January 23, 2015

A Leave-Taking

Sometimes I stray from my gut. 
As a solution to feel more centered 
and hone my intuition, 
I am making more art. 
Art that is immediate, 
without over thinking or a set plan. 
What emerges when I paint, collage, and draw without expectation?

Emily Trespas
"A Leave-Taking"
gouache + acrylic on archival board
4.5 x 4.5 inches
23 Jan., 2015

January 21, 2015

Forest Painting

Yesterday a hint of spring was in the air and this little painting emerged from my  imagination.

Emily Trespas  
gouache on archival board
4 x 4 inches 
20 Jan. 2015

January 03, 2015

Start and Course MAPS for the 4th TARC Spring Thaw 6-Hour

The 2015 start line 
is the same as in 2014.
It worked so we're keeping it! 

The start line, which is still on school property, spreads out the runner field and eases bottle-necking in the first single-track section of the loop.

Please note that we are not allowed to run on/around the playing fields NOR on the town roads (without a $$$ police detail). Although our race field is relatively small, please seed yourself appropriately for safety.

The race's start line is located by the High Plain Elementary School sign (off of High Plain Road). It is ONLY for loop #1.  You will not return to this start line again after 9 am. 

Be ready to run your race AND at the start line for 8:50 a.m. Allow approx. FIVE minutes to walk/jog from registration area/timing to the race start line.

The 1/2- mile additional distance in Loop #1 will be accounted for in your results. Your loop time is recorded at the completion of each loop by running—in one direction—through the special timing chute.
  • Loop #1 is a distance of 4 miles.
  • Subsequent loops (#2, #3, #4, etc.) each measure 3.5 miles. 
The timing area (NTS/Norm's Timing System), runner loop check-in, AID/drop bag area, and the finish line are located near the Wood Hill Middle School sign (off of Cross Street). Volunteers can check in here, too. 

If you do not complete the 3.5 mile loop by 3:00 pm, the accrued miles of YOUR PREVIOUSLY completed laps will be your recorded mileage in official results. Runners that come into finish—after the 6-hour time limit— forfeit their last loop. If you finish in over 6 hours—even if by less than a minute— this last loop will not be counted in the official results (but you know you ran it). We need to draw the line somewhere...

Also, you do not need to run for the full 6 hours to make the race results. When you are done for the day—please tell the official at start/finish so we know not to send out a search party or famished Yeti. Results of runners who complete over the marathon distance (26.2 miles) will be sent to Ultra Running Magazine. Take up any timing issues with Norm, "The-Great." He makes things right in the world.


If you are unable to complete a full 3.5-mile loop by 3:00 pm, you have the option of a SINGLE-USE, out-and-back to the 1-mile marker FINAL partial loop (for a total of 2 additional miles). This option is available ONCE to each runner and you MUST tell the start/finish table of your intentions BEFORE heading out or it will not count. A race official will be at the 1-mile marker. At the end of your partial loop you will complete your race event by running through the chute and reporting to the start/finish officials.

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See you very soon Trail Animals!
Emily "Trail Pixie" Trespas, Race Director