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(Contributed by Andy Chan, Pamakid member since 2001)

LINDLEY MEADOW, SAN FRANCISCO…The Pacific Association Cross Country Championships were run yesterday morning in Golden Gate Park and for the first time in team history, the Pamakid Runners Open Women brought home the team championship. Before the meet, longtime club member and former President Andy Chan gathered the team and gave a pre-race speech reminiscent of a speech he gave at Lake Merced in December 2014. “Great moments are born from great opportunities. That’s what we have today. That’s what we’ve earned. One race to determine the PA Champions,” he began and then went on to say something about this being our time, 2040 being our year, and all of us about to be Champions!

The Pamakid Open Women were led by five second generation Pamakid Runners – Ms. Rebecca Sonstein, Ms. Haley Jones, Ms. Zadie Rose Ou-Mikecz, Ms. Rosemarie “Romey” Rodwick, and Ms. Amelia Tong. All in their mid-20’s, they have been aiming for this championship, literally since before they were born. Running in her final race as an Open Runner before she joins her longtime friend, Jane Stephens on the Masters team, was Anya Durgerian.

Due to overnight rain, the course was slick and wet so Haley Jones made sure she was careful through the slippery downhill section in Lindley Meadow, well aware that her mother once slipped there and NEVER lived it down.

As the race ended and it was clear that the Pamakids Women were going to be victorious, Chan began beaming halographic championship pennants to everyone via virtual telepathy. In the finish chute he beamed them to Haley and Zadie who looked at them as if to say, “I feel like I’ve seen this before,” before moving on to join the celebration.

The Pamakids Senior Women’s team won the PA XC championship thanks to solid races from Danielle Jones, Yvonne Ou, and Ashley Rodwick. This marks the seventh year in a row the Pamakids have won the Senior Women’s title, a streak that began in 2033, when Jones turned fifty.

The first annual Pamakid Cunneen Family award was presented after the meet to the first three generation family to all participate in the same Pacific Association race. The award went to the Nguyen-Dang family: Megan, Merick, and Missy.

In the Masters Men’s race, Felix Tong ran in the Super Senior division, saying, “I only signed up to run because we needed a third runner.” In that same race, the 69 year old Chan came in just ahead of his rival, 75 year old Jeff Hongo. Chan could be heard saying after the race, “I can’t wait for next year when I’m finally a Veteran.”

Proving that some things NEVER change, the Open Men came in sixth….but had a lot of fun, especially when a college aged Huizinga kicked by a 14-year old Novich….way to pick on a kid….your dad probably taught you that.

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Zadie’s first (but not last) time seeing a Pamakid Championship pennant.


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The 2014 Miracle at Lake Merced speech.


Danielle falling in the mud at the 2011 PA Championships.


Zadie and Haley_first RItes of Spring

Haley and Zadie’s first Rites of Spring in 2015.


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Back in 2015, they were the KIDS of pamaKIDS: Jane S, Rebecca, S, Anya D.


Irene and Ashley_soon to be moms

Sept 2015 – the future Pamakids Women’s Open team was on its way.

(Contributed by Andy Chan, Pamakid member since 2001)

The 2013 Western States 100 Mile Run was a record breaking one for the Pamakids. Colin Alley, John Gieng, and Janeth Badaracco Siva all ran and completed the race from Squaw Valley to Auburn and received the coveted belt buckles.

What follows is a snapshot of the race through the eyes of Andy Chan and Malinda Walker.

Our runners just before the start at Squaw Valley.

Our runners just before the start at Squaw Valley.

Colin and pacer Jerry.

Colin and pacer Jerry.

John and pacers Tan and Ray.

John and pacers Tan and Ray.

Janeth and pacers Ace and Lavy and crew and Jenni.

Janeth and pacers Ace and Lavy and crew members Jenni and Erica.

Colin arrives at Dusty Corners.

Colin arrives at Dusty Corners.

Aid station volunteers help Colin stay cool.

Aid station volunteers help Colin stay cool.

John arrives at Dusty Corners.

John arrives at Dusty Corners.

Aid station volunteers spray down John.

Aid station volunteers spray down John.

Janeth arrives at Dusty Corners.

Janeth arrives at Dusty Corners.

Janeth's crew gets her what she needs.

Janeth’s crew gets her what she needs.

Colin discusses the plan with his crew at Foresthill.

Colin discusses the plan with his crew at Foresthill.

Colin and Jerry depart Foresthill. 38 miles to go. Cadin keeps them company for a short distance.

Colin and Jerry depart Foresthill. 38 miles to go. Cadin keeps them company for a short distance.

John accompanied by his crew on the track at Placer HS in Auburn.

John accompanied by his crew on the track at Placer HS in Auburn.

Crossing the finish line. 25 hours, 54 minutes and 100 miles after starting.

Crossing the finish line. 25 hours, 54 minutes and 100 miles after starting.

John celebrates with his pacers.

John celebrates with his pacers.

Andy and Malinda, happy, proud, and impressed with John.

Andy and Malinda, happy, proud, and impressed with John.

Janeth and crew about 150 meters from the finish line.

Janeth and crew about 150 meters from the finish line.

Janeth's family accompany her for the final steps.

Janeth’s family accompany her for the final steps.

The back of the finisher's medal. Cool....but not as cool as the belt buckles!

The back of the finisher’s medal. Cool….but not as cool as the belt buckles!

The belt buckles.

The belt buckles.

Buckle up close

This is why they run 100 miles from Squaw Valley to Auburn.

Pamakid Tony Rossmann will be calling the names of the buckle awardees.

Pamakid Tony Rossmann will be calling the names of the buckle awardees.

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Buckle_John

Buckle_Janeth

The three Pamakid buckle awardees.

The three Pamakid buckle awardees.

Pamakids at Western States - runners, pacers, and crew. All of us proud!

Pamakids at Western States – runners, pacers, and crew. All of us proud!