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The SPARTANS swarmed Lindley Meadow on a cool, crisp, cloudless morning in Golden Gate Park for the 36th Annual PA XC Championships. Yes, “swarmed” is the appropriate word as the Magnificent Seven (Art, Sal, Don, Lino, Brian, Nick, and Kurt) … Continue reading

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Martinez XC – October 31, 2022

                           Art, Sal, and I were the only SPARTANS able to make the short sojourn to Martinez for the Matt Yeo Memorial Aggie XC Challenge, but the “Three Spartaneers” were determined to toe-the-line in what the Aggie Website waggishly calls … Continue reading

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China Camp XC – October 8, 2022

– Reported by Kurt Gravenhorst                 A 2022 record contingent of six spartan SPARTANS motored to San Rafael for the 4.2m Tamalpa XC Challenge––or what Tamalpa harriers simply refer to as “The Johnny” in memory of their running brother … Continue reading

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S F Golden Gate Park XC – Sep 11, 2022

As the saying goes, “What a difference a day makes.” Instead of burning through the searing heat of the Vacaville dust and dirt, the Spartans were blessed with the cool, misty, eucalyptus-seasoned air at the 36th annual Golden Gate Park … Continue reading

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Vacaville Lagoon Valley XC Challenge – September 1, 2022

Three bleary-eyed Spartaneers rendezvoused in the blue-black darkness of 5:30am to journey to Vacaville for the 3rd Annual Golden Valley Harriers Lagoon Valley XC Challenge.  The 8am Master’s start was at first dispiriting, but when they saw a sizzling fireball … Continue reading

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The Excelsior XC Challenge – October 27, 2018

A damp, deep fog bathed the hills of San Bruno Mountain Park as the SPARTAN six-pack (Brian, Nick, Don, Kurt, Sal, Art) gathered for the 5k Excelsior Challenge. To accommodate visitors to the small parking lot, runners were asked to … Continue reading

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A contingent of five spartan SPARTANS gathered at SJCC to catch the 7am Uber-Hauler-Spartan-Mobile as Art Tahoed us up to San Rafael for the John Larson 4.2m Tamalpa XC Challenge.  To pass the time, the SPARTAN Super-Seniors thought of singing … Continue reading

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Spartans Kick Dirt at Golden Gate Park – 9/8/18

The largest contingent of Spartans in recent memory—eight senior harriers— gathered on the green fields of Golden Gate Park to kick dirt in the PA/USA 6k cross county challenge.  On a sun-kissed San Francisco morning—with just a baby’s breath of … Continue reading

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Spartans XC Team – Golden Gate Park – 9/8/18

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Christmas Relays – 2014

Put this race on your calendar next year. It will only be one week after the USATF Cross Country Nationals, so we’ll all be in good shape for it. Sunday was a glorious day for running. The rain stopped. The … Continue reading

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