Posts Tagged ‘Cross Country’

Annika ran her first race of the season at Mt. Sac.

Here she is in the 4K running up the dreaded hill.


And one coming down the hill.


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This weekend, Annika and I ran in the LB Poly Bun Run.  This is a three-mile race in Long Beach.

Here is Annika near the finish line.

Here are me and Annika after the race.  I too ran (but she beat me).

Mom and Dad came down for Labor Day weekend.

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This weekend, I took Annika and Nikhil up to Reno for the National Junior Olympics. Both had qualified at the Regionals in San Diego about 4 weeks ago.

We had a nice flight up to Reno from LAX.  The weather unfortunately was not as nice.  On Friday night before the race we had about a foot of snow.  Just getting to the course in the foothills of Reno was difficult and the races were all delayed.

This is the morning view from our hotel room at Circus Circus.

Here are Annika and Nikhil on the morning before their race during the course walk.  You can see a light snow falling.

This is Annika in the team tent before her race.

Annika’s race was first up.  She ran in the older Bantam Girl’s group (ages 9-10).    It had stopped snowing just long enough for her race but began snowing again soon afterward.  Running on the snow required special cross country spikes (shoes) with 1/2″ spikes in them.  She ran a great race and persevered the brutal conditions and finished 162 (out of 200+).    Annika’s team of 8 won the prestigious National title!  Quite an accomplishment.

Here is the rest of her team at the awards ceremony in the evening displaying their “gold”.  Two of her team mates finished in the top 25 with three others in the top 50.  Their lowest overall point score (kind of like golf) earned them the win.

Nikhil’s team raced under heavy snow conditions and even stiffer competition.   His team placed 11th overall(Nikhil is the 3rd runner in the pic – green/red jersey).  This was the best picture I could get with my puny litle camera!

Here is Nikhil with his buddies after the awards ceremony.

And one last picture of Annika and Nikhil.

Next year’s race will be in Alabama.  We’ll be going again if they qualify!

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Last weekend, Annika and Nikhil ran at the regional Junior Olympics qualifier in San Diego (Escondido).  They both qualified for the team and their team placed 1st and 2nd so they are moving on to the nationals race in Reno in a couple of weeks.

Here are some pictures from the event last Sunday.




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Nikhil and Annika both qualified for the Junior Olympics at the Southern California Association meet last Sunday.


Here is little Annika running with the older Bantam group (ages 9-10).  She held her own and beat out several scoring runners in the older age group.  Her team placed first in the race.

Look at her concentration!


Nikhil also did extremely well and will also move on the the regional qualifier in San Diego this weekend.

If their team makes it past the regionals, we will be going to Reno in December for the nationals.


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A couple of weekends ago, Nikhil and Annika ran at the Mt. Sac races.  This is the largest cross country meet in the US.

Here is Annika finishing up her 2K race.  She finished in the top 15 in a field of about 100.


Nikhil’s race was a 3K and even more competitive with a lot more hills that Mt. Sac is famous for.

Here is the starting line with well over 100 at the line.


This is the first of several long hills.

khare-blog-202A great race experience with a truly competitive field!

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Wildcats Meet in Irvine

Nikhil and Annika ran a 3K and 2K at the  Wildcats meet at the Wild Animal Park in Irvine this past weekend.

Here are a couple of pictures.


Here she is with her 5th place medal finish among the sub-bantam girls.  She got a 9:20 something time for the 2K improving by about a minute from her last race.


They both have races this coming weekend at Mt. Sac.  Nikhil has a race in the Sweepstakes Varsity race on Friday afternoon and they both race on Sunday.  We have a weekend of running and driving!

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Corona Meet

Last weekend, Nikhil and Annika ran at a meet in Corona – the first one of the season.

Nikhil ran a 3K race and finished in 12:25.


Annika ran her very first cross country race.  It was a 2K that she ran in about 10 minutes and placed 10th.


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Cross Country season started and Annika and Nikhil ran their first 5K’s of the season at the Guy Poncy Memorial 5K held at Anaheim Stadium.  Here is a link to the race results which were not easy to find!

Nikhil picked up where he left off last year and ran a 20:41 (6:40 pace).  Last year at this time, he got just over 26 minutes.  It was a very cool course and the kids got to run on the field inside Angel Stadium.


Annika ran her very first 5K with a goal of 30 minutes.  She sailed through that and got a 28:49 and got 3rd place overall in the 14 and under Girls Division.  Too much fun!


Here she is with her medal!

khare-blog1111After the race, I took the kids to the Angels dugout for a group picture.


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Dino Dash 2008

Nikhil ran in the Tustin Dino Dash 5K this morning.  This was his second time and he improved from his previous time by a whopping six minutes and nine seconds.  Last year he got 26:39 and this year, his time was 20:30!  The course was a full 5K which means he averaged about a 6:35 mile pace.  Here is a link to the official results.  If you are looking for my 2009 post and results, click here.

Here are a couple of pictures from the race.

Nikhil placed 116th overall and 2nd place among 11 year olds.  There were about 2300 people running in the race.  What an improvement!

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Nikhil ran his first 5K of the season on Sunday in the Guy Poncy 5K at the Block in Orange.  We haven’t done any running during summer break yet he still ran a 26:07.

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Today was the 5K Dino Dash in Tustin. Nikhil and I both ran. No good pictures since we were both running and I couldn’t stop for pics.


We both ran hard and Nikhil finished at 26:39 minutes and I finished at 27:19 minutes. This is his second 5K and looks like it is about a 30 secon improvement in time since the Chapman 5K. Nikhil was 25th in his age group and I was 45th in my age group! I would add that we were slow to start by at least 30 seconds at the starting line because of the throngs of people in front of us and having to dodge some very slow people.   There were 2244 people running in this 5K.  The official results are posted on the website.

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Mt. Sac 2K

Nikhil ran in the Mt. Sac 2K billed as the world’s largest Cross Country Meet. More about Mt. Sac.

There were 24 races ranging from 0.8 mile for the 3rd graders to about 4 miles for the high schoolers. There were over 20,000 kids for the set of races from all over Southern California. He ran in a group of 5th graders and got a time of 11:40 (1 mile pace of 9:43) and place 64th out of 126. The course was pretty short but made challenging by a long climb up a hill that must have been 200 feet high.


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First 5K

Nikhil ran his first 5K this weekend.  He has been training with the Equalizers for about 5-6 weeks now and he participated in the Chapman University Toyota of Orange 5K Run.

He had a time of 27:09 and got 231st place out of 525 finishers –  pretty good for a 10 year old.  He beat two of our adult neighbors in the race!


There is  another race this weekend that is a 2K at Mt. Sac.

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Yesterday we went to practice at Foothill high school. The miles are getting easier. The kids did 1 mile of warm up laps and then we either go out running for an additional 3-4 or work on running techniques.

The coach timed all the kids on a straight flat dirt trail. Nikhil did a 3:14 half mile which is a huge improvement from when we started just 4 or so weeks ago! A few more weeks and he should be in the 2’s.

Here is the team – lots of younger kids! Nikhil is the third boy from the left. Coach Jerry is on the far right facing the kids.

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