Reminiscences 2017

Visiting my alma mater, CSUN Hall of Fame

Reflecting back on moments which made 2017 a memorable year with friends and family, including joyous occasions and bittersweet moments too.  Here is a pictorial review of the year.





As I browse my photos from the year, here on Facebook, I saved this New Year’s greeting posted by Tom Fleming.  Who could know it would be the last time?  I added the quotation as a poignant reminder that none of us are promised tomorrow.

Tom Fleming wishing us a happy new year



In February, the World Record Camp Coaches took off for Honolulu for another fun and exciting coaching clinic with track and field student-athletes,  arranged by friends Jonathon Lyau and Jeaney Garcia.  We even included a few reunions with colleagues like Kenny Moore, Tom Hintnaus, and Duncan MacDonald.

World Record Camp Hawaii – reception

World Record Camp Hawaii Staff



MARCH 2017

Best friend Julie McKinney and I enjoyed doing an LA84 Foundation interview for a video to celebrate women’s running history, specifically the first women’s Olympic Marathon, here in LA in 1984.

LA84 Interview with Julie McKinney about the Women’s first Olympic Marathon 1984

We also attended an event at the Grammy Museum, to hear the man who designed this iconic album cover.

Grammy Museum event with Julie McKinney

On this trip, the World Record Camp traveled to Dallas for more Track & Field coaching.

World Record Camp, Dallas

APRIL 2017

Track Season included a few meets at UCLA and elsewhere, following CSUN and enjoying a surprise visit from Brian Holiday’s family, my “Wyoming Family.”

Kelsi Dunn
Monique Griffiths
Lindsey and Kelli Holiday

















Speaking at a CSUN student-athlete honor society event, here I am with the extraordinary Monique Griffiths, and Athletic Director, Dr. Brandon Martin.















With Jim at the UCLA Jim Bush Invitational 2017, one final time.

MAY 2017

May was a busy month, traveling to the Montana Women’s Run (imagine 8000 women running) —

Also, there was the always superb Pre Meet in Eugene, thanks to Tom Jordan, and guaranteed joyful reunions!

With Tom and Janet Heinonen
With Carol McLatchie and Linda Wallace

JUNE 2017

If it’s June, it’s time for Culver Distance Camp (Indiana) and visiting family and friends near Chicago.  I don’t know how it just keeps getting better every year, but it does.

At Culver Camp with athletes Ed Cheserek & Molly Seidel, Camp Director Dana Neer and Coach Kyle Walsh

Visiting family in Illinois with cousin Andie.







Historical moment at LA Coliseum, honoring Joan Benoit Samuelson and Anita De Frantz.
















JULY 2017

The Annual Runners Reunited gathering, hosted by Ralph Serna, is an amazing reunion of –shall we say– vintage runners?

Another successful World Record Camp took place in Casper, Wyoming thanks to Heath Hayes and his staff.

Distance runners on Casper Mountain.
WR Camp Coaching Staff
Marlene Short, Casper Marathon Director














July wrapped up with the exciting announcement that the 2020 Olympic Track & Field Trials were awarded to Los Angeles — more specifically, to the host committee — Mt. San Antonio College.  Let the celebration begin!   

Julie McKinney, Tim O’Rourke, me
Doug Todd, MT. SAC







Progressing towards the eventual winning bid for the 2028 Olympic Games, another event was hosted at the LA Coliseum and City Council meetings continued.


This was one of those bittersweet moments, marking the passing of a legendary UCLA coach, Jim Bush, and congratulating Devin Elizondo, newly appointed UCLA head distance coach at his alma mater.

Tommie Lee White, Laszlo and me
Tom & Ruth Wysocki, Devin and me
Memory from 1984 with Jim Bush at the Coliseum post-race, LA Int’l Marathon.




At LA84 for a library workshop, with Bettie Williams.
Speaking engagement at Foothill Tech High School in Ventura with their Cross Country Team






LA84 Youth Sports Summit 
It was a nice reunion on many levels.  Best friend, Jeaney Garcia and I going to sports conferences together again, like the old days.  Reuniting with a former student-athlete, Cristina Lucas and my friend Kathy Ash’s daughter Hilary.  What a coincidence they’re working together at the LA28 Olympic Organizing Committee.  Then, there are my former colleagues Wayne Wilson and Bettie Williams, who are always fun to be with. Sam the Eagle and LA84 President Renata Simril put on one extraordinary youth sports summit!  

ElliptiGO Championships and Rally Rides

Ruth Wysocki and I in Encinitas with John and Anita Pilkington for one of the most fun weekends on our GOs!


My birthday month was spent, first at a David Benoit dinner concert, with Jim & Cindy Dunn and Julie McKinney, hosted by the Asia America Symphony.  Then a birthday dinner on the beach was fun with Jeaney Garcia and Deborah Hafford.

At the concert
Birthday dinner
Jump Girls birthday celebration




Rounding out the year, December brought yet more welcome reunions and a few more good memories.  I have much to be grateful for,  not the least of which is getting through the “fire season” unscathed and the flu season in good health.  As for the knees . . . . . well, that’s a separate story for another day.  I certainly do wish all my friends and family a very healthy and happy new year ahead of us, and may it bring more love and peace in the world.

At the Malibu Getty Villa
Zuma Beach, Malibu
World Record Camp in Covina
Cookie party at Jeaney’s house