Monday, September 28, 2009


Guess it would help if I posted the Streaming Video.... sorry about that gang. :)

Sunday, September 27, 2009


Covered in rain, yes, that describes the meet fairly good. You guys and gals are tough as nails! All I can say is that when Mrs Nelson and I showed up at the meet, I said to myself, I just want to go home. The rain was like ice, and burned right through to the bone. As we came upon the varsity girls, we heard Ally call out "Mom, Dad!", and we saw the varsity girls standing in the rain, with Coach Sarvis all huddled together. Tough as Nails, and covered in rain they were.

I tell you gang, I don't know how any of you did it, but you did an awesome job! It was rainy, cold, bitter, but you gave it your all and kept on fighting it on just like a Perry Pirate Harrier would.

I know in my heart and soul, you all made your parents proud, your teammates proud, your coaches proud, and all of Perry Proud.


Photos: Download 560 MB

Video: Download 461 MB

"Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve. It doesn't matter whether you're a lion or gazelle - when the sun comes up, you'd better be running."
- Inspirational sign on a runner's office wall

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Boardman 2009

What a beautiful day for a meet. Remember last year? Rain, mud, etc, but not this year.

As always, there were a boatload of teams, and you held your own again and did quite well. You ALL impressed us and we are all so very proud of you. Since you fought the good fight this weekend, I'm going to give you a taste of some great classic rock from the Canadian power trio who infused guitar athletics with eyebrow raising falsettos and a haze of dry ice. As the song says, you fought the good fight!

Thanks to Mr Baranauskas for the song suggestion for this week!

Video: Download

Photos: Download

"" What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are small compared to what lies within us."
~ Ralph Waldo Emmerson

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

2009 Photos

I have received a few requests from various athletes and parents if it would be possible to get copies of the photos that I take each week. While it would be hard to satisfy single requests for a specific picture, I am going to ZIP up each weeks photos and post them for download.

I will re-size the photos to 1024x768 to make it easier to download and for space considerations. Each week I will post the link for the photos with the video download in the post. If you would like to download your son or daughters pictures, please feel free to do so.

For the previous weeks posts, I have added them to the prior posts. If you don't see all of them for 2009, just give me time as I get them uploaded.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Is the future is any indication of the past....

Wow!!!! If the future of the Perry Pirate Harriers is any representation of what we just saw this past weekend, I have a funky, feeling we will be going back to State again this year!

It is so great to see all of you giving so much every week, and improving so much each week.

I know you all are improving every week, but I have no doubt you all are saving the best for last when you are at State! You know you want it!!!

Download Video: Walsh 2009 592MB

Download Photos: 63 MB

“If you want to become the best runner you can be, start now. Don't spend the rest of your life wondering if you can do it.”

~ Priscilla Welch

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Download Slideshow's

I have had a few people ask me if there is a way to download the sideshows so they can keep them. I'm happy to report that I upgraded the account I had with and now now I will post a link to each of the downloads with each post.

For the Salem and Mentor videos, here are the download links. If anyone has problems with these, please let me know.

Mentor 2009
Salem 2009

Mentor 2009

Wow!! Talk about some killer PR's this weekend Batman. It was nice to see all of you step up and crack it up a notch. Mentor has always been one of my favorite runs as it is a beautiful park to run in and many great opportunities to see you all at many different spots. Although, I refrained like running like a gazelle through the high brush like Coach Thomas did.

Next week is Walsh which is another great course. Because of work, I will only be able to stay for part of the race, but I will have a trusty sidekick taking pictures, so no fear, there will be a video.

I hope you enjoy this one, I had a blast making it for you all.

"Racing teaches us to challenge ourselves. It teaches us to push beyond where we thought we could go. It helps us to find out what we are made of. This is what we do. This is what it's all about."
-PattiSue Plumer, U.S. Olympian

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Download Photos: Mentor Photos

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Song Ideas

I'm looking for some song ideas for future meets. If you have any, please let me know by using the comments link below.