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THE 2000 WILD WILD WEST TRAIL MARATHON
May 7, 2000

 

 
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Results
Name Time Placing In Division
Gary Bash 6:15:00 94 76
Jason Grose 6:02:59 85 69
Brent Norquist 6:15:00 94 77
Phil Patch N.O.T. N/A N/A


“Hey, why don’t all four of us run the Wild Wild West marathon in May?!” slurred Captain Gary Bash. We were playing our weekly, Saturday night poker game in his garage and it was late, noted by all of us being pretty well pickled. In attendence were Major Phil Patch, Major Brent Norquist, Captain Gary Bash, and yours truly, 1stLt Jason D. Grose.

“SURE!” came the rousing response from the other three of the Four Horsemen as we had come to call ourselves. After all, we all were tough Marines. We were all in good shape. We were all tempered by long distance running. But most importantly, we were all drunk!

But we made the commitment. All but one. Major Brent Norquist was the last hold out and for months, Captain Gary Bash kept dropping hints and bringing up the topic. What he did not understand that, like it or not, drunk or not, we had committed and we were going to run the marathon if for only the reason that we said we would. He had seen plenty of “back-outers” in his time but we were not of that caliber. We were fools and we knew it!!!

Only Brent was the forward thinking Marine of the group and thought we were all nuts. It took only a few months and, to all of our surprise, he piped in one night as we played poker that he was in for the run. Now the quartet was complete.



The stories:
The Explanation
The Training
The Shopping
The Trip
Forsaken
The Run
Evacuate

How it all started...

2000 Wild Wild West Trail Marathon
2001 Wild Wild West Trail Marathon
2002 Big Sur International Marathon
2002 Wild Wild West Trail Marathon
2002 Bishop 50-mile Ultra-Marathon

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