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Mind the Ducks 2011: A Recap

May 16, 2011 | 2 Comments

Well, the 2011 Mind the Ducks 12 Hour Ultra is in the books.  The event was a blast!  Here are some highlights:

Jesse Scott was the overall winner with 77.24 miles
The Hobby Joggas did exceptionally well, including Rick Robbins and Brandon Mulnix surpassing 60 miles, Mark Robillard knocking on the door with 59.5, Stuart Peterson and Tony Schaub topping 50 miles, amd Ryan Hansard just missing the mark with 49.6.  Shelly and Emily […]

How to Prepare for a 12 Hour Ultramarathon

May 11, 2011 | 2 Comments

Step One:  Treat it like that subtle grinding noise your car just started making.  Yeah, that’s right, just ignore it.

Pretend it’s not even there.  Just go about your normal day-to-day existence. There is no need for additional steps!

This more or less sums up my preparation for the Mind the Ducks 12 hour ultra I will be running this Saturday.  I don’t normally take such a haphazard approach to training for major events, but […]

Free Book?!? Hobby Joggas Running Mind the Ducks for the NF Support Group of West Michigan

May 5, 2011 | 3 Comments

In less than two weeks, our Hobby Jogga crew will head to Rochester, NY to run the Mind the Ducks 12 Hour ultra. We’re raising money for NF,Inc. Michigan.  Mark, our esteemed “leader”, is spearheading the efforts to raise money on behalf of his niece Jessica.  I’ll let you read about Jessica’s story below, along with Mark’s explanation of our goals.

My Incentive

To add incentive to raise more funds, I’ll send a Barefoot […]

The Impending Mind the Ducks Adventure

Apr 29, 2011 | 3 Comments

In a few weeks, the Hobby Joggas are going to hit the road for our latest adventure- a road trip to Rochester, NY to run Shelley Viggiano’s Mind the Ducks 12 hour ultra.  The event should be a blast!  This year should be even better than last.

We’re bringing more people from Grand Rapids (11 or 12) in addition to meeting several virtual friends for the first time.  Just like last year, our crew includes several […]


Mind the Ducks Race Report- Part Five: The Race

May 23, 2010 | 5 Comments

Part One
Part Two
Part Three
Part Four

I woke up around 4:30am.  I like to have plenty of time to prepare.  My exact pre-race tradition is a closely-guarded secret, so I will only reveal this: it includes pop-tarts, instant coffee, and duct tape.  Once Shelly and I were ready, we headed down to Mark and Jesse’s room.  After a few “what were you guys doing behind closed doors” jokes (which were even funnier after last night), Shelly and I […]


Mind the Ducks Race Report- Part Four

May 22, 2010 | 4 Comments

Part OnePart Two Part Three

We pulled up to Shelley’s driveway about 12 hours after leaving Grand Rapids.  It has been a long drive, but we could finally relax.  We knocked on the door; Shelley answered.  We exchanged hugs and she led us inside.  We grabbed some beer or wine, more pizza, and began talking to our fellow runners.  Everyone there was either running, crewing, or volunteering tomorrow.  We answered a few questions about the trip, about barefoot running, […]


Mind the Ducks Race Report- Part Three

May 21, 2010 | 5 Comments

Part One
Part Two
Part Three: We meet Marsha

We pulled into the dilapidated 7-11.  Two kids on rusty bikes loitered in the parking lot.  A rusted, hand-painted 1990’s era Ford Escort sat in front of the store.  Since there was no clearly-defined parking spaces in the dusty gravel-laden parking lot, I pulled around to the side of the store.  The Sanford and Son theme began playing in my head as I parked a few spaces away from a well-used pickup […]


Mind the Ducks Race Report- Part Two

May 20, 2010 | One Comment

Part OnePart Three

Chapter Two: The Trip Begins

Jesse met us at our house.  We tossed his lone backpack next to our suitcase, backpack, and two Tupperware containers of gear.  I envy his simplicity.  I may try that for my next ultra.  Mark met us at a local gas station as his nephew Greg dropped him off.  We tried to convince Greg to join us, but he mumbled something about the craziness of running for half a day and […]