single trail throughout the forest.  The weather was ideal, low 50's at the start and around the low 70's during the day.  I took all of your advice and loaded up on HEED and Endurolytes the day before.  I know it made a huge difference during my run.  The first 25 mile loop went well, came in at 4:50 and changed socks and took my Advil.  I felt confident about the 2nd 25, but at the same time I was going in unchartered waters having never ran longer than 5:30 at one time.  The first thing that I noticed was that it got significantly more quiet on the 2nd loop, no gung ho runners like the start and the marathoners had finished their race.  
I banged my right foot on a tree root at the beginning of the loop and thought I broke it, but the numbness went away on the first downhill thereafter.  Amazingly, that was the only time I lost my footing or nearly tripped.  About 1 hour into the 2nd loop my first and really only problem cropped up, a little embarrassing but my shorts were soaked wet and I developed a tremendous amount of chaffing in all the wrong areas.  Nevertheless, my good friend Pam who was crewing for me saw my "pain" on my face at the next aid station and drove like Mel Gibson in "Road Warrior" to get me a dry pair of shorts from the parking area and meet me at the next aid station 25 minutes later.  Looking back now, it was pretty funny, but I have never felt so relieved to put on those dry shorts.  
My pace started slowing on the 2nd loop and I found myself running alone for most of it.  At times, my mind started running some not so positive dialogue, but I snapped out of my self pity and loathing by thinking about my kids, especially my oldest son Ari who has autism.  I focused on how fortunate I am that I can run thru the woods and my only worry is my aching body, compared to the daily sensory barrage my son encounters and how brave he is to put up with all his situations on an everyday basis.  Grateful perspective is always the best tonic for aching feet and screaming quads.
My friend who was crewing for me agreed to pace me in for the last 10 miles.  I found out during the run that a sub 11 hour finish would get me in the Western States lottery.  I had my goal.  With 10 miles to go, I was about 15 minutes behind the 11 hour mark and then I remembered what you told me about the 50, the race does not begin until after 30 miles.  Well, I figured even if I were to walk the last 10 miles, I was still going to be in pain and very sore at the finish, so I decided to go for it and try to run all the downhills hard and really powerwalk/run the uphills to the finish.  Amazingly, and with the presence of my pacer behind me, I started to pick up my cadence and speed.  We got to the aid station 4 miles from the finish at 10:06.  I had a drink of flat Coke and ran the last 4 miles in without stopping to finish at 10:57. 
I have never pushed myself physically like I did those last 2 hours of the race and I have to thank you for allowing me that opportunity.  The past several 1/2 and full marathons I have run, I was the one that everyone passed at the end.  I never trained properly or had a clue on nutrition and hydration.  Coach Lisa, thanks to your workout schedules (especially the rowing, weights and jump roping) I was physically ready to push it to the finish and not have anyone pass me in the last 10 miles.  For a change, I was the one saying "on your left", what a great feeling!!  I found out that I could block out pain, mostly the blisters and other assorted foot ailments that popped up when I was running the long downhills hard and fast at the end.  Mostly, it was your kind encouraging words that I was on pace with my workouts and the confidence you instilled in me that I could accomplish this endeavor.
Thank you Lisa for the example you set for all your clients and the world to see, from the Double Badwater to your commitment to all of us to"running with a purpose".
Just like it is said that "there are no self-made millionaires", after this weekend I can emphatically state that "there are no self-made Ultra Marathoners" as well.
Thank you again and looking forward to the next one.  Who knows, maybe I will enter that lottery for the Western States, but only if I have you one my "team".

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school answering machine

I thought this was so good that I wanted to share it with you all!

(This is hilarious - no wonder some people were offended!)

This is the message that the Pacific Palisades High School (California) staff voted unanimously to record on their school telephone answering machine. This is the actual answering machine message for the school. This came about because they implemented a policy requiring students and parents to be responsible for their children's absences and missing homework. The school and teachers are being sued by parents who want their children's failing grades changed to passing grades - even though those children were absent 15-30 times during the semester and did not complete enough schoolwork to pass their classes.
The outgoing message:

"Hello! You have reached the automated answering service of the PPHS. In order to assist you in connecting to the right staff member, please listen to all the options before making a selection:

* To lie about why your child is absent - Press 1
* To make excuses for why your child did not do his work- Press 2
* To complain about what we do - Press 3
* To swear at staff members - Press 4
* To ask why you didn't get information that was already enclosed in your newsletter and several flyers mailed to you - Press 5
* If you want us to raise your child - Press 6
* If you want to reach out and touch, slap or hit someone - Press 7
* To request another teacher, for the second or third time this year - Press 8
* To complain about bus transportation - Press 9
* To complain about school lunches - Press 0

* If you realize this is the real world and your child must be accountable and responsible for his/her own behavior, class work, homework and that it's not the teachers' fault for your child's lack of effort: Hang up and have a nice day!
If you can read this - thank a good teacher!
If you are reading it in English - thank a brave veteran!

Live Strong

Good morning!
We are now in Buffalo NY with Jays family. We had a 15 hour day on Monday with airports delays and travel! 2 small children going for this long is not easy!:) I have to say my kids were amazing how they dealt with such a long day, being excited to see grandma and grandpa helped!
I will spend a good part of my day doing training schedules and returning emails and hope to go for a short run. I hurt my foot last night and think I broke my little toe so say a prayer that I am even able to run on it!!! Hey, don't sweat the small stuff, right?
I have a track class that I have been teaching in Jackson Hole for the past 5 weeks, we have 5 more weeks to go when I return. Many of the people in this track class are running the NYV marathon and most all of them are running for a cause close to there heart:):)
Below is a link that I think you should check out. Brian and Wendy's story will really touch your soul, I know it did mine.
Have a great day
Many Blessings

Sunday, September 17, 2006


 Hi everyone!
I hope you have had a wonderful weekend..mine has been action packed!
We left home on Thursday to fly to Colorado to meet our friends the Mckinneys. The weekend has been wonderful, my Birthday and my daughter Gabbys 1st Birthday. I will give you many more details and I hope some photos by Tue.
Gabby spent part of her 1st Birthday on the top of Pikes Peak! It has been sunny, warm and beautiful. I am so thankful.
Details to come
Happy Feet!
Lisa Smith-Batchen

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Thursday, September 14, 2006


Good morning!
We are off in an hour to the airport. Annabella is so excited that I don't think she slept very much.
Below is how you can order Beth's cookies! Beth was kind enough to put samples of her cookies in all the race bags for the Teton races and many of you have asked me how you could order them. Beth ships anywhere, great way to say thank you to someone, Birthday or Christmas gifts..Homemade cookies:):)
Have a great day

Beth's KE Cookies
All natural,
no processed sugar,
very low fat

Available in 5 flavors:
* Chocolate chip
* Oatmeal Raisin
* Granola
* White Chocolate Cherry Almond
* Chocolate Peanut butter, peanut butter chip

To order:
Call - 973-265-4639
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Wednesday, September 13, 2006

running with a purpose!

Good morning to all of you!
I so love the early hours of the morning when all is quiet and the sun is starting to come up. The weather in the Tetons has been so wonderful. The leaves on the trees are changing colors it has been sunny and warm. The nights are cool and great for sleeping:)
Tue. I ran with Pam Reed, she just ran Wasatch one week after the Teton 100. Amazing how she can bounce back and recover so fast...I don't recommend running so many miles or so many 100s in a row, I think its to hard on your body and you do need rest. But I am starting to think she is not human!!!:) We talked about some big running plans to raise money, can't wait to share the details with you all once we work it out.
I want to challenge you all today to think about a cause close to home, close to your heart and consider running or walking a race to raise money. I will help you, all you have to do is ask. Running with a purpose!
Below is a story of a women who lives here in town and ran our marathon. Its a beautiful story and she is running with a purpose.
Go Dusty!
Have a great day

Dusty Hardman ran the GTR Marathon with a purpose! 
She has raised over $700 for the National Adrenal Disease Foundation. Dusty herself suffers from Addison's disease. 
Dusty has a great website that has a photo gallery from the race and an explanation of her fundraising efforts - definitely have a look: 

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Tuesday, September 12, 2006

walking to help make a difference

Hello to you all again!
We all know someone who has been touched with breast cancer or some form of cancer.
I know in my family breast cancer is a common word. My mother is a survivor and so are several aunts and cousins. Each time I go to the doctor I wonder if I will be next but have to have faith that all we are doing to help raise money to find a cure is working!!!
Todd who was on my Badwater crew is the brother of Tracy who wrote the letter below, Finlay who was on my crew is her brother in law. Todd and Finlay are always running races for Team In Training to raise money and through all the time, effort and goodness it is rubbing off on other family members as well.
Tracy was such a great follower of this blog during our Badwater journey along with the rest of Todd and Finalys family. There love and support was wonderful.
Please take the time to read Tracys letter below and send it on to others..
"Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much"!
I am so proud of Tracy and all the others that will walk on Oct. 27th to help a cause that needs a great deal of love.
Dear Friends,
As you may know, my family was introduced to the war against cancer when my father was diagnosed with Mantle Cell Lymphoma two years ago. Last month marks his second round of chemo after the cancer made an early, though not unexpected, return. I appreciate everyone’s thoughtful inquiries and continued prayers. Further bone marrow testing this month will determine how effective the latest treatments have been. One thing is for certain, the man I looked up to as the tallest, bravest and strongest person in the whole world, still is.

This has been a journey marked by emotions deeper than I ever thought possible...and love stronger than I ever imagined.
Throughout the course of my father's illness and treatment, my family has been touched by so many amazing people.  We have been blessed and embraced with encouragement, and comforted by acts of kindness and offers of Kleenex on our darkest days. The story of cancer has so many faces. It wasn't until my father got sick that I ever knew how many of my friends, neighbors and colleagues were entrenched in their own battles with cancer. I also came to realize that while cancer stole from some families, it left in its wake larger families -- families joined by their shared tragedies, triumphs and tears. It is for this reason that I am writing this letter. I wish to give back some measure of the help – and the hope—that so many have given our family in the past two years.
Some of my family members have already joined in the fight for a cure.  While my Dad traveled to the best facilities in Tucson to battle his disease, the "younger" men in my family took their battle to the streets--running in a number of 26-mile marathons to raise money for cancer research. While I'm not running a marathon, I am undertaking a challenge of endurance and a journey of inspiration in the hope of giving something back.  I'll be joining the 3-Day Walk here in Dallas benefiting the Susan G Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. The course covers 60 miles from Texas Stadium to downtown Fort Worth. I will be walking in honor of all the families that have stood strong in the face of cancer.  I also hope to return some level of the kindness and support that others have so graciously given to me in spite of - or perhaps because of - the presence of cancer in their own lives and the lives of those they love.
So, I will be walking for my “expanded family” and honoring not only my father, but also the mothers of Finlay Woodruff (Nancy, who lost her brave battle with breast cancer in 1991), for the mother of Mark Reid (Marian Nichols, currently-and courageously battling her third recurrence of breast cancer) and the mother of Todd Forgan (Shirley, who has survived breast cancer and emerged victorious –and gorgeous --as if finding the fountain of youth in her triumph!).  These men have been such an incredible support not only to the women in their own families, but also to the women in mine. They have taught me that courage makes room for tears and that none of us is ever alone.
To all my friends: thank you for your support and concern over the last few years and thank you for your continued prayers for my Dad. If love alone could cure cancer, it would surely be out of our lives forever. Increased awareness means more survivors. I'm taking on this challenge in order to make a difference -- to help find a cure in our lifetime. I'd really appreciate your help.
You may know someone who has been affected by breast cancer and I would be proud to walk in her honor as well. Send me her name and I will boldly print it on my shirt for the 60-mile journey!  For everyone else, please won’t you join me by making a donation at my website below:

Thanks for taking the time to read my letter...will you take 1 more minute, visit my website and help me make a difference.

Huge hugs,
Tracy Milbert Manders

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If you have not checked this out please do so,,wonderful stories!
I will be out of town for 2 weeks starting on Thursday. I will be keeping up with you all but we will not be able to take or send any product orders out to you until Friday Sept. 29th!
Have a wonderful day.

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look ahead!

Good morning to you all!
Sept. 11th will always be a day is the life of us all and we each have a story of where we were and what we were doing at the time. Mine is a long one and the end result is why we live here in the mountains right now.
Jay worked the clean up the first week after 9/11. In the small communities where we live over 70 people lost there life. We decided to start living our dreams and not waiting until we were retired to do so. We packed up our life and we moved and we started over. It is never to late to start over or to follow your heart,make your dreams become a reality. You just have to trust and go for it!!
Below was sent to me from a good friend in NJ..I think its really worth reading.
The Teton races are still going strong with so many thank you letters, even hand written ones! How many of us ever sit down to write a hand written letter anymore? I think I'm going to do this today, I bet the person who gets it will smile:)
Check out our web sites for new details.
Have a great day


Too many people put off something that brings them joy just because they haven't thought about it, don't have it on their schedule, didn't know it was coming or are too rigid to depart from their routine.

I got to thinking one day about all those people on the Titanic who passed up dessert at dinner that fateful night in an effort to cut back. From then on, I've tried to be a little more flexible.

How many women out there will eat at home because their husband didn't suggest going out to dinner until after something had been thawed? Does the word "refrigeration" mean nothing to you?

How often have your kids dropped in to talk and sat in silence while you watched 'Jeopardy' on television?

I cannot count the times I called my sister and said, "How about going to lunch in a half hour?" She would gas up and stammer, "I can't. I have clothes on the line. My hair is dirty. I wish I had known yesterday, I had a late breakfast, It looks like rain." And my personal favorite: "It's Monday." She died a few years ago. We never did have lunch together.

Because Americans cram so much into their lives, we tend to schedule our headaches.. We live on a sparse diet of promises we make to ourselves when all the conditions are perfect!

We'll go back and visit the grandparents when we get Steve toilet-trained. We'll entertain when we replace the living-room carpet. We'll go on a second honeymoon when we get two more kids out of college.

Life has a way of accelerating as we get older. The days get shorter, and the list of promises to ourselves gets longer. One morning, we awaken, and all we have to show for our lives is a litany of

"I'm going to,"

"I plan on,"

and "Someday, when things are settled down a bit."

When anyone calls my 'seize the moment' friend, she is open to adventure and available for trips. She keeps an open mind on new ideas. Her enthusiasm for life is contagious. You talk with her for five minutes, and you're ready to trade your bad feet for a pair of Rollerblades and skip an elevator for a bungee cord.

My lips have not touched ice cream in 10 years. I love ice cream. It's just that I might as well apply it directly to my stomach with a spatula and eliminate the digestive process. The other day, I stopped the car and bought a triple-decker. If my car had hit an iceberg on the way home, I would have died happy.

Now...go on and have a nice day.

Do something you WANT to......not something on your SHOULD DO list.

If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say? And why are you waiting?

Have you ever watched kids playing on a merry go round or listened to the rain lapping on the ground? Ever followed a butterfly's erratic flight or gazed at the sun into the fading night? Do you run through each day on the fly? When you ask "How are you?" - do you hear the reply?

When the day is done, do you lie in your bed with the next hundred chores running through your head? Ever told your child, "We'll do it tomorrow." And in your haste, not see his sorrow? Ever lost touch? Let a good friendship die? Just call to say "Hi"?

When you worry and hurry through your day, it is like an unopened gift....Thrown away.... Life is not a race. Take it slower. Hear the music before the song is over.

It's National Friendship and FAMILY WEEK Show your friends how much you care. Send this to everyone you consider a FRIEND. If it comes back to you, then you'll know you have a circle of friends.

LISA: To those I have sent this to... I cherish our friendship and appreciate all you do.

"Life may not be the party we hoped for... but while we are here we might as well dance”

Monday, September 11, 2006

George Velasco & the Bishop Triple 7


I got home at 10:30 pm Sunday night - drove here straight from Homestead, the Wasatch 100 finish line. I crewed four Bishop boys with Sabrina, Joe's girlfriend. We leapfrogged and it worked.

Phil K finished at 24 hrs, Joe at 26 hours, and Arnie (Phil's Dad) with Pinenut Kiner at 31 hours. All finished.

Thats a Bishop Triple 7 - counting these guys with me, Andy and Marie last week…
That's 700 miles in 7 days by 7 Bishop residents.

If Jeff Kozak from Rock Creek and Howie from Mammoth finish AC next week that's 9 from the Eastern Sierra...

Saw sweet Becky at Big Mountain waiting to pace and saw Mike at Lambs Canyon waiting with Pam Reed's son to pace her. He was so excited. I saw Michele there too (the women's winner of the Grand Teton 100).

Anyway long nite and day and cold.

Lisa thank you for everything, thank you is not enough and thank you for making me finish the 100-wow. Its a big, big monkey off my back. It meant a lot to me - I am still riding that high.

Saw Whit Rambach at big mountain. He asked me why I wasn't running WF 100 and I showed him my GT belt buckle and he loved it!!!



More than a trail Marathon

 Good morning to you all!
Today is a very hard day for many, Sept. 11th is a day that we all need to put our heads down pray for all those who lost there life and those who were left behind. Today is a day to be thankful that we have today and make sure we live it to its fullest. Get out, get up and do something!!!
Below is a trail marathon for you all to consider.
Have a blessed day

Danielesque – More than a Trail Marathon

On Saturday, October 7, 2006 runners will have a unique opportunity to participate in the Danielesque Trail Marathon at White Ranch Open Space Park near Golden, CO (just south of Boulder) that is more than a marathon, in many ways. For starters, the “marathon” is actually 27.6 miles, not the standard 26.2 miles. Why, you may ask? Because the race is a tribute to Daniel Rosenfeld, a Colorado ultra runner who died in November 2000 who was “never one to count the miles,” according to Daniel’s wife and race director Penny Rosenfeld.
Penny explains that “Danielesque” is a term coined by one of their friends in an attempt to describe Daniel’s spirit of adventure as well as his strength of spirit. Doing things like charging up some monstrous hill in the midst of a blizzard, putting your head down and pedaling harder against a raging headwind, mastering a new sport, or running 14ers for training are very Danielesque. So is running more than a trail marathon!
My friends Marshall and Heather Ulrich support Penny in organizing Danielesque, and I wanted to pass along information about this wonderful event to all of you. If you’re in the Boulder area, or would like to make a visit, sign up for Danielesque today by going to
For runners who aren’t up for the marathon there is a (more than) half marathon distance of 13.8 miles on the same trails. Everyone needs an opportunity to be Danielesque!
The fact that this race is a wonderful tribute to an amazing man is another reason this event is more than a trail marathon. Putting on any race is a labor of love for race directors (as Jay and I certainly know!), and this event is a special labor of love for Penny. “Directing the seventh annual Danielesque Trail Marathon keeps Daniel’s spirit present in the ultra running community,” Penny explains. “Daniel was always compassionate and supportive to other runners. Directing this race allows me to continue that kind of support by providing a fun, low key event for other runners.” 
Penny and Heather have worked hard at getting LOTS race sponsorships, and the “swag bags” are sure to rival those of the Teton Ultras. And… stick around for the GREAT raffle prizes at the end of the race too!
“You, too, can show your Danielesque spirit by competing in the Danielesque Trail Marathon on Saturday, October 7, 2006. Limited to 75 runners in order to comply with Open Space requirements, go to and sign up today! To keep entry fees low – race registration is only $35 – runners should register before September 29, 2006.
If you have any questions, contact Penny Rosenfeld at or 303-271-1935.
Sign up today for this great race – and do more than just another trail marathon!

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Saturday, September 09, 2006

Happy Weekend

 Good morning to you all!
One week ago today we were 2 hours into the Grand Teton 100 mile and 1 hour into the 50 mile races. Today is a day just like last week, sunny and beautiful.
It has been a long week of cleaning up, house guests, emails,being very sleepy and much gratitude for all the wonderful "thank you" notes that have come to us via email and via regular mail regarding our races.
It is long overdue for me to say a  BIG,BIG thank you to Colleen Woods who has been the greatest gift to so many of us in our life in so many ways.
Colleen did our blog during the BW double and she has worked many long hard hours on several new projects that Dreamchasers has going on. Without her I would hate to think where we would be right now!! God works in great ways and one thing he worked is bringing Colleen into our life and into yours. Just yesterday a good friend of mine in Jackson Hole said."I cant wait to meet this women Colleen"!
Colleen has now moved to Teton Valley from NYC, and has started a new life here and she is just glowing from head to toe!
Colleen we all love you and thank you for all your time, effort, energy and goodness.
The races might be over but many wonderful things are coming our way and your way.
Check out the many updates in the next few weeks on our web sites.
I need to get back to training, I went for a walk on Friday:) I guess if I am going to run the Vermont 50 in 2 weeks I best get my butt moving!
Have a wonderful weekend
ps..this quote was sent to me from my good friend Will!
The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything;
they just make the most of everything that comes along their way. The
brightest future will always be based on a forgotten past; you can't go
forward in life until you let go of your past failures and heartaches.
Happy Feet!
Lisa Smith-Batchen

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Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Grand Teton Races

Good morning to all of you!
It has been a long week but a great week! Our home has been full of people from all over the USA:) The races this weekend were better than we ever dreamed they would be and we has SO MUCH FUN!!!

In the next several days we will show you photos, race reports and many things on the teton race web site, but it will be a few more days before everything done.

Click here for a race report that was on the Ultra list, posted by Paul Lindauer.

It was the best, the very best!!!!

Have a great day


Tuesday, September 05, 2006

2006 Grand Teton Races!

Guest Blogger: Colleen Woods

Just wanted to let you know that comments, feedback, stories etc are coming in about the 2006 Grand Teton Races that took place this past weekend. Have fun reading about the good times!