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Flyte 747 carries Byrds of Paradise

The local Oiselle team put in a solid showing at this year’s Are You Tough Enough?  Does it get a question mark?  I can’t really remember because locals cut it down to RUTE.  As long as you packed snacks beer, it is almost impossible to get stuck in a RUTE.  This is the DisneyLand of running events.  Happiest place on earth?  Right in Barbara’s back yard.

With every run I do these days, my HHIT aka damnstring aka ass pain aka pain in the ass leaves me only able to do one thing decently…. ascend.  I was honored to be on the team: Monica, Cindy, Jessica, & Desa and hoped I wouldn’t limp let them down.

2014-04-05 Tough Enough 011True to friendship and true to running, with the right flock you never even get the chance to disappoint. The Oiselle Byrds were ready to fly.  (Even if we would pay for it later)

From Toro Canyon onward into Solvang, teams (sometimes just two people) covered the 65 mile course under brilliant skies and a bitching wind.  Performances were impressive.  Even with this year’s course being roughly 3/4 a mile short, records went down *They would have fallen even if the course had been the same.  The over all winning team RUTE BEER (I told you Beer was important!) broke the co-ed record and out sprinted the second place team by merely a minute.  Let’s break that down, the all dude’s team was in front and Annie ran him down without a kiss at the door.  What do we call that?  It has a bird name right?  OH Yes, CHICKED!”  Nicely done.

The Oiselle Byrds landed the women’s win in a too meaningful time to ignore 7:47.  We are certain that Cindy strategically planned that while trouble shooting leg 1.  Brilliant Cindy.  Simply top drawer.

Thanks to Jim Kornell of Are You Tough Enough and all the teams who make it a day to remember.

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