Runners hit the ground with new resolutions

Improving athleticism, better personal relationships among goals for 2009
By: Jenifer Gee Journal Staff Writer
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More than 200 entrants ran in the new year Thursday as part of Auburn’s annual Resolution Run Thursday. The run was one way locals are kicking away the traces of 2008 - some with new resolutions and others resolved to “keep up” with last year’s good fortune. At least that was the case for Jack Powless. The Roseville father came to the Auburn run Thursday afternoon with his wife and two children. “I want to try to keep up with my kids,” Powless joked. Powless said he and his family participate in several runs throughout the year to stay healthy. “The family that trains together stays together,” Powless said. While Powless and his wife ran the 10K race, his 12-year-old son, Neilson, ran the 5K with his 14-year-old sister. Neilson Powless said he was hoping to capture first place in the Resolution Run this year after a second-place finish last year. He added that he enjoys the challenge of running. “Running is really fun because you go a lot of different places,” Neilson Powless said. One Granite Bay man said he plans to go places this year with his newfound running career. Pat Mackin said he just turned 60 and finished his first marathon – the California International Marathon – in December. This year he has his sights set on finishing the New York City Marathon and qualifying for the storied Boston Marathon. “It’s something you want to do once and say you’ve made it,” Mackin said. Karyn Hoffman said she usually participates in the Resolution Run, but this year she was a bystander. Hoffman had already woken up to a 5:45 a.m. alarm, left her Folsom home and ran 18 miles by the run’s 1 p.m. start. Hoffman is prepping for the June Western States Endurance Run. Her spirit for the day was not only shown in a jacket she sported with a patch indicting her top three finish in the American River 50-mile race, a glittery pair of 2009 glasses sat atop her nose. “I’m telling people I forgot to take them off from last night,” Hoffman said. Besides training for the endurance race, which is a 100-mile run from Squaw Valley to Auburn in June, and an Ironman competition at the end of 2009, Hoffman said she has one other important goal for this year. “I want to be a better wife,” Hoffman said, laughing. Fellow bystanders Ross Buchholz and Andy Noah both had similar resolutions. Buchholz, of Rocklin, said he wanted to “drop some poundage.” He said a knee injury kept him from joining his wife in this year’s run. “I need to eat less of my wife’s good food and get off my lazy butt,” Buchholz said. Noah, whose wife was also running, said he wants to continue supporting her goals, including the possibility of running the Maui Marathon. “I want to be a more supportive and understanding husband and father,” The Loomis resident said. As bystanders waited for runners to wind through the American River Canyon on either the 5K, 10K or 10-mile portion of the race, the first finisher clocked in at just about 20 minutes for the 5K race. Michael Morgan, 17, of Meadow Vista said it was his third time running the “really tough course” that is mostly uphill. He said he runs track for Colfax High School. This year he wants to shave down his mile time to four-and-a-half minutes and run 2 miles in about nine minutes and 30 seconds. First-place hopeful Neilson Powell finished a few minutes behind Morgan for his second, second-place finish in his second Resolution Run. Powell acknowledged between breaths that he was slightly disappointed he didn’t finish first, but was still happy with his performance. “I ran a little faster than last year,” Neilson Powell said. “I’m still feeling good.” The Journal's Jenifer Gee can be reached at or post a comment.