Brian Mickelsen Memorial
Run/Walk
2 mile, 10K and half marathon
Cottonwood Arizona, April 18th 2009
Brain Mickelsen was the much beloved city manager of Cottonwood AZ., until his untimely death in
2007.  This year the "Verde Mingus Blow Out" was renamed in Mickelsen's honor, as the race
incorporates 2 of his favorite things-- distance running, and the beautiful high desert scenery of
Cottonwood, Arizona.
The turnout for the 2 mile, 10K, and half marathon runs totalled nearly 400 runners, including me and
several of my pals.  Meredith Seiverd ran the 2 mile race, finishing in 11th place, at 21 minutes.
John O'Neill ran 10K in 57 minutes, arriving in 56th place.
Ruth Ellen Suding and Tim Elinski ran the 10K, arriving in 1:01, and in 76th and 77th place respectively.
Elissa Ballew ran the 10K in 1:08, placing 102nd. Ken Matthies ran the 1/2 marathon in 1:45, arriving in
20th place. And me? After having run the 10K in 1:30,
coming in dead last, 68th out of 68 in 2008, I was
pleased  (but not esctatic) to have pared my 10K time down by 10 minutes to 1:20, coming in 128th out of
161.  
It seems crazy to me that a year of training for this condensed down into a mere 10 minutes! But as a
mathematically-minded pal put it, that's an 11% improvement! Not too shabby!
Me, Ruth Ellen and Tim
pre-race, 7:40am....
...and post-race, 9:20am
John O'Neill,
10K- second place in
his age bracket
Ken Matthies, 1/2 marathon
3rd place in his age bracket
me at home in my hammock,
tired and snoozing after the race
Meredith Seiverd
and Elissa Ballew at
the starting line
Meredith
Seiverd and
Elissa Ballew,
post race, in
Clarkdale
Lisa O'Neill was a race volunteer.
Chad on race day.
He viewed the runners from the skate rink,
on his electrified skateboard!
Charles!